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Portugal’s Fires 2017: What the Pope Blesses, the Lord Curses

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Shaun Willcock:

“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.  If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” (Malachi 2:1,2)

  In the Scripture above, the Lord sent a curse upon the Jewish priests, and cursed their blessings.  For they were false priests.  This can mean He cursed what they had been blessed with; but also, that He cursed the blessings they pronounced on others.

The priests of Rome are false priests as well.  The only difference is that the Jewish priesthood was ordained of God for a specific time and purpose, whereas the Romish priesthood never was.  And if the Lord cursed the blessings of the Jewish priests, He most certainly curses the blessings of the priests of Rome.  Most especially, He curses that which the pope of Rome, the great high priest of the greatest false religion which has ever existed, blesses.

In June 2017 the sovereign Lord, once again, cursed what the Roman Antichrist blessed, when the worst fires in Portugal’s history swept through its central region.

Does the reader see the hand of God in what occurred in Portugal?  It should make one’s hair stand on end, and humble one into the dust before God!

For Francis I arrived in Portugal in May 2017, being welcomed by the country’s president and adoringly followed by vast crowds of Roman Catholic faithful.  His purpose for being in the country?  To “canonise” two of the three shepherd children who, at Fatima in Portugal a hundred years ago in 1917, claimed to have received visits from the Virgin Mary and messages from her.  I recently wrote a detailed article examining the so-called Fatima apparitions, entitled The Lying “Lady” of Fatima: Seers and Secrets, Deception and Delusion, and the Politics of Global Power.[1]  The reader is urged to carefully read that article.  The entire Fatima deception is all to do with increasing the power of the Vatican over the earth.

And in June – just a month after the papal visit – central Portugal experienced a series of deadly wildfires, with the largest loss of life due to such fires in Portugal’s history!  Dozens perished in the flames, many dying as they tried to flee in their cars.  So great was the catastrophe that Spain, France and Italy sent water-dropping planes, and the EU and UN also pledged assistance.  The Portuguese prime minister said, “The fire has reached a level of human tragedy that we have never seen before.”  And a local mayor of one of the affected areas said, “It does not seem real, it is out of this world…. It is a real inferno, we have never seen anything like that.”

Note: Fatima is in central Portugal!  The fires were in Pedrogao Grande, a municipality in Leiria District.  The city of Leiria is the capital of Leiria District, and is also the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Leiria-Fatima.  It was in fact to the bishop of Leiria that one of the Fatima child “seers”, Lucia dos Santos, entrusted the so-called “third secret” of Fatima in a sealed envelope.  She had written it down on the orders of the bishop of Leiria.

Francis I visits Fatima, being welcomed by the Portuguese president; and a month later the Portuguese president is visiting the Leiria region to meet with the families of the victims of the devastating fires.  Coincidence?  Not in the least.  It was Divine judgment.  We feel deep compassion for and sympathy with the suffering people of Portugal at such a time of great tragedy.  Truly, the hearts of all should break when they consider the extent of the suffering and pain there.  But let us not be found speaking as the foolish, the ignorant, and atheistic speak, when they start blaming God or saying such stupid things as, “How could a loving God allow this?”  or, “How can there be a God?”  When men blaspheme the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth day and night; when they worship idols in direct violation of His holy Word; when they give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and uphold the foolish lies of human beings as if they carried equal or greater weight than the Word of the living God; when they exalt a sinful man as the “Vicar of Christ” and believe him to be the representative of God on earth; when they cry out for this wicked man’s “blessing” and hang on his every word of blasphemy and idolatry; then at some point the judgment of God must fall, and often it has fallen very swiftly.  He says: “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isa. 42:8).

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The Warming Pan Prince of Wales

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In 1688, England had a Glorious Revolution when Papal King James II was overthrown and replaced by the Dutch King William III.

The Revolution was a great boon to Israel in the Wilderness because James II ordered Jesuit Sir Edmund Andros to collect all the charters of the colonies and return them to London. After the Revolution, Andros was ordered to return to London . . . without the charters.

Another great boon for the British Christians was the 1689 Bill of Rights, which was the precursor to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

In 1673, James Stuart married the daughter of Pope Clement X. Unable to produce a male heir, she feigned a pregnancy, and a counterfeit Prince of Wales was introduced into her “birth chamber.”…

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Political Earthquake Strikes Europe


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.


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?


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.

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?

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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.

