Their Matching Elements Of Fulfillment From The Historical Record

In this segment, Revelation 13:18 and Revelation 17:8-11 to which it is chiastically linked, are listed with each of the prophecy's elements, and showing their historic counterpart that matches with a brief note.

Here are the first twenty two listed elements and the Scripture references for these elements;

1. wisdom

2. count

3. the number of the beast

4. a number of a man

5. the number 666

8. shall ascend out of the bottomless pit

9. and "go into perdition"

10. and yet is

11. seven heads

12. seven mountains

13. woman sits

14. seven kings

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15. five fallen; 1-5

17. not yet come; 7th

18. short space

19. the eighth

20. of the seven

21. names of blasphemy

22. head wounded and healed

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THE SCRIPTURES FOR THESE ELEMENTS;

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.

—Revelation 13:18

8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10And 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.

11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

—Revelation 17:8-11

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And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

—Revelation 13:1

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

—Revelation 17:3

1. Wisdom

This word links these two verses together. They are part of the chiastic pattern of the whole book of Revelation. The elements of the prophecy written in both verses are brought together, and explain more detail about each other. The number 666 is given in Revelation 13:18 and it is also reflected in the details of the seven heads written in Revelation 17:9 and 10. The number 666 calculated from Revelation 17:9, 10, links back to Revelation 13:18. "He that hath understanding" As the elements of these passages are correctly identified in history, the source of the count, and the factors that guide it, are provided to give the understanding of the how the count is to be done. Revelation 17:9 provides the mathematical parameters for the counting of the 666 beast.

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Of the many elements of prophecy that are found to be fulfilled in the historical record of the Catholic Church, this one is an exception. Here, the mind which hath wisdom, depicts someone who deciphers the mathematical clues from all of the elements within this prophecy, demonstrating that it requires the alignment of all of its elements in the correct interpretation. It does not state as some translators have rendered it to mean that "anyone who has wisdom" can solve this. If this were the

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case, where are all these wise people? As often with puzzles, one person solves the puzzle, then it is shown to others.

A previous application of the riddle of the number 666 refers to another writer who had made a calculation. Andreas Helwig (1572-1643) was the one who deciphered the count of the letters Vicarius Filii Dei in the year 1612, and others that are merely making reference to his work, need no wisdom to copy his research. Yet this application by Helwig has been met with such grand apologetics, that it is nearly impossible to convince a Catholic that it is true. And, they are right because it is not true. But with this new interpretation, no one has been able to refute that the historic record of the popes bear out this number.

2. Count the number

The number is the result of counting. It is NOT a symbolic number, but a number that is the result of counting lesser numbers. Neither are these numbers to be counted, the result of letters that are converted to numbers, but are numbers that are derived from the papacy itself as numbers that already exist on the beast. 3. Number of the beast The counts of the numbers of all the popes from the seven heads make up the combined total for the beast. The count of the beast is from the seven heads plus the coming eighth, who is destroyed by Christ at His second coming. The number is 666, and the entire tenure of the beast is considered in the count. No errors imposed by the popes' failure to make an accurate count are included. Where there were errors in the numbering of the popes, they are corrected to what the count would be if they had made no errors. Only a perfect count of perfect mountains could be considered for this prophecy to be accurate.

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4. The number of a man

The last legitimate pontificate that completes the 666 count of the beast is the man whose number is 666. This will be the eighth papal name since 1798. The historic record provides the count up to and including the seventh mountain, leaving only a count of "1" from the total of 666.

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The designation of a mountain is not given to the eighth, but is said to be "of the seven." The seven which has given the number 665, is followed by an eighth that is like unto the seven before it. In the Greek, this is given as an eighth that follows in sequence after the seven. So as the first seven were popes that created the count up to 665, the eighth would be an eighth pope, which mathematically, requires that he comprise a new name. Thus the Antichrist will be the completion of both the heads and the count, making an eighth head, and a name that counts as "1" to bring the total to precisely 666.

Since all factors point to one man as the Antichrist, this requires that to match the prophecy, the next legitimate pontificate must be a man with a new name, and in considering the prophecy given by Christ Himself in John 5:43; "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." This man will have a name that is his own, and not used by another pope, thus it will constitute a count of "1" necessary to complete the count of the number 666.

