April 22, 2014

Revelation 17:1-2 says this … “One
of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘I will show
you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.  2) With her the kings of the earth committed
adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her
adulteries.’ “
Two quick points before we move to the
crux of this writing …. first, the Great Prostitute represents the world
church which will exist in the last days and will be the ‘partner’ of the
anti-christ. … and second, the ‘many waters’ referred to stands for the
masses of humanity which currently inhabit the earth.
Now, let’s get to it! … Anybody
watching this new Pope closely? .. Well, I am! … This guy is taking the world
‘by storm’ it would seem. … People by the millions are flocking to him with
great adoration and submission! …. So here’s my question? .. Is Pope Francis
taking steps that are laying the groundwork for the emergence of the world
church .. a one-world religion? .. Is he to be the leader of the ‘Great
Prostitute’ prophesied in Revelation 17? …. Many signs seem to be pointing in
that direction. …
Certainly worldly ‘conditions’ would seem
to enhance this possibility. .. We are living at a time when globalization is
advancing rapidly. .. The global economy is more integrated than it has ever
been before, and with each passing day new economic treaties tie us even more
closely together.  … And ‘global
governance’ (as the elite like to call it) is also steadily gaining ground. ..
Through a whole host of global institutions such as the UN, the World Bank, the
IMF, and the Bank of International Settlements, global governments are working
together at a level that is unprecedented. …
So, what about religion? .. Is there any
evidence that we are currently witnessing that it is ‘globalizing’ as well? …
The answer to that is a resounding YES! … And this new Pope is clearly
leading the way! ….
Since he has become Pope, Francis has
expressed a desire for unity with Eastern Orthodox, the Anglicans, and many
other major protestant denominations. … Get this! .. He recently sent a video
message to Kenneth Copeland and his congregation. … At the time it was
presented, one speaker declared aloud, 
‘Luther’s protest is over’ …. Here’s a comment from this event
…  
” ‘The Catholic and Charismatic
renewal is the hope of the Church,’ exclaims Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer,
before a group of cheering followers at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. ..
Palmer said those words are from the Vatican. .. Before playing the video
message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland, Palmer told the crowd, ‘When my
wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and
Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said
she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. .. So she
did.’ ..
The crowd cheered, as he continued ,  ‘Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is
over.  Is yours?’ ..
Even Kenneth Copeland finds this
development incredible:  said Copeland,
‘Heaven is thrilled over this. .. You know what is so thrilling to me? .. When
we went into the ministry 47 years ago, this was impossible.’ ” 
So, is Luther’s protest really over? ..
Let’s look for a moment …. During the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the
Catholics condemned to hell anyone that believes in salvation through faith in
Jesus Christ alone. … The following is a direct quote from the Council of
Trent …
“If any one saith, that by faith
alone the impious is justified;  in such
wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the
obtaining the grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary,
that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will;  let him be anathema.”  … (anathema meaning accursed, damned, and
devoted to evil) ….
In short, no one can get to heaven
without Jesus –  AND THE CHURCH! .. And,
the Catholics have never renounced that stand. .. Instead, it has been
reaffirmed many times over the years. … If Pope Francis really wanted to
reach out to Protestants, he should start by reversing the Council of Trent on
this. .. As it stands, it is official Catholic doctrine that all Protestants
are anathema. … But what’s nuts? .. It apparently hasn’t stopped many
Protestants from reuniting with Rome and declaring Francis to be ‘their Pope.’
Adding to this, Pope Francis has also
been aggressively courting Muslims. .. The following quote from Francis comes
from remarks he made during his very first ecumenical meeting …. “I then
greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious
traditions;  first of all the Muslims,
who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and
all of you.  I really appreciate your
presence:  In it I see a tangible sign of
the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of
humanity. …. The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting
friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions
– it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious
dialogue performs.” ……… Now did you catch that? … Apparently Pope
Francis believes the Catholics and Muslims worship the same God!
