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The two Beasts of Rev13 have united!

17 Mar

HISTORIC! Pope Francis Invited to Address US Congress!

“Pope Francis could become the first pontiff ever to address Congress after being offered a historic invitation by US House leaders on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner sent a formal, open invitation to the pontiff, who on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.” (source)

The two beasts of Revelation 13 have united! Keep watching friends! – “When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.” (E.G.White, Testimonies, Vol.5, p451)

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The Deadly Wound is Almost Healed! Pope Francis, the man who won over the World! (March 2014)

12 Mar

“Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis did … Admirers from Manila to Mexico fondly remember his first appearance on the balcony in the Vatican when he began with the simple greeting, Good evening … We have never seen a pope become so popular in just a couple of minutes, said Odon Vallet, a French historian and an expert on religion.”

Revelation 13 tells us that the sea beast (the Papacy) who controlled the world for centuries would receive a ‘mortal wound’. History confirms this wound when in 1798 General Berthier of France marched his army into Rome, took the pope captive and locked him in prison, where he died. Then … “Half of Europe thought… that with the Pope the Papacy was dead.” (Lectures on the History of Religion, 1910). But Revelation 13 also tells us that this mortal wound would be healed and the whole world would ‘wonder after the beast’.

In 1929, Mussolini granted the Vatican it’s own state power again, and ever since, that ‘mortal wound’ has been healing. 85 years later and the whole world is beginning to wonder after the Papal beast. Even many of the Protestant churches are returning to their ‘mother’.

Do you believe this rhetoric of ‘Religious Tolerance’ will stand when the ‘kings of the world give their power unto the beast’? Not a chance friends. Once the Vatican receives world power again, like they did in the dark ages, persecution will rise again for God’s true Bible believing Christians. But please stand firm no matter what. An eternal bliss with Jesus awaits!

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Does Pope’s Message Fulfill Prophecy?

1 Mar

By now, I expect many Christians have seen the surprising viral video of Pope Francis’ recent appeal for unity with Protestants, presented at a Kenneth Copeland conference of charismatic leaders this past January.

You can see the video here on YouTube, interspersed with my “blow-by-blow” comments. (Make sure to watch the response at the end.)

This is not the first time the Catholic Church has made overtures for their “separated Protestant brethren” to return to the fold. What makes this appeal different is the personal “heartfelt” directness of the message.

Popes have always embedded these messages into their pontifical letters or as fleeting references in some official speech. This particular message was so homey and personal, however, it took everyone by surprise. Not many months ago, I wrote, “The world now has the first pope with the ability to unite the Catholic and Protestant world—even the press is calling him ‘the people’s pope’!” I think this message of unity speaks to that notion.

There are many probable reasons for his candid appeal to Protestants. And I expect some are as much religious as political.

In recent years, the Catholic Church has been rocked by bad press—a financial scandal, mountains of litigation defending priests who have abused children, a mysterious murder in the Vatican, and then the unprecedented resignation of a healthy pope. Now put these things together with the fact that Islam and secularism/atheism are spreading across Europe—many Catholic churches are virtually empty on Sundays.

Yet at the same time, the Charismatic churches are growing in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. And, of course, the direction and funding for most of these churches come out of North America.

So is it any wonder the pope would reach out to charismatic leaders in America? The Catholic Church can certainly read the handwriting on the wall. They know if they are going to survive in this new millennium, they will need an alliance with other Christians.

But whatever the cause, do not think for a moment that these appeals for unity will mean that the Roman Church is ready to surrender what she considers her rightful authority. In the pope’s message, he says he believes he is like Joseph in the Old Testament, mistreated by and separated from his brothers. Remember, it is the brothers of Joseph, coming to him begging for bread, who bow down before him and move to where he was in Egypt.

Almost as important as the pope’s message is the preamble given by his friend and envoy, Anglican Bishop Anthony Palmer. You will hear him declare at least three times in his introductory remarks, “The protest is over,” speaking, of course, of the Protestant Reformation. He was even so bold as to tell an auditorium filled with charismatic leaders, “Maybe we are all Catholics now.”

We should also not miss the enthusiastic response to the pope’s message given by these charismatic leaders, including a return video message of blessing for the pope.

So is there anything prophetic about this message? Let’s not jump to conclusions—but I venture that it certainly matches the flow of the first beast of Revelation 13, Protestants in North America, making an image to the second beast, Roman Catholics in Europe.

In her book Christian Service, the writer E.G. White comments:

“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism (the charismatic movement?) … then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near” (pp. 160, 161).

As Bible-believing Christians, we need not be alarmed. The Word of God has told us these things must take place.

For more information regarding this important subject, I would also urge you to watch our latest documentary, Revelation: The Bride, the Beast & Babylon.

And one more thing, take a look at this insightful statement in the best-selling book on the Reformation, The Great Controversy:

“Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, 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!” (p. 563).

Perhaps this is what it looks like when prophecy is being fulfilled.

Doug Batchelor

The Pope Claims to be God on Earth

26 Feb

hroughout the centuries of Rome’s existence, the popes have regularly claimed to be divine. As the supposed successor of Peter, the Pope claims infallibility, the position of God on Earth, and ability to judge and excommunicate angels.

