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Aims Of The Papacy.

31 Jan

favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism
is not in the ascendency, and the papists are taking a conciliatory
course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing
indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed
churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground,
that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has
been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring
us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when
Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience
which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children
to abhor popery, and held that to seek harmony with Rome would
be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments
now expressed.
The defenders of the papacy declare that the church has been
maligned; and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the
statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of
to-day by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign
during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her
horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times, and
plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her
[564] sentiments.
Have these persons forgotten the claim of infallibility put
forth for eight hundred years by this haughty power? So far from
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being relinquished, this claim was affirmed in the nineteenth
century with greater positiveness than ever before. As Rome
asserts that the church “never erred; nor will it, according to the
Scriptures, ever err,”1000 how can she renounce the principles
which governed her course in past ages?
The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility.
All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject
her dogmas, she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the
same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints
now imposed by secular governments be removed, and Rome be
re-instated in her former power, and there would speedily be a
revival of her tyranny and persecution.
A well-known writer speaks thus of the attitude of the papal
hierarchy as regards freedom of conscience, and of the perils
which especially threaten the United States from the success of
her policy:
“There are many who are disposed to attribute any fear of Roman
Catholicism in the United States to bigotry or childishness.
Such see nothing in the character and attitude of Romanism that
is hostile to our free institutions, or find nothing portentous in
its growth. Let us, then, first compare some of the fundamental
principles of our government with those of the Catholic Church.
“The Constitution of the United States guarantees liberty of
conscience. Nothing is dearer or more fundamental. Pope Pius
IX., in his Encyclical Letter of August 15, 1854, said: ‘The
absurd and erroneous doctrines or ravings in defense of liberty
of conscience, are a most pestilential error—a pest, of all others,
most to be dreaded in a State.’ The same pope, in his Encyclical
Letter of December 8, 1864, anathematized ‘those who assert the
liberty of conscience science and of religious worship,’ also ‘all [565]
such as maintain that the church may not employ force.’
“The pacific tone of Rome in the United States does not imply
1000 Mosheim, “Eccl. Hist.,” b. 3, cent. 11, part 2, ch. 2, par. 9, note 1.
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a change of heart. She is tolerant where she is helpless. Says
Bishop O’Connor: ‘Religious liberty is merely endured until the
opposite can be carried into effect without peril to the Catholic
world.’… The archbishop of St. Louis once said: ‘Heresy and
unbelief are crimes; and in Christian countries, as in Italy and
Spain, for instance, where all the people are Catholics, and where
the Catholic religion is an essential part of the law of the land,
they are punished as other crimes.’…
“Every cardinal, archbishop, and bishop in the Catholic Church
takes an oath of allegiance to the pope, in which occur the following
words: ‘Heretics, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord (the
pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute
and oppose.’ ”1001
It is true that there are real Christians in the Roman Catholic
communion. Thousands in that church are serving God according
to the best light they have. They are not allowed access
to His word, and therefore they do not discern the truth. They
have never seen the contrast between a living heart-service and
a round of mere forms and ceremonies. God looks with pitying
tenderness upon these souls, educated as they are in a faith that is
delusive and unsatisfying. He will cause rays of light to penetrate
the dense darkness that surrounds them. He will reveal to them
the truth as it is in Jesus, and many will yet take their position
with His people.
But Romanism as a system is no more in harmony with the
gospel of Christ now than at any former period in her history. The
Protestant churches are in great darkness, or they would discern
the signs of the times. The Roman Church is far-reaching in her
plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to
extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for
[566] a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world,
to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism
1001 Strong, Dr. Josiah, “Our Country,” ch. 5, pars. 1-3.
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has done. Catholicism is gaining ground upon every side. See
the increasing number of her churches and chapels in Protestant
countries. Look at the popularity of her colleges and seminaries
in America, so widely patronized by Protestants. Look at the
growth of ritualism in England, and the frequent defections to the
ranks of the Catholics. These things should awaken the anxiety
of all who prize the pure principles of the gospel.
Protestants have tampered with and patronized popery; they
have made compromises and concessions which papists themselves
are surprised to see, and fail to understand. Men are
closing their eyes to the real character of Romanism, and the
dangers to be apprehended from her supremacy. The people need
to be aroused to resist the advances of this most dangerous foe to
civil and religious liberty.
Many Protestants suppose that the Catholic religion is unattractive,
and that its worship is a dull, meaningless round of ceremony.
Here they mistake. While Romanism is based upon
deception, it is not a coarse and clumsy imposture. The religious
service of the Roman Church is a most impressive ceremonial. Its
gorgeous display and solemn rites fascinate the senses of the people,
and silence the voice of reason and of conscience. The eye is
charmed. Magnificent churches, imposing processions, golden
altars, jeweled shrines, choice paintings, and exquisite sculpture
appeal to the love of beauty. The ear also is captivated. The
music is unsurpassed. The rich notes of the deep-toned organ,
blending with the melody of many voices as it swells through the
lofty domes and pillared aisles of her grand cathedrals, cannot
fail to impress the mind with awe and reverence.
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This outward splendor, pomp, and ceremony, that only mocks
the longings of the sin-sick soul, is an evidence of inward corruption.
The religion of Christ needs not such attractions to
[567] recommend it. In the light shining from the cross, true Chris35.
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tianity appears so pure and lovely that no external decorations
can enhance its true worth. It is the beauty of holiness, a meek
and quiet spirit, which is of value with God.
Brilliancy of style is not necessarily an index of pure, elevated
thought. High conceptions of art, delicate refinement of taste,
often exist in minds that are earthly and sensual. They are often
employed by Satan to lead men to forget the necessities of the
soul, to lose sight of the future, immortal life, to turn away from
their infinite Helper, and to live for this world alone.
A religion of externals is attractive to the unrenewed heart.
The pomp and ceremony of the Catholic worship has a seductive,
bewitching power, by which many are deceived; and they come
to look upon the Roman Church as the very gate of heaven. None
but those who have planted their feet firmly upon the foundation
of truth, and whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God,
are proof against her influence. Thousands who have not an
experimental knowledge of Christ will be led to accept the forms
of godliness without the power. Such a religion is just what the
multitudes desire.
The church’s claim to the right to pardon, leads the Romanist
to feel at liberty to sin; and the ordinance of confession, without
which her pardon is not granted, tends also to give license to
evil. He who kneels before fallen man, and opens in confession
the secret thoughts and imaginations of his heart, is debasing
his manhood, and degrading every noble instinct of his soul. In
unfolding the sins of his life to a priest,—an erring, sinful mortal,
and too often corrupted with wine and licentiousness,—his standard
of character is lowered, and he is defiled in consequence.
His thought of God is degraded to the likeness of fallen humanity;
for the priest stands as a representative of God. This degrading
confession of man to man is the secret spring from which has
flowed much of the evil that is defiling the world, and fitting it
for the final destruction. Yet to him who loves self-indulgence,
it is more pleasing to confess to a fellow-mortal than to open the [568]
590 The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
soul to God. It is more palatable to human nature to do penance
than to renounce sin; it is easier to mortify the flesh by sackcloth
and nettles and galling chains than to crucify fleshly lusts. Heavy
is the yoke which the carnal heart is willing to bear rather than
bow to the yoke of Christ.
There is a striking similarity between the Church of Rome and
the Jewish Church at the time of Christ’s first advent. While the
Jews secretly trampled upon every principle of the law of God,
they were outwardly rigorous in the observance of its precepts,
loading it down with exactions and traditions that made obedience
painful and burdensome. As the Jews professed to revere
the law, so do Romanists claim to reverence the cross. They exalt
the symbol of Christ’s sufferings, while in their lives they deny
Him whom it represents.
Papists place crosses upon their churches, upon their altars,
and upon their garments. Everywhere is seen the insignia of
the cross. Everywhere it is outwardly honored and exalted. But
the teachings of Christ are buried beneath a mass of senseless
traditions, false interpretations, and rigorous exactions. The
Saviour’s words concerning the bigoted Jews, apply with still
greater force to the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church: “They
bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on
men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with
one of their fingers.”1002 Conscientious souls are kept in constant
terror, fearing the wrath of an offended God, while many of
the dignitaries of the church are living in luxury and sensual
The worship of images and relics, the invocation of saints,
and the exaltation of the pope, are devices of Satan to attract the
minds of the people from God and from His Son. To accomplish
their ruin, he endeavors to turn their attention from Him through
whom alone they can find salvation. He will direct them to any
1002 Matt. 23:4.
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object that can be substituted for the One who has said, “Come
unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give [569]
you rest.”1003
It is Satan’s constant effort to misrepresent the character of
God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great
controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine
law, and gives men license to sin. At the same time he causes
them to cherish false conceptions of God, so that they regard Him
with fear and hate, rather than with love. The cruelty inherent in
his own character is attributed to the Creator; it is embodied in
systems of religion, and expressed in modes of worship. Thus the
minds of men are blinded, and Satan secures them as his agents
to war against God. By perverted conceptions of the divine
attributes, heathen nations were led to believe human sacrifices
necessary to secure the favor of Deity; and horrible cruelties
have been perpetrated under the various forms of idolatry.
The Roman Catholic Church, uniting the forms of paganism
and Christianity, and, like paganism, misrepresenting the character
of God, has resorted to practices no less cruel and revolting. In
the days of Rome’s supremacy, there were instruments of torture
to compel assent to her doctrines. There was the stake for those
