Introduction To The Deity
Arianism and Daniel Chapter 7:24
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first [ten], and he shall subdue three kings” (Daniel 7:24). Sometimes in reading the Bible we glance over those things which have great meaning expressed in just a few words. Such is Daniel 7:24. This study will deal with the subduing of the “three kings” or horns and what that had to do with Arianism. Most are unfamiliar with the term Arianism which is an alternative view of the Deity from the traditional and more popular view known as the Trinity. There are not two views presented in the Bible. There is only one view that is correct.
Daniel 7 contains a vision Daniel received dealing with the procession of kingdoms from his time to the end of time. For the entire discussion of this chapter, please refer to Daniel chapter 7 (click on shaded area) on this web site. Our purpose, in this study, is to delve into verse 24 and what it is saying to us in the days in which we are living. We know from history that when the Roman Empire fell apart that ten kingdoms divided up its territory. The ten kingdoms which arose out of the Roman Empire were the Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Suevi, Visigoths, Burgundians, Alamanni, Lombards, Ostrogoths, Heruli and the Vandals.
Daniel 7:24 is the explanation of what is described in Daniel 7:19-21. “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; and of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other [horn] which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them” (emphasis added). This horn was identified as the papacy in our study of Daniel 7. The “three kings” or horns or kingdoms which the papacy subdued were identified as the Vandals, Heruli and the Ostrogoths. Quoting from Daniel and the Revelation written by Uriah Smith: “The reason for their removal was their opposition to the teachings and claims of the papal hierarchy.” Page 111 of the 1972 edition.
I tell you the edition date because over the years the original version of Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith has been edited, once in 1941 and again in 1944. And what was it that was edited? “In the rise and development of Arianism early in the fourth century and the challenge it presented to papal supremacy, we find the causes leading to the plucking up of three of the kingdoms of Western Rome by the papal power.” Daniel and the Revelation p. 120
The content of what was edited out of the original version of Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith is contained in Appendix A (click on shaded area to go to the link) found at the end of this study. History tells us very little of what those Arian views were except that they believed that there were only two in the Godhead and that Yahushua was created (now believed to have been begotten). This is a very different belief than that held by Trinitarians. This belief threatened the papacy’s very core belief upon which all their teachings are based. Over the centuries there have been many which have held to the Arian view rather than the Trinitarian view. It matters not who has held to which view. What does matter is which one is Biblical and which one is not, or if either are Biblical?
In this study we are going to be examining the Scriptures to see if an Arian view or a Trinitarian view can be substantiated from the Bible and the Bible only. Our only proofs will be from the Bible. No man’s opinion will be brought out, but only the Bible will be referenced. We want to know what the Bible teaches on this subject, and not what any man or denomination teaches. Elohim is looking for those who will worship Him "in spirit and in truth." “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him” (John 4:23, emphasis added).
So just from this verse we can see that Yahushua says we are called to worship the Father. Are we called to worship the Son or the Holy Spirit? Again in Revelation 14:7 we are called to “Fear Elohim [The Supreme Being - there is only One Supreme Being], and give glory to Him [not Them]; for the hour of His [not Their] judgment is come: and worship Him [not Them] that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Just Who made the heavens, and earth, and the seas, and the fountains of waters will be brought out in this study. See Ephesians 3:9. It is not only Elohim’s will that we be saved, but that we come to a correct knowledge of the truth. “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
And only the Spirit of Elohim can guide us into all the truth. “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He shall show you things to come” (John 16:13).
The Bible counsels us to “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
“Study to show thyself approved unto Elohim, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
No matter what you are being shown by anyone, you need to examine the Bible to make certain that what is being presented is in harmony with the Bible. We are not to study in order to sustain our preconceived opinions on any given subject but to learn what the Word of Elohim teaches on this matter or on any other matter.
Acts 17:11 tells us this: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” This verse tells us two things. First, how the Bereans received what was being presented. “With all readiness of mind.” They weren’t suspicious of what Paul was presenting, but they gave him a fair hearing.
And secondly, Paul was not offended that they would search the Scriptures to see “whether those things were so." And that is all we are asking of you is that you come with a prayerful, open heart to see if the things which are presented here are in accordance with the Scriptures and then decide for yourself. We will be looking at the Scriptures on various aspects of the Deity and from which we hope to draw our conclusions. We would encourage your feedback on this subject because we want to see what is there, and not what we want to see, in order to substantiate a particular view. We want to reason with you and with one another "out of the Scriptures" (Acts 17:2).
So, how did we come to these conclusions? “Howbeit when He , the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13). “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He (Yahushua) expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (emphasis added). “And they said to one another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:27, 32, emphasis added). Only Yahushua through the Holy Spirit can open our understanding to what the Bible teaches on any particular subject. I can only say with Jacob found in Genesis 32:10: “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant" (emphasis added). Ultimately it is Elohim Who opens to us an understanding of His Word, and when we see what He has shown us, we can only bow in wonder and awe.
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