7 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds (spiritual entities) of the heaven strove upon the great sea. (human kind)
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings :(Bablyon) I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Nebuchadnezzar)
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, (Medo-Persia) and it raised up itself on one side (one ruler higher than another), and it had three ribs (3 wars that brought it to power) in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. (killed many people)
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, (swiftly) which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. (Greece/Alexander & Antiochus Epiphany)
7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; (Rome) and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (7 total heads equal 7 spiritual entities & 10 horns or leaders/kings)
8 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.
The 10 are the Anglo-Saxons who became the English, Franks the French, Alamanni the Germans, Lombards the Italians, Burgundians the Low countries, Visigoths the Spanish, Suevi the Portuguese, The Heruli, Ostrogoths & Vandals which are now all extinct. These were destroyed the Papacy or the RCC of today.
“Long ages ago, when Rome through the neglect of the Western emperors was left to the mercy of the barbarous hordes, the Romans turned to one figure for aid and protection, and asked him to rule them…and thus…commenced the temporal sovereignty of the popes. So, meekly stepping to the throne of Caesar, the Vicar of Christ took up the scepter to which the emperors and kings of Europe were to bow in reverence through so many ages.”~ American Catholic Quarterly 1911 Vol.1.
The preterist and futurist interpretations of scripture were advanced by the Jesuits in response to the growing knowledge that the papacy was the little horn of power. These interpretations, although actually conflicting and contradictory, served to divert attention either to the past or to some far distant future.
Jesuits Ribera, of Spain and Bellarmine, of Rome, came the futurist interpretations of a pretribulation rapture and an Anti-Christ to come. Almost simultaneously [1500AD] Alcazar of Spain, a Jesuit, was advancing a conflicting preterist doctrine. Preterism makes prophecy stop short of papal Rome and futurism make the power of Anti-Christ a very small fragment of time in the distant future.
1 John 4:3 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 it in the world.
The word antichrist means “opposing Christ” is quoted in the following words….”The foundation of all our confidence is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has committed to her the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His will: That we obtain everything through Mary.” (Pope Pius IX)
“In fact, by being assumed into heaven she has not laid aside the office of salvation but by the manifold intercession she continues to obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation.” (John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia, 1980, quoting Lumen Gentium)
We know that King David had the heart after YHVH and yet in Acts 2.34 we read “For David is not ascended into the heavens”. Why is this? We have to look at John 3:13 “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” From this verse we can see the blasphemy of the Roman Pontiffs concerning Mary’s ascension to heaven.
Paul even warns us in Acts 20:29-30 “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”
1 Timothy 4 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, [priestly vows] and commanding to abstain from meats, [observance of lent/Tammuz] which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God [Lev 11] is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God [not by men] and prayer.”
For an understanding of Tammuz we can look to Ezekiel 8:14 “Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.” This was a 40 day observance of the death of the son of Semiramis the pagan goddess of Rome. This was incorporated into the Catholic Church in the form of Lent.