But let us now pass from CHRIST to Antichrist; from the Gospel church to her adversaries,
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is Christ." 1 John ii, 22.
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world." 1 John iv, 3.
"Even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." 1 John ii, 18.
Here we find "the enemies of the cross of Christ;" as it is written, "The LORD hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should he round about him. Jerusalem is as a menstrous woman among them." Lamentations i, 17.
Under this head we call attention to the various groups of antichristian orders Springing from the two beasts mentioned in Revelation xiii.
The first of these evidently refers to the Catholic hierarchy who is noticed immediately after the woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." Revelation xii, 1.
In the third and fourth verses the great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head, * * stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
In this testimony we have the rise of the first beast we have in previous pages traced the rise of the gospel church from heaven on the day of Pentecost, now we find the first false claimant rising "up out of the sea:" and we are told that this sea (water) which John saw "where the whore sitteth are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation xiii, 1; xvii, 15.
As previously stated even in the days of the apostles evil spirits had crept into the fold; but after their departure the grievous wolves referred to were found among them; and of their own selves men arose speaking perverse things, so that before the close of the first century the church began to slough off from her membership the corrupt elements that sought to befoul her travel.
The Catholic hierarchy became the washpot (Psalms Lx, 8;) for these corrupt elements; and the breeding place for the development of the seven-headed monster referred to.
These corrupt elements claiming Christianity multiplied with alarming rapidity in the Roman empire and soon made their presence felt; just as their successor the Protestant beast has multiplied in the United States, and has made their presence felt to such an extent that at this writing (July 1928) of the thirty Presidents of the United States, all with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson have been identified with the Protestant religion: and parties offering for office find it convenient to espouse some religious creed in order to secure an election.
Thus with converts crowding into this corrupt, Pagan Christian fold, persecution began to tone down toward this newly found sect, but the real Christian church was as much the subject of persecution as ever.
Finally the emperor of Rome, Constantine evidently on the same principle that parties who seek office in our country to day, professed christianity; and at once christianity became popular, especially as Constantine appointed solely such puppet, christians to office.
The litteral meaning of the term Catholic is universal and it was applied to the Roman hierarchy which claimed to be the universal and only church and really for several centuries dominated the Roman world; the real church being hidden in the wilderness, (Revelation xii, 6;) and what visibility was manifest, was of such a nature; so unpopular; hounded to prison and to death; and not recognized of any sacred character whatever.
We have previously called attention to the difficulty of correctly ascertaining dates from Profane history. There may be, however, some difference of opinion even among our brethren regarding the proper date to notice the rise of this Catholic monster; different opinions arising from the different view-point, also the different object designed to be brought forth in its connections, but for our present purposes we will date the firm establishment of this beast in the saddle of human government from the Edict of Milan 313 A. D.
This was an Edict of Constantine then Emperor of the Roman empire establishing this Roman Catholic religion by law.
To trace other testimonies connected with this Roman beast we might, start at a different date for Roman Catholicism entered into the life of the Roman empire much before 313 A D.
While this Catholic beast had its conflicts within itself; its wars arid jangles yet it drifted along its destined course filling its allotted days (Revelation xiii, 5,) when it gave way to its successor the Protestant beast (Revelation xiii, 11, 12:)
The date of the rise of this Second beast like the rise of the first can be counted from different years depending upon the particular phase of its development that we are considering.
Martin Luther was born at Eisleben, Germany November 10, 1483. John Calvin was born at Noyon, France, July 10, 1509. Both of these men were born and bred in the Catholic fold. I regard these as the "two horns like a lamb" (Revelation xiii, 11,) of the Protestant beast.
Other men were raised up to assist in the work, but Luther and Calvin were the leaders in the movement. All they did at first was to protest against Catholic corruption, but Catholic tyranny soon dropped them and their followers, and they soon became the leaders of what was termed the reformation: a reformation it was out of the Catholic fryingpan into the Protestant skillet, for these Protestants were as bitter enemies to thy Ana-Baptist as were the Catholics; and as great tyrants when getting cantrol of government and forcing their views upon helpless people as were the Catholics.
Same have claimed that the two horns of this Protestant beast were Ecclesiastical and Civil power, i. e., a unison of church and State: but while both the Catholic and Protestant beasts sought and used this in the ages which we are discussing, the two men that we have named were the leaders in organizing, developing, and putting into affect this Protestant movement.
