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Have you ever considered the book of Revelation through the traditional continuous-historic context? Is defense of doctrine of greatest importance, even when we should heed the warning posed by the absolute conflict, in regard to interpretations of these areas of figurative language of dreams and visions in prophecy, held by much of the church presently? Jesus warned the Pharisees of the same:
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
It would seem that, in part because of unsound eschatology, the Western church has been blinded to the fate of 1.5 billion Muslims. Tragically, when Muslims witness the pope kissing the Quran, or the ecumenical movement of an increasingly apostate church (2Thess 2:3), the are encouraged to remain under the delusion they suffer at the hand of their false prophet Mohammed. The Pope passed up a truly historic opportunity to give a Ronald Reagan style “evil empire” speech, and instead capitulated to the Mohammedans demands for apology, it would seem, to avoid persecution. At least it's hard to imagine that the Pope could be that unadvised regarding the content of the Quran.
A completely different context through which to view New Testament prophecy must be considered entirely on it's own merit, rather than by trying to wring snippets of it through a partial-preterist or futurist doctrine that we may presently hold. For those bold enough in Jesus Christ to consider a fresh look at bible prophecy, through this traditional context, please read "The False Prophet", available absolutely free at beholdthebeast.com by clicking here. You can access a video introduction to this study on the "playlist for Christians" by clicking here. For almost thirty years the author, Ellis Skolfield, has written about the central role of Islam, as the end-time foe of God’s people in bible prophecy, through hermeneutically sound exegesis of the books of Daniel and Revelation within this traditional continuous historic context that was so well understood by those before us like Isaac Newton, Matthew Henry, Thieleman J. van Braght and many others.
Have you ever investigated as to how the popular views of Revelation in the 20th century church came to be?
More on the traditional continuous-historic context.
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ERROR
For anyone that tries to suggest an excuse for Islamic violence, in light of the Roman Catholic Church murder of Jews, Muslims AND Christians, whether through the misadventure of the Crusades, or the martyrdom of non-Roman Catholic Christians in the inquisitions, we can see from the above verses that the behavior was specifically unchristian and apostate. For any Roman Catholics that wish to take issue with this characterization I highly recommend two free online books: Fox's Book of the Martyrs and Martyr's Mirror. Also please join us in the Roman Catholic section of the forum.
The Roman Church's error, in stark contrast, is conspicuous, according to the new covenant we are given through Jesus Christ and the new covenant, on so many levels. It is also an error for which the Roman Church apologized for, but not until these modern times.
The most violent thing Jesus did was overturn the tables of the moneychangers. Christians are instructed:
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. 31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
John 13:35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
More on the RCC in the Roman Catholic section of our discussion forum.