The Dragon of Revelation - Part I

"Meeting the Enemy" The Roman Kingdom

     Revelation 12 : 3 "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads."

     Ok, the above verse is quite simple to interpret.  After I cleared my head of all the religious brainwashing and went to God Almighty himself everything came into place.
     I found that the key to understanding the above verse would be to look at the beast that is spoken of in Revelation Chapter 17.  Clues are given as to the nature of the beast concerning the heads and horns as explained to John from the angel with the seven vials which would also reveal and apply to the nature of the dragon.  The dragon and the three beasts that follow after the dragon are actually related and reflect each other but in different ways.

      First the facts of the given clues of the beast explained in Revelation Chapter 17 :

          Fact:  Clue number one, the seven heads are seven mountains and also seven kings.
          Fact:  Clue number two, the ten horns are ten kings each with a kingdom.
          Fact:  Clue number three, the harlot sits upon this beast.
          Fact:  Clue number four, this beast is related to the dragon and is a reflection.

     Given these clues and facts we now can look at prior bible prophecy in the book of Daniel in relation as to what is revealed within the book of revelation along with recorded world history; both past and present.
     First, we must consider what was spoken of in the book of Daniel.  The last empire would be the Roman Empire.  Secondly, we must consider the fact that the book of Revelation was written during the time of the Roman Empire before its division.  Thirdly, we should consider that the Dragon as well as the 3 beasts that follow after the Dragon are all related in some way to each other as well as related to the answers within the recorded history of not only empires but religions / paganism; past and present.
     With all the information we have in the above mentioned clues, facts and considerations we can come up with the final conclusion that what is being spoken of metaphorically is about Rome and its history as well as the history of Satan himself from the time of the Roman kingdom back to the time in history of the Mesopotamian Empire known as the cradle of civilization to the present within modern day Turkey.
     This is not to say the end of the story for there are three other parts to this study concerning the three beasts that follow the dragon as well as Satan's final ending.  Let's move on to the interpretation of this metaphorical verse.

The seven heads called mountains :

     Let's first look at the harlot that sits upon the beast.  Most bible prophecy experts, (not to say they are fully right in interpretation of scripture); as well as most historical scholars all tend to agree that the Roman Catholic Church would be the harlot.
     After my review of historical study myself; I would have to agree with their conclusions.  But I would also have to disagree.  Upon further study, aside from the common sense that the Roman Catholic Church resides within Rome, the city of Rome is now a capital as well as a city of Italy along with being it's own church and state with the Vatican in full control due to the Lateran treaty of 1929 that would answer and solve the Roman Question.  There are two cities here.  Vatican city and the city of Rome.  A city within a city.  Hence the full title of Babylon the Great as well as Mystery Babylon.  There is a third aspect concerning mystery Babylon aside from Babylonian culture that has survived through the previous Greek and and now Roman Empire up to the present day.  More information will be provided throughout the other studies concerning the history that would prove the previous statement true.
     Upon further study and review, Rome itself is also known as the city of seven hills.  Do not let the word hills fool you.  They are, in retrospect, and without a doubt, mountains.  Here, we have our answer.  We now can go from the ending to the beginning of the history of Rome.

The dual nature of the seven heads also being seven kings :

     If you notice, the heads are crowned but not the horns.  Ok, now for a little historical review.  Rome started out as a Kingdom, then to a Republic before becoming an Empire.  You can study for yourself concerning the history of Rome's beginnings, I trust you know where you can find it.  Onward to the kings.
     As I stated, Rome started out as a Kingdom before it became a Republic in where the Republic gave authority to Rome's first Emperor Octavian Augustus after the Death of Julius Ceasar.  There is a record of exactly seven kings that had ruled the Roman Kingdom.

The Seven Kings of Rome :

1.  Romulus :  Legendary founder of Rome and supposed son of Mars, raised by a she-wolf along with his twin brother Remus eventually both being found by a royal herds-man named Faustulus.  Romulus slew Remus after they founded "Square Rome" due to a quarrel and became first king of Rome.  After the death of Romulus the Romans worshipped him as a god making him one of the three major gods of Rome, called him the war god (fitting since he's the son of Mars),  anyhow the Romans believed that he had not died but had been carried to heaven in a thunderstorm. Additionally and supposedly Romulus died of a strange and mysterious death.

2.  Numa Pompilius
3.  Tullus Hostilius
4.  Ancus Martius
5.  Tarquinius Priscus
6.  Servius Tullius

7.  Tarquinius Superbus :  What a last name!  lol.  Last of the seven kings (534 - 509 B.C.) and was extremely hated by the Roman people.  He brought Etruscan artists and architects to Rome to build the temple of Jupiter on capitol hill (this is where Satan enters the picture as one will find out in later study's what was representative of Satan other than just being a serpent).  
     Tarquinius defeated the inhabitants of Gabii and besieged the town of Ardea.  The episode known as the rape of Lucrece took place during the siege and sparked the revolt of the Romans causing the founding of the Roma Republic in 509  B.C. and in turn caused Tarquinius Superbus to flee.

The 10 horns :

      These would be the 10 original Roman provinces at around 14 AD.  If you ponder and think about something, these horns are located on top of the dragon's heads, more than likely pertaining to what additional surrounding territories were on the dragon's mind it wanted to conquer.  Although I'd love to, I'm not going to delve into the history of the 10 horns here but just give you the list.  You can find the information by clicking here.

 1.  Achea
 2.  Africa
 3.  Asia
 4.  Crete et Cyrene
 5.  Cyprus
 6.  Gallia Narbonensis
 7.  Hispania Baetica
 8.  Macedonia (Macedonia and Thessalia)
 9.  Pontus et Bithynia
10. Sicilia

     As the Roman Kingdom / Republic grew to an Empire it would conquer territories surrounding each province with the Empire making and establishing final conquests.

Finally the color red = The color of Rome, it's military and the blood that has been shed by them and those associated.

     You now have met the enemy.  This dragon is very much alive today sitting in a cave hiding, waiting patiently for any and all opportunities to lie, use, kill, steal and destroy.  We live within his domain which would happen to be the world.
     This is not to say we are unable to protect ourselves or our loved ones and be able to live happily and abundantly without relying on God's help first and foremost then our own.
     First, know what kind of resources you have available at your disposal for your immediate use, consumption and survival.  Next, know your spiritual armor listed in the New Testament within the Book of Ephesians Chapter 6 : 10 - 18.  Thirdly, be aware of your surroundings and the world in which you live.  Fourth, self-educate.  Learn how to read maps, the stars, compass.  Learn how to do gardening, canning and how to store for the future.  Learn history, self defense, et cetera so on and so forth.  Be healthy and strong emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually; and please help others along the way no matter how small or big passing these examples and knowledge down to your children and grandchildren.  Lastly, know your enemy and his tactics and use those tactics against him as well as using your own.
     We can live in peace amongst the enemy but for God's sakes, when the enemy attacks get up off your butt and defend the kingdom by any means necessary or be ready to lose what you have.
     Currently the enemies first five choices of weaponry are peace, diplomacy, lies, deception and propaganda.  Be wary of the deception for this is a greeeeedy beast and so are his cohorts.  It'll eventually lead to further repercussions if the enemy does not get his way.  Therefore be ready at all times to defend yourself, your loved ones and The Kingdom!

Continue to Part II

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