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  • USA Today, April 07, 2005
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    1. 1. The Courtship of Church and State
    2. 2. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Let’s review the clues given by the angel for a positive identification. 1. Location. It arose out of the fourth beast. It came up among the ten horns (nations) of western Europe into which the civil or pagan Roman Empire was divided (verses 8, 24.) Did papal Rome originate out of the old Roman Empire? Yes.
    3. 3. 2. Time of rise. It appeared after the ten other horns, that is, after the breakup of the Roman Empire – during the sixth century A.D. Further, it would rise after three of the horns (kings) had been uprooted (verses 8, 20, 24). Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Did papal Rome arise after the fifth century? Yes.
    4. 4. 3. The nature of the little horn. It was “different” or diverse from the other horns and though it was little at first it became “greater than his fellows” (verses 7,8,20,24). The little horn was different- it would speak against the Most High and persecute the saints. The “difference” was that it would be both political and religious in nature. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Was papal Rome different than the other “kingdoms” that emerged from the Roman Empire? Yes.
    5. 5. 4. Rise to power. It would “put down three kings” or “pluck them up by the roots” (verses 8, 24). Three of the ten kingdoms that emerged from the ashes of pagan Rome were “Arian” religious thinking. These were the Heruli, Vandals and Ostrogoths. They were, with the aid of the Eastern Empire, defeated by Rome to allow for its more dominant control. These three kingdoms have no modern counterparts. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Were these three “kingdoms destroyed as Papal Rome was coming to power? Yes, indeed.
    6. 6. 5. Attitude toward God. The little horn would speak great things against the Most High (verses 8, 20, 25). What does it mean to “speak great words against the Most High”? It is generally understood among Bible scholars that speaking against the Most High is equivalent to taking on the prerogatives of God and/or blaspheming His name. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Does papal Rome claim the prerogatives of God? Yes.
    7. 7. 6. Attitude toward God’s people. The little horn was to persecute or “wear out the saints of the Most High” (verses 21, 25). According to the angel’s interpretation to Daniel this power would persecute God’s people. Those whom papal Rome considered heretical faced civil punishment. History attests that millions were put to death under this religio-political system. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Did Rome persecute the saints? Yes.
    8. 8. 7. Attitude toward God’s law. The little horn would attempt to or “think to” change times and laws (verse 25). It would view God’s law as needing changes and would attempt to make changes in that law by its own authority. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome) Did papal Rome try to change God’s law? Yes.
    9. 9. 8. Length of time permitted to rule. It – the little horn – was to rule for “a time, and times and half a time” (verse 25). Again, this is not complicated. A time = one year or 360 days in prophecy. Times = two years or 720 days, and half a time = half a year or 180 days. Add them up and you get 1260 days. This harmonizes with Revelation 13:5 where this period is spoken of as 42 months (42 months x 30 days per month = 1260 days) and in Revelation 12:6 where the time is actually recorded as 1260 days. Did papal Rome dominate Europe during the 1260-year period from 538 to 1798? Yes. Daniel 7’s Little Horn (Papal Rome)
    10. 10. The two Beasts of Revelation 13
    11. 11. The “Sea Beast” of Revelation 13 1. Rises out of a composite beast with characteristics of leopard, a bear, and a lion. (vs. 2) 2. Beast has seven heads and ten horns, with crowns on the horns. (vs. 1) 3. A blasphemous name is on his heads. (vs. 1) 4. He has a throne and great authority. (vs. 2) 5. He received a deadly wound and lived. (vs. 3) 6. Whole world marveled and followed the beast – worldwide influence. (vs. 3)
    12. 12. 7. The beast receives worship. (vs. 4) 8. He speaks great things and blasphemies. (vs. 5) 9. He dominates for a period of 42 months [1260 days] (vs. 5) 10. He makes war [persecutes] with the saints. (vs. 7) There are more signs or clues, but these are sufficient to see a direct parallel with Daniel 7 and the Little Horn. Therefore, this Sea Beast power, like the Little Horn, represents the papacy. The “Sea Beast” of Revelation 13
    13. 13. Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 (Ellen White’s perspective) “In [Revelation] chapter 13 (verses 3-10) is described another beast, “like unto a leopard,” to which the dragon gave ‘his power, and his seat, and great authority.’ This symbol, as most Protestants have believed, represents the papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman empire. Of the leopard like beast it is declared: ‘There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies….And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.’ This prophecy, which is nearly identical with the description of the little horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the papacy.” (GC439)
    14. 14. A Beast Rises Out of the Earth “He had two horns like a lamb and spoke as a dragon” (Revelation 13:11). Again the biblical clues give unmistakable evidence of this beast with horns like a lamb.
