The women we know from translations and interpretations of Bible texts are servants, prostitutes or saints, seen dancing for a king or kneeling to kiss Jesus' feet. But while many feminists have called for The Bible, Christianity and religion altogether to be cast aside, an eclectic group of theologians instead insists that if interpreted properly, the Good Book can be a tool for promoting women's emancipation.
Already back in , American suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of 26 other women drafted "The Woman's Bible", aimed at overturning religious orthodoxy that women should be subservient to men. The two Geneva theology professors say they were inspired by that work, and had initially planned to simply translate it to French.
Search for:. Skip to content Free download. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. The 12 stars above her head symbolize the leadership of the church tribes in the Old Testament and 12 apostles in the New Testament. The one who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron is Jesus Psalms ; Revelation Who is the "great red dragon," and what does he try to do? Revelation Revelation The dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Satan influenced Herod, a ruler under Rome, to try to murder baby Jesus by killing all the infants in Bethlehem Matthew What happens after Satan fails to destroy Jesus?
After Jesus was caught up to heaven, what did Satan do to the church? Where did the woman go during this terrifying period of persecution? How long did it last? It is a well-known historical fact that during the Dark Ages, God's people fled to the caves and solitary places of earth, including the shores of America, to seek religious freedom and protection from papal persecution. The 1, days also described in the Bible as 42 months or as three and a half years refers to the terrible 1,year period of persecution during which millions died for their faith.
During this time period, God's church was alive but was not identifiable as an official, visible organization. See the supplement entitled "Years of Persecution. What are two other identifying marks of God's true church? It will also have the testimony of Jesus, which is the spirit, or gift, of prophecy Revelation God calls His end-time church "the remnant," because it is identical in doctrine and characteristics to the apostolic church.
A "remnant" is the last remaining portion of a bolt of cloth. It is exactly like the first piece from the same bolt. How did Jesus say that we demonstrate our love for Him? John In the same way, God's true church will be recognized by its sacrificial love and its willingness to obey His commandments.
What three angelic messages will God's end-time church be preaching? Revelation And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen , is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelation , 10 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. To whom will God's church preach these messages?
What specifications has God given in His Word to help us positively identify His end-time church? It will appear and do its visible work after it emerges from the wilderness in Revelation , It will teach the same truths the apostles taught, and all of its teachings will agree with the Bible Revelation It will have the spirit of prophecy Revelation ; It will proclaim God's three end-time messages with a loud voice Revelation It will be a worldwide movement Revelation It will teach the everlasting gospel, which is salvation through Jesus Christ alone Revelation However, no such church can be God's remnant into which He is calling all His sincere children, because His end-time church must meet all seven specifications.
Jesus gives you these seven prophetic identification points and then says, "Go and find My church. Luke How many church organizations in the world will fit these seven points? Ephesians It is right now preaching the great three angels' messages of Revelation all over the world. Millions are responding. Many denominations call themselves Christian. Does that make them God's true church? Isaiah The seven women in this prophecy have their own bread concept of truth and want to keep their own clothing righteousness.
They do not want the spotless robes of Christ's righteousness. All they want is to take the name of Jesus, probably because the Bible says, "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Once a person discovers God's true end-time church, is it necessary to become a member? Acts Notice how clearly God answers this question about membership: --We are all called into one body Colossians It is just as imperative to enter God's church today as it was to enter the ark in Noah's day.
The Lord says, "Come thou and all thy house into the ark. How many ways of escape were there in Noah's day? Hebrews Both are symbolic of the papacy. But that wound was to be healed, and finally the whole world would give its allegiance to the papacy again. That prophecy has been fulfilled very, very vividly before our eyes. It was in the year that Mussolini executed the Concordat of with the Pope, restoring the properties that had been taken away from the Church. At that time, the Pope was actually made king once more, and the Vatican City was set up as a political sovereign power.
From that day to this, the strength of the papacy has been advancing with tremendous strides. At this present time most of the countries of the world have political representatives at Vatican City. Almost every utterance of the pope is published to the ends of the earth, and millions and millions of people look to the papal power as the greatest influence in politics today.
