In 1988, when Pope John Paul II was addressing the European Parliament, he stood up and shouted the words of Archbishop Thomas Cramner: “I refuse you as Christ’s enemy and Antichrist with all your false doctrine”
Francis will continue the policy of both John Paul II and Benedict on détente and fraternal relations with Judaism. (Francis plans to visit Israel in May.) But with his experience working with the Muslim immigrant population of Argentina, Francis will extend a warmer hand toward Islam than Benedict, who famously infuriated that religion’s clerics with a scholarly aside in an otherwise innocuous speech. And he has proved himself amenable to Protestant, evangelical piety, scandalizing conservative Catholics in Argentina by kneeling and being blessed by Pentecostal preachers in a Buenos Aires auditorium.
The Pope has called an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops—only the third such gathering in almost 50 years—in October 2014 to discuss pastoral challenges that face modern families, including sexual ethics, divorce, cohabitation and reproduction.
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.
Revelation 17:12-14: And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 13:3: …and all the world wondered after the beast.
It was the mainstream Protestant interpretation, until very recently, that the Antichrist was the Papacy. It is sad but true that the newer interpretations which have so taken professing Protestant minds by storm were actually devised by Roman Catholics, often for the specific purpose of stopping Protestants from holding the former view… I could go on, but just as it is abundantly clear that the False Prophet is the Antichrist, it is clear that the Pope of Rome is the False Prophet.
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Dark Day Ministries presents the historicist view of Revelation 17:
1. The Council of Trent was the most important movement of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church’s first significant reply to the growing Protestants Reformation. The primary purpose of the council was to condemn and refute the beliefs of the Protestants, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, and also to make the set of beliefs in Catholicism even clearer. Approximately forty clergymen, mainly Catholic bishops, were in attendance during the twenty-five times over the next eighteen years that the Council convened.
In short, the Council of Trent (affirmed by Vatican II) also:
- Anathematized sola fide;
- Anathematized rejection of the Apocrypha as canonical;
- Affirmed transubstantiation;
- Rejected sola scriptura;
- Affirmed indulgences;
- Affirmed purgatory;
- Affirmed positions on marriage such as celibacy and denial of remarriage while having a living spouse; and
- Implemented the Gregorian calendar
Some Catholics are now saying Pope Francis is a heretic and not a rightful Pope at all. This is due to the fact that he declared in a recent speech that the Jews are still God’s covenant people because the Mosaic covenant has never been revoked:
247. We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29).
One Catholic priest, Paul Kramer, notes that this position contradicts the official position of the Catholic Church, which is apparently that the Mosaic covenant has been abrogated or revoked. Here is what he said:
I have been saying for years that when a “pope” will officially teach explicit and clear heresy flatly contradicting the infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic faith, then you will know that he is the false pope prophecied in many Church approved prophecies and Marian apparitions. St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Alohonsus Liguori, St. Antoninus and Pope Innocent III all teach that when the pope demonstrates himself to be a manifest heretic, i.e. a plainly manifested public heretic, he ceases to be pope (or, if already was a public heretic he was invalidly elected) because he is not a Catholic — not a member of the Catholic Church. Bellarmine explains that the Roman Pontiff is the visible head of the Church, and the head is a member. One who is not a member cannot be the head, and therefore the election to the supreme pontificate of a public heretic is canonically null & void. The heresy of Bergoglio in no. 247 is such a clear cut case of manifest, public heresy, expressed in stark, unequivocal terms, that it can be said without doubt that if this proposition of no. 247 is not manifestly heretical, then nothing else can be said to be so. It is morally impossible that one who manifestly displays such clearly expressed contempt for a defined dogma of faith by plainly denying it, can be believed to validly hold the office of Roman Pontiff. St. Francis of Assisi foretold of the uncanonically elected pope who would not be “a true pastor but a destroyer”. Bergoglio plainly fits the description.
Jude1:4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, almost all U.S. denominations had one branch, all of which were basically fundamental; they adhered to the orthodox doctrines of the founders of their group. The Civil War caused several of these denominations to split along geographical lines, but the issues were social, not theological. Little changed by the turn of the century.
At that time certain individuals educated in Europe and influenced by German rationalism began teaching in denominational seminaries. The devil knew the best way to inject his apostate doctrine into the churches was to infiltrate the seminaries, indoctrinate young ministers, and send them into the churches to spread his false concepts across the land.
One illustration of the effectiveness of this devilish method is a now-deceased seminary professor. For more than twenty-five years he occupied “the chair of Christian ethics” in what was the largest seminary in the nation. He helped to orient the thinking of thousands of present-generation ministers. Several years ago this man was identified under oath as a member of the Communist party. Is it any wonder that his denomination is the most radical and unbelieving in Christendom? It wouldn’t take many such men, working consistently through the years, to turn an entire denomination away from the faith of the Bible.
The Obama administration, in what’s been called an egregious slap in the face to the Vatican, has moved to shut down the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See — a free-standing facility — and relocate offices onto the grounds of the larger American Embassy in Italy.
I guess time will tell whether this is an example of a world power “hating” the Vatican (cf. Revelation 17:16) —
It’s a “massive downgrade of U.S.-Vatican ties,” said former U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson in the National Catholic Reporter” (from above article)
— or whether this is part of a “phony war” between the United States and the Vatican that some have predicted.
Revelation 17:16: And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
As blessed Athanasius sighed out in his day, “The world is overrun with Arianism;” so it is the sad sigh of our present times, the Christian world is overrun, yea, overwhelmed with the flood of Arminianism; which cometh, as it were, out of the mouth of the serpent, that he might cause the woman (the Church) “to be carried away of the flood” thereof (Rev. 12: 15). Thirdly, lest this overflowing deluge of Arminianism should bring destruction upon us, there is great need that some servants of Christ should run to stop the further spreading of this plague and leprosy.” ~Christopher Ness, An Antidote Against Arminianism (1700)