In the fullness of time, or to use a better term; at the appointed time, our God presented Yahushua to the world through John the Baptist. So too will He present Him again to the world at the appointed time to claim His bride. There is no knowing exactly when this will happen but one thing is sure; the man of sin/ son of perdition, will show himself first, and perhaps, a lot sooner then we have all been taught. Read 2 Thessalonians 2: from verse 1. Again the Thessalonians are freaking out about when the coming of Yahushua will be. Their question was: “When will be the coming of our Lord and our gathering together to Him. Do you see, in the sentence, the harpazo in the words “our gathering to Him. Their question was, in fact, “When will Yahushua return and when will the rapture be”.
So Paul writes them a second letter, in which he assures them, that that day (what day? when Yahushua comes), for that day will not come, unless there come a falling away first and the man of sin is revealed – that son of perdition. In other words – Yahushua will not return unless there is a falling away and the man of sin is revealed. This piece of information is very critical. The Greek word used in the text for the word “revealed”, is apokolupto, which means: to “take off the cover”, unveil or uncover or to expose or disclose or reveal. There will occur, a world wide rebellion and religious apostasy, and soon after that the man of sin will be revealed. Is that clear enough? So there we have it – the man of sin will be revealed first, and then Yahushua will come, and there is no scripture which indicates the time, between the revealing of the man of sin and the return of our saviour. Now that piece of information should be enough for some people. But what do we hear from the “Left Behind” series of books and films? Yahushua will come first and rapture His bride and then the man of sin will be revealed. They acquired this information from those two pastors of the nineteenth century. Mr. Darby was the first to introduce a pre – tribulation rapture theory (1830), and Mr. Scofield continued with it and people all over the world believe that Yahushua will first rapture His bride and then the man of sin will vent his anger on those left behind. They also say that he will be revealed in the end times.
A pre tribulation rapture sounds wonderful, but it is not scriptural. Yahushua will not return (will not come) unless there come a falling away first and then will the man of sin be revealed. I think that has adequately been proved.
This apostasy occurs just before the “man of sin” is revealed and takes control, and starts to persecute the saints /elect of the most high God, which have been put into his hands and Satan gives him his authority. There have been a few apostasies recorded during the life time of mankind. Will it also occur in our lifetime soon? Yes! There will be another falling away or a general worldwide apostasy brought about by the new age movement, who seek “the new world order”, Novus Ordo Seclorum whereby this “man of sin”, one man, will rule the whole world. The modern term for this system is fascism. One man ruling the world is not a new and modern concept. The idea was created by Nimrod about 4000 years ago and continued with every invading king of all of the four ancient empires of the world. Every king has had the same grandiose idea of wanting to rule the whole world. Every great man who challenged another nation to go to war had the Nimrod mentality of divide and conquer, rape and pillage, destroy and steal and then announce to the world that they were the “king of kings”. That is very much the same pattern to this day. Only true believers will know that there is only one King of kings. There existed, at the time of Noah, a drastic falling away or apostasy before the destruction of mankind. At this very moment, in the nations of the world, there is a rebellion against and a moving away from the church of Yahushua. When this apostasy reaches a peak, then the destruction will come. The Eastern religions have taken hold in most Western civilizations, and every religion of the East is, in essence, sun worship. Most people ignore the salvation plan of the God who created them. They are far more interested in the lie which states that we are gods and that we don’t need salvation from any other entity or deity, because Satan said, “You shall surely not die”. We are all good people and when the end comes, we will not die but all will go to heaven. That is not what is recorded in my bible. Yahushua will judge as to who goes where, although, I must remind every one reading this, that we are not going to take up residence in heaven for ever and ever. Our Kings kingdom will come on earth and the saints will rule and reign with him on earth for ever and ever. Amen.
When then, will this evil man of sin reveal himself ?
We are told, by the pre – tribulation rapture theorists that he will reveal himself, or he will be exposed, in the end times, when he sets up, in the Holy Place, the abomination of desolation. Scripture records that that is what’s going to happen. Lets read it in Matthew 24:15…….”When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy place”………..
