WOMAN BEAST ....and the AMERICAS #1


WE  HAVE  A  PROPHECY  IN  REVELATION  17;  IT  IS  ABOUT  A  GREAT  WHORE  -  A  WOMAN  BABYLON  BEAST,  THAT  SITS  ON  MANY  WATERS [verse 1].


The  kings  of  the  earth  have  committed  fornication [political  sins]  with  her.  The  inhabitants  of  the  earth  have  been  made  drunk  by  her  wine  of  fornication [her  spiritual  theological  teachings  that  have  deceived  the  nations - verse 2].


This  woman  is  arrayed  in  purple  and  scarlet;  she  is  decked  with  gold  and  precious  stones,  and  pearls;  she  has  a  cup  in  her  hand  full  of  abominations  and  filthiness  of  her fornication [she  is  very  wealthy,  with  splendor  and  riches,  above  any  of  her  kind,  and  indeed  she  has  brought  abominations  and  filthiness,  spiritually  and  politically,  to  the  people  of  earth - verse 4].


She  is  in  many  ways  "mysterious"  a  mystery  in  her  ways  of  life,  her  spirituality  and  political  ways  are  cunning,  deceptive,  cloaked  in  mystery  many  times,  as  she  works  with  the  kings  and  inhabitants  of  the  earth.  She  also  gave  rise  to  daughters;  from  her  came  harlots,  dressed  in  many  of  her  ways,  though  as  daughters  they  could  all be  slightly  different  one  from  the  other.  But  they  have  the  same  mother [verse 5].


This  woman  is  also  drunk  with  the  blood  of  the  true  saints  of  God;  with  those  that  directly  or  in-directly,  were  martyrs  under  the  power  of  her  hands [verse 6].


The  woman  sits  on  seven  hills [verse 8]  and  from  the  literal  sense,  as  nearly  ALL  the  old  Bible  Commentators  will  tell  you,  this  woman  is  ROME,  and  the  Roman  Catholic  church.


A  woman  in  Bible  prophecy  stands  either  for  the  true  church  of  God  or  the  false  church  of  Satan  the  Devil.


From  Rome  came  a  church  that  over  time  conquered  most  of  Europe;  it  finally,  about  1100  A.D.  stamped  out  the  true  church  of  God,  in  the  British  Isles.  This  church  of  Rome  was  mightily  powerful  in  Spain  and  Portugal  in  the  14  hundreds  A.D.


The  new  world  of  the  Americas  was  finally  found  by  the  empires  of  Spain  and  Portugal.


WE  SHALL  START  HERE  THE  LECTURE  BY  PROFESSOR  MARSHALL  C.  EAKIN  CALLED  "THE  SWORD  AND  THE  CROSS"  TAKEN  FROM  HIS  24  LECTURES  ENTITLES  THE  CONQUEST  OF  THE  AMERICAS,  from  the  Teaching  Company,  the  Great  Courses  #888 [2002].  


IN  THIS  LECTURE  WE  TURN  FROM  THE  MILITARY  CONQUEST  TO  THE  SPIRITUAL  CONQUEST  OF  THE  AMERICAS.  MILITARY  CONQUEST  AND  SPIRITUAL  CONQUEST  WENT  HAND  IN  HAND  IN  THE  AMERICAS;  BUT  IN  MANY  DIFFERENT  FORMS. 


THE  MOST  DIFFICULT  PART  OF  TEACHING  ABOUT  RELIGION  IN  THE  16TH  AND  17TH  CENTURY  FROM  MY  PERSPECTIVE  IS  TO  RE-CAPTURE  THE  MIND-SET  OF  THE  PEOPLES  OF  THAT  ERA.


THIS  IS  A  WORLD  OF  PEOPLE  WHO  HAVE  NO  NOTION  OF  THE  SECULAR  AND  THE  SACRED.  IT  WAS  ALL  ONE  THING  TO  THEM.  IT  IS  VERY  DIFFICULT  FOR  US  IN  THE  20TH  CENTURY  AND  EARLY  21ST  CENTURY  TO  RECAPTURE  THIS  SORT  OF  MENTALITY,  WITH  OUR  RELATIVISM  AND  CYNICISM.  IT'S  ONLY  THOSE  IN  OUR  SOCIETY  TODAY  WHO  ARE  THE  MOST  DEEPLY  RELIGIOUS  WHO  DO  NOT  MAKE  DISTINCTION  BETWEEN  RELIGION  AND  THE  REST  OF  LIFE.


