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 Chapter VII—Bible History

A. D. 4. Birth of Jesus Christ.

30. Preaching of John the Baptist. The first of the Baptists on the earth.

34. Baptism of Jesus Christ, about 34 A. D., by John the Baptist.

34. Fifteenth year of the Reign of Tiberius Caesar. August Caesar died fifteen years before this. Jesus begins preaching and doing miracles.

34. Christ sets up his church, puts in the twelve apostles, gives them the doctrine, practice, the ordinance, and the Holy Spirit.

37. Was crucified, buried in Joseph's new tomb, and the third day rose again, and for forty days appeared to his disciples, and commanded and sent them out into all the world to preach and spread the kingdom, and promised to be with them to the end of the world.

41. The apostles Peter and Paul preach to the Gentiles, and Paul begins his great ministry to the Gentiles.

60. The seven churches of Asia are founded in connection with Paul's ministry.

70. The mighty mysterious Candlestick of Jesus Christ passes from the Jews, as Jerusalem is destroyed by the Roman army, the holy judgments of God, such as were not seen since the world began, was poured out on the Jewish nation and their city Jerusalem, the Candlestick of the New Testament kingdom, passes on to the Gentiles in Asia minor.

78. The great heathen Roman generals persecute these Christians, in what is called the ten persecutions, till Constantine the great came to the throne of the Roman Empire, where we find another revolution, similar to that at the coming of Jesus the Messiah.

318. Constantine proclaimed freedom to all Christian worshippers. This was the first of this kind known since the days of Grecian supremacy.

325. Constantine and the most popular preachers call the council of Nice just south of the Black Sea, in Asia Minor, to settle the question of the Trinity of God. From this time on, the Emperor was just behind the preachers to carry out by force, just what these popular preachers wanted done. The preacher at the city of Rome gradually gathered more power and authority than other preachers, and finally got to giving out orders to the other preachers, hence the rise of popery. One man power.

Back in the days of Christ and the church we read this, in the book of figures and symbols: "And there appeared 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, anti 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." Rev. 12:3.

Now we have seen that this beast was the heathen Roman Empire, before it became Christian under Constantine the great. The Romans all worshipped idols till the time of Constantine, A. D. 318.

This dragon (Roman Empire) persecuted this woman (church) by killing the saints and the apostles, all they well could, so that they scattered them to the different parts of the earth.

250. The church among the Jews was soon extinct, but it flourished among the Gentiles. These are seen mostly in Western Asia, along the line of Europe and Asia, and as these churches began to suffer so much from the Roman persecutors, they drifted on west to the thinly settled parts of Europe. The star of empire has for ages taken its march toward the western world.

325. The woman clothed with the sun was carried on her wings, or by helpful travel to western Europe, where she is preserved from the great persecuting power, and there in the mountains of Italy and France, she finds a way to live, and the people in these valleys among these mountains, multiply, and become numerous like the Jews did when they went down into Egypt. There were just a few in Egypt when Jacob, the old patriarch, died. But they kept on multiplying till as they came on to the Land of Canaan, there were some 600,000.

1585. So these people in the Alps mountains called Waldenses, lived for some twelve hundred and sixty days (years) till the great reformation from popery under Martin Luther and others, then there came another most astounding period in history.

Now let us mark and remember these great epoch periods. First the coming of Christ, who lifted society from a frog pond to a very high mountain, above all hills, and exalted it above all the organizations of the whole and entire world, by His wisdom, and great power, as an institution of great sure benefit to the rising generation, that we forget to notice in its purpose to outstrip all the clubs, orders, societies, and institutions that even good men have set up. For it does not exalt men, but exalts God in the minds of true believers. Jesus overthrew the Jewish institution, because it had filled its day and use, it was overrun by wicked and designing men as churches are getting to be today. This was the time of the beginning of that woman clothed with the sun, moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. The shining candlestick is only another figure of the same thing to bring out other beauties. This church or kingdom was persecuted by this terrible red (bloody) dragon. This now is pagan, or heathen Rome.

But when Constantine came to the throne of the Roman government that ruled the world, we came to what is called Christian Rome, or rather Papal Rome, ruled by the pope. This is one of the darkest periods that has ever fallen on the human race. Here they go down hill fast, and because of their iniquity, God pours out upon them seven vials of his wrath, anti even yet they do not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornications, nor of their thefts."

1585. During this twelve hundred and sixty years, the state of society goes on lower and lower, till the preachers, priests, were the lowest figures known for crime, cruelty anti debauchery, known to the church and to the human race. The darkest hour is just before the dawn. God's time for mercy to His church and to the human race had come. The Roman government and the corrupt church riding on the beast became so black and filthy that it was fast sinking with its own weight.

After the burning at the stake of John Huss and Jerome of Prague, 1415-16, they began to sigh for some relief. Even those that were Catholics. They all knew what corruption was going on all the time for the most part. Martin Luther of Germany began to preach against the pope in his country. The German government encouraged him, because all the money was being taken away and given to the church. The kings under popery began to hate and burn her clothes (temporal power), and to strip it from her. Then wars started big and strong.

Now let us get some plain figures. The government of Constantine began to support the corrupt church, at the council of Nice, in 325 A.D. Here is where the woman in the figure, Rev. Chapter 17, begins to ride on the beast. Here is decisive teaching, if we can get it clear. Then the good woman (church), fled from the dragon into the wilderness for 1260 years. Now add 325 to 1260, and it brings you up to 1585, when the people began to see light. The woman is forced to get off the beast, and the good woman leaves her hiding in the wilderness, flees to Bohemia, Germany, Holland and England.

