Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church


The Officers and members of Berean would like to extend a hearty "welcome" to
our  Visitors and Friends. We are privileged to have you in our midst today.
Please come again and worship with us in the home of the Lord. "Surely the
righteous shall give thanks unto thy name; the upright shall dwell
in thy presence." (Psalm 140:13)

Pastor Homer Hart
Senior Pastor


Spirit of Prophecy

In chapter 13 (verses 1-10) is described
another beast, “like unto a leopard,” to
which the dragon gave “his power, and his
seat, and great authority.” This symbol, as
most Protestants have believed, represents
the papacy, which succeeded to the power
and seat and authority once held by the
ancient Roman Empire. Of the leopard like
beast it is declared: “There was given unto
him a mouth speaking great things and
blasphemies. . . .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.” This prophecy, which is nearly
identical with the description of the little
horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to
the papacy. “Power was given unto him to
continue forty and two months.” And, says
the prophet, “I saw one of his heads as it
were wounded to death.” And again: “He
that leadeth into captivity shall go into
captivity: he that killeth with the sword
must be killed with the sword.” The forty
and two months are the same as the “time
and times and the dividing of time,” three
years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7—
the time during which the papal power
was to oppress God’s people. This period,
as stated in preceding chapters, began with the
supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and
terminated in 1798. At that time the pope
was made captive by the French army, the
papal power received the deadly wound, and
the prediction was fulfilled, “He that leadeth
into captivity shall go into captivity.”
(The Great Controversy, Chapter 25,
pages 438-440)

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