THE  CLOSEST  THAT  WE  CAN  GET  TO  THIS  TODAY  IN  THIS  WORLD,  IN  FACT  THE  BEST  EXAMPLE  I  CAN  GIVE  ARE  THE  MUSLIM  REGIMES  LIKE  IN  PLACES  LIKE  AFGHANISTAN  AND  IRAN,  WHERE  THERE  IS  NO  SENSE  OF  SEPARATION  BETWEEN  THE  SACRED  AND  THE  SECULAR.


FOR  THE  SPANISH  AND  THE  PORTUGUESE  THE  CONQUEST  OF  THE  AMERICAS  WAS  AN  EXTENSION  OF  THE  IBERIAN  PENINSULAR,  THAT  HAD  BEEN  GOING  ON  FOR  CENTURIES,  IN  1492  THEY  COMPLETE  THE  CONQUEST  OF  THE  PENINSULAR,  AND  THEN  EXTEND  THE  CONQUEST  ACROSS  THE  ATLANTIC.  IT  WAS  BOTH  A  MILITARY  AND  SPIRITUAL  ADVENTURE  THAT  PITTED  THE  TRUE BELIEVER  AGAINST  THE  INFIDEL.


THERE  WAS  SIMPLY  NO  DOUBT  IN  THE  MINDS  OF  THE  SPANISH  AND  PORTUGUESE  THAT  THEY  WERE  DOING  GOD'S  WORK,  AND  THAT  THE  INDIANS  AND  AFRICANS  WERE  ENGAGED  IN  THE  WORK  OF  THE  DEVIL.


CHRISTIANITY  BY  ITS  VERY  NATURE  IS  AN  AGGRESSIVE  AND  MILITANT  RELIGION,  THAT  HAS  ALWAYS  SORT  TO  TO  MAKE  NEW  CONVERTS.  CHRISTIANITY  FROM  ITS  VERY  BEGINNING  HAS  BEEN  BUILT  UPON  THE  NOTION  OF  CONTINUALLY  SPREADING  THE  WORD  TO  OTHER  PEOPLES,  AND  THE  IBERIANS  TOOK  THIS  VERY  SERIOUSLY.  THEY  LIVED  IN  AN  ERA  OF  UNYIELDING  CERTAINTY  ABOUT  TRUTH  AND  RIGHTEOUSNESS;  THEY  TOOK  SERIOUSLY  THE  WORDS  OF  LUKE "GO  OUT  INTO  THE  HIGHWAYS  AND  HEDGES  AND  COMPEL  THEM  TO  COME  IN."


THE  SPANISH  AND  THE  PORTUGUESE  WERE  PERHAPS  THE  MOST  MILITANT  IN  THE  RELIGIOSITY  OF  ALL  THE  CHRISTIANS  IN  EUROPE.  THEIR  CENTURY  LONG  EXPERIENCE  WITH  THE  MUSLIMS  AND  THE  RE-CONQUESTS  FORCING  THEM  ACROSS  THE  STRAIGHTS  OF  GIBRALTAR,  EVENTUALLY  FORGES  A  DEEPLY  MILITANT  MENTALITY  AND  A  DEEPLY  MILITANT  RELIGIOSITY.  THIS  WOULD  HAVE  BEEN  UN-FAMILIAR  TERRAIN  FOR  MOST  EUROPEANS,  CERTAINLY  FOR  NORTHERN  EUROPEANS  IN  THE  15TH  CENTURY.  THE  CLOSEST  PARALLEL  TO  THAT  TIME  WAS  IN  FACT  SOUTH-EASTERN  EUROPE,  ANOTHER  REGION  OF  EUROPE  THAT  FACED  THE  MUSLIMS,  THAT  FACED  ISLAMIC  INVASIONS,  THAT  WAS  ENGAGED  IN  THE  STRUGGLE  THAT  WAS  BOTH  MILITANT  AND  RELIGIOUS.  AND  THE  ROOTS  OF  THIS  PROBLEM,  THE  PROBLEM  WE  SEE  TODAY  IN  SOUTH-EASTERN  EUROPE  GO  BACK  TO  THIS  PERIOD.