Rome in the News, February 2016

Some Rome and eschatology-related news from this past month:

Catholic mass grave sites of 350,800 missing children found in Ireland, Spain, Canada

Did Pope John Paul II fall in love with a married American academic? New BBC Panorama investigation probes former Pontiff’s secret relationships with women

Eerie photos show chilling scenes inside austere abandoned Catholic seminary haunted by allegations of sex abuse by priests

Ex-Catholic priest, 83, is arrested for the murder of beauty queen, 25, whose body was found face down in a canal 56 years ago, days after he heard her confession

Fertile soil for corruption: Pope Francis is met by hugs in Mexico but has tough words for blood-soaked country’s political and religious leaders

Germany’s Catholic Church calls for ‘reduction’ in refugees

New Hampshire state Rep.: ‘The Pope is the anti-Christ’

Pope Francis to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Cuba in bid to heal 1,000-year-old schism between Christianity’s east and west branches

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox church leader end 1,000 year rift between East and West at historic Cuba meeting as they sign a joint declaration calling for an end to Christian persecution

Pope Francis calls for global abolition of the death penalty saying ‘Thou shalt not kill’ applies to the guilty as well as the innocent’

Pope Francis Sees Putin as ‘Only Man’ to Defend Christians Around the World

Pope Francis under fire over China ‘Realpolitik’

Pope Francis’ meeting with Iran’s President Rouhani fulfils end-time prophecy, Jewish scholars say

Pope unleashes ‘super confessors’ to tackle special sins

The Jesuits and Britain

Professor Arthur Noble:

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The English poet Robert Southey (1774-1843), who wrote a famous biography of Lord Nelson, once gave the following famous satirical description of a Jesuit:

A Jesuit may be shortly described as an empty suit of clothes with another person living in them, who acts for him, thinks for him, decides for him whether he shall be a prince or a beggar, and moves him about wheresoever he pleases; who allows him to exhibit the internal aspect of a man, but leaves him none of the privileges – no liberty, no property, no affections, not even the power to refuse obedience when ordered to commit the most atrocious of crimes; for, the more he outrages his own feelings, the greater his merits. Obedience to the superior is his only idea of virtue, and in all other respects he is a mere image. [Quoted in The Protestant Echo, Vol. XX, 1899, p. 86.]

Unfortunately for humanity, history demonstrates that the Jesuits were no mere image, but a most fearsome and gruesome reality. When the Bill for legalising Jesuitism was set down for its second reading in the House of Commons on June 7, 1899, The Protestant Echo warned the public of the likely consequences by quoting the following words of Rev. Dr. J.A. Wylie, author of the book Jesuitism: Its Rise, Progress and Insidious Workings [London, undated]:

To what country of Europe shall we turn where we are not able to track the Jesuit by his bloody footprints? […] How many assassins they sent to England to murder Elizabeth history attests. […] Nor is it only the palaces of monarchs into which they have crept with their doctrines of murder and assassination; the very sanctuary of their own Popes they have defiled with blood. […] In the Gunpowder Plot we see them deliberately planning to destroy, at one blow, the nobility and gentry of England. To them we owe those civil wars which for so many years drenched with blood the fair provinces of France. They laid the train of that crowning horror, the St. Bartholomew massacre. Philip II and the Jesuits share between them the guilt of the “Invincible Armada” […]. What a harvest of plots, tumults, seditions, revolutions, torturings, poisonings, assassinations, regicides and massacres, has Christendom reaped from the seed sown by the Jesuits! [Ibid.]

800px-Brno_9811An English Roman Catholic wrote the following in 1602 his preface to the Jesuit Catechism:

To receive Jesuits into a Kingdom is to receive a vermin which at length will gnaw out the heart of the State both spiritual and temporal. They work underhand the ruin of the countries where they dwell, and the murder of whatsoever kings and princes it pleaseth them.

The Abbé Marcel de la Roche Arnauld, after physically escaping from eight years in a Jesuit College, wrote:

[…] how can any honest man live among them? Do you wish to excite trouble, to provoke revolution, to produce the total ruin of your country? Call in the Jesuits. [Jesuit Catechism, 1602, Preface.]

Some of the aspects of Jesuitism which I would like to examine in more detail today are foreshadowed in these quotations.

