Tracking Satan: 666
enclose a copy of the page from the 1890 Encyclopedia Britannica [ 9th edition volume XX page 499 ]
where Adolf Harnack shows how the Hebrew for Emperor Nero adds up to the number
666 found in Revelation
13.18. And Harnack lists the other clues
which point to Nero.
Nero is only one of the seven heads
of the beast which has
received its power from the dragon--that
is, from Satan--as 13.2 tells us: the dragon gave him his power. The beast
itself represents the Roman Empire, which embodies the four earlier empires of
Babylon, the Persians, the Medes and the Greeks, described in 13.2 and Daniel
7. The Roman Empire was the spiritual
heir of these earlier empires whose territories, including Israel, it now
occupies. The Great Whore of 17.1, who
sits on 7 hills like the City of Rome, is analogous to Babylon, the capital of the Babylonian Empire.
writer of Revelation was clearly
focused upon the pagan Roman Empire which pressed so heavily upon him and his
fellow Christians: 2.10 the devil shall cast some of you into prison. In 16.6 and 18.24, he indicts the Empire
because it shed the blood of the saints. Nero himself launched the first major Roman
persecution of the Christians but they were already being persecuted all over
the empire as described in Acts and the letters of St. Paul.
worship of the Roman emperor was imposed upon all who lived in the empire as
13.12 and 13.15 tell us: as many as would not worship the image of
the beast should be killed. Many
Christians were put to death when they refused to put incense on Caesar's altar
and when they refused to serve in those
Roman armies in which the image of Caesar was central to the military
cult. The worship of the emperor's image
was the 1st century equivalent of 21st century flag worship. The worship of military power in the America
cult--praying around the flag pole--has the same spiritual DNA as the worship
of the image of the beast--Caesar's picture--that John describes in 13.4: they
worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the
13.7 John tells us that 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. That echoes the doctrine found in Luke
4.5-7: Satan is the ruler of the kingdoms of this
world, and he demands worship
as the price of worldly power.
And it is what Jesus tells us in John 12.31 and 14.30: Satan is the
prince of this world. In John 15.18-19 he teaches his followers
that they also must be adversaries of the world. In John 18.36 Jesus explains to Pilate in
what way He is the King of the Jews: My kingdom is not of this world. Which is why his followers do not go to war
to establish it.
basic doctrine of the early church was negated by the apostate Christians who
made the deal with the Roman Emperor in the 4th century to establish that worldly Imperial Church which is still with us. After the Roman Empire was permanently
divided, the Imperial Church was divided into the Roman Catholic Church of the
western empire and the so-called Orthodox
Church of the eastern empire. Which
later became the Russian Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, after
the Empire disintegrated further. The Catholic Church of the western empire
later spawned the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church, and the Presbyterian
of these apostate churches were State
Churches which sanctioned Christian
armies. And they tried to get rid of the
book of Revelation because it
presents the Roman Empire as ruledby Satan. Since they had made their deal with the
Empire, they had to get rid of that theology.
Augustine wanted to get rid of Revelation,
as did Luther. The Eastern Church did
omit it from their canon of the New Testament for several centuries. Now these worldly
churches ignore it or explain it away.
is the basic reason why modern worldly and patriotic so-called Christians have lost track of who Satan is and where he is to be
found. When they gather around the flag
pole to pray and declare that America is
the greatest country in the world !
and Rule Britannia ! and Deutsland Uber Alles ! they perpetuate the apostasy whereby Christians sur-render
to Caesar and worship the beast. [ See Render, Not Sur-render Unto Caesar
on the Radical Christian Pres.org web
is an historical fact that the German Empire, the British Empire, the French
Empire and the Russian Empire etc. are all direct descendents of the Roman
Empire. The American Empire is the son
of the British Empire and the French Empire, and the grandson of the Roman
Empire. All of them waged wars to expand
the empire, like America in the Philippines.
