The twelfth chapter of the Revelation is showing in the symbols the circumstances of the end of the Gospel age, that is the end of choice of complete Christ, Head and Body. This choice was pictured as the "man birth." The "birth" was accompanied in the external scene by the political activity of atheistic socialist powers ruling the whole eastern block. The chapter reveals, how Satan manipulated this power in his efforts of thwarting of the Divine plan of the ending of choice of the Church of Christ. In addition the chapter shows the final history of the remainder of the true Church on the earth.
The main part of the work of testimony about second presence of Jesus Christ and given by Him "food in due season" happened in United States in years 1874-1914. Complementary prophesying took place in Poland in years 1977-1981. Here also, on the base of the Scripture's chronological premises was announced the understanding of the fact of the end of heavenly High Calling. Moreover also in Poland, in most great number were represented those students of Bible, who were believing in the fact of still opened door of High Calling, also after the year 1914.
(1) And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars;
When Apostles asked our Lord about future, He enumerated several signs (gr. seemeion), which in due time was to convince his followers about the fact of his second presence (gr. parousia). The understanding of the time and circumstances of the end of the High Calling were hidden by God in secrets of twelfth chapter till the time just before the manifestation of his presence. It was really the great sign in the religious heaven.
In pictorial language of the Bible the sun symbolizes the Gospel of Christ, the moon – the Mosaic Law, and the stars – the light of Apostles teaching. The full scale of light surrounding the woman represents abundance of spiritual food being delivered by our Lord during his second presence to accelerate the process of calling, choice and a sealing of the Little Flock.
(2) ...and she was the child; and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered.
Abraham typified the heavenly Father; Sarah, his wife, typified this original Covenant, from which so much blessing ultimately is to proceed; but that as Sarah was barren for a time, and failed to bring forth the seed of promise, just so God's Covenant was barren for nearly two thousand years, and only began to bring forth the Seed of promise in our Lord's resurrection from the dead. There the Head of the Seed of Abraham was born, and ultimately the entire body of Christ, the antitypical Isaac, will be delivered ("born from the dead") into the spiritual condition. Then the Seed having come, the promise, or Covenant, will have its fulfillment – all the families of the earth will be blessed. (volume VI, page 361).
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, illustrates the Covenant of Sacrifice (Ps. 50:5), which has ended before the uniting of Christ with Church.
"At the time when Isaac and Rebecca were united, Sarah was dead, for we read that Isaac took her into Sarah, his mother's tent..." Q169:2
"Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith Jehovah". (Isa. 54:1)
Citing the above mentioned prophecy, the apostle Paul shows, that Sarah infertility lasting to late old age, is the picture of the long period of the expectation of the offspring who was to be given birth under the conditions of the Covenant by Sacrifice (Gal. 4:27).
In the parallel, Sarah's death points out at the year 1977, whereas the uniting of Isaac with Rebecca, which occurred in three years after Sarah's death, shows us the uniting of Christ with the Church in 1980 (spring 1981).
Sarah death points out at the time of expiration of the Sarah Covenant (covenant by sacrifice) when it brought to sealing up the last member of the Little Flock (1977). It was tantamount with the end of the High Calling being illustrated by the man births. When entire Church was sealed, the High Calling ended and from then on the last members of the Church being in the flesh were being changed to the glory.
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The entire twelfth chapter of the book of the Revelation is saying about events of the year 1977. The achieving of the full number of 144 000 members of the Christ's Church was the most important from among these events. It was pictured in the vision as "the birth of a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron". According to the best releases of Greek New Testament the entire content of twelfth chapter contains 2008 letters.
Is it sheer coincidence that the number 2008 hides the date of the end of the High Calling – 22 September 1977 (Jewish Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur)?
22.09.1977 — 2008
She was with child ... The type of "Covenant by sacrifice" (Ps. 50:5) under which the Church of Christ was developed. This entire chapter gives the basis to understand that Sarah Covenant consists not only with the very contract with God but also it includes all those who serve to this covenant. In the end of the High Calling the woman being understood in this way gave birth to the collective "man" – entire Christ, Head and Body.