    15. 15. A Beast Rises Out of the Earth 1. It arises about the time when the first beast , the papacy is wounded (verses 3, 11). 2. It, unlike the first beast of Revelation 13 and the beasts of Daniel 7, comes up out of the earth (verse 11). 3. It has two horns like a lamb (verse 11). 4. It speaks like a dragon (verse 11). 5. It has a worldwide influence (verses 12, 14).
    16. 16. A Beast Rises Out of the Earth 6. It has authority like the first beast (verse 12). 7. It supports the first beast (verses 14, 15). 8. It encourages worship of the first beast (verse 12). 9. It performs great signs (verses 13, 14). 10. It becomes a persecuting power (verses 15, 17). 11. It causes many to receive the mark of the beast (verse 16).
    17. 17. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 1. Recent Supreme Court Cases
    18. 18. U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris 536 U. S. 639 (2002) A school voucher case where tax money was used to send children to religious schools. Justice Stevens dissenting: “Whenever we remove a brick from the wall that was designed to separate religion and government, we increase the risk of religious strife and weaken the foundation of our democracy.?
    19. 19. U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice David Souter Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris 536 U. S. 639 (2002) “When government aid goes up, so does reliance upon it; the only thing likely to come down is independence.” Justice Souter dissenting:
    20. 20. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 2. Changes in the U. S. Supreme Court
    21. 21. President Obama takes the oath of office with his hand on the “Lincoln Bible.” Chief Justice John Roberts presides.
    22. 22. Obama to use Lincoln Bible “When President-elect Barack Obama is Sworn in Jan. 20, he will take the oath of Office with his hand on the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his 1861 inauguration. The Lincoln Bible has a Catholic connection – the Chief justice of the United States at that time, Roger B. Taney, was the first Catholic Supreme Court Justice.” Our Sunday Visitor, January 11, 2009
    23. 23. When Roger B Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln, he was the only Catholic on the Supreme Court. Now, 148 years later, not only the Chief Justice but four others are Catholic. This is the first and only time in U.S. history that there are five Catholic Justices – a majority of the court. They are the youngest members of the court and have lifetime tenure.
    24. 24. Ginsburg Souter Thomas Breyer Scalia Stevens Rehnquist O’Connor Kennedy 71 65 56 66 68 84 80 74 68
    25. 25. Catholic Catholic Catholic Catholic Catholic 53 88 7271 68 59 75 69 58
    26. 26. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 3. The Red Mass
    27. 27. October 2, 2005 -- President and Mrs Bush exit St Matthew’s Cathedral in Wash. DC with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice and Mrs John Roberts after attending the annual Red Mass. The Red Mass is a historical tradition within the Catholic Church. It is held on the Sunday before the opening session of the Supreme Court.
    28. 28. Secretary of State Rice ---- also attended. The three other Catholic Justices also attended: Scalia, Thomas, And Kennedy, along with Justice Breyer, who is Jewish. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council also attended and stated, “You had the heads of the executive and judicial branches and representatives from the legislative branch fully participating…There was no separation of church and state today.” Christian Today, October 3, 2005
    29. 29. Sir Thomas More 1478 – 1535 Lord Chancellor of England from 1529 – 1532 Canonized in 1935, 400 years after his death by Pius XI. Declared the patron saint of Politicians, statesmen, and Lawyers by Pope John Paul II in 1980 Sir Thomas More ordered the Death of William Tyndall who translated the Bible into English.