5. And his number is 666

This number is derived from the beast, and is given in the verse. That same verse is chiastically linked to Revelation 17:9, 10 and the seven mountains of that verse demonstrates that the same 666 number is contained within it, and thus links it back again to Revelation 13:18. The number 666 is the count given to the beast, and when this number is reached by the 'eighth,'

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it identifies that man as the man of sin. Every element given in the prophecy can be seen is derived from the same source, thus linking all the elements together into one contiguous account. The cumulative counts of the numbers of the beast constitute the count of the number 666.

6. The beast "was"

The papacy in its power, as it is seen from 538 A.D. to 1798

A.D. In Revelation 11:3 it shows that this same papacy obscures the Two Witnesses who prophesy in sackcloth for this same period of time.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. —Revelation 12:6

During this time, the papal church executed its power and persecuted many and killed those whom it called heretics.

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power

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was given unto him to continue forty and two months. —Revelation 13:5

Napoleon took pope Pius VI captive in 1798, and declared that the papacy was dead.

This is the papacy from 1798 A.D. to the end of the restrainer that follows John Paul II, and who "withholdeth" the arrival of the Antichrist until he is "taken out of the way."

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After Napoleon captured Pope Pius VI in 1798, the beast is slain for its harm that it had done to the Two Witnesses. (Revelation 11:7) At that time, the beast received a deadly wound to one of its heads. The papacy is decreed "dead" thus it receives the status of "is not." By this, it was put into the "bottomless pit."

The beast as it became "is not" was killed, and as it becomes "yet is" it will return again for one last war against God's people, His Two Witnesses, and then go into perdition.

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. —Revelation 11:5

As the papacy had put the Scriptures into seclusion, away from the people, so also was it placed into the seclusion of the bottomless pit in 1798. There it remains until it rises again, and with the aid of its ten Protestant horns, rise to power as the eight head. The papacy was declared dead by Napoleon. Its rule over the earth was terminated.

8. And "shall ascend out of the bottomless pit"

This is the papacy as it will be seen after Benedict XVI is deposed. The beast ascends from the bottomless pit and then it becomes the time of the "yet is." This corresponds to the 8th head also referenced in Revelation 17:11 and as the "yet is" at the end of Revelation 17:8. Thus when the 8th head arises, it will do so by coming up out of the bottomless pit. This is the papacy as it regains its former power, and begins its war against the remnant.

Revelation 11:7 shows that when it arises from the bottomless pit, it will be this 8th head that will make war on the

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Two Witnesses, and kill them. Many of the remnant will suffer martyrdom as their brethren

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before them.

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. —Revelation 6:11

9. And "go into perdition"

The final outcome of this last presentation of the papacy in its 8th head will suffer the seven last plagues and be destroyed at Christ's second coming.

The beast is seen in its three phases; "was," "is not" and "yet is," and the "yet is," is linked to the eighth in verse 11, which when he comes, will ascend from the bottomless pit. This is the next legitimate pope following John Paul II. With the arrival of Benedict XVI on April 19, 2005, his name being one of the first five that preceded Paul VI the sixth "one is" head, is identified as having already fallen. Though he appears in all respects to be legitimate, this prophecy identifies him as an antipope. By asserting this interpretation, it is a prediction of the outcome of Benedict XVI's pontificate, that when this comes to pass, you will know that the "yet is" has arrived. The Antichrist will then be the next "legitimate" pontificate, and he will take the papacy away from the antipope Benedict XVI.

11. The "seven heads"

These are the seven papal names as seen since 1798; Pius, Leo, Gregory, Benedict, John, Paul, and John Paul.

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If the beast that has seven heads is the papacy, then the seven heads upon it must also be papal. This principle is seen in the Grecian beast in Daniel 7 having four Grecian heads. These are not just popes that are selected because they have numbers that can add up to 666, but they are taken from precisely the seven that span from 1798 to 2004. This 1798 date is not randomly selected, but is indicated by the other verses of Revelation 17. The woman is "drunk" on the blood of the saints. Her days of dominion were temporarily ended, the papal beast was declared "dead" by Napoleon. Thus the prophecy in Revelation 17 speaks of the beast that "is not," when the first head was wounded, and ends with the eight that comes after these seven are finished. Beginning with Pope Pius VII after the death of Pope Pius VI in prison, we have now all seven heads presented.

