1989 Collapse of Soviet Union and rise of the Papacy


In Daniel chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream. In that dream he saw a great image. The image had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, a belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Adventists have recognized that the gold represented the kingdom of Babylon; the silver represented the kingdom of Medo-Persia; the bronze represented the kingdom of Greece; the iron represented the Roman empire. The feet of iron and clay represented the breakup of the Roman empire into ten smaller kingdoms, and also represented the mingling of churchcraft and statecraft in the form of the Papacy:

“We have come to a time when God’s sacred work is represented by the feet of the image in which the iron was mixed with the miry clay...The mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is represented by the iron and the clay...Men have almost passed the point of God’s forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the Papacy.” SDA Bible Comm, vol. 4, 1168-1169.

This dream was repeated and enlarged upon in the vision found in Daniel chapter seven. Daniel saw a lion, a bear, a leopard, and a ferocious fourth beast with ten horns. Then there arose another little horn . These are the same exact powers found in Daniel chapter two-Babylon (lion), Medo-Persia (bear), Greece (leopard), Rome (fourth beast), the ten divisions of Rome, and the Papacy (little horn). Daniel chapter eleven will now repeat and enlarge upon the visions found in chapters two and seven. Daniel eleven begins with the Medo-Persian empire. Verses 1-2. Then Greece takes over the reins of the old world. Verses 3-15. The major portion of this description of Greece concerns the interaction between the “king of the south” and the “king of the north.” After the death of Alexander the Great, his empire was divided among his four generals, namely, Ptolemy in Egypt, Seleucus in Syria, Lysimachus in Asia Minor, and Cassander in Macedonia. Two of these four divisions, Egypt in the south and Syria in the north are addressed in verses 5-15.

Then comes the mighty power of the Roman empire. Verses 16-30. Here we find the rule of Caesar Augustus, the raiser of taxes. Verse 20. We find the crucifixion of Jesus, the prince of the covenant. Verse 22. We find Constantine transferring the capital from Rome to Constantinople. Verse 28. Constantine was also described as being against the “holy covenant” of God, which he demonstrated by the legislation of Sunday laws in AD 321. (See Hebrews 8-10; 10:16 for a definition of God’s covenant with His people.) But then the empire begins to weaken, and “it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.” Verse 29. The “ships of Chittim,” the Vandals and other invading armies ransack Rome and weaken the empire in the west. The emperor, now ruling from Constantinople, is “grieved.” Verse 31. The emperor then has “intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant,” namely, the Papacy. Here begins the transition from pagan Rome to papal Rome. The “daily” desolation of pagan Rome against Christians was now replaced by the “abomination that maketh desolate.” Under papal Rome, fierce assaults against God’s true church were carried out. Millions were persecuted under pagan Rome, but over one hundred million were martyred as a result of papal Rome’s intolerance. Verses 31-39 describe the 1260-year rule of papal rule.

Daniel 11:40 Verse 40 takes us to the “time of the end” when papal Rome received her deadly wound in A.D. 1798. It is here that we find the “king of the south” pushing at the Papacy, the king of the north. “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him.” History tells us that it was the French Revolution which inflicted the Papacy with a deadly wound in A.D. 1798. Is the atheistic French Revolution accurately symbolized by the term “king of the south” in verse 40? We know that the “king of the south: referred to Egypt at the beginning of the chapter. We also know that it was not literal Egypt that inflicted the deadly wound to the Papacy in 1798. So where do we find the atheistic French Revolution symbolically or spiritually described as Egypt? “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” Rev 11:7-9. The two bodies that were dead for three and one-half prophetic days are the Old and New Testaments. See The Great Controversy, 256-266. In Revelation 11:8, the power that persecuted the Word of God and killed it for three and one-half years is spiritually called Egypt. Is Egypt then symbolic of an atheistic power? Yes. This power came out of bottomless pit, meaning that it had no foundation in the Bible. It is an atheistical power founded on erroneous principles. In Exodus 5:2 “Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” Did any power in 1798 manifest this spirit? “By the decree of the French Government, declaring that the nation acknowledged no God, the Old and New Testaments were slain throughout the limits of Republican France...On the 1st November, 1793, Gobet, with the Republican priest of Paris, had thrown off the gown, and abujured Religion. On the 11th, a ‘Grand Festival,’ dedicated to ‘Reason and Truth,’ was celebrated in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which had been desecrated, and been named ‘the Temple of Reason’ George Croly,

The Apocalypse of John, 175-177.
Was the Bible suppressed for three and one-half years in France? “In 1793, the decree passed the French Assembly suppressing the Bible. Just three years after that, a resolution was introduced into the Assembly going to supersede the decree, and giving toleration to the Scriptures. That resolution lay on the table six months, when it was taken up, and passed without a dissenting vote...on the 17th June;” -George Storrs, Midnight Cry, May 4, 1843, Volume 4, Nos. 5,6,47.

