Insight on prophecy from the Historical perspective

Revelation 13

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Stephan, our brother from Germany, published an image of the following page at his blog, SheepAlert, in a post entitled,

500 Jahre Gegenreformation / 500 Years Counter-Reformation

(Pocket BIBLe Handbook, Henry Halley, 17th edition, 1946 page 636)

You can read the posts at SheepAlert by using a tool such as Google Translate. It is well worth it.

Here is a transcription of the text of the page above:

“. . .the persecution of Nero and Domitian. 42 months meant a temporary period.

   “To the Futurist interpreter, the Beast is the Antichrist himself, in his 10-kingdom federated empire, the last form of Gentile dominion, in the Tribulation period, just before the Lord Comes. His blasphemies, and his brutal war on the saints, will make it a time of trouble, the like of which the world has never before known. The 42 months are taken to be a literal 3 1/2 years.

   “To the Historical interpreter, the Beast represents the Concentration and Personification of World-Power, thru the whole period of history, as one Entity, but manifesting itself in various forms and in various ages; with many and diverse modifications. The Seven Heads are the Seven Great Powers which have dominated history: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, and Papal Rome. The healing of the death-stroke refers to the rise of Papal Rome out of the ruins of Pagan Rome, and its domination of the world on a vaster extent, and for a longer time, and with a more despotic hand, than any of its predecessors. The blasphemies refer to the claims of the Popes to infallibility, authority to forgive sins, grant indulgences, etc. The war on the saints is taken to refer to the Papal persecutions of the Middle Ages and early Reformation Era, in which, some historians have estimated, over 50,000,000 martyrs perished at the hands of Papal Rome and which constituted one of the cruelest and most brutal chapters in the history of mankind. The 42 months, 1260 days, is taken to mean 1260 years, the approximate duration of the Papacy as a World-Power, 6th to 18th centuries.”

Cropped - Jan Hus Before the Council of Constance Vaclav Brozik

Jan Hus Before the Council of Constance in 1415, by Vaclav Brozik.


15 thoughts on “Insight on prophecy from the Historical perspective

  1. Maria, thank you for sharing this.
    Daniel sealed it, John revealed it. The great hunter Nimrod has its successor in the Pope, the golden head today. His kingdom is modern Babel, Babylon, now worldwide as the New World Order. It is established on global governance and tries now to control, conquer the people, to bring forth the final seat of Antichrist, to replace GOD´s kingdom and law, determinate counsel.

    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.  (Rev. 13:18)

    History is telling it all and shows what is coming up to the final end, just repeating itself on a global scale.

    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

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    • Stephan, there is so much in your comment of importance in grasping what has happened and what will happen until the End of the Age. Thank you!

      It is also possible to calculate the number and name of the Beast with the Greek word (transliteration) “Lateinos”, Latin man, and with the Papal signature “Dux Cleri”. Yes, here is wisdom and the Lord has made these things plain, so that Wisdom is calling out, “Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither. . .”

      Gott segne dich, Bruder ! (Once again I have used Google Translate.)

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      • Although I don´t endorse special SDA teachings, I have to give credit to brother Nicholas who did here a great work and collect the Reformation knowledge about that number:

        The number together with all other characteristics accounts for a doubtless result who is the historical and prophetic Antichrist.

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        • It is strange that a false group such as the SDA has so much information about the Antichrist system. I will take the link, Stephan, and read. When my husband and I first began to learn more about Rome, we listened to several videos in the SDA’s Amazing Discoveries series.

          Thank you!


          • Not so strange. The misguiding of people has several methods. Overemphasizing is another tool to distract people from the truth.

            People who discover the blessings of the Sabbath get pulled into false teachings about keeping the Sabbath by legalistic law. From Hebrew origin it is clear that the 7th day (rest) is different to the 1st day (firstfruits > resurrection) of the week and every day has its own sense. The 1st day follows the 7th day but never can substitute it.

            People who don´t follow the SDA teachings about the Sabbath do also not respect their widely correct teachings about the Roman Antichrist because they think that is all wrong.

            Another version: The truths about the blessings of the Hebrew feasts. People get often pulled into the Hebrew Roots Movement which tries to bring people again under new Jewish legalism but has no truth about Antichrist system.

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            • Stephan, you have given us a lot to think about. Your comment “The misguiding of people has several methods” is very true. Did you ever hear the saying that to hide something in plain view is the best way to hide it? Sometimes I have wondered whether the Counter-Reformation has hidden the knowledge that the Papacy is Antichrist out in the open in the SDA cult, in order to discredit this fact.

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  2. I’m having a hard time finding the exact number of years of papal dominance being 1260. That 42 months is taken to mean 1260 years is the same mistake (spiritualizing a literal meaning) made in saying “one day is as 1,000 years” to discount the Millennial Reign of Christ by Martyn Lloyd-Jones This is also a perspective believed before 1948 when Israel became a nation in a day, fulfilling the words of Isaiah in 66:7-8. Knowledge increases more and more at the end of the end of the age, Daniel 12:4, 9, and when Israel became a nation we see more prophecies fulfilled (Amos 9:14-15; Ezekiel 37:10-14, 22-22; etc., see this site, Watchman Bible Study, for more prophesies fulfilled in last 60 years:

    Revelation 13:3 shows that the deadly wound to the beast is healed. This means the revival of the Roman Papacy due to the ten nations giving the pope power over them. Gill’s Commentary:
    “And his deadly wound was healed; by the setting up of ten kingdoms in it, the kings of which gave them to the beast, to antichrist, the pope of Rome, and so the empire came to have an head again, a governor, though of another kind: some choose to understand this of the wound which antichrist received at the Reformation, by Luther, Calvin, and others, which has since been healing, Popery recovering itself again in some countries where it was driven out, and which, it is thought, will be entirely healed before his destruction:and all the world wondered after the beast; which expresses the large extent of antichrist’s dominion, which reached to all the Roman empire, Luke 2:1; yea, to all kindreds, tongues, and nations, Revelation 13:7; so that the universality the Papists boast of, as a note of the true church, is manifestly a mark of the beast, or of antichrist; and also the great esteem he is had in by his followers, who admire his power and authority, his grandeur, pomp, and riches, his signs and lying wonders, his pretended infallibility and holiness, his stock of merits and unwritten traditions, his skill to interpret Scripture, and his power to forgive sins, and the like: they went after him, obeyed him, embraced his doctrines, attended his religion and worship with wonder and amazement.”
    Even today the pope has sat on the throne of David in Israel taking communion with his host of cardinals. Is he declaring that it will be a pope that sits on the throne of David as the “Christ?” Israel and the world leaders do give him reverence and respect in today’s world.

    As one who likes the historicist’s perspective and believing futurists tend to make some passages yet future when they are clearly fulfilled, I tend to believe in the partial fulfillment of, and the types and shadows of, past events in history where prophecies are yet to be fully fulfilled.

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    • Sherry, yes, some things have been fulfilled and some are still to happen at the End of the Age. It is complicated and is a lifelong study. All will not be understood until it’s fulfilled in the Lord’s timing. The Gill quote is really helpful! I know you have been studying these things in depth for a while.

      It upset me to know that Mass was celebrated and that the Pope sat on his papal throne in David’s tomb. The Gentiles have trampled many of Israel’s possessions, such as, Hebron and Bethlehem and the Golan Heights.

      I don’t think that the 1260 days and 42 months are being spiritualized away when seen as years. It is a pain that the day/year issue is misused. We all must remain humble because of the difficulties. I intend to read your material and watch the video on the Millennium shortly!

      Lord bless your work with these urgent matters!


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