THE WAR OF TWO KINGDOMS
From Creation to the End of the World
By Richard Salbato
The Six Ages of Godís
God's plan for mankind is divided into seven of His days,
or seven ages. The first of HIS days was from Adam to the flood of Noah. The
second day was from the flood to Abraham. †The third day was from Abraham to David. The
fourth day was from David to the captivity in
In this article, we shall not be concerned with the first five days.† Suffice it that we are aware of the existence of this master plan of God. In the first age God allowed man freedom from His wrath and a long life filled with little or no suffering. Man became so corrupt that God had to destroy the earth.
In the Second age, despite the previous lesson shown by God's wrath, the world became corrupt again. This time God left a promise with one man, Noah; and his children.
In the third age God prepared His children by the trial of
In the fifth age He brought them out of captivity and gave them freedom and the faith of the Machabees. But His people did not trust in His might and so sold their freedom to the Romans. That was when Christ came.
What is important about these ages in that in each case, God showed His strong arm and His mercy. However, each succeeding generation became even more and more corrupt.
In the sixth age, Christ established his Kingdom. John the
Baptist announced it, and that is recorded in Mat. 3:21, "Reform your
lives! The reign of God is at hand."†
Christ inaugurated it in Mat. 12:25-28.†
He explained it in those chapters of the Gospels that speak about
"The reign of God is like the weeds and wheat" or "The reign of
God is like the mustard seed." or "The reign of God is like the
buried treasure. .." or "The reign of God is like the net thrown into
the lake." Christ told the Apostles to announced
in these words from Mat. 10:7 "say the
In the parables of the wheat, the mustard seed, the
treasure and the net, He showed that the
The Jews expected an earthly king and so they rejected
Christ. But if they only had looked to the past, they would have seen that God
had sent types of Christs in many ways, all of whom
never succeeded in establishing a kingdom. David and Solomon were kings but
their kingdoms failed. Socrates preached God by the logo or logic but he was
killed. Spartagus tried to fight Satan with force but
he failed also. Then came the real Christ with a new and different kingdom, a
supernatural kingdom, the
In the beginning, Satan thought he could use the same power
over God's Kingdom that he had used in the past. †There is the story of Simon Magus, the
magician, who attempted to buy from Peter the power of miracles. Simon, earlier
on, had used magical arts and had led the people of
Claudius Caesar honored Simon on account of his magical powers. Simon wanted to prove that he had more power than Peter. He told Caesar and his followers that on a certain day he would fly like a bird. When that day arrived, he ordered the demons to lift him into the air and in fact he flew higher than the buildings. But by a short prayer from Peter, the demons were forced to let go and so Simon fell to his death. Simon was the first Anti-Christ and the founder of Gnosticism.
At this point, Satan became aware of how restricted his
powers really were. Against this
The Gnosticism of Simon Magus was the first attempt to lead the Christians astray. It stated that a few people had secret knowledge deeper than that of the Gospels. Then came Modalism which changed the doctrine of the Trinity. Then Marcionism, which †claimed that the Old Testament and the New Testament had no connection. Montanism contended that second coming of Christ was imminent and denied the divine nature of the Church. Novatianism stated that those guilty of serious sin after baptism could never be absolved. Subordinationism contended that Christ was the son of God by adoption only. Arianism denied the divinity of Christ. Macedonianism denied the divinity of Holy Spirit. Nestorianism denied the unity of the divine and human natures of Christ. Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Donatism, Pelagianism were still other similar movements. But all came and went and the Church continued to grow and grow.
Satan's persecutions only bred saints. His cults only bred great defenders of the Church and great writings. The Kingdom was well organized in its unity of beliefs and was well armed for battle with its gift of grace.† Satan tried to stop the Gospels by pouring out sugar over the salt. He sent out false scriptures like "The Teachings of Peter", and "The Essence Gospel of John" but the Kingdom wasn't fooled. Members fell away but the Kingdom stood.