who would not concede to her claims. There were massacres on
a scale that will never be known until revealed in the judgment.
Dignitaries of the church studied, under Satan their master, to
invent means to cause the greatest possible torture, and not end
the life of their victim. In many cases the infernal process was
repeated to the utmost limit of human endurance, until nature
gave up the struggle, and the sufferer hailed death as a sweet
Such was the fate of Rome’s opponents. For her adherents
she had the discipline of the scourge, of famishing hunger, of
bodily austerities in every conceivable, heart-sickening form. To
1003 Matt. 11:28.
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secure the favor of Heaven, penitents violated the laws of God
by violating the laws of nature. They were taught to sunder the
ties which He has formed to bless and gladden man’s earthly
[570] sojourn. The churchyard contains millions of victims, who spent
their lives in vain endeavors to subdue their natural affections,
to repress, as offensive to God, every thought and feeling of
sympathy with their fellow-creatures.
If we desire to understand the determined cruelty of Satan,
manifested for hundreds of years, not among those who never
heard of God, but in the very heart and throughout the extent of
Christendom, we have only to look at the history of Romanism.
Through this mammoth system of deception the prince of evil
achieves his purpose of bringing dishonor to God and wretchedness
to man. And as we see how he succeeds in disguising
himself, and accomplishing his work through the leaders of the
church, we may better understand why he has so great antipathy
to the Bible. If that book is read, the mercy and love of God will
be revealed; it will be seen that He lays upon men none of these
heavy burdens. All that He asks is a broken and contrite heart, a
humble, obedient spirit.
Christ gives no example in His life for men and women to shut
themselves in monasteries in order to become fitted for heaven.
He has never taught that love and sympathy must be repressed.
The Saviour’s heart overflowed with love. The nearer man approaches
to moral perfection, the keener are his sensibilities, the
more acute is his perception of sin, and the deeper his sympathy
for the afflicted. The pope claims to be the vicar of Christ;
but how does his character bear comparison with that of our
Saviour? Was Christ ever known to consign men to the prison
or the rack because they did not pay Him homage as the King of
heaven? Was His voice heard condemning to death those who
did not accept Him? When He was slighted by the people of a
Samaritan village, the apostle John was filled with indignation,
and inquired, “Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come
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down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” Jesus
looked with pity upon His disciple, and rebuked his harsh spirit,
saying, “The Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but
to save them.”1004 How different from the spirit manifested by [571]
Christ is that of His professed vicar.
The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world,
covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She
has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged.
Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists
to-day. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held.
Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are
now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days
of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of
their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride
and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes,
and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel
and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty, and
slew the saints of the Most High.
The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be,
the apostasy of the latter times.1005 It is a part of her policy to
assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but
beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon, she conceals
the invariable venom of the serpent. “Faith ought not to be kept
with heretics, nor persons suspected of heresy,”1006 she declares.
Shall this power, whose record for a thousand years is written
in the blood of the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the
church of Christ?
It is not without reason that the claim has been put forth in
Protestant countries, that Catholicism differs less widely from
Protestantism than in former times. There has been a change; but
the change is not in the papacy. Catholicism indeed resembles
1004 Luke 9:54, 56.
1005 2 Thess. 2:3, 4.
1006 Lenfant, “History of the Council of Constance,” Vol. I, p. 516 (ed. 1728).
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much of the Protestantism that now exists; because Protestantism
has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers.
As the Protestant churches have been seeking the favor of the
world, false charity has blinded their eyes. They do not see but
[572] that it is right to believe good of all evil; and as the inevitable
result, they will finally believe evil of all good. Instead of
standing in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints, they
are now, as it were, apologizing to Rome for their uncharitable
opinion of her, begging pardon for their bigotry.
A large class, even of those who look upon Romanism with
no favor, apprehend little danger from her power and influence.
Many urge that the intellectual and moral darkness prevailing
during the Middle Ages favored the spread of her dogmas,
superstitions, and oppression, and that the greater intelligence
of modern times, the general diffusion of knowledge, and the
increasing liberality in matters of religion, forbid a revival of
intolerance and tyranny. The very thought that such a state of
things will exist in this enlightened age is ridiculed. It is true
that great light, intellectual, moral, and religious, is shining upon
this generation. In the open pages of God’s holy word, light
from heaven has been shed upon the world. But it should be
remembered that the greater the light bestowed, the greater the
darkness of those who pervert or reject it.
A prayerful study of the Bible would show Protestants the
real character of the papacy, and would cause them to abhor and
to shun it; but many are so wise in their own conceit that they
feel no need of humbly seeking God that they may be led into
the truth. Although priding themselves on their enlightenment,
they are ignorant both of the Scriptures and of the power of God.
They must have some means of quieting their consciences; and
they seek that which is least spiritual and humiliating. What they
desire is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method
of remembering Him. The papacy is well adapted to meet the
wants of all these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind,
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embracing nearly the whole world,—those who would be saved
by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here
is the secret of its power.
A day of great intellectual darkness has been shown to be favorable
to the success of the papacy. It will yet be demonstrated [573]
that a day of great intellectual light is equally favorable for its
success. In past ages, when men were without God’s word, and
without the knowledge of the truth, their eyes were blindfolded,
and thousands were ensnared, not seeing the net spread for their
feet. In this generation there are many whose eyes become
dazzled by the glare of human speculations, “science falsely so
called;” they discern not the net, and walk into it as readily
as if blindfolded. God designed that man’s intellectual powers
should be held as a gift from his Maker, and should be employed
in the service of truth and righteousness; but when pride and
ambition are cherished, and men exalt their own theories above
the word of God, then intelligence can accomplish greater harm
than ignorance. Thus the false science of the present day, which
undermines faith in the Bible, will prove as successful in preparing
the way for the acceptance of the papacy, with its pleasing
forms, as did the withholding of knowledge in opening the way
for its aggrandizement in the Dark Ages.
In the movements now in progress in the United States to
secure for the institutions and usages of the church the support
of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists.
Nay, more, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain
in Protestant America the supremacy which she has lost in the
Old World. And that which gives greater significance to this
movement is the fact that the principal object contemplated is the
enforcement of Sunday observance,—a custom which originated
with Rome, and which she claims as the sign of her authority. It
is the spirit of the papacy,—the spirit of conformity to worldly
customs, the veneration for human traditions above the commandments
of God,—that is permeating the Protestant churches,
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and leading them on to do the same work of Sunday exaltation
which the papacy has done before them.
If the reader would understand the agencies to be employed
in the soon-coming contest, he has but to trace the record of the
[574] means which Rome employed for the same object in ages past.
If he would know how papists and Protestants united will deal
with those who reject their dogmas, let him see the spirit which
Rome manifested toward the Sabbath and its defenders.
Royal edicts, general councils, and church ordinances sustained
by secular power, were the steps by which the pagan
festival attained its position of honor in the Christian world. The
first public measure enforcing Sunday observance was the law
enacted by Constantine.1007 This edict required townspeople to
rest on “the venerable day of the sun,” but permitted countrymen
to continue their agricultural pursuits. Though virtually a heathen
statute, it was enforced by the emperor after his nominal
acceptance of Christianity.
The royal mandate not proving a sufficient substitute for divine
authority, Eusebius, a bishop who sought the favor of princes,
and who was the special friend and flatterer of Constantine,
advanced the claim that Christ had transferred the Sabbath to
Sunday. Not a single testimony of the Scriptures was produced
in proof of the new doctrine. Eusebius himself unwittingly
acknowledges its falsity, and points to the real authors of the
change. “All things,” he says, “whatever that it was duty to do on
the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the Lord’s day.”1008 But
the Sunday argument, groundless as it was, served to embolden
men in trampling upon the Sabbath of the Lord. All who desired
to be honored by the world accepted the popular festival.
As the papacy became firmly established, the work of Sunday
exaltation was continued. For a time the people engaged in
agricultural labor when not attending church, and the seventh
1007 A.D. 321; see Appendix.
1008 Cox, R., “Sabbath Laws and Sabbath Duties,” p. 538 (ed. 1853).
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day was still regarded as the Sabbath. But steadily a change was
effected. Those in holy office were forbidden to pass judgment in
any civil controversy on the Sunday. Soon after, all persons, of
whatever rank, were commanded to refrain from common labor,
on pain of a fine for freemen, and stripes in the case of servants. [575]
Later it was decreed that rich men should be punished with the
loss of half of their estates; and finally, that if still obstinate
they should be made slaves. The lower classes were to suffer
perpetual banishment.
Miracles also were called into requisition. Among other wonders
it was reported that as a husbandman who was about to plow
his field on Sunday, cleaned his plow with an iron, the iron stuck
fast in his hand, and for two years he carried it about with him,
“to his exceeding great pain and shame.”1009
Later, the pope gave directions that the parish priest should
admonish the violators of Sunday, and wish them to go to
church and say their prayers, lest they bring some great calamity
on themselves and neighbors. An ecclesiastical council brought
forward the argument, since so widely employed, even by Protestants,
that because persons had been struck by lightning while
laboring on Sunday, it must be the Sabbath. “It is apparent,” said
the prelates, “how high the displeasure of God was upon their
neglect of this day.” An appeal was then made that priests and
ministers, kings and princes, and all faithful people, “use their
utmost endeavors and care that the day be restored to its honor,
and, for the credit of Christianity, more devoutly observed for
the time to come.”1010
The decrees of councils proving insufficient, the secular authorities
were besought to issue an edict that would strike terror
to the hearts of the people, and force them to refrain from labor