More recently, Francis made the following
statement about Muslims …..  “We
must never forget that they ‘profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together
with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last
day.”
Now by making these kinds of statements,
Pope Francis is rejecting another of the most fundamental doctrines of the
Christian faith … and that is, we Christians believe that Jesus is God.
….. Muslims hate this doctrine and say
that there is no god but Allah. … So how in the world can Christians and
Muslims worship the same God? .. The only way one could say this is to deny the
deity of Jesus Christ!
When it comes to other religions, Francis
is not just reaching out to the Muslims. .. During the same ecumenical meeting
I previously referred to, he made it a point to say that he feels ‘close’ to
those that belong ‘to any religious tradition.’ … and I quote,  “In this, we feel close even to all
those men and women who, whilst not recognizing themselves belonging to any
religious tradition, feel themselves nevertheless to be in search of truth,
goodness and beauty, this truth, goodness and beauty of God, and who are our
precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in building a peaceful
coexistence among peoples and in guarding Creation carefully.”   …..
Then he really raised some eyebrows when
he made the following statement about atheists … “The Lord created us in
His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and
all of us have this commandment at heart: 
do good and do not do evil. .. All of us. .. ‘But Father, this is not Catholic!  He cannot do good.’ .. Yes he can .. The Lord
has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ:  all of us, not just Catholics.  Everyone! 
‘Father, the atheists?’ .. Even the atheists.  Everyone! .. We must meet one another doing
good.  ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am
an atheist!’ .. But do good:  we will
meet one another there.”
Needless to say, there was a ton of
debate about what Francis meant by that, and the Vatican issued a statement
declaring that Catholic doctrine on these matters has not changed, but without
a doubt a lot of people were troubled by this. … And there were a lot more
troubled when the Vatican offered ‘indulgences’ to those that would follow Pope
Francis on twitter. … Here’s an excerpt from an article that appeared in the
Telegraph  … “Salvation – or at
least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news
that Pope Francis is to offer ‘indulgences’ – remissions for temporary
punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.”
So what does this guy – Pope Francis –
really believe? … That is a very good question. … Certainly his beliefs do
not appear to be very consistent at all. .. He just seems to want to say what
everyone wants to hear – an overwhelming desire to ‘unite’ with everyone out
there, regardless of the religious connections. …. But when we look a bit
deeper, we do find one group of people he doesn’t like … and that is
‘ideological Christians – those of us who take our faith very seriously … and
trust that the Bible is literal in ALL its teachings!  …. Allow me to share just one more quote
from the Pope … “In ideologies there is not Jesus:  In His tenderness, His love, His meekness. ..
And ideologies are rigid, always. .. Of every sign: rigid. .. And when a
Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost his faith:  he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a
disciple of this attitude of thought .. For this reason Jesus said to them,
‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ .. The knowledge of Jesus is
transformed into an ideological and also a moralistic knowledge, because these
close the door with many requirements. .. The faith becomes ideology and
ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people. .. But it is a serious illness,
this of ideological Christians. .. It is an illness, but it is not new,
eh?”   
Wow! … In all my days of following any
religious leader’s thinking, I don’t believe I’ve encountered one like this …
one of complete compromise and deception so as to woo any and all comers ….
amazing!
So what is going to come of all this? …
It will be very interesting to watch! … It is also interesting to note that
there is a 900-year-old prophecy (St. Malachy – 12th century) that seems to
indicate that Pope Francis could be the last Pope. .. If that prophecy is
accurate, then we could very well be living at a time when we will see the
emergence of the coming one-world religion. …
Short of setting a date, the emergence of
the one-world religion fits perfectly into most all of the other prophetic
signs of our day … and with this current Pope’s compromising of the faith
coupled with his apparent charisma, he well could be the perfect candidate to
lead the ‘Great Prostitute’ that is about to appear in this world …..
Until next time,
Red

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