Finally the Kingdom won its first major victory when Constantine and Licinius issued the "Edict of Milan" that made all religions legal in 313 AD. It was a short-lived victory. It lasted almost 50 years. This is an important point to remember.
First Antichrist Type
Then came a real type of
Anti-Christ in Julian
the Apostate who tried to wipe out Christianity and reinstate paganism
as the religion of the
Hermits and monks began to spread throughout the world. The
true Cross was found and churches were built all over the Holy Land and all
Finally, in 397 AD, the Council of Carthage considered the
The fifth and sixth centuries saw the fall of the
Second Type of Anti-Christ
Then came another type of
Anti-Christ in Mohammed. The
new religion of Islam was created by Mohammed in
"They are surely infidel!' who say, verily God is
Christ the Son of Mary; since Christ said, 0 children of
Within 50 years the Arabs were united and the whole of the
Mediterranean world was overrun, including
Satan, though encouraged by his victories, still needed to get rid of the things that chained his power, the things that really kept him from getting into the Kingdom. He needed to destroy the proper understanding of the Trinity, the unity of the Kingdom, and the use of those crucifixes and statues against his power. The same year that the Moslems began attacking the Kingdom, the Iconoclasts began breaking up images of Mary, the saints, Christ, and the crucifixes.
As this was happening, the Lombards
pushed the Pope out of
The Moslems were stopped. The Iconoclasts were thwarted. Pope Stephen, then exiled, crowned Pepin ruler of
History began to repeat itself. The pattern was being established. First persecution, and then a man appears to give 50 years of peace, then persecution again. But always the Kingdom stood. In 1043 Michael Cerualarius started the split of the Kingdom. By then, half of the sixth day had passed and the first thousand years was over. The split lasts this day.
In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Kingdom had
to fight the temporal power of the kings. The Popes moved out of
Our Mother Fights Back
Then two important historical events took place within one
year. In 1530 Martin Luther, combining Iconoclasm, Waldensism,
and Manichaenism, wrote the Augsburg Confessions.
With his heresy, over two million citizens left the
God would not be outdone, however. AT THE SAME TIME, God sent His Mother to the other side of the world. She appeared to an Indian at Guadalupe and ten million Indians came into the Kingdom that year. Satan was defeated again.
So Satan had to work even harder. Most of the loyal citizens of the Kingdom were fighting in the Crusades when John Calvin came along to declare that there was no Kingdom. Again, God sent His Mother.
This time, Mary Agreda of the
Convent of the Immaculate Conception in
Soon enough, the names of the cities, counties, rivers, and
mountains began reading like a litany of the saints:
In Europe, they splintered into over 300 sects, but their total
population never came to half the population of the Kingdom in
In 1848 Satan started a new and more dangerous game. This
time he tried to use Atheism. This was hard on him since it meant that he had
to stop his magic and go into hiding himself. He had to hide his power, because
he knew that if he wanted people to say there was no God, they would also have
to say there was no devil. For almost a hundred years, possessions and magic
were put to rest except under the evil of science. This was when Karl Marx
introduced "Das Kapital"
and the "Communist Manifesto". But though Satan wanted to go into
hiding, God would not let him. Exactly 10 years after the "Communist
Manifesto" was issued, God sent His Mother again. This time she appeared
to St. Bernadette at
But Satan wasn't through with Atheism. Atheism needed
help.† Satan brought out
God at this time tried to show the world the errors of the
In October 1917 Lenin and the Bolshevika
seized power in
That brings us to the rest of the sixth day, or the rest of
the sixth age, the rest of the last age of earth. What are the Devilís
plans for the future?††
What are God's plans for the future? The
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy
kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. .." The
As I stated earlier, I believe that we are in the sixth period of time.† Before I give my personal outline of the remainder of this sixth period, I would first like to state the sources of my information. God did not reveal anything to me. I'm too great a sinner for that. But he did give it to the Church in the Scriptures, and to the saints after the Scriptures.