She crieth out, travailing in birth ... During the second presence of Christ the God’s people received abundance of the "truth" in due season, which was wide propagated all over the world. Wherever it had reached, there it was spotting many volunteers who decided to sacrifice their lives as Jesus' followers. All the time, the sharpness of the sickle of the truth was bringing about a great number of conflicts, disputes and various difficulties, which were developing and accelerating maturity of characters of these who was to complement the number of 144 000 members of the Little Flock. The Divine time of the man birth or the end of the High Calling was approaching.
(3) And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems.
Another sign in heaven ... In the Bible Students' literature two symbolic creatures of the Revelation, the beast and dragon, they were identified as two the main instruments of Satan's power. The dragon represents a pure secular power whereas the beast – secular-ecclesiastic power of Rome, the papacy. There is a striking similarity of appearance between those creatures. Every of them possesses seven heads and ten horns. Head, in symbolical language of Bible, represents intelligence or governing centre, whereas, a horn – the executive power. Putting into the visions such various fantastic monsters is a special help for those who "dwell in heaven" to enable them to understand activity of the Most High God in a very complex reality of the world.
The circumstances and the form of appearing both systems the dragon and beast till the final times was concealed by the Lord under seventh seal. Disclosing of this secret in the due time has become for the God's people a sign informing them in the final events of the hour of trial.
A great red dragon ... The red is the colour of communist flags. When the working-class power kept the secular character and was waging the radical ideological struggle, this red had revolutionary fiery shade (gr. purros). When leaders of ten socialist countries linked co-operation with Roman Catholic Church (beast) "as kings" and they ceased revolutionary actions, then their leftist red assumed the royal colour – scarlet (gr. kokkinon).
Seven heads and ten horns … The USSR was achieving its political and economic aims using the countries which it subordinated to itself. The community of these countries created two well-known organizations: one, so-called The Warsaw Pact, having the political-military character and the second, The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), of mainly economic character. After resigning Albania (in years 1968 and 1961), seven countries have united in The Warsaw Pact, and ten in the COMECON.
Seven crowns upon his heads ... In the time when the secular powers of socialism (dragon) led their "fiery," revolutionary politics, the economic matters had the minor meaning. In first place were politics and propaganda. Crowns placed on the heads suggests this. The situation turned away, when socialist powers established close co-operation with the Roman Catholic church, and created in this way the scarlet-colored beast with the ten horns (Rev. 13:1). In this time they engaged themselves diligently in the falling economy (crowns placed on horns), however the political initiative (heads with the names of the blasphemy) they conferred upon papacy. From then on, the same block of countries could to address the world as the "dragon," when its pronouncements had the closely secular character, or to speak as the "beast," when its propaganda appeals were taking into consideration the co-operation with the Roman Catholic church.
(4) And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child.
Expression "third part" concerns, first of all, the societies being under spiritual influence of third section of Christianity, Orthodox Church. (Rev. 8:7-12.) After that it relates to the third part of the population of the world, over which communism gained control as a result of the Second War World (Rev. 9:18). In entire zone of communist power the religious teachers (stars) were being enforced to cease spiritual teaching and join in earthly co-operation with this power in building the secular society. In pictorial language of the Scripture a tail is symbol of false teacher. (Isa. 9:15.) The propagating of atheism and claiming that it is now possible, in conditions of a prevailing of sin, to graft in society effectively the lofty ideals of equality and justice, it was really the false teaching.
That he may devour her child ... When socialist powers initiated particularly intense peaceful politics (1977) and they engaged to this task all churches and religious denominations, Satan made effort to entrap true children of God and to involve them in the stream of that propaganda.
(5) And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne.
She was delivered of a son ... 22 September 1977 is the date of the end of the High Calling appointed by God. In that time complete Church had been sealed upon their foreheads. From the congregations (woman) was selected the class of the victorious remainder still being on the earth. This remainder, together with their Head and the majority of the Church in heaven, made up the "man." (Volume II, page 229)
The "man" or complete Christ, Head and Body, in 1977 born, he rules the nations with iron rod since 1984.
