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Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great is nicely featured by some writers as the first Emperor, who was Christianized and the one who stopped Christian persecution, which was brutally done by his predecessor Roman Emperor Diocletian. However, if Daniel 7 is thoroughly reviewed by relating it to history, it will show that he was actually the little horn prophesied in Daniel 7:8.

In Daniel 7:6, the third beast, which looks like a leopard, is described as having four wings and four heads, which was given authority to rule. It states:

“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.

This part of the prophecy squarely refers to what happened to the Roman Empire during the time of Emperor Diocletian, when Tetrarchy or the “Rule of Four” ruled the Empire.  In short, the third beast described in Daniel 7:6 is the Roman Empire.

Wikipedia is quoted as follows:

The term tetrarchy (from the Greek: τετραρχία, tetrarchia, “leadership of four [people]”)[a] describes any form of government where power is divided among four individuals, but in modern usage usually refers to the system instituted by Roman Emperor Diocletian in 293, marking the end of the Crisis of the Third Century and the recovery of the Roman Empire. This tetrarchy lasted until c. 313, when internecine conflict eliminated most of the claimants to power, leaving Constantine in control of the western half of the empire, and Licinius in control of the eastern half.

Emperor Diocletian in 286 appointed Maximian as Augustus, co-emperor and on March 1, 293, he further appointed two other co-rulers, namely Galerius and Contantius Chlorus, who was the Father of Constantine, as Caesars, junior co-emperors, to rule the Roman Empire. On July 25 304, Constantine was proclaimed Augustus upon the death of his father  and became the sole ruler of the western empire after the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312.  In 324, he defeated the eastern Augustus Licinius and re-united the empire under his rule.

Based on history, there was uprooting of the other three rulers or ‘horns’ in the Tetrarchy by ‘little horn’ or successor Constantine making him fit to descriptions in Daniel 7:8, which states as follows:

“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.

Also, it may appear that Constantine was in succession in the Roman Empire. However his rule started what historians call as establishment of Byzantine Empire or Eastern Roman Empire, making it distinct or different from predecessor Roman Empire.  Hence, his empire is the fourth beast described in Daniel 7:7, which states as follows:

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beastterrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

The fourth beast is described to be ‘terrifying and frightening and very powerful’, with ‘large iron teeth’, ‘crushing and devouring its victim and trampling underfoot whatever was left’, ‘different from all the former beasts’ and has ‘ten horns’. These descriptions fit the empire under Constantine and his successors, where Roman Catholicism and its Papacy evolved into being. Firstly, it has to be noted that “Diocletianic Persecution (303–11), the empire’s last, largest, and bloodiest official persecution of Christianity, failed to eliminate Christianity in the empire. Hence, the Roman Empire failed to qualify as terrifying and frightening and very powerful to crush the early Christian movements. However, this is not in the case of the Byzantine Empire thereby making it very different from all the former beasts in terms of strategy.

Under Constantine, he treated the enemy Christians like friends to finally crush or defeat them by 1) proclaiming first the toleration of Christianity, 2) convening and presiding over the  First Council of Nicaea and 3) confirming the influence of the Emperor over Christians by building churches in Constantinople. In short, the remaining early Christian movement was defeated by him by way of instilling his own type of Christianity-the Constantinian Christianity.

Wikipedia (History of Papacy under Constantine) is quoted:

The legend surrounding the victory of Constantine I in the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312) relates his vision of the Chi Rho and the text in hoc signo vinces in the sky, and reproducing this symbol on the shields of his troops. The following year, Constantine and Licinius proclaimed the toleration of Christianity with the Edict of Milan, and in 325, Constantine convened and presided over the First Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical council. None of this, however, has particularly much to do with the pope, who did not even attend the Council; in fact, the first bishop of Rome to be contemporaneously referred to as “pope” is Damasus I (366–84).[7] Moreover, between 324 and 330, Constantine built Constantinople as a new capital for the empire, and—with no apologies to the Roman community of Christians—relocated key Roman families and translated many Christian relics to the new churches he built from the ground up.[citation needed]

Also, from the above scheme, Emperor Constantine is indeed shown to be very different from the previous emperors because while he tolerated Christianity, he was able to institute in the Christian movement the Roman cult on veneration of the sun, adoption of the sign of the beast, which is the cross, revision of the scripture through Greek translation, and sustaining of Roman idolatrous practices, which are still subsisting today in Catholicism and Christianity through the Sunday worship, which is  in violation of the Sabbath law, adoption of the sign of the beast as the sign of Christianity, adoption of the revised bible and adoption of images, e.g, alleged Holy Face, Shroud of Turin, which are likewise in violation  of the Ten Commandments.

Further, the ‘ten horns’ that is stated in the verse refers to the ten emperors who succeeded Emperor Constantine I, who carried the name in honor of Constantine. These emperors were Tiberius II Constantine, Constantine III, Constantine IV “the Bearded”, Constantine V “the Dung-named”, Constantine VI, Constantine VII “the Purple-born”, Constantine VIII “the Purple-born”, Constantine IX Monomachos, Constantine X Doukas,  and Constantine XI Palaiologos.

Finally, therefore, while the history, which is usually inclined towards the prevailing political power, may paint the good reputation of Roman Catholicism and  Christianity despite their foundation were greatly influenced by Emperor Constantine, the same will not stand scrutiny from the words of the messiah himself on good and bad fruits, which states as follows:

33To have good fruit, you must have a healthy tree; if you have poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the fruit it bears. 34You snakes-how can you say good things when you are evil. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35A good person  brings good things out of a treasure of good things; a bad person brings bad things out of treasure of bad things.

36You can be sure that on the Judgment Day, you will have to give account for every useless word that you have ever spoken. 37Your words will be used to judge you -to declare you either innocent or guilty.(Matthew 12:33-37,TEV)

Due to the fruits by way of institutionalizing the Roman cult on veneration of the sun, adoption of the sign of the beast, which is the cross, revision of the scripture through Greek translation, and sustaining of Roman idolatrous practices in Catholicism and Christianity, Catholics and Christians can not escape judgment on their institution as establishments that were established by the little horn described in Daniel 7:8.

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