Some notable theologians have put all these together and I
have relied on them for this outline. I tried it once before on my own but I
didn't quite succeed. In fact, I made a horrible mess.† Rev. R. Gerald Culleton's
"The Prophets And Our Times"; Ives Dupont's "Catholic Prophecy"; Vincent P. Miceli's "The Antichrist"; Culleton's
"The Reign of Antichrist" and Leon Christiani's
"Evidence of Satan in the Modem World" are the theological sources I
took out those prophets that were not approved by the Church.
From these sources I have managed to piece the following together:
A Chastisement from God
A seven-year war is coming. It will cover the entire world and when it is over, 75% of the world will be dead. It will take seven years to bury the dead.
At the end of the three and one-half years, when all seems
lost, a Pope will appoint a king over
The Great Monarch
Armed with a decree from the exiled Pope, and without any
knowledge of war, he will gather an army around him in
However, when all seems lost, God will send some form of divine assistance. Charles will be victorious, but 75% of the world's population will be dead. Charles' war against Satan will last about three and one-half years. The total time of the war will have been seven.† Charles will unite all the remaining rulers under his Kingdom. The Pope, with the help of holy men, will convert the entire world to the one Kingdom.
The Jews will be gathered together and many converted to Christ. This will probably be a result of the Ark of the Covenant and of the Altar of Incense being found. The world will have so few inhabitants and so much knowledge of production that very little work will have to be done. No taxes will be raised. Charles will turn over his leadership after 11 years.
The world will enjoy the greatest peace in its history. There will be one ruler, one Pope, one nation world-wide. During this period of peace, Satan will be so restricted by the works of holy men that he will literally have no power. This peace will last for about 50 years or less, and then will come the Anti-Christ just as shown above in the past.† History will repeat itself.
In only a single generation, religion will become so laxed that the power of Satan will no longer be chained. At this point, the Anti-Christ will be born. The Anti-Christ will be born of a possessed ex-nun and an ex-bishop. The mother will have a spiritual relationship with Satan, but the birth will be natural since only Christ can have two natures.†
(Sweet in the mouth and bitter in the stomach refers to the peace that everyone wants).†
However, the baby will be possessed from birth. His mother
will be a Jew of the house of Dan. She will proclaim it a virgin birth and it
will take place in or near the old city of
The Anti-Christ will go unnoticed in the first twenty years
of his life.† He will take a Jewish as a
wife, but he will have many other women.†
When he reaches the age of twenty, the kingdom that Charles set up will
be divided into ten kingdoms, but unity will still be there.† The Anti-Christ will first go to the Jews in
His new concepts of religion will seem to contradict no other religion, and yet it will be a new religion best described as "Pluralism".†
AND ONLY HE, will rebuild the
His primary mission will be to destroy all images,
crucifixes, and relics. He will then outlaw the Sacrifice of the
When the Anti-Christ reaches the peak of his power, Enoch
and Elias will arrive on earth. For three and one half years, the Anti-Christ
will rule while Enoch and Elias will roam the world, converting people and
consoling the faithful.† Elias will find
the Ark of the Covenant in
The Death of Enoch and Elias
After three and one half years, at the age of 33, the Anti-Christ will kill Enoch and Elias and leave them unburied. They will, however, be resurrected after three and one-half days and they will ascend into heaven on a cloud in the presence of their enemy. This miraculous event will actually confuse the Anti-Christ. In order that the nations will not abandon him, he declares that in a few days he will ascend to the heavens himself and bring back the bodies of Enoch and Elias.
On the appointed day, and with the whole world watching,
Satan will lift the Antichrist up. He will ascend into heaven from
The End of the World and Second Coming
Everyone will watch in amazement. Many signs will be shown in the sky and on the earth. For many days people will be in fear. But after a time, everything will be quiet. People will begin to think that everything is over and that things will be as before the Antichrist. When they begin to think that everything is secure, 45 days after the death of the Anti-Christ the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the hosts of heaven will be shaken loose. THEN the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the clans of earth will strike their breasts as they see Him coming on the clouds of Heaven, with power and with great glory. He will dispatch his angels with a mighty trumpet blast, and they will assemble his chosen from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. The sea will give up its dead. The nether world will give up its dead. Death and the nether world will be hurled into the pool of fire, which is. the second death. Anyone whose name is not found inscribed in the book of the living will be hurled into this pool of fire.
