What did the dragon give this beast?
"And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Verse 2, latter part.
NOTE - It is an undisputed fact of history that under the later Roman emperors, beginning with
Constantine, the religion of the Roman government was changed from pagan to papal; that when
Constantine removed the seat of his empire from Rome to Constantinople in AD. 330, the city of Rome
was given up to the bishop of Rome, who, from Constantine and succeeding emperors, received rich gifts
and great authority; that after the fall of Rome, in AD. 476, the bishop of Rome became the ruling power in
Western Rome, and by decree of Justinian, March 15, 533, was declared "head of all the holy churches,"
and in a letter of the same year he was designated as "corrector of heretics." See note on page 156. Thus
Rome pagan became Rome papal; the seat of pagan Rome became the seat of papal Rome; church and state
were united; and the persecuting power of the dragon was conferred upon the professed head of the church
of Christ, or papal Rome. As Dr. H. Grattan Guinness, in his "Romanism and the Reformation," page 152,
says, "The power of the Caesars lived again in the universal dominion of the popes."
What great truth therefore follows?
Why did God confide in Abraham, and commit sacred trusts to him?
By what may we know that we have passed from death unto life?
Of what does God say the keeping or hallowing of the Sabbath is a sign?
How did Christ Himself say He would come?
8. After the fall of Western Rome, what power in the East arose to harass and overrun the Roman world, East and West?
What definite period is mentioned under this trumpet?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle