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by Dr. John Thomas
After the destruction of the empire of the west in 493, the Hierarchical system naturally led the several Papal states to consider themselves in ecclesiastical matters as unequal members of one great society.
Besides the immoderate ascendancy the Bishop of Rome had the address to obtain as the spiritual chief of the church, his consequent success in elevating the Germano-Roman emperor to the character of temporal chief, brought such an accession of authority to the latter, that most of the nations of Europe showed for some ages so great a deference to the emperor, that in many respects Europe seemed to form but one society, consisting of unequal members subject to one sovereign".
Thus, then, the "Wicked One" was manifested by the working of Satan with all the power of the Little Horn of the Goat, and afterwards, of the Little Horn of the west.
Strange and unknown to the Pagan emperors, he became a god to the wilful king, and Eyes and Mouth to the Little Horn of the west; so that until the capture of Constantinople in 1453, he was in some sort a connecting link between the two imperial horns.
The prophecy before us, however, not only foretells his recognition by the Roman power, but sets forth other particulars of a striking and interesting character.
MAHUZZIM BAZAARS" The text, when literally rendered, throws much light upon the subject.
Thus, it reads, "In his kingdom shall he do honour to a god of guardians, even an Accursed One whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and with silver, and with precious stones, and with things desired.
Thus shall he do in Bazaars of Guardians with an Accursed Dissembler, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory; and he shall cause them to exercise authority over multitudes, and he (the Little Horn) shall divide the land for gain".
There are peculiarities in this translation which I shall notice presently; of the whole text, it may be remarked here, that it is in strict accordance with history, and therefore worthy to be received.
It testifies that the Little Horn of the Goat should do honour to a god of guardians with riches, and things desired.
Now, to honour a god of guardians with such things, is to enrich the institutions dedicated to the guardian saints, whose high priest Rome's episcopal god is.
In meeting the suggestions of the Accursed One, the Little Horn was honouring him with "things desired".
Justinian was a remarkable instance of liberality to the church and its chief.
Besides the magnificent temple of St.
Sophia, he dedicated twenty-five others in that city and its suburbs to the honour of the Virgin and the saints: most of these edifices were decorated with marble and gold.
His munificence was distributed over the Holy Land; throughout which monasteries for both sexes were amply spread.
Almost every saint in the calendar acquired the honour of a temple; and the liberality with which he honoured them was boundless.
He employed 10,000 workmen in the erection of St.
Sophia, which he finished in five years, eleven months, and ten days from the first foundation.
No wood except the doors was admitted into its construction.
Paul Silentiarius, who beheld its primitive lustre, enumerates the colours, the shades, and the spots of ten or twelve marbles, jaspers, and porphyries, which nature had profusely diversified, and which were blended and contrasted as it were by a skilful painter.
The triumph of Antichrist "was adorned with the last spoils of Paganism, but the greater part of these costly stones was extracted from the quarries of Asia Minor, the isles and continent of Greece, Egypt, Africa, and Gaul.
A variety of ornaments and figures was curiously expressed in mosaic; and the images of Christ, of the Virgin, of saints, and of angels, were exposed to the superstition of the Greeks.