Then, body and soul, all the inhabitants of the earth from the beginning until the end will be assembled together and the Mother of the Most High, the Trinity, the angels, and some of us will ascend into the third heaven, the new heaven and earth.† With a wave of His hand, the earth, the first heaven, and the second heaven will spin into a ball of fire.
HISTORICAL INTERNATIONAL DIABOLICAL EVANGELISM
As you can see by my very brief narrative, there will be some very important events coming in the very near future. I will present some of the proof of these events as I show Satan's master plan, but for now let me summarize the events that concern Satan.
will be a world war in which over half of mankind will die. This concerns Satan
because it's the
moment of death that he is most interested in. At that moment, he either
wins or loses. But in only three and one-half years, over half the world will
die. The prophets have said that the
Second, there will arise out of this war a prince, a great warrior, One who will go to battle against the enemies of the Kingdom and fight them for another three and one-half years. At the end of a total of seven years, 75% of the world will have gone to Heaven or to Hell.
This period of time is important to Satan for two reasons. One, he will have to try to stop this prince by preparing enemies against him, even though he doesn't know who he is yet. To muster his defense, Satan will have had to start long before the coming of this man. Satan will want to create an army against him on one side, and apathy on the other. He will want to prepare people to think this man is the enemy.
With the coming of this man whom Satan fears, there will be a period of peace, probably 50 years or so. This period will be without Satan for the most part and he knows it. Logically, he will not be concerned with what he can do nothing about. He knows that by their very nature, humans will corrupt themselves during this time, because they will have no trials to bring out their goodness.
After this will come the Anti-Christ and Satan will be given all his power back in order to make one last effort to destroy the Kingdom. This period of time would not be of interest to Satan at this point because he will tend to believe that with all his powers returned to him, he will certainly win. Besides, his pride will not allow him to believe otherwise.
At this point, we can safely presume that Satan will be interested in two things -about not losing many souls to God and stopping the prince before he even comes on the scene. †How can he do these things? How is he preparing right now? Can we see his works and what his plan is? The answer is yes.
The first thing he must do is make us think, peace, peace, peace. He must make us believe that no matter what happens to this world, God will not let His nice little people be hurt in any way. And that only the ugly people will have to hurt their little fingers during this seven-year war. Now that's a good plan. But what happens when all these silly people are face to face with death, like during all the other wars in history? Many will suddenly turn to God at the last moment and so be lost to Satan. Now Satan doesn't want that to happen again. He has to keep them from repentance at the last moment of their lives. How is he going to do that?
Rapture - 180 Degrees Wrong
Satan will probably have to gather all the demons of the underworld together to find an answer to that question. He will probably have to give a great reward to the demon who comes up with the right answer.† But no matter how he finds the answer, he will. Satan's master plan for keeping people from repenting at the last minute is "RAPTURE".
To understand that better, let's try to define it through an imaginary dialogue:
"Rapture -what's rapture>?" some demon asks.
"It's simple!" Satan replies. "At the last second, just before death, these earthlings will believe that they will be whisked away from all harm and taken up to heaven until all the bloodshed is over and then come back to earth without a scratch."
"You got to be kidding. How are we going to make anyone believe that nonsense?"
"Listen, you creep", Satan roars, "I am the father of lies and I can make all those silly flesh-looking earthlings believe anything that sounds like peace and security."
"Well, okay, but even with all the experts we have on the Scriptures of the Enemy, I don't think we can put that one together. That's really pushing things a little too far."