1009 West, Francis, “Historical and Practical Discourse on the Lord’s Day,” p.
1010 Morer, Tho., “Discourse in Six Dialogues on the Name, Notion, and
Observation of the Lord’s Day,” p. 271 (ed. 1701).
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on the Sunday. At a synod held in Rome, all previous decisions
were reaffirmed with greater force and solemnity. They were
also incorporated into the ecclesiastical law, and enforced by the
[576] civil authorities throughout nearly all Christendom.1011
Still the absence of scriptural authority for Sunday-keeping
occasioned no little embarrassment. The people questioned the
right of their teachers to set aside the positive declaration of
Jehovah, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God,”
in order to honor the day of the sun. To supply the lack of Bible
testimony, other expedients were necessary. A zealous advocate
of Sunday, who about the close of the twelfth century visited the
churches of England, was resisted by faithful witnesses for the
truth; and so fruitless were his efforts that he departed from the
country for a season, and cast about him for some means to enforce
his teachings. When he returned, the lack was supplied, and
in his after-labors he met with greater success. He brought with
him a roll purporting to be from God Himself, which contained
the needed command for Sunday observance, with awful threats
to terrify the disobedient. This precious document—as base a
counterfeit as the institution it supported—was said to have fallen
from heaven, and to have been found in Jerusalem, upon the altar
of St. Simeon, in Golgotha. But in fact, the pontifical palace at
Rome was the source whence it proceeded. Frauds and forgeries
to advance the power and prosperity of the church have in all
ages been esteemed lawful by the papal hierarchy.
The roll forbade labor from the ninth hour, three o’clock, on
Saturday afternoon, till sunrise on Monday; and its authority was
declared to be confirmed by many miracles. It was reported that
persons laboring beyond the appointed hour were stricken with
paralysis. A miller who attempted to grind his corn, saw, instead
of flour, a torrent of blood come forth, and the mill-wheel stood
still, notwithstanding the strong rush of the water. A woman who
1011 See Heylyn, “History of the Sabbath,” Part II, ch. 5, sec. 7.
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placed dough in the oven, found it raw when taken out, though
the oven was very hot. Another who had dough prepared for
baking at the ninth hour, but determined to set it aside till Monday,
found, the next day, that it had been made into loaves and
baked by divine power. A man who baked bread after the ninth [577]
hour on Saturday, found, when he broke it the next morning,
that blood started therefrom. By such absurd and superstitious
fabrications did the advocates of Sunday endeavor to establish
its sacredness.1012
In Scotland, as in England, a greater regard for Sunday was
secured by uniting with it a portion of the ancient Sabbath. But
the time required to be kept holy varied. An edict from the king
of Scotland declared that “Saturday from twelve at noon ought to
be accounted holy,” and that no man, from that time till Monday
morning, should engage in worldly business.1013
But notwithstanding all the efforts to establish Sunday sacredness,
papists themselves publicly confessed the divine authority
of the Sabbath, and the human origin of the institution by which
it had been supplanted. In the sixteenth century a papal council
plainly declared: “Let all Christians remember that the seventh
day was consecrated by God, and hath been received and observed,
not only by the Jews, but by all others who pretend to
worship God; though we Christians have changed their Sabbath
into the Lord’s day.”1014 Those who were tampering with the
divine law were not ignorant of the character of their work. They
were deliberately setting themselves above God.
A striking illustration of Rome’s policy toward those who
disagree with her was given in the long and bloody persecution
of the Waldenses, some of whom were observers of the Sabbath.
Others suffered in a similar manner for their fidelity to the fourth
commandment. The history of the churches of Ethiopia and
1012 See Roger de Hoveden, “Annals,” Vol. II, pp. 528-530 (Bohn ed.).
1013 Morer, “Dialogues on the Lord’s Day,” pp. 290, 291.
1014 Idem, pp. 281, 282.
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Abyssinia is especially significant. Amid the gloom of the Dark
Ages, the Christians of Central Africa were lost sight of and
forgotten by the world, and for many centuries they enjoyed
freedom in the exercise of their faith. But at last Rome learned of
their existence, and the emperor of Abyssinia was soon beguiled
[578] into an acknowledgment of the pope as the vicar of Christ.
Other concessions followed. An edict was issued forbidding the
observance of the Sabbath under the severest penalties.1015 But
papal tyranny soon became a yoke so galling that the Abyssinians
determined to break it from their necks. After a terrible struggle,
the Romanists were banished from their dominions, and the ancient
faith was restored. The churches rejoiced in their freedom,
and they never forgot the lesson they had learned concerning
the deception, the fanaticism, and the despotic power of Rome.
Within their solitary realm they were content to remain, unknown
to the rest of Christendom.
The churches of Africa held the Sabbath as it was held by the
papal church before her complete apostasy. While they kept the
seventh day in obedience to the commandment of God, they abstained
from labor on the Sunday in conformity to the custom of
the church. Upon obtaining supreme power, Rome had trampled
upon the Sabbath of God to exalt her own; but the churches of
Africa, hidden for nearly a thousand years, did not share in this
apostasy. When brought under the sway of Rome, they were
forced to set aside the true and exalt the false sabbath; but no
sooner had they regained their independence than they returned
to obedience to the fourth commandment.1016
These records of the past clearly reveal the enmity of Rome
toward the true Sabbath and its defenders, and the means which
she employs to honor the institution of her creating. The word
of God teaches that these scenes are to be repeated as Roman
Catholics and Protestants shall unite for the exaltation of the
1015 See “Church History of Ethiopia,” pp. 311, 312.
1016 See Appendix.
35. Aims Of The Papacy. 601
The prophecy of Revelation 13 declares that the power represented
by the beast with lamb-like horns shall cause “the earth
and them which dwell therein” to worship the papacy—there
symbolized by the beast “like unto a leopard.” The beast with
two horns is also to say “to them that dwell on the earth, that
they should make an image to the beast;” and, furthermore, it is
to command all, “both small and great, rich and poor, free and [579]
bond,” to receive “the mark of the beast.”1017 It has been shown
that the United States is the power represented by the beast with
lamb-like horns, and that this prophecy will be fulfilled when
the United States shall enforce Sunday observance, which Rome
claims as the special acknowledgment of her supremacy. But
in this homage to papacy the United States will not be alone.
The influence of Rome in the countries that once acknowledged
her dominion, is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy
foretells a restoration of her power. “I saw one of his heads as
it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:
and all the world wondered after the beast.”1018 The infliction of
the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798.
After this, says the prophet, “His deadly wound was healed: and
all the world wondered after the beast.” Paul states plainly that
the man of sin will continue until the second advent.1019 To the
very close of time he will carry forward his work of deception.
And the revelator declares, also referring to the papacy, “All that
dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life.”1020 In both the Old and the New
World, the papacy will receive homage in the honor paid to the
Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the
Roman Church.
1017 Rev. 13:11-16.
1018 Rev. 13:3.
1019 2 Thess. 2:8.
1020 Rev. 13:8.
602 The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
For more than half a century, students of prophecy in the
United States have presented this testimony to the world. In
the events now taking place is seen a rapid advance toward the
fulfilment of the prediction. With Protestant teachers there is
the same claim of divine authority for Sunday-keeping, and the
same lack of scriptural evidence, as with the papal leaders who
fabricated miracles to supply the place of a command from God.
The assertion that God’s judgments are visited upon men for their
violation of the Sunday-sabbath, will be repeated; already it is
[580] beginning to be urged. And a movement to enforce Sunday
observance is fast gaining ground.
Marvelous in her shrewdness and cunning is the Roman
Church. She can read what is to be. She bides her time, seeing
that the Protestant churches are paying her homage in their
acceptance of the false sabbath, and that they are preparing to
enforce it by the very means which she herself employed in
bygone days. Those who reject the light of truth will yet seek
the aid of this self-styled infallible power to exalt an institution
that originated with her. How readily she will come to the help
of Protestants in this work, it is not difficult to conjecture. Who
understands better than the papal leaders how to deal with those
who are disobedient to the church?
The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications
throughout the world, forms one vast organization, under the
control, and designed to serve the interests, of the papal see. Its
millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are
instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope.
Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard
the authority of the church as above all other. Though they may
take the oath pledging their loyalty to the state, yet back of this
lies the vow of obedience to Rome, absolving them from every
pledge inimical to her interests.
History testifies of her artful and persistent efforts to insinuate
herself into the affairs of nations; and having gained a foothold,
35. Aims Of The Papacy. 603
to further her own aims, even at the ruin of princes and people.
In the year 1204, Pope Innocent III. extracted from Peter II.,
king of Arragon, the following extraordinary oath: “I, Peter,
king of Arragonians, profess and promise to be ever faithful and
obedient to my lord, Pope Innocent, to his Catholic successors,
and the Roman Church, and faithfully to preserve my kingdom
in his obedience, defending the Catholic faith, and persecuting
heretical pravity.”1021 This is in harmony with the claims re- [581]
garding the power of the Roman pontiff, that “it is lawful for
him to depose emperors,” and that “he can absolve subjects from
their allegiance to unrighteous rulers.”1022
And let it be remembered, it is the boast of Rome that she
never changes. The principles of Gregory VII. and Innocent
III. are still the principles of the Roman Catholic Church. And
had she but the power, she would put them in practice with as
much vigor now as in past centuries. Protestants little know what
they are doing when they propose to accept the aid of Rome in
the work of Sunday exaltation. While they are bent upon the
accomplishment of their purpose, Rome is aiming to re-establish
her power, to recover her lost supremacy. Let the principle once
be established in the United States, that the church may employ
or control the power of the state; that religious observances may
be enforced by secular laws; in short, that the authority of church
and state is to dominate the conscience, and the triumph of Rome
in this country is assured.
God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let
this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the
purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape
the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are
exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and
in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive struc-
1021 Dowling, J., “History of Romanism,” b. 5, ch. 6, sec. 55.
1022 Mosheim, “Ecclesiastical History,” b. 3, cent. 11, part 2, ch. 2, sec. 9, note
8 (tr. by Murdock). See also Appendix.
604 The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan
tures, in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will
be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening
her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come
for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage-ground, and
this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall
feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall
believe and obey the word of God, will thereby incur reproach
and persecution.