    30. 30. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 4. The death of Pope John Paul II
    31. 31. The President presents the Medal of Freedom to Pope John Paul II during a visit to the Vatican in Rome, Italy in June 2004. (White House Web Site – 4/5/05)
    32. 32. The American flag flies at half-staff Saturday, April 2, 2005, shortly after President George W. Bush ordered flags lowered as a sign of respect for the late Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday in Rome. (White House Web Site – 4/5/05)
    33. 33. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick greets President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush after mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 2, 2005 in remembrance of Pope John Paul II.
    34. 34. The State Bows to the ChurchThe State Bows to the Church • “President Bush…his wife, Laura; his father, former president George Bush; former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice… knelt in a pew in front of the body, bowing their heads.” USA Today, April 07, 2005.
    35. 35. U.S. Delegation kneels before the Pope in RomeU.S. Delegation kneels before the Pope in Rome Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Heads ofKings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Heads of State from more than 100 countries attended theState from more than 100 countries attended the funeral of the Pope. It was the largest funeral infuneral of the Pope. It was the largest funeral in world history – Watched by over 2 billion on TV.world history – Watched by over 2 billion on TV.
    36. 36. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 5. The inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI
    37. 37. From theFrom the PapalPapal balconybalcony The formerThe former JosephJoseph CardinalCardinal Ratzinger isRatzinger is introducedintroduced as Popeas Pope BenedictBenedict XVI.XVI. For the past 24 years he had led the CongregationFor the past 24 years he had led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly called thefor the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly called the Office of the Holy Inquisition.Office of the Holy Inquisition.
    38. 38. Jeb Bush sent to Mass for the pope President Bush taps his Catholic brother to represent the nation at Benedict XVI's installation in Rome on Sunday. By STEVE BOUSQUET (Tampabay.com) Published April 23, 2005 TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush, who became a Catholic a decade ago at a turning point in his life, will lead the American delegation to Rome for Sunday's inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI. The five member U.S. delegation included Lt. Gov. Michael Steele; Carl Anderson CEO of the Knights of Columbus; Helen Alvare, asso. Prof. of Law at Catholic University; and Frank Hanley, pres. Emeritus of the International Union of Operating Engineers. 21 members of the U.S. House of Representatives also attended.
    39. 39. Michael Steele 63rd Chairman of the Repulican National Committee Jan. 30, 09 A Roman Catholic who spent three years as a seminarian at the Augustinian Friars Seminary at Villanova. Then went to the Jesuit run Georgetown University Law School.
    40. 40. To My Venerable Brother, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments From the Vatican 27 November 2006 “Sunday was not chosen by the Christian community but by the Apostles, and indeed by Christ himself, who on that day, "the first day of the week", rose and appeared to the disciples (cf. Mt 28: 1; Mk 16: 9; Lk 24: 1; Jn 20: 1, 19; Acts 20: 7; I Cor 16: 2).” -- BENEDICT XVI
    41. 41. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 6. First family visits with the Pope in the Vatican
    42. 42. First Lady, Laura Bush (and daughter Barbara) visited the Pope on a recent trip abroad. They gave him a silver bowl and he gave them each a rosary.
    43. 43. President George Bush presents a gift to the Pope in the Vatican. The Pope gave Bush a painting of St. Peter’s in exchange.
    44. 44. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 7. Pope Benedict visits President Bush
    45. 45. Pope emerges from “Shepherd One” at Andrews Air Force Base.
    46. 46. White House welcome – April 16, 2008
    47. 47. From the White House balcony
    48. 48. Pope Benedict meets Nancy Pelosi
    49. 49. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, kisses the Pope’s ring as her husband Paul, Sec. State Rice, and President Bush look on.
    50. 50. Photo Album by Ed Reid
    51. 51. Papal and American flags waving
    52. 52. Catholic Bishops at the White House welcome
    53. 53. Knights of Columbus in foreground
    54. 54. The most elaborate ceremony ever conducted for a visitor at the White House
    55. 55. Pope Benedict is given his 81st birthday party at the White House on April 16, 2008.