"Just do it. And after we have the plan, I want every earthling that promotes this plan to receive an earthly reward. The harder he pushes my "RAPTURE", the more money and power I will give him. As for anyone who opposes this plan, I want every demon in Hell to go after him. It is so stated."
There you have it in a nutshell. That is why I wrote this Newsletter. That is why I believe my life was thrown into such a mess. This is the answer to the question asked of me so often.
"Why should Satan make people, at least seemingly, more religious?"
We will now look at who promotes these doctrines of Satan. We will then look at it item by item and show how stupid it is. Finally, we will show how Christ warned us about it.†
The basis of this idea of RAPTURE is not new. It comes out of the idea of an earthly millennial, or a thousand-year earthly reign of Christ. This is the same thing the Jews were guilty of as they waited for an earthly King instead of a spiritual one. As I showed earlier, John repudiated this idea in "Revelation" and told his followers to stay away from Cerinthus (the first millenniest), who promoted it. John called him a heretic and an enemy of truth.
Today, the promoters of this idea are all over but their main bible is "The Late Great Planet Earth" by Hal Lindsay. Let's look at some of the things he says in this book. First he justifies his ideas by claiming that the prophets of old told of two comings of Christ to earth and that the Jews did not understand this. "They did not perceive that there could be just one Messiah, coming in two different roles, and separated by the valley of rime."
However, we will show that in no place in the Bible does it say that Christ will ever set foot on this earth again. Lindsay goes on to say, "We may call this second picture 'The Reigning Messiah'." Lindsay uses Zechariah 14 and Isaiah 9:6-7 as references for this idea. However, if you read these two references, neither mentions rapture nor millenium. The truth is that Isaiah is referring to Christ's first coming and that Zechariah is referring to the Great War and end of the world.
Then, in order to keep anyone from thinking that they may have to repent for any of their sins, Lindsey makes sure no one of his followers gets to subscribe to such an idea.† Lindsay says:
†"The commandments were primarily given to show us how perfect we would have to be in order to earn acceptance with God by our own good deeds. "
In other words, Lindsey is saying that God never intended us to keep the commandments. I don't think I need to comment on that one.
It will be with the hand of Lindsey that Satan will go to war against Charles, the prince of God.† Here are more passages from Lindsey:†
"Daniel's prediction also indicates that A PRINCE
would rise up from among the people who destroyed the second Temple and that he
'would make a firm covenant' with the Jewish people. This treaty would
guarantee the religious freedom to reinstitute the old 'sacrifices and
obligations' of the Law of Moses. THIS PRINCE must be from a revived form of
"The apostle Paul predicts the activities of this ROMAN PRINCE in great detail and gives us insight into the act that is called 'the abomination of desolation.' Paul speaks of this person as one who 'opposes and exalts himself above every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God' Thess. 2:4. By this act, the ROMAN PRINCE, who is also called 'the Lawless One' and 'the Antichrist', breaks his covenant with the Jewish people and causes the Jewish temple worship, according to the law of Moses, to cease. Daniel 9:27."
Now we have the prince of God mixed with the Anti-Christ, obviously so that good people will go against him.† It is important, then, to realize that these two people are not the same person. The Prince is one person at one time and the Anti-Christ is another person at a later time. But by clever manipulation of the Scriptures, Lindsey has done the same thing to this man the Jews did to Christ.
Again In his book Lindsey pushes the point that this prince is the Antichrist:
"I will live over the Egyptians into the hand of a
hard master; and a fierce thing will rule over them" Isaiah 19:4. This
refers to the ANTICHRIST OF ROME who will possess
Do you see the way Satan is stacking the deck against the man I call "Charles"?†† Finally Lindsey goes the limit by calling this man of God the future Fuehrer.
"The time is ripe and getting riper for the GREAT DICTATOR, the one we call the 'FUTURE FUEHRER'. This is the one who is predicted in the Scriptures very clearly and called the' ANTI- CHRIST'."
