Rome in the News, June 2016

Some recent Rome and eschatology-related headlines:

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Pope Francis announces study to allow women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church:

A deacon can lead certain services but cannot say Mass. A deacon can also administer a parish in the absence of a priest.

Catholic priests in Montreal banned from being alone with children

Mother Teresa to be made a saint as Pope Francis announces date for the nun’s canonisation, 19 years after her death

Now UK Christians are in a minority: Number of people who say they do not identify with any religion reaches almost half after doubling in the past three years

“Pope Francis” is on the verge of creating “error and confusion” in one direction or another

Pope Francis makes groundbreaking apology to gay people and says the Catholic Church must seek forgiveness for the way it treated them in the past

“‘Pope Francis’ Should Resign”

Pope Returns Donation, Noting It Had 666 in It

Priests and church leaders sexually abused hundreds of children in Altoona Diocese: AG office

The nullification of the faithful

‘They are our brothers. A Christian excludes no one’: Pope Francis invites a dozen refugees onto the steps of St Peter’s Basilica during his general audience

Three Franciscan friars arraigned for letting child molester keep teaching job where he abused more than 100 students

Vatican auditors close 5,000 ‘suspect’ bank accounts after investigation finds secret slush funds used for possible insider trading and tax evasion

Vatican hits out at Turkey’s ‘crusader Pope’ accusations after country brands Pontiff’s ‘biased’ Armenian genocide remarks ‘religion-based discrimination’

Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets

Eschatology:

Sessions: Election 2016 offers a choice between national self-interest and globalism

 

Time to Pay the Piper?

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Rome has elected the first female mayor in its 3,000-year history with the 37-year-old lawyer vowing to take on the Pope and the Mafia…

The newspaper reports that she wants to pursue up to £310million in allegedly unpaid taxes on the Vatican’s real estate holdings and some of its assets.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3650055/Rome-elects-female-mayor-3-000-year-history-37-year-old-lawyer-vows-POPE-MAFIA.html

Political Earthquake Strikes Europe

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In Earthquake in Bible Prophecy, I noted how the term “earthquake” in prophetic literature often symbolizes a major political, religious, social, etc. upheaval.  Last week, with Britain’s yes vote on Brexit, it was interesting to see that the newspapers employed seismic language in their coverage of the event.  For instance, here is a headline from the Daily Mail [emphasis mine]:

Who will be NEXIT? The Swexits, Czexits and Frexits that could follow Britain out of the EU… and the aftershocks hitting continent

The headline for the same article on the front page actually used the word “earthquake.”

Here is another headline:

Epicentre of the Euro Earthquake: A powerful dispatch from the ‘neglected’ North East by DAVID ROSE

In addition, the article, DOMINIC SANDBROOK: As a historian, I can assure you this is the most tumultuous event of modern times, a people’s revolt against the elite that’s been brewing for years contains the following statements [emphasis mine]:

This was not merely an electoral earthquake. It was a popular revolt by vast swathes of England and Wales against the political, financial and cultural elite, whose complacent assumptions have been simply blown away.

and

What happened was undoubtedly the most dramatic, the most shocking and even the most revolutionary event in our modern history. We will live with the consequences for the rest of our lives.

And here are some headlines describing some of the repercussions of the Out vote:

EXCLUSIVE – ‘Europe will fall very soon’: Now even MEPs say EU will CRUMBLE within five years after shock Brexit result

Franklin Graham: U.K. vote deals blow to ‘1-world government’

From Brexit to Texit: Texas secession movement targets 2018 ballot

Sarah Palin congratulates the UK on Brexit and urges the U.S. to ‘follow suit’ and abandon the UN

English will not be an official EU language after Brexit, says senior MEP

In Revelation 16, we read about how the kings of the earth will unite together against God in an effort to build a one-world anti-Christian government, economy, and religion.  Like the Tower of Babel, their effort will only go so far and then God will pull the plug, at which point this will happen [emphasis mine]:

Revelation 16:17-18  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Of the term “earthquake” in the Book of Revelation, Albert Barnes writes on Revelation 6:12 in his Notes on the Bible:

An earthquake, if there were no other circumstances limiting and explaining the symbol, would merely denote great agitation and commotion – as if states and empires were tumbling to ruin.

