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The prophetic picture of the rise and work of the "little horn" finds its exact counterpart in the history of the Roman Papacy:
The Place. The little horn was seen by the prophet rising in the field of the Roman Empire. That was the very place where the great kingdom of the Papacy appeared, taking the name of Roman.
The Time. The rise of the ecclesiastical kingdom of the little-horn power in the prophecy followed the breaking up of the Roman Empire into the ten kingdoms. Just so the ecclesiastical kingdom of the Roman Papacy rises to view in history immediately following the division of the empire.
The Period of Supremacy. The prophecy allotted 1260 years to the full supremacy of this power. History responds that from the beginning of the papal supremacy, in the days of Justinian, a period of 1260 years brings us into the stirring
events of the last decade of the eighteenth century, that gave to the Papacy a deadly wound.
One further set of specifications remains for study:
The Work. Of the nature and work of the power represented by the little horn, the prophecy declares:
“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 shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Dan. 7:25.
Do we find in the record that the Church of Rome has fulfilled these specifications also? The Scripture prophecy is absolutely a word-photograph of the workings of the papal church. Look at the main features:
1. Speaking great words against the Most High. 2. Wearing out the saints of the Most High.
3. Thinking to change the times and the laws of the Most High.
Every count in the indictment may be clearly proved, and that by testimony from Roman Catholic sources
“He Shall Speak Great Words Against the
Most High" As Daniel observed the little-horn power, he heard it speaking "very great things." The angel declared that these great swelling words were really against the Most High. And what could be more against the honor of the Most High than that to mortal man should be ascribed the titles and attributes of divinity? Here are some of the "great words:"
“All the names which are attributed to Christ in Scripture, implying His supremacy over the church, are also attributed to the Pope.”— Bellarmine, “On the Authority of Councils,” book 2, chap. 17.
This ruling has been actually applied through the ages. Says Elliott:
“Look at the Sicilian ambassadors prostrated before him (Pope Martin IV) with the cry, ‘Lamb of God! that takest away the sins of the world!'"-"Hore Apocalypticæ," part 4, chap. 5, sec. 2.