The Seat of The Dragon pt1

3 Dec


The Seat of the Dragon

Part 1

Jesus said: „

Make sure that no man deceives you.‟

Satan cannot be exposed if we don‟t speak about him –this is not a way ofhonouring him, but exposing him. He will come to us as an angel of light and Jesus as well.

There are 2 contradicting „lights‟, one of which has the ability to deceive us. The point of the greatest interest is the point of the greatest contrast. Satan has been a liar from the beginning.

History of the Reformation of the sixteen Century

, J.H.Merle D‟aubigne,Book Vi, Chapter XII, Pp215, Martin Luther, 1483-1546 writes:“Luther..prover, by the revelations of Daniel and St. John, by the epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter,, and St. Jude,that the reign of Antichrist, predicted and described in the Bible, was the Papacy.

” Thomas Crammer, 14891556 inWorks by Crammer, Vol 1, pp6-7 wrote: “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichristand the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers and strong reasons

” (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel). In the book All

roads lead to Rome, Dorchestor House Publications, Michael de Semlyen, pp205, 1991: “A great cloud of witnesses: Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin,

Bunyan, the translator of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, Wesley Whifield, Jonathan Edwards and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.

This has been common knowledge for many years. Why don‟t the media tell us these things? Why don‟t we know? Because it‟s being covered up.

Words spoken by Our Lady of LaSalette to Melanie Calvat in 1846 AD, afully approved Church Apparition: “

Rome will lose faith and become the seatof the Antichrist.”

W.F. Strojie, a conservative Roman Catholic scholar in TheLast Days of the Catholic Church, 1978, pp3 writes: “I scoff at the notion that anyone other than a pope could be the antichrist.

The false system of worship headed up by the pope will deceive the whole word.

.but how?

In Rev 13:2 „

and the beast (antichrist) that i saw was like a leopard; its feet

were like a bear‟s and its mouth was like a lion‟s mouth. And to it the dragon (satan)gave his power and his throne and great authority.‟ Rev 12:7,9 „And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan

..‟ Also Rev 20:2. Michael means

he who is what God is‟.


war in heaven was about worship and is continued today on earth.

As most people will not bow down to satan in his true form and character,

he will have to

trick us into worshipping him through deception. Math


5 „And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man


deceive you



Satan cannot do this work on earth by himself therefore he gives his power

to a human being. We have to look for the

link between them.

Rev 13:3-

4: „..all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped





dragon which gave power unto the beast‟.

In other words, the antichrist

beast will transfix humanity that the entire world will wonder after him and

by doing that, the

worship that we give the Papacy or the antichrist beast,

is actually being

channelled through to satan. So where satan gives the

papacy his throne, his power and his authority, he does so that he (satan)

can receive worship. So

by acknowledging the papacy and by following


what he says we must do, we are actually channelling worship through


to satan




The Tabernacle


: the entire sanctuary in the Old Testament is a depiction


of the gospel in the New Testament


that we have today and is fulfilled in

the NT. Not only does it depict the NT gospel, but it also point towards a


heavenly sanctuary


(Heb 8:1&2) [discussed later]. In this sanctuary

system‟s Holy of Holiest, is the Throne of God.

When you walked into the earthly sanctuary, you walked in through a


single entrance


on the eastern side and you faced west, looking straight at

the Holy place, the Most Holy Place and the Shekinah glory, in other words

facing the light of God. Eze 8:15-

18 „Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen


this, O son of man? Turn thee yet again and thou shalt see greater




than these

. And he brought me into the inner court of the


Lord‟s h



ouse and behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the


porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men with their





towards the temple of the Lord


and their faces toward east; and they


worshipped the sun


toward the east

.‟ Inside the temple of God (inside the

religious system), there are a number of people who turned their back on

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God (but

pretend to worship God) and they are worshipping the sun. When

turning, you are looking west, out of the sanctuary.


two covering cherubs of the ark point toward the two covering

angels/cherubs covering God‟s glory. Satan, when he was Lucifer, was one

of those 2 covering cherubs Eze 28:15-

19 „I will cast thee as profane out of


the mountain of God and I will destroy thee, O



covering cherub

,..‟ Satan

wanted that S

hekinah glory for himself. Lucifer means „light bearer‟. Lumin

= is the number of light

the way in which we measure light. Isaiah 14:12-

14 „

Four thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt


my throne above the stars of God;



I will sit also upon the mount of the


congregation in the sides of



the north; I will ascend above the heights of the





I will be like the most High.

.‟ Can satan put sun-worship inside the



The Link from the Antichrist to Satan


Efe 5:11 „

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead,


expose them


.‟ („Reprove‟ them – King James version). To make sure we don‟t

become part of satanic deceptions.

Pope John Paul II

said: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest


historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide


circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community




this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the




and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla



This is

highest cardinal making a statement as he is about to become




, that something major is about to happen, but the majority of the




don’t realise

it. Walking into the Vatican and up at the arch, you‟ll


eagles crowned, triple-crown tiara’s, on the right and left the


crowned divining serpent


. Inside the Basillica of St Pedras, the Gregorio

XIII monument, you have the

dragon over him with has claw outstretched

over the

name of the pope. This is a depiction of the power who is holding


him in. An

image on the papal crest itself is a dragon called the Vatis Can


(divining serpent). Walk to the tomb of pope Alexander the VI, and you‟ll find

the statue called

La Varita I (which means „the truth‟). She stands with her

foot on the earth, but

she‟s clasping something under her chin towards her

right shoulder (in the way a violin is played). It is mostly covered up by her


it is the sun (the truth?).

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The Obelisk

The obelisk has been a part of pagan worship from the days of


antiquity. Obelisks have played a large part in the worship of Egypt.


Originally, the obelisk was associated with


sun worship. Pagans believed


that the obelisk also had a


sexual significance. Realizing that through


sexual union, life was produced, the phallus was considered, along with the


sun, a symbol of life. In order for the obelisk to carry out its intended


symbolism, it was placed upright


erect. Thus, the obelisk pointed up toward


the sun. ..the obelisk was often placed at the entrance of pagan temples




. This is a symbol of


the male power with the female sun energy


. If you knew history and

understood it, that‟s not something you would want outs

ide your temple if

you were a Christian. In the Bible they are referred to as „Bethshemesh‟. Jer

43:13 „

He shall break also the images of Bethshemesh.. houses of the




..‟ James Hall in the Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and

Western Art

, published by HarperCollins, 1994: “Of the several functions of


the Pillar (obelisk) among early peoples, the Egyptian obelisk was worshiped


as the dwelling place of the



” The obelisk has obvious pagan

affiliations and yet,

smack damn in the centre, right outside the Vatican,


you will find one of the largest in the world




Carry-box or seedia


with the mystic fan of Bacchus. In the same way as the




kings, the pope is carried around.