So Lindsey goes on with this theme. "In Daniel 7:23,
24, Daniel predicts the fourth kingdom. ..and
ESPECIALLY THE PERSON who would put it together. He says that the fourth
So now we have all the NICE earthlings waiting to fight against the "prince" as though he was the" Antichrist" or a future "Fuehrer".
I will show how wrong he is later in this chapter but,
first, what about the
"The APOSTATE church is, always has been, and will be, the visible, physical gathering of people who may call themselves Christians. These churches may be of any denomination. They may be magnificent cathedrals or store-front missions, a congregation of thousands or a gathering of a few. However, no matter what sacred or holy name is applied to the visible church, this is no guarantee that it teaches and preaches the truth of God."
Only Hal Lindsey does that. .
He goes on to teach that the Harlot of Revelation is the Roman Church and that the False Prophet is the Pope. He's careful with his wording but he lets you be certain of his meaning.† Who are these so called "true believers" of Lindsey's? He himself will tell you:
"There will grow a true underground church of a believing remnant of people."
He is Pentecostal. Now you should see why Satan is willing to
build an undercutting Christian religion within other religions. But we must
show how wrong Lindsey is first.† First,
we know that there will be no earthly thousand-year reign of Christ (not in the
way Lindsey states it) because Christ stated that the "
Hal† Lindsey is like Pilate who sees only
earthly things. But Christ told it like it is: "My kingdom is not of this
world." Explaining this to the Apostles, He showed them in his parables
that they would be a kingdom within the
". ..do you not remember how I used to tell you about these things when I was still with you? You KNOW WHAT RESTRAINS HIM until he shall be revealed in his own time. The secret force of lawlessness is already at work, mind you, BUT THERE IS ONE WHO HOLDS HIM BACK UNTIL THAT RESTRAINER SHALL BE TAKEN FROM THE SCENE."
Here, Paul clearly states that Satan is chained and
that he was chained at the time of his (Paul's) writing. We also know that it
is Michael the
Outlawing the Mass
Further, we know that Christ is IN this spiritual and yet
physically organized kingdom because He said so. "I will be with you all
days until the consummation of the world." And He is not only spiritually
but physically in the "continual sacrifice" or the
Now this continual sacrifice is the Mass that has been said daily from the time of Christ until now. The word "Mass" means "Sacrifice".† This continual sacrifice is Christ physically present within His Kingdom and it is what gives His Kingdom unity of truth and what opens the eyes of those who cannot see the truth.† We see this clearly in the following passages:
Luke 24:30-31 "And it came to pass when he reclined at table with them, that he took the bread and blessed and broke and began handing it to them. And their EYES WERE OPENED, AND THEY RECOGNIZED HIM; and He vanished from their sight."
And 1 Cor. 2:23-24 "For I myself have received from the Lord (What I also delivered to you), that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks broke, and said, 'This is my body'.†
As we noted earlier, Hal Lindsey states that the Anti-Christ will be the Roman Prince. But Christ tells us that the Jews will accept the Anti-Christ as the savior in John 5:41-43 "I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God in you. I have come in the name of my father, and you do not receive me, but if ANOTHER COMES in his own name, HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE."
Now, if the Jews accept the Anti-Christ as Christ, it follows that he will have to be of the Jewish race. As we also noted earlier, Scripture states that preceding the coming of the Anti-Christ or together with his coming will occur the return of Elias and Enoch. This may be seen in Apoc. 11:3, Malachias 4:5-6, St. Matthew 17:10, Luke 1:17, and Ecclesiasticus 44: 16.
Before the Antichrist
What is important to consider, however, is that the big war and the short victory of Christ's kingdom will have to come before the Antichrist. To prove this we will have to look into several long quotes from Holy Scriptures, so please bear with me.† Let's start with Revelation where, in Chapter 5 and through part of Chapter 6 we see the seals of the scroll opened. The lifting of the first four seals show widespread destruction of mankind. There is no destruction, however, behind the fifth seal. Here may be found the prayers of the saints who were martyred before this time, all asking for vengeance.
