Rome in the News, August 2014

800px-Model_Vatican_2Here are some items that caught my interest this past month:

Car crash in Argentina kills three of Pope Francis’s relatives

Pope Francis’s great-nephews aged two and eight months and their mother killed in car crash in Argentina


End Time Current Events: 8-17-14 — Part 2.  Headlines:

  • Tony Palmer, who captured Pope Francis’ bid for Christian unity with a cellphone, dies after motorcycle crash
  • Kenneth Copeland Recants and Returns To Catholicism!
  • Pope Meets With Heads Of ‘The Family’ Doug Coe In D.C. To Organize ‘Secret Invisible World Organization’
  • Obama Endorses Elitist Pseudo-Christian Organization “The Family”
  • Westmont President Gayle Beebe Invited to Meet with Pope Francis to discuss finding common ground between Protestants and Catholics
  • Tongues-Not Essential for Salvation


‘I only have two to three years left to live’: Pope Francis speaks for first time about his own death as he hints at ‘nerve problems’ and early retirement

ISIS Declares That They Will Invade Jerusalem, The Vatican, And Spain, And Destroy the Christian Cross

Italian politician claims he has been ‘cursed’ after orang-utan remark

Obama Appoints Jesuit

Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

Satanic ‘black mass’ gets green light from U.S. city

Leave us alone, China tells the Pope: Officials warn Francis not to ‘interfere’ in atheist country’s religion after he said he wanted to visit

Pope endorses use of force to protect Iraq minorities from Islamic militants

Pope Francis should cast out Netanyahu’s demons, Nicaragua president says

Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement

Pope says the violence in Iraq offends God and humanity

Pope Warns Personal Relationship with Jesus is Dangerous

Pope was ‘kind and dear’ during 20 minute phone call, reveal James Foley’s parents who have been ‘deeply comforted’ by his prayers

Questions About Tony Palmer’s Funeral

Revealed: How the ‘pop star’ Pope snubbed Mrs Thatcher and the Queen on historic first visit to Britain

Second World War sex slaves seek comfort from Pope decades after they were forced into brothels

The Pope’s 10 tips for happiness

The priest who abused girls at confession – and how the Catholic church kept it secret: Furious families demand the truth about string of child sex abuse scandals

Vatican orders Catholics to be ‘more restrained’ when performing the sign of peace… with a handshake instead of a kiss


The Rise and Demise of the EU: A Short History of A Big Failure

US Pillaged, Rothschilds Turn Sights On the Next Grand Prize: Russia

The Power Behind the American Supreme Court

Georgetown UniversityIn keeping with the last post about the Power Behind the American Presidency, Eric Jon Phelps claims the Jesuits also control the American Supreme Court:

The diabolical and damnable Society of Jesus is in complete control of the Supreme Court of the United States via Jesuit Georgetown University.  There are now six Roman Catholics and three Jews loyal to Jesuit Pope Francis I making up “the Court.”

Read more: (not an endorsement of all of Phelps’ work or views)

These are increasingly dangerous times for Protestants, indeed.

The Power Behind the American Presidency

Here is a quote from what looks to be an interesting book to add to the research pile:

Vetements cardinal Gamarelli“Now,” said the Jesuit, “listen to me a few moments and I will tell you what I know. Your president is elected by the conclave of cardinals at Rome, the same who elect the Pope. Your people nominate the candidates. Our confidential agents select from the number, the one whom they believe to be the most favorable to the interests of the Church. His name with those of the other candidates is reported to the cardinals and the Pope. When their decision is announced to the confidential friends of the pope and the cardinals, in the United States, they send forth their order through the priests; and the whole Roman Catholic vote is thrown for the candidate who is favored by the Church. He of course is always elected. Your parties are so equally divided on politics, that this Roman Catholic vote, which is cast on purely religious considerations, is always sufficient to turn the scale.”

~The Crisis by J. Wayne Laurens,1855

Source and full book:

Dante on Papal Simony

DvinfernoPopeNicholasIII mFeileadh Mor quotes Dante on Papal Simony:

O Simon Magus, O forlorn disciples,
Ye who the things of God, which ought to be
The brides of holiness, rapaciously
For silver and for gold do prostitute…

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The Alberto Rivera Story



Fact and Fantasy Compared – Forty Years of Fraud

by Roy Livesey

Introduction by Shaun Willcock

Alberto Rivera is the principal character in the “Alberto” series of picture books, published by Chick Publications in California.  They claim to be based upon the life story of a man who said he was an ex-Jesuit priest converted to Christ, and on other information about Roman Catholicism and the Jesuits which he supplied.  When asked to make a statement concerning the validity of his supposed life story, Rivera published a declaration that what was written by “JTC” (Jack T. Chick) was “a true and actual account.”

But this was a lie.  And although this lie was exposed to some extent by others before him, Roy Livesey carried out the most extensive and thorough research of all into the life and claims of Alberto Rivera.  His research revealed that Rivera was never a Jesuit priest, but a fraud and a deceiver.

Sadly, although Rivera died in 1997 his false message continues to be promoted across the world, via the Chick comic books as well as via the many who believed him and continue to do so.  And those who seek to expose him are branded as “Jesuit agents” or Vatican stooges, the very tactic which Rivera used, and one which the gullible are only too willing to emulate.