Now wait a minute – you might say, “Hasn’t that happened already?” Absolutely correct, but a distinction must be made here. It is Yahushua who is here warning His disciples of this event. He knew that it had happened already at least a hundred years before He was born. Why warn His disciples of something which had already happened unless it was going to happen again? He was actually warning them that the same thing was going to happen again in the future only this time the abomination of desolation is going to stand inside the Holy Place (sacred place), not on the altar. The abomination which makes desolate, a statue of the mythological god called Zeus, was placed on the altar in the court yard of the second temple in 165 – 164 BC (Dan 11:31), but in the future, the abomination which makes desolate, will stand in the Holy Place of the third temple (Dan 12:11 & Mat 24:15).
When he starts his leadership, in the 21st century, the whole world will immediately fall in love with him because of his intelligent dialogue and diplomatic mentality. Who wouldn’t vote for a man who could prove that he can solve the whole world’s economic, social and political dilemmas. He will come up with ingenious plans to correct the problems of the world, and the world will be amazed and worship him. They tell us that this man will be revealed in the middle of the time of affliction called the tribulation (Jacobs trouble), insisting that the time of this “man of sin” is seven years (Dan 9). Lets read it………He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. There has always been controversy about who actually confirms a covenant with many for one week. It might well be that this man of sin will cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease but we also know that, Yahushua, in dieing, also caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. We also know that His ministry lasted approximately three and a half years. This idea gives me the idea that maybe it was Yahushua who confirmed the covenant with many for one week and then caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease in the middle of the week because He was in fact the last and final sacrifice. The scripture that qualifies this idea is found in Revelation 13: 5, where we read…..and power was given unto him to continue for 42 months (three and a half years). The “him” which scripture is referring to here is the man who will take control of the whole world in the name of Jesus Christ and rule for three and a half years.
This man of sin has to have a period of time to woo the people of the earth (goyim or cattle), before he becomes the leader of the new order. He will take control of the earth and the media will make him a hero. Round about this time, ten nations of Europe, will form a confederacy with him, and these ten nations will give him their power (Revelation 17) and he will be invited to be the leader of the ten, – it will be a matter of formality that he rule the world.
But I would like to introduce a new idea to you. The idea that this man has already been revealed. What if I were to put forward the idea that this man of sin, was revealed in the fifth century already (5th century AD), just after our saviour ascended into heaven? This idea has only recently been revealed to the world. I am happy to say that someone has also revealed it to me. Having read the articles, I have discovered that it is almost impossible to identify this man of sin but am very sure about one thing, and that is that the little horn of Daniels vision, is the man of sin/ son of perdition spoken of by Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians and also the man who will assume to take control of the world, spoken of by John in the Revelations 13 & 17. One “person”.
We find the first introduction of this man in Daniels book.
In chapter 7 verse 7, we read about the beast which represents the fourth empire on earth which Daniel is told about. From verse 8 on we are told that there are ten horns on the head of this gruesome beast which represents a mighty empire. “I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots, and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things”.
We are told in verse 17 that these great beasts are four kingdoms/ empires and that a horn is a king of a kingdom. Another horn comes up or is revealed from among the ten horns. In other words – another king becomes powerful and is revealed from among the ten kings or nations and he begins to rule with terrible intentions.
Then in verse 21 and 22 a very profound prophecy is proclaimed. “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them, until the Ancient of days came and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom”.
Bible say what!…………. I must confess, and not lie – I did not initially comprehend the profound truth of these two verses.
Scripture states very emphatically that this man, referred to as the “little horn”, from the fifth century AD, is going to make war with and prevail against the saints of the Most High God, and this persecution will continue until the Ancient of Days returns to earth. Now wait, do you realize the enormity of this statement?
The most obvious questions to ask here is, “Has our God, the Ancient of days, returned to earth yet, and have the saints of the Most High God taken possession of the kingdom yet”? If I don’t hear a resounding “Noooo” to answer both these questions, then I want to know what page you’re on. ??????
