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Part I

An Ignominious End
"The Name of Blasphemy"
The Dragon Gave Him Power

Part II

"Wounded to Death"
"Blasphemy Against God"
"Let Him Hear"

Part III

"If Any Man Worship the Beast"
"Seat of the Beast"
"Desperate Times"
Armageddon, Israel's View
Armageddon, Christendom's View
City Divided in Three Parts
"Plague of Hail"

Part IV

Fate of the "Beast" and "False Prophet"
The Final Conflict
The Supper of the Great God
"The Beast Was Taken"
What Happened to the Image?

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Part I

    The story of the leopard beast is the longest story in Revelation. It covers Revelation Chapters 13 to 19, where finally the leopard beast and the false prophet are "cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20)
    All is well that ends well. A fitting end to this terrible and cruel beast. At the end of the reign of Christ the devil is also cast into this same "lake of fire." (Revelation 20:10) So shall it be with all the enemies of righteousness when at last the triumph of Christ is complete. If there is a God in heaven, this must surely be the end of such evil institutions and beings that practice lies and deception to deceive the people of earth.

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The Beginning that Led
to Such an Ignominious End

    Usually it is not good to tell of the end before the beginning, but the Lord’s people should know at the outset that this terrible leopard beast shall not triumph over the saints.
    Treachery is greatest when something poses as a servant of truth and righteousness, while beguiling and misleading many good people away from the service of God and righteousness to institutionalized perversion. How many have started out to serve God and righteousness who were later subverted into the service of Satan!
    The desire to serve, normally a good desire, is easily perverted into self-seeking, power lust, and self-aggrandizement. Hence, many who sought to serve God unwittingly lost their way. Perhaps few willed to do this, but the arts of the devil are beguiling. Once they succumbed to the influence of the leopard beast, they found themselves sliding down the slippery slope of sin and degradation under the guise of religion.
    Satan and the fallen angels are masters at using religion to serve everything else but God and holiness. There is probably no evil that has not been done in the name of religion.

"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

    Three beasts in Revelation have "seven heads" and "ten horns."

Rev. 12 Red Dragon 7 Heads 10 Horns Crowns on Heads
Rev. 13 Leopard-Like Beast 7 Heads 10 Horns Crowns on Horns
Rev. 17 Scarlet Beast 7 Heads 10 Horns No Crowns

    These three beasts share a similar time span.  All three are on the scene at Armageddon. The leopard beast is a composite creature, a mix of "leopard," "bear" and the "mouth of a lion." (Revelation 13:2)
    This immediately tells the reader that the leopard beast is not God’s creation. God created everything "after its kind." There are no mixed creatures in God’s creation. Hence, immediately the student is made aware that this leopard beast is of Satan.
    The rise of the leopard beast came from the "sea," the restless masses. It was not the Roman aristocracy and the politically powerful that gave rise to this papal beast. Rome had many gods and goddesses
actually some three thousand. "As no man can serve two masters," so it is impossible for anyone to follow three thousand gods.
    The Christian religion taught singular devotion to one God, the only wise and true God. The Christian religion appealed to the measure of godlikeness left in the human heart. It was noble, it was pure, it was kind, and it spoke to the highest quality that man has
love. It appealed to the human heart seeking after God.
    It was the "restless masses" who were ready to receive the elevating influence of Christianity. The poor masses suffered from the abuses of the rich, powerful and politically connected. They were not privileged to corrupt themselves.
    Christianity preceded the rise of this papal beast. "The mystery of iniquity" began to work within the Christian community. Even as the apostles established ecclesias, the devil was at work causing "contentions." (1 Corinthians 1:11-13) The Apostle Paul said, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work." (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

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    Christianity, which appealed most to the restless masses of mankind, became a seedbed for Satan to "sow tares" among the "wheat." Just as our first parents were supposed to populate the earth with perfect people but were soon beguiled into sin, filling the world with a progeny infected with sin, so Satan has not lost his cunning to repeat the same methods with the Christian Church. Only the power of God has kept the true saints from being corrupted by the adversary.

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"Upon His Heads
the Name of Blasphemy"

"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." Revelations 13:1

    No sooner is the leopard beast introduced, than it is labeled in a most derogatory way. The seven uncrowned "heads" are said to have "the name of blasphemy."
    When the bishops accepted Constantine as "Pontifex Maximus" [chief religious ruler], they renounced the headship of Christ. This was blasphemy.

Subsequently, "no less than sixty-two blasphemous titles" were applied to the pope (THE TIME IS AT HAND, p. 30700GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes)).

Titles such as: "Most Divine of all Heads," "Pontiff Supreme over all Prelates," "Christ by Unction," "Prince of Bishops," "Infallible Pope," etc.

The apostles were only known as Peter, James, John, etc.

The papal rulers adopted blasphemous titles, and with these also came privilege, wealth and power.