It was the atheistic French Revolution that inflicted a deadly wound against the Papacy. But notice that the “king of the north (Papacy) shall come against him (atheism) like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.” Daniel 11:40. When did the Papacy come against an atheistic power, after 1798, like a “whirlwind”? It happened just before our eyes; it was the fall of the Soviet Union. Newsweek magazine entitled its article on the fall of Communism as the “Days of the Whirlwind.” Newsweek, December 25, 1989.
The atheistic seeds that were planted in the French Revolution gave birth to the Russian Revolution over one hundred years later in 1917. As Communism spread, it took over many nations that were once controlled by the Papacy. Most of these countries were found in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and Central America. A real death fight went on between the Vatican and Communism in the Soviet Union. But as Inspiration predicted, the Vatican would prevail over Communism. “Of all the events that have shaken the Soviet bloc in 1989...the czar of world atheism, Mikhail Gorbachev, will visit the Vicar of Christ, Pope John Paul II... The meeting of the two men symbolizes the end of the 20th century’s most dramatic spiritual war, a conflict in which the seemingly irresistible force of Communism battered against the immovable object of Christianity.” TIME, Dec 4, 1989. (All emphasis supplied unless otherwise noted.)

Verse 40 not only describes the warfare between the Soviet Union and the Papacy, but it even describes how the Vatican would bring and end to Communism in the Soviet Union. The Papacy would topple the Soviet Union by “chariots and horsemen,” and “ships.” What do “chariots and horsemen,” and “ships” represent in Bible prophecy? Chariots and horseman represent military strength. “Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.” “And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it.” “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” 1 Kings 1:5; 20:1 Revelation 19:11. Ships represent economic power. “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters.” “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off... And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.” Psalm 107:23; Revelation 18:17,19.
It might be logical to ask, How could the Papacy defeat the Soviets militarily and economically? In 1981, the Communist bloc got another shock. A new American President, Ronald Reagan, began fulfilling his promise to challenge the Soviets, not to placate them. Over the next few years, he accelerated the military buildup and announced the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a space-based system for protecting against missile attack. He backed anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua, Angola, Cambodia, and Afghanistan. And with American troops, he liberated the island of Grenada from Communist thugs.
“Reagan came in with very simple and strongly held views,” says Admiral Bobby Inman, former deputy director of the CIA. It is a valid point of view that he saw the collapse (of Communism) coming and he pushed it hard.’ During the first half of 1982, a five-part strategy emerged that was aimed at bringing about the collapse of the Soviet economy...

1. “The U.S. defense buildup, already under way, aimed at making it too costly for the Soviets to compete militarily with the U.S. Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative-Star Wars- became a centerpiece of the strategy.

2. Covert operations aimed at encouraging reform movements in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

3. “Financial aid to Warsaw Pact nations calibrated to their willingness to protect human rights and undertake political and free-marketreforms.

4.“Economic isolation of the Soviet Union and the withholding of Western and Japanese technology from Moscow. The Administration focused on denying the U.S.S.R. what it had hoped would be its principal source of hard currency in the 21st century: profits from a transcontinental pipeline to supply natural gas to Western Europe...

5. “The increased use of Radio Liberty, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe to transmit the Administration’s messages to the peoples of Eastern Europe.” TIME, Feb 4, 1992, 30. The Papacy was able to topple the Soviet Union through an alliance with the United States. The cover story of TIME magazine on the collapse of the Soviet Union was entitled, HOLY ALLIANCE: How Reagan and Pope conspired to assist Poland’s Solidarity movement and hasten the demise of Communism.TIME,February24,’92 Verse 41 The next big event on the horizon is the Papacy entering into the “glorious land” of America through the legislation of Sunday laws. “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” The “glorious land” is none other than that land which helped the Vatican topple the Soviet Union. Without an alliance with the United States the Vatican could not even begin to conceive of a New World Order based on Roman Catholic Christianity

The Hebrew word for “glorious” in this passage is tseb-ee. In Daniel 11:16, tseb-ee is used in reference to ancient Israel; Israel was well situated at the crossroads of the world to be a place where people could come and hear the gospel. Israel was a favored nation that became an asylum for God’s people. The “glorious land” today is the United States. It is the haven that God has provided for the birth and development of His remnant church. “The Lord has done more for the United States than for any other country upon which the sun shines. Here He provided an asylum for His people, where they could worship Him according to the dictates of conscience. Here Christianity has progressed in its purity. The life-giving doctrine of the one Mediator between God and man has been freely taught. God designed that this country should ever remain free for all people to worship Him in accordance with the dictates of conscience. He designed that its civil institutions, in their expansive productions, should represent the freedom of gospel privileges.” Maranatha, 193 “The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.” The Great Controversy,588 Protestants in America are creating an unholy alliance with Rome and spiritualism. This will lead to Sunday laws in America, but not all will support this unholy alliance. Some with the communion of “Edom, Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” choose to escape-and do escape this corruption. Could these who escape represent those who come out of Catholicism, apostate Protestantism, and spiritualism, by obedience to God’s Law? The Hebrew word for “chief” in reference to Ammon in Daniel 11:41, is from the same root word as “firstfruits” and “shaking.” When the Papacy enters the “glorious land” of Protestant America with the legislation of Sunday laws, there will be a shaking going on in Edom, Moab, and Ammon. (Catholicism, apostate Protestantism, and spiritualism)I believe these three ancient enemies of Israel of old symbolize the threefold enemies of God’s church today-namely, spiritualism (the dragon), Catholicism (the beast), and apostate Protestantism (the false prophet). See Revelation 16:13. All the seeds we are planting now prior to the Sunday laws will begin to bear fruit when the Sunday laws are passed. Those that come out of Edom, Moab, and Amon represent the firstfruits that join the remnant church through obedience to God’s Law. The Bible says, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4. Unfortnately, not all will come out of Moab, Edom and Ammon.