So how do we interpret verses 21 and 22? Could it be that this “little horn” remains alive for thousands of years and is then vanquished by our King when He returns after the tribulation. What a preposterous idea. What is there pertaining to humans which lives longer than they do? Is it not their titles of office? The title of “teacher”, for example, is given to millions of people who die but the title remains and lives on. The title “president” is given to millions of men who rule their countries. Presidents die or are removed from office but the title still remains. The titles – policeman, fireman, postman, manager, pastor, matron, nurse, father and mother or brother and sister are all titles of the world. People have been given titles since the beginning of time. Adam was to have dominion of the earth. That made him a king. It has been recorded on the Assyrian list of kings (Nineveh), that the evil Nimrod was the first king. He also created the religion whereby he was worshipped as the sun god and he elected people to the office of “priest” to officiate over the sacred oblations of his religion. The title of priest will remain for ever. The office of judge was created to officiate over mans inhumanity of mankind. The office of Pope was created soon after Yahushua took His place beside His father in heaven, and this title was the official title of the bishops of Rome. Could it be that this was also to become the title of this little horn, when he was revealed to the world. We must remember that the title of Pope was created long before this man (little horn) became powerful.
Now as I said before, this little horn is none other than the “son of perdition”, spoken of by Paul in his letters and the man who will be the representation of the “beast which rises up out of the sea”, spoken of by John in the Revelation 13 and 17. Let me record some identifying characteristics of this man.
Eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things and whose look was more stout than his fellows.
He shall be diverse from the other ten kings and shall subdue three kings at the beginning.
He made war with the saints and prevailed against them as they have been given into his hands.
He shall speak great words against the Most high God and
Think that he can change appointed times and laws.
He will continue for a time, and times and the dividing of times (1260 days).
The son of perdition is described as so……
He apposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he, as God, sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. His coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders and with all deceive-ableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.
The beast who came up out of the sea, is described as so……….
He was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.He blasphemed our God’s name and His heavenly tabernacle and those who live there.Satan gave him his power and his throne and great authority.It was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.Power was given to him over all kindred’s, tongues and nations.He has been given power to continue 42 months (1260 days).
JUST REMEMBER ONE THING – the description of the “little horn”, and the “son of perdition”, is the description of a human person, while the description of “the beast which rise up out of the sea”, in Revelation 13, although it is personified, is in fact describing a modern empire fashioned along the lines of the four ancient empires of Daniels vision recorded in chapter 2&7 of his book. Proof of this is recorded in verses 2 and 3 of Revelation 13. Read carefully.
John saw, in a vision, a beast rise up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns. Then he further identifies this beast by saying, “And the beast which I saw was likened unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion”. The seven heads and ten horns and the leopard, bear and lion, identify the beasts which identified the four ancient empires of Daniels vision in chapter 7.
Does it astonish you to know that all of this describes one “person”? The little horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them and this same “person” who is the personification or representation of the four ancient empires now amalgamated to form the beast of Revelation 13 will also make war with the saints and overcome them. The little horn spoke great words against our most high God and this same “person”, who is the personification of the beast of Revelation 13, blasphemes our Gods name, His heavenly tabernacle and those who live there. He apposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God, in the temple of God, showing that he himself is God. Do you know of a “person” to whom the above description fits?
“Person” = office or title of a human person.
Let’s just take information about the little horn and analyze it.
“I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom, there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots, and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things”.
This little horn, this man, this king, will come from among the ten tribes or nations which were the original ten nations which were the latest acquisition of the Roman Empire, by conquest, long before it got its name of Europe. Here is a list of those nations.
Anglo – Saxon……..modern day British Isles.There were ten horns (ten kings or ten nations)
Franks………………modern day French
Visigoths……………modern day Spanish
Suevi………………..modern day Portugese
Lombards…………..modern day Italian
Burgundians………..modern day Swiss
Allamani…………….modern day Germans
Heruli………………..Annihilated in 493 AD
Vandals……………..Annihilated in 534 AD
Ostrogoths………… Annihilated eventually in 554 AD.
Lets go back to Daniel again.
“I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom, there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots, and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things”. We can see that the three were plucked up by the roots in the above list.