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Rome in the News, November 2015

Some Rome and eschatology-related headlines from this past month:

One World Everything:

How a secretive elite created the EU to build a world government

Pope bid to unite all religions

Pope: “Christians and Muslims are brothers”

Pope Francis And Vatican Demand Complete ‘Decarbonization’ Of The Entire World

Pope promoted Merton and Buddha

The UN Plans To Implement Universal Biometric Identification For All Of Humanity By 2030

UN planning an ‘international tribunal of climate justice’ which would allow nations to take developed countries to court

Why Britain Entered the EEC


Bishop: ‘Pope Francis Is Wrong, Migrants Are Invasion’

France Is Now Warning Pope Francis That The Muslims Could Murder Him

How a secretive elite created the EU to build a world government

Why Britain Entered the EEC

United States:

Catholic Church Paid $79 MILLION By Obama Administration To Force Migrant Invasion

Terrorist Alert: U.S. State Dept Warns Americans Abroad to Steer Clear of Vatican

Roman Catholicism:

After Paris, Pope Francis Tells Christians to Be Ready for the End of the World

‘Christmas is a charade’: Pope says atrocities such as Paris massacre have made festivities meaningless in a world which has chosen ‘war and hate’

Fears for health of Pope Francis, 78, as he stumbles for second time in three days and has to be helped up steps to an altar

Germany’s bishops discuss decentralizing the Church in meeting with Pope Francis

Is Francis Really Fighting Predator Priests?

Is the pope toying with heresy?

‘Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine’: Catholic priest forced to remove controversial church sign

Monks accused of FIVE DECADES of sexual abuse of children at Minnesota abbey – and one is alleged to have had 200 victims

Mother Teresa to become a saint next year: Doctors ‘conclude there is no natural explanation for miracle attributed to her

Pope Francis blasts leak of Vatican documents as deplorable crime but vows to reform Catholic Church

“Pope Francis” is the new Miley Cyrus

Pope Urges Catholic Church To Disavow Conservatism And Fundamentalism

Sainthood Pricetag Leaks Stir Vatican Fury

Vatican properties are operating as BROTHELS and massage parlours for priests, claims latest Vatileaks report


Catholic schools to ban Islam from religious GCSE studies: Senior Muslim readers brand decision ‘very disappointing’ after church intervention


Freemasons fixed inquiry into Titanic to protect Establishment, claims secret archive that lists two million members – including Winston Churchill – and reveals secretive group of elites ruled society for 200 years

Destroying Worldwide Protestantism

Peter Trumper via Shaun Willcock:

Catholic faith defeating heresies (Karlskirche Vienna)Karl Marx said: “The first battlefield is the re-writing of history.”  This is an age when, very rapidly, the truth about the past is being “revised” by Marxists, liberals and others, and unless this wicked revisionism is resisted, people will be thoroughly indoctrinated with lies and myths presented as “truth”.  Already vast damage has been done, and even many who lived through more recent historical events have been so well indoctrinated, and conditioned to think along the “party” line, that they actually believe the lies and myths they have been fed.  Very few people think critically anymore.  They do not even know how to do so.  They simply swallow whatever they are told by their Red, almost-Red, and religious-Red heroes and masters.

The purpose of these articles is to counter the deliberate re-writing of history with those stubborn things called facts, and that wonderful thing called truth.  “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).


by Shaun Willcock

This article was first published in 1990.  The author, a Briton, understood the true situation in South Africa far better than most people in Britain or the rest of the western world, and sought, via his writings, to warn Protestants about what was happening.  Always keenly interested in my own reports about what was happening in South Africa, some of which he republished in his own magazine, he also kindly agreed to write the foreword for my book, “Holy War” Against South Africa.  We are re-publishing this excellent article because it is a record of the truth, and deserves to be made as widely-known as possible.  How true the saying, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”  Peter Trumper did what he could to awaken Protestants to what was happening in South Africa in those turbulent years before the African National Congress of Nelson Mandela took power.  He was valiant for the truth in an age of cowardice and compromise, and I received the news of his passing away in 2015 with great sadness.  May the Lord raise up many like him!


They are attempting to destroy World Protestantism: first Rhodesia, and then Britain with Northern Ireland – and now South Africa.  The release of Nelson Mandela is part of the process.

Like vultures yearning for a good feed as they hover over a dying traveller, the men of the cloth appear unusually interested in events in South Africa.  The politicians and the black people may have a legitimate interest in the deep-rooted apartheid problem, but what about the clergy?  Can they all place their hands upon the heart and testify to their profound desire to assist the black man in his plight?  After all, Christian people are suffering far worse situations in Communist countries, but these same men are dumb when it amounts to the support of their supposed brethren and sisters.
My thesis is that the World Council of Churches with its grubby offshoots, the ecumenical movement, the liberation theology men, the ban-the-bomb-and-bible groups, together with the usual scruffy rent-a-riot agencies are eagerly riding the waves crashing on to the South African shores.  Never far away is popery.  All of them see this confrontation as a useful fulcrum to lever up the Protestant foundation established in South Africa by Dutch and Huguenot Christians.  They have discovered a way of destroying world Protestantism laid down by our godly forbears.

