Dr. Ian Paisley and the Bob Jones University supported European Institute Of Protestant Studies: The Little Horn of Daniel is the Dynasty of Rome’s Popes; Babylon the Great is the Church of Rome and the Pope is the Antichrist.
I received the following email this Ishtar/Easter morning from a professing brother in Christ who knows what I believe about Antichrist and Babylon the Great. He has never before talked with me about the differences we apparently have. We have shared friendly letters over the past year and discussed a difference on Calvinism.
This friend writes:
Here is a link to a very insightful book simply titled “Antichrist”. If you desire to know the true identity of the actual Antichrist, the son of perdition, the man of sin described in the Scriptures then read this book and compare it to the Word of GOD and the testimony of history and if you have eyes to see you will see. I earnestly pray all who read this will understand and be willing to examine what they have been erroneously taught and have the humility to admit their error and repent of the foolish traditions and interpretations of men that they have imbibed. Please read all of it and ask GOD for wisdom as well as a broken and contrite heart and the strength to stand against the Antichrist and the deception that has come over the whole world, a deception so great that if it were possible it would deceive the very elect.
Having been born into a non-church attending Protestant family in a heavily Catholic region of New York State, I’ve never been confused by the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church or the lies of concerning the Papacy. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Popes have been antichrists. I’m not so sure, however, that that Wicked Man of Sin has to be a Pope. I believe that the false doctrines and idolatrous practices of the Roman Catholic Church or any church should be exposed. It simply hasn’t been the focus of my internet teaching ministry.
I was a bit hurt that my friend would send this out to me without first discussing our differences. I realize that he just thinks he’s right and believed that he’s serving God by teaching what he sees as truth, however, we Christians certainly can be rude at times can’t we? Why do we think that being right means it’s acceptable with God to be rude? I guess we forget we’re to speak the truth in love and pleasant words promote instruction.
I quickly put my feelings aside, however, and began to investigate Dr. Paisley and objectively test his teachings. This was a bit hard to do only because a number of years ago I had already investigated claims that Rome was Babylon the Great, the Pope was Antichrist, and the Jesuits were behind all the evils of the world. I had other plans this morning such as devoting some time to my work on Revelation 13:5-10, however, I decided to give this related issue another look just in case I had missed the mark.
To test the teachings of Ian Paisley, I took Revelation Chapters 13, 17 and 18 and inserted his interpretation into the text. I would suggest using a simple substitution definition test like this to quickly see whether or not new interpretations could possibly be accurate.
Paisley asserts that the historical teaching of the Protestant Church since the Reformation is that the little horn is the Dynasty of Rome’s Popes, the Pope is Antichrist, the Church of Rome is the Babylon the Great, the Pope is Antichrist and the city of Revelation 17-18 is Rome.
Paisley stands upon what he says is the tradition of the Protestant Church since the Reformation as proof of the accuracy of this interpretation. I’m not sure why he believes that this group of teachers hold the keys to correct eschatology. No verse exists in scripture to confirm that this belief is true. Paul warned about drifting from the literal teaching of Jesus Christ and his apostles found in scripture into the folly of exalting specific bible teachers or groups of bible teachers over others. (1 Corinthians 1:12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9) Daniel prophesied that knowledge concerning biblical prophecy would increase in the last days. (Daniel 12:4) I know history tells us that Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a great preacher, however, we must still test everything he ever taught against God’s Word. I would agree with much of what he taught, however, just because Spurgeon taught it doesn’t automatically mean it’s true. Bottom line, Spurgeon and his brothers in Christ through the generations only share what Christ has mercifully given to them.
Here’s how these prophecies read according to Paisley’s Protestant Reformation teachers:
1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore (CHURCH OF ROME) that sitteth upon many waters: 2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman (CHURCH OF ROME) sit upon a scarlet coloured beast (DYNASTY OF POPES), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME). 4And the woman (CHURCH OF ROME) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT (THE CHURCH OF ROME), THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6And I saw the woman (CHURCH OF ROME) drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman (CHURCH OF ROME), and of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns (DYNASTY OF POPES). 8The beast (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) that was, and is not, and yet is. 9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME ) are seven mountains, on which the woman (CHURCH OF ROME) sitteth. 10And there are seven kings (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME): five (POPES) are fallen, and one (POPE) is, and the other (POPE) is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) that was, and is not, even he is the eighth (POPE OF ROME), and is of the seven (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME), and goeth into perdition.
