Dr. Martin Luther BIBLE
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The little Horn 1

Daniel 7

VERSE   21.   „I   beheld,   and   the   same   horn   made   war   with   the   saints,   and prevailed    against    them;    22.    Until    the    Ancient    of    days    came,    and judgment   was   given   to   the   saints   of   the   Most   High;   and   the   time   came that the saints possessed the kingdom.“ „Daniel   and   the   Revelation“   by   Uriah   Smith,   1897 (1907), pp. 140, 141 (131, 132) The   relentless   wrath   of   this   little   horn   against   the   saints      particularly attracted   the   attention   of   Daniel.   The   rise   of   the   ten   horns,   or   the division   of   Rome   into   ten   kingdoms,   between   the   years   A.D.   351   and 483,   has   already   been   noticed.   As   these   horns   denote   kingdoms,   the little   horn   must   denote   a   kingdom   also,   but   not   of   the   same   nature, because   it   was   diverse    from   the   others.   They   were   political   kingdoms. And   now   we   have   but   to   inquire   if   any   kingdom   has   arisen   among   the ten   kingdoms   of   the   Roman   empire   since   A.D.   483,   and   yet   diverse   from them    all;    and    if    so,    what    one?    The    answer    is,    Yes;    the    SPIRITUAL KINGDOM    OF    THE    PAPACY.    This    answer    to    the    symbol    in    every particular, as is easily proved; and nothing else will [do it]. Daniel   beheld   this   horn   making   war   upon   the   saints.   Has   such   a   war been   waged   by   the   PAPACY?   Fifty   millions   of   martyrs   [editor:   150   until 250   millions   of   martyrs;   ex-priest   of   the   Roman   Catholic   Church   Gregor Dalliard:   200   millions   of   martyrs],   with   a   voice   like   the   sound   of   many waters,   answer,   YES.   Witness   the   cruel   persecutions   of   the   Waldenses, the   Albigenses,   and   Protestants   in   general,   by   the   PAPAL   POWER.   It   has been    asserted    that    the    persecutions,    massacres,    and    religous    wars excited   by   the   CHURCH   AND   BISHOP   OF   ROME,   have   occasioned   the shedding   of   far   more   blood   of   the   saints   of   the   Most   High   than   all   the enmity,    hostility,    and    persecutions    of    professed    heathen    from    the foundation of the world.