Verse 5 substantiates the reasonableness of the applying of the prophetic pictures of this chapter to the end of the Gospel Age, because in this verse are quoted several words from 2nd Psalm being related to true Christ. In modern editions of the New Testament in Greek, the words being quoted from the 2nd Psalm are distinguished by the bold fonts.
This is numerical value of these words:
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Between two periods seventy-years-long, of desolation of Jerusalem (606-536 B.C.) and of desolation of Christianity by the war, revolution and anarchy (1914-1984), there is certain chronological paralelism. From the Divine point of view, the process of revolutionary destruction brought the world to a condition of total powerlessness. The anarchy fires are nearing more and more from the outskirts of Christianity to its heartland, meanwhile there’s not much a leaders of the world can do. Political vacuum in the world is becoming obvious reality for all people.
(6) And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that there they may nourish her a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
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Once, in the past, the prophet Eliasz announced impending drought in Israel as a punishment for idolatry of the royal family, and especially wife of Ahab, Jezebel. The drought lasted three and a half of years. During that time there was no rain, and a great famine was in the land. Elijah was persecuted for fidelity to truth and righteousness, therefore he fled from anger of Jezebel and Ahab, into the wilderness, to a place prepared of God, where he was miraculously nourished.
This history is prophetic picture of spiritual famine during supremacy of papacy lasting 1260 years (539-1799). It was fulfillment of period of three and a half symbolic years (a day for a year – 3,5 x 360 = 1260 literal years). All that time "Jezebel" (apostate Roman church) persecuted the true Church forcing she to flee into the wilderness condition.
The “Elijah,” the true Church, fled into the symbolic wilderness – or condition of isolation, once again at the very end of Gospel age (1977-1981). It was period of Papacy's triumph today, short-lived, lasting literal 1260 days only. The putting of this system on a pedestal in the final time is being showed in the Revelation as period of forty-two months of the beast's power(13:5) and as the period of prophesying of the “two witnesses” for a thousand two hundred and threescore days (11:3). These witnesses, as Elijah, they had the power to shut the heaven, what means that they announced the end of the High Calling. God’s people, who were standing behind their prophecy, they had become a outcast in their community and had faced restriction from the secular-clerical power (red beast).
(7) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels [going forth] to war with the dragon; and the dragon warred and his angels; (8) And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. (9) And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.
War in heaven ... The final victory which decided about the prize is showed in Michael victory and his angels over the dragon and his angels. In enumerated names of the prince of darkness (dragon, snake, devil, Satan) is a lesson contained saying, that he will use of all ways for this to break the will of consecrated people. It was however his last assault on the New Creation of the Church. On how much the Church being yet in the body is already the Royal Priesthood (1 Pet. 2:9) who is to rule 1000 years (Rev. 20:6), on so many it is already the "heaven," because she already makes up heaven's class designed to the assumption of the reign. (Eph. 2:6; Rev. 21:1.) This preparing "heaven" was the aim of special satanic attacks (Eph. 6:11-12; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). Our Lord also was subject to these attacks, when he, as the New Creation, was tempted at the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). The enemy was cast down from this "heaven." He could not them from now on to harm as New Creations because of the firm attitude of the believers, chosen and faithful, and the help of Michael (Jesus Christ) as well.
Satan was cast down ... There is close connection between "the man birth" and "the dumping of the dragon" as a result of Michael victory. "Heaven" in this vision represents condition of the New Creations - of the heavenly class. The "battle in heaven" relates to the fights of the truth with the error in the intellectual field of spirit-begotten children of God. Satan and his servants tried to thwart completing of the church, but the Michael's victory destroyed enemy's efforts. In the appointed exactly time the Church was completed; Satan meanwhile was dropped from the heaven. This shows, that minds of the last members of the church found themselves under the sealing influence of the "truth in due season," which helped them to win the victory in illusions and tests of the hour of trial.