As Livesey writes in the preface to his short biography entitled Alberto Rivera: “Alberto” Comic Book Con Man (2005): “Surely Rivera must have been the most consistently successful deceiver the Church has known.  After some forty years of deceiving readers and international audiences, Rivera died in 1997 without ever having been stopped in his tracks…. Unfortunately there have been too many undiscerning Protestants and evangelicals ready to be persuaded by our con man and agent provocateur.  Alberto Rivera could only exaggerate and hinder the truth; and truth is essential if God is to be honoured and the Protestant cause not hindered.”

The following article is reprinted from Roy Livesey’s New Age Bulletin, Vol III, No 4, November 1991.  It is a concise summary of his research.  His booklet entitled Alberto Rivera: “Alberto” Comic Book Con Man, was published by Bury House Christian Books, Kidderminster, England, in 2005.  It was based on his complete biography of Rivera, a very comprehensive and as-yet unpublished manuscript, entitled Alberto Rivera: the True Story.  Perhaps this excellent exposé could yet be published.

It must be borne in mind that Roy Livesey exposes Rivera’s fantasies in the article below, but this is by no means to say that many of the things Rivera describes have not indeed occurred, or that they are not occurring still.  Rivera said many true things about Rome, gleaned from various reliable sources, or he would not have been able to deceive so many for so long.  But Livesey’s purpose is to show that Rivera was never a Jesuit priest, and that he fabricated many things about Rome to sensationalise his “life story”.

Also, it must be pointed out that some of those who have written exposés of Rivera in the past, and the publications in which these have appeared, are not doctrinally sound and we do not recommend them for doctrine in any way.  But men may carry out good factual research regardless of their personal beliefs.  Rivera branded all such researchers as Jesuit agents, and sadly many who continue to believe his message follow him in this tactic; but it does not automatically follow that every man who has exposed Rivera is an agent of Rome whose research is faulty!  Evidence is evidence, and shooting the messenger just because his message is not to their liking does not make the evidence disappear.

The Alberto Rivera* Story

*** Jim Jones, Jim Bakker… Alberto Rivera.
*** Rivera pretends he was Jesuit Priest who learned Vatican secrets.
*** He teaches a false history supposedly learned in the Vatican.
*** His message reaches millions through best-selling picture books.
*** His financial frauds continue after nearly forty years.
*** He is known world-wide and living in Southern California.
*** The incredible story of money and religious fraud.
*** The fact of Rivera’s life is as extraordinary as his fantasy.
*** An epic story as extraordinary as any film or fiction?

Read more:

Romanism and the Reformation from the Standpoint of Prophecy

This is part 1 (the rest can be found on Youtube):

Recapitulation in Revelation 20

Broad chain closeupHere is a case for recapitulation in Revelation 20 from an amillennialist perspective.  The Antipas Chronicles is not amillennialist, but it is always good to test one’s beliefs!:

Reexamining the Evidence for Recapitulation in Revelation 20:1-10
by Dr. R. Fowler White

Those who are familiar with the various evangelical formulations of biblical eschatology know well that a debate has long raged over the contribution that Rev 20:1–10 should make to those formulations. Of course, there have been several issues of significance in that debate, but one of the most critical has been how the visions of Rev 20:1–10 relate to those of Rev 19:11–21. Generally speaking, those who have given answers to this question have fallen into one of two groups. On the one hand are those who have seen the relationship as one of chronological progression. Within this group, a minority (most of whom are postmillennialists) have interpreted 19:11–20:10 as a description of events from the interadvent age (19:11–20:6 ) up through the second coming ( 20:7–10 ), but a large majority (all of whom are premillennialists) have viewed the visions as an account of events associated with the second coming (19:11–20:3 ), a subsequent interregnum ( 20:4–6), and a judgment of Satan and the nations following that interregnum (20:7–10).[1] On the other side of the question are those who have seen the relationship between 19:11–21 and 20:1–10 as one of recapitulation.[2] This group (all of whom are amillennialists) has understood the visions of 20:1–6 as a description of events associated with the first advent and the interadvent age, while treating the vision of 20:7–10 as a depiction of the second advent parallel to the account in 19:11–21.[3] To date, scholarly exchange between these two groups has achieved little more than a delineation of their differences and, in fact, the most recent contributions amount to no more than hackneyed recitations of old arguments.[4]

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Who Were the Nicolaitans?

Ephesus theater“Most scholars feel that they were antinomians (opposed to moral law) or as the dispensationalist teach it, “The Law has Passed Away.” The antinomians taught that the dispensation of the gospel releases man from any obligation to keep the law of God.”

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Worshipping the Dead

Jesuits v. Popes

James Japan says:

Kielich WojciechaI took from Wikipedia a list of Superior Generals of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and made a chart showing which Popes reigned during that particular Jesuit General’s rule. A Jesuit General is also known as the “Black Pope” and the existing Pope is called the “White Pope.” As you see there have been more Popes, 50 totaled, compared to only 30 Jesuit Generals! What does that imply? Does it mean the Jesuit General gets rid of any Pope he doesn’t like? Their favorite method of assassination is poisoning. Pope John Paul I lived only 33 days!

[A comparison chart follows]

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