Daniel 7

VERSE   23.   „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.   24.   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.   25.   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.   26.   But   the   judgment   shall   sit,   and   they   shall   take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.“ „Daniel and the Revelation“ by Uriah Smith, pp. 132-134, 141-145 We have here further particulars respecting the fourth beast and the little horn. Perhaps   enough   has   already   been   said   respecting   the   fourth   beast   (Rome)   and   the   ten   horns,   or   ten   kingdoms,   which   arose   therefrom. The   little   horn   now   more   particularly   demands   attention.   As   stated   on   verse   8,   we   find   the   fulfilment   of   the   prophecy   concerning   this horn   in   the   rise   and   work   of   the   papacy.   It   is   a   matter   of   both   interest   and   importance,   therefore,   to   inquire   into   the   causes   which resulted in the development of this anti-Christian power. The   first   pastors   or   bishops   of   Rome   enjoyed   a   respect   proportionate   to   the   rank   of   the   city   in   which   they   resided;   and   for   the   first   few centuries   of   the   Christian   era,   Rome   was   the   largest,   richest,   and   most   powerful   city   in   the   world.   It   was   the   seat   of   empire,   the capital   of   the   nations.   "All   the   inhabitants   of   the   earth   belong   to   her,"   said   Julian;   and   Claudian   declared   her   to   be   "the   fountain   of laws."   "If   Rome   is   the   queen   of   cities,   why   should   not   her   pastor   be   the   king   of   bishops?"   was   the   reasoning   these   Roman   pastors adopted.   "Why   should   not   the   Roman   Church   be   the   mother   of   Christendom?   Why   should   not   all   nations   be   her   children,   and   her authority   their   sovereign   law?   It   was   easy,"   says   D'Aubigne,   from   whom   we   quote   these   words   ("History   of   the   Reformation,"   Vol.   I, chap. 1), "for the ambitious heart of man to reason thus. Ambitious Rome did so." The   bishops   in   the   different   parts   of   the   Roman   empire   naturally   yielded   to   the   Bishop   of   Rome   some   portion   of   that   honor   which Rome,   as   the   queen   city,   received   from   the   nations   of   the   earth.   There   was   originally   no   dependence   implied   in   the   honor   thus   paid. "But,"   continues   D'Aubigne,   "usurped   power   increased   like   an   avalanche.   Admonitions,   at   first   simply   fraternal,   soon   became   absolute commands   in   the   mouth   of   the   pontiff.   The   western   bishops   favored   this   encroachment   of   the   Roman   pastors,   either   from   jealousy   of the   eastern   bishops,   or   because   they   preferred   submitting   to   the   supremacy   of   a   Pope   rather   than   to   the   dominion   of   a   temporal power." Such   were   the   influences   clustering   around   the   bishop   of   Rome,   and   thus   circumstances   tended   toward   his   speedy   elevation   to   the supreme   spiritual   throne   of   Christendom.   But   the   fourth   century   was   destined   to   witness   an   obstacle   thrown   across   the   path   of   this ambitious   dream.   Arius,   parish   priest   of   the   ancient   and   influential   church   of   Alexandria,   sprung   his   doctrine   upon   the   world, occasioning   so   fierce   a   controversy   in   the   Christian   church   that   a   general   council   was   called   at   Nicaea,   by   the   emperor   Constantine, A.D.   325,   to   consider   and   adjust   it.   Arius   maintained   "that   the   Son   was   totally   and   essentially   distinct   from   the   Father;   that   he   was   the first   and   noblest   of   those   beings   whom   the   Father   had   created   out   of   nothing,   the   instrument   by   whose   subordinate   operation   the almighty Father formed the universe, and therefore inferior to the Father both in nature and dignity." Editor:   „Yahshua   the   Messiah   (greek.:   Jesus   Christ)   was   the   only   begotten   Sohn.   Arius,   later   he   was   murdered   through   poison,   said, that is only one God in heaven, the Father, and not a second God (and more). Yahshua says: for my Father is greater than I. (John 14:28.) Yahshua had also a beginning of his life (Proverbs 8:22-31). Emperor   Constantin   pass   a   resolution   at   the   council   of   Nicea   in   A.D.   325,   that   Jesus   Christ   is   god!   Also   emperor   Theodosius   on   his council   in   A.D.   381   said,   that   the   holy   Spirit/Ghost   is   truly   god.   If   anyone   was   against   the   resolutin   and   all   other   people,   which   had   no faith on this resolution, they get persecutions etc. The doctrine of the trinity is not written in the Sacred Scriptures: What   say   the   Sacred   Scriptures   to   this   point:   „First   commandment   of   the   Ten   Commandments   (Exodus   20):   You   shall   have   no   other gods/elohim beside me (nor two, nor three: nor God Jesus Christ, nor God Holy Ghost/Spirit)!!“ Go   on   with   „Daniel   and   the   Revelation“:   This   opinion   was   condemned   by   the   council,   which   decreed   that   Christ   was   of   one   and   the same   substance   with   the   Father.   Hereupon   Arius   was   banished   to   Illyria,   and   his   followers   were   compelled   to   give   their   assent   to   the creed composed on that occasion. (Mosheim, cent.4, part 2, chap.4: Stanley, History of the Eastern Church, p.239.) The   controversy   itself,   however,   was   not   to   be   disposed   of   in   this   summary   manner,   but   continued   for   ages   to   agitate   the   Christian world,   the   Arians   everywhere   becoming   the   bitter   enemies   of   the   pope   and   of   the   Roman   Catholic   Church.   From   these   facts   it   is evident   that   the   spread   of      Arianism   would   check   the   influence   of   the   Catholics;   and   the   possession   of   Rome   and   Italy   by   a   people   of the   Arian   persuasion,   would   be   fatal   to   the   supremacy   of   a   Catholic   bishop.   But   the   prophecy   had   declared   that   this   horn   would   rise to supreme power, and that in reaching this position it would subdue three kings.