12And the ten horns (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) which thou sawest are ten kings (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME) , which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings (DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME ) one hour with the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST).13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING ANTICHRIST). 14These (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING ANTICHRIST) shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore (CHURCH OF ROME) sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16And the ten horns (DYNASTY OF POPES) which thou sawest upon the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING ANTICHRIST), these shall hate the whore (CHURCH OF ROME), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING ANTICHRIST), until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18And the woman (CHURCH OF ROME) which thou sawest is that great city (ROME), which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great (CHURCH OF ROME) is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (CHURCH OF ROME), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon , (ROME) that mighty city (ROME)! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 11And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16And saying, Alas, alas, that great city (ROME), that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city (ROME)! 19And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city (ROME), wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her (ROME). 21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon (ROME) be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee (ROME); and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee (ROME); and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee (ROME); 23And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee (ROME); and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee (ROME): for thy (Roman) merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy (ROMAN) sorceries were all nations deceived. 24And in her (ROME) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast ((DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2And the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads (POPES) as it were wounded to death; and his (the POPES) deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST). 4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST): and they worshipped the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST), saying, Who is like unto the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST)? who is able to make war with him (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST)?
5And there was given unto him (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) to continue forty and two months. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7And it was given unto him (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11And I beheld another beast (PRIESTS OF ROME) coming up out of the earth; and he (PRIESTS OF ROME) had two horns like a lamb, and he (PRIESTS OF ROME) spake as a dragon. 12And he (PRIESTS OF ROME) exerciseth all the power of the first beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST), whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he (PRIESTS OF ROME) doeth great wonders, so that he (PRIESTS OF ROME) maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he (PRIESTS OF ROME) had power to do in the sight of the beast ((DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST); saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST), which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he (PRIESTS OF ROME) had power to give life unto the image of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST), that the image of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) should be killed. 16And he (PRIESTS OF ROME) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST) or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast (DYNASTY OF POPES-THE FINAL POPE OF THE CHURCH OF ROME BEING THE FINAL ANTICHRIST): for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (VICAR OF CHRIST- The numerical value of the Pope’s title on his golden crown at his public coronation, namely ‘VICARIVS FILII DEI is 666.)
I know that many of the names that Dr. Paisley drops to convince his readers that his view is correct are famous Christian men of proven upright character. If their interpretation of these prophecies is wrong, I don’t believe it means that they were out of fellowship with God because they didn’t see these prophecies with 100% clarity. Neither do I believe that we can conclude that these men weren’t as close to God as someone who receives more light than they did on the subject. I would say, however, that in spite of their good character and fruitful ministry, they missed the mark here for God knows what reason.
The following questions arose as I read the prophecy according to their interpretation.
- IF THE SEVEN HEADS REFER TO THE DYNASTY OF POPES IN THE CHURCH OF ROME, WHO WAS THE SIXTH POPE THAT WAS IN POWER WHEN JOHN WROTE THE REVELATION? THERE WAS NO POPE OF ROME WHEN JOHN RECEIVED THE PROPHECY-REVELATION 17:10 SAYS THAT THERE WAS ONE IN POWER WHEN JOHN WROTE.
- ACCORDING TO REVELATION 17:9-10 THERE WILL HAVE BEEN ONLY 8 POPES WHEN JESUS RETURNS TO DESTROY THE 8TH POPE. WHO WERE THE FIVE POPES PRECEDING THE SIXTH WHICH WAS SAID TO BE IN POWER WHEN JOHN WROTE? WHO WAS THE 7TH POPE? WHICH POPE RETURNS AS THE 8TH POPE?
- IF THE 7 HEADS AND TEN HORNS REFER TO THE DYNASTY OF POPES, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 7 HEADS AND THE 10 HORNS?
- WHY WOULD THE DYNASTY OF POPES OF THE CHURCH OF ROME (7 HEADS AND 10 HORNS) HATE AND DESTROY THE CHURCH OF ROME? SINCE THE CHURCH OF ROME IS DISPERSED AROUND THE GLOBE, HOW COULD IT BE POSSIBLY DESTROYED IN ONE HOUR BY FIRE?
- Are the great men of the earth Roman merchants who have enriched global traders?
- How is Rome the world’s great consumer that makes other nations rich through its extravagant consumption of their products?
- Why would global traders mourn the destruction of Rome because Rome could no longer buy their products?
- IF THE GLOBAL KINGDOM OF ANTICHRIST ISN’T A MILITARY POWER-WHY THE CRY “WHO CAN MAKE WAR WITH THE BEAST” IN REVELATION 13:4?