12. Are "seven mountains"

These are the entire seven lineages of these seven papal names. The complete group of each of these names constitutes a mountain. These seven heads are seven mountains. Each name has more than one pope. Thus the heads and the mountains are derived of the same element. A new head is formed from a new papal name, and it becomes a mountain when that name is used again, as every one of these seven have.

13. On which the "woman sits"

The woman sits upon seven mountains, representing the whole time of the beast. The beast arose in 140 A.D. and received its seat and power from the dragon in 538 A.D. "Although Catholic tradition, regards St. Peter as the first Bishop of Rome and therefore as the first pope, there is no evidence that Peter was involved in the initial establishment of the Christian community in Rome... or that he served as Rome's first bishop. Not until the pontificate of St. Pius I in the middle

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of the second century (140-155) did the Roman church have one bishop as pastoral leader." Richard McBrien, Lives of the Popes, p. 25.

14. And are "seven kings"

These are Pius, Leo, Gregory, Benedict, John, Paul, and John Paul. In the Greek, this is written; "And are seven kings," equating the seven heads to seven mountains and then to seven kings. Then it supplies a "template" of how these seven kings are to appear.

15. "Five are fallen"

1 Pius, 2 Leo, 3 Gregory, 4 Benedict, 5 John. These names do not appear again after the sixth head Paul. To say they are fallen, means that their use as a name has ended. There will never again be another one of these five. This recognizes the equal status of the seven kings as being the seven heads which are also seven mountains. It is only the last pope of each mountain that bears the same name that becomes fallen when each mountain count had reached its maximum. This fact stood ready to announce that Benedict XVI would become an antipope from the moment that he chose that name.

16. And "one is," the sixth

This is Pope Paul VI 1963-1978. John was taken away in the spirit; Revelation 17:1. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials," "saying. Come hither;" and Revelation 17:3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness" John was shown the things in the future as though he was there. There is nothing in this language that indicates that it has anything to do with the time that John lived. On the contrary; it indicates that it is at a time that John is taken to in his vision. John himself did not live in the wilderness, nor

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did he write in the perspective of his own time. The time that this whore woman is put into the wilderness is at 1798. The perspective of the seven heads is then shown to John from the time of the sixth. Five mountains were fallen before this, and the seventh had not yet come.

This particular passage has been used by Preterists to pinpoint the sixth head to be the head ruling in power at the time the prophecy was written by John. This is also used by Historians who believe that the 7 heads are 7 kingdoms. There is no evidence that the emperors of Rome, have any place in the remaining end-time elements of this prophecy, and they do not fit. There are not only seven emperors, but eleven. The fifth emperor of Rome was Nero and the eighth was not the Antichrist, and there remains yet an unexplained period of more than 1,800 years between the last emperor and the end. No explanation is given to explain this long delay. Neither was Nero destroyed by Christ at His second coming. The structure of this phrase does present a better explanation. John was taken in vision to the future.

It is from the perspective of the sixth head that he is shown, that the whole of the seven heads are perceived. The explanation of the vision is within the very same context of the time in which the vision applies. It places a demarcation point at the sixth, and before the seventh, that requires the seventh to appear only after the sixth. This requirement is met by John Paul, whose name was not present before Paul. While the five that have fallen, have arisen with a Pius on five occasions, interspersed between the second, third, and fourth heads, and Leo occurs twice. But after the fifth, this jostling of heads has stopped, and continues in a straight progression. This progression through history, aligns with the seventh head being John Paul as "not yet come." Each mountain that occurred before the sixth, had been declared fallen at the same time. They each

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had all achieved their maximum in their individual contribution towards the total of 666.

