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666 & Mark of the Beast; & The 7th Day the Sabbath of the LORD, the Sign and Seal of JEHOVAH God

Discussion in 'Sabbath and The Law' started by The7thColporteur, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. The7thColporteur

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    Roman Catholic Online Encyclopedia; “A”; “Antichrist” - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Antichrist

    Antichrist (Greek Antichristos). ... The word Antichrist occurs only in the Johannine Epistles; but there are so-called real parallelisms to these occurrences in the Apocalypse, in the Pauline Epistles, and less explicit ones in the Gospels and the Book of Daniel. ...”​

    Roman Catholic Online Encyclopedia; “S”; “Sacrifice” - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sacrifice

    “... anti ... (in the place of …) ...”​

    Since the term “AntiChrist” is also related to the “man of sin” and there would be “many”, a line of successions [as is indicated] which all stand 'in the place of, or takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth' then should not this name be easily applied to this Roman ecclesiastical system and that singular position on earth which is over it all?

    It can readily and easily be applied by going from Greek to Latin:

    Roman Catholic Online Encyclopedia; “V”; “Vicar of Christ” - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Vicar of Christ

    “(Latin Vicarius Christi).

    A title of the pope implying his supreme and universal primacy, both of honour and of jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ. ...”​

    Roman Catholic Online Encyclopedia; “V”; “Vicar” - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Vicar

    Vicar

    (Latin vicarius, from vice, “instead of”) …”​

    What do we immediately notice between the Greek and Latin?

    Greek: Anti (in the place of, instead of) Christos (Christ, Anointed)

    Latin: Vicarius (in the place of, instead of) Christi (Christ, Anointed)​

    Does Rome's own definition of the “Vicarius Christi”, “Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth” and “Vicarius Filii Dei” actually mean that the doctrinal and official position of the Pope is that he “stands in the place of Jesus Christ [the Son of God] on Earth”, or that the position of the Pope “takes the place of Christ [the Son of God] on earth”?

    Yes it does.

    Roman Catholic Online Encyclopedia; “C”; “Church” - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Church

    “... It will be enough, however, to refer to the evidence contained in the epistles of St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, himself a disciple of the Apostles. In these epistles (about A.D. 107) he again and again asserts that the supremacy of the bishop is of Divine institution and belongs to the Apostolic constitution of the Church. He goes so far as to affirm that the bishop stands in the place of Christ Himself. …”​

    Roman Catholic Online Library; Church Documents; “Ad Sinarum Gentem (1954)”; Point 11. - CATHOLIC LIBRARY: Ad Sinarum Gentem (1954)

    “...Supreme Pontiff, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth ...”​

    Roman Catholic Online Library; Church Documents; “In Plurimis (1888)”; Point 2. - CATHOLIC LIBRARY: In Plurimis (1888)

    “...We, indeed, to all men are the Vicar of Christ, the Son of God ...”​

    “The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII”, Encyclical Letter June 20, 1894 - Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae - Papal Encyclicals

    “But since We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty, ...”​
     
  2. The7thColporteur

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    Is the title VICARIVS FILII DEI an official title used by Rome for the position of the Pope?

    Yes, especially according to official Roman Catholic sources.

    "...

    "... In our examination of this subject we shall first consult Roman Catholic authorities to ascertain what sacred title they apply to the pope to denote his official position and authority. Any one at all familiar with authentic Catholic authors knows that their paramount and constant claim for the pope is that Christ appointed St. Peter to be His vicar, or representative on earth, and that each succeeding pope is the lawful successor of St. Peter, and is therefore the "Vicar of the Son of God" on earth. This official title in Latin (the official language of the Catholic Church) is "Vicarius Filii Dei." We find this title used officially in Roman Catholic canon law, from medieval times down to the present. In the, earliest collection of canon law we read: {1943 CE, FAFA 219.1} ..." - Facts of Faith, Page 219 -- Ellen G. White Writings

    "Beatus Petrus in terris Vicarius Filii Dei videtur esse constutus." - "Decretum Gratiani," prima pars, dist. xcvi.

    Translated into English this would read:

    "Blessed Peter is seen to have been constituted vicar of the Son of God on the earth." - "Decretum of Gratian," part 1, div. 96, column 472, first published at Bologna about 1148, and reprinted in 1555. Translation by Christopher B. Coleman, Ph. D, in "The Treatise of Lorenzo Valla on the Donation of Constantine," p. 13. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1922. {1943 CE, FAFA 219.2}​

    The Catholic Encyclopedia says of Gratian:

    "He is the true founder of the science of canon law." - Vol. VI, art. "Gratian," p. 730. {1943 CE, FAFA 219.3}​

    The same Catholic authority says:

    "The 'Decretum' of Gratian was considered in the middle of the twelfth century as a corpus juris canonici, i.e. a code of the ecclesiastical law then in force." - Id., Vol. IV, art. "Decretals," p. 671. {1943 CE, FAFA 219.4}​

    It further states:

    "It must be admitted that the work of Gratian was as near perfection as was then possible. For that reason it was adopted at Bologna, and soon elsewhere, as the textbook for the study of canon law. . . . While lecturing on Gratian's work, the canonists labored to complete and elaborate the master's teaching." - Id., Vol. IX, art. "Law, Canon," pars. "D" and "E," p. 62. {1943 CE, FAFA 220.1}​

    Different popes added their own decrees to the collection of Gratian, as the following quotation will show: {1943 CE, FAFA 220.2}

    "Thus by degrees the Corpus Juris Canonici took shape. This became the official code of canon law for Western Europe during the Middle Ages, and was composed of six books, namely, the Decretum of Gratian (about 1150), the Decretals of Gregory IX (1234), the Sextus of Boniface VIII (1298), the Clementines of Clement V (1313), the Extravagantes of John XII (about 1316), and the Extravagantes Communes, which contained laws made by succeeding popes." - "The Papacy," Rev,. C. Lattey, S. J. [Jesuit], page 143. Cambridge, England: 1924. {1943 CE, FAFA 220.3}​

    After the Council of Trent, Pope Pius V had this "Canon Law " revised. {1943 CE, FAFA 220.4}

    "Pius V appointed (1566) a commission to prepare a new edition of the 'Corpus Juris Canonici.' This commission devoted itself especially to the correction of the text of the 'Decree' of Gratian and of its gloss. Gregory XIII ('Cum pro munere,' 1 July, 1580; 'Emendationem,' 2 June, 1582) decreed that no change was to be made in the revised text. This edition of the 'Corpus' appeared at Rome in 1582, in aedibus populi Romani, and serves as examplar for all subsequent editions." - Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. IV, art. "Corpus Juris Cononici," pp. 392, 393. It was reprinted verbatim in 1613 and 1622. {1943 CE, FAFA 220.5}​

    This is the standard text of canon law for the whole Roman Catholic Church. Pope Gregory XIII wrote July 1, 1580, in his preface to this corrected edition: {1943 CE, FAFA 220.6}

    "We have demanded care in rejecting, correcting, and expurgating. . . . The Decree itself, without the glossae, exists now entirely freed from faults and corrected. . . . as much the one without the glossae as the entire one with the glossae . . . all recognized and approved . . . this body of canonical law firmly grounded and incorrupted according to this model printed at Rome by Catholic typographers. . . . We wishing to proceed opportunely, so that this canonical law thus expurgated, may come restored to all the faithful . . . kept perpetually integrid and incorruptible, motu proprio, and from our certain knowledge, and from the plenitude of the apostolic power to all and singly in the dominion of our sacred Roman Church." - Preface to Corpus Juris Canonici, Gregorii XIII, Pontif. Max. Auctoritate; in editions of 1582, 1613, 1622, and 1879. {1943 CE, FAFA 220.7}​

    Of this corrected "Corpus," or canon law, "published in 1582 . . . by order of Gregory XIII," and established by his authority, we read: {1943 CE, FAFA 221.1}

    "The text of this edition, revised by the Correctores Romani, a pontifical commission established for the revision of the text of the 'Corpus Juris,' has the force of law." - Catholic Encyclopedia., Vol. IV, art. "Decretals, Papal," p. 672, par. 3. {1943 CE, FAFA 221.2}​

    Notice that this revised edition of canon law "has the force of law." In this canon law, which Pope Gregory XIII had corrected by "the plenitude of the apostolic power," so that it is "entirely freed from faults," we find the same statement:

    "Beatus Petrus in terris vicarius Filii Dei esse videtur constitutus."-"Corpus Juris Canonici, Gregorii XIII, Pontif. Max. Auctoritate," Distinctio 96, Column 286, Canon Constantinus 14, Magdeburg, 1747. {1943 CE, FAFA 221.3}​

    Moreover, custom has even given to several apocryphal canons of the 'Decree' of Gratian the force of law." - Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. IV, art. "Corpus Juris Cononici," p. 393. {1943 CE, FAFA 221.4}​

    In "Corpus Juris Canonici Emendatum et Notis Illustratum Gregorii XIII. Pont. Max.," "Lvgdvn, MDCXXII" or "the Canon Law of Pope Gregory XIII, of 1622," with the Pope's own "Preface," in which he assures us of its being without flaw, we find the same:

    "Beatus Petrus in terris Vicarius Filii Dei esse videtur constitutus." - Column 295. {1943 CE, FAFA 221.5}​

    We cannot see how any consistent Catholic can deny the authenticity of this title without denying the infallibility of the pope. What more authority can they desire? {1943 CE, FAFA 221.6}

    Before going further let us apply the rule laid down in the Catholic Bible for counting the number of his name. It says: "The numeral letters of his name shall make up this number." - Note under Revelation 13: 18. In Bible times they did not use figures. We can still see on dials of old clocks, in numbers given above chapters in the Bible and in dates inscribed on cornerstones, certain numerical values given to some of the letters. In Latin, 1 stands for 1, V for 5, X for 10, L for 50, C for 100, D for 500, and M for 1,000. Originally we had no U, but V was used for U, and V is often used for U today on public buildings, such as "Pvblic Library," and our W is still written as a double V, not as a double U.