The trick is simple and effective.  First they pick a “good cause”, then they get media backing (mainly RC influenced) to supply massive publicity for that cause.  This in turn awakens public interest and stirs international “conscience” and the pulling of global heart-strings.  Finally, they trust that with this ingredient the aim will be achieved: three things.  First, the erasing of biblical and Protestant influence, secondly the establishing of papal, or at the very least semi-papal leadership and thirdly to aid them in their plans, a Marxist element.

Remember Rhodesia.  The “good cause” in 1965 was the overthrow of Ian Smith’s determination to have a country following in the footsteps of South Africa.  On the 11 November of that year, Rhodesia’s government seized independence, because it could see the political and religious dangers surrounding it in the black-controlled lands.  Once again a bandwagon started rolling.  The publicity swept the world with Smith’s name dragged through the mud.  The feuding went on for years, then on the 29 May 1979 a man of the cloth, Bishop Muzorewa was made President with the help of the British.  However, he did not last long.  In March the following year Rhodesia with its British Protestant background was erased.  Zimbabwe came into being, and who still leads the country?  Mr Robert Mugabe, a Roman Catholic Marxist!

What of Northern Ireland?  The present troubles began innocently enough, at least as far as the casual onlooker was concerned.  The “good cause” was the supposed oppression of the Catholic minority.  How we were taken in!  In 1969 there were marches in the streets demanding civil rights led by the papist John Hume.  In the crowds were recognizable Irish Republic Army (I.R.A.) supporters.  What laughter must have been heard in their ranks when the British government sent in the troops to protect the poor “down-trodden” Roman Catholics.  The priests wept and pleaded for their flocks and the trick worked.  Eighteen years later the Anglo-Irish Agreement was signed with papal Dublin aiding the governing of Protestant Northern Ireland.  Simple!

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Islamic Threats Against Rome in the Light of Bible Prophecy

1155587_69316675Note: Due to circumstances beyond my control, posting on this blog will be sporadic for the next little while.

Here is a fascinating article by Shaun Willcock evaluating current threats against Rome from a Historicist perspective:

“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine;
and she shall be utterly burned with fire:
for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
(Rev. 18:8)

ISIS Threatens Rome with Conquest and Slaughter

In February 2015 an extraordinary threat was made by the bloodthirsty Islamic terrorist outfit known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now going simply by the name of Islamic State).  In a very short space of time, this evil, murderous organisation has spread across a vast swathe of territory, massacring people along the way in extremely brutal and sadistic ways.  It is intent on establishing an Islamic state across the entire region.  And having expanded into Libya in North Africa, and having taken control of Benghazi, Libya’s second city, it is now just south of Italy, which with 2.2 million Muslims has the fourth-largest Muslim population in Europe.  The Italian island of Lampedusa is a mere 109 miles away from Libya, and Sicily is just 300 miles away.

The threat, made in an online video, was this: “Today we are south of Rome.  We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission”.  He said this just after the same video showed ISIS terrorists beheading 21 Egyptian Copts (Coptic “Christianity” is not true Christianity, but Islam views all who call themselves “Christians” as being Christians).  It is believed that the beheadings occurred in Libya.

Other threats were made as well.  On Twitter an ISIS supporter named Abu Abdullah Britani wrote, “We Are Coming O Rome with slaughter.”  This message was followed by another which read: “We Are Coming O Rome, we will conquer and establish the justice of shariah.  We will use your leaning tower of pizza [sic] to throw off homosexual.”[1]

Also, in October 2014 ISIS superimposed images of the ISIS flag flying over St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, in its magazine, Dabiq.

The threats were taken very seriously by Italian security forces, and by the Vatican itself.  After the video threat was made, Italian security chiefs approved putting 4800 soldiers on the streets of Rome at sensitive sites, such as tourist and archaeological sites.  About 500 soldiers were deployed to increase protection at diplomatic residences, Jewish schools and synagogues.  And in the Vatican City itself, the commander of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard said his forces were ready to defend the pope of Rome if ISIS attempted a strike.

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