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. —Revelation 21:9, 10

The same language used in Revelation 17:1 & 3 is also seen in Revelation 21:9 & 10; "one of the seven angels which had the seven vials" "saying, Come hither," "And he carried me away in the spirit." John did not see the holy city descend upon the Isle of Patmos where he was, but in the context we see, we associate it to be in the future after the millennium. The angel bidding

John with his words; "Come hither," excludes it from being relevant to John's day. John was given a vision of a beast with seven heads and ten horns. These elements were all future to John. The detailed explanation is also set within the same end-time period. Preterists would have it that the explanation was of a time before John, and not after. To reference the beasts in Daniel 7, as being some of the seven heads of the beast, is the beast's interpretation, and all who bow down to that are drinking from the wine of Babylon's false doctrines.

17. The "not yet come"

John Paul introduced a new name, and from the perspective of Pope Paul VI, the sixth head, John Paul had not yet existed. At the time of Paul, (1963-1978) there had never been a pope

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named John Paul. John Paul I said that he chose the names of his two predecessors, and fashioned his name after theirs. This directly fulfills the element; "not yet come," with reference to the sixth head.

18. He must continue a "short space"

This was John Paul, 1978-2005; 26^ years. John Paul comprises the smallest mountain. The short space is a measure that is short, in relation to the other six heads. The tenure of John Paul was 26^ years, and in comparison to the other six heads, it is the shortest space. The next shortest tenure is that of Paul, where the total number of years of that mountain is 67 years. The other mountains number in years as follows; Benedict 88 years, Leo 99 years, John 122 years, Gregory 125 years, Pius 161 years.

Since John Paul is the seventh head, and seventh mountain, and the count has been taken to the last number possible (exactly 665, no more, and no less), before reaching the total of 666, it makes the conclusion that the next legitimate pontificate must introduce another new name, and add only one to the count. This concurs that there is mathematically only one more space to fill to make the count complete.

19. "The eighth"

The eighth is numbered in the sequence after the seven. This eighth is the "yet is" of Revelation 17:8.

20. And is "of the seven"

The eighth head follows after the seven and is set apart from them; he is not included in the listing of the seven that are also called mountains. Because he is the Antichrist, he comes in his own name. This "one" completes the final appearance of the beast, and precisely finishes the count from 665 to 666.

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The Catholic Church will turn the keys of their kingdom over to this eighth head Antichrist, thinking that he is indeed the "Christ." He will appear to fulfill their expectations of the coming of Christ.

21. Full of Names of Blasphemy on His Seven Heads

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. —Revelation 13:1

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. —Revelation 17:3

By falsely attributing the power to forgive sins to the popes and the priests, the papal church fits this identifying element. Any method by which man has employed to displace the true Gospel is false. God made the provision for the dispensing of man's sins, fully and completely, and to displace this with any other system constitutes blasphemy. Thus the popes' claim to absolve a sinner of his sins is blasphemy.

By first insisting that no one can have their sins forgiven except through the Catholic Church, they then lay claim that no one can have salvation outside of the church.

The seven heads all have the name of blasphemy upon them. This element is given just before it is said that this beast has seven heads. Here, in chapter 17, it does not limit the papal heads to seven, but says that it is "full of names" of blasphemy. In Revelation 13:1 it is written; "and upon his heads the name of blasphemy" thus it associates blasphemy with the names

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of its heads. If these heads were kingdoms such as Babylon, Medo-Persia, or Grecia, then explaining the presence of blasphemy would require a more convoluted definition of blasphemy, as they would not demonstrate blasphemy in the same way as the papacy does. It would not be defined as blasphemous for Babylon to forgive the sins of its people. They would only forgive the sins that might have been committed against its own laws, for it could care less about the sins committed against God's laws.

22. The Wounding and Healing of One of the Heads of the Beast

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

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—Revelation 13:3

This wounding was to pope Pius VI in 1798. It was Pius XI who received sovereignty again in 1929, thus the same head was healed. The Concordat of 1929 is the rescinding of Napoleon's 1798 decree that the papacy is dead, reinstating it into the political arena. It was Pope Pius VI that was the head of the beast that was wounded, and it was Pope Pius XI who was the same head that was healed in 1929. The beast has been ever rising in power. Pope Pius was the first of the seven heads. Pope Pius VI in 1798 was the head of the beast that "was wounded with a deadly wound and did live."