If we extract the expression, “before whom” in the sentence of “there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots” we realize that this man is very aggressive and arrogant and possesses lots of authority. The term “before whom”, denotes that either he was personally responsible for the plucking up of the three horns or he gave the command that they were to be destroyed. What scripture actually tells us is that, in the beginning of this mans reign, three of the first ten small nations recorded above were annihilated. History proves that this is exactly what happened, but does not identify the man so clearly.
Shall we read from the book of Daniel 7: from verse 1. Daniel has a dream about four beasts, the one different from the other but each one great in power. In verse 17 he is told how to interpret these beasts. A beast, in scriptural prophecy, refers to a kingdom or more specifically to an empire (where there is a king there is a kingdom (empire).
The first great empire was the Babylonian empire (lion). The second great empire was the Medo/ Persian empire (bear), and the third was the Greek empire (leopard). The fourth empire was definitely the Roman empire. The vision of this last empire intrigued Daniel quite seriously because it was much worse than the other three and this beast, which was a shadow picture of the Roman Empire, had ten horns (ten kings who existed at the same time.
He considered the horns and suddenly there appeared another little horn, before whom, there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots. Wait, lets go back. The ten horns, we discover in verse 24 are kings and as I said before; where there is a king, there must be a kingdom. So what we have here is the Roman empire which had acquired ten extra nations/kingdoms to further enlarge their empire. This occurred, in the history of the earth, from the 1st century to the 5th century AD. Lets progress into the history, and please forgive me if I am not completely correct with the history of the time. In the year 476 AD, the third attack on Rome, by the barbarians, was successful. They were, in fact, beginning to fight back and claim land from the Romans, who conquered their tribes/ nations, from as early as the first century. The Germanic leader of the Heruli tribe, Odoacer, plundered the city and promptly made himself king of Rome after dethroning the last Western Roman Emperor. This is very critical information because the first nation to be annihilated, in 493 AD, was the horn Odoacar and the Heruli nation. I say critical, because this man, the little horn, makes his appearance from among these ten tribes or nations, from the time that the last Western Roman emperor (a twelve year old boy), is removed from office as next emperor of Rome after Odoacer killed his father who was the reigning emperor at the time (476 AD). Scripture records that just after the little horn begins to reign (and shall subdue three kings at the beginning of his reign). he is instrumental in the subduing and ultimately the annihilation of the three – (“before whom”, three of the first ten are plucked up by the roots). The Heruli were the first, so he (little horn) must have been on the scene already before 493 AD. In the next saga of history, the Eastern Roman emperor, Zeno, instructed Theodoric to attack Odoacer and reclaim Rome from the hands of the barbarians. Theodoric was the leader of the Ostrogoth barbarians and at that time aligned with Rome. He annihilated the Heruli and killed Odoacer in 493 AD. It is also recorded in history that the Roman Emperor Justinian commanded his famous general Bellisarius to attack and reclaim Rome from Theodoric. Bellisarius was successful and the Ostrogoths were annihilated and Theodoric was killed in 534 AD. Bellisarius then led an attack on the Vandals but it was only in 554 AD that they were eventually also annihilated. Exactly as scripture predicted. The little horn started making himself heard from the time that the last of the Western Roman Emperors was removed from office (476 AD) and the first of the three of the original ten small nations was annihilated, but do you notice that it was, on every count, the Roman emperor who gave the command. There was somebody behind the scenes who introduced the idea to reclaim Rome – someone who is decribed so……………………….
Eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth speaking great things and whose look was more stout than his fellows.
He shall be diverse from the other ten kings and shall subdue three kings at the beginning of his reign.
He made war with the saints and prevailed against them as they have been given into his hands.
He shall speak great words against the Most high and think that he can change appointed times and laws.
He will continue for a time, and times and the dividing of times (1260 days).
We are busy with this piece of scripture in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.
The question was: “When will be the coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto Him. Their question was, in fact, “When will Yahushua return and when will the rapture be”.