Cleft cap


with two bands of the Roman Catholic Church comes from a




which was the fish-god (open mouth on top of his head and two tails

running down the sides.


Baal-Hadad: shown is the Assyrian-style relief of King Barraqqah from

Syria, 8

th century BC. Note the solar deity (Baal-Hadad) shown as a disk in a


Roman Catholicism has this idea of

Mary and child, but yet all pagan




, this idea is carried through i.e. in Egypt the mother and child




is carried through by Isus and Isirus, same in India and China.

This circular disk in the halfmoon/crescent moon is also found in Egyptian

symbolism on top of the all-seeing eye. When the pope holds up the




for all to see in a process called transubstantiation (where the

body of Christ is literally turned into this bread

), they then place it into a

monstrous, with a circular disk = fulfilling a perfect example of a Baal-

Hadad. The Baal-Hadad was a sungod that was worshipped, with the moon

representing the sea as the sun would dip down behind the horizon every

night and die, just to be re-incarnated again. Today,

everytime when a


mass is done and pope Benedict is showing this sun-disk


(image shown),

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for the world to see

this is a fulfilment of an ancient pagan right, being


cloaked under Christianity


. Satan also speaks out of both sides of the

mouth (male/female). Partaking in these ceremonies, people don‟t realise

that they are actually fulfilling pagan rituals and rights. So is it possible that

satan could bring sun-worship into the church? Absolutely.

Looking at the throne of the king of Rome

the pope, image shows a bright

sun. All these deceptions are related to sun-worship. Can we find a link to


Malachi Martin, a pontifical professor in the Vatican is quoting Pope

Paul VI‟s reference to a satanic enthronement ceremony held in Rome in the


The Keys of This blood pp632: “the smoke of satan has entered the




”. Catholic Archbishop Immanual Milingo‟s speech „Satanists at

work in the Vatican‟

delivered during Fatima 2000, International Congress

on World Peace,

Rome: “The devil in the Catholic Church is so protected


now that he is like an animal protected by the government


..‟ [Milingo cited

papal statements to back up his charges]. To the quest

ion, „Are there men of


the curia who are followers of Satan


?‟ Milingo responded, „Certainly there are


priests and bishops. I stop at this level of ecclesiastical hierarchy because I


am an archbishop, higher than this I cannot go


.‟ This is a devout catholic

archbishop admitting that there are certain things in the system, which the

membership has got no idea about.

Malachi Martin, 1995 wrote a book

Windswept House: He vividly described a

ceremony called “

The Enthronement of the fallen Archangel Lucifer’


purportedly held in St Paul‟s Chapel in the Vatican,.. The enthronement was

linked with concurrent satanic rites in the US on June, 29 1963. In


woman rides the beast

, pp 420, it states that “One finds every shade of New


Age, Occult and mystical belief inside the Roman Catholic Church




had an entire issue affirming the New Age movement, without a

word of condemnation or correction (May/June 1989). Thousands of priests

and nuns

practice yoga and other forms of Hindu or Buddhist mysticism.

(Roman) Catholic retreat centres

around the world mix „Christianity‟ with

Hinduism, Buddhism, and all manner of New Age beliefs and practices.” A

news article is shown titled „

Catholic priest has yen for zen’. These ideas

are not in contradiction to their beliefs. Malachi Martinn in

The Fatima


states that “Anybody who is acquainted with the state of affairs in


the Vatican in the last 35 years, is well aware that the


prince of darkness


has had and still has his surrogates in the court of St. Peter in Rome


.” Judy

McLeod in

Canadafreepress.com February 23, 2005: “100 Catholic priests

have signed up for

the world’s first university course in devil worship


and Satanism,


no officially underway in Rome.”

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You have to look at this from all perspective (

extra-Biblical), history and


the Bible:



is an International tele-communications Company (14 billion

Euro‟s turn

-over) was invited to put a new telephone system in, where if you

were to phone Rome, you could phone one telephone number: Official Press

Release from T Systems:




th 2002):


month is June (6), how many sixes makes 18 (3). This is called



confirming what the Bible is saying www2.comune.roma.it


William is an author of 7 books, he‟s an ex

-satanic high-priest, ex voodoohigh

priest, 9 degree

„Ordo temple orientes which is a system put in place

by Allister Crowley, ex- high free mason and member of the Illuminati.


video are shown – verbatum). He wanted to go into the ministry, knew very

little about the Bible

went to college (roman catholic system), to be a priest

plans got derailed by the vatican council, telling him that the Bible wasn‟t

really true, that the little he knew about the Bible was false etc. 2

convergent forces (2 professors that would today be called New Agers


not known then), played on a doctrine that

the priest is another Christ.

They told him that if he wanted to be another Christ, he needed to

do the


things that Jesus did


. They did not believe that Jesus was God Almighty

and that he was just a

descended master. He began studying the occult

(thinking he would become more Christ-like). He realised the most efficient

way of studying this, was to become a

witch. Some of his spirit guides and

witch friends told them they needed to get involved in

Satanism. Bought the

satanic bible and agreed with much of it. Satan works very gradually to

introduce you to more and more bizarre doctrines until you become

overwhelmed. He joins the

church of satan, 2nd degree (called „warlock‟) –

received a certificate signed by

Anton Levey (head of church of satan) he

had to become a

freemason. He went through all the levels (shown is a

shrine portrait)

he covered all the branches and beyond. Received a


Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret certificate


called Orbo Abcau (order

out of chaos). Many freemasons at the lower levels don‟t understand w


they‟re involved in. He was now worthy to become a Satanist. That meant,

he had to

sell his soul to the devil! He didn‟t realise that the devil already

had it. He had to sign his name on the contract in blood and in the Black

Book. However, before he could get onto the priesthood of Satanism, he had

to get 7 people to sell their souls to the devil. The other thing he had to do,

was to

become a catholic priest! You cannot be a satanic priest unless,


first of all, if


you’re not a catholic priest

! In other words, the people on

the ground, who have no idea what they‟re doing, are actually fulfilling

satanic rituals.

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This is confirmed on

The Cutting Edge website: “Former Satanists have


unanimously told me that there is absolutely no difference between a catholic


priest saying a rote script (the Mass) before the altar, using the candles, the


prayer beads, the Holy Water and other implements, and a Witch saying a


rote ritual before the altar, using exactly the same implements that carry


exactly the same meaning! Roman Catholicism said in Latin is powerful White


Magic Witchcraft



(videoclip used) Jesus and the Gurus (heavy metal satanist-band)


down cross and pentagram symbol: Lucifer

messiah on his t-shirt. Black

nailpolish. Two-fingered salute (confirm allegiance to one another). At one

point he puts on the catholic clothing and goes through the whole ritual

(man impersonating satan on the right) burning the Bible.

“The inverted cross is a blaspheme or mockery of the Christian cross.”


Texas Cop Shop Occult Dictionary. Exposing Satanism

confirms this: “The


Upside Down Cross


symbolizes mockery and rejection of Jesus. Necklaces


are worn by many Satanists. It can be seen on rock singers and their album




” A Photo (CNN) is shown of the pope sitting on a chair with the


upside down cross


imbedded in it. When the pope visited the holy land, he

is seen sitting on this chair once again, in front of a symbol of Jesus Christ.

The pope has his

2 fingers up (explained later) and the CBS caption says:

The pope sits on the alter at Korazim. The backdrop depicts Christ with an




book that reads, „Love your enemies, I

(satan) will come soon.”


The inverted Cross has been


a satanic symbol since the 7


th century. The various inverted crosses shown


are signs of belonging to satanic worship. At satanic meetings, they are used


in various ways to desecrate or mock Jesus




bent or broken cross – photo‟s are shown of pope John and pope

Benedictus with it. Catholic scolar Pierce Compton in the book

Hidden Hand

in the Vatican

(p 72) by Neville Spearman, 1981 says :”The Bent crucifix is a


sinister symbol, used by Satanists in the sixth century, that had been revived


at the time of Vatican Two. This was a bent or broken cross, on which was


displayed a repulsive and distorted figure of Christ, which the black


magicians and sorcerers of the Middle Ages had made use of to represent the


Biblical term „Mark of the Beast‟. Yet, not only Paul VI, but his


successors, the


two John-Pauls, carried that object and held it up to be revered by crowds,


who had not the slightest idea that it stood for anti-Christ



The incidence of

satanic paedophilia rites and practices was already

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Turin, in Italy and South Carolina in the United States. The cultic acts of

satanic paedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of

the Fallen rites.”

Keys of This Blood, Fr. Malachi Martin, p632. It other

words, it is part of the rituals of the Fallen Archangel.

CNN reports on


July the 15th 2007, that the diocese was to settle sex-abuse


claims for $660 million


. This is going on inside the entire Catholic system.


abuse children for their satanic rituals. People caught are not

reprimanded at all.