Here is another parallel between the dragon and the beast: The dragon, while Rome was its head, received a head wound. Later, the beast would suffer a wound to one of its heads in 1798. History and prophecy show that two heads have suffered a wound; one of the heads of the dragon, and one of the heads of the beast. The head wound of the dragon occurred after the

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cross of Christ before the transfer of power to the beast began, and the head wound of the beast occurred in 1798 A.D.

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. —Revelation 13:14

Napoleon, upon hearing of the new pope, dispatched another order to take pope Pius VII captive, and he too was held in prison, to remind the world that the papacy is "dead." He was released only after the death of Napoleon.

This element also indicates the nature of the identity of the beast's heads. It says that one of its seven heads was wounded. One of these heads of the beast was wounded with a deadly wound and did live. That head being Pius, indicates that the beast's heads are also popes.

From 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D., the beast "was" and in 1798

A.D. it became the "is not" and it will soon become the "yet is" when the eighth head arrives. In a Wider Context

By enlarging the passage of Scripture to include the elements from both chapters 13 and 17, this alignment of the seven heads is shown to also align within the larger context of the

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prophecy. Out of this list of 34 elements, 12 are not included in the 22 listed above, making a total of 34 matching elements. This brings the alignment to 26 elements which the papal church matches already and 7 elements that are yet future.

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More Elements

23. The Whore

24. That sitteth upon many waters

25. The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her

26. The inhabitants are made drunk with her wine

27. Into the wilderness

28. Sitting on a scarlet colored beast

29. Arrayed in purple and scarlet

30. Decked in gold and pearls

31. Drunk with the blood of martyrs

32. The ten horns that reign one hour

33. The many waters

34. The ten horns turn on the whore to destroy her

23. The Whore

The largest church in the world is described here; Catholicism. It is called the whore because of its false doctrines that it has incorporated into its system and because of the nature of this church; it tenaciously clings to these false doctrines lest it should admit that their popes were in error. The Reformation reflects this. The whore woman represents the people within the papal system, and in the broader sense, includes fallen apostate Protestantism which are her harlot daughters, from out of which those of God's people must come. They are the primary target of this message. Satan wishes to usurp the power of God, and likewise, the papacy wishes to usurp the Word of God, in changing God's law by establishing Sunday as the Sabbath day instead of the seventh day. God is gleaning every precious soul of His that are still amidst their assemblies in the final call: "Come out of her My people."

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24. That sitteth upon many waters

During the 1,260 year reign of the Catholic Church, it had proselytized most of the inhabited world. No other church could boast of this. Every country has been entered and its kings made subject to the rule of the papacy.

25. The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her

Many kings were anathematized by the popes until they repented before them, for refusing to accept their decrees. It was easier to follow the papal church than to resist her. Through the centuries of papal dominion over the kings of the earth, these kings have lent their power to the will of the papacy.

26. The inhabitants are made drunk with her wine

The Catholic Church had embarked on its own Douay Rheims Bible and have added to this, their own tradition which they have regarded above that of the Word of God. New doctrines have been created by the popes and their tradition has been elevated to a status higher than that of the Bible. Many of the false Catholic doctrines are derived from the Apocrypha, which contradicts the established Word. The Catholic Church has accumulated a long list of doctrines that are false.

27. Into the wilderness

The true people of God were hiding from papal oppression during their 1,260 years of ruling over the kings of the earth. But since France had taken Pope Pius VI prisoner in 1798, she lost her power and had been driven into the wilderness. There she has remained until the rising of the eighth head, which is to come after Benedict XVI.

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28. Sitting on a scarlet colored beast

The papacy is the beast that this whore woman sits upon, and this beast has received its power and seat from the red dragon beast spoken of in Revelation 13:2. The additional elements of the whore woman riding the beast are added and contribute more details to the symbol representing the papacy, with actions showing its perspective from post 1798.

29. Arrayed in purple and scarlet

The common attire of the Roman Catholic priests is that of the colors purple and scarlet. Their tradition has persisted in spite of this identifying feature.

30. Decked in gold and pearls

The many cathedrals of the Catholic Church are heavily decorated with a costly array of precious stones and gold.

31. Drunk with blood of martyrs

Choosing to honor many of its adherents as saints, and declaring all opponents of Catholicism to be heretics, many of the Protestant reformers were persecuted and put to death.