Paul writes to them (2 Thessalonians 2:3), in which he answers their question, by saying that that day, (what day? when Yahushua comes), for that day will not come, unless there come a falling away first and the man of sin is revealed – that son of perdition. First the son of perdition is revealed then Yahushua will come. This man, this little horn, whose characteristics match the son of perdition of Paul and those of the man who represents the beast of John in the revelation, was revealed just after Rome was attacked by Odoacer in 476 AD and this Germanic chieftain was killed, and his nation annihilated in 493 AD. History, however, does not specifically identify a single specific man, who came from Europe at the time, who was a loud mouth, aggressive and arrogant, and who blasphemed the God of the heavens and the earth and killed His saints. Al of them had that characteristic, but this one was more stout than his fellows.
Lets continue reading because it gets even more profound. Read from verse 4 very carefully and pay special attention to the fact that Paul says that he had already told them who the evil man was. Maybe not by name but definitely by title. Remember that Daniel had prophesied of this man (little horn) many years before, and both Paul and John, who were contemporaries, approximately 40 – 50 AD, identified this man to their disciples then already as well. We have, unfortunately, not been told……. but the clues are written in the book of truth. I can imagine the people, who were reading his letter saying, “Yeah we remember him, but these other men tell us that the resurrection has happened already. Paul, thinking that they would remember what he said, added what is now written in verse 6. He said, speaking about the man of sin, “Now you know what withholds so that he might be revealed in his time” (he = man of sin). Ah! Ha! so now we see that something is restraining or restricting the revealing of this man in his time. In verse 7 he says that the mystery of iniquity is already at work (in the early years after Yahushua’s resurrection 40 – 50 AD), but this “someone” who lets or restrains or restricts will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way. Someone or something needs to be taken out of the way so that this little horn can be revealed. Lets read it. “For the mystery of iniquity is already at work only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way”.
From the days of Rev. Darby, we have been told that it is the Holy Spirit who is restricting or restraining or letting or withholding the revealing of Yahushua. They believed that Yahushua would come first, snatch His bride, take her to the house He prepared for her, and then the Holy Spirit will leave the earth and the beast will be revealed. Scripture has already proved that it is the other way round. “for that day will not come, unless there come a falling away first and the man of sin is revealed”. Man of sin first.
We have to go back to the history again.
In the year 476 AD, Rome was attacked, by the barbarian leader of the Heruli tribe. Odoacer, made himself king of Rome after dethroning the last Western Roman Emperor. This is very critical information because it is here where we pick up on the scripture. The Roman emperor who symbolized the Roman Empire, was the one who was withholding, or letting but was taken out of the way so that this little horn could be revealed. Get it. The Roman emperor was restraining the little horn from been revealed. In 476 AD, Romulus Augustulus was dethroned and removed from office and just after that occurrence, the little horn, in the 17 years between 476 and 493 started making himself heard. Proof of this is……Before whom, there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots. He was on the scene before 493 AD and the destruction of the first of the ten is proof that he began his deceitful reign then.
It is recorded by most commentators especially by those who produced the “Left Behind” series of books and films, that the Western Roman Empire came to an end in 476 AD, but there will be a revival of this empire in the end times.
I am, however,of the opinion that the Western Roman Empire did not come to an end in 476 AD, as they will have you know, but was continued in another form or (dis)guise. The so called Holy Roman Empire morphed into and received the disguise of the Holy Roman Catholic Church (empire), just as Andre Lagarde said in the year 500 AD. Andre Lagarde, a Catholic clergyman, wrote something quite profound. “The Roman Empire will not descend into the tomb but will survive. At length a second Empire shall arise of which the Pope shall be the master. Ney! more than this, he shall be master of Europe. He shall dictate his orders to the kings of Europe and they shall obey him”.
Quite a powerful prophecy.
The clothes have changed and the crown changed. What has not changed is the unholy and arrogant spirit. This church has, through the ages, exhibited a huge amount of power and authority both over religion and government of the whole of the Roman Empire and beyond. This power and authority was brought about by the extra title of pontifex maximus. This title gives the Pope the authority over ecclesiastic or religious matters as well as secular or political matters. He has power over church and civic governments and as scripture records; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. History can prove this has happened in the past and will happen again in the future.
Pontifex Maximus survived from Babylonian king to Pergamum king to Roman king and then to the Pope who is king of the so called “Holy” Roman Catholic Church /Empire (Papacy),……….Europe and the world.