(10) And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying, Now is come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accuseth them before our God day and night. (11) And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death.
They overcame him … This is the numerical value of these words, suggesting the time of the victory:
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Thanks to what did chosen overcame the devil?
By the Lamb blood ... This shows that the enemy attack was always, whereas just before the end of the High Calling particularly, directed to reveal and magnify the weaknesses which was covered with the Lamb blood.
By the words of their testimony ... The testimony, which they had, it is the Jesus' testimony, that is the "spirit of the prophecy" (Rev. 19:10). This is the prophecy of the Revelation Book particularly (1:3; 22:7). The understanding of this Book helped them to achieve a victory ultimately. Satan had fought with this light.
And they loved not their lives unto the death ... In spite of a surrounding irony and threats, thanks complete devotion an attitude of faithful believers was firm.
(12) Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.
Rejoice, o havens … The joy of the "heaven's class" precedes the announcement of the nearing "woe" for the "earth" and "sea" (symbols of two social parties of the divided world, conservative and revolutionary), because the short time only was left to the devil for manifestation of his anger. Mentioned "woe" is the "third woe" – the battle of Armageddon. It began already to destroy satanic systems to liberate the mankind from his power.
(13) And when the dragon saw that he was cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman that brought forth the man [child]. (14) And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Woman fled into the wilderness ... The prophecy saying about escape of the woman for 1260 days (verse 6) or 3,5 years (verse 14) foretold the change of the conditions of the Church since the autumn 1977 till the spring 1981. During this period the events happened described with a symbols in Rev. 11:3-7.
It was mentioned above already that the history of Elijah, the prophet of God being persecuted by Jezebel, represents the persecution of the true Church by the papacy during 1260 years (539-1799). This period of papal supremacy began from the establishment of the "abomination that makes desolate" described by prophet Daniel (11:31; 12:11; 7:25).
What means expression "abomination that makes desolate"? In what circumstances this abomination came into being?
The transference of the seat of power by emperor Constantine from Rome to Constantinople (A.D. 334) was the circumstance, which greatly accelerated a grasp by papacy of secular power. In the result of that transference the city of Rome has become uncovered on a barbarians attacks. It was this circumstance which advanced the Catholic bishop of this city on the position of its protector and guard. Once, while invaders were approaching, the bishop of Rome has become famous when he had deterred the assailants with the strength of spiritual authority of his merely. The emperor Justinian highly appreciated such attitude. He issued the special edict in which he set up the Roman bishop as the host of this city and appointed him the superior over all others bishops. The Papacy's civil jurisdiction in the city of Rome was recognized nominally from the promulgation of Justinian's decree, A.D. 533, but actually from the overthrow of the Ostrogothic monarchy A.D. 539. The year 539 is therefore the exact beginning of the period of that secular power of papacy, which lasted for 1260 years. Since this year a celebrating of Mass had the force of law and had became compulsory.
Christ's continual sacrifice was once offered for the sins of entire world and forever. It is ever-efficacious sacrifice (Heb. 7:27; 9:28). Meanwhile, clergy put aside this sacrifice and they replaced it by the so-called the Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass is the false and most disgusting ceremony of the Roman Catholic church. Then, allegedly, our Lord offers himself by the hands of the priest to his Heavenly Father in an unbloody manner of sacrifice, under the appearances of bread and wine.