CNN reports that “the settlements push the total amount


paid out by the US church since 1950 to more than $


2 billion with about a


quarter of that coming from the Los Angeles archdiocese




. “As part of


the settlement process, the Los Angeles archdiocese released documents that


showed a pattern of denial: Priests accused of sexual misconduct


took sick


leave, were sent to therapy or transferred


to other parishes and most


were allowed to continue in the ministry for years after the first accusations



Malachi Martin continues “

Suddenly it became unarguable that now, during


this papacy, the Roman Catholic organization carried a permanent presence of


clerics who


worshipped satan and liked it; of bishops and priests who


sodomized boys and each other


; of nuns who performed the „Black Rites’


of Wicca


, and who lived in lesbian relationships…every day, including


Sundays and Holy Days, acts of


heresy and blasphemy and outrage and




were committed and permitted at holy Altars by men who had


been called to be priests


.” In his book Windswept House he says:

Sacrilegious actions and rites were not only performed on Christs‟s Altars,


but had the support or at least the unspoken permission of certain Cardinals,

archbishops and bishops. In total number, they were a minority


from one to ten percent of Church personnel


The Bible says there‟s a link between satan and the anti

-Christ. History

proves this.


Two Beasts

17 Oct

Revelation 13


13:1 This beast is similar to the dragon from Revelation 12. They both have “seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:10 shows us that the seven heads are seven consecutive world powers- earthly governments Satan uses to persecute God’s faithful church. The dragon is Satan working through pagan religions, the occult and spiritualism, while the beast symbolizes Satan working in disguise, using the corrupted Christian church to do his work. In verse 5 we see that the beast continues “forty and two months” (the 1,260 year period of Papal dominance). In verse 7 it makes “war with the saints,” persecuting Christ’s true followers who struggled to maintain the truth of God’s Word. This beast is none other than the Papal church system. It arose as predicted among the populated nations of Europe, symbolized by “the sea” and the “ten horns.” Revelation 17:15.

13:2 This beast has the characteristics of a leopard, a bear and a lion, the same beast powers mentioned in Daniel 7—the leopard of Greece, the bear for Medo-Persia and the lion for Babylon. This beast represents the Papacy, the same religious-political power portrayed by the little horn of Daniel 7.

The dragon gives this beast “his power, and his seats, and great authority.” Pagan Rome gave all these things to Papal Rome, and apostates Christianity replaced paganism as the means through which Satan persecuted God’s faithful people for hundreds of years


13:3-4 In 1798 the French General Berthier under the commands of Napoleon took the Pope prisoner and attempted to completely eliminate the Papacy as an institution. It seems to the world that the Papacy was “wounded to death.” However, the prophecy says that the wound “was healed.” In 1929 the Papacy regained its civil power with the creation of the Vatican State, and the wound began to heal. At some point in the near future the Roman Catholic Church system will completely cover her former glory and will have more power and prominence than ever before. “And the entire world wondered after the beast.” See also vs. 8.

13:5-7 The characteristics of this beast parallel very closely the ones in Daniel 7:20-21, 25 and 8:10-12.

13:8-9 In the last days, nearly the whole world, those “whose names are not written in the book of life,” with “worship” this beast. The day is coming soon when the majority of humankind will obey a few supporting the authority of the Papacy above the commands of God, and will thus worship the beast. See notes on Revelation 13:11-15. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s “Book of Life” will stay true to God. This book records the names of all the saved from every generation of Earth’s history. Revelation 20:12, 15.

13:10 This prediction was fulfilled when the Pope was taken into captivity and this persecuting power received its deadly wound

13:11-15 The next beast in the vision comes up “out of the earth: and is described as having “two horns like a lamb. This beast represents the United States of America. Here are five clues which help us to accurately determine its identity:

1. It comes to power around 1798 as the Papacy is going into captivity and receiving its deadly wound. At that time the United States was just “coming up” as a youthful nation. The United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776, and by 1790 all thirteen colonies had ratified the constitution. This nation was quickly drawn into world politics and today is a world superpower.

2. The “sea” represents “multitudes and nations.” Revelation 17:15. The beasts that arise from the sea usually do so amid the strife of war. By contrast, this one comes “out of the earth,” representing a relatively peaceful emergence in a comparatively unpopulated area. This is exactly the manner in which The United States came to power.

3. This beast with “two horns like a lamb” represents a nation of youth, innocence and gentleness, which is based on the two great principles of civil and religious liberty (“for where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 2:17). At its inception, the United States had the strength of its form of government, and of its people’s religion. Republicanism and Protestantism were the fundamental principles of the nation. These principles are the secret of its power and prosperity. It is strong because the government and the church are separate, without one controlling the other.

4. It is noteworthy that this beast lacks any crowns. The United States of America is a grand experiment in government that serves its people rather than enslaving them, and in religion that allows freedom of conscience and expression. It is a country that has government without a king and religion without a pope.

5. It becomes a world power, strong enough to force the world, on pain of death, to worship the image of the beast, vss. 12-17.

This beast will speak “as a dragon” and exercise “all the power of the first beast before him.” The “first beast,” as an agent of the dragon, used its “power” in state affairs to enforce religious laws, resulting in the persecution of the “heretics” who would not submit. For America to do this and “give life unto the image of the beast” it would have to abandon the principles of religious freedom, repudiate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and discard the fundamental beliefs that have made this great nation what it is. When America uses its power to enforce religious laws and persuades other governments to do the same, it creates an “image of the beast” and it gives life, reflecting the intolerance and persecutions of the medieval Papal Church.

In the near future the United States will speak like a dragon and impose a religious law enforcing the worship of the first beast. Protestants in America will reject God’s law, and His power will be withdrawn from the churches and His protection from the nation. Society will become increasingly evil and violent, and at the same time the judgements of God will descend on the United States and on the world. Instead of embracing repentance and inward heart change, Protestant America will demand that the government enforce religious laws to “bring this nation back to God.” First of all a law will be enacted making Sunday a day of rest as all its citizens. This will be a further rejection of God’s law and of His seventh-day Sabbath in the fourth commandment. As world conditions continue to deteriorate, economic sanctions will be legislated against those who refuse to comply with this new Sunday law, and they will be unable to buy or sell. Finally a death decree will be issued against them, and the United States will “cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Christ’s return to save His faithful interrupts the death decree.

The United States will deceive the world into making “an image of the first beast” through the use of “great wonders” and “miracles.” In Revelation 19:20 this beast is called “the false prophet,” and in Revelation 16:13, 14 he is said to work these miracles through “the spirits of devils.” Matthew 14:23-27 indicates that false Christ will add such strength to those deceptions as to make them very nearly overpowering; 2 Corinthians 11:14 adds that Satan himself is capable of masquerading as “an angel of light.”

13:16-18 The beast causes his followers to receive a “mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell” without the “mark,” or the “name,” or the “number of the name of the first beast.

The mark of the beast will be the observance of a religious law, enforced by the United States and other governments around the world, endorsing the authority of the Papacy. Those who receive the mark in their foreheads believe that this “Sunday law” is necessary to regain God’s favor, while those marked in the hand obey only out of fear of death. This mark is Satan’s counterfeit of the seal God places in the forehead of His followers. Revelation 7:3. God’s seal is His name, character and law written in His people’s hearts and minds and is seen in His seventh-day Sabbath commandment, which identifies Him as our Creator. See note on Revelation 7:2-3. In Revelation 14:12 those who resist the mark of the beast are those who “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

What is the significance of the number 666? We know that the beast, whose number this is, symbolizes the Roman Papacy, and that it’s “the number of a man.” One of the pope’s titles is said to be Vicarius Filii Dei, “Vicar of the Son of God.” In Latin, the language of Catholicism, some of the letters double as numbers, and the numerical value of Vicarius Filii Dei adds up to 666, and a great many Bible scholars believe that this is how 666 is to be interpreted.

Taken from www.amazingdiscoveries.org


The True Identity Of The Antichrist!

13 Oct
Who, or what, is the Antichrist? Evil alliance, or sinister individual? Some say his appearance is still in the future. Others say he appeared long ago in the days of ancient Rome. But the Bible indicates that he is alive today! The Bible prophecies teach this antichrist power will play a crucial role in the final events of earth’s history. Do you know who he is? Are you sure? You need to be, for you can’t understand last-day events until you understand this evil power. Be prepared for one of the most intriguing Study Guides yet! This Study Guide, based on Daniel chapter 7, clearly and unmistakably identifies the Antichrist. But it is only an introduction. Future lessons will reveal details of some of his activities that will have worldwide impact. What you discover today may displease or sadden you, but please remember that the prophecy of Daniel chapter 7 comes from Jesus, who loves you. Pray for God’s guidance as you delve into this urgent subject. Be sure to read Daniel 7 before studying this guide.
In prophecy, God uses beasts to symbolize nations.

In prophecy, God uses beasts to symbolize nations.


1. As the chapter begins, Daniel sees four beasts coming up out of the sea. In prophecy, what does a beast represent? What does the sea represent?

“The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth.” Daniel 7:23. “The waters … are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:15.

Answer:   Beasts represent kingdoms or nations. Water represents multitudes of people or large populations.


