The women represents apostate Jerusalem....... I dont think so....... more MAN words.... not biblical!This is an anti-semitic doctrine
that was promoted by the Roman Catholic church in the doctrine called FUTURISM, which was published in 1590 by Jesuit priest Francisco Ribera.
In point of fact NOBODY today holds to the standard interpretation of Biblical prophecy/interpretation. Nearly 100% of Christians formulate their opinions from Biblically illiterate TV preachers (*)
, Christian tabloid literature and movies, and weird dreams caused by bad potatoes from last night's dinner.
What is the benchmark of standard Biblical prophecy?
Without going into too much detail the general principle is that the Bible interprets itself. No outside references are necessary. Actual history has proven Biblical predictions to be true.
Secondly, the context of the ENTIRE Bible must be considered and applied to determine what is being said or taught. Using snippets of scripture to justify a predetermined doctrine is as false and phony as snowballs in July.
Take a look at beasts and animal imagery in the Bible.
When determining subjects relating to eschatology the book of Daniel and Revelation generally work together. Examine the scriptures as a whole - each book in its entirety. Since most Christians haven't ever read the Bible from cover to cover, this may come as a shock. Generally speaking animals represent systems nations and organizations
. Horns growing out of those animals generally represent leadership of that system nation or organization
For instance, Revelation 13:1-10 describes what has come to be known as the Sea Beast. It is called the Sea Beast because it arises out of many waters. The many waters are explained later in Revelation 17:15 as "many peoples and nations and tongues
." Thus the Beast as it has come to be known by ignorant people is not a man, but a global enterprise. The prostitute that rides the Sea Beast is a leader of the organization and is described as being drunk with the blood of the saints. It is historic fact that the Roman Catholic church is guilty of murdering more than 55 million Jews and believers in Christ. No other organization or nation has so much blood on its hands.
The Earth Beast of Revelation 13:11-13 is much more limited in size and is made in the image of the Sea Beast. This Earth Beast is generally thought to indicate the United States, which was established along the same religious lines as the Sea Beast and which marches in lock step with the Vatican (as well as most other nations). Bible prophetic beasts generally have multiple horns, meaning multiple leaders. The Earth Beast has only two. Is it coincidence that the United States has only two governing political parties when all other nations have either one party or many political parties?
In addition, Revelation 13 states the beast (organization, not a man) would utter blaspheme against God. Blaspheme is defined as a claim to BE god. Read the following statement issued by the Roman Catholic church.
"The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth.
" - Barclay Cap. XXVII, p. 218. Cities Petrus Bertrandus, Pius V.According to a story that first appeared in a 1475 posthumous biography and was subsequently embellished and popularized by Pierre-Simon Laplace, Callixtus III excommunicated the 1456 appearance of Halley's Comet, believing it to be an ill omen for the Christian defenders of Belgrade from the besieging armies of the Ottoman Empire.
Revelation 13:3 describes a mortal wound to one of the heads (leaders) of the beast (Sea Beast - organization, not a man). Verse 12 of that same chapter states that the fatal wound would be healed. Consider actual history: Feb 20, 1797
- Pope Pius VI arrested by French General Berthier and the Vatican property confiscated. He died in prison less than two years later.1929 Lateran Accord
- Italian dictator Benito Mussolini signed this treaty recognizing the pope as the sovereign of Vatican City. The Vatican was paid $100 million for real estate seizures and allowed to reinstate its property holdings in Rome (Vatican city).
In the intervening years, there was no pope at all - no head of the Roman Catholic church. Thus a head (horn) of the Sea Beast was mortally wounded (the Pope actually died) and was later healed/reinstated by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Neither history nor the Bible implies or suggests Jews had anything to do with these events. Please read your Bible without prejudiced doctrine in mind.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...(*) Jimmie Baker was a noted TV evangelist from the 1980's who was arrested and did prison time for real estate fraud. He has since testified that the FIRST TIME he read the Bible from cover to cover was when he had a lot of time on his hands in prison. Mr. Baker is out of stir now and is hosting yet another TV show to promote his bogus gospels.