They are told to wait a little longer. This is an important point to remember. Under the sixth seal, natural disasters begin and the saints of earth are sealed or marked for salvation. Then we have the seventh seal where these seven angels armed with seven trumpets, all but one pouring out the great destruction of mankind.†
Why the seventh angel does not take up his trumpet is explained in Rev. 10: "Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow about his head; his face shone like the sun and his legs like pillars of fire. In his hand held a little scroll which had been opened. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and then gave a loud cry the roar of a lion. When he cried out, the seven thunders spoke too. I was about to start writing when the seven thunders spoke, but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken and do not write it down!" Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and took an oath by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea along with everything in them; 'There shall be no more delay. When the time comes for the seventh angel to blow his trumpet, the MYSTERIOUS PLAN OF GOD, WHICH HE ANNOUNCED TO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS, SHALL BE ACCOMPLISHED IN FULL.'
"Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, 'Go, take the OPEN scroll from the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land.' I went up to the angel and said to him, 'Give me the little scroll. He said to me, 'Here, take it and eat it! IT WILL BE SOUR IN YOUR STOMACH, BUT IN YOUR MOUTH IT WILL TASTE AS SWEET AS HONEY.' I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. IN MY MOUTH IT TASTED AS SWEET AS HONEY, BUT WHEN I SWALLOWED IT MY STOMACH TURNED SOUR. Then someone said to me, 'You must prophesy again for many peoples and nations, languages and kings.'
After this, in chapter 11 we have the seventh trumpet, the two witnesses, the Anti-Christ and the end. But let's look at the little scroll first. The angel holding the scroll stands on the earth and makes an oath to God that the MYSTERIOUS PLAN OF GOD SHALL BE ACCOMPLISHED IN FULL. Now keep in mind that the scroll is a part of the history of the world and that it is very small and has already been opened. So this is a history of short duration and already known by someone. It is also wanted by this angel. He is anxious for it to happen and, based on his appearance; it will be made to happen by force. Keep in mind, too, that whatever it is will start out very good but will end up bad, as forewarned by the phrases "sweet as honey" and "sour in the stomach". Could it possibly be RAPTURE?† But we have three clues: the saints of heaven prayed for vengeance at the same period in the seals; the book was open, so it was already revealed somewhere; and it would be revealed at a later date also ("You must prophesy again.").
The Great Monarch
Before we look for it in the other prophets, let me say that this is about the ROMAN PRINCE and about the earthly victory of God which will be great - though destined to last only for a short rime before corruption brings on the Anti-Christ.† Next we see in Daniel 7:7-8
"After this, in the visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, DIFFERENT from all the others, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left it trampled with its feet. I was considering the ten horns it had when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst."
This last beast that is different refers to the PRINCE who will unite the whole world under ten kings. The little horn, will be the Antichrist who will break into this kingdom and subdue it. Daniel explains this a second rime in 7:23
"The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, different from all the others. It shall devour the whole earth, beat it down, and crush it. The ten horns shall be ten kings rising out of that kingdom; another shall rise up after them, different from those before him, who shall lay low three kings. He shall speak against the holy ones of the Most High. .."
The fourth kingdom, then, will be different and the Anti-Christ will be against it also yet another vision, recorded in Daniel 8:7-12
"I saw it attack the ram with furious blows when they met, and break both its horns. It threw the ram, which had not the force to withstand it, to the ground, and trampled upon it; and no one could rescue it from its power.† The he-goat became very powerful, but at the height of its power the great horn was shattered, and in its place came up four others, facing the four winds of heaven. Out of one of them came a little horn which kept growing toward the south, the east, and the glorious country. Its power extended to the host of heaven, so that it cast down to earth some of the host and some of the stars and trampled on them. It boasted even against the prince of the host, from whom it removed the daily sacrifice, and whose sanctuary it cast down, as well as the host, while sin replaced the daily sacrifice."