Yes, the wound has certainly been healed, and the world continues to follow after the beast. Where did she receive the authority to rule over the world for 1, years and to persecute so many millions of people for their faith? But who is the dragon? But when did Satan deceive the whole world? When he was cast out of heaven, there were only two people on the earth, and they represented the entire world.
By deceiving Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan led all the world astray and came into temporary possession of the earth. The great controversy between good and evil, which had started in heaven, was now transferred to this planet. A Prediction of Enmity After the fall of man, God pronounced a curse upon each participant in that original transgression. In Genesis , we read of the curse that was placed upon the devil or the dragon. But whom is the woman referred to in this prophecy?
A woman, in Bible prophecy, always represents the church. There have been two sides from then until now. The dragon and his followers are arraigned against God and His followers. Truth versus error, and Satan versus the church. Two Sides Satan and God have been contending for the control of every living human being.
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Even in the children of Adam the two sides were represented. Do you remember how God told each one of them to bring a lamb, but Cain substituted fruit or vegetables for that which God had commanded as a sacrifice? This, you will discover, will always be the mark of the dragon. He tries to substitute, or make a counterfeit, for the exact truth of God.
Through the descendants of Cain the earth was so corrupted that God finally had to destroy it with the flood. But after the deluge the two sides appeared once again. The plan failed, of course, and that site of the tower of Babel later became Babylon, which in B. During those early years of confusion, God called Abraham out of Babylon and sent him over into Canaan. Abraham had grown up right there in Mesopotamia, near the place where the great tower of Babel was attempted, and where the empire of Babylon developed.
The city of Babylon was the first capital of the dragon on this earth. A pagan system of religion developed there in the form of sun worship. It was a blasphemous idolatry, filled with immoralities, licentious ceremonies and degrading rites. Baal worship continued to predominate as it did in the previous kingdom.
Then Greece took over, and she also subscribed to the same pagan sun worship. Finally, Rome began to rule the world. But there was no change in the religion. Mithraism, or sun worship, was the universal religion of the pagan Roman Empire. From Babylon to Rome, the dragon held control through heathen sun worship. But during the Roman rule, a great thing happened! It was time for the seed of the woman to appear. Remember, the prophecy spoke of enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the dragon. The seed of the woman appeared in the days of the Roman Empire. A pure woman stands for the true church, but a fallen woman symbolizes a false religious system.
The Seed of the Woman This woman in white, described in Revelation twelve, represents the true church, the apostolic church, with its pure doctrines. The twelve stars on her head are the twelve apostles. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns … and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Now, who was this man-child? It is none other than Jesus Christ. But who tried to kill Jesus as soon as He was born? Herod tried to put all the boy babies to death in Judea in an attempt to destroy Christ.
The Roman Empire, then, is symbolized in Bible prophecy by the same red dragon as is the devil himself. Because Satan worked so closely through that nation to destroy Jesus, pagan Rome is represented by the same symbol in prophecy as the devil. But Herod did not succeed in his attempt to destroy the man-child.
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Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt and escaped the terrible decree. The masterstroke of Satan to destroy Jesus on the cross was foiled on that Sunday morning when the Crucified One broke the bonds of death in the resurrection. Forty days later, He was caught up to heaven in perfect fulfillment of the words of the prophecy.
When the dragon saw that he was not able to destroy Christ, he turned his wrath against the early church. Thousands and thousands of Christians were martyred under the terrible persecutions of the cruel Roman emperors. But the gospel continued to grow and spread. The blood of the martyrs seemed to become the seed of the church. When one died a hundred more sprang up to take his place. Paul preached his gospel right up to the very gates of Rome.
The old dragon became worried. It was now time for the seed of the dragon to appear. Through violence and persecution, he had failed to stamp out the truth. So what he could not do through force, the dragon would now attempt by strategy and deception. He would organize his own counterfeit religious system. He would bring in pagan doctrines and philosophy from the old empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome and combine them with Christian teaching. Thus, he attempted to destroy millions through deception.
