The Abomination of Self-Deification

Huss:

“The papacy is the abomination of self-deification in the holy place. Woe then is me, if I do not preach of that abomination, if I do not weep over it, write about it.”

~Lessons From the Reformation, Alonzo Jones, Chapter 15, The Reformation and the Papacy, (Ages Software), qtd. in Rand Windburn, “The Abomination of Desolation: Past, Present or Future? Matthew 24:1-15 Examined,” page 29, online at http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/catalogue/abomination_of_desolation.pdf

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Deeply Influenced by Catholic Social Teaching

Adrian Hilton:

The [EU, as it is now called] started under the inspiration of [Roman] Catholic politicians—such as [Konrad] Adenauer of Germany, Paul-Henri Spaak [of Belgium], Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman [both of France]. They were all Christian Democrats. They were all deeply influenced by Catholic social teaching.

~Adrian Hilton, The Principality and Power of Europe (England: Dorchester House Publications, 1997), p. 18.

Source: http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles/romeandpolitics.htm#4

 

The New Spiritual Temple

Martin Luther:

“St. Paul prophesied all this, when in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, he calls him: ‘The man of sin and the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God.’

But that the Papists want to turn this passage from themselves and say, ‘Christ and Paul are speaking of the temple of Jerusalem, that Antichrist shall sit and rule there,’ amounts to nothing. For Christ says here, that Jerusalem together with the temple shall have an end, and after its destruction it shall never be rebuilt. Therefore since Paul is pointing to the time after the Jewish kingdom, and the destruction of the material temple, it cannot be understood otherwise than of the new spiritual temple, which as he says himself, we are. There, Paul says, the Pope shall sit and be honored, not above God, but above everything that is called God, for the name of God does indeed remain the highest honor, therefore he cannot exalt himself above the true God, but above that which is called God and is worshipped; that is, he is exalted against his preaching and honor, higher than the true God, as is apparent in that so many princes and the world are clinging to him and regard his command higher and greater than the command of God. If any man eats meat contrary to his command or goes out of the impure calling of the priest, monk, or nun, into married life, as God has commanded, or according to the institution of Christ takes the sacrament in both forms; that is the greatest sin. They regard much less stealing, adultery and all open vice against the command of God, and no one is even allowed to punish them for it. Yea, that they themselves defame the Word of God, persecute and kill the Christians, they esteem as the highest service of God, as it is also the highest service they can do for their god, the Pope. Is not this exalting and honoring Antichrist against God, so that if anyone speaks or does anything against this, if he gets into their hands, he must immediately die? I think now that enough has been pictured forth and explained concerning this abomination.”

~Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol. 1, Sermons on Gospel Texts, The Signs on the Day of Judgment, (Ages Software), qtd. in Rand Windburn, “The Abomination of Desolation: Past, Present or Future? Matthew 24:1-15 Examined,” page 21, online at http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/catalogue/abomination_of_desolation.pdf

Make America Catholic

John Ireland (1838-1918), Archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota:

Let me state, as I conceive it, the work which, in God’s providence, the Catholics of the United States are called to do within the coming century. It is twofold: to make America Catholic, and to solve for the Church universal the all-absorbing problems with which religion is confronted in the present age … The work defines the measure of the responsibility … The work is to make America Catholic … The Church is triumphing in America, Catholic truth will travel on the wings of American influence, and encircle the universe.

~Quoted in Lévitt, Vaticanism, p. 12

Source: http://www.cprf.co.uk/articles/romeandpolitics.htm#4

 

Three States of the Church in Revelation

Dumbarton UMC - stained glass detail (balance scale)

Wilhelmus à Brakel:

These three states are prophesied in Revelation and presented under three symbols, namely:

  1. Seals, representing the church under the heathen emperors.
  2. Trumpets, representing the church under the Antichrist:
  3. Vials, showing the decreasing of the Antichrist and the plagues over him, while the church increases as much as the Antichrist decreases, sometimes the one, sometimes the other winning in the battle, with respect to the external.

Not to be Ignored: Rev. Wilhelmus a Brakel’s Commentary on Revelation (McCarter Providential Enterprises LLC: 2016), page 81.

The Greatest Arch-Abomination

Martin Luther:

“Thus you see whether the Pope is not the greatest arch-abomination of all abominations, to whom Christ and Daniel refer; and the true Antichrist, of whom it is written that he sitteth in the temple of God, among the people, where Christ is named and where his kingdom, spirit, baptism, Word and faith should be: because he interferes with the office and kingdom of Christ by his fanaticism of the spiritual rites of Christ, wants to rule over the consciences and govern with his propositions and works. And he can in truth be called an ‘abomination of desolation,’ who is only destroying and laying waste everything, for as has been said: Christ and my works cannot abide together; if the one stands, the other must go down and be destroyed; wherefore the Pope has made desolate the kingdom of Christ, as far as his diocese reaches, and all who join him have denied Christ.”

~Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol. 1, Sermons on Gospel Texts, The Signs on the Day of Judgment, (Ages Software), qtd. in Rand Windburn, “The Abomination of Desolation: Past, Present or Future? Matthew 24:1-15 Examined,” page 18, online at http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/catalogue/abomination_of_desolation.pdf

A Timeline of Church History (McCarter)

J. Parnell McCarter’s proposed timeline of church history:

http://www.historicism.net/timeline.pdf

I’m not sure I agree that the whore of Babylon is the United States, but it is an interesting thought nevertheless.

Rome in the News, April 2018

Some recent Rome and eschatology-related headlines:

Pilgrims mark Easter by prostrating themselves on stone where they believe Jesus was anointed before burial at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Devout Mexicans whip EACH OTHER in bizarre Easter festival dating back to 16th century to free them from sin

How followers of VOODOO celebrate Easter: Women dress in white in Haiti and put themselves into trances to mark the holiday

Review: The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews – Part One – claims that the “Jews” are really behind the Jesuit order

Leading Catholic school is stripped of its pupil welfare responsibilities due to concerns over its handling of child sex abuse allegations

Former choirboy, 76, tells how a NUN raped him when he was aged just 12 and then had his baby

Vatican Arrests Former Diplomat After Child Pornography Probe

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse scandal

‘It’s a disgrace’: Police officer who was pushed out of the force for investigating a pedophile priest molesting children in the 70s is now struggling to make ends meet

Marquette University Betrays Catholic Identity with LGBT Pride Prom

Pope Francis invokes the devil in rallying cry to Catholics, weeks after he was accused of denying the existence of hell

Pope Francis claims that a committed atheist was saved – a Puritan Board discussion

Historic Rome Conference Issues “Final Declaration” of Immutable Catholic Truths

Exorcist: Once You Have Heard the Devil’s Voice ‘You Recognize It’

Anglican priest admits he wanted to sexually abuse HUNDREDS of children as young as two as he pleads guilty to child porn charges

Muslim Girl Falsely Alleges Attack, Trudeau Responds Within Hours. Catholic Churches Vandalized: 4 Days.

Is the Queen related to Prophet Muhammad? Historians believe Elizabeth II is a descendant of the founder of Islam after tracing her family tree back 43 generations

 

A Horrible Wrath of God

Martin Luther:

“But why doth the Pope name himself an Earthly God, as though the true only, and Almighty God in Heaven were not also a God on Earth. Truly the Pope’s Kingdome is a horrible wrath of God, an abomination of desolation which standeth in the Holy place, as Christ speaking directly of it saith, Who so readeth let him understand. Mat. 24.”

~PROPHECYES OF MARTIN LUTHER, by Dr. Martin Luther (Ages Software) qtd. in Rand Windburn, “The Abomination of Desolation: Past, Present or Future? Matthew 24:1-15 Examined,” page 17, online at http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/catalogue/abomination_of_desolation.pdf

The “Great City” of Revelation 11

Durham on why Revelation 11’s “Great city” is Rome and not Jerusalem:

“This great City is set out in three properties, which are spiritual, that is, mystically to be understood; So, 1 Corinth. 11, they all eat that spiritual food, &c. that is, something represented by these names, which is to be understood in a spirituall sense and not literally, but as she is called MYSTERIE, BABYLON, &c. Chap. 17:5 because their is a mysterious resemblance, so here she is called spiritually Sodom, that is, for luxury, pride, fulnesse of bread and spirituall uncleannesse, abominable, Ezek. 16:2. Egypt, that is, having and exercising a spirituall tyrannie over Gods people, and abounding in spirituall Idols, as, Egypt did in a more grosse way, for which Israel could not sacrifice among them. 3. It is said, that our Lord was crucified there; not literally, but spiritually as the word before cleareth, and as that word also doth clear that is, either not only was He crucified at Jerusalem, but also there, or it is spiritually Egypt, also spiritually our Lord was crucified there, which cannot agree to Jerusalem, neither to Egypt nor Sodom at that time literally taken: neither were it any mysterie, or spiritually to be understood of Jerusalem (which never getteth the name of the great City) literally. And it is rather designed by that paraphrase, where our Lord was crucified, than by Jerusalem, because mystically the true Church is still in this Book set out by that. This part of the description agreeth to Rome, 1. In that under its dominion, Christ was crucified, and by its Authority, to wit, by a President of theirs Pontius Pilate; for, He was delvered to the Gentile. 2. In respect; of His Members, Ordinances, &c. there He had been long persecuted and crucified in them and put to open shame, Heb. 6:6. In the street of this city, that is, publickly by their Authority, as malefactors used to be in the streets: this is not private murther, but open avowed persecution. See for this, Petrarcha, lib. Epist, sine titulo Epist. 16. who wrote three hundred years since.”

(Durham, Commentary on Revelation, 418)

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/historicist-hermeneutic-no-longer-feasible.93406/, comment 2

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