The Roman Empire
The Roman Empire in AD 337
The empire at the death of Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor Constantine (307-337AD), who waited until he was on his death bed before submitting to baptism, was the first (political) Christo-pagan. This is significant in prophecy, in as much as, this was a pivotal point in history where the separation of church and state ceased to exist since ancient Israel (at least in the name of the True G-d, Yahweh). This was the unofficial beginning of the "unHoly Roman Empire." Of course, the pagan-christian Roman catholic church will say that Constantine was a Christian, but then history has proven that there is no difference between a pagan and a christian except the name.
The Ten Horns of Daniels Prophecy
By 324 AD. Constantine is emperor over the ten territories of the entire Roman Empire, which are prophesied as, "The Ten Horns or Kingdoms of Daniel's Prophecy," and they were: (1) Spain (includes Portugal or Lusitania), (2) Gaul (France), (3) Germany, (4) Britain, (5) Italy, (6) Rhaetia (Tyrol and Bavaria or portions of Switzerland and Austria), (7) North Africa, (8) Pannoniae (portions of Hungary and Yugoslavia), (9) Moesia (Goth or Bulgaria in Asia Minor), (10) Thrace (Greece and Turkey in Asia Minor).
In order to gain control over all of the Roman Empire (both the Western and Eastern legs), Constantine had to overcome three other Roman Emperors: (1) Maximian in 310AD., (2) Maxentius in 312AD., and (3) Licinius in 324AD. , but these three Roman emperors were not the three horns that were overcome by the "Little Horn Full of Eyes." Why? Because Constantine did not make war against the Saints, as required by Daniel 7:25, and neither did he change the Times and the Laws of Yahweh. But he did lay the foundation that would give rise to the catholic church.
Daniel 7:7-8, 23-26
7 After this I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, a fourth animal (Roman Empire) awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals (World Powers) that were before it; and it had ten horns (the conquered kingdoms or territories listed above at the time of Constantine in 324 AD.).
8 I considered the horns (conquered kingdoms), and, behold, there came up among them another horn (Roman catholic church), a little one (a small power), before which three (True Believing, "Arian" kingdoms and or Rulers) of the first (ten) horns were plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes (a successions of church leaders) like the eyes of a man (The eyes of all the Popes), and a mouth speaking great things (such as, "I have the authority of god to change the "Times" and the "Laws" of Yahweh).
Note: almost all of the Roman emperors were declared to be a god.
The Four Animals or the Image of Nebuchadnezzars Dream
(Daniel Chapter 2)
23 Thus he said, The fourth animal (Roman Empire) shall be a fourth (World Power) kingdom on Earth, which shall be diverse from all the (previous three) kingdoms (the World Powers of Babylon, Assyria, and Greece), and shall (eventually) devour (conquer) the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
The Ten Horns or Ten Territories of the Roman Empire
24 As for the ten horns (ten conquered territories listed above that made up the Western and Eastern legs of the Roman Empire), out of this (fourth World Power) kingdom (Roman Empire) shall ten (Roman) kings arise (The Emperors: Constantine, Constantine II, Constans, Constantius II, Julian "The Apostate", Jovian, Valens, Valentinian, Gratian, and Theodosius); and another shall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the former, and he shall put down (suppress the faith of) three (True Believer) kings (The Arian followers of Yahshua and Roman Emperors: Constantius II, Valens, and Valentinian.). See "The Arian Controversy."
25 He shall speak words (abominations and false doctrines) against the Most High (Yahweh), and shall wear out (try to destroy) the (Arian Believers) saints of the Most High; and he shall think to change the times (Yahweh's Holy Calendar; the beginning of years, months, weeks, and days) and the law (Yahweh's Commandments); and they (the True Arian Saints) shall be given into his hand until a time and times and half a time (1,260 years or 1,260 prophetic days or 42 prophetic months or 3 1/2 prophetic years).
