THE RENDERING OF THE PONTIFEX MAXIMUS AND THE THRONE OF ROME
There is no hindrance of this prophecy (shown on “The Other Side of the Roman Denarius [Coin]”), which is already at work, seeing that the Church of the founders (early first century apostles) was already at stake. As “Imperial Rome” is now “Papal Rome” with a religious constitution given by they who had already rendered their glory unto the seat (throne) of Caesar, we concluded that the falling away had already passed, and he (Imperial Rome) who “letteth” is now out-of-the-way.
Jerome, with intent, opposing what Porphyry said about the “little horn” in Daniel 7, agrees that this horn is the Antichrist. Actually, if the “little horn” in Daniel 7 represents the Antichrist, then the “little horn” in Daniel 8, also forms that power as well.
Irenaeus also identifies this “man of perdition” with the Antichrist, and speak of him as Rome. He sees the Antichrist having the same characteristics as the “beast” in the “Book of Revelation.”
However, the prophecy indicates that for this man to excel in power, one has to see a falling away of Rome and the falling away of the administered truth taught by the apostles of the early First Century Church. Actually that was inevitable because the prophecy had already declared in the epistle of Paul that says,
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work, only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (Thessalonians 2:7).
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the lord shall consumed with the spirit of s mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of this coming” (verse 8). “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” (verse 9)
Don’t be mistaken, the act of the “man of perdition” was long on the way, ever since the act (i.e. the plans sought against the Messiah) against the anointed ONE (Son of God).
Christ, as a prophet, who speaks about the coin and the rendering unto Caesar, knew of the elders of the synagogue intention to trap and judge Him before Caesar. It was clear that these elders of the synagogue had Caesar and his throne in high regard more than Yahweh (God). In all respect, the Pharisees needed Caesar’s authority with Roman’s power to continue keeping the high seats over the Jews, which only could happen if they pay tribute and subject to Caesar and Rome.
In the long and short, Rome took a stride on persecuting the Church, especially during the time of Diocletian emperor of Rome, but Emperor Constantine (306-337 AD) took control of the empire and settled Christianity as “Roman’s Christianity..”
It was obvious during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305 AD), when many of the elders of the synagogues performed the same act of allegiance to Caesar and his throne. In this case, they apostatized by disregarding The True Vine and His ways. Of course, “Diocletian’s Great Persecution” forces many of the elders to enchant their followers to accept the will of Caesar and Rome, and commits the act, sacrificing to the gods of Rome. However, Emperor Constantine stops all griefs against the Church during the Fourth Century, and gave the Church peace (313 AD Edict of Milan) in the Kingdom of Rome
The tribute was still in place when Pope Damasus (366-383 AD) of Rome, took council with Emperor Gratian (375-383 AD), and renders his services to the seat of Caesar. Actually, Emperor Gratian vowed his title “Pontifex Maximus” to Pope Damasus I of Rome, and the Papal Curia accepted gracefully. At this point, all hell broke loose, as the seat of Caesar (Imperial Rome) now becomes the seat of the Bishops of Rome (Papal Rome)
Tertullian within himself, probably cited this verse (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-9), which seemingly pointing to the Emperor or rulers of Imperial Rome. The mystery of Iniquity (wickedness) points to the elders of the synagogue during the time of the Messiah, how they worked hand in hand with the council of Rome and defamed the righteous ones and the true Church set out the by Messiah.
Tertullian, however, cited governance of Rome (Imperial Rome) as the restraining force. This restraining force was as an obstacle against the Scribes and Pharisees, who would one-day desires the imperial post.The aspiration grew, and its fulfillment was the Pontifex achievement (crowning) of Pope Damasus.
Paul himself had already determined that the angels of darkness dress themselves to appear as “angels of light”. According to Paul’s findings, we could understand then that these “angels of dark” would loot the gospels the Messiah gave unto of the apostles (Corinthians 11:12-15), and turned the truth to fables.
It becomes evidence that the man of perdition, Satan’s instrument, had already determined their work, as it resulted in the Messiah’s crucifixion.
Rome was an instrument of the enemy (The Dark One), and therefore, it was the best place for the seat of the man of perdition to take residence. At that address, he will decide on his terms as the religious contender.
Jerome also considered the Roman Empire as the restraining force, and that the Roman Empire removal was during his tenure. He indicated that the man of lawlessness and the Antichrist was near and about to reveal himself. Jerome warns that Rome and its destruction will start the working of the man of perdition.
However, on the other side, destruction of Rome was not in its totality a falling state or falling government, but a switch in its imperial governance to the papacy (Papal Rome).
Jerome himself also understands that this Antichrist would be a character out of the Church. In all due respect, such understanding of Jerome would indicate that the man of perdition would manifest himself as christ like, taking the seat of Caesar and rendering glory to his throne.
Circa, Augustine of Hippo and Pope Gregory, established their thought on this Antichrist been a man who shall act as one who would be embedded in the Church, whether the temple in Jerusalem or in the Church.