In verse 42, we begin to see the Vatican influencing the political decision making of the world. “He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.” There is not one country that will escape this New World Order combining Church and State, not even atheistic China. All will pay homage to the Papacy, for “he shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries.”

In verse 43, we begin to see the Vatican influencing the economic orders of the day. “But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” Very suddenly, temporal prosperity will cease to exist. Not only will each country be looking for a national solution, but the world will be looking for a global solution to the economic crisis. Why do I believe it depicts an economic crisis? When did literal Egypt lose all her “precious things” in the Old Testament? God punished Egypt with one plague after another for not letting Israel go. When the tenth plague hit Egypt, the Egyptians became eager for the Hebrews to take their precious things and leave the country. This does not represent the seven last plagues, but the increasing disasters that come upon the earth by air, land, and sea, which will bring the world economies to a crisis. The world will then look to the highly centralized, multinational, and multicultural Vatican to work with the United States and the United Nations to solve these global problems. All countries will be involved and supportive of this New World Order of Church and State. Why do I believe that? The verse says that the Ethiopians and the Libyans will be at his steps. The Ethiopians were the rich neighbours of Egypt, while the Libyans were considered the poor neighbour. The Bible says, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17. All nations, whether rich or poor, will be caught up in the mark of the beast, whose number is 666.

Verse 44 The message that inspired Edom, Moab, and Ammon to escape the corruption of the unholy alliance, has now come to its crescendo in verse 44. “Tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” This represents the loud cry. “East” and “North” are often associated in Scripture with Christ or with God’s throne. “I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay...The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.” Isaiah 41:25,27

The “tidings out of the east” refer to the second coming of Christ. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27. God’s true church will be preaching the soon return of Christ, while the world has already received the false christ. Paul warned us, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. Satan will come and pretend to be Jesus. Under this grand deception of Satan the world will be deceived into forming an allegiance with Rome.

Jesus warned us, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many...And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many...Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-24.

In Bible prophecy “north” represents judgment. Very often Israel was invaded from the north side. These invasions were divine judgments because of their apostasy. “Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land...And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Jeremiah 1:14,16. While God’s people are declaring that “judgment is come,” (Revelation 14:7) the world will have already judged God’s people, and penalized them with economic boycotts and a death decree. See Revelation 13:15-17. While God’s people are being condemned by an apostate Christianity, they must love their enemies and warn them of the impending judgments of God upon a rebellious world. See Revelation 14:9-11. Unfortunately, the main body of this apostate Christianity will take that fatal step in “great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” There will be many martyrs in the end of time. See Maranatha, 199. But always remember, the persecutor is never in the right.

Verse 45 “Between the sea and the glorious Holy mountain.” What does prophecy mean when it says that the New World Order system will be planted “Between the sea and the glorious Holy mountain” Daniel 11:45

In Bible prophecy ‘sea or waters’ symbolize “people, nations, multitudes and tongues” Revelation 17:15. “The holy mountain” is the mountain of the Lord, the kingdom of God (see Daniel 2:35,44). It is from God’s holy mountain that His ways are taught and His law goes forth (see Micah 4:2; Hebrews 12:22,23) Symbols of the Remnant Church, Prophetic Insights page 103, The Loud Cry page 153.

The king of the north - the papacy supported by (USA) having the support and strength of all earthly powers (see Daniel 11:40-42, Revelation 17:12 - 14) is seeking to establish himself upon this earth as a special leader among leaders, self elected judge of all nations Revelation 13:7, Prophetic Insights page 103. We are considering the aims of the head of the Roman Catholic church who wants to establish himself as the “Vicar of Christ” the ultimate court of judgment over the nations of the world. A religion and leader who would plant himself between the ‘sea’ (peoples, nations and tongues) and the “glorious holy mountain” the government and authority of God. Daniel 2:35,44 Micah 4:2, Hebrews 12:22,23 Prophetic Insights page 103.

Revelation 13:2 Pagan Rome, the king of the north gave his kingdom and his power and great authority to Papal Rome, and now Papal Rome is the king of the North. The Loud Cry page 146, 147. We must understand this point well, in order to understand the last part of Daniel 11 and most of Revelation. We need to see how the prophecy changes from literal, and local events and places, to the present times. The Loud Cry page 147. When the Jews rejected Christ, and their capital city, Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. The nation Israel and Jerusalem, forever ceased to be the focus of biblical events and prophecy. The Christian Church is now the nation that took the place of ancient Israel. The Christian Church, after the destruction of ancient Jerusalem, is now called the city of God.

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