Then on to Daniel 8:21 "The he-goat is the king of the Greeks, and the great horn on its forehead is the first king. The four that rose in its place when it was broken are four kingdoms that will issue from his nation, but without his strength.† After their reign when sinners have reached their measure, there shall arise a king, impudent and skilled in intrigue. He shall be strong and powerful, bring about fearful ruin, and succeed in his undertaking. He shall destroy powerful peoples: his cunning shall be against the holy ones. .."
I believe that the great horn is the ROMAN PRINCE. Now if you think that God would not portray a good man as furious and powerful, consider Daniel 9:24
"Seventy weeks (a period of years) are decreed for
your people and for your holy city: Then transgression will stop and sin will
end, guilt will be expiated, everlasting justice will be introduced, vision and
prophecy ratified, and A MOST HOLY WILL BE ANOINTED. Know and understand this:
From the utterance of the word that
Take a look at the phrase "a most holy will be anointed." This is not the Anti-Christ. The PRINCE will have a kingdom that will last a short time. But after he is no longer king, the Anti-Christ will come and do away with his kingdom..
Consider Joel 2: 1-11 "Blow the trumpet in
Doesn't that sound like a description of an army of God? In the rest of Joel, God goes on to say that He will bring all the nations of the earth against this army whom He will defeat. In fact God will ask us to go to war at that time. ..Joel 4:9-12 "Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, .'1 am a warrior!' Hasten and come, all you neighboring peoples, assemble there! (Bring down 0 Lord, YOUR WARRIORS!")
The weak man is the ROMAN PRINCE and I hope to be one of
the neighboring people who will come to his aid.† Once again, in Obadiah this PRINCE is
mentioned with his army, Obadiah 21 "And saviors shall ascend
"I will gather you, 0 Jacob, each and every one, I
will assemble all the remnant of
Merlin, 7th Century AD: †"A prince of royal stock shall come forth, crowned from the northern parts, to his own people unsuspected, but desired by foreigners, who, because he shall bear a rampant lion shall therefore be called a Lion. He shall advance his conquering armies against his enemies and by woeful successes shall harass the territories of neighbor Princes. He shall exceed Alexander the Great in virtue and Cyrus in success. He shall cross the sea and be saluted Emperor by many kings. A certain ancient city he shall lay level with the ground.
"In the meanwhile a powerful Prince out of the East (Moslem
King) shall provoke him to battle. Against whom the Lion shall march with all
his forces and pitching his camp on this side of the
"Whilst these things are happening, diverse petty
St. Hildegard, 1179 AD (Keep in mind as you read this prophesy, that it would be 300 years before America would be discovered):
". ..The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent (by an earthquake, storm and tidal waves), will be devastated. It will be divided, and in great part be submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea, and lose its colonies in the East through a Tiger and a Lion (two nations). The Comet by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. All sea coast cities will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape will die from horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the laws of God.
"Peace will return to Europe when the white flower
(PRINCE) again takes possession of the throne of
There is no need to carry this argument any further. All the proven prophets have stated the same thing about a Christian Prince, a period of peace, the coming of the Anti-Christ and the end of the world.
So you see, the Devil had his plan for this age while God has His plan. As stated in Amos
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His Secret to His Servants the prophets. "
I am no prophet but I can read. A prophet to be real must reveal something that happens quickly and unusually so that the prophet is proven. Then and only then will he be considered a prophet of God.† There are over 300 such prophets who have been proven and who have prophesied about our age. All say the same thing. All have one message.
We must draw up sides now. The nice people will listen to the sounds of "peace, peace, peace," or RAPTURE. The ugly people will stay low for the first three and one-half years of the war and pray. There will be no where to hide. But after the first part of the war, they will go to war with the PRINCE of God.
If I survive the first part of this war, I will join the Army of God and go to war against the enemies of God and His Kingdom. I believe that this future Army of God will be --------------
The Return of the Knights Templar.
by Rick Salbato