    The next Catholic authority we shall quote is F. Lucii Ferraris, who wrote "a veritable encyclopedia" in Latin, of which several editions have been printed by the papal church at Rome. The American Catholic Encyclopedia says of Ferraris's great work that it "will ever remain a precious mine of information." - Vol. VI, p. 48. From this unquestionable Catholic authority we shall first quote its Latin statement, and then give the English translation:

    V = 5

    i = 1

    c = 100

    a = 0

    r = 0

    i = 1

    u = 5

    s = 0

    F = 0

    i = 1

    l = 50

    i = 1

    i = 1

    D = 500

    e = 0

    i = 1


    "Ut sicut Beatus Petrus in terris vicarius Filii Dei fuit constitutus, ita et Pontifices eius successores in terris principatus potestatem amplius, quam terrenae imperialis nostrae serenitatis mansuetudo habere videtur."

    ("As the blessed Peter was constituted Vicar of the Son of God on earth, so it is seen that the Pontiffs, his successors, hold from us and our empire the power of a supremacy on the earth greater than the clemency of our earthly imperial serenity.") - "Prompta Bibliotheca canonica juridica moralis theologica" etc., Vol. VI, art. "Papa," p. 43. Printed by the Press of the Propaganda, Rome: 1890. ..."
    See also for more historical uses - VICARIUS FILII DEI 666, The Number of the Beast
     
  3. The7thColporteur

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    "... Henry Edward Cardinal Manning of England, an extensive Roman Catholic writer, of high esteem in his church, applies the same title to the pope, only using it in its English translation. He says of the popes:

    "The temporal power in the hands of St. Gregory I was a fatherly and patriarchal rule over nations not as yet reduced to civil order. In the hands of St. Leo III it became a power of creating empires. In the hands of St. Gregory VII it was a scourge to chasten them. In the hands of Alexander III it was a dynasty, ruling supremely, in the name of God, over the powers of the world. . . . So that I may say there never was a time when the temporal power of the Vicar of the Son of God, though assailed as we see it, was more firmly rooted throughout the whole unity of the Catholic Church. {1943 CE, FAFA 223.1}

    It was a dignified obedience to bow to the Vicar of the Son of God, and to remit the arbitration of their griefs to one whom all wills consented to obey." - "The Temporal Power of the Vicar of Jesus Christ," pp. 231, 232, second edition. London: Burns and Lambert, 1862. {1943 CE, FAFA 223.2}​

    The same year, this book was translated and published in Italian, with the sanction of the church attached to it. The title "Vicar of the Son of God" appears on pages 234 and 235 of that edition. {1943 CE, FAFA 223.3}

    Philippe Labbe, "a distinguished Jesuit writer on historical, geographical, and philological questions" (Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. VIII, pp. 718, 719), in his historical work "Sacrosancta concilia ad regiam editionem exacta," Vol. I, page 1534 (Paris: 1671), uses 'Vicarius Filii Dei' as the official title of the pope. {1943 CE, FAFA 223.4}

    see - Sacrosancta concilia ad regiam editionem exacta quae nunc quarta parte prodit auctior

    [Latin Lines, Right Hand Column, 5 Line down in Latin, beginning at 2nd word from left, "... trus vicarius filii Dei ..."]

    [​IMG]

    Coming down to our own times, we shall call to the witness stand a modern advocate of the Roman Catholic cause. Our Sunday Visitor, of Huntington, Ind., in its issue of April 18, 1915, gives clear testimony in this case. We quote it in full: {1943 CE, FAFA 223.5}

    "What are the letters supposed to be in the Pope's crown, and what do the signify, if anything? {1943 CE, FAFA 223.6}

    "The letters inscribed in the Pope's mitre are these: Vicarius Filii Dei, which is the Latin for Vicar of the Son of God. Catholics hold that the Church which is a visible society must have a visible head. Christ, before His ascension into heaven, appointed St. Peter to act as His representative. Upon the death of Peter the man who succeeded to the office of Peter as Bishop of Rome, was recognized as the head of the Church. Hence to the Bishop of Rome, as head of the Church, wag given the title 'Vicar of Christ.' {1943 CE, FAFA 223.7}

