This is the school that Hess, Luther, Wesley, and Calvin all believed and supported, those that are Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Seventh Day
Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witness’s, to name a few, are all supposed to believe in this school.
Since, for a long time, pastors did not teach or receive much training in Prophecy, many have lost track of what they are supposed to teach and have
turned to the popular media for help with the renewed interest in this subject since the late 90’s. Because they taught from sources that they
obtained in the media, writers such as Hal Lindsey, and “left behind”, and other similar sources, many accidentally taught Futurism and did not
realize it was wrong. To make matters worse, many church parishioners went out and read these Futurist sources on their own since they were not
properly taught prophecy in their churches. Thus many have gotten away from the correct style of prophetic interpretation that their founding fathers
Futurism had a style to it that attracted a lot of folks, due to the fact that it provided a timeline roadmap to the End Times, and it could be
exactly told when the end would come. It also lacked the political incorrectness inherent to Historicism. Due to this fact Futurism has entrenched
itself in many religions that it never belonged in. Thus the fact that I personally believe that it is the “great deception” mentioned in the
bible as it will, in the end, lead many to receive “the Mark” that would not have otherwise. They will be busy looking for the Signs of Futurism
to occur, which they never will, and take the mark in the interim as it is not going to be put into place by some Anti-Christ person, but rather in
the form of an electronic ID by a country or conglomerate of allied countries.
It works like this:
The book of Daniel has several prophecies that are inter related; the Prophecy of the statue, the prophecy of the four beasts, the He-Goat, and the 70
weeks. The Statue lays out each “Known World” superpower of its day. The order is:
5) The final World Power
The Next prophecy is that of the four beasts, these beasts are countries as is seen in the interpretation given by the angel.
The fifth beast is not mentioned in this prophecy, but the prophecy goes on the describe someone coming to power within the fourth beast. This person
is called the “Little Horn”.
1) The little horn was to seek to change the feast days, or the seasons and the times (depending of the bible you use).
The Pontifices were in charge of the Roman calendar and determined when intercalary days needed to be added to sync the calendar to the seasons.
They also were the ones responsible to changing the Sabbath day to Sunday and enacting all sorts of pagan holidays in Christianity, such as Christmas
2) Change the laws, biblical laws.
His real power lay in the administration of jus divinum or divine law; the information collected by the pontifices related to the Roman religious
tradition was bound in a corpus which summarized dogma and other concepts
3) Wear out the patience of the saints, or persecute the saints.
Persecution of Christians
Persecution under Nero, 64-68 A.D.
Persecution from the second century to Constantine
Persecution of Christians by Christians (persecution of heretical Christians by the Roman Church)
Thus the “Little Horn” was in fact the station of the Pontifex Maximus
, which was at
first the Emperors of Rome and later was handed over to the Popes. This is the only “Anti-Christ” that is mentioned in the bible, its not the
beasts, and it is the personage that is mentioned by Paul when he states that there are many, even in his time.
Now it’s often asked by those that are familiar with Futurism, why does the US not show up in Revelations?
It does show up in Revelations, but not if you follow Futurism. You see in trying to hide that “little horn” as being the Pontifex Maximus, they
inadvertently also threw off what the beasts were, mainly the fifth beast. Let me show you how it shows up:
Somewhere around 529, Justinian I
, this was important for two reasons. First it gave massive amounts of power to the Pontifex stating that he could use the whole power of
Rome in the persecution of heretics. Secondly, it set the laws that would be used throughout most of Europe and are still used to this day. British
Common Law is based on Roman Common Law, and United State law is based on British Common Law.
During this period (arguably the Dark Ages, though the exact dates are disputed), the Church kept the Bible mainly out of the hands of the common man,
and they persecuted many that they considered to be heretics. Those that did not believe exact Roman Dogma, could be tortured and killed in all types
of creative and sadistic ways. This is the period when most historicists believe that the “two witnesses” of revelations preached. The Two
witnesses being the Old and New Testament of the Bible, taught in secret to protect the teachers from Roman persecution.
Now lets jump forward the 1260 days mentioned repeatedly in the Bible, and see what happened.
529 + 1260 = 1789
Now the times may be off by a few years as there are disputes as to when exactly that the law was codified; however, you can still see how incredibly
accurate these predictions are.
Bonaparte took command of the French Armée d'Italie "Army of Italy" on 27 March 1796, leading it on a successful invasion of Italy. At the
Lodi, he gained the nickname of "The Little Corporal" (le petit caporal), a term reflecting his camaraderie with his soldiers, many of whom he knew
by name. He drove the Austrians out of Lombardy and defeated the army of the Papal States. Because Pope Pius VI had protested the execution of Louis
XVI, France retaliated by annexing two small papal territories. Bonaparte ignored the Directory's order to march on Rome and dethrone the Pope. It
was not until the next year that General Berthier captured Rome and took Pius VI prisoner on 20 February. The pope died of illness while in
This was the wounding of the first beast; the removal from power of the Roman Pontiff, and the return of power to the people of Italy. This is the
Beast that was (roman empire/roman church), then was not (wounded), yet is (still exists today, and even has a standing army and is considered a
At this time the second beast of Revelations has to come into existence and become the greatest Superpower seen up to this time, however, it never
does control the entire world hence the fact that the statue is part clay and part iron.
The American Revolution was a political movement during the last half of the 18th century that resulted in the creation of a new nation in 1776, the
United States of America, and ended British control of the Thirteen Colonies.
The end of the Revolutionary War is marked by the Treaty of Paris in 1783, with the recognition of the United States as an independent
Lets review the description of this last beast:
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first
beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to
them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would
not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred
threescore and six.
Now you don’t have to go too far to understand the similarities between the US and Rome, there are entire web pages written on the topic. Both
countries were republics, both based on Roman Common law, both had senates, etc…
This beast is different then every other beast in the bible in that it has no crowns on its horns, meaning it has no kings, this cannot be understated
as the US was the first country to do that. It has a division in parties, or powers, the US is a two party system (two horns). It had to arise at
almost the same time that the first beast was wounded. It would be the first country to call down fire from the heaven, which we did at the end of
WW2. We would do many wondrous things that would make the rest of the world marvel at us, such as landing on the moon, having a higher standard of
living then every other country in existence, etc. I could write on this stuff all day, but I think you get the point.
[edit on 12/2/2006 by defcon5]