Dr. Martin Luther BIBLE
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The little Horn

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], 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. From the historical testimony above cited, it is clearly established that the three horns plucked up were the powers mentioned; viz., the Heruli in A.D. 493, the Vandals in 534, and the Ostrogoths in 538. After pointing out to us the place occupied by this beast as a world power, and giving the number of the nations which he should annihilate because they oppose him (verses 23, 24), Daniel next describes the attitude of this beast toward God and His saints. 1. "He shall speak great words against the Most High." Has the papacy done this? Here are a few of the Pope‘s self-accepted titles: "Vicegerent of the Son of God," "Our Lord God, the Pope." „Another God upon earth,“ „King of the world,“ „King of kings and Lord of lords.“ Said Pope Nicholas to Emperor Michael, "The Pope, who is called God by Constantine, can never be bound or released by man; for God cannot be judged by man." Is there need of bolder blasphemy than this? Listen also to the adulation the popes have received from their followers without rebuke. A Venetian prelate in the fourth session of the Lateran, addressed the Pope as follows: „You are our Shephard, our Physician, in short, a second God upon earth.“ Another bishop called him „the lion of the tribe of Judah, the promised Saviour.“ Lord Anthony Pucci, in the Fifth Lateran, said to the Pope, "The sight of thy divine majesty does not a little terrify me; for I am not ignorant that all power both in heaven and in earth is given unto you; that the prophetic saying is fulfilled in you, 'All the kings of the earth shall worship him, and nations shall serve him.'" (See Oswald's Kingdom Which Shall Not Be Destroyed, pp. 97-99.) Again, Dr. Clarke, in verse 25, says: "'He shall speak as if he were God.' So St. Jerome quotes from Symmachus. To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them. And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies." 2. "And shall wear out the saints of the Most High." Has the papacy done this? For the mere information of any student of church history, no answer need here be given. All know that for long years the papal church has pursued its relentless work against the true followers of God. Chapter after chapter might be given, did our limited space permit. Wars, crusades, massacres, inquisitions, and persecutions of all kinds, - these were their weapons of extinction. Scott's Church History says: "No computation can reach the numbers who have been put to death, in different ways, on account of their maintaining the profession of the Gospel, and opposing the corruptions of the Church of Rome. A million of poor Waldenses perished in France; nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain in less than thirty years after the institution of the order of the Jesuits. The Duke of Alva boasted of having put to death in the Netherlands thirty-six thousand by the hand of the common executioner during the space of a few years. The Inquisition destroyed, by various tortures, one hundred and fifty thousand within thirty years. These are a few specimens, and but a few, of those which history has recorded. But the total amount will never be known till the earth shall disclose her blood, and no more cover her slain." In the year 1208 a crusade was proclaimed by Pope Innocent III against the Waldenses and Albigenses, in which a million men perished. From the beginning of the order of Jesuits in the year 1540 to 1580, nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred and fifty thousand perished by the Inquisition in thirty years. In the Low Countries fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, burned, or buried alive, for the crime of heresy, within the space of thirty-eight years from the edict of Charles V against the Protestants to the peace of Chateau Cambresis in 1559.

Let There Be Light / Rekindling the Reformation - Walter Veith

Dr. Martin Luther BIBLE

The little Horn

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], 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. From the historical testimony above cited, it is clearly established that the three horns plucked up were the powers mentioned; viz., the Heruli in A.D. 493, the Vandals in 534, and the Ostrogoths in 538. After pointing out to us the place occupied by this beast as a world power, and giving the number of the nations which he should annihilate because they oppose him (verses 23, 24), Daniel next describes the attitude of this beast toward God and His saints. 1. "He shall speak great words against the Most High." Has the papacy done this? Here are a few of the Pope‘s self-accepted titles: "Vicegerent of the Son of God," "Our Lord God, the Pope." „Another God upon earth,“ „King of the world,“ „King of kings and Lord of lords.“ Said Pope Nicholas to Emperor Michael, "The Pope, who is called God by Constantine, can never be bound or released by man; for God cannot be judged by man." Is there need of bolder blasphemy than this? Listen also to the adulation the popes have received from their followers without rebuke. A Venetian prelate in the fourth session of the Lateran, addressed the Pope as follows: „You are our Shephard, our Physician, in short, a second God upon earth.“ Another bishop called him „the lion of the tribe of Judah, the promised Saviour.“ Lord Anthony Pucci, in the Fifth Lateran, said to the Pope, "The sight of thy divine majesty does not a little terrify me; for I am not ignorant that all power both in heaven and in earth is given unto you; that the prophetic saying is fulfilled in you, 'All the kings of the earth shall worship him, and nations shall serve him.'" (See Oswald's Kingdom Which Shall Not Be Destroyed, pp. 97- 99.) Again, Dr. Clarke, in verse 25, says: "'He shall speak as if he were God.' So St. Jerome quotes from Symmachus. To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them. And they go against  God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies." 2. "And shall wear out the saints of the Most High." Has the papacy done this? For the mere information of any student of church history, no answer need here be given. All know that for long years the papal church has pursued its relentless work against the true followers of God. Chapter after chapter might be given, did our limited space permit. Wars, crusades, massacres, inquisitions, and persecutions of all kinds, - these were their weapons of extinction. Scott's Church History says: "No computation can reach the numbers who have been put to death, in different ways, on account of their maintaining the profession of the Gospel, and opposing the corruptions of the Church of Rome. A million of poor Waldenses perished in France; nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain in less than thirty years after the institution of the order of the Jesuits. The Duke of Alva boasted of having put to death in the Netherlands thirty-six thousand by the hand of the common executioner during the space of a few years. The Inquisition destroyed, by various tortures, one hundred and fifty thousand within thirty years. These are a few specimens, and but a few, of those which history has recorded. But the total amount will never be known till the earth shall disclose her blood, and no more cover her slain." In the year 1208 a crusade was proclaimed by Pope Innocent III against the Waldenses and Albigenses, in which a million men perished. From the beginning of the order of Jesuits in the year 1540 to 1580, nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred and fifty thousand perished by the Inquisition in thirty years. In the Low Countries fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, burned, or buried alive, for the crime of heresy, within the space of thirty- eight years from the edict of Charles V against the Protestants to the peace of Chateau Cambresis in 1559.

Let There Be Light /

Rekindling the Reformation

- Walter Veith

© DrMartinLuther.info by Johannes Biermanski, Germany 2018