I believe that this “little horn”, who received the title of Pope (or not), in the fifth century AD, is the one who began blaspheming our great God and has arranged the killing of our Gods saints since the fifth century AD. This man has been conniving with the civil governments of Europe and later of the whole world to have so called “heretics” put to death for not aligning themselves with the newly created Holy Roman Church.
The scripture pertaining to a future time (21st century) when he (the abomination of desolation) will stand up in the Holy place (or sacred place), and claim to be God, is written in Matthew 24 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4. The Jews will suddenly realize that they have been deceived.
Remember Yahushua made reference to this scripture when He was warning His disciples about the “abomination of desolations” in Mat 24, and also in Dan 12: 11, where we read that the sacrifice will be stopped and the abomination of desolations set up. In Revelation 13, we hear that the beast, (an amalgamation of the governing styles of the four ancient empires of Daniels vision) supposedly receives a fatal wound, but miraculously recovers. He the man of perdition will then, no doubt, announce that he is the resurrected Messiah, whom the Jews have been waiting for, for centuries. But it is only when he stops the sacrifice and the oblation and when the abomination of desolations is placed in the Holy Place, that the Jews realize that all hell is going to break lose. They were warned to flee. This is the time and the manner in which he is going to expose or reveal himself, in the end times, to be a fraud. This is the crux of the matter in part 2. This beast of a man will then only have three and a half years left (42 months) to reign, with impunity, over the people of the earth, (not seven years). Revelation 13: 5 reads – “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies ; and power was given unto him to continue for forty two months.” (and I add); and power was given him over all kindred’s, and tongues, and nations.
This is typical Roman fascism, which was re established, in Italy, by Mussolini in the nineteenth century. Early in the twentieth century, another profound situation developed. In 1929 the Pope was named king of the world.
I believe that the Pope that we see, is but a figure head and that there is someone behind the scenes who directs his every word and action
When this man was first revealed in Daniel 7, it was said that he (verse 25 reads) – “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws; and they (the saints) shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Say what ? The term, “given into his hands”, means that our God has allowed this evil man of sin to test (sift) the saints since the fifth century and he will continue until He, the Ancient of days, returns. The last and worst inquisition will take place during the three and a half years of the reign of this son of perdition. (As Yahushua said to Peter at the Passover meal just before he was arrested, “I have prayed that the devil does not sift you as wheat”). This means “to test” to see if that person is faithful to and trusts Yahushua.
Revelation 13: 7 also records that it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. How is it possible that he can wear out the saints while making war with them and overcoming them if they, as the pre tribulation rapturists say, have already been raptured before the tribulation? Doesn’t make sense. The truth of the matter is that he has been doing this since the third century AD. Good enough proof though, that Christians will go through the tribulation. Matthew 24: 22 also gets a mention because the pre tribulation rapture theorists like to say that it is impossible to deceive the elect of God, and yet in Revelation 13: 2, we see that the beast is given authority over every tribe, tongue and nation and it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. There are false prophets who are busy deceiving the nations right now on TBN and on GOD channel on television, and even the elect are been fooled. In verse 14, the false prophet deceives those who dwell on the earth, by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast. It is only those who are rooted and grounded in Messiah who will recognize the deception and survive this onslaught. The wrath of Satan will occur during the tribulation and the wrath of our God, Yahuah will occur after the tribulation (the seven bowls after the tribulation).
The sixth bowl introduces the battle of Armageddon. Yahushua will return from heaven, on a white horse, with His bride and all the host of angels also on white horses to exact revenge on the man who represents the beast and the false prophet and the ten nations who persecuted His bride.
It is difficult to point a finger at the “little horn”. There were a few men who came to power during the crucial period between 476 AD and 493 AD. This “little horn” was someone who acquired a lot of authority when he came to power, but did not, in the beginning expose himself enough to be named in the annuls of history. We can see that he had enough authority to be instrumental in the annihilation of the three kingdoms, but we also know that it was at the command of a Caesar, that these three were destroyed. What we have here is a unique situation whereby this “little horn” was able to influence or coheres the ruling civic authorities to do what ever he wanted.
There was such a man in the annuls of Roman history. His name was Ricimer.