Dr. Martin Luther BIBLE

The little Horn 1

Daniel 7

VERSE   21.   „I   beheld,   and   the   same   horn   made war   with   the   saints,   and   prevailed   against   them; 22.     Until     the     Ancient     of     days     came,     and judgment   was   given   to   the   saints   of   the   Most High;     and     the     time     came     that     the     saints possessed the kingdom.“ „Daniel   and   the   Revelation“   by   Uriah   Smith,   1897 (1907), pp. 140, 141 (131, 132) The   relentless   wrath   of   this   little   horn   against the   saints      particularly   attracted   the   attention of    Daniel.    The    rise    of    the    ten    horns,    or    the division    of    Rome    into    ten    kingdoms,    between the    years    A.D.    351    and    483,    has    already    been noticed.    As    these    horns    denote    kingdoms,    the little   horn   must   denote   a   kingdom   also,   but   not of   the   same   nature,   because   it   was   diverse    from the    others.    They    were    political    kingdoms.    And now   we   have   but   to   inquire   if   any   kingdom   has arisen   among   the   ten   kingdoms   of   the   Roman empire   since   A.D.   483,   and   yet   diverse   from   them all;   and   if   so,   what   one?   The   answer   is,   Yes;   the SPIRITUAL     KINGDOM     OF     THE     PAPACY.     This answer   to   the   symbol   in   every   particular,   as   is easily proved; and nothing else will [do it]. Daniel   beheld   this   horn   making   war   upon   the saints.    Has    such    a    war    been    waged    by    the PAPACY?    Fifty    millions    of    martyrs    [editor:    150 until    250    millions    of    martyrs;    ex-priest    of    the Roman     Catholic     Church     Gregor     Dalliard:     200 millions   of   martyrs],   with   a   voice   like   the   sound of   many   waters,   answer,   YES.   Witness   the   cruel persecutions   of   the   Waldenses,   the   Albigenses, and   Protestants   in   general,   by   the   PAPAL   POWER. It    has    been    asserted    that    the    persecutions, massacres,    and    religous    wars    excited    by    the CHURCH   AND   BISHOP   OF   ROME,   have   occasioned the   shedding   of   far   more   blood   of   the   saints   of the   Most   High   than   all   the   enmity,   hostility,   and persecutions    of    professed    heathen    from    the foundation of the world.