    "Enemies of the Papacy denounce this title as a malicious assumption. But the Bible informs us that Christ did not only give His Church authority to teach, but also to rule. Laying claim to the authority to rule in Christ's spiritual kingdom, in Christ's stead, is not a whit more malicious than laying claim to the authority to teach in Christ's name. And this every Christian minister does." - "Our Sunday Visitor," April 18, 1915, thirteenth question under "Bureau of Information," p. 3. {1943 CE, FAFA 224.1}​

    Later, when Roman Catholic authorities discovered that Protestants were making use of the foregoing statements to identify the Papacy with the antichristian power of Revelation 13: 18, they attempted to repudiate the contents of their former article. But that article was not written by some contributor to their paper; it appeared in the "Bureau of Information," for which the editorial staff was responsible. And on page two of that paper appeared sanctions for the editor from Pope Pius X, dated May 17, 1914; from the Apostolic Delegate, John Bonzano, dated April 27, 1913; and from J. H. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne, Ind., dated March 29, 1912. If statements made under such high authorities are not trustworthy, we would respectfully ask if their present denials are any more so? {1943 CE, FAFA 224.2}

    To one versed in Catholic teaching and practice, there is nothing uncommon in such denials, where the interest of the Church is at stake. Cardinal Baudrillart's quotation on pages 64 and 245 of this book shows that some Catholic authors "ask permission from the Church to ignore or even deny" some historical facts, which they "dare not" face; and we read in "History of the Jesuits," by Andrew Steinmetz, Vol. 1, p. 13, that their accredited histories in common use, 'with permission of authority,' [are] veiling the subject with painful dexterity." - London: 1848. {1943 CE, FAFA 224.3}

    We shall here refer to one other similar denial. In the Roman Catholic paper, Shepherd of the Valley, there appeared an article by the editor, in which he stated: If Catholics ever attain, which they surely will, though at a distant day, the immense numerical majority in the United States, religious liberty, as at present understood, will be at an end." A Protestant lecturer, who made use of this quotation, was bitterly arraigned in a double-column front-page article in the Catholic Standard and Times for his false statements regarding Catholics; for, it pointed out, if he had finished the quotation with the words which followed, "so say our enemies," it would have reversed its meaning. The incident would have passed off at the expense of the Protestant lecturer, had not the Western Watchman of July 24, 1913, continued the quotation still further, declaring: {1943 CE, FAFA 225.1}

    "The whole quotation should read: 'If Catholics ever attain, which they surely will, though at a distant day, the immense numerical majority in the United States, religious liberty, m at present understood, will be at an end. So say our enemies; so say we."' - Quoted in "Protestant Magazine," October, 1913, p 474. {1943 CE, FAFA 225.2}​

    Why those who tried to deny their former statements should leave out the words, "so say we," is very evident. But what can we think of those who publicly deny facts to screen their church from unfavorable public opinions, unless they act from the motive that "the end justifies the means," and that "heretics " have no moral right to facts which they would misuse. (See also pages 64 and 65 of this book.) {1943 CE, FAFA 225.3}

    We shall therefore continue to believe that the editors of Our Sunday Visitor, in its issue of April 18, 1915, page three, were perfectly honest and well informed on the subject, and that the later denials are of the same class as those mentioned above. {1943 CE, FAFA 225.4}

    226

    Our Sunday Visitor in the aforementioned quotation makes use of Vicarius Filii Dei and "Vicar of Christ" as synonymous terms, and Cardinal Manning does the same in his book, "Temporal Power of the Pope." It cannot, therefore, be maintained, as some do, that Vicarius Christi is the only mode of spelling used as the title of the pope, although the shorter rendering is used more often for brevity's sake. In fact Vicarius Christi is composite in its origin, Vicarius being Latin, while Christi is Latinized from the Greek. It would hardly seem probable that learned Romanists would adopt such a composite title to the exclusion of the pure, dignified, Latin title, Vicarius Filii Dei, which has been in use among them for centuries. {1943 CE, FAFA 226.1}

    Of late, Catholic apologists have argued that the "name of the beast " in Revelation 13: 17, 18 is a personal name of a single individual, such as Nero, and not the official title of a series of men, as that of the popes would be. But this would be entirely out of harmony with the context, for how could one man make war with God's people, and overcome them in every country, so that he would have power "over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations"? Revelation 13: 7. Then, too, that power was to continue forty and two months (v. 5), which those apologists claim to be literal. But how could one man accomplish such a world task in forty-two literal months?' {1943 CE, FAFA 226.2}

    These forty-two months are twelve hundred and sixty prophetic days (Revelation 11: 2, 3), and in prophecy a day stands for a year (Ezekiel 4: 6). (Even Catholics acknowledge that a day in prophecy stands for a year. See note under Daniel 9: 24-27 in the Douay Bible. Father Reaves says: "The prophet's weeks are, by all interpreters of the Holy Scriptures, understood to include years for days." - "Bible History," p. 345) The forty-two months, or twelve hundred and sixty days, of Revelation 13: 5 are therefore twelve hundred and sixty years, during which this power was to continue. But would not that period be quite a long time for one man to live? This attempt made by Roman apologists to screen the Papacy from being detected as the antichristian power of Revelation 13 appears too shallow to be seriously asserted by men who have made a thorough study of Bible prophecy. {1943 CE, FAFA 226.3} ..."
     
