The Apocalypse, the Book of the Revelation: 7.
2 … Scripture reference –
3 … Scripture reference – Rev.: 9:4; Ezek. 9:4; IV Esr. 6:5
4 … Scripture reference – IV Esr.: 2:38
5 … Scripture reference –
6 … Scripture reference –
7 … Scripture reference –
8 … Scripture reference –
9 … Scripture reference – IV Esr.: 2:42; Rev.: 5:9; 7:13; 4:4
10 … Scripture reference – Rev.: 5:13; 19:1!; 19:4; 21:5; Ps. 46:9
11 … Scripture reference – Rev.: 4:10
12 … Scripture reference – Rev.: 4:11; 5:12; III Esr. 4:59
13 … Scripture reference – IV Esr.: 2:44; Rev.: 7:9!
14 … Scripture reference – Ezek.: 37:3; Rev.: 22:14; Gn.: 49:11
15 … Scripture reference – Rev.: 21:3!; Jn.: 1:14
16 … Scripture reference – Isaiah: 49:10!
17 … Scripture reference – Isaiah: 49:10!; Rev.: 5:6; Ps.: 22:2; Rev.: 21:4; Isaiah: 25:8
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying: Hurt not the earth nor the sea nor the trees, till we sign the servants of our God in their foreheads. … Scripture reference – Rev.: 9:4; Ezek. 9:4; IV Esr. 6:5
4 And I heard the number of them that were signed. An hundred forty-four thousand  were signed, of every tribe of the children of
5 Of the tribe of Juda, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Ruben, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand signed:
6 Of the tribe of Aser, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Nephthali, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Manasses, twelve thousand signed:
7 Of the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand signed:
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand signed: Of the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand signed.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God, who sitteth upon the throne and to the Lamb. … Scripture reference – Rev.: 5:13; 19:1!; 19:4; 21:5; Ps. 46:9
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne and the ancients and the four living creatures. And they fell down before the throne upon their faces and adored God, … Scripture reference – Rev.: 4:10
12 Saying: Amen. Benediction and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, honour and power and strength, to our God, for ever and ever. Amen. … Scripture reference – Rev.: 4:11; 5:12; III Esr. 4:59
14 And I said to him: My Lord, thou knowest. And he said to me: These are they who are come out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb. … Scripture reference – Ezek.: 37:3; Rev.: 22:14; Gn.: 49:11
15 Therefore, they are before the throne of God: and they serve him day and night in his temple. And he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell over them. … Scripture reference – Rev.: 21:3!; Jn.: 1:14
16 They shall no more hunger nor thirst: neither shall the sun fall on them, nor any heat … Scripture reference – Isaiah: 49:10!
17 For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. … Scripture reference – Isaiah: 49:10!; Rev.: 5:6; Ps.: 22:2; Rev.: 21:4; Isaiah: 25:8
- St. Irenaeus Against Heresies Book I Chapter XXIII - Simon Magus (See Acts Chapter 8 Simon the Magician) attempts to be called Holy Father and be head over the Church, first heretic attempting to be "Pope" Chapter XXIII.-Doctrines and Practices of Simon Magus and Menander.
2. Now this Simon of Samaria, from whom all sorts of heresies derive their origin, formed his sect out of the following materials:-Having redeemed from slavery at Tyre, a city of Phoenicia, a certain woman named Helena, he was in the habit of carrying her about with him, declaring that this woman was the first conception of his mind, the mother of all, by whom, in the beginning, he conceived in his mind [the thought] of forming angels and archangels. For this Ennoea leaping forth from him, and comprehending the will of her father, descended to the lower regions [of space], and generated angels and powers, by whom also he declared this word was formed. But after she had produced them, she was detained by them through motives of jealousy, because they were unwilling to be looked upon as the progeny of any other being. As to himself, they had no knowledge of him whatever; but his Ennoea was detained by those powers and angels who had been produced by her. She suffered all kinds of contumely from them, so that she could not return upwards to her father, but was even shut up in a human body, and for ages passed in succession from one female body to another, as from vessel to vessel. She was, for example, in that Helen on whose account the Trojan war was undertaken; for whose sake also Stesichorus283 was struck blind, because he had cursed her in his verses, but afterwards, repenting and writing what are called palinodes, in which he sang her praise, he was restored to sight. Thus she, passing from body to body, and suffering insults in every one of them, at last became a common prostitute; and she it was that was meant by the lost sheep.284
3. For this purpose, then, he had come that he might win her first, and free her from slavery, while he conferred salvation upon men, by making himself known to them. For since the angels ruled the world ill because each one of them coveted the principal power for himself, he had come to amend matters, and had descended, transfigured and assimilated to powers and principalities and angels, so that he might appear among men to be a man, while yet he was not a man; and that thus he was thought to have suffered in Judaea, when he had not suffered. Moreover, the prophets uttered their predictions under the inspiration of those angels who formed the world; for which reason those who place their trust in him and Helena no longer regarded them, but, as being free, live as they please; for men are saved through his grace, and not on account of their own righteous actions. For such deeds are not righteous in the nature of things, but by mere accident, just as those angels who made the world, have thought fit to constitute them, seeking, by means of such precepts, to bring men into bondage. On this account, he pledged himself that the world should be dissolved, and that those who are his should be freed from the rule of them who made the world.
4. Thus, then, the mystic priests belonging to this sect both lead profligate lives and practise magical arts, each one to the extent of his ability. They use exorcisms and incantations. Love-potions, too, and charms, as well as those beings who are called "Paredri" (familiars) and "Oniropompi" (dream-senders), and whatever other curious arts can be had recourse to, are eagerly pressed into their service. They also have an image of Simon fashioned after the likeness of Jupiter, and another of Helena in the shape of Minerva; and these they worship. In fine, they have a name derived from Simon, the author of these most impious doctrines, being called Simonians; and from them "knowledge, falsely so called,"285 received its beginning, as one may learn even from their own assertions.
5. The successor of this man was Menander, also a Samaritan by birth, and he, too, was a perfect adept in the practice of magic. He affirms that the primary Power continues unknown to all, but that he himself is the person who has been sent forth from the presence of the invisible beings as a saviour, for the deliverance of men. The world was made by angels, whom, like Simon, he maintains to have been produced by Ennoea. He gives, too, as he affirms, by means of that magic which he teaches, knowledge to this effect, that one may overcome those very angels that made the world; for his disciples obtain the resurrection by being baptized into him, and can die no more, but remain in the possession of immortal youth.
See: The Papacy by L'Abbe Réné-Francois Guettée