"To know whether we have the true historical event for the fulfillment of prophecy: if you find every word of the prophecy, after the figures are understood, is literally fulfilled, then you may know that your history is the true event; but if one word lacks a fulfillment, then you must look for another event, or wait its future development; for God takes care that history and prophecy shall agree, so that the true believing children of God may never be ashamed." William Miller.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
When this principle is applied to this research, it rises far above all other interpretations in fulfilling every word. When other interpretations are applied to this principle rule of interpretation, they fail.
BEHOLD, I HAVE TOLD YOU BEFORE
Many theologians have gone before trying to solve the meaning of the prophecies in these chapters, and much of what they say is correct, while at the same time, there are passages which have eluded them. But as the time comes nearer to the end, these elusive truths must come to light. Otherwise, if we go through the time of the end, and have not gained the truths that are intended, then it will have been written in vain.
The events foretold in its prophecies will all happen alike to those who know that they are coming, and to those who ignore its messages. That awaited time of the end is near, and the time has come that these truths will now be revealed.
This research uses the exact data derived directly from the Vatican's own Lateran record of popes, as was dedicated to John Paul II when he took the Papal Chair. It is demonstrated here, that it forms an exact match with the prophecies in the Bible. The Bible, the very spoken word of God, which openly speaks of its identity; the number 666, may be the only source from God's word that makes this identity provable.
Protestantism has asserted that the seven headed beast of Revelation 13 is the papacy. I introduce additional confirming evidence here, which the world has not yet seen.
So compelling is this evidence, that once you are able to grasp the significance, and understand it, you will be amazed that it fits so perfectly, and has been there a long time, yet it is only in these last few years, that it has been introduced. No one before 1997 has seen this evidence, though it has been
Page xxii present since 1978. The numbers that the popes bear on their names, are counted to produce the sum of 666.
The entire string of the prophecy of the final events demonstrates a precise alignment with the historic record of the popes. It has simultaneously unlocked the troublesome interpretation of Revelation 17, as well as the mysterious number 666. Both parts of the prophecy are linked by the call for wisdom. Both the interpretation of Revelation 17 and the number 666 are linked to the same historic record.
The most common error that the reader makes, is to "surface read" and not realize that it is the Biblical guidelines in the interpretation that governs the whole counting process. It is not a random selection of papal names that produce specific numbers adding up to 666. The prophetic elements determine the papal names that are to be counted. Human selection is removed from this process. All of the elements of the prophecy are brought into the interpretation. So before anyone thinks that I have not counted correctly, or I have "selected" only those numbers that add up, or I have not counted all the numbers, please go back through the research more carefully, and you should find that it is presented correctly and should answer your objections.
The historical record of the popes, from the inception of the Catholic church, as they so declare in the official public record, reflect every facet of the prophecy, and without skipping any word of it, demonstrates that it forms this alignment with papal history, to such a degree of accuracy, that no one has ever brought forward any viable challenge against it. Anything that has been written that speaks against this has been empty or unsubstantiated when challenged. This interpretation is the MOST BIBLICAL interpretation of the prophecy of the number 666.
#1 The answer to the question of who is 666 in this interpretation comes from the elements found in the prophecy in Revelation 17:9, 10.
#2 The location of the text of Revelation 17:9, 10 is a direct chiastic link within the structure of the whole book of Revelation. "Wisdom"... is the link.
#3 Eighteen of the elements of the prophecy of Revelation 13 and eighteen from Revelation 17 are fulfilled by the historic record of the papacy.
#4 The ancient kingdoms as heads of the beast, and other teachings that are commonly believed in, are sourced from Catholic teachings. This is the intoxicating wine of her fornication; her false doctrines. The prophecy from which we receive the number 666 aligns with the historic record of the papacy.
The beast is the papacy, and 666 is the number of this beast. This number is derived from the beast, which is the papacy. I ask; "Where upon the papacy are there numbers found, which can be counted?"
The number 666 is derived from the numbers that the popes have added to their names; by having chosen papal names that have already been used, they have created a series of numbers... The designation of their identity has invoked the use of numbers to differentiate one papal name from another of the same name. These are real numbers that can be counted.
The chiastic pattern contained in the book of Revelation, links the 666 verse to the seven heads verse, and provides an entire template in prophecy, that this research will show, is most profoundly and accurately aligned with the official public record of the popes. This papal record can be found in most encyclopedias, and in many dictionaries.
After every element of the prophecy in Revelation 17:9, 10 has been included in this calculation, the number 666 is
Page xxiv the precise result. Thus the number 666 given in Revelation 13:18, is also found in that verse that it is chiastically linked to; Revelation 17:9.
Most of the popes throughout history have numbered their names, as many kings have done. For example, Pope John Paul I has the count of 1 and John Paul II has the count of 2. Therefore, if we add up the count numbers of "John Paul" we arrive at 3. John Paul I (1) plus John Paul II (2) equals 3.
If we add all the numbers of the popes whose names are found in the time period specified in Revelation 17, and counting up to and including Pope John Paul II, we arrive at the number 665. (Benedict XVI is an antipope.)
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This research shows that the very element of this prophecy, where the number 666 is derived from, contains also within it, the answer to the identity of the seven heads, the meaning of the heads as being mountains, the identity of the five fallen, the one is, and the other (the seventh) is not yet come, and it defines the length of the short space of the seventh head, and in short, every element of this prophecy is addressed by this one historic source; The Official Record of the Popes. The historic record that fulfills this prophecy is written on the very bosom of the beast, and this has now been told to the whole world.
Other interpretations fail to differentiate between the beast and the dragon and try to make the beast's and the dragon's heads and horns all the same. They are not the same. They also try to make heads out of the referenced parts of the body, mouth and feet that are given as descriptors of the beast, and attempt to make up four more heads that seem to fit. The primary fault in all these interpretations is that it attempts to make these descriptors match with kingdoms, that are not, nor can ever be made to be the papal beast's heads. The FEET like a bear, does NOT signify them as one of its heads. An artist drawing this prophetic image would draw "BEAR FEET" on the
Page xxv image of this beast. Its BODY like a leopard does NOT signify it as one of its seven heads. The prophecy, signifying a lion's mouth, also does NOT imply that it is representing one of it heads. The whore woman that sits upon the seven mountains, never sat on any of these ancient kingdoms, as stated in the prophecy. Because their identities of the beasts in these various interpretations are not clarified, and the distinctions they fail to make between them are not carefully drawn, they all result in wrong conclusions; they have mingled the elements from one prophecy with the elements of another, which will always produce error and confusion. The interpretation in this book is not just a "fanciful idea," it is the most formidable interpretation that challenges the contemporary views and past interpretations, and is based on pure reality, FULLY grounded in BIBLICAL interpretation, and it will not simply fade away. It is supported by tangible evidence drawn from history, which anyone can verify.
The Biblical Count of the 666 Beast
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.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
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