During Last Supper our Lord announced He is the real God's Lamb and then He established the emblems symbolizing his death – broken bread and cup of wine. Besides this, He recommended to Apostles to celebrate his death from now on 14 Nisan every year (Matt. 26:26-28). Establishment of the Anniversary of the Last Supper and his death replaced the Passover Feast, which Jews were observing all the time on the same day, 14 Nisan. Commemorating the Lord's death was to be the very simple ceremony: consumption of a bits of unleavened bread and the drinking a wine with cup. Broken bread is the symbol of Jesus' human nature consumed as the sacrifice, whereas the wine in the cup symbolizes his blood poured out for Adam and all his offspring unto remission of sins. Participation in each year of believers in Memorial Supper is manifestation of their faith in God and in a arrangement of his, which says that the life of his Son offered to death is the ransom for sins of the entire world. (Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:3-6)
The Roman church threw aside time of Memorial Supper (observed only in 14 Nisan) and the proper meaning of these simple symbols of our Lord's death - unleavened bread and wine. She claimed instead, that the five magical Latin words of consecration (Hoc est autem corpus meum) have the power, by so-called transubstantiation, to change ordinary bread and the wine into the actual flesh and blood of Christ. Such alleged bloodless sacrifice is then being repeated endlessly. This disgusting falsification has become the inexhaustible source of the earnings of the Catholic church. In the dark ages huge number of innocent people lost their life for rejecting of this error.
Such desecration of this once only offered sacrifice of our Saviour foretold prophet Daniel long ago: they "shall take away the continual [burnt-offering], and they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate" (11:31). This is the continual sacrifice, once and forever offered by our Lord, which was finished on cross of Golgotha. Hideous ceremonial, which replaced sacrifice of our Saviour was called the abomination because of the disastrous influence it has had upon the faith and practices of the Lord's people. Moreover, the final result of its overspreading influence would be the desolation of rejected Christendom. The date of the introduction of this defiling error is not particularly referred to in the prophecy, except that by reason of this fundamental error Papacy with its false teachings became the "Abomination of Desolation," before it was, as such, set up in power in A.D. 539.
Our Lord quoted mentioned above Daniel's prophecy in his sermon as one of the signs of the final times (Matt. 24:15,16). The revelation to the world true character of the Roman Catholic church, "the Man of Sin," and the unmasking most important from his ceremony, Mass, as the blasphemous falsification, it was one from signs letting to recognize the second presence of our Lord (He said: "So when you see... "). Indeed. The Bible Students' movement in USA, which came into being in result of understanding of fact of the second invisible presence of Christ in 1874, it described in the very exhausting way the coming into being, development and fall of the Roman Catholic church, biblical Antichrist.
As it turned out however, that unmasking of true character of "the Man of Sin" in the dawn of Lord's presence was not the total fulfilment of our Lord's promise: "When you see..." In our days the abomination of desolation that is, the Roman Catholic church and her blasphemous Mass emerged from narrow backwater and became politically famous all over the world once again. The book of Revelation foretold that short-lived triumph of papacy just before its extermination. Elevation of this system was to be the sign for God's people that they had to "to flee onto the mountains" that is, that the last members of the true church of Christ will be soon taken from the earth to the "mountain" of Heavenly Kingdom.
The book "Bible Chronology" (published in 1974) predicted the appearance of "the abomination of desolation" in modern style in year 1977. Events confirmed the prophecy. In autumn 1977, after visit of the Polish secretary of party, Eduard Gierek at Vatican, the Roman Catholic church and her disgusting ceremonial of the Mass became ubiquitous in the Poles life, social and political.
This is the characteristic proof placed in this book, being revealed thanks to biblical method of biblical numerology:
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(15) And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman water as a river, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. (16) And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. (17) And the dragon waxed wroth with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, that keep the commandments of God, and hold the testimony of Jesus.
Water being cast out of serpent’s mouth … Comments contained in the book "Biblical Chronology," published in the April 1974, they predicted that Satan (in year 1977) would pour out the rest of his propaganda after the woman, which however would miss the aim.
This vision represents intensification of propaganda of Peace and Safety in the end of the High Calling.
The dragon symbolizes the strength and the ruthless violence of the secular powers which Satan uses in his purposes. When the same power was lying, then it was showed by activity of serpent – a tool of the father of lie, devil. Satan propagated false theories by factors administering the means of the compulsion (dragon), trying in this way to hold back the run of anarchistic events. Lofty slogans, having on the aim the man good were intended also to delude the Church (with craftiness of serpent). Before this peaceful propaganda took peak intensity and universal range, Satan, through socialist powers, pulled down to the "earth" to the co-operation in the earthly aims the teachers (stars) of nominal Christianity. It created great temptation and danger for the Lord’s followers. (Rev. 12:4)
During 60th anniversary of The Great October Socialist Revolution were delivered the solemn speech in Moscow, on Kremlin, in the day 2.11.1977. The report was titled "Great October and Mankind Progress". The next day Leonid Brezhnev delivered addresses: "To the Soviet Nation" and "To Nations, Parliaments and Rules All Countries of the World."