Our readers will notice that the Gospel Church had no connection whatever with this Protestant movement. Protestantism came into existence over a thousand years after the true church. Protestant theology came out of Catholicism; and these various Protestant branches are simply daughters of "the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth." Revelation xvii, 5.
In the meantime Henry viii, King of England came into notice, by divorcing his wife, Catharine, and marrying a young woman, Anne Boleyn, and because the Pope of Rome had objected to this, Henry excommunicated the Pope and organized a church of his own setting himself up as its head, which the British Parliament by an act November 3, 1534, confirmed, making Henry viii, "supreme head of the church of England."
Thus began the church of England also called Episcopal church which now holds her head so high, the proper name of which organization as at first given was the church of England.
The origin of this denomination was the lust of Henry viii for this young woman. Henry was a very brutal man, in a short time he charged Anne with unfaithfulness, and, had her executed. She left one daughter who afterward became Queen Elizebeth of England. After Henry had beheaded Anne Boleyn, in fact the very next day he married Jane Seymour who died the year after marriage. Henry then marries a German Duchess, Anne of Cleves, but in a short while tired of her, he divorced her, the English Parliament readily granting this order of divorce.
In the space of about two weeks Henry married his fifth wife, but soon found it convenient to get rid of her. She was condemned and met the same fate of Anne Boleyn. The next year, the great head of this proud and haughty Episcopal church made his sixth venture on the matrimonial sea, this time marrying a widow, Lady Catharine Parr; and as Henry lived only four years after this last marriage, his widow survived him. Here we have a remarkable exhibition of that character of religion that comes from the carnal mind.
We have been particular in describing the rise of this Episcopal branch of Protestantism; showing the corrupt fountain from whence it came. It was designed later to play a most important part in settling the second beast in the saddle of human government.
It will be noticed that of the six wives of this "head of the church" (!), two were divorced; two were executed, one (Lady Seymour) died a year after her marriage and after the birth of her son. There is no telling what would have become of her had she lived long; nor is there any telling what would have become of the last wife had Henry lived long after his sixth marriage.
As previously stated this departure of England from the Catholic fold had much to do with the success of the Protestant cause on the continent of Europe. The Protestant cause had rapidly spread over Europe, and finally became the established religion of the Netherlands which was done according to Mosheim's history volume iv, page 128, in 1573.
This seemed to be the turning point in Protestantism, and while war and conflict continued, the Protestant beast seemed firmly established in its control of government, sufficient to send armies and fleets to war, and now began to wage war within its own ranks.
The ascension of Elizabeth in 1558 as Queen of England had much to do with the establishment of Protestantism. She was the daughter of Henry viii and Anne Boleyn; and was what may be termed a masculine woman. A ban had been placed upon her by the Pope of Rome on account of her father's marriage to Anne Boleyn and hence her rule over England rested upon her embracing the Protestant religion which like her father, Henry viii, she did from policy.
Policy evidently was the cause of Constantine professing the Catholic religion upon his becoming emperor of Rome A. D. 306; and without question it is the reason of an overwhelming majority of our public men who seek office professing some religious creed because they consider it as an assistant to their election.
It may be well to notice one branch of this Protestant beast, because of its influence in the early settlement of this country. We refer to the Puritans. This was a branch of the Episcopal church of England. These Puritans had formed organizations separate from the church of England; and in line with other branches of this Protestant beast, the "church of England" party, persecuted them to such an extent that they concluded to emigrate to America.
These are the celebrated "Pilgrim Fathers" that are talked so much about: and in some quarters lauded so high in this country.
They came over to this country the first party of about one hundred landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and organized a church with as drastic laws, compelling obedience to their own ideas of religion, as forcible as the Episcopalians of England.
This is one sure mark of anti-christ; a desire to compel all to bow to their own creed; and to gain control of government in order to force by law their own system upon all who may unhappily fall under their control; the Baptist coming under their revengeful wrath.
Thus was established by law this form of Protestant religion in this settlement its baneful influence spreading in surrounding territory; while the church of England (Episcopal) was established by law in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, and surrounding territory. It will be noticed that these Puritans were descendant's of the Episcopalians, and a grand-daughter of the Mother of Harlots.
An English Peer by the name of Baltimore obtained a grant from the English Crown to settle some of the eastern uninhabited hurts of Virginia; and settled upon them a Catholic colony, which territory was finally divided into a separate state and called Maryland named after the wife of King Charles of England, Henrietta Maria. Charles 1 was the king that gave the grant for this colony to Earl Baltimore, and Charle's wife was a Catholic which I presume was the cause of Earl Baltimore' s obtaining a grant to settle a Catholic colony as stated.