The lion beast of Daniel 7 represents the empire of Babylon.

The lion beast of Daniel 7 represents the empire of Babylon.


2. The four beasts of Daniel 7 represent the four world kingdoms (verses 17, 18). Babylon, the first kingdom (Daniel 2:38, 39), is represented as a lion in Daniel 7:4. (See also Jeremiah 4:7 50:17, 43, 44 for Babylon pictured as a lion elsewhere.) What do the “eagle’s wings” mean? What do the “four winds” of verse 2 represent?

“The Lord shall bring a nation against thee … as swift as the eagle flieth.” Deuteronomy 28:49.

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, … a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth.” Jeremiah 25:32, 33.

Answer:   The wings of eagles represent speed.
(See also Jeremiah 4:13; Habakkuk 1:6-9.) Winds represent strife, commotion, and destruction. (See also Revelation 7:1-3.)


The bear with three ribs in its mouth symbolizes Medo-Persia.

The bear with three ribs in its mouth symbolizes Medo-Persia.


3. What kingdom does the bear represent (Daniel 7:5)? What do the three ribs in its mouth symbolize?

Answer:   Read Daniel 8. Notice that the beasts in chapter 8 parallel those in chapter 7. Daniel 8:20 specifically names Medo-Persia as the kingdom that precedes the rough goat, or Greece, of verse 21. It is the second world kingdom, the same power as the bear of Daniel 7. The empire was made up of two groups of people.

The Medes came up first (represented in Daniel 7:5 by the bear coming up on one side), but the Persians eventually became stronger (represented in Daniel 8:3 by the ram’s second horn which grew “higher,” or taller). The three ribs represent the three principal powers conquered by Medo-Persia:

Lydia, Babylon, and Egypt.


The leopard beast of Daniel 7 represents the world kingdom of Greece.

The leopard beast of Daniel 7 represents the world kingdom of Greece.


4. Greece, the third kingdom (Daniel 8:21), is represented by a leopard with four wings and four heads (Daniel 7:6). What do the heads represent? What do the four wings represent?

Answer:   The four heads represent the four kingdoms into which the empire of Alexander the Great was divided when he died. The four generals who headed these areas were: Cassander, Lysimachus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus. The four wings (instead of two like the lion) represent super-speed, which was true of Alexander’s conquests (Jeremiah 4:11-13).


The world empire of Rome is symbolized by the monster beast of Daniel chapter 7.

The world empire of Rome is symbolized by the monster beast of Daniel chapter 7.


5. The Roman empire, the fourth world kingdom, is represented by a horrible monster with iron teeth and 10 horns (Daniel 7:7). What do the horns represent?

Answer:   The 10 horns represent the 10 kings or kingdoms into which pagan Rome was eventually split (Daniel 7:24). (These 10 kingdoms are the same as the 10 toes of the image described in Daniel 2:41-44.) Roving barbarian tribes swept in upon the Roman empire and carved out land niches for their people.

Seven of those 10 tribes developed into the countries of modern Western Europe, while three were uprooted and destroyed. The next section will discuss those kingdoms that were rooted up.

Visigoths – Spain

Anglo-Saxons – England

Franks – France

Alemani – Germany

Burgundians – Switzerland

Lombards – Italy

Suevi – Portugal

Heruli – Rooted up

Ostrogoths – Rooted up

Vandals – Rooted up


The little horn of Daniel 7:8 represents Antichrist.

The little horn of Daniel 7:8 represents Antichrist.


6. In the Daniel 7 prophecy, what happens next?

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” Daniel 7:8.

Answer:   The “little horn” power appears next. We must identify it carefully because God takes more space describing it than the other four kingdoms combined. Why? Because the biblical characteristics identify it as the Antichrist of prophecy and history. There must be no mistake in making this identification.


The Bible says Antichrist would persecute God's people.

The Bible says Antichrist would persecute God’s people.


7. Are there clear points of identification?

Answer:   Yes, God gives us nine characteristics of Antichrist in Daniel 7 so we can be certain of his identity. And even though some may find these truths from God’s Word painful, we must be honest enough to accept them as His revealed will. Now let’s discover what Jesus’ nine points are:

A. The “little horn” or kingdom “came up among them”the 10 horns which were the kingdoms of Western Europe (Daniel 7:8). So it would be a little kingdom somewhere in Western Europe.

B. It would have a man at its head who could speak for it (Daniel 7:8).

C. It would pluck up or uproot three kingdoms (Daniel 7:8).

D. It would be “diverse” or different from the other 10 kingdoms (Daniel 7:24).

E. It would make war with and “wear out” or persecute the saints (Daniel 7:21, 25).

F. It would emerge from the pagan Roman empire, the fourth world kingdom (Daniel 7:7, 8).

G. God’s people (the saints) would “be given into his hand” for “a time and times and the dividing of time” (Daniel 7:25).

H. It would “speak great words against” or blaspheme God (Daniel 7:25). In Revelation 13:5, the Bible says the same power speaks “great things and blasphemies.”

I. It would “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25.

Don’t forget all these identification points come directly from the Bible. They are not some human opinion or speculation. Historians could tell you quickly what power is being described. These points can fit only one power, the papacy. But in order to be certain, let us carefully examine all nine points, one by one. There must be no room left for doubt.


The papacy clearly fits all nine identification points.

The papacy clearly fits all nine identification points.


8. Does the papacy fit these points?

Answer:   Yes, it fits every point perfectly. See items A through H below.

A. It “came up among” the 10 kingdoms of Western Europe.
The geographical location of the papal power was in Rome, Italy the very heart of the territory of Western Europe.

B. It would have a man at its head who speaks for it.
The papacy meets this identifying mark because it does have one man at the head (the pope) who speaks for it.

C. It would pluck up or uproot three kingdoms.
The emperors of Western Europe were largely Catholic and supported the papacy in its growth and authority. Three Arian kingdoms, however, did not support the papacy, the Vandals, Heruli, and Ostrogoths. So the Catholic emperors decided they must be subdued or destroyed. Here is how Dr. Mervyn Maxwell, a theologian and historian, described the results in volume 1, page 129, of his book God Cares:

“The Catholic emperor Zeno (474-491) arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487 which resulted in the eradication of the kingdom of the Arian Heruls in 493. And the Catholic emperor Justinian (527-565) exterminated the Arian Vandals in 534 and significantly broke the power of the Arian Ostrogoths in 538. Thus were Daniel’s three horns the Heruls, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths’plucked up by the roots.’ ” It is not difficult to recognize that the papacy fits this point.

D. It would be “diverse” or different from the other kingdoms.
The papacy clearly fits this description, also. It came on the scene as a religious power and was totally different from the secular nature of the other 10 kingdoms.

E. It would make war with and persecute the saints.
That the church did persecute is a well-known fact. The papacy clearly admits doing so. Much supportive evidence exists. Even conservative historians claim the church probably destroyed at least 50 million people over matters of religious conviction. We will quote here from two sources:

1. “That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history. 1

2. In The History of the Inquisition of Spain, D. Ivan Antonio Llorente provides these figures from the Spanish Inquisition alone:

  • 31,912 persons were condemned and perished in the flames.
  • 241,450 persons were condemned to severe penalties.

F. It would emerge from the fourth kingdom of iron – the pagan Roman Empire.
We are quoting two authorities on this point:

1. “The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised … The very capital of the old Roman Empire became the capital of the Christian empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of the pope.” 2

2. “Whatever Roman elements the barbarians and Arians left … [came] under the protection of the Bishop of Rome, who was the chief person there after the emperor’s disappearance. The Roman Church in this way privily pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation.” 3

So, once again, the point fits the papacy.

G. God’s people (the saints) would “be given into his hand” for “a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25.

Several things need clarification in connection with this point:

1. A time is a year, times is two years, and the dividing of time is a half-year. The Amplified Bible translates it: “Three and one-half years.” 4

2. This same time period is mentioned seven times (Daniel 7:25 12:7 Revelation 11:2, 3 12:6, 14 13:5) in the books of Daniel and Revelation: three times as a time, times, and half a time twice as 42 months and twice as 1,260 days. Based on the 30-day calendar used by the Jews, these time periods are all the same amount of time:

3 1/2 years = 42 months = 1,260 days.

3. One prophetic day equals one literal year (Ezekiel 4:6 Numbers 14:34).

4. Thus, the little horn (Antichrist) was to have power over the saints for 1,260 prophetic days or 1,260 literal years.

5. The rule of the papacy began in A.D. 538, when the last of the three opposing Arian kingdoms was uprooted. Its rule continued until 1798 when Napoleon’s general, Berthier, took the pope captive with hopes of destroying both Pope Pius VI and the political, secular power of the papacy. This period of time is an exact fulfillment of the 1,260-year prophecy. The blow was a deadly wound for the papacy, but that wound began to heal and continues healing today.

