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Prophecy: Revelation Puzzle-Part 6 (The False Prophet-The Pyramid-The Clergy)
May 8, 2018 Iyar (Mo 2) 23, 5778


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"Edward Bishop Elliott (1793-1875), scholarly prophetic expositor, received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1816. After traveling in Italy and Greece he was given the vicarage of Tuxford, Nottingham, in 1824, and later was made prebendary of Heytesbury, Wiltshire. In 1849 he became incumbent of St. Mark's Church, Brighton. A member of the Evangelical school, he was an earnest promoter of missionary enterprise and an ardent advocate of premillennialism. Elliott was thoroughly equipped as a scholar and was deeply interested in prophecy, spending a lifetime in investigation and seeking to understand God's mind thereon. His Horae Apocalypticae (Hours with the Apocalypse) [literally 'time with the Apocalypse'] is doubtless the most elaborate work ever produced on the Apocalypse... Begun in 1837, its 2500 pages of often involved and overloaded text are buttressed by some 10,000 invaluable references to ancient and modern works bearing on the topics under discussion.... Perhaps its most unique feature is the concluding sketch of the rise and spread of the Jesuit counter systems (Futurism and Preterism -ed.) of interpretation that had made such inroads upon Protestantism. Holding unswervingly to the Historical School of interpretation (Historicism -ed.), Elliott gives the most complete exposure of these counter interpretations to be found." (The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Leroy Froom vol. III, pp. 716-718). Horae Apocalypticae by E.B. Elliott



Please review and use my Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. This series of Revelation Puzzle articles is meant to be used in conjunction with the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. Here, you can SEE the dates of when these events took place, as well as reference sources in various writings. I hold the view that several of the vials are still pouring...something the Historicist writers could not have foreseen 110 to 160 years ago.

You do not need to read this series of articles so that you will become an expert in history! Rather, you need to know these things because, as the scripture says, "that which has been before is that which shall be again". The intricacies of the Roman Catholic clergy pyramid are historically interesting to ferret out, but I am more interested as I see this pyramid being reconstructed today in the millions of independent churches where a Senior Pastor rules over his subjects like a king. These Senior Pastor kings extract tithes from their subjects in just the same way as the prophet Samuel warned Israel that their Kings would do to them in 1 Samuel, Chapter 8. I also take note that these same independent churches and their Senior Pastors are now aligning, because of a desire for covering, underneath the authority of Bishops. These Bishops have now aligned under the so called Super Apostles of our day. This desire for covering is nothing more than the workings of the old Mystery Babylon entity, at work in another cycle of pyramid building. So, the abominable thing that took six hundred years to form in the Roman Catholic era has now begun to take shape in the first fifty years of the charismatic era. These things are powerfully relevant to how we understand what is happening in our churches today.

I closed with the fifth part of the Revelation Puzzle series some seven months ago as I had thought that I had finished with the first phase of the Revelation Puzzle: the goal of which is to make the Revelation of the Apocalypse understandable. The postscript to that fifth part of the series closed with a conclusion where I stated: "the double judgements have been decreed from Old Testament times against RED: against the corruption that is in the world through lust and desire and love for the world and for the things of this world. The predominating color of the Church of Rome is RED: SCARLET RED. The color worn by all of her CARDINALS is RED when they are in conclave." So, I notice that the Lord had begun, at that time, to shift my gaze to the Cardinals and the Clergy of the church of Rome, which are an element just below the Papacy in the hierarchical order of the Roman Catholic Church. In short, the Lord was shifting my prophetic gaze to the whole pyramidal structure of the apostate church of Rome, and hence, the Lord was connecting this work regarding the puzzle pieces of the Book of Revelation to the defining vision I received some twenty seven years ago: The Lord And The Pyramid

Please open the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. and take a quick look at Revelation 12:3 and note that the reference here is to a beast, a great red dragon, or antichrist, who has crowns upon SEVEN HEADS. Now, look at Revelation 13:1 to see a beast, or antichrist, who has crowns upon TEN HORNS. I have previously explained that the Revelation 12:3 beast refers to Imperial Rome, under the rule of her SEVEN HEADS or types of government: her Caesar's being but one of the seven, prior to her collapse in 476AD. Revelation 13:1 refers to Papal Rome, ruling over her TEN HORNS, which represented the ten kings of Europe, at a later time, from 606AD to 1866AD. Now, let us shift our gaze to a time later in history, near unto and after the fall of Papal Rome, in Revelation 17:3, where we find this same seven headed, ten horned beast at the time when she is judged by God.

So, we find that this is the same beast portrayed at different times, portrayed in three different Revelation scriptures. The middle one: the Revelation 13 beast, differs in that a second beast is portrayed in Revelation 13:11-17 as arising from the earth. Please follow down the Revelation 13 page on the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. and you will see that I have written commentaries along side each verse. This beast is a lamb like beast with two horns, but he speaks like a dragon. "Beware of them which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." The historicist writers were of unified opinion that this second beast, also referred to by many as the false prophet, symbolically represents the clergy as it stretches down the sides of the pyramid from Pope, to the Cardinals, to Archbishops, to Papal Councils, to Priests, Friars, Monks, Nuns and all the others included in the Roman Catholic compendium. By connection through the Revelation 17 Mystery Babylon, MOTHER OF HARLOTS, every non-Roman Catholic harlot church and clergy have a familial relation as they do their work as daughter harlots.