The first city laid out in this colony was called Baltimore. Virginia made a struggle in opposition to the separation of this (Maryland) teritory and it was several years before the matter was finally settled.
After the death of Charles 1 a movement was inaugurated by the Protestants of Virginia to force these Marylanders to drop their own (Catholic) religion and observe the forms of Protestantism; and for a while it seemed successful, the Roman Catholics were denied the right to worship after their own forms, but were restored to their rights under Oliver Cromwell, who gave command to these colonies, "not to busy themselves about religion but to settle the civil government."
The Puritans took their name from the claim that they were pure in religion; and of course they consider it their duty to work to make everybody else pure like themselves.
Next in order we notice another branch of this second or Protestant beast. The Methodist. They derived their name from the claim of having a special method in their work of saving sinners.
This movement was started in England in 1729, by John and Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield. These three leaders were ordained ministers of the Episcopal hierarchy hence as this church of England was a daughter of Rome, we find the Methodist like the Puritans, a grand daughter of this "mother of harlots"
John Wesley like Martin Luther who tried to be a Catholic and a Protestant, sought to retain his membership in this "church of England," really lived and died in full relation-sonship with his Protestant mother; but his people finally, became a separate organization; and in the religious census of 1916, seventeen different branches of this people are given in the United States.
We have not space to enumerate there various branches of. anti-christ, but simply give a short notice of some who have taken active lead in our country in an effort to undermine and destroy the fabric of human liberty upon which our government is founded. We are told in Revelation xiii, 18; that the number of the various branches, of the beast "is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six." "Here is wisdom" for wisdom has numbered the branches of anti-christ.
It is well in noticing the branches of this beast, to make some reference to the New School Baptist, who are as much a slough off from the real Baptist church, of to-day as were the Catholics in the early centuries. These New School Baptist are in full harmony with all of the distinguishing marks of the Protestant beast, as it is written;. "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Matthew vii, 16.
We desire to emphasize the clear distinction between the Gospel church as in her heavenly origin she is "coming sown from God out of heaven," "the holy city" as separate and apart from all the systems and isms of earth, Revelation xxi, 1, 2; while the branches of anti-christ spring "hair and hide" in all of their origin, development, and aims; from the corrupt fountains of earth.
Their gods are of the character that Saul saw "ascending out of the earth," I Samuel xxviii, 13: and to which the apostle alludes in the testimony: "There be gods many," 1 Corinthians viii, 5 gods in olden days hewn out of wood, but in after days hewn out of the depraved minds and imagination of their worshippers.
In this damnable infamy of Prohibition, one of the greatest curses ever imposed upon this country; brought about especially through the agency and work of this Protestant beast, the Methodist and New School Baptist the lead in a movement to override all human rights by imposing the most cruel and brutal laws in an effort to enforce an unenforcible law.
In the Presidential election of 1928, we have a fair sample led by Methodist and New School Baptist, of the effort of this beast to gain control of government by dictating to, and endeavor to force their followers to follow their political lead; and any one at all acquainted with the past history of either- the Catholic or Protestant beast will easily perceive its ear-marks in the Presidential contest of 1928.
It has always been the custom of these anti-christian leaders to claim "a great moral principle" or some such subterfuge at stake that leads them to take a hand in a political movement; and thus by fair words and line speeches lead astray the unwary. They come with a lie in their mouth (2 Thessalonians ii, 11; Revelation xxii, 15;) "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;" to work upon the feelings of weak men and silly women; "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. 2 Thessalonians ii, 9.
We take up considerable space in our description of these two branches of anti-christ as these two in the present day take the lead in this country in wild gassy talk; claiming Christianity, they would put the Lord of life and glory himself in jail were he to do in one of their Prohibition towns what he did in Cana of Galilee. John ii, 1.
There are quite a number of Lutheran organizations in the United States. This is one of the oldest branches of the Protestant beast, representing more nearly the views of Martin Luther one of the two horns of that beast just as the
of whom there are also a number of bodies in the United States represent more especially the views of John Calvin the other horn of that beast; and from these two Protestant sources come the various Protestant organizations that spread over our country to the serious detriment of its social and political life.
We have here an offshoot from the New School Baptist, and like all such it follows the slimy trail of error, going deep and deeper in the mire until it is lost in the Russelites or as they call themselves the "International Bible Students" of the present day.