  4. The7thColporteur

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    System, theology, generally not persons (except for specific persons, who may be looked at later, in their open and gross sins), moving on.

    Did you know that officially, The Magisterium of Rome, including the pontificate, and the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, teach that the Roman [Catholic] Church, is the great "whore" ["Meretrix"] of Revelation 17, see for yourself:

    "... In the 1950's Fr. Hans Urs von Balthazar published the work Casta Meretrix ...

    ... In 1988 Fr. von Balthazar was made Cardinal by Pope John Paul II. ..." - Cardinal Urs von Balthasar defines the Catholic Church as a prostitute - a Casta meretrix @ TraditionInAction.org

    "... Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthazar, a friend and colleague of both Pope John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) ..." - The Oak Tree

    "... Balthazar was moved by his parents to Stella Matutina College run by the Society of Jesus in Feldkirch, Austria. ... In 1929, having submitted his thesis, he entered the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits (in Germany, since the Jesuits were banned in Switzerland until 1973). ... In 1932, he moved to Fourvieres, the Jesuit school at Lyon, for his four years of theological study. ...

    ... At Balthazar's funeral, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI, said, speaking of Balthazar's work in general, "What the pope intended to express by this mark of distinction [i.e., elevation to the cardinalate], and of honor, remains valid, no longer only private individuals but the Church itself, in its official responsibility, tells us that he is right in what he teaches of the faith." [17]" -
    Hans Urs von Balthasar - Wikipedia

    We can also bring in Savonarola [Roman Catholic Dominican, of which it is written, "... He was not a heretic in matters of faith ..." - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Girolamo Savonarola ], which is now being considered for 'beatification' [The present-day Church has considered his beatification. [44] Innocenzo Venchi, O.P. "Initiative dell'Ordine Domenicano per promuovere la causa do beatificazione del Ven. fra Girolamo Savonarola O.P.," Studio Savonaroliani Verso il V centenario ed. Gian Carlo Garfagnini (Florence, 1996) pp. 93-97], for he [as referenced in Casta Meretrix [29]] stated:

    "A few weeks before he died, he gave a lecture to priests and religious on the corruption's of the Church ... 'Rome', he exclaimed, 'is a second Babel, the seat and center of all vice ... Rome is more godless than all other cities and nations, more godless even than the Turks and the heathen; it is polluting the whole Church'" (J. Schnitzer, Savonarola II [1924], pp. 708f.)."​

    Further it was written by him, that,

    1 Savonarola, in his poem on the corruption of the Church (1457), may have been directly inspired by Dante. He too mourns "the chaste maid" and "noble mother", who, through the pressure of imperial power, wealth, and secularization in Rome, has gradually been transformed into the whore of Babylon:

    "Then I spoke up: "Lady, tell me, I pray.
    Who wounded thee so deeply in this way?"
    "The whore of Babylon", said she, "by shameless lies
    Has trapped me, made me her chosen prize." ..." - Explorations in Theology, Vol. 2: Spouse of the Word by Hans Urs von Balthazar​

    Thus Hans Urs von Balthazar, as quoted from the link previously cited above:

    "The figure of the prostitute [forma meretricis] is so appropriate for the Church ... that it ... defines the Church of the New Covenant in her most splendid mystery of salvation. The fact that the Synagogue left the Holy Land to go and be among the pagans was an infidelity of Jerusalem, the fact that 'she opened her legs in every road in the world.'

    But this same movement, which brings her to all peoples, is the mission of the Church. She must unite and merge herself with every people, and this new apostolic form of union cannot be avoided.

    (Hans Urs von Balthasar, Casta Metetrix, in Sponsa Verbi, Brescia: Morceliana, 1969, p. 267)."

    Joseph Ratzinger said of Hans:

    "... meeting Balthasar was for me the beginning of a lifelong friendship I can only be thankful for. Never again have I found anyone with such a comprehensive theological and humanistic education as Balthazar and de Lubac, and I cannot even begin to say how much I owe to my encounter with them." - A Resume of My Thought | Hans Urs von Balthasar | Ignatius Insight

    As the Jesuit Jacques Servais notes,

    ""... These two essays [Casta Meretrix & Who Is The Church?; Balthazar] doubtless share a certain affinity of spirit with an important statement in lumen gentium ..."