In what form did the seed of the dragon appear? It was brought forth as the beast of Revelation It is very significant that the beast is actually made up of parts of the lion, the leopard, the bear and the nondescript animal of Daniel 7. In particular did she draw her strength from the pagan Roman nation. According to Revelation , the dragon gave the beast his power and seat and great authority. We have learned that the dragon actually symbolizes the pagan Roman Empire, as well as the devil himself. Did the pagan Roman Empire actually bestow any authority upon the papacy?
The fact is that in A. History uses almost the words of the prophecy in describing it. The Bishop of Rome, in the seat of the Caesars, was now the greatest man in the west, and was soon forced to become the political as well as the spiritual head. How clearly these statements show that the papacy received her seat and power from pagan Rome! But where did Rome get it? From Greece. And where did Greece get her power? From Medo-Persia. And where did Medo-Persia get hers? From Babylon. And where did Babylon get it?
From the dragon. So we begin to understand why God has given such fearful warnings against the beast power. The dragon is actually behind it all. Counterfeits In Pagan Dress Let us consider for a moment how pagan doctrines were able to find a place in this counterfeit religious system that Satan introduced. Because a mark of the dragon power is to counterfeit and substitute, we will be able to see in this religio-political system t he operation of Satan at his infernal best.
Just as was the case with Cain, substitutes were fashioned to meet the commandments of God.
Many relics of sun worship actually came to be accorded Christian status. A whole set of counterfeit doctrines was added so that the papacy could gain prestige with the pagan peoples of that age. Pagan idols were left at the door, but idols of Peter, Mary and the saints took their place.
As an example of the way in which pagan concepts came into the church, consider the example of Christmas. Do you know where the observance of Christmas originated? Christmas, as a festival, existed long before Jesus was born into this world. December 25 was actually celebrated hundreds of years before Christ was born.
The pagans worshiped the sun, and they noticed that in December, the days were becoming shorter and shorter and the sun was getting farther away from them. Fearing that the sun would leave them altogether, they prayed and offered sacrifices. Then on December 25, for the first time, they could tell that the sun was coming back closer; the days were beginning to lengthen out again.
It became a great religious festival with them. Only the pagans celebrated the day until the counterfeit papal system was taking form. Gilbert Murray, M.
New York: As you can readily see, the adoption of December 25 was based purely upon the heathen observance of the festival of sun worship. Please take note how easily a pagan institution can slip into Christian churches and can even be passed along in Protestantism. And what about Easter? It is a well-known Christian observance in our modem churches. Yet, it was also celebrated by pagans long before the resurrection of Christ. All Christian groups recognize that Easter Sunday is often as much as five weeks apart from one year to the next.
Few know that it is all governed by the heavenly bodies. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox. The pagans of long ago noticed that everything seemed to take on new life in the early spring, as soon as the sun crossed the equinox. So they designated a day in the spring to honor the goddess of reproduction.
That day was dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of reproduction, because of the new life and growth in nature. The very word Easter has been transliterated from the name of the goddess Ishtar, whose worship was memorialized by the adoption of Easter. Many times Christian laymen have asked just what the bunny rabbit and Easter egg have to do with the resurrection of Christ. Of course, they have nothing to do with it. The egg was also chosen because it was a symbol of fertility.
Among the heathen, the day was associated with the most licentious practices. Even the symbols, the bunny rabbits and eggs, are retained as reminders of its pagan origin. These examples have been presented merely to show how easily the devil was able to impose pagan ideas upon that church. As the papacy developed, it was open to the reception of unbiblical customs that marked it clearly as the real counterfeit power described by God in Revelation The question comes to our minds at this point: Are we really following the Bible in all our doctrines?
If tradition and heathen custom have crept so easily into the church, what about other doctrines? The things mentioned so far have not been opposed to the direct commandments of God. We can think of His resurrection and birth at any time and on any day of the year. In the next chapter we shall discover, though, that other pagan doctrines were introduced which strike at the very heart of true Bible religion. We are not so concerned, except for those things which contravene a plain command of God. May our eyes be opened to recognize these counterfeits and to remain loyal to the exact truth in its original form.
