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. 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. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:1-10.

by Brother Emerson A. Wilson
Part I

Missing History
In our previous message, we found that two different women went into the wilderness. One went into the wilderness of confusion because she fled from the truth. The other woman went into a place of obscurity where God nourished her, where man could not beat her around any longer.

Now, how did they come out? We will see the true woman, The Church, come out beginning with Martin Luther. The Song of Solomon 8:5 tells us, Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?... The other woman never came out--she is STILL in the wilderness. Revelation 17 gives us a picture of a woman on a scarlet-colored beast, still in the wilderness. She still has the same spirit, fighting against truth and the cause of God, surrounding the camp of the saints.

When we begin to consider some of the darkness of false religion, we want to make it very clear that we are not talking about any person or any people. We are talking about a very deceptive system (of religion) that the devil is working through. When I went to school, we studied about it in history, but this history is not in history books now. No, children are not learning about the terrible perils of the Roman Empire. This beast we are currently studying in this series on Revelation worked around in such a deceptive manner until he was lifted out of the history books.

I just wonder, as God looks down on the United States today, how many congregations there are where the message against that system is being sounded out. My friends, that devilish power does not want the truth told on them because it hinders their work! Because there has been such a letup of pouring out the truth on these conditions, Roman Catholicism has expanded through deception. Through deception, she has the state hauling her school children. Come on, she is making you and me pay to haul children to be taught darkness. Every time you pay your taxes, you are paying to have people instructed in this devilish false teaching.

You may say, "I don't have anything to do with that system." When you pay your taxes, you are buying school buses and furnishing the gasoline. It is actually against the law because it's a parochial school. Come on, you start a private Christian school and go to the state and ask them to send a bus out to haul your children in--they will laugh you to scorn. Yet this deceptive system of religion is getting it done! Any number of Catholic priests and nuns, because of the shortage of school teachers, are teaching in public schools. They receive the same wages as other school teachers, yet they refuse to pay a penny of income tax. I just mention a few ways that this deceptive power is taking hold of our nation.

Someone may question, "How can it do that?" Well, there is nobody exposing them! The history books used to, and preachers in the pulpits used to, but little by little they were silenced. Now, when someone does raise their voice against such a system (of religion), people say that he (she) has a bad spirit. I am merely doing the same thing that preachers have done in past ages and telling the same story, because it has NOT changed.

"...The Earth Helped the Woman..."
The dragon of the 12th century, the Pagan Roman Empire, with all its infidelity and idolatry, didn't go down without a struggle. The Bible said that the dragon persecuted the woman who brought forth the man child. This specifies the particular woman, the true part of The Church.

In AD 284, Diocletian, a pagan, took the imperial throne and for ten years, Christians suffered more severe persecutions than they ever received from old Pagan Rome! He set out to burn all copies of the Word of God, and it was his goal to eliminate every Christian off the face of the earth. But Revelation 12:16 tells us, And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. In AD 300, Constantine, who "professed" Christianity (but didn't really have the experience), took the throne and declared Christianity a religion of the empire by the law.

Christianity became the office state religion over the Roman Empire. Everyone was forced to accept it as their religion. This merely ended up exactly as you would imagine it without me pointing it out: a great number of pagans, who were never converted, simply adopted certain Christian practices with no reality in the heart. Right then and there was a seedbed for the devil to start his work.

Brothers and Sisters, that happens right here and now. Whenever we just practice the "customs of Christianity", with no reality of the experience in our hearts and lives, we are just smoothing up a good seedbed for the devil to do his work in! My friends, in those days, great numbers who were never converted, claimed to be Christians with no reality in their heart. This threw a bad influence on The TRUE Church, and many Christians relaxed their efforts and endeavors to witness for God.

This is why a pastor has to stay stirred (renewed) in his heart and mind. If too many people feel free to have no experience, it has a bad influence on those who are striving to do (live) right! It will make them weary and the devil will work on them, asking, "What's the use?" This is exactly what worked on the early church to the point that the devil was able to break through upon her and break her down. As far as the outward appearance was concerned, he overcame her.

We have a definite responsibility to keep The Church CLEAN. If we allow hypocrisy, the devil will overcome us as a congregation. He doesn't ask for a very large number to start in with. Please do not get me wrong here: we DO want sinners in the congregation because that is all God can make saints out of. However, to put sinners in a position of preaching, teaching, counseling, etc., in The Church is the wrong thing to do! Men and women who merely "adopt" (outward) Christian customs, going along, "looking" like saints, yet the spirit they manifest and the action they take many times prove to not be CHRISTian (Christ-like). This has a killing, chilling effect on men and women who would be fervent for God.

The devil wants the tares among the wheat. Oh yes he does! Why? Because he gets more accomplished that way. Why? Brothers and Sisters, with the very best we can do as a congregation to live right, the ones who are wrong stick out like a sore thumb. When the world sees them, they will overlook ten other good people. When they see them being hypocrites, they mark off the WHOLE church right then and there! This throws a bad influence and many true Christians relax their vigor and witness which produces a falling away.