And here, before our very eyes, we see the possibility that the EU and the global empire could tumble to ruin.

Is this the earthquake described in Revelation 16?  It’s hard to say at this time.  The Pope has been quoted as follows:

Francis told reporters en route to Armenia on Friday that the decision places ‘a great responsibility on all of us to guarantee the well-being of the people of the United Kingdom.’

He said it also will require all to ‘take responsibility for the well-being and coexistence of the entire European continent.’ (Source).

It would appear that he is not yet done with his goal of uniting the whole world under his power. Neither are the “kings” aligned with him, as can be seen from these headlines:

Has Britain avoided a ‘European superstate’? France and Germany ‘draw up plans to morph EU countries into one with control over members’ armies and economies’

European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations ‘to be morphed into one’ post-Brexit

EU leaders REFUSE to start informal talks with Britain and insist we formally trigger Brexit first as Angela Merkel warns other countries should be stopped from leaving

Merkel warns Britain it won’t be able to ‘cherry pick’ EU privileges and vows to use ‘all her strength’ to prevent the bloc from crumbling

Whether or not a bigger earthquake is yet to come, we can be sure that the papacy’s time will come.  It will be accompanied by the following:

  1. The international community, including Western Europe, will continue to turn against the Pope
  2. The international community will abandon the papacy
  3. The international community will take away papal authority
  4. The international community will destroy the papacy

(Source: John’s Revelation Unveiled by F.N. Lee, page 235 and following)

Here is Albert Barnes again on Revelation 17: 16 and 18:

This statement will be accomplished if these same powers, represented by the ten horns, that were formerly in alliance with the papacy, shall become its enemy, and contribute to its final overthrow. That is, it will be accomplished if the nations of Europe, embraced within the limits of those ten kingdoms, shall become hostile to the papacy, and shall combine for its overthrow. Is anything more probable than this?

and

Europe needs but little further provocation, and the fires of liberty, which have been so long pent up, will break forth, and that storm of indignation which has expelled the Jesuits from all the courts of Europe; which has abolished the Inquisition; which has more than once led hostile armies to the very gates of papal Rome, will again be aroused in a manner which cannot be allayed, and that mighty power, which has controlled so large a part of the nations of Europe for more than a thousand years of the world’s history, will come to an end.

May the fires of liberty burn once again – and soon.

The Gathering Continues

Revelation 16:13-16:  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Satan-traditional-arms.svgThis prophecy, made 2000 years ago, foresaw a time when Antichrist would attempt to gather the whole world under his control against the Lord Jesus Christ.  He would use demonic powers to help him persuade the kings of the earth and the whole world to follow him.  He would gather together those loyal to the Papacy, Islam, Apostate Protestantism, and all other non-Christian religions.  They would help him try to eliminate biblical Christianity once and for all in their last great opposition against Almighty God and His followers.  And they are gathering in that opposition today.

Said the current pope this past March: “All of us together, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, Evangelical [Protestants] brothers and sisters — children of the same God — we want to live in peace, integrated.”

And more recently we read that this past May, “Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.” And “A statement quoted Tayeb as telling Francis: “We need to take a joint stance, hand in hand, to bring happiness to humanity. Divine religions were revealed to make people happy, not to cause them hardship.””

It’s not just religious leaders yoking with the Pope.  High-level politicians from around the world are doing the same thing.  One such politician is presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who stated regarding a recent visit with the Pope that “This is an invitation from the Vatican, from a pope that I have enormous respect for in term of the level of consciousness that he’s raising on the need to have morality in our economy.”  (Isn’t it interesting how socialists can invoke religion whenever it suits their purposes?).