6. This same period of persecution is mentioned in Matthew 24:21 as the worst period of persecution God’s people will ever experience. Verse 22 tells us it was so devastating that not one soul would have survived if God had not shortened it. But God did shorten it. The persecution ended long before the pope was taken captive in 1798. It is plain to see that this point, likewise, fits the papacy.

H. It would speak “great words” of blasphemy “against the most High [God].”
Blasphemy has two definitions in Scripture:

1. Claiming to forgive sins (Luke 5:21).

2. Claiming to be God (John 10:33).

Does this point fit the papacy? Yes!

Let’s first look at the evidence for it claiming to forgive sins: “Does the Priest truly forgive the sins, or does he only declare that they are remitted? The Priest does really and truly forgive the sins in virtue of the power given to him by Christ.”

5 The papacy further undermines Jesus by setting up a system of confession to an earthly priest, thus bypassing Jesus, our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1 8:1, 2) and only Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).

Next consider the evidence for it claiming to be God: “We [the popes] hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”

6 Here is another: “The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.”

7 Its obvious this point, likewise, fits the papacy.

I. It would “think to change times and laws.”
In a future Study Guide we will deal with the “times” of this point. It is a major topic and needs separate consideration. But what about changing the “laws”? The Amplified Bible translates “laws” as “the law.” The reference is to changing God’s law. Of course, no one can really change it, but has the papacy attempted to do so? The answer is “yes.”

In its catechisms, the papacy has omitted the second commandment against veneration of images and has shortened the fourth commandment from 94 words to eight and divided the tenth commandment into two commandments. (Check this for yourself. Compare the Ten Commandments in any Catholic catechism with God’s list of the commandments in Exodus 20:3-17.)

There is no doubt that the little horn power of Daniel chapter 7 (the Antichrist) is the papacy. No other organization could possibly fit these nine points. And incidentally, this is no new teaching. Every Reformer, without exception, spoke of the papacy as Antichrist. 8

Words of Care and Concern
Lest some should think that we are attacking fellow Christians by identifying this little-horn power, please keep in mind that the prophecy is aimed at a system and not individuals. There are sincere, devout Christians in all churches, including the Catholic faith. Daniel chapter 7 is simply a message of judgment and correction upon a large religious institution which compromised with paganism, like so many other churches that arose after her.

Prophecy Reveals Faults of All Faiths
Other prophecies point out the faults of Protestant and Jewish faiths. God has true people in all religions. His true people (no matter what their faith) will always humbly accept the correction of the Lord and will not shut their ears and hearts against Him by self-defensiveness. We should be very thankful that God’s Word speaks with impartial honesty on every subject.

1 W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Volume 2, p. 40.

22 Alexander Clarence Flick, The Rise of the Medieval Church, pp. 148, 149.

3 Adolf Harnack, What is Christianity? (New York: Putnam, second edition, revised, 1901), pp. 269, 270.

4 The Amplified Bible, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1962.

5 Joseph Deharbe, S.J., A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1924), p. 279.

6 Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter “The Reunion of Christendom” (dated June 20, 1894) trans. in the Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII (New York: Benziger, 1903), p. 304.

7 Catholic National, July 1895.

8 R. Allen Anderson, Unfolding the Revelation, p. 137.


The angel told Daniel that the prophecies of this book would be sealed until 1798, the time of the end.

The angel told Daniel that the prophecies of this book would be sealed until 1798, the time of the end.


9. Wasn’t Daniel told to seal up his book until “the time of the end”? (Daniel 12:4) When will Daniel’s prophecies be opened to our understanding?

Answer:   In Daniel 12:4, the prophet was told to seal parts of the book till “the time of the end.” In verse 6 an angelic voice asked, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” Verse 7 says, “It shall be for a time, times, and an half.” The angel assured Daniel that the section of the book dealing with end-time prophecies would be opened after the end of the 1260-year period of papal control which was, as we learned earlier in this Study Guide, 1798. So the time of the end began in the year 1798. Obviously, the book of Daniel contains crucial messages from heaven for us today. We absolutely must understand it.


All religious teachings must be compared with Scripture to determine their accuracy.

All religious teachings must be compared with Scripture to determine their accuracy.


10. Many Christians today have been tragically misinformed regarding the Antichrist. To believe an untruth about the Antichrist could easily cause a person to be deceived and lost. What should a person do when new Bible teachings are encountered?

“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.” Acts 17:11.

Answer:   When a new Bible teaching is encountered, the only safe procedure is to compare it carefully with Scripture to see if it is in harmony with God’s Word.


11. I am willing to follow where Jesus leads, even though it may be painful?



11. I am willing to follow where Jesus leads, even though it may be painful?

Concluding Remarks

Many momentous prophecies from the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation will be featured in upcoming Amazing Facts Study Guides. God has given these prophecies to:

A. Reveal earth’s closing events.

B. Identify the participants in the final phase of the battle between Jesus and Satan.

C. Clearly reveal Satan’s sinister plans to ensnare and destroy us all.

D. Present the security and love of the judgment God’s saints will be vindicated!

E. Uplift Jesus, His salvation, love, power, mercy, and justice.

Major Participants Will Appear Repeatedly

Key participants in the closing war between Jesus and Satan will appear repeatedly in these prophecies. These include: Satan, Jesus, the United States, the papacy, Protestantism, and spiritism. Jesus repeats and expands His messages from the prophets to make certain His warnings of love and protection come through with clarity and certainty.



Thought Questions

1. I always thought Antichrist was a person rather than an organization. Am I wrong?
Antichrist is an organization–the papacy. The words “eyes of man” in Daniel 7:8, however, do point to a leader. Revelation 13:18 speaks of man with a number being involved. In Daniel
chapter 8, Greece is represented by a goat and its leader, Alexander the Great, is symbolized by a horn. The same is true of Antichrist. The organization is the papacy. The pope in office is its representative. The prophecy of Daniel chapter 7 is not saying that popes are evil and that Catholics are not Christians. There are many warm, loving Catholic Christians. The system, however, is called Antichrist because it has usurped Jesus’ authority and attempted to change His law.

2. Do you think it is wise or Christian to pass laws to enforce Christianity?
No. The Bible is clear that all should have freedom to choose the direction they wish to go in matters of conscience (Joshua 24:15)–even if they choose to deny God and be atheists. God permitted Adam and Eve to choose to disobey even though it hurt both them and Him. Forced worship is not acceptable to God. Forced worship is the devil’s way. God’s way is loving persuasion. History shows that virtually every time the church passed laws to enforce its beliefs, persecution and murder of others resulted. This is a lesson we can learn from the Middle Ages history of the little horn.

3. Perhaps I have misunderstood, but my concept has always been that Antichrist would be an evil being who openly opposed God. Is this concept incorrect?
We usually consider the word “anti” to mean “against”. But in “Antichrist” it means “in the place of” or “instead of”. Antichrist is guilty of assuming the prerogatives of God. It claims:

A. Its priests can forgive sins which only God can do (Luke 5:21).

B. To have changed God’s law by dropping out the second commandment (on worshiping images) and splitting the tenth into two parts. God’s law cannot be changed (Matthew 5:18).

C. That the pope is God on earth.

Satan’s Original Plan
Satan’s original plan (in heaven) was to assume God’s position and authority. His aim was to oust God and rule in His place. (See Study Guide 2.) When Satan was ejected from heaven, his aim did not change, but rather intensified. Through the centuries he has endeavored (using various human agencies) to discredit God and take over His position.

Antichrist Appears to Be Spiritual
Satan aims to replace God in these last days by deceiving people into following Antichrist, who appears spiritual and holy. The main purpose of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation is to expose Satan’s traps and strategies and lead people to anchor in Jesus and His Word for safety.

Antichrist Will Deceive Many
Most people will follow the Antichrist (Revelation 13:3), thinking they are following Christ. Only the very elect will be safe (Matthew 24:23, 24). They will be safe because they test every spiritual teaching and leader by Scripture (Isaiah 8:20). Religious deception is everywhere today. We cannot be too careful.

4. Doesn’t the Bible say in 1 John 2:18-22 that there are many antichrists?
Yes, there have been many antichrists down through history who have worked against the kingdom of God. However, there is only one entity that specifically fulfills all the prophesied characteristics of the Antichrist. In Daniel chapters 7 and 8 and in Revelation chapter 13, you will find at least 10 identifying traits of the Antichrist. These 10 identifying marks can be fulfilled in only one entity, the papacy.

5. In prophecy, does the symbol “beast” mean “beastly” characteristics?
Not at all. God uses the symbolism of a beast to signify a ruler, nation, government, or kingdom. It is His way of depicting governments in prophecy. We do this ourselves to some degree: We have depicted Russia as a bear, the United States has an eagle, etc. The symbol “beast” is not a demeaning, disrespectful term. It is synonymous with “animal” or “creature”. Even Christ is portrayed as a Lamb by John the Baptist (John 1:29) and the apostle John (Revelation 5:6, 9, 12, 13). The term “beast” is utilized by God to give us a message about nations and leaders, good and evil.\

This is taken from the amazing facts website.

There is no doubt who the anti christ is after this post.

May God keep you.

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