Papal Rome
Now let us consider this first beast and what it came up out of. Verse one of our scripture text (above) tells us that it rose up out of the sea. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. Revelation 17:15. So we see that the "sea" was not "water", but people. And not just people, but wicked, unsaved people. So right out from among people who were not right with God to begin with, we have a beast rising up which is going to rule the world for a few hundred years. Once again, we remind you that in exposing the evils of this SYSTEM, we have no person or persons in mind--it is the "system of religion" that we want to bring to your attention.

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. We are talking about a leopard-colored beast. The Roman Empire in its pagan state was symbolized by a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns. In the pagan state, those horns were on the head. Rome was under seven forms of government.

This beast we are studying is the same empire. It still has seven heads and ten horns, but the crowns have moved off the heads onto the horns. The ten horns symbolize (stand for, represent) the ten kingdoms that the Roman Empire was broken into, and the crowns denote ruling power. So what we actually have is the same Roman Empire coming up under the political reign of ten kingdoms, with a name of blasphemy on his heads.

Revelation 13:2 further describes this beast: 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. This is a picture of the Roman Empire under papal power, or under one-man rule of the Pope. Ask any historian what power followed Rome-Pagan, and every one will tell you that it was Rome-Papal, or Rome in a papal state!

Daniel saw some of these very things. Turn in your Bibles and read with us, Daniel 7:1-8:
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

To find out who these beasts were, let's look at verses 15-17 in the same chapter:I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. We can say these beasts were kingdoms because verse 23 tells us, Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. So these beasts symbolized four kingdoms that were to rise up out of the earth.

Old And New Testament Agree
Daniel received the deram during the Babylonian Empire (the lion). Following that were the Median-Persian Empire (the bear), the Grecian Kingdom (the leopard), and then the Roman Empire, symbolized by this great beast. Rome conquered all these kingdoms and dominated the whole then-known world. Again, verse 23 tells us, Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

Daniel 7:24,25 tells us, And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

I want you to consider the parallel between Daniel's beast and the beast of Revelation: (1) When Daniel saw this power, it was a political power only. (2) When John saw this same power, it was a political-religious power. (3) I want you to understand that it is the SAME Roman Empire.

(1) They are both a blasphemous power: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:6.

(2) They both make war against the saints of God: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Daniel 7:21. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Revelation 13:7.

(3) They both had mouths speaking great things: I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. Daniel 7:8, 20. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:5,6.

(4) They are both to continue the same space of time: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Revelation 13:5.

Somebody might ask, "Why is this beast spotted like a leopard, have the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion?" My friends, this beast which we are studying was a consolidation of all the previous kingdoms (and the influence they had had upon people of their ages). In other words, all these kingdoms which he swallowed up were consolidated into one, strong Roman Empire which ruled the world.

Revelation 13:2 tells us 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. This great beast got his seat and great authority from the dragon. Papal Rome will tell you that they received their authority through apostolic succession, but the Bible says they got their authority from the dragon and the dragon got his authority from the devil! In fact, the Revelation comes right out and tells you that this is the devil's sanctuary, or the devil's church. The man of sin is at the head of it. Read the second chapter of II Thessalonians. Two verses in particular from that chapter are verses 3,4: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Church And State
The ten horns denote the ten civil powers of the kingdom; then that little horn rose up in the midst of them. Let's take another look at that "little horn": I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. Daniel 7:8. The very beginning of papalism ripped out three of the kingdoms! this little horn was different from the others: it had the face of a man and a mouth speaking "great things". He blasphemed God, he blasphemed the temple of God, nad he fought with those who worshipped therein.

Now the little horn is reigning; he is stronger than all the other horns. When he took office, he plucked up three horns, or three kingdoms, and crushed the rest of them and reigned over them. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, that horn with the face of a man and a mouth speaking geat things is a picture of papalism, or the Pope rising up. What does it mean when it says that he is stronger than the rest? All the rest of these ten kingdoms were political kingdoms, but here was something that was a religious force rising up--the church reigning over the state.

Going on with history, following Constantine's death, the bishop of Rome took his seat and power and authority. He combined the office of high priest and emperor. In other words, he brought together the head of the state and the head of the church and made them one. That is why Daniel saw this fellow rising up: he was more powerful than, and he crushed, the rest. So, they combined the office of high priest and emperor, and the church ruled the state.

The church put out the laws, and the state backed up those laws with armies. If you did not abide by the laws of the Roman Empire, even to the thought of how you worshipped, where you worshipped, or what you gave, there were armies that backed the rules and commandments of the church. My friends, this picture of papalism ruling lasts from 530 clear through 1530, when God began to break through with the 16th century reformation.


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