    56. 56. Photo op in the Oval Office
    57. 57. Pope Benedict prays with President and Mrs. Bush in the oval office on April 16, 2008
    58. 58. Papal motorcade with SS escort
    59. 59. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 8. Pope Benedict visits New York and U.N.
    60. 60. Welcome by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg
    61. 61. Pope Benedict prays at “ground zero”
    62. 62. At the United Nations with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
    63. 63. Pope Benedict speaking at the United Nations General Assembly
    64. 64. Jim Nicholson Chairman, Republican National Committee 1997-2000
    65. 65. Holy See has full diplomatic relations with 176 nations of 228 = 77% In 1929 only 1. Now 80 yrs later 176
    66. 66. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 9. Conversions to the Catholic Church and the work of Opus Dei
    67. 67. Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair converts to Catholicism.
    68. 68. Blair is now the special envoy to the Middle East of the U.S – Russia – the E.U. and the U. N. He is working through “the Tony Blair Faith Foundation” which is dedicated to working with different religious faiths to help address some of the world’s most pressing social problems.
    69. 69. “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The observance of the false sabbath will be urged upon us. The contest will be between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. Those who have yielded step by step to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will then yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. At that time the gold will be separated from the dross. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness” (PK 188).
    70. 70. ‘This is where my faith has led me’ HCH photo by Anna Weaver David Pendleton takes advantage of some peace and quiet in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. ‘This is where my faith has led me’ Former state representative and Seventh-day Adventist minister will be received into the Catholic church this Easter Vigil [March 23, 2008] By Anna Weaver | Hawaii Catholic Herald (March 21, 2008)
    71. 71. Pam Aqui, who teaches the RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults] at the St. John Vianney Catholic Parish In Kailua stated, “We’re very pleased to have him. He’s a bright light in our community.”
    72. 72. Pope Benedict and President Bush stroll in the Vatican gardens During an unprecedented third meeting in just over a year. The walk was followed by a recital by the choir of the Sistine Chapel.
    73. 73. The President gave the pope a picture of the two of them walking on the Colonnade at the White House. The picture was presented in a sterling silver frame with an engraved presidential seal. (June 13, 2008) Benedict gave Bush a framed photograph and four volumes on St. Peter’s Basilica.
    74. 74. London Telegraph, June 13, 2008: “George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI held an intimate meeting in Rome as rumours mounted in Italy that the president may follow in Tony Blair’s footsteps and convert to Catholicism.” The meeting took place in The Tower of St. John in the Vatican gardens.
    75. 75. (2002)
    76. 76. Opus Dei, not an order of the Catholic Church, but a personal prelature of the Pope has as one of its main goals to proselytize among the elite of society and Government. “The Rev.” John McCloskey, The Catholic Church’s K Street Lobbyist is an “Ivy leaguer” who graduated from Columbia and a former Wall Streeter who worked at Citibank and Merrill Lynch.
    77. 77. U. S. Senator, Sam Brownback (R – Kansas) former United Methodist was “converted” by John McCloskey and joined the Catholic Church on June 27, 2004.
    78. 78. Newt Gingrich Former Speaker U. S. House of Representatives. Former Baptist. Converted to Roman Catholicism on March 29, 2009.
    79. 79. Bobby Jindal Governor State of Louisiana Born and raised Hindu. Now a Roman Catholic.
    80. 80. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State 10. Stated goals of Catholic sources
    81. 81. Of 3,143 Counties and Independent Cities, 1,259 (40%) are predominantly Catholic
    82. 82. ““God's word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.” (GC 581) (Chapter 35, “Liberty of Conscience Threatened”)
    83. 83. “BY THE NUMBERS The 111th Congress will be sworn in Jan. 6, 2009. How it resembles the U.S. population it will represent in terms of religious affiliation. 161 Number of Catholic senators and representatives, making up 30.1 percent of Congress.” Our Sunday Visitor, Jan. 4, 2009
    84. 84. Kirsten Gillibrand thanks Gov. Paterson of NY (right) after he appointed her to the Senate on Friday (yesterday). She is Catholic 162.