This offshoot was one time termed Millerites just as they are now termed Russelites. It is written: "Every house is builded by some man" and the foundation of this Russelites house was laid by William Miller of Massachusetts.
William Miller concluded that the interpretation of certain testimony in Daniel pointed to the second coming of Christ about 1843 or 1844: and when these dates passed the time was changed to suit the notion of the leaders to later dates.
The Russelites may not wish to be described as the followers of Miller. They have enlarged upon Miller's theory; and have gone farther into Arminianism than ever Miller did; but they evidently belong to the same group of antichrist.
They oppose the Protestant branch of antichrist,but plunge into the same fundamental theories that underlie both Catholic and Protestants; viz, the ability of the natural man to change his conditions from a natural to a spiritual being; to save himself by the exercise of his own will from death in Adam,
On page 216 we refer to antichrist; we requote the testimony from I John iv, 2, 3; "Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; and this is that spirit of antichrist."
Measuring these Russelites by this rule they clearly evidence the position that they occupy as opposed to Christ. They do not have a clear view of the manhood of Christ, much less of his God-head.
The very name "International Bible Students," show their ignorance of the Gospel for the Gospel is a Revelation (Matthew xvi, 17:) and so the Scripture testimony of that Gospel in all of its typical import; and language is a revelation, which cannot be taught in Sunday Schools self-styled Christian Associations; Mission Systems, or International Bible Student's Associations."
We are told that "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night," 1 Thessalonians v, 2; it cannot therefore be so far as the particular date is concerned, foretold, published from the house tops as Miller, Russell and other leaders in this movement claim to hare done, and are doing.
Miller like Russell printed several periodicals circulating his views, sent missionaries like these "I. B. S." broadcasting his opinions; taking sometimes a tent capable of accommodating from three to five thousand people to listen to his lectures; creating immense excitement in his day, especially as the year (1843) came.
But the Russelites have been more cute in their second coming of Christ. They tell us that he came exactly on their schedule time, but it was so quiet the world did not know of it, hence they are recommissioned to notify all mankind in order that all the human race should profit by an event; that the Scripture plainly declare is in the hands of Almighty God for the accomplishment of his own wise decrees.
To confess "that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh," one must first have knowledge of Christ as the Son of God, "God manifest in the flesh." I Timothy iii, 16. Next he must be brought to know that this testimony refers to Christ coming in the flesh of his people, his partaking of their flesh and blood (Hebrews ii, 14,) as we have several times allude I to in this work.
The Russelites in common with all other branches of antichrist have the children of God made up out of flesh and blood: in other words knowing only the one (Adam) man transfer him to heaven; from mortal to immortal by the exercise of his (the natural man's) will to triumph over sin and death and reach the shores of immortality.
Like Miller these Russelites are very loose in their calculations; and when it suits their fancy, can easily make a chronology of their own.
The fact is no date is given in the Scriptures as to when Christ shall come the second time, the declaration is made that "unto them that look for him, shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews ix, 28. And as he ascended the angels said to the disciples; "This same Jesus which is taken from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts i, 11.
But these Russelites have discovered a "mare's nest," which has made them "wise in their own eyes" (Isaiah v, 21;) wise above what is written in the Divine testimony; and they not only claim to tell us the time of the coming of Christ, but assure us that he has already come; and that there are thousands now living who will never die. What folk!
They appear to have no knowledge whatever of the spiritual nature of the kingdom of God; and of its subjects; of the election in Christ: and of the incapability of the carnal mind to comprehend the character of that kingdom, hut simply regard the kingdom to be made up out of natural men and women who by their own efforts prepare and qualify themselves for entrance into this heavenly kingdom.
Assuredly we cannot bring a clean thing out of an unclean as it is written; "Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every rood tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." Matthew vii, 16, 1.7.
So we can trace each and every branch of these several Catholic or Protestant religious streams back to the corrupt source from which each came.
Yet these are they who seek control over the lives and fortunes of all who are so unhappy as to fall under their despotic sway; blind leaders of the blind; at their best estate they are but "whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones." Matthew xxiii, 27.
It is folly to talk of a love for gospel truth and yet have affiliation with the enemies of truth. David says; "Surely thou wilt slay the wicked O God; depart from me therefore, ye bloody men For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies hike thy name in vain. Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am I not grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with a perfect hatred. I count them mine enemies." Psalms Cxxxix, 19, 20, 21, 22.
The Saviour declares "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gatherth not with me scattereth abroad." Matthew xii, 30. "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other: or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew vi, 24.