FOR  THE  IBERIANS  THE  SWORD  AND  THE  CROSS  CONQUERED  NEW  PEOPLE  TOGETHER,  HAND  IN  HAND,  FOR  THE  ONE  TRUE  GOD,  AND  THE  ONE  TRUE  KING.  IN  SPAIN  AND  PORTUGAL  THE  CHURCH  AND  STATE  WERE  INTERMITTENTLY  TWINED.  THE  CONQUEST  FORGED  THIS  LINKAGE,  THE  KING  ULTIMATELY  RECEIVED  HIS  BLESSING,  HIS  AUTHORITY  FROM  GOD,  AND  DESPITE  THE  MANY  DISAGREEMENTS  BETWEEN  THE  VATICAN  AND  THE  IBERIAN  MONARCHS,  THEY  DEEPLY  NEEDED  AND  WANTED  THE  BLESSING  OF THE  POPE.


IN  SPAIN  AND  PORTUGAL,  THE  SPANISH  AND  PORTUGUESE  MONARCHS  FORGE  A  SPECIAL  RELATIONSHIP  WITH  THE  VATICAN.  THE  POPE  HAS  NO  TROOPS,  THE  POPES  LACKED  FINANCIAL  RESOURCES.  SPAIN  AND  PORTUGAL  HAD  THE  RESOURCES.  SO  IN  THE  EARLY  16TH  CENTURY  BOTH  THE  SPANISH  MONARCHY  AND  THE  PORTUGUESE  MONARCHY  FORGE  A  SPECIAL  AGREEMENT  WITH  THE  VATICAN  WHICH  IS  KNOWN  TODAY  AS  "THE  ROYAL  PATRONAGE."


IN  EXCHANGE  FOR  FINANCIAL  AND  MILITARY  SUPPORT  FOR  ROME,  THE  POPE  GRANTED  THESE  TWO  MONARCHIES  THE  RIGHT  TO  NAME  HIGH  CHURCH  OFFICIALS.  THE  RIGHT  TO  APPROVE  THESE  OFFICIALS.  SO  IN  A  SERIES  OF  PAPAL  AGREEMENTS  THE  SPANISH  AND  PORTUGUESE  CROWNS  RECEIVE  THE  AUTHORITY  TO  ADMINISTER  CHURCH  JURISDICTION  TO  APPOINT  CHURCH  OFFICIALS,  THE  COLLECTION  OF  THE  TITHE,  AND  CHURCH  REVENUES,  AND  THE  PAYMENT  OF  THE  SALARIES  OF  THE  PRIESTS.  IN  EFFECT  WHAT  HAPPENS IS  THE  CHURCH  BECOMES  AN  ARM  OF  THE  STATE,  THE  CLERGY  ARE  IN  EFFECT  SERVANTS,  CIVIL  SERVANTS.


THIS  PLACES  THE  CLERGY  IN  A  VERY  DIFFICULT  POSITION,  ESPECIALLY  IF  A  BISHOP  OR  ARCH-BISHOP.  YOU  OWE  YOUR  APPOINTMENT  AND  ADVANCEMENT  TO  THE  KING.  WHO  YOU  ARE  AND  WHERE  YOU  ARE  IS  HINGED  ON  HIS  FAVOR,  BUT  IN  THE  END  YOU  MUST  ANSWER  TO  THE  VATICAN.


AND  SO  IN  THIS  SENSE,  THE  PRIESTS,  AND  ESPECIALLY  PRIESTS  IN  POSITIONS   OF  POWER,  HAD  DUAL  LOYALTIES,  AND  OFTEN  PUT  THEM  IN  A  VERY  DIFFICULT  POSITION.


WHEN  THE  REFORMATION  BREAKS  OUT  IN  CENTRAL  EUROPE  IN  THE  16TH  CENTURY,  IT  DOES  NOT  CROSS  THE  PYRENEES.  THE  GERMAN  PRINCES  IN  CENTRAL  AND  NORTHERN  EUROPE  ARE  FIGHTING  A  POLITICAL  AND  THEOLOGICAL  BATTLE  WITH  ROME.


BUT  CHALLENGING  THE  VATICAN  AND  RELIGIOUS  BELIEF  AT  THE  SAME  TIME  THEY  HAVE  THE  OPPORTUNITY  TO  SEIZE  THE  RESOURCES  OF  THE  CATHOLIC  CHURCH  AND  THEIR  DOMAINS,  TO  ESTABLISH  CONTROL  OF  PARALLEL  ADMINISTRATIONS.


IN  SPAIN  AND  PORTUGAL  THE  IBERIAN  MONARCHS  HAVE  IN  EFFECT  ALREADY  ATTAINED  CONTROL  OVER  THIS  PARALLEL  BUREAUCRACY,  AND  THEY  DO  NOT  CHALLENGE  ROME  ON  POLITICAL  OR  THEOLOGICAL  GROUNDS.


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