    85. 85. Leon Panetta -Son of Italian immigrants -Graduated from Santa Clara University – college and Law School -A Jesuit-affiliated university -He has taught there for the past 8 years. -Confirmed on February 12, 2009 as the Director of the CIA
    86. 86. “Catholics will find themselves in a leading cultural role, for three reasons. First, because Catholic theology uniquely understands the interrelationship between natural law and divine revelation, the power of persuasion will be on our side. Just as Thomas Aquinas was the great defender of both theology and common sense, the Church today uniquely understands aspects of natural law the world has forgotten: Our teachings on abortion, marriage and even contraception are defenses of what man can know without Scripture. Like the Declaration of Independence, Catholic moral thinking examines ‘the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’”
    87. 87. “Second, Catholics will dominate in the future of America because of sheer numbers. Immigration from Mexico and family sizes mean the old Protestant America is throwing itself off a demographic cliff. Tomorrow’s America will be far less Protestant and far more Catholic.”
    88. 88. “And last, Catholics will have a prominent role in the future of America because we are the Church founded by Christ on the rock of Peter, the one Church that Christ promised would prevail against the gates of hell. Certainly, other Christian denominations rightly worship God, as the Second Vatican Council said. But Christ founded one Church, not many denominations, and our doctrines have the best expression of the ‘foundational reality’ of God that will prevail.” (Editorial --The National Catholic Register – May 20-26, 2007 Issue)
    89. 89. Originally printed in French in 1866. Reprinted and distributed in English in 2005 by Angelus Press. (A conservative Catholic organization that promotes the return to the Tridentine [Latin] Mass.) This book promotes the church and the pope as superior to the state and to be served by the state.
    90. 90. “When the time comes, for truth to prevail and for the social edifice to be rebuilt according to the eternal rules, whether it be tomorrow or centuries from now, Catholics will organize all things as they would for themselves… They will set up the laws of life…They will impose religious observance of Sunday on behalf of society as a whole and for its good.” -- The liberal Illusion, pp. 92,93
    91. 91. Sunday “Chatter” By Associated Press 3:02 AM CDT, July 15, 2008 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ The Croatian parliament has passed a law forcing shops to close on Sundays in a concession to the Roman Catholic church. The church has campaigned for years for Sundays to be devoted to family or Mass in Croatia, which is almost 90 percent Roman Catholic… The law adopted Tuesday and goes into effect Jan. 1 2009.
    92. 92. Sunday “Chatter” November 21, 2008 – The Catholic Bishops of Europe met with the political leaders of the Euopean Union and “expressed their wish to see the Sunday rest day being better protected in national legislations as well as the future EU Working Time Directive.” December 12, 2008 – Sunday was not included in this year’s revision but “the Bishops and trade unions will stay mobilized to push for Sunday rest in the future.” European Bishop’s Website
    93. 93. Sunday “Chatter” Our Sunday Visitor, December 14, 2008 Cover Feature: “Sunday: A day for families. The Sabbath is neither a time for gloom nor a day to catch up on errands or work. God created a day of rest for us so we can worship, relax and spend quality time with family and loved ones.” (pages. 14, 15) The article quotes Kimberly Hahn who says, “Christians need to observe some form of Sabbath rest on Sundays because ‘It is one of the big 10’ – the Ten Commandments, that is. We don’t just set aside the prohibition against adultery, and we shouldn’t set aside the Lord’s Day either.”
    94. 94. Sunday “Chatter” Our Sunday Visitor, December 14, 2008 The article goes on to say, “When it comes to how we spend our Sundays, attending Mass is an absolute must for Catholics. Failure to do so ranks as a mortal sin.” P. 15. Mortal sin, according to the beliefs of Roman Catholicism, is a sin that, unless confessed and absolved, condemns a person's soul to Hell after death.
    95. 95. Steps in the Courtship of Church and State The apocalyptic prophecy of Revelation 13 is being fulfilled. There are many signs that the protections of the 1st Amendment to the U. S. Constitution are being eroded. Romans 13:11-14