26 But the judgment shall be set, and they (Yahweh's True Believers) shall (ultimately) take away his (Satan's) dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end.
Note: There were ten major tribes in and out of Roman control. They are the Vandals, Visigoths, Suevi, Alans, Burgundians, Franks, Britions, Huns, Lombards and Ravenna. Of these ten, there were three who were well known to be Tribes of Arian Believers that did not believe in the pagan concept later known as the Trinity. They were the Goths (Visigoths and-or Ostrogoths including some Heruli), the Vandals, and the Burgundians (who later converted under force to catholicism). There is some evidence that at least some of the Ravenna were Arian as well. Interestingly enought these three major tribes (located on the eastern or Arian side of the Roman empire) were in some way allianced with at least one of the three Arian Followers of Yahshua. Roman emperors: Constantius II, Valens (Allianced with the Goths), or Valentinian (weak in the faith, but allianced with the Burgundians). However, it would be impossible to establish these tribes as the ten kingdoms, because (1) there were many other tribes in addition to these ten, (2) The people were migratory while kingdoms are not migratory, and (3) directing the prophecy of Revelation away from the political and religious lineage of the Roman beast would be contrary to the efforts of Yahweh to establish the fourth beast of iron as Roman Religious Government or Rule.
Special Note: Remember, the True Assemblies (Candlesticks or Lampstands) before the throne of Yahweh (Revelation 1:12-20) were located in Asia Minor, which is in the Eastern Leg of the Roman Empire (Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey). I believe that you will find it interesting that the Eastern Region of the Roman Empire (where the True Assemblies of Yahweh were located) was simply voted out of power by the Western Roman Catholics, where this false church is still located.
In 46 BC, when the Roman "Julian Calendar" was adopted, December 24th was the shortest day of the year. Therefore, December 25th was the first annual day that daylight began to increase. Thus, the origin of the REBIRTH or Annual Birthday of the Invincible SUN.
In accordance with the Roman "Julian calendar," the "Saturnalia" festival appears to have taken place on December 17th; it was preceded by the "Consualia" near December 15th, and followed by the "Opalia" on December 19th. These pagan celebrations typically lasted for a week, ending just before the late Roman Imperial Festival for "Sol Invictus" (Invincible Sun) on December 25th.
In 1582 AD. Roman Catholic Pope Gregory the XIII caused the current "Gregorian Calendar" to be adopted, in order to eliminate the solar time shift error that was introduced over the time period of 1,629 years by the inaccurate "Julian Calendar."
By December 1582 AD the shortest day of the year on the Roman "Julian Calendar" had shifted 12 days from Dec. 24, 46 BC. to Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1582 AD.
However, the Original December 25th 'Birth Date' was retained for all pagan Sun gods by the Roman "Saturnalia," "Consualia," "Opalia," and "Sol Invictus" traditions; which were now incorporated into the Catholic "Twelve Days of Christ-mass."
On the new Roman Catholic Gregorian calendar the shortest annual day was numerically shifted back 10 days to the 22nd of December, where it remains to this day; while the original order of the seven days of the week remained unchanged.
Therefore, Wednesday, December 12th, 1582 AD, became Wednesday, December 22nd, 1582 AD, and the True Sabbath Day (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) remained unchanged.
Yahweh, the Only True G-d, would never have allowed The True Messiah to be born on or near the December 25th birthday period of the pagan Sun gods; during the time in which virgins were sacrificed, murder was commonplace, and orgies the norm. This would be an entirely unacceptable association of Good and evil. See "The Actual Birth Month of Messiah."