From a human perspective, it seems like nothing can stop this union.  But as Christians, we have another perspective, a heavenly perspective that tells us that this union will fail just like every other rebellion against God.  Francis Nigel Lee wrote that this would happen sometime before the Papacy achieved total one-world rule:

“It should be noted that all such Papal efforts will not prevail!
For, some time before the Vatican has achieved her objective of ruling the entire World (as Nimrod of old tried to do in Ancient Babylon) God will pour out the seventh and last vial of His wrath on the Great City and on the cities of the Nations.” [“John’s Revelation Unveiled” page 219]

A great international religious and political shake-up is coming.  Hold fast, dear ones, and watch and keep your garments.  The liberation of the nations will come in the not too distant future.

I’m From The Vatican!

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From a recent news article [expletive further starred out by me]:

A Church of England vicar shouted ‘I’m from the Vatican, you’re ******’ as he brawled with police after a vodka-fuelled nightclub binge.

This would be funny except that historically, the Vatican is known to have infiltrated the Church of England.  This was chronicled by Walter Walsh in The History of the Romeward Movement in the Church of England and also in the History of the Oxford Movement.  Sadly, I have not had the time to make it through both of these books yet but they are definitely on my “to read” list!

Pope Francis: God Is A Sinner

Here is the current Pope stating that God Himself is a sinner [emphasis added]:

The Pope reflected on the Sunday reading from the Gospel of Luke in which a young Jesus stayed in Jerusalem in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph when they could not find him.

“For this little ‘escapade,’ Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents,” the Pope suggested. “The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it.”

Read more: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-to-families-forgive-each-other-and-journey-together-towards-god-20282/

HT: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89242-Pope-Francis-Jesus-sinned

Let’s work through this.  According to the current Pope, Jesus had to ask forgiveness from his parents.  If He had to ask for forgiveness, then that means He sinned while on earth.  If He sinned, then He could not have been the promised Messiah and could not have taken away the sins of the world because He would not have been an umblemished sacrifice.  Moreover, being God Himself, that means that God Himself would be a sinner.  So the current Pope can only offer people a sinful God who cannot save them from their sins.  Given this, If I were a Roman Catholic, I’d immediately start looking for a truly holy and powerful God who can actually save me.  Thankfully, such a God does exist and has spoken through the pages of the Holy Bible.  I urge you to search for Him while He can still be found.

All Power in Heaven and Earth

Saint Pope Pius V“Saint” Pope Pius V:

“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.

~Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Cities Petrus Bertanous Chapter XXVII: 218.

Source: https://www.worldslastchance.com/end-time-prophecy/appalling-papal-proclamations-straight-from-the-harlots-mouth.html

Why is Francis Encouraging Muslim Immigration into Europe?

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This is something that puzzles many Christians.  If the pope of Rome believes that Roman Catholicism is the only true religion; if he believes that Islam is a false religion; if he is devoted to Europe being “Christian” (i.e. Roman Catholic); and if he knows (as of course he does) that Muslim terrorists are bent on turning Europe into “Eurabia”, a Muslim continent, and that they want to destroy Vatican City State itself and the Roman Catholic influence in Europe (as they certainly do) – then why is he encouraging Muslim immigration into Europe?  What is going on?

There is plenty of evidence that he is encouraging Muslim immigration into Europe, including that of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims pouring in illegally from their own war-torn countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.  Just to confine ourselves to his most recent actions and statements:

In April 2016, Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos, where among other things he visited a Muslim refugee camp, and addressed the people there.  He sounded very compassionate, saying he was speaking out on their behalf, calling the world’s attention to their plight.  He called them “brothers and sisters”.[1]  And in a joint declaration signed by Francis and two Eastern Orthodox religious leaders while on Lesbos, the tone once again sounded compassionate, as they called on the international community to come to the aid of the refugees and pleaded for an end to the wars in the Middle East.[2]

And then, at the conclusion of his trip, Francis brought three refugee families back to Rome with him!  The Jesuit director of the Vatican’s press office said in a statement, “The pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children.”  All the members of these families were Muslims.  The Vatican said it would take responsibility for maintaining them.[3]  This was nothing but a deliberate, well-planned PR exercise, and of course it went down very well with liberals and leftists everywhere.

