Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Help From Earth

After centuries of such floundering, the woman found help from a reasonable source. Sound, logical thinking began to appear. Reasoning based on solid facts began to rise above blind faith in mysteries and traditions. Theologists began to search the Scriptures for bedrock foundations of faith. Astronomers began to search the heavens, and they found facts which disproved dearly held Catholic dogma. True knowledge about man and his environment began to be earned. Chemists and archaeologists added their findings. The river of lies began to be swallowed up by the solid ground of emotion-free reason. The Renaissance had begun.

Just as emotion-filled thinking of man is seen spiritually as a turbulent sea; so, appropriately, is the fact-based, step-by-step logic of analytical thinking viewed as dry ground, earth. So, concerning this development, John wrote: "And the earth gave aid to the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank down the river which the dragon spewed out of its mouth."

One of the results of logical thought is the utilization of natural materials for practical accomplishments. Thus, imagination, research, and craft produce mechanical inventions. With the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, and the utilization of paper, the written Word of God became available to more and more of the common people. They could now compare the teachings of Catholicism with the writings of ancient holy men of God. This new availability of the Bible was the single most important means by which the "earth" came to the woman's aid and began drinking down the river of false teaching.

By the end of the 16th century, those persons desiring to obey God were no longer obliged to accept the Catholic Church's interpretation of Holy Scripture. They had ready access to the Sacred Writings, themselves. Hence, as knowledge of Scriptural truths and natural laws increased, God's woman escaped the river which the dragon had produced.

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