The Roman Empire is divided:
In 285 AD, Emperor Diocletian decided that the Roman Empire was too big to manage. He divided the Empire into two parts, the Eastern Roman Empire and the Western Roman Empire. Over the next hundred years or so, Rome would be reunited, split into three parts, and split in two again. Finally, in 395 AD, the empire was split into two for good. The Western Empire was ruled by Rome, the Eastern Empire was ruled by Constantinople.
There are a number of accounts in attempting to describe the sixth century initiation of Islam, including that of Allah being the Moongod, since the symbol of Moongod worship for all of known history has been a crescent moon symbol, which is present now on the flag of Islamic believers.
According to Mike Melina who lists four decades of research and study of Islamic canon and history of Islamic jihad at (https://www.quora.com)
“Pre-Islamic Arabia, also known as Jahilliah, (the time of ignorance) had more gods, the Kaaba in Mecca, the Haj…virtually all the customs associated with the Haj…and “Allah”, which was the name of the largest rock in the Kaaba.
The primary deity for Arabs in the time of Jahilliah was “Hubal”. Allah was not the primary deity. When Mohammad started preaching his “religion”, he was mocked by the people of Mecca, they said “Mohammad is trying to make one god out of many.”
Pre-Islam, the Kaaba was known as ‘The House of Hubal’ and literally hundreds of separate religious icons were housed there for safekeeping. Annually, tribes and clans would send representatives to Mecca to pay tribute to their tribe’s favorite god. The trip was expensive, particularly food, water and lodging in Mecca, with the keeper of the Kaaba being the main beneficiary of the wealth that poured in.
Mohammad’s grandfather was Keeper of the House of Hubal and a wealthy man. His father was also fairly well off, but Mohammad was orphaned and was denied any piece of what was the family business. Again, worthy of note:
— “Allah” was not the “chief deity” in pre-Islamic Arabia.”
The city of Istanbul (Islam controlled) was renamed Constantinople when the Emperor Constantinople retired there. It was eventually a “Christian” city and numerous churches were constructed. One was called: Hagia Sophia, which in the year 2020 was once again taken by Islam to be used as a mosque, (after around 2000 years), suggesting Christianity must return to its “roots” of Pentecost just as Jews must make Alliyah (“return to God”) to Israel.
The City of Rome is permeated by area defeat
The city of Rome was thought to be unconquerable in all areas. However, in 410 AD, a Germanic barbarian tribe called the Visigoths invaded the city. They looted the treasures, killed and enslaved many Romans, and destroyed many buildings. This was the first time in 800 years that the city of Rome had been attacked and lost (although not entirely).
In 476 AD, a Germanic barbarian by the name of Odoacer took control of a portion of Rome. He became king of Italy and forced the last emperor of Rome, Romulus Augustulus, to give up his crown. Many historians consider this to be the end of the Roman Empire.
Two other “tribes” from a total of ten, invaded and conquered other areas of the Roman Empire causing a dispersion.
Of all the Germanic kingdoms, the Vandals, Heruli, and Ostrogoths posed the greatest hindrance to the development of the papacy.
They were eliminated by the papacy allowing for unchallenged papal supremacy in 538. After that, all the Arian kingdoms were eventually forced to become Roman Catholic.
The Dark Ages Begin
During the Dark Ages, Crusaders were sent from Rome in response to Muslim atrocities. They killed Jews, Muslims, and anyone who disagreed with the Roman Catholic concept of “Christianity”. There were seven total Crusades. On the first one, the Jews in Jerusalem all fled to the synagogue, (men, women and children), and they were burned alive there. The Crusaders (who had obtained advance absolution in Rome from the Pope (at that time) for any sins they might commit) marched around the synagogue and sang, “Christ, we adore Thee”, while 969 Jews screamed and burned. For further reading on this see: http://www.amazon.com/Jerusalem-Countdown-Revised-John-Hagee/dp/1599790890/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387853485&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Jerusalem+Countdown%E2%80%9D%2C+John+Hagee
After the next six Crusades came the Inquisition, which included the elimination of Jews in Spain and other countries “over there”, plus the elimination of anyone who did not agree with Rome including Gentiles.
This Inquisition came from the Pope in Rome who at the time was named Pope Sixtus IV.
323,362 Jewish people were burned alive. This does not take into account those who were tortured with “the rack”, having water forced down throats, or other tortures to force confessions of being a Jew or “Christian” who did not believe in the papacy. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-inquisition
The reader (especially if the reader is a “Protestant”) must understand the above occurred prior to any reforms and all Roman Catholics were also simply called “Christians”. Or, all “Christians” were Roman Catholic unless they disagreed with Rome, in which case they were killed. Therefore “Christians” committed these atrocities. It is not this writer’s intent to disparage all Roman Catholics. The Apostles Creed, Athanasian Creed, and The Lord’s Prayer stand as a witness between all followers of Yeshua/Jesus as a few things they can agree upon.
Many Bible prophecies are “dual” in nature—that is, they have a type and antitype, an earlier and a later fulfillment. Though speaking specifically of the soon-coming antichrist, we can see the forerunner type documented in history.
(More to Come)