Flavius Ricimer (c. born 405 AD – died 472 AD) Latin pronunciation: [ˈrɪkɪmɛr]) was a Romanized Germanic general who effectively ruled the remaining territory of the Western Roman Empire from 456 until his death in 472. Deriving his power from his position as magister militum of the Western Empire, Ricimer exercised political control through a series of puppet emperors. Ricimer first deposed Avitus and then cohersed four men, in his lifetime, to become Emperor of Rome, while under his personal control. Majorian was made emperor in 457 AD, then Libius Severus, then Anthemius, then Olybrius in 472 AD.
Ricimer’s military office and his dominance over the Empire led to historians such as J.B. Bury to conclude that he was a link between previous magistri militum, such as the Vandal Stilicho, and the Germanic king of Rome, Odoacer. Odoacer deposed Western Emperor Romulus Augustulus in 476 AD, in an act often considered to mark the fall of the Roman Empire. As I have previously said. This “little horn” was on the scene before Odoacer was killed in 493 AD. I believe that he got the idea of a “behind the scenes persona” from Ricimer.
Ricimer was the son of Rechila, the Suevic King of Galicia. His mother was the daughter of Wallia, king of the Visigoths. It has been surmised that such an alliance between the Suevi and the Visigoths would have been made before Wallia’s death in 418, after which Wallia’s successors may have become hostile toward the family members of the deceased king. As entry into the Western Empire’s military was a frequently-used option for “losers of struggles for leadership among the barbarians”, and Ricimer’s family would have thus entered the service of Rome.
Rise to Power
A power vacuum was created in the Western Empire after the events of 454 and 455, which saw the consecutive murders of Aetius and of the Western Emperor Valentinian III, who had been responsible for the magister militum’s assassination. After the assassinations, the Roman senator Petronius Maximus proclaimed himself emperor. Petronius, however, was killed by a Roman mob immediately prior to the Vandal sacking of the city in 455. After the sack, the Visigothic king Theodoric II proclaimed as emperor Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul. In return for Theodoric’s support, Avitus agreed to allow the Visigoths to enter Suevi-controlled Hispania. Theodoric consented to Avitus’s offers and the new emperor, with the Visigoths under his command, marched on Rome to secure the throne. Avitus named the Visigothic Remistus as magister militum, a position which had been vacant since Aetius’s death.
Following the arrival of Avitus in Rome, Majorian gave his support, albeit reluctantly, to the new emperor. Avitus subsequently appointed Ricimer as a comes, or count of the Empire, a prominent military position. By this point, however, the Western Empire encompassed the Italian peninsula and portions of southern Gaul, which were mere fractions of the territory held by Rome in previous centuries.
Ricimer raised an army and navy from the Germanic mercenaries available to him, and commenced campaigns directed against “barbarian” tribes in conflict with the Empire. Ricimer achieved his first important victory in 456, when he defeated the Vandals in a naval battle. Although Priscus wrote that Avitus had sent him to Sicily to engage the Vandals, Hydatius states he defeated the Vandals near Corsica. After his Mediterranean victory, Ricimer was appointed by Avitus as magister militum praesentalis, the commander of the Western Empire’s field army in Italy and effectively the second-highest rank available to a general of the West.
Ricimer used his new position to assist his colleague Majorian in plotting against Avitus, who had not yet been recognized as emperor of the West by Marcian, the Eastern emperor. Ricimer and Majorian convinced the Roman Senate to authorize a military expedition against Avitus, who had established himself at the Imperial capital of Ravenna. The two led an army against an Imperial force commanded by the magister militum Remistus and defeated it at Piacenza on October 16, 456. They then besieged Avitus in Ravenna, which fell. Avitus was captured, forced to assume the bishopric of Piacenza, and finally executed. With the Western throne vacant, the new Eastern Emperor, Leo I, granted Ricimer the title of patrician and the rank of magister militum on February 28, 457.
I believe that the “little horn” knew of Ricimer and decided to implement the same concept in his time (476 – 493 AD), only four years after Ricimer’s death. It is exactly the same concept that Layola came up with in the middle ages – the Jesuit General – man behind the scenes – who has authority over the Pope himself.