“…the noon[day] of the Papacy was the midnight of the world.”

“…the noon[day] of the Papacy was the midnight of the world.”
(James A. Wylie, “The History of Protestantism,” vol. 1, p. 16, 1878).
“That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so scanty that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.” (W. E. H. Lecky, in “History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirits of Rationalism in Europe,” vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 ed.)   “Under these bloody maxims [previously mentioned], those persecutions were carried on, from the eleventh and twelfth centuries almost to the present day, which stand out on the page of history. After the signal of open martyrdom had been given in the canons of Orleans, there followed the extirpation of the Albigenses under the form of a crusade, the establishment of the Inquisition, the cruel attempts to extinguish the Waldenses, the martyrdoms of the Lollards, the cruel wars to exterminate the Bohemians, the burning of Huss and Jerome, and multitudes of other confessors, before the Reformation; and afterwards, the ferocious cruelties practised in the Netherlands, the martyrdoms of Queen Mary’s reign, the extinction by fire and sword of the Reformation in Spain and Italy, by fraud and open persecution in Poland, the massacre of Bartholomew, the persecution of the Huguenots by the League, the extirpation of the Vaudois, and all the cruelties and prejudices connected with the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. These are the more open and conspicuous facts which explain the prophecy, besides the slow and secret murders of the holy tribunal of the Inquisition.” (“The First Two Visions of Daniel,” Rev. T. R. Birks, M. A., London, 1845, pages 248, 249.)   The number of the victims of the Inquisition in Spain, is given in “The History of the Inquisition in Spain,” by Llorente, formerly secretary of the Inquisition, pages 206-208. This authority acknowledges that more than 300,000 suffered persecution in Spain alone, of whom 31,912 died in the flames. Millions more were slain for their faith throughout Europe.  The Western Watchman, (a Roman Catholic publication) of St. Louis, Dec. 24, 1908 boldly argues that “The church has persecuted. Only a tyro in church history will deny that. . . . One hundred and fifty years after Constantine the Donatists were persecuted, and sometimes put to death. . . . Protestants were persecuted in France and Spain with the full approval of the church authorities. We have always defended the persecution of the Huguenots, and the Spanish Inquisition. Wherever and whenever there is honest Catholicity, there will be a clear distinction drawn between truth and error, and Catholicity and all forms of error. When she thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it” (see “Bible Readings for the Home Circle,” pp.220-221, sec. 4 “Notes,” 1942-48 eds.) http://documents.adventistarchives.org/Books/BR1947.pdf    “It is important that we should clearly grasp one great historical fact; i.e. the rule of Rome has never, since it first commenced, ceased to exist, save once, for a very brief period during the Gothic invasions [see Daniel 7:8, the Gothic invasions reduced the western Roman empire (the 4th beast of Dan.7) into 10 kingdoms (ten horns) by 476 A.D., until Papal Rome (the little horn) via the eastern armies of Justinian and the “Justinian Decree” of 533 A.D. (which elevated the Bishop of Rome to “head of all the churches” and “the corrector of heretics”) regained its supremacy, subduing 7 and uprooting 3 (the Heruli, Vandals and Ostrogoths) by 538 A.D., beginning 1260 years of Papal supremacy (see Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 11:2; 11:3; 12:6; 12:14; 13:5) which ended in 1798 when Napoleon’s General Berthier entered Rome and took the pope captive, abolished the Papal government and establishing a secular one]. It has changed in character, as we have seen, but it has continued. Rome ruled the known world at the first advent of Christ, and still rules hundreds of millions of mankind, and will continue so to do right up till the second advent of Christ. So this prophecy [Daniel 7] teaches; for not until the Son of man takes the dominion of the earth, and establishes a kingdom that shall never pass away, is the monster representing Roman rule destroyed.  The rule of Rome, we repeat, has never ceased. It was a secular pagan power for five or six centuries; it has been an ecclesiastical and apostate Christian power ever since, that is to say, for twelve or thirteen centuries. There lay a brief period between these two main stages, during which professing Christian emperors ruled from Rome, followed by an interval when, for a time, it seemed as if the great city had received a fatal blow from her Gothic captors. It seemed so; but it was not so, for the word of God cannot be broken. The rule of Rome revived in a new form, and was as real under the popes of the thirteenth century as it had been under the Caesars of the first. It was as oppressive, cruel, and bloody under Innocent III. as it had been under Nero and Domitian. The reality was the same, though the forms had changed. The Caesars did not persecute the witnesses of Jesus more severely and bitterly than did the popes; Diocletian did not destroy the saints or oppose the gospel more than did the Inquisition of Papal days. Rome is one and the same all through, both locally and morally. One dreadful wild beast represents her, though the symbol, like the history it prefigures, has two parts. There was the undivided stage, and there has been the tenfold stage. The one is Rome pagan, the other Rome Papal; the one is the old empire, the other the modern pontificate; the one is the empire of the Caesars, the other is the Roman Papacy.” (H. Grattan Guinness, “Romanism and the Reformation,” pp. 39-40, 1887.)    “The desire for Worldly Power began to manifest itself on a broad scale in the Church in the 4th century, when the Roman Empire ceased its persecution, and made Christianity the State Religion. Then the Spirit of Imperial Rome passed into the Church. The Church ceased to be a Witness-Bearing institution to Christ, and became a vast Authoritative institution, usurping to itself authority to Rule the World. When the Roman Empire fell, the Church healed its death-stroke. Rome came to life again, thru the aid of the Church; and for a thousand years Ruled the World in the name of Christ, but in the spirit and manner of earthly kings. The Popes of Rome were the heirs and successors of the Caesars of Rome. The Vatican is where the palace of the Caesars was. The Popes have lived in all the pomp and splendor of the Caesars, and have claimed all the authority the Caesars claimed, and more. The Papal palace throughout the centuries has been among the most luxurious in alt the world. The Pope’s income annually runs into millions. The “abominations” and appalling immoralities of the Popes of the Middle Ages are well known. The horrors of the Inquisition, ordered by the Popes, were far more extensive and brutal than the persecutions by the Caesars had been, and constitute the most revolting picture in all history. “Scarlet” is the color of the Papacy. The Papal throne Is scarlet. It is borne by 12 men clad in scarlet. The cardinals’ hats and robes are scarlet. In no place on earth is there displayed more pomp and show and earthly splendor than at the coronation of a Pope. For the Church, judged by New Testament standards, this is Adultery with the World. There is scarcely a detail of the picture in chapter 17 but what may apply directly to the Papacy.” (Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook, pg.643, 1948.)  “The healing of the death-stroke [Rev. 13:3] refers to the rise of Papal Rome out of the ruins of Pagan Rome, and its domination of the world on a vaster extent, and for a longer time, and with a more despotic hand, than any of its predecessors. The blasphemies refer to the claims of the Popes to infallibility, authority to forgive sins, grant indulgences, etc. The war on the saints is taken to refer to the Papal persecutions of the Middle Ages and early Reformation Era, in which, some historians have estimated, over 50,000,000 martyrs perished at the hands of Papal Rome, and which constituted one of the cruelest and most brutal chapters in the history of mankind. The 42 months, 1260 days, is taken to mean 1260 years, the approximate duration of the Papacy as a World-Power, 6th to 18th centuries.” (Halley’s Pocket Bible Handbook, pg.636, 1948.)
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