The Power and Chronology of the False Church
318 or 319AD: Egypt - In an informal discussion on the Trinity between (catholic) Bishop Alexander and his presbyters, Arius (from whom the term Arinism came) accuses (catholic) Bishop Alexander of Sabellianism. He goes on to frame his adoptionist views following the theology of Lucian of Antioch. Afterwards, (catholic) Bishop Alexander of Alexandria convenes a council that condemns and exiles Arius. Arius then writes his Letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia in which he complains of being unjustly persecuted. The letter mentions that Eusebius of Caesarea and many other Eastern bishops have also been condemned. Arius then travels to Nicomedia at the invitation of Eusebius, after which Eusebius advances a letter writing campaign to the bishops of Asia Minor in support of Arius. Due to his rigorous support of Arius, Eusebius "transform[s] what might have remained an Egyptian dispute into an ecumenical controversy" (Quasten III, 191).
Sometime during the same year, (catholic) Bishop Alexander writes his 'Catholic Epistle' in which he informs his fellow bishops that Eusebius of Nicomedia is also spreading the Arian heresy (of course Arius was no heretic). He warns his colleagues not to follow Eusebius, lest they too fall into (catholic) apostasy. Of course, the real heretics are the Roman Catholic Bishops and Popes (to name a few).
320AD: Asia Minor - (c) While in Nicomedia, Arius writes his Letter to (catholic) Bishop Alexander of Alexandria in which he presents another summary of his views. About the same time, Arius writes "The Banquet" (or the "Thalia"), perhaps in an attempt to popularize his doctrine. Only fragments of this work survive, mostly in the form of quotations in the writings of Athanasius.
321 AD Roman Emperor Constantine declares Sunday to be a day of rest (a government decision):
"On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost."
324AD: Egypt - (catholic) Bishop Alexander writes a Letter to Alexander of Constantinople that is also sent to bishops outside of Egypt. In this letter, Alexander warns his fellow bishops of the danger of the Arian threat. He also names Lucian of Antioch and Paul of Samosata as the true originators of this so called heresy against the catholic church (but not against The Creator, Yahweh).
325AD: Palestine - Hosius, a representative of the Emperor Constantine, presides over an anti-Arian council in Antioch sometime during the early months of this year. This council condemns Eusebius of Caesarea for being an Arian sympathizer and formulates a doctrinal creed in favor of (catholic) Bishop Alexander's theology.
325AD: Asia Minor - Constantine (a pagan syncretist and Roman catholic emperor) convenes the Council of Nicaea in order to develop a statement of faith that can unify the Roman catholic church. The Nicene Creed is written, declaring that the Father and the Son are of the same substance (homoousios), thereby taking a decidedly anti-Arian stand. Arius a (priest only) is exiled to Illyria.
The purpose was to settle the dispute over the teachings of Arius, that Yahshua Messiah was not equal in divinity to Yahweh. The pagan christian (Roman catholic) council declares that Messiah was equal in divinity to Yahweh by a majority vote and declares Arianism a heresy (against the false 'catholic' church). The Nicene Creed was then created.
330AD: Constantine (a pagan syncretist and Roman catholic emperor) rebuilds the city of Byzantium and renames it Constantinople, establishing it as the new imperial capital city.
341AD: Palestine - Two Arian councils are held in Antioch during this year, the first on the occasion of the dedication of a church which was begun under the direction of emperor Constantine. Of the ninety-seven bishops present, none are from the West and most are hostile to Athanasius. During this council, the First, Second and Third Arian Confessions are written, thereby beginning the attempt to produce a formal doctrine of faith to oppose the Nicene Creed and the Trinity. (The Second Arian Confession is also known as the Creed of the Dedication.) The Fourth Arian Confession is written at the second council of the year. The bishops of the east deny being Arians, issuing the famous statement, "How, being bishops, should we follow a priest?" (The priest that they refer to is, of course, Arius.) However, they still opposed the Nicene Creed and the Trinity.