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32. Ten horns reign one hour with the beast

The Bible states that the ten horns have not received their kingdom yet, but at the last hour, they will rule with the beast and lend their power to its wishes. Benedict XVI has followed John Paul II in the attempt to unify the many Protestant churches back into the mother church. It's from among these that the ten horns form. Let the prophecy speak for itself when that time comes.

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33. The many waters

The Bible does well to define the waters in Revelation 17:15. The waters which thou sawest are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. It portrays the worldwide scope of the influence of the papal beast. The Three Angels' Messages are also to go to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, in a final loud cry, when the eighth arrives. The words of warning to the world are the words of these three angels.

34. The ten horns turn on the whore to destroy her

After the ten horns have lent their power to this beast, and have come to realize that they were deceived, they then turn upon her to destroy her. This event will be fulfilled at the time appointed.

In my final analysis of all the elements from this prophecy, the papal record accurately matches them all. No other interpretation has been able to demonstrate anything near this depth or degree of accuracy. Every prophetic element is seen to match the record with the same simplicity and accuracy as the previous sets before it.

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Rules of Interpretation of Prophecy

There are basic rules of prophetic interpretation that cannot be violated, and every interpretation must meet these basic rules if it is correct.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, or making a list of new rules, I considered that there are some basic rules already in use. After searching the internet for the best sites that gave credible information regarding rules of interpretation, I found about seven suitable sites and extracted from these, rules and other guidelines that are credible. This is by no means an authoritative list, nor comprehensive. Here they are;

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1. Applied to Bible study, rules are nothing more than a means of disciplining the mind by which we allow the Bible to mean what it must mean, not what "we" want it to mean. A passage has a certain meaning, and we need to study it to understand what it is trying to say.

2. A verse can only mean what it means in its context and must not be pulled out of its context. When it is

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pulled out of context, it is often presented as meaning something that it cannot mean within the context. Many times another passage will shed light on the obscure passage and bring forth a sudden Revelation of understanding. We know more than one instance in which this had happened. However, one word of caution is in order at this point. Such a practice can be overdone by "forcing" comparisons that are not relative.

3. The Ultimate Test: Of course, no prophetic expositor can prove his or her predictions about the future. It is impossible to prove the accuracy of a conclusion before it happens. The most direct method to test a prediction for accuracy is to record the prediction before the event comes to pass. Then, when the predicted event occurs, ordinary people can judge the accuracy of the prediction. This simple procedure allows an impartial jury of observers to decide which predictions and interpretations are accurate by simply noting the presence or absence of events which have been predicted.

4. The book of Daniel was written about 26 centuries ago, but unlike the other 65 books in the Bible, some of the prophecies in the book of Daniel were sealed up "until the time of the end." The angel, Gabriel, said to Daniel, ".Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end." (Daniel 12:9) What does "closed up and sealed until the time of the end" mean? It means that certain information in the book of Daniel remains "top secret" until the time of the end arrives. My study of Bible prophecy has brought me to the conclusion that we are living chronologically "at the time of the end." If this conclusion is true, the time has come for the secrets of Daniel to be unveiled.

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(If we are at the time of the end, and as near as many say we are, then these elements contained in the prophecies, must be able to show that there are corresponding fulfillments already within our recent history. The seven heads and mountains would not have time enough now, to begin their appearing, thus they must be largely found in recent history.)

5. God embedded secrets in the book of Daniel a long time ago. These secrets have remained hidden within the text of Daniel for almost 26 centuries. Now that we have come to the time of the end, it is time for the secrets of Daniel to be opened. No one can know the truth about some of Daniel's prophecies until all of the necessary information is unsealed. The book of Daniel was sealed up until the time of the end; therefore, only those people who live at the time of the end can know all the truth about Daniel's prophecies.