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In the similar need of the consolidation of his power and the assurance of the obedience of the nations ruled by him found himself once the ruler of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. He conquered the whole contemporary world. He was the first to grasp the thought of the wisdom of the possession a universal government which would make peace on the earth. The peoples from every part of his domain should be committed to the worship of one god, that the having of one religion might help to cement the various incongruous elements of which his kingdom was composed. In this aim, the king put up the gold image, being 60 cubits tall, and he commanded, that the whole contemporary world solemnly celebrated the feast of peace. Every one had to bow before the image. From now on, there was in force in his empire the worshiping of the one religion only. His rule was characterizing by victorious conquests and wars so far. From this time, the period of peace, prosperity and joy had to take control in the world.
"Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up; and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. " (Dan. 3:4-6)
Celebrations of the anniversary of October Revolution in 1977 at Moscow which happened in our day were the today's counterpart of the 60 cubits tall gold image of the king Nebuchadnezzar. In this way the Soviet powers exposed in public the achievements sixty-years-old socialism and they recommended its ideas as the only way of maintenance of the peace for the world.
In this particular year (1977) the propaganda of peace and safety took special strength. Nations, parliaments and the governments of the world answered favorably to the appeal of paying homage to the good, which the Great October Socialist Revolution brought, – the harbinger of the better tomorrow. In the same year to the capital of atheism had arrived on solemn congress the churches of the world, and they also paid homage to the Revolution.
The dragon grew furious with the woman …The propaganda flood, which "serpent" poured out at the end of The High Calling did not "carried away" the woman, therefore was left for the serpent only – to hate and fight with the rest of her offspring. This fight was already prophesied in the paradise, that the earthly life of "the woman seed" – Christ's Body will be destroyed ("and thou shalt bruise his heel").
(18) ...and he stood upon the sand of the sea.
It is comment to this verse in the book "Bible Chronology" being published in 1974:
"The prophetic content of the twelfth chapter of the Revelation will be fulfilled to 1977. Points out to this the 18 verse, which marks the end of this entire chapter. The woman escape for the 3,5 years is only the forecast of a events, which will happen since the year 1977 (...)
"The assumed position of 'the sea shore' (year 1977) will be the observation-point to see the farther final, amazing events contained in the farther chapters of Revelation. John class will see the various 'beasts' in their final shape. It seems, that the warning of the Scripture will be particularly in time then: 'If any man [is] for captivity, into captivity he goes: if any man shall kill with the sword, with the sword must he be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints' (Rev. 13:1-10)."
This is the numerical value of verse 18 (“Bible Chronology”-1974):
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Events confirmed the prophetic scenario: In December 1977 the representative of ten countries of COMECON, leader of Poland, Eduard Gierek, paid a courtesy visit to pope Paul VI, with the aim of establishing of close co-operation between eastern block and Vatican.
"This same fearful foreboding on the part of the civil powers throughout all civilized nations is that, upon which is based the recent conciliatory attitude of all the civil powers of Europe toward the Pope of Rome, and which now begins to look quite favorable to his long-cherished hope of regaining much of his lost temporal power (…) Feeling their own incompetency to cope with the mighty power of the awakening world, the civil authorities, in sheer desperation, call to mind the former power of Papacy, the tyrant, which once held all Christendom in its grasp; and though they hate the tyrant, they are willing to make large concessions, if by this means they may succeed in holding in check the discontented peoples. [written in 1897]". D-131
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Next chapter (13) shows the ten-horned beast emerging out of the sea and the dragon that confers upon the beast the entire power.
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