1585. Here toleration is found in certain parts, first beast of power to uphold the church goes down, never to rise only in the character of another beast with two horns. In 1585, the two horned beast begins to show itself in Germany, Switzerland, England, to tell the church in that realm what to believe and preach, and back it up with a standing army.

When did Jesus say, get the state, the standing army and the officers of the government behind yon, then go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature? Echo answers, where oh where? It is not in the bible, but in the imagination of men that forget God's way.

1585. Here that mysterious two horned beast, looking like a lamb rises up. But yet in spite of all, he had to walk quiet for a while, until it has come so that almost every government on earth has allowed a sort of freedom of worship. But this beast is in every government on earth and is getting ready to show his fangs.

"For by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." Rev. 17: 3 and Rev. 18:23.

1585-1600. Here the city of Rome began to go down naturally, then the people began to be attracted to this beautiful two horned beast, that looked lamb like, and the rich men and the educators began to go to the Protestant countries, as Rome had been a place for ignorance, crime and cruelty.
The head of the first beast was the city of Rome, and now it begins to go down, and the city of London began to go up.

Here are some of the names that the church has been known by in history, in the last 1600 years: Novatianists, Puritans, Donatists, Anabaptists, to about the eleventh century; Paulicians, Paterines, Petrobrusians, Henricans, Arnoldist, Albigensies, Vaudois, Waldenses, Lollards, Mennonites, Baptists, Hardshells, Old School Baptists, Primitive Baptists. ---Craig.

They were known as Waldenses for a longer period than they have ever been known by any other names.-Hassell's Summary.

100. Close of the apostolic age, since which time no new doctrine or practice has been revealed to man, by the God of heaven.

242. Manichaeus of Babylon borrows from Zoroaster (600 B. C.), the idea of an eternal devil.

252. Birth of Catholicism in the brain of Cyprian of Carthage, in north Africa.

256. First known instance of infant baptism in north Africa.

313. Edict of Milan, by Constantine and Licinius, for general religious toleration.

321. Sunday made a legal holiday, and salaries paid to Catholic clergy by Constantine.

325. Council of Nice, whose decrees were by the Roman Emperor, declared inspired; he thus united church and state, and soon began the bloody persecution of non-Catholics which continued more than 1500 years, as long as Catholics had control of civil governments.

410. Beginning of Pelaganism (so-called from a British monk), a system professing Christianity and vet maintaining the heathen doctrine of salvation by works.

420. Semi-Pelagianism; John Cassian of France, main-thins that man is saved by works and grace combined.

440. Leo I. Surnamed the great, chosen Bishop of Rome., the first real pope.

570. Birth of Mohammed.

602. Supremacy of the "Bishop of Rome," acknowledged by Phocas, emperor of the east.

610. Mohammed begins the propagation of his false religion.

642. Theodosias, pope of Rome, first called "Sovereign Pontiff."

666. The organ introduced by pope Vitalian I. into the Roman church. The use of instrumental music in the public worship of God ceased with the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in 70; since which time the orthodox Jews have never used it, nor have the Greek Catholics ever done so.

755. Beginning of the Temporal power of the pope.

831. The false doctrine of transubstantiation, that the bread and wine in the Lord's supper are by the prayers of the priest, changed into the real body and blood of Christ, invented by Paschasius Radbert of France.

881-936. Papal Pornocracy, or rule of Adulterous popes; and from 1483 to 1503.

988. The Greek Catholic religion introduced into Russia. 1054. The Roman Catholic pope and the Greek Catholic patriarch of Constantinople excommunicate each other; so that, according to the Roman Catholics, the Greek Catholics are not a church, and according to the Greek Catholics the Roman Catholics are not a church--each is a body of heretics.

1170. Peter Waldo begins preaching at Lyons, France. 1200. The Roman Catholic priests began to withhold the cup or  vine from the laity, or private members, in communion. The Greek Catholics have always given both the bread and the wine to the laity.

1248. Spanish inquisition founded--the most horrible institution ever invented for the torture and murder of innocent human beings, who would not conform to the Catholic religion.

1311. The Roman Catholic council of Ravena, Italy, first authorizes sprinkling or pouring for baptism.

1380. Wycliffe's English New Testament completed.

1384. Wycliffe's English bible completed, death of Wycliffe.

1517. Sale of indulgences authorized by pope Leo X. A price in money being charged for the pardon of every sin, past or future. Tetzel in Germany. Luther's Thesis published.

1521. Luther excommunicated. Luther at the Diet of Worms; carried off to the Castle of Wartburg. Death of Leo X.

1526. Birth of Lutheranism (separation from Roman mother), at the Diet of Spiers.

1530. The Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran church. 1534. Birth of the Episcopalians (separation from the Romish mother, by the Act of the British Parliament). Luther's German bible completed.

1560. Birth of Presbyterianism (separation from her Romish mother, by Act of Scottish Parliament).

1611. Translation of the authorized King James revision of file bible. This is our common bible.

1689. London Baptist Confession of Faith.

1701. Welsh Tract church, the oldest Primitive Baptist church in America.

1707. The first Baptist Association (Philadelphia) formed in America.

1739. First Methodist societies, so-called by John Wesley, its founder.

1742. Kehukee church formed in Halifax county, N. C.

1765. Kehukee Association, the oldest in America for the Primitive Baptists.

1792. The first Baptist Missionary Society founded at Kettering, England.

1827. The origin of the Campbelites, by Alexander Campbell.

1830. The Mormon church founded by Joseph Smith.

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