I wish to clarify that these are not my words. This document I acquired in the mission and after I returned home, I typed this all up from its copied written form. I found it something of interest and I hope who ever reads this will enjoy it, but I do have to warn the reader it is a bit anti-Catholic.
As an introduction, let me explain that I first stumble onto this due to a very lengthy discussion with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. During this one sided discussion, I was very bored, but suddenly became aware that this didn’t have anything to do with what they were presenting, but referred directly to the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I was serving as a missionary in Campeche, Campeche, Mexico, and lived next door to the University of Campeche Library. I did some study there concerning Jewish days, months, and years, and some concerning the dates certain kings were crowned, etc…..
Over about 3 months, I developed this presentation, and showed it to a couple of Elders. When we had a district conference, President Hatch wanted me to show it to him. Three months later, Apostle Marion G. Romney asked me to show it to him.
He listened and gave a couple of suggestions. He told me that it was very interesting, probably a true interpretation, and a testimony builder… but it was not recognized as church doctrine. I could show it and explain it to anyone, but I was to first explain that this is my interpretation and not the church’s. He encouraged me to show it to anyone as long as I explained this very important fact. By telling you this, I have filled my obligation to you.
I have divided this up into sections, wherein I quote directly from the King James Version of the Bible and immediately following (and separated by a short line). I have placed comments and interpretations before going on to the next section. On the parts I feel I need to emphasize, I have underlined them.
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again oh thy right side and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
In many places in the scriptures, the Lord speaks in terms of one “day” equals 1 year. Moses was to lead the children of Israel into the wilderness for forty days.
2 Kings 17:16
And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven and served Baal.
Now, this event according to my calculation, occurred in 720 B.C. The Chronology chart in the Bible Dictionary states that this event occurred in 721 B.C. – both dates are of some significance. For the purpose of brevity, we will assume that I am right (720). When we finish, we will show the results both ways. [Remember that 721 BC is the earlier date.]
2 Kings 17:23-24
So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day. And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.
Christ’s church was organized close to 30 AD, and began to grow very rapidly due to the efforts of the Apostles and missionaries. The apostasy began to become prevalent immediately after the death of Christ but, according the James Talmage (The Great Apostasy), the church continued to grow.
Close to the year 100 AD however the number of members of the church began to decline more rapidly (JET The Great Apostasy). This was from (1) a higher apostasy rate than baptism rate, and (2) persecution was killing off many of the faithful members, and (3) communications with church authorities were nearly impossible.
In the year 306, the Universal (Catholic) Church was organized by Constantine.
In the year 325, the Catholic Church was made the state religion and mandatory for all subjects of the Holy Roman Empire. Records are found of times where a few believers of Christ would not submit themselves to this mandatory “Christian” religion as they did not want to “adulterate” their faith.
J. Talmage says that there is evidence of true believers of Jesus Christ, and of the necessity of Priesthood as late as the year 490, and that some authorities have projected a date as late as 530. May I also make a suggestion of the year 570? --The year of the Desolate Abomination? (Maketh like a desert --Spanish version)
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
In sections 8-12, I am quoting President Joseph Fielding Smoth, quoted while he was an apostle.
And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Satan’s role is defined. War in heaven. Satan was cast out. One-third of the hosts of heaven were also cast out. Satan tried to destroy the Priesthood as it was brought forth. He has been successful in every dispensation.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast 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.
And the beast 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.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
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 unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.
He 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.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
This other beast would be the Protestants who exercise the line of authority of the Catholic Church in front of them. They worship the same false God as do the Catholics.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Here is wisdom . . . this is what John says when he is going to explain things. “Let him that hat understanding” . . . and of course We do. Let’s count the number.
Here I refer to the crown of the Pope. One it are three inscriptions. One of which is the following:
Vicarivs comes from the same Latin root as “Vicarious” or substitute. “Filii” means “son of” or “friend of.” “Dei” comes from the same latin word as “deity” in English or “Dios” in Spanish. In other words, this inscription means “Substitue for the Son of God,” which is one of his titles.
Since the Pope lives in Rome, wouldn’t it be fair to use Roman Numerals?
V = 5
F = no value
I = 1
I = 1
C = 100
L = 50
A = no value
I = 1
R = no value
I = 1
I = 1
D = 500
V = 5
E = no value
S = no value
I = 1
Grand Total = 666 --- the number of the beast.
Apostle Romney showed me one of the other inscriptions, but like a fool, I failed to write it down . . . It also added to be 666.
Reflecting back now---If we had used the beginning date of 721 B.C. as it is shown in the Bible Dictionary’s Chronology chart, we would have ended up with a date of 1829 AD--- the year of the restoration of the Priesthood . . . Either way, it works.
First compare Rev 17:1-5 with the discussion of the Great Whore that sitteth upon the many waters that is found in I Nephi Chapters 11-15.
And I saw the woman 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. (Other versions say “wondering” instead of “admiration.”)
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
And to none else will I grant this power, to receive this same testimony among this generation, in this the beginning of the rising up and the coming forth of my church OUT OF THE WILDERNESS—clear as the moon, and fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.
And verily, verily, I say unto you, that this church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness.
This presentation is something that I have put together. I feel that it helps to strengthen my testimony. However, my testimony is not dependant on the information here presented. I know that the church of Jesus Christ was indeed restored and that Christ himself is at its head. I love the church and testify of its truthfulness