Why, then, is Francis doing these things?

Read more and obtain a free pdf here: http://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/2016/05/16/why-is-francis-encouraging-muslim-immigration-into-europe/

Together 2016: More False Ecumenism

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2 Corinthians 6:14:  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Yet another reason why I stay away from so-called modern Christianity.  I don’t even know what to call myself anymore:

Together 2016 is a prayer and worship event gathering together professing Christians and Catholics, with the Pope participating:

“Together 2016” is an event to be held on July 16 at the National Mall in Washington, and seeks to unite those of various backgrounds to “stand together for Jesus.” Both Christians and Catholics alike will be featured at the prayer and worship event.

One Catholic worship leader for the event states the following:

“We’ve never seen a unified church before in the history of the church since the Reformation. We don’t even know what it looks like,” he said at OneThing 2015. “I think what the work of unity starts with [is]: It starts with us praying together. It starts with us fellowshipping together. It starts with us having a common respect for each other, a love for each other.”

And these are the ministries/individuals I will steer far clear of in the future (although I already avoid these):

Supporters of the event include The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Luis Palau Association, CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Premiere Productions, the National Day of Prayer, YWAM, the American Bible Society and other organizations.

Confirmed speakers include Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriquez. Music will be provided by Michael W. Smith, Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, Jeremy Camp, Lauren Daigle, Casting Crowns, Kirk Franklin, Andy Mineo and Matt Maher, among others.

Read more: http://christiannews.net/2016/06/10/together-2016-organizer-meets-with-pope-francis-to-unite-christians-catholics-on-national-mall/

HT: http://galatiansfour.blogspot.ca/2016/06/together-2016-false-ecumenical-unity.html

It’s one thing to unite together under the historic Christian faith.  It’s quite another to join hands with the one the Bible calls the Man of Sin and Antichrist.  May God have mercy up the professing church.

Related: The Pope and Hillsong will unite “Together 2016” in Washington D.C.

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A House Of Cards Eventually Falls Down

Some recent headlines warning of social collapse and upheaval in the EU:

European flag outside the CommissionEarth hour cancelled due to migrant rape: Swedish town refuses to turn lights off to protect women from attacks

EU’s Tower of Babel may fall while leaders distracted

Europe’s moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism

EXCLUSIVE – Nazi daggers, SS hats and a hangman’s noose: On night patrol with the ‘Soldiers of Odin’, neo-Nazi led vigilantes vowing to ‘keep Europe’s women safe from migrant sex attacks’

France’s Jews fleeing Paris for London: ‘We need to go for the future of the children’

REVEALED: SECRET MAP shows what European nations REALLY think of ‘doomed’ EU

Riot police use water cannon on the streets of Brussels: ‘Peace’ march organised in wake of terror attacks is hijacked by far-right protesters making Nazi salutes

The Crescent, the Cross and the Collapse of European Civilisation

All of this brings to mind Revelation 16:16-19:

 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Be assured that although the world is gathering against Christ and His followers, the anti-Christian regime will not last long.  Sooner or later, God WILL pull the plug on it and it will all fall down.  F.N. Lee quoting Jonathan Edwards:

“The Devil is utterly baffled and confounded…. He now sees his Antichristian, and Mahometan, and Heathenish kingdoms through[out] the World, all tumbling about his ears….

Source: John’s Revelation Unveiled, page 217.

We’re not quite at the point of total collapse yet.  But sooner or later, it will happen.