    "... the first explains the sense in which the Church can call herself at once "harlot" ..."" - Wayback Machine

    "There are good reasons for identifying Babylon in Rev 17-18 with Rome, but inconsistencies with the text arise if ancient imperial Rome is intended. In this study, an important argument for identifying Babylon with ancient Rome is presented and examined. Its weaknesses include neglect of Ezek 16 and 23 as a background for Rev 17, and failure to grasp the full biblical significance of the metaphor of prostitution. It is then shown that in the Old Testament this metaphor refers exclusively to idolatry and/or practices associated with idolatry. Furthermore, apart from very few exceptions, it is always applied to the idolatry and infidelity of God's people. The use of the metaphor in Rev 2 is consistent with this general rule. Moving on to Rev 17, Babylon's prostitution is interpreted in line with Old Testament usage, as an idolatrous love of worldly riches and wealth. Textual evidence from Rev 17-18 is then presented to verify that Babylon does indeed represent a community of God's own people. ..." - http://www.newtorah.org/Babylon of Rev 17.html

    "... Of particular relevance in Ezekiel 16 is the emphasis on Jerusalem's pagan origins (Ezek 16,3), especially as an explanation for the infidelities for which she will be duly punished (Ezek 16,44-45). A similar pattern would explain how the Babylon of Rev 17-18 came to be described in terms of such diverse OT citiesvas Babylon, Tyre and Jerusalem. Interpreted in the light of Jerusalem in Ezekiel 16, this 'new' Babylon was originally a pagan city, which later converted to God. At one point, however, she became unfaithful by succumbing to the temptation of wealth and she is about to be judged by God for the corruption she spread throughout the world (14,8; 17,2; 19,2). Interpreted in this way, the Babylon of Rev 17-18 is not, cannot be, pagan Rome simpliciter, but Rome which converted to God in the past, but then, at some stage, reverted back to idolatrous habits ..." -
    http://www.newtorah.org/Babylon of Rev 17.html

    Yep, Roman Catholicism itself, under a subtly sly theology, identifies 'herself' as the "whore" of Revelation 17, the so-called Casta MERETRIX.
     
  5. The7thColporteur

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    The number '666' in 3 [4] languages, as identified by various students of scripture:

    Greek:

    Lower Case Greek | Upper Case Greek | Greek Letter Name | Transliteration | Isopsephic Value

    α Α Alpha a A 1

    β Β Beta b B 2

    γ Γ Gamma g G 3

    δ Δ Delta d D 4

    ε Ε Epsilon e E 5

    ϝ ϛ Ϝ Ϛ Digamma Stigma w st W ST 6

    ζ Ζ Zeta z Z 7

    η Η Eta ē Ē 8

    θ Θ Theta th TH 9

    ι Ι Iota i I 10

    κ Κ Kappa k K 20

    λ Λ Lambda l L 30

    μ Μ Mu m M 40

    ν Ν Nu n N 50

    ξ Ξ Xi x X 60

    ο Ο Omicron (“O” small – micro) o O 70

    π Π Pi p P 80

    ϙ Ϙ Koppa q Q 90

    ρ Ρ Rho r R 100

    σ ς (Ending) Σ Sigma s S 200

    τ Τ Tau t T 300

    υ Υ Upsilon y Y 400

    φ Φ Phi ph PH 500

    χ Χ Chi ch CH 600

    ψ Ψ Psi ps PS 700

    ω Ω Omega (“O” large – mega) ō Ō 800

    ϡ Ϡ Sampi ts TS 900

    Hebrew:

    Hebrew Letter | Hebrew Name Of Letter | Psalms Location | Hebrew Gematria Value

    א Aleph Psalms 119:1-8 KJB 1

    ב Beth Psalms 119:9-16 KJB 2

    ג Gimel Psalms 119:17-24 KJB 3

    ד Daleth Psalms 119:25-32 KJB 4

    ה He Psalms 119:33-40 KJB 5

    ו Vau Psalms 119:41-48 KJB 6

    ז Zain Psalms 119:49-56 KJB 7

    ח Cheth Psalms 119:57-64 KJB 8

    ט Teth Psalms 119:65-72 KJB 9

    י Jod Psalms 119:73-80 KJB 10

    כ Caph Psalms 119:81-88 KJB 20

    ל Lamed Psalms 119:89-96 KJB 30

    מ Mem Psalms 119:97-104 KJB 40

    נ Nun Psalms 119:105-112 KJB 50

    ס Samech Psalms 119:113-120 KJB 60

    ע Ain Psalms 119:121-128 KJB 70

    פ Pe Psalms 119:129-136 KJB 80

    צ Tzaddi Psalms 119:137-144 KJB 90

    ק Koph Psalms 119:145-152 KJB 100

    ר Resh Psalms 119:153-160 KJB 200

    ש Schin Psalms 119:161-168 KJB 300

    ת Tau Psalms 119:169-176 KJB 400

    ך Caph (Final) Psalms 119:81-88 KJB 500

    ם Mem (Final) Psalms 119:97-104 KJB 600

    ן Nun (Final) Psalms 119:105-112 KJB 700

    ף Pe (Final) Psalms 119:129-136 KJB 800

    ץ Tzaddi (Final) Psalms 119:137-144 KJB 900

    Latin:

    Latin Numeral | Latin Name Of Numeral | Latin Numeric Value

    I Unus 1

    V; * “U” = “V” in Latin. Quinque 5

    X Decem 10

    L Quinquaginta 50

    C Centum 100

    D Quingenti 500

    M Mille 1000

    Roman Alphabet:

    Roman Alphabet [numeration as the Greek or Hebrew, by units, decads, hundreds]:

    Roman Letter | Roman numeration as the Greek or Hebrew, by units, decads, hundreds

    A 1

    B 2

    C 3

    D 4

    E 5

    F 6

    G 7

    H 8

    I 9

    K 10

    L 20

    M 30

    N 40

    O 50

    P 60

    Q 70

    R 80

    S 90

    T 100

    V 200

    X 300

    Y 400

    Z 500​
     
  6. The7thColporteur

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    I will now list several constructs of the number 666 that have been cited over the years [with sources, where available, documented]:

    Greek:

    LATEINOS” [Latin Speaking Man] [Irenaeus (ca. AD 130-202), Against Heresies, Book 5, Chapter 30, Paragraph 3 - “... Then also Lateinos has the number six hundred and sixty-six; and its very probable [solution], this being the name of the last kingdom [of the four seen by Daniel]. For the Latins are they who at present bear rule: I will not, however, make any boast over this [coincidence]. ...”; see also Hippolytus, Treatise on Christ and Antichrist, Chapter 50, page 215; see also Johannes Gerhard (AD 1582-1637); German Lutheran; cited in Adnotationes in Apocalypsin, pages 106-110; see also (Matthias) Flacius Illyicrus, Glossa Compendiaria ... in Novum Testamentum, pages 1028,1029; see also Alexander Campbell (AD 1788 - 1866) and John B. Purcell, A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion, pages 228,229; see also LeRoy Edwin Froom, Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume I, page 249.3, Volume II, page 318, 604.1 & Volume IV, page 255.13]​

    L λ Lambda = 30

    A α Alpha = 1

    T τ Tau = 300

    E ε Epsilon = 5

    I ι Iota = 10

    N ν Nu = 50

    O ο Omicron = 70

    S ς Sigma = 200

    = 666
     
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    Greek:

    HE LATINE BASILEIA” [The Latin Kingdom], Basileia [G932] [Alexander Campbell (AD 1788 - 1866) and John B. Purcell, A Debate on the Roman Catholic Religion, pages 228,229; LeRoy Edwin Froom, Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume IV, page 255.13]​

    H - (translit.) = 0

    E
    η Eta = 8

    = 8 [sub]

    L λ Lambda = 30

    A α Alpha = 1

    T τ Tau = 300

    I ι Iota = 10

    N ν Nu = 50

    E η Eta = 8

    = 399 [sub]
    = 407 [cumulative]

    B β Beta = 2

    A α Alpha = 1

    S σ Sigma = 200

    I ι Iota = 10

    L λ Lambda = 30

    E ε Epsilon = 5

    I ι Iota = 10

    A α Alpha = 1

    = 259 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
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    Greek:

    ITALIKA EKKLESIA” [Italian Church] [Ekklesia [G1577], Johannes Gerhard (AD 1582-1637); German Lutheran; cited in Adnotationes in Apocalypsin, page 106-110; see also LeRoy Edwin Froom, Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume II, page 604.1]​

    I ι Iota = 10

    T τ Tau = 300

    A α Alpha = 1

    L λ Lambda = 30

    I ι Iota = 10

    K κ Kappa = 20

    A α Alpha = 1

    = 372 [sub]


    E ε Epsilon = 5

    K κ Kappa = 20

    K κ Kappa = 20

    L λ Lambda = 30

    E η Eta = 8

    S σ Sigma = 200

    I ι Iota = 10

    A α Alpha = 1

    = 294 [sub]

    = 666 [total]​
     
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    Greek:

    PAPEISKOS” [The pope, as formulated by the Reformation]​

    P π Pi = 80

    A α Alpha = 1

    P π Pi = 80

    E ε Epsilon = 5

    I ι Iota = 10

    S σ Sigma = 200

    K κ Kappa = 20

    O ο Omicron = 70

    S ς Sigma = 200

    = 666
     
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    Greek:

    BENEDIKTOS” [(pope) Benedict IX (9th)] [Greek form of the Latin Benedictus, meaning 'the Blessed', or old Greek for 'Blue B.astard'; and is used for the 'name' of several popes - Benedict]​

    B β Beta = 2

    E ε Epsilon = 5

    N ν Nu = 50

    E ε Epsilon = 5

    D δ Delta = 4

    I ι Iota = 10

    K κ Kappa = 20

    T τ Tau = 300

    O ο Omicron = 70

    S ς Sigma = 200

    = 666
     
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    Latin:

    VICARIVS FILII DEI [in the place of the Son of God, used prolifically by the Roman Church] [see also LeRoy Edwin Froom, Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume II, page 606]​

    V Quinque = 5

    I Unus = 1

    C Centum = 100

    A - = 0

    R - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    V Quinque = 5

    S - = 0

    = 112 [sub]


    F - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    I Unus = 1

    I Unus = 1

    = 53 [sub]
    = 165 [cumulative]


    D Quingenti = 500

    E - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    = 501 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
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    Latin:

    VICARIVS GENERALIS DEI IN TERRIS” [God's Vicar General on earth]​

    V Quinque = 5

    I Unus = 1

    C Centum = 100

    A - = 0

    R - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    V Quinque = 5

    S - = 0

    = 112 [sub]


    G - = 0

    E - = 0

    N - = 0

    E - = 0

    R - = 0

    A - = 0

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    I Unus = 1

    S - = 0

    = 51 [sub]
    = 163 [cumulative]


    D Quingenti = 500

    E - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    = 501 [sub]
    = 664 [cumulative]


    I Unus = 1

    N - = 0

    = 1 [sub]
    = 665 [cumulative]


    T - = 0

    E - = 0

    R - = 0

    R - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    S - = 0

    = 1 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
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    Latin:

    DVX CLERI” [Captain of the Clergy] [Walter Brute; Registrum, pages 355-356; LeRoy Edwin Froom; Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume II, page 8, 606]​

    D Quingenti = 500

    V Quinque = 5

    X Decem = 10

    = 515 [sub]


    C Centum = 100

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    E - = 0

    R - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    = 151 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
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    Latin:

    LVDOVICVS” [Vicar of the Court]​

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    V Quinque = 5

    D Quingenti = 500

    O - = 0

    V Quinque = 5

    I Unus = 1

    C Centum = 100

    V Quinque = 5

    S - = 0

    = 666
     
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    Latin:

    SILVESTER SECVNDO” [(pope) Sylvester II (2nd)]​

    S - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    V Quinque = 5

    E - = 0

    S - = 0

    T - = 0

    E - = 0

    R - = 0

    = 56 [sub]


    S - = 0

    E - = 0

    C Centum = 100

    V Quinque = 5

    N - = 0

    D Quingenti = 500

    O - = 0

    = 610 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
  18. The7thColporteur

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    Latin:

    PAVLO V. VICE DEO” [(pope) Paul V (5th). Vicar of God (or God's Vicar)] [Daniel Cramer, Apocalypsis oder Offenbarung S. Johannis, fols 50,55; see also LeRoy Edwin Froom, Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Volume II, page 609]​

    P - = 0

    A - = 0

    V Quinque = 5

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    O - = 0

    = 55 [sub]


    V Quinque = 5

    = 5 [sub]
    = 60 [cumulative]


    V Quinque = 5

    I Unus = 1

    C Centum = 100

    E - = 0

    = 106 [sub]
    = 166 [cumulative]


    D Quingenti = 500

    E - = 0

    O - = 0

    = 500 [sub]
    = 666 [cumulative]​
     
  19. The7thColporteur

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    Latin:

    IOANES PAVLVS SECVNDO” [(pope) John Paul II (2nd)]​

    I Unus = 1

    O - = 0

    A - = 0

    N - = 0

    E - = 0

    S - = 0

    = 1 [sub]


    P - = 0

    A - = 0

    V Quinque = 5

    L Quinquaginta = 50

    V Quinque = 5

    S - = 0

    = 60 [sub]
    = 61 [cumulative]


    S - = 0

    E - = 0

    C Centum = 100

    V Quinque = 5

    N - = 0

    D Quingenti = 500

    O - = 0

    = 605 [sub]
    = 666 [cumulative]​
     
  20. The7thColporteur

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    Latin:

    SANCTA LVX DEI” [Holy Light of God, Roman Catholic Church uses this designation]​

    S - = 0

    A - = 0

    N - = 0

    C Centum = 100

    T - = 0

    A - = 0

    = 100 [sub]


    L Quinquaginta = 50

    V Quinque = 5

    X Decem = 10

    = 65 [sub]
    = 165 [cumulative]


    D Quingenti = 500

    E - = 0

    I Unus = 1

    = 501 [sub]
    = 666 [total]​
     
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