// Cardinal Sarto, who became Pope Pius X, said this:

The Pope represents Jesus Christ Himself…i

This belief has so assimilated into society’s thinking that it is believed by many beyond Catholic circles. According to TIME, Pope John Paul II’s assassination attempt prompted a young Jewish man to say, “shooting the Pope—It’s like shooting God.”ii

Further Quotes from Vatican Documents show the Papacy’s belief in Papal Infallibility:

This ancient Catholic document, Extravagantes Johannes, refers to the Pope as “Our Lord God… read more.

// In 1512 Christopher Marcellus said this to Pope Julius II:

Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, thou art our physician, thou art our governor, thou art our husbandman, thou art finally another God on earth (emphasis added).iii

Just recently, in 2004, Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland said this:

“It seems that Pope John Paul II now presides over the universal Church from his place upon Christ’s cross.iv

The Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII says this:

But to believe that our Lord God the Pope the establisher of said decretal, and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical (emphasis added).v

Words from the Popes themselves:

In 1302 Pope Boniface said this in a letter to the Catholic Church:

Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.vi

Papal coin of Pius VI from the 1700s, with the title “Pius VI Pontifex Maximus.”

// A coin of the Vatican state says this about Pope Pius VI:

Pius Sextus Pontifex Maximus.vii

Pope Leo XIII said these things about the role of the Papacy and the Roman Church:

Our thoughts went out towards the immense multitude of those who are strangers to the gladness that filled all Catholic hearts: some because they lie in absolute ignorance of the Gospel; others because they dissent from the Catholic belief, though they bear the name of Christians.

This thought has been, and is, a source of deep concern to Us; for it is impossible to think of such a large portion of mankind deviating, as it were, from the right path, as they move away from Us, and not experience a sentiment of innermost grief. But since We hold upon this earth the place of God Almightyviii

Benedict hat Pope

// But the supreme teacher in the Church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires, together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff, as to God Himself.ix

And more recently, Pope John Paul II wrote that names like “Holy Father” are applicable to the Pope, even though calling him that is counter to the Gospel:

Have no fear when people call me the “Vicar of Christ,” when they say to me “Holy Father,” or “Your Holiness,” or use titles similar to these, which seem even inimical to the Gospel.x

In 1996 he also gave his ascent to calling the Pope “Lord” and “Christ on earth”:

we readily understand the devotion of Saint Francis of Assisi for “the Lord Pope“,the daughterly outspokenness of Saint Catherine of Siena towards the one whom she called “sweet Christ on earth“, the apostolic obedience and the sentire cum Ecclesia of Saint Ignatius Loyola,and the joyful profession of faith made by Saint Teresa of Avila: “I am a daughter of the Church” (emphases added).xi

Many Compare the Pope with Jesus

The Papacy is not the only source of papal infallibility doctrine. Many Catholics and others use the titles of Christ to describe the Pope, as seen in the video below. This video is featured in the lecture That All May Be One by Professor Walter Veith. Purchase the DVD from the Amazing Discoveries™ webstore or view the lecture on Amazing Discoveries™ TV.

 

 

 

The Doctrine of Papal Infallibility is UnBiblical

It is clear that “the Popes have never reproved or rejected this title”xii of blasphemy and flattery, but the Bible does not support the belief of papal infallibility. It declares that “all of sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Roman 3:23). This includes the Pope. These boasts of the Papal State fulfill the Bible’s prediction of what the Antichrist power would do:

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws…(Daniel 7:25).

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven (Revelation 13:5-6).

Read about the Catholic Church’s similar position on the power of their priests  


 

i. Cardinal Sarto, as quoted in Publications of the Catholic Truth Society Volume 29 (Catholic Truth Society: 1896): 11.

ii. George J. Church et. al, “Hands of Terrorism,” TIME (May 25, 1981).

 

iii. Christopher Marcellus addressing Pope Julius II during the Fifth Lateran Council which began in 1512, as quoted in Alexander Hislop, The light of prophecy let in on the dark places of the papacy (London: William Whyte and Co., 1846): 91 and Letters between a Catholic and a Protestant on the doctrines of the Church of Rome originally published in Borrow’s Worcester Journal (Worcester Journal, 1827): 29. Find the original Latin version here

iv. “Auckland Bishop Says Pope Presides From the Cross” (Zenit, September 20, 2004).

v. The Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII, Cum. Inter, title 14, chapter 4, “Ad Callem Sexti Decretalium”, Column 140 (Paris, 1685). In an Antwerp edition of the Extravagantes, the words, Dominum Deum Nostrum Papam (“Our Lord God the Pope”) can be found in column 153. View extracts here.

vi. Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam (Rome: 1302).

vii. Vatican Coin of 1795.

viii. Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae—The Reunion of Christendom (Rome: 1894).

ix. Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae: On Christians as Citizens (January 10, 1890).

x. Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope (New York: Alfred A. Knoff. 1995): 6.

xi. Pope John Paul II, Vita Consecrata (March 25, 1996): vatican.va.

xii. António Pereira de Figueiredo, “Tentativa theologica: Episcopal rights and ultramontane usurpations” (J. Masters, 1847): 180.

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