To the remnant of the Church those that wish to defend their knowledge of the Word.  Over one billion Christians in the world and only a remnant will go through the gates of Jerusalem.  This can be seen in the Old Testament every time the Jewish people strayed from the Lord, only a few remained that heard the Lords’ voice.  Today we pick up in Rev.17: 10 -11

10:”And there are seven kings: five are fallen,  and one is,  [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”

The beginning of these kings or emperors is almost the same as the beginning of the Church of Christ, which was shown in (“Re 11:1”). Namely from the 25th year after the passion of Christ, at which time the temple and church of the Jews were overthrown. In this year it came to pass by the providence of God, saying “The beast that was and is not” was fulfilled before the destruction of the Jews, came to pass. 

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Trajan

That was 809 years from the building of the city of Rome at which time John counted the emperors who had been when he wrote these things.  John foretells two others to come: and with this purpose, that when this particular prediction of things to come should take effect, the truth of all other predictions in the Church, might be more confirmed.  God in ancient times mentioned this sign in the Law and Jeremiah. (DE 18:1-22, Jer 28:8)

11″ And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.”

        •  Nerua Traianus, who in various respects is called here the seventh and the eighth. Traianus was a Roman emperor from 98 to 117AD. Officially declared by the Senate (“the best ruler”), Trajan is remembered as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in Roman history, leading the empire to attain its maximum territorial extent by the time of his death. He is also known for his philanthropic rule, overseeing extensive public building programs and implementing social welfare policies, which earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.

It must be noted that under Trajan’s rule the Christians were not persecuted.  In late 117 AD, while sailing back to Rome, Trajan fell ill and died of a stroke in the city of Selinus.  His ashes were laid to rest under Trajan’s Column. 

Trajan was the last of the great emperors now the Churches of Christ goes into perdition. This has been noted in (“Re 2:10”).  The statute of Trajan that was put on top of a column was removed during the Middle Ages and replaced in 1588 by the present one of St. Peter.

The Council of Trent, the 19th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, was held in three parts from 1545 to 1563. This where the papal wrote their own Bible for the believers.  This where tithing became mandatory (taxes).  All these Popes had scandals and they persecuted the Christians.

Pope Clement VII (Pope from 1523 to 1534) …download

Clement was inclined to changing his political views to match those of whoever was the most powerful and wealthy at any given time. As a result of his wavering allegiances, Clement VII’s critics, who included Charles V, compared him to a shepherd that had fled his flock, only to return as a wolf

Pope Leo X (1513 to 1521) …download.jpg

Pope Leo X not only allowed but encouraged worshippers to pay for their sins – literally. The corrupt religious leader was fond of putting prices on others’ sins and requiring them to give him money in return for absolving their wrongdoings. Threatening that their souls would not be able to enter heaven if they didn’t pay up, Leo X set sinner fines for crimes such as murder, incest, and theft, “Pope Leo X: Opponent of the Reformation” (Compass Point Books, 2006). Leo X was strictly against the Protestant Reformation, which was inspired by Martin Luther’s argument against the church’s unscrupulous methods of attaining funds based on people’s fears of not getting into heaven, according to “Pope Leo X.”

Pope Julius II (1503 to 1513) …download.jpg

Despite the clergy’s sacred oath of celibacy, Julius reportedly had several mistresses and at least one illegitimate daughter (some sources indicate that he had two other daughters who died during childhood). In 1511, a council brought charges of lewd sexual acts against him, alleging that he was “a sodomite covered with shameful ulcers,

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Even though he was supposedly a celibate clergyman, Alexander VI romanced several mistresses, including Giulia Farnese (known as Julia the Beautiful), and fathered numerous illegitimate children with longtime mistress Vannozza dei Cattani (who was married at the time),

Pope Benedict IX (1032 and 1048) …download.jpg

 Pope Victor III wrote of Benedict IX’s “rapes, murders, and other unspeakable acts. His life as a pope so vile, so foul, so execrable, that I shudder to think of it,” according to “The Spirit.” Saint Peter Damian had similar things to say of Benedict IX, describing him as “feasting on immorality” and “a demon from hell in the disguise of a priest,” who sponsored orgies and routinely partook in bestiality, according to “The Spirit.”

Pope John XII (955 to 964) …download.jpg

 a collection of the writings by church leaders lists the charges made against John XII, including that he invoked demons, murdered and mutilated men, committed arson and gambled, according to “A History of the Church in the Middle Ages” (Psychology Press, 2002). The church leaders also claimed that he “turned the papal palace into a whorehouse” by committing adultery with numerous women, including two widows and his own niece, as well as his father’s long-term girlfriend. His reign as pope ended in his late 20s when he died of a stroke while supposedly in bed with a married woman.

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Arguably the most unbalanced of this lists’ unscrupulous popes, Stephen VI set out to get revenge on his predecessor, Pope Formosus, who he felt had wronged him – in spite of the fact that his nemesis was now dead.
Stephen arranged a court date and ordered Formosus’ nine-month-old corpse to be exhumed, dressed in sacred papal robes and propped up on a throne to be tried for his crimes. With a deacon answering on behalf of the deceased, Stephen raged and raved accusations of Formosus having had unfairly receiving the pope title at Formosus’ skeleton.

The cadaver lost the trial, and Stephen declared Formosus’ rule as pope void. He then chopped off the three fingers used to give blessings and ordered the body to be stripped of its robes and dumped into a cemetery for foreigners. 

Rome transposed between the tyrannical emperors of the Jews and Christians and passed the torch to the papacy and the perdition continues.

Reformed Christianity broke away from the papacy in the 1500s. Reformers stayed true to the Word until around the 1800s.  Then the slide began till today we have progressive religion rewriting the Bible to fit the current social norms.  God is gender neutral, Christ is gender neutral which would make the Holy Ghost?

This why only a few will enter the throne room of our Lord.

Tomorrow will pick up in Rev.17:12.

Look at Christ on the Cross and tell him, I am a sinner, I want to follow you, forgive me for my sins and the sins of those committed against me.  I believe at that point you are reborn and Christ will advocate for you in the Throne room.

Remember to dine in the Throne room with your Father, ask questions and say your prayers.  If you do not know Christ, ask Him into your life.

We will meet again tomorrow at the hem of Christ in the hot dusty streets of Jerusalem.  Come with a thirst and hunger, Christ will feed you.

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