Daniel 7

VERSE   23.   „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.   24.   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.   25.   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.   26. But   the   judgment   shall   sit,   and   they   shall   take away   his   dominion,   to   consume   and   to   destroy   it unto the end.“ „Daniel   and   the   Revelation“   by   Uriah   Smith,   pp. 132-134, 141-145 We   have   here   further   particulars   respecting   the fourth beast and the little horn. Perhaps       enough       has       already       been       said respecting   the   fourth   beast   (Rome)   and   the   ten horns,   or   ten   kingdoms,   which   arose   therefrom. The   little   horn   now   more   particularly   demands attention.    As    stated    on    verse    8,    we    find    the fulfilment   of   the   prophecy   concerning   this   horn in   the   rise   and   work   of   the   papacy.   It   is   a   matter of   both   interest   and   importance,   therefore,   to inquire    into    the    causes    which    resulted    in    the development of this anti-Christian power. The   first   pastors   or   bishops   of   Rome   enjoyed   a respect   proportionate   to   the   rank   of   the   city   in which     they     resided;     and     for     the     first     few centuries    of    the    Christian    era,    Rome    was    the largest,   richest,   and   most   powerful   city   in   the world.   It   was   the   seat   of   empire,   the   capital   of the    nations.    "All    the    inhabitants    of    the    earth belong     to     her,"     said     Julian;     and     Claudian declared    her    to    be    "the    fountain    of    laws."    "If Rome   is   the   queen   of   cities,   why   should   not   her pastor     be     the     king     of     bishops?"     was     the reasoning   these   Roman   pastors   adopted.   "Why should   not   the   Roman   Church   be   the   mother   of Christendom?   Why   should   not   all   nations   be   her children,   and   her   authority   their   sovereign   law? It    was    easy,"    says    D'Aubigne,    from    whom    we quote        these        words        ("History        of        the Reformation,"   Vol.   I,   chap.   1),   "for   the   ambitious heart   of   man   to   reason   thus.   Ambitious   Rome did so." The   bishops   in   the   different   parts   of   the   Roman empire   naturally   yielded   to   the   Bishop   of   Rome some   portion   of   that   honor   which   Rome,   as   the queen    city,    received    from    the    nations    of    the earth.     There     was     originally     no     dependence implied   in   the   honor   thus   paid.   "But,"   continues D'Aubigne,    "usurped    power    increased    like    an avalanche.       Admonitions,       at       first       simply fraternal,   soon   became   absolute   commands   in the   mouth   of   the   pontiff.   The   western   bishops favored      this      encroachment      of      the      Roman pastors,    either    from    jealousy    of    the    eastern bishops,   or   because   they   preferred   submitting   to the    supremacy    of    a    Pope    rather    than    to    the dominion of a temporal power." Such   were   the   influences   clustering   around   the bishop   of   Rome,   and   thus   circumstances   tended toward    his    speedy    elevation    to    the    supreme spiritual   throne   of   Christendom.   But   the   fourth century    was    destined    to    witness    an    obstacle thrown   across   the   path   of   this   ambitious   dream. Arius,   parish   priest   of   the   ancient   and   influential church   of   Alexandria,   sprung   his   doctrine   upon the   world,   occasioning   so   fierce   a   controversy   in the   Christian   church   that   a   general   council   was called    at    Nicaea,    by    the    emperor    Constantine, A.D.     325,     to     consider     and     adjust     it.     Arius maintained     "that     the     Son     was     totally     and essentially   distinct   from   the   Father;   that   he   was the   first   and   noblest   of   those   beings   whom   the Father      had      created      out      of      nothing,      the instrument   by   whose   subordinate   operation   the almighty     Father     formed     the     universe,     and therefore   inferior   to   the   Father   both   in   nature and dignity." Editor:     „Yahshua     the     Messiah     (greek.:     Jesus Christ)   was   the   only   begotten   Sohn.   Arius,   later he   was   murdered   through   poison,   said,   that   is only   one   God   in   heaven,   the   Father,   and   not   a second God (and more). Yahshua   says:   for   my   Father   is   greater   than   I. (John   14:28.)   Yahshua   had   also   a   beginning   of   his life (Proverbs 8:22-31). Emperor    Constantin    pass    a    resolution    at    the council   of   Nicea   in   A.D.   325,   that   Jesus   Christ   is god!   Also   emperor   Theodosius   on   his   council   in A.D.   381   said,   that   the   holy   Spirit/Ghost   is   truly god.   If   anyone   was   against   the   resolutin   and   all other     people,     which     had     no     faith     on     this resolution,     they     get     persecutions     etc.     The doctrine    of    the    trinity    is    not    written    in    the Sacred Scriptures: What    say    the    Sacred    Scriptures    to    this    point: „First           commandment           of           the           Ten Commandments   (Exodus   20):   You   shall   have   no other    gods/elohim    beside    me    (nor    two,    nor three:     nor     God     Jesus     Christ,     nor     God     Holy Ghost/Spirit)!!“ Go    on    with    „Daniel    and    the    Revelation“:    This opinion   was   condemned   by   the   council,   which decreed    that    Christ    was    of    one    and    the    same substance   with   the   Father.   Hereupon   Arius   was banished     to     Illyria,     and     his     followers     were compelled    to    give    their    assent    to    the    creed composed    on    that    occasion.    (Mosheim,    cent.4, part    2,    chap.4:    Stanley,    History    of    the    Eastern Church, p.239.) The   controversy   itself,   however,   was   not   to   be disposed     of     in     this     summary     manner,     but continued     for     ages     to     agitate     the     Christian world,     the     Arians     everywhere     becoming     the bitter   enemies   of   the   pope   and   of   the   Roman Catholic   Church.   From   these   facts   it   is   evident that   the   spread   of      Arianism   would   check   the influence   of   the   Catholics;   and   the   possession   of Rome     and     Italy     by     a     people     of     the     Arian persuasion,   would   be   fatal   to   the   supremacy   of   a Catholic   bishop.   But   the   prophecy   had   declared that   this   horn   would   rise   to   supreme   power,   and that   in   reaching   this   position   it   would   subdue three kings.
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