363AD: With the death of the pagan Roman emperor "Julian the Apostate" matters quickly returned to normal for the pagan christian church as it resumed its role as the religion of the (Roman military) power.
c. 364AD: The catholic church council of Laodicea orders that religious observances were to be conducted on Sunday, not Saturday. Sunday became the new sabbath: This is further proof that the True Believers kept the True Sabbath, "Just Like The Jews" (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset), and they had been keeping it for at least 335 years since the sacrifice of Yahshua. My question here is, if Yahshua Messiah, as taught by the pagan christian churches, nailed Yahweh's Laws including the True Sabbath to the cross, then why were the True Believers still keeping the True Sabbath 335 years after his death?
Answer: Because Yahshua Messiah did not nail Yahweh's Laws to the cross. He actually amplified or magnified them as being even more important than previously thought, not as a law of legalities, but as an inward "Law of Love" expressed first towards Yahweh (YHVH) and secondly towards mankind.
"Christians (actually Arians) shall not Judaize and (thus) be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day."
372AD: Buddhism introduced into Korea (Satan is very busy and he never sleeps).
380AD: Emperor Theodosius took the final step and made (the pagan-christianity) catholicism the "Official Religion" of the Roman State. (No more separation of church and state).
381AD: First Council of Constantinople. Convened by Roman emperor Theodosius I, then emperor of the East and a recent convert to early catholicism, to confirm the victory over Arianism (True Believers), the council drew up a dogmatic statement on the Trinity and defined the Holy Spirit as having the same divinity expressed for the Son by the Council of Nicaea 56 years earlier. That statement has been lost, but the work of the council established the orthodox teaching of the Trinity as it is held today. The council condemned all varieties of Arianism along with a new heresy, Apollinarianism. The sessions, which were attended only by bishops of the East, lasted two months. Nicene Creed reformulated.
Note: This is the point where the True Heretics (the Roman Catholic Cult church) called the True (Arian or "Adoptive") Believers, "Heretics." This is exactly the tactic that Satan would use. A childish, but effective, "I said it first" sort of thing.
The Trinity concept is purely an abomination to Yahweh, and anyone that believes in it should immediately repent of this belief and pray for forgiveness.
Additionally, at the great council of Constantinople. a further decision was reached which placed the bishopric of Rome above that of Constantinople. This in effect confirmed the false church's more political outlook, as until the prestige of the bishoprics had been ranked according to the church's apostolic history. And for that particular time, the preference of Roman government for the bishop of Rome evidently appeared to be greater than for the bishop of Constantinople.
Severe punishments were introduced for people who disagreed with the official Roman version of christianity.
390AD: A massacre of 7,000 plus Arian Followers of Yahshua in Thessalonica by the Roman emperor Theodosius revealed the early "New World Order" to the world. Even so, the emperor Theodosius was excommunicated and required to do penance for this crime. This did not mean that now the church was the highest authority in the empire (still a "Little Horn"), but it proved that now the pagan-christian (catholic) church felt sufficiently confident to challenge the emperor himself on matters of moral authority.
c. 405AD St. Jerome (c. 347 - 419) completes the Vulgate - a Latin translation of both the Old and New Testaments. This remains the Latin Bible of the Roman Catholic Church.
418AD British monk Pelagius (c. 354 - 420) is excommunicated. Pelagius denied original sin and the need for baptism, asserting that if Yahweh asked men to do good, then they must be capable of doing good on their own. He was condemned by Augustine.
c. 430AD St. Patrick, the "Apostle of Ireland," introduces pagan christianity to pagan Ireland. A Roman Briton, he was born Maewyn Succat and adopted Patrick or Patricius upon becoming a priest
431AD Ecumenical Council of Ephesus denounces the teachings of Nestorius (d. 451), who argued that Messiah Yahshua had completely separate human and divine natures. In addition to voting that Messiah Yahshua was fully human and fully divine at the same time, it also voted that Mary is the mother of Yahweh as well as of Jesus Christ (false image of The True Messiah).
Now if that doesn't convince skeptics that the Catholic church is the Beast Church nothing will.
538 AD The Roman Emperor Justinian appointed that the catholic Pope should be both the temporal (physical or mortal) and spiritual (or immortal) "Ruler of the World."