They all display the lies and the violence which are the characteristic
signs of Satan. They all shed the blood of the saints. Americans pursued wealth without work by slavery and robbing the natives of their
Harnack was a Lutheran professor, and an Imperial Christian, and he faults the
anti Roman Empire doctrine he finds in the book of Revelation as incompatible with the doctrine found in Romans 13.1-7
which says that God himself, not Satan,
is the Ruler of the Empire. See Chapter
XI of Church of the Empire, Augustine and the Manufacture of Scripture,
where I show that it is a 4th century interpolation by Augustine. [ See also Appendix A: James 4.4
the World is
Enmity with God.
Galatians 6.14 The world is crucified unto me and I unto
the world. 1 Jn 4.3,4 The
spirit of anti-Christ is already in the world,but greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. ]
was a believer in the German Empire, and an advisor to Kaiser Wilhelm. When World War I began, he and 92 others
signed a statement of support for the war which denied the German atrocities
committed in Belgium in 1914. It doesn't
take a telescope to discover the works of Satan in the lies and the mass murder
in which all the Christian nations of
the world participated in World War I and II.
The Lutheran and Catholic pastors of Germany went along with Hitler's
invasions of Poland and France and with the round up of the Jews. [ See Hitler Deploys the Patriot Pastors.
allies were the good guys only compared to Hitler. The Russian army raped a million women in its
march across Europe. And imposed a new
slavery upon the countries of eastern Europe which the Nazis had occupied. The British and the Americans carried out the
systematic bombing of German cities and Japanese cities. They killed half a million in Germany and
crippled another half million, mostly women and kids and old folks. They did the same thing to the Japanese. The Catholic pilot who dropped the atomic
bomb on Hiroshima destroyed a Catholic school full of kids at ground zero. That qualifies as Satanic. What Americans did
in Vietnam was Satanic. Real Christians need to keep track of the
real history of how Satan operates in the world and avoid the silly escapism
and the trivial pursuit found in the
trash theology of writers like Thomas Horn and in the pseudo Christian sermons
and books of the TV evangelists.
you want to learn more about the connections between Satan and the Vatican,
read the history by David Kertzer, The
Pope and Mussolini. It describes how
Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII helped Mussolini come to power in Italy and why
they were the first to recognize Hitler's government. The Pope came to regret his deal with the
devil, but his belief in the State Church pushed him into it. Patriotism made him go along with Mussolini's
invasion of Ethiopia, even though he knew it was wrong by any standard, even
that of the so-called Just War
Pope actually did use the unjust
war phrase in a
speech to some nurses. But then he
allowed his underlings to suppress it before his remarks were published in L'Osservatore romano. That is, he avoided saying it publicly,
because of his entanglement with Mussolini's government and his unwillingness
to challenge Italian patriotism. [
Kertzer 214-216 ] And that loud silence
was the policy of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli in respect to both Mussolini and
Hitler after he became Pope Pius XII in 1939. [ See Hitler Deploys pages 63-65 ]
as bad was the enthusiastic support for World War II by the Catholic bishops
and the Protestant pastors of the world.
A war in which 60 million were killed, two thirds of them
civilians. A war in which more than a
million women were raped. [ See Rape in War Time. ]
the apostate Church of the Empire abandoned Christian pacifism in the 4th
century, Augustine came up with the so-called just war theology, which furnished a fig leaf of morality to hide
the shameful surrender of the bishops of the new Imperial Church. World War I and World War II accurately
measure what that doctrine really means.
In effect it justifies any and all wars.
It doesn't even raise the moral question because it trusts the
sovereign--whether Nero or Mussolini or Hitler--to decide the justice of the war which he has decided
to launch. [ See Hitler Deploys page 23
May 1936, after the Italians conquered Ethiopia, by dropping poison gas on
fleeing villagers, Mussolini proclaimed:
Italy finally has her empire . . .
salute after 15 centuries the reappearance of the Empire on the fateful hills
of Rome. [ page 238 ] Geographically and historically it was an
empty boast and an illusion. He was a
long way from re-establishing the old Roman Empire. But it was true in a moral and spiritual
way. And it illustrates what the book of
Revelation is trying to teach us.
Terry Sullivan Oct 21