6. When God decides to disclose a truth or open to us its understanding, He enables ordinary men and women to discover what He has hidden. Through the ages we find this process at work: On or about the time of fulfillment, elements of prophecy are understood. For example, when it came time to understand the timing of Christ's birth, the wise men from the East figured it out. (Matthew 2:2) The apostle Paul also noticed this phenomenon. Consider his words: "Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by Revelation, (as I have already written briefly.) In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and

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prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." (NIV. Eph. 3:2-6)

In Daniel 3, we read about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego facing a mandatory requirement to worship a golden image set up by the king of Babylon. In Revelation 13:15 we read about the inhabitants of the world facing a mandatory requirement to worship an image set up by the king of modern Babylon. These dramatic stories of faith were recorded in Daniel to benefit all generations, but especially for the final generation!

7. Often, two or more prophecies describe the same event. Because of this, precise alignment of the prophecies is not only possible, but essential to understanding the big picture. Together they are the events that unite the 18 prophecies in Daniel and Revelation into one grand story. God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables; and in this way the same things are oftentimes revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures and parables. If you wish to understand them, you must combine them all in one. Psalms 89:19; Hosea 12:10; Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2:17; 1Cor. 10:6; Hebrews 9:9, 24; Psalms 78:2; Matthew 13:13, 34; Genesis 41:1-32; Daniel 2, 7, 8; Acts 10:9-16 8)

8. This statement is critical: Rules are not invented; rather, man may only discover the presence or operation of rules by repeatedly testing the architecture which God created. We detect the presence of a rule when we recognize a consistent behavior or structure. After finding

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independently validated by others. When you see an unfamiliar rule that appears to be invented just to support a particular interpretation, or it is applied to one use only, it is not a legitimate rule. The architecture of the prophecies already known, form the pattern for other prophecies. More than one instance is required to establish a Biblical rule. No rule can be established from any example that has only a single instance in history.

Beware also of the "wisdom" of men who make up their own rules of interpretation, and tell you that all the heads and horns of the beast and the dragon in Revelation 12, 13, and 17 are all the same. The structure present shows that they are not the same. They willfully ignore other Scriptural evidence. The Bible does give its own direction to its study, and is simple enough for children to understand; 2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

9. The historic record must accurately match the prophecy. If it appears that a compensatory adjustment is needed to explain the apparent discrepancy in sequence or appearance, then it is not the correct historic fulfillment of that prophecy. 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.

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Psalms 21:5; Isaiah 14:17-19; 1 Peter 2:6; Revelation 17:17; Acts 3:18.

10. And in applying such rules, and after arriving at an understanding."The most important rule of all is, that you must have faith. It must be a faith that requires a sacrifice, and, if tried, would give up the dearest object on earth, the world and all its desires-- character, living, occupation, friends, home, comforts, and worldly honor. If any of these should hinder our believing any part of God's word, it would show our faith to be vain. Nor can we ever believe so long as one of these motives lies lurking in our hearts. We must believe that God will never forfeit his word; and we can have confidence that He who takes notice of the sparrow's fall, and numbers the hairs of our head, will guard the translation of His own Word, and throw a barrier around it, and prevent those who sincerely trust in God, and put implicit confidence in

His Word, from error, though they may not understand Hebrew or Greek." William Miller, "Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, Selected from Manuscripts of William Miller with a Memoir of his Life" By Joshua V. Himes, p. 24

The respective parts of a beast in a prophecy pertain directly to the beast that they are shown to be on. The most violated rule seen in many interpretations is the relationship of the heads to the beast that they are on; it is repeatedly shown in the architecture of the prophecies of Daniel, that the heads of a beast are the leaders or kings of the people who their beast kingdom represents. To say that the papal beast has seven heads, and show them to be kingdoms that rose and fell before the papal beast had even begun, places them outside of the time of the beast shown. They therefore cannot be that beast's heads.

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In all examples shown in the prophecies of Daniel, the heads of the beast shown are the leaders of the kingdoms that the beast symbol represents.

In applying rule number 9 to the historic record, let it be understood that the numbers that the popes have used on their names, have not always been correct, and the actual count of the beast is done by the count of the popes as they occurred naturally; There were 21 legitimate popes named John, and though the record lists John XXIII (23), from 1958, he is the 21st John by natural count. While the actual numbers given to the names used by the popes had given rise to the original question that I had sought to answer, it is only the natural numbers that are used in the true count of the number. Five of the seven mountains are numbered correctly. The historic record of these errors is listed here with the correct number in {brackets}.

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