Scripture Prophecy Itself, Supplies The Key To Its Interpretation
The Pope is the Antichrist
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley
The use of the word 'King' both in Daniel's and John's prophecies refers to the Kingdom and the Dynasty of Kings rather than the individual monarch.
How plainly this is seen in Daniel 2:37-39:
'Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength and glory.
And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom, inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.'
When Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar 'Thou art this head of gold' he did not mean Nebuchadnezzar on his own but Nebuchadnezzar and the four kings who followed him as successive rulers over the Babylonian Empire. The term in prophecy in this setting means a dynasty or headship of successive rulers in the same line over a designated empire or kingdom. Mark it was only after his fourth successor had ruled Bablylon that the Medo-Persian Kingdom took over. Yet it is spoken of by Daniel thus, 'After thee (which clearly means after the dynasty of the kings founded by thee) there shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee' (here it is plain to be seen that Nebuchadnezzar is not referred to personally but the Empire over which he ruled).
This is also made crystal clear of the four beasts in Daniel chapter seven, where the angel informs Daniel that the four beasts are four kings (v. 17) and immediately afterwards the fourth king is described as the fourth 'Kingdom' (v. 23).
In order to have a right understanding of the symbolic use of the words 'beast,' 'king,' and 'horn,' we must use this key principle of prophetic interpretation. Heads on the beasts have special reference to special forms of government in the world empires which they represent. The horns stand for kings in relationship to their kingdoms (Rev. 17:12)and emphasise the dynasty of kings and their kingdoms rather than one individual person.
Note carefully how the great horn is used for the nation and the four others for kingdoms in Daniel chapter eight verses 21 and 22.
It is clearly evident then, that the little horn of Daniel chapter seven is not one individual but is a kingdom with its dynasty of kings. This dynasty is not only foretold by Daniel under the symbolism of a little horn, but further expounded on by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John in the New Testament Scriptures.
It is the purpose of this book to demonstrate that the preaching of the Great Cloud of Witnesses of all Ages in the Church is true and that the little horn is none other than the Dynasty of Rome's Popes and that therefore THE POPE IS THE ANTICHRIST.