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And the smoke of the incense, which came up with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with the fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thundering, and lightening, and an earthquake, Apoc 8:4–5.
Julian the Apostate was the last of the pagan Roman emperors (AD361-363). He was born in AD332 in Constantinople and was the half brother to Constantine I.
Under the seventh seal Apoc 8:1, peace had pervaded the empire as a result of Constantine’s triumph over paganism. The bible gives the period for this peace as about 15 years (using the day for a year principle) and history reveals this as the condition of the empire between AD324–337.
This time period was a time of preparation for the trumpet judgments to be out-poured on Catholic Rome Apoc 8:6, and an answer to the prayers of the saints Apoc 8:3-4.
Apoc 8:3 The angel comes and stands at the altar with a golden censer to which he is given much incense with which he offers the prayers of the saints upon the golden altar. The saints’ prayers ascend to God out of the angel’s hand. That’s a really encouraging verse to see how our lives should be bound up in the purpose of God. We need to be personally involved in the outworking of God’s purpose, praying for the return of our Lord, praying for the welfare of the ecclesia and each other. It is from this altar that the angels filled their censers with fire to execute judgments on Catholic Rome. It will be from the altar of the saints’ prayers that the judgments on this world will come, something we will have the great honour to execute if we are part of that altar Psalm 149.
The earthquake of Apoc 8:5 was Julian’s attempt to restore the Roman Empire to paganism (Hellenism). His death marked the end of the pagan red dragon phase in the west.
The bas relief of Ardashir II (Persian Sassanid king and brother to Shapur II his predecessor) at Tag-e Bostan shows “the manifestation of Ahura Mazda (Shapur II – the Great,) standing on the right and Ardashir receiving the ring of Kingship from him. Behind the king is shown Mithra. He stands on a lotus flower and is holding a “barsam” in his hands. Beneath the feet of the king and Ahura Mazda lies the body of the defeated Roman Emperor (Julian) who was killed by them in AD363.”
Interestingly Mithra was the ancient sun god of Persia, the god of light and wisdom, identified with Sol Invictus who was born on 25 December! Seen by many as the pagan Christ! Most of the elements of the rituals of the Catholic Church are adopted from Mithra and other pagan religions.
This bas relief is a great example of what the scriptures mean about putting something under your feet – a phrase of dominion that is clearly seen in 1 Cor 15:25-28.
For he (Christ) must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.