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. So far in our study, we have described nine identifying marks of the beast power and its application to the papacy. Right here we will add the tenth point to our list by explaining the number of his name. According to Revelation , the number of his name will also be the number of a man. Undoubtedly this refers to the man who heads the beast power. The ancient method of deriving the number of a name is to take the numerical value of all letters and add them up to get the sum.
If we want to apply this test to the papacy, we must find the official name of the pope, who is the head of his church. If this is the number of a man, it would naturally be the man who is the head of the organization. It is interesting to note that there is an official Latin title for the pope, a title which has been granted by the Church itself. This title is found repeatedly in the publications of Rome. Peter to act as His representative. So with this official name of the pope in hand we can proceed to apply the test of the Scripture.
How do we derive the number of his name? By getting the numerical value of the Roman numerals of the title Vicarius Filii Dei, we actually come to a definite number We grant that it is possible for such a thing to be a mere happenstance if we had only this one mark of identity to lean upon. But the fact is that this is the tenth of a long list of characteristic marks that the Bible uses to identify the beast power. It only adds weight and strength to that which has already been said in making the application to the papal power. It is the capstone proof in conjunction with all the other marks laid down so clearly in the Scripture.
The Mark—A Master Counterfeit We are now prepared to consider the climax of counterfeits as far as the beast power is concerned. We have already learned that this power was to counterfeit many of the great truths of God. A few of the counterfeits might be listed as follows: instead of the word of God, tradition; instead of the Holy Spirit, the pope; instead of baptism, sprinkling; instead of communion, transubstantiation; instead of the eternal law of God, the changed law; instead of tithe, taxes and indulgences; instead of death, purgatory; instead of the seal of God, the mark of the beast.
Here we are especially concerned about the mark of the beast. We must know exactly what this mark is and how we can avoid it.
We first of all notice in the Bible that the mark is always opposed to the seal of God. In Revelation , 3, we learn that the seal of God is placed in the forehead, just as the mark of the beast is set in the forehead. The two things seem to be in direct contradistinction to each other. Both are received in the forehead.
The Seal of God A seal is something that has to do with legal affairs. Official documents are always stamped with the seal of the governing body. Every government has a seal that is placed upon its legal documents. Its purpose is to show that there is authority behind the doc- ument. This is especially true of the laws of the country. Every new law has a seal to show that there is power and authority to back up the law. Notice that each seal has three things in it. It must contain the name of the authority, the office or title of the authority, and the territory over which he has power.
If so, how and where is it impressed? In fact, His law is sealed among the disciples of God. But where is the law actually placed upon those who are faithful? It is written on their minds or, symbolically, on their foreheads. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. The President exercises authority by virtue of his office as President.
God claims power based on His office as Creator of the universe. He hath made the earth by his power. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things.
He bases His claims of authority as the true and only God upon His power to create. But what is the sign or memorial of His creation? And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Remember that a seal must contain the name, office, and territory of the authority. One by one, we study through the ten commandments of the Decalogue.kinun-houju.com/wp-content/qefofotoj/2580.php
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Gradually all are eliminated except one. The three requisites of a seal will be found only in the one that includes name, title and territory of God. Right in the heart of the law is the memorial of His creative power, and behold, in that fourth commandment we find also the three components of the seal. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God name : … For in six days the Lord made office—Creator heaven and earth territory , the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.
In other words, the Sabbath is the seal of God—the mark of the only one who can create and who is authorized to rule the earth. And to make His law authoritative, He has placed the seal in it, showing that He stands behind every single commandment in that law. Is that the same as a seal? Seal and Mark in Competition Let us see what the relation is between the seal of God and the mark of the beast.
The two things are in competition with each other. The Ten Commandments, containing the seal of God, are set up in competition with the mark of the beast. The seal is the Sabbath; therefore, the Sabbath is opposed to the mark. Then what is the mark? Where only is time mentioned in the law?
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