May I remind the reader, once again, that we are told in the very first verse of the first chapter of the Revelation that the angel sent and SIGNIFIED these things John. Also, verse 6 informs us that He "hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father". Consider then Pro 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." Does not the scripture strongly imply that you must be a king and a priest unto God in order to be able to search out these matters. Since it is the glory of God in the concealing, I conclude that it will also require that God's king and priest must have His glory upon him or her to be able to search these things out. Witness then the horrible price we have paid in being connected to defiled churches and in wallowing in personal defilement ourselves: all of which keeps the presence and glory of God from resting upon us and, as a consequence, leaves us in darkness and confusion of understanding. We must come out and walk in the light to understand these and other things that have been hidden.

Scofield, in his Study Bible, in the 1917 edition, in his commentary on chapter 1, verse 5 of the Book of Titus, reports that "The eldership in the apostolic local churches was always plural. There is no instance of one elder in a local church." There was not a single Senior pastor in the local churches of the Bible! Elliot, in the Horae Apocalypticae, Volume 3, page 162 writes "It is to be understood, then, that until near the close of the second century, the Churches of which the Christian community consisted (Churches independent though federatively united) were under the government each of its proper Bishop; and that of these Bishops none were possessed of superior rank or authority over the others." So, we see from these two quotes that it took the first two hundred years after the birth of Christ to move from a system where there were no Senior Pastors to a system where every church had a Senior Pastor. We see in this development that Mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots, had begun to construct the pyramid from the bottom up. By the time we reach to the end of the third century, we find the emergence of Metropolitan Bishops as the next rung up the pyramidal ladder, as Elliott writes on page 163: "Let nothing be done by the Bishops without the cognizance of their Metropolitan, was one of the so-called Apostolic Canons, which represent to us the government and discipline of the Churches of Eastern Christendom in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Moreover to the Bishops of Rome, Antioch, and Alexandria, as the Capitals respectively of Italy, Syria, and Egypt, to the first more especially,—there was accorded a certain pre-eminence over other Metropolitans, not indeed of authority, but of rank and privilege."

By 378AD, the authority over ecclesiastical matters by these Metropolitans had become established in the Western empire as had the right of appeal to Rome under the Law of Gratian and Valentinian. (Elliott, Horae, Vol 3, p165.) By 529AD, Elliott writes (p167) that it (Justinian's Code) "made all matters of simony and clerical irregularity or insubordination, as well as of heresy, matters for Episcopal or Papal jurisdiction ;—and, even in civil and criminal causes, assigned to the Bishop's court equal jurisdiction with the ordinary tribunal, and required episcopal sanction ere execution of sentence on the condemned." Finally, by 606AD, Elliot writes on p168 that the Papacy under Gregory finally achieved ultimate domination over the rest of the clergy: the capstone of the pyramid had now been placed. The entirety of Western Clergy willfully submitted to this Pope, who reigned, along with those who followed for 1,260 years over the ten kings of Europe. Hence, we see that it took a little more than six hundred years from the birth of Christ for this monster to emerge...this thing as the Lord called it when He showed me the vision of the pyramid of the church. It is a monster and the Lord hates this thing and He is devoted to its' final destruction, whether it takes the form of a Senior Pastor, lording over his elders, deacons and other ministers, or the worldwide version of the same.

Construction of this Roman Catholic pyramid began sometime, late in the first century. The pyramid building efforts of our day simply skipped the plural bishopric form and went directly to the formation of independent churches, each with their own independent Senior Pastor, beginning in the 1950's to this very day. Sometime later, let us say at around 1970, many of these independent Senior Pastor headed churches began to form under the larger ones whose Senior Pastors became their Bishops. This formation of the latter day, charismatic, full gospel pyramid began in just the same way as that of the Roman Catholic pyramid: from the bottom up. The 21st century saw the emergency of the Apostolic Round-tables and the Super Apostles who have been gathering the Bishops under their so called covering. And all of this has primarily had its' start in America, where there has been constant efforts on the part of businesses over the last two hundred years to form monopolies through the use of vertical consolidation, though our government has fought ardently against this force at times. This same vertically consolidating pyramid building effort has been underway in the churches that CLAIM to have the greatest power and authority with and from God. These CLAIM a practical ownership to the signs and wonders of God, just as the Roman Catholic church before them was obsessed with supernatural signs and wonders at every turn, which thing led to the worship of dead saints and prayers raised to the virgin Mary. Sadly, I must conclude that most of the signs and wonders were probably false in both cases, yet God is still on the throne and is still honoring His word, even if His people and their leaders have strayed from Him. Will these modern day, so called super apostles name one of their own as a defacto, charismatic Pope? Time will tell, but the Roman Catholic example would suggest that the pyramid will not be complete until they have done so and put the capstone in place.



Stephen L. Bening


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"Edward Bishop Elliott (1793-1875) All the major Reformers and all the major Reformation creeds and confessions adopted the historicist position — and it is this position that Elliott so skillfully defends. Included in Horae Apocalypticae you will also find a very useful historical survey of who held which positions concerning eschatology, much history on the Roman empire (and its interaction with Christianity), how the Reformation, Islam, etc. were prophesied in the Apocalypse, a world chronology according to the Hebrew Scriptures (which would make the Earth 6127 years old), patristic views of prophecy, the beast and his mark (666) revealed, and much more. The Papacy is also shown to be the apocalyptic antichrist, which was a standard position among the Reformers. Elliott also deals with Moses Stuart's Preterism. Horae Apocalypticae by E.B. Elliott

Please review and use my Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. This series of Revelation Puzzle articles is meant to be used in conjunction with the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. Here, you can SEE the dates of when these events took place, as well as reference sources in various writings. I hold the view that several of the vials are still pouring...something the Historicist writers could not have foreseen 110 to 160 years ago.

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