- IF THE MAN OF SIN-ANTICHRIST-THE PAPACY-CAME IN THE 13TH CENTURY…WHERE WAS THE FULFILLMENT OF REV 13:16-18 AND WHAT PERIOD HAVE WE BEEN IN SINCE THE 13TH CENTURY.
Paisley asserts that Antichrist cannot be one potentate but a dynasty of potentates. He says that the little horn of Daniel chapter seven is the Antichrist, the Man of Sin and Son of Perdition. He believes “it is clearly evident then, that the little horn of Daniel chapter seven is not one individual but is a kingdom with its dynasty of kings. This dynasty is not only foretold by Daniel under the symbolism of a little horn, but further expounded on by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John in the New Testament Scriptures. It is the purpose of this book to demonstrate that the preaching of the Great Cloud of Witnesses of all Ages in the Church is true and that the little horn is none other than the Dynasty of Rome’s Popes and that therefore THE POPE IS THE ANTICHRIST.“ (source: http://www.ianpaisley.org/antichrist.asp)
What is more, on the same grounds the theory that Antichrist is a political character cannot be substantiated. A wicked, tyrannical, bloodthirsty dictator, who will arise to devastate the whole world by arms is an altogether different Antichrist from the Antichrist foretold in the Bible. Such a person, no matter how wicked and violent his ways, lacks the one great dissimulation under which Antichrist will carry out his programme. This mock-Christ will concentrate on ‘the temple of God,’ and on ‘the saints of the most High. (http://www.ianpaisley.org/article.asp?ArtKey=antichrist_7)
If the Little Horn is the Dynasty of Rome’s Popes and Antichrist being a Pope; how does Paisley explain away the military power and operations of the 4th kingdom of Daniel found in Daniel 2, 7 and the military exploits of the final king of Daniel 11:36-45? How does he explain away the exclamation “who can make war with the beast” of revelation 13:4 or the final battles of revelation led by the beast? (revelation 16:12-21; revelation 19:11-21)
I found it interesting that Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC opened Paisley’s European Institute of Protestant Sudies aimed at teaching that Rome is Babylon the Great. (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp)
The European Institute of Protestant Studies (EIPS) is housed on the first floor of the Paisley Jubilee Complex of Martyrs’ Memorial Free Presbyterian Church on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. This magnificent Complex, which cost £1,300,000, was officially opened on November 15, 1997, by Mr Bob Jones IV, grandson of the late Rev Dr Bob Jones of Greenville, South Carolina, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the faithful preaching of the Gospel by the Minister and Church Moderator, Rev Dr Ian RK Paisley, MP, MEP. The Institute has 36 rooms including seminar and lecture rooms, offices and a library. One could say that the aim of Paisley’s Bob Jones supported European Institute of Protestant Studies is to teach that Rome is Babylon the Great. (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp)
|Aims of the Institute||Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken […]. Jeremiah 50:2
The Institute is part of the ministry of Martyrs’ Memorial Church. Its purpose is to expound the Bible and expose the Papacy and to promote, defend and maintain Bible Protestantism in Europe and further afield. It will assist all who are engaged in the struggle against the Papacy in both the religious and the secular worlds; provide courses suitable to all ages in the controversy with Rome; and supply information on all aspects of the Papacy today.
It hopes to establish correspondents throughout the world so that it can give a global overview of the state of Protestantism.
Having personal experience with Bob Jones University trained leadership while teaching in a Christian School from 2004-6, I can understand why Bob Jones University leaders would want to convince the world that Rome, not the United States of America, was that great city Babylon. Many of my fellow teachers were BJU grads who would be considered Neo-Conservatives. They strongly believed in the official 911 government conspiracy theory, George Bush’s pre-emptive strike doctrine and the U.S. led global war on terror. They strongly emphasize submission to pastoral authority and government policy according to Romans 13. (http://www.conservapedia.com/Bob_Jones_University)
Interestingly, Reverend Dr. Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born April 6, 1926) is a Northern Irish politician and church leader. He’s the Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church. His doctorate is an honorary one from Bob Jones University. http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Paisley_Ian.html http://www.conservapedia.com/Bob_Jones_University
In conclusion, motives aside, I believe that the work of the European Institute of Protestant Studies is helping promote the Catholic liberal left versus Protestant conservative right false paradigm used by the Establishment to deceive the church to believe that Rome, not America, is Babylon the Great. As long as bible believing Christians around the globe believe that Rome is the problem with the world, the Establishment can continue to have their way with America.