Question: – Is this Church the Temple in Jerusalem or the Church at Rome?
Nevertheless, the other side of the coin showing the Pontifex Maximus had determined disintegration of the restraining force (Imperial Rome). It was in the hand of Emperor Gratian who reluctantly passes over the title of the Roman goddess to Pope Damasus. This initiates the upbringing and break through for the Antichrist.
After Pope Liberius’ death, on the 24 September 366 AD, Pope Damasus won the favour of the people of Rome. This favour granted him the Bishopric after many confrontations between his followers and his opponent. The battle (confrontation) was between supporters of Damasus and loyal supporters of Ursinus who was deacon to Liberius. At the end, the prefects (military people manoeuvring provinces) banished Ursinus sending him to Gaul, and condemned at the Synod of 378 AD. Damasus, after his exoneration, became (pronounce) the true Pope of Rome.
After Damasus achievement on the title Pontiff, he established a new Latin version from the old Greek version of the Bible that existed. Actually, all hell broke loose when the newly version indicates the Immaculate Conception-the Virgin Birth. In addition, the Church (Catholic) diverted from Water Baptism (immersion into water) to the sprinkling (Christendom) of water being done. The introductory abomination defamed the real essence of the crucifix, giving encouraging analysis that our redemption and grace came through the Virgin Mary, other than the Messiah’s redemption and grace.
Untrustworthy, it all begun, as the word of Paul says,
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-10).
Even Paul, in his virtue, understands the “mystery” of the son of perdition. He (Paul) also cited that they (lawless ones) gave not to the Elohim (God) that is for the Elohim (God), but unto Caesar that counts for a respect and loyalty.
Paul words denote as follows:
“…they received not the love of the truth… but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (KJV) 2 Thessalonians 2:12).
Paul, in his words, simply meant that the truth was not in the children of men (heathen) from the beginning, and because of that, they “render unto Caesar” that of El Elohim (God).
The title, Pontifex Maximus, held by these dignitaries (including Caesar), gave them the authority to include themselves as godly signet, setting the table for others to discredit the power of the Most High. The seat of Caesar, as with the title “Pontifex Maximus,” intertwined into the House of El Elohim (God), making it equal to the Most High’s purposes and glory, thus underlining Caesar’s glory with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Looking into Tertullian argument, which speaks of the “falling” of the ten kingdoms that shall make way for the Antichrist, one could understand that the uprising of the ten kingdoms, is the upbringing of the strength of the man of perdition and the strength of Papal Rome. In fact, the title (Pontifex Maximus) would be of much necessity, giving proof of such authority within the umbrella of such Christendom.
Jerome also cited that the man of perdition would come in bodily form, as he indicated that the “little horn” is the antichrist. He also explained that the Roman Empire would be that restraining force that would be destroyed. He then went on to say,
‘Ten kings who will partition the Roman world amongst themselves.”
“…eleventh king will arise, who will overcome three of the ten kings…the seven other kings will bow to that victor”.
In fact, Jerome understands that this Antichrist would be embodied in the Church, and within it, he sat as (a) god. It is of value that even Jerome believed that the Church would be the breeding ground of (for) the man of perdition.
Augustine of Hippo (354-430) also referred to the antichrist as a man taking residence within the Church. He says,
“It is uncertain in what temple the antichrist shall sit, whether in that ruin of the temple which was built by Solomon, or in the Church.”
Moreover, the work was already in effect, as the Scribes and Pharisees portrayed themselves as an enemy of the council that was (is) call of God.
What then, how can they who is call of the Most High, take path in the seat and honorary place of Rome. Would it not be that they too would be under disguise, working for, and in order of the man of perdition?
One must understand that all said and done, these ten upcoming kings and elimination of Rome (Imperial Rome) took place during the rebuilding of Papal Rome (Papacy).
The lawlessness, iniquity and the hand of the man of perdition took its course, as they give sanction (declaration) to remove that greatness of the “daily sacrifice”, and place the work of the abomination. This act encouraged discord within the gospel, and many divine orders molested and derailed. Rome implemented customs, and as a result of that, the consecrated ceremonies of divine orders demolished.
Daniel himself speaks of the truth that was “cast to the ground”, and that was to make void the notions of truth. The Church, under authority of the man of perdition, practise and prosper working signs and wonder, while the souls led astray that had not the love of the Highest.
As the scripture says,
“…even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” (Second Thessalonians 2:9)
In conclusion, let us take in consideration that the man of perdition is here and at work, giving all honour to the seat of Caesar and not the throne of the Most High. The pontiff realty and the supremacy of the Vatican dishonour the council of the Pure One, and discredited sanctification of the Temple of God. That was surely what the Messiah meant when he foresaw the works of the Scribes and Pharisees… On this wise he says,
“Give to Caesar (his throne) due to Caesar and to God (His temple) that which is God”.