Note: There have been so many speculations about popes, etc. being wounded in the head or as a head (a leader) and surviving that I thought I would uncover a far more probable possibility. Seeing how it is that any and all heads have already been identified as pagan idolatry symbolized by, and established on the various hills or mountains of Rome; and seeing how the Roman catholic church was and is still centered in Rome (Vatican City). We can arrive at no other conclusion than what Scripture, history, and geography dictate, and that is it is not a pope that is or was wounded in the head, but the headquarters of the pagan Roman catholic church itself that was wounded, but the catholic church did not die. She (with the feminine attribute of a follower of Satan) only lost her powers to persecute the True Saints. To make a long story short on February 15, 1798 AD. on the anniversary of his elevation to the pontificate, Pope Pius VI repaired to the Sistine Chapel, and was receiving the felicitations of the (so called) Sacred College of cardinals, when, in the midst of the ceremony, shouts penetrated the conclave, intermingled with the strokes of axes on the doors. Soon General Haller, a Swiss Calvinist, with a band of his soldiers, broke into the chapel, and declared that the pope's reign was at an end. The Pope's Swiss guards were dismissed, and republican soldiers took control. Amazingly this "wound" occurred exactly 1,260 years after the year 538 A.D. when the Roman Emperor Justinian appointed that the catholic Pope should be both the temporal (physical or mortal) and spiritual (or immortal) "Ruler of the World." A little more than a year later Pope Pius VI died while in exile on July 14, 1799 AD. at the French fortress at Valence, in Dauphiny These are historical facts that can be verified in any good historical resource.
Arianism is not to be confused with Aryans (white supremacists) or with the false use of the word by astrologers as a term for those people who were born under the astrological sign of Aries.
It is and was thought by the greater majority of people ever born (Gentiles), who were generally ignorant of the Hebraic mindset, that Arian Believers totally believe(d) and taught that at some point before physical time began at the creation of the universe (i.e. before "in the beginning" of the physical universe) Yahweh created a Son (or Logos), and since the Son was created by The Father, he therefore had not always existed as has Yahweh, and he was not equal with The Father; and that they, also, taught that, through Messiah, humans could potentially achieve the same spiritual level of existence as Yahshua, as "Children of Yahweh." While this ignorant understanding is close to the truth, it leaves out the essential element of the Hebraic mind, which is, that the Hebrews believed that "To Pre-Exist" was simply to be "Planned To Exist." This does not carry with it actual existence, but a form of predestination or an existence within the Mind or Spiritual womb of Yahweh's Holy Pneuma. for a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Yahweh.
See, "The Arian Controversy"
17 (as it is written, "A father of many nations have I made you" ) in the sight of Him whom he believed, even Yahweh, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.
Arianism reached such a level of popularity that it caused a severe split between the True Arian Believers and those pagan-christian leaders of the Roman catholic cult church. In response to the controversy, Emperor Constantine (a Christopagan syncretist) summoned the first Council of Nicea (or Nicaea) in May 325AD where Arianism was officially rejected as heretical by the politically powerful, but true heretics (the Roman catholics), but it was far from extinguished, and obviously still exists today.
Eventually, those who opposed the Arian view got the upper hand. Roman Emperor Theodosius (379-395AD.) made Roman catholicism, and the Nicene Creed (with its formal, and politically motivated introduction of the false Trinity doctrine), the official religion of the Roman empire.
One Final Note: It should be completely obvious by now, that the True Faith of the True Assemblies of Believers (Arians and others) was suppressed as prophesied; that the catholic church is a church-state government organization and not the true faith; that either the suppressed Arian Faith or the belief in Adoptionism is True Doctrine, while the Trinity is a false "anti-Messiah" doctrine; that True Believers should keep the True Seventh Day Sabbath (Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset), as all the early churches did for at least 335 years prior to being forced to stop (but Sabbatarians still continue to do so today).
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