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    The papal beast was ruthless, mean, extremely proud and pretentious. It seemed remarkably fashioned after the three universal empires of Daniel (Daniel 7:4-7), having "the mouth of a lion," "the feet of a bear" and "like unto a leopard." (Revelation 13:2) The qualities of the roaring and intimidating lion, the grasping bear, and the stealthy leopard made this a dreadful beast. Its overall appearance made it exceedingly "dreadful and terrible" as the fourth beast in Daniel 7:7 was. This unholy mixture was the work of the devil.
    It may be asked how the "name of blasphemy" became associated with the heads of this papal beast. Once Constantine, the first "head," accepted the Christian religion as that of the state, the alleged Christian religion continued through successive governments of Rome. It ceased to be true Christianity, but became the religion of the state.
    There were actually seven great emperors who molded the history of the Roman Empire. The church and state arrangement started with Constantine. Before that time Christianity was not accepted by the state. As a matter of fact, Christianity was competitive with the pagan gods of Rome.

1st Head Constantine Converted Roman Empire
to Christianity
2nd Head Valentinian Emperor of the Divided Empire
3rd Head Justinian Declared Bishop of Rome
head of all holy churches
4th Head Charlemagne Began 1,000 Year Reign of
"Holy Roman Empire"
5th Head Napoleon Restored Catholic Church
as religion of France
6th Head Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary 1848-1916
7th Head Hitler Nazi-Fascist Regime from 1929-1945

    Valentinian, the second head, became the emperor of the divided empire. Then Justinian, the third head emperor, declared the bishop of Rome head of all the holy churches. The fourth head was Charlemagne, who set in motion the 1,000 year rule of the "Holy Roman Empire."

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Coronation of Charlemagne
Began the "Holy Roman Empire"

     The fifth head became the short-lived era of Napoleon, who restored the Catholic Church as the religion of France, albeit with a short lease. The sixth head Francis Joseph, of Austria-Hungary (1848-1916), followed this. The seventh head was Hitler, with his Nazi-Fascist regime that ruled between 1929-1945.
    The allusion that the Roman Empire was Christian and a part of the Kingdom of God on earth deserved the name of  "blasphemy."
    These emperors had empowered the church in various ways
some more, some lessbut always enabling the papacy to exercise authority in government. Sometimes, with vast holdings of territories, the emperors ruled Papal States.
    While the emperors and rulers of the Roman Empire did have a God-given right to rule during the Gentile Times, yet this rule was not to be considered a part of God’s Kingdom. The Gentile rule was to take place in the interregnum between the typical kingdom of God (that was taken away from Judah with Zedekiah’s fall) and the real Kingdom of God under Christ, which is set up at his return. These emperor "heads" were neither Christian, nor the Kingdom of God
this was blasphemy.
    It should be noticed that "ten horns" of papacy were crowned. Not only were the emperors or "heads" considered civil rulers in God’s Kingdom, but also the "ten horns" or territorial rulers in the Roman Empire were said to rule by "divine right." The papacy rose to sufficient power at times to be very powerful in "crowning" and "uncrowning" these ten territorial rulers.
    There were four Gentile dominions, but only the last pretended to be the Kingdom of God, whose emperors and lesser territorial kings were claimed to rule by "the divine right of kings." Hence, we see the church and state were locked in unholy union.
    The Roman Church provided the religion of the empire, while popes ruled the Papal States as a part of the governments of this earth. While most of the Papal States have been taken away, still the vision of papacy is to claim back not only its former states, but to increase its domain to include the whole world.
   By this method, Papacy would set up the Kingdom of God on earth without the return of Christ. The devil created a religious system that in turn reached out to become a government in the earth
we call it the papacy. When the devil threw his mantel over this whole arrangement and called it God’s Kingdom, this became blasphemy.

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"The Dragon Gave Him His Power,
and His Seat,
and Great Authority"

"And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Revelation 13:2

    We notice the "dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." In Revelation 12 we found the dragon going to war to hold its power in heaven. However, here we observe the dragon is quite a gentleman, giving the papal beast "his power, and his seat, and great authority" in the civil matters of earth.
     Why this turnabout?
    The dragon wished to control the nominal "heaven" just as he controlled civil Rome. It would be convenient to control "heaven" and "earth" from one throne. Finding his inability to sustain rule in "heaven," the dragon changed tactics.
    Within the early church was a "man-child" class. Soon it was "caught up unto God, and to his throne"
the counterfeit throne of the antichrist "who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, … so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
    The "man child" of Revelation 12 is really nothing more than the incipient beginning of the papal beast. It started out simply as power-seeking bishops who were not recognized by Rome. Then this class of bishops accepted Constantine’s headship, creating the papal beast.
     It was Constantine that first gave civil authority to the bishops. The need to do this occurred when Constantine moved his capital from Rome to Constantinople.

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Emperor Constantine

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    For the emperor to leave Rome was fraught with peril. His prime worry would be that some general or political aspirant would seize power and leave Constantine cut off from Rome. Hence, Constantine gladly bestowed favors on the bishops, granting them some political power in Rome, wishing to divide power so that no savvy aspirant would become too powerful.
    Those in power always worry that someone may steal the base of their authority. Herod was not the first one to seek to destroy the competitive rising King of Israel. Insecurity caused many rulers to murder any possible aspirants. Hence, the dragon gave authority to many bishops.
    This marks the time when the bishops were no longer persecuted, but gained status and authority in government. They changed from being bitterly persecuted under Diocletian to being empowered by Constantine. Now the Roman Empire became the base of the papal operation.

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