Revelation 5 – The Book of the Lamb & Woe Unto America

I have stated at other times that God talks to me, and He does.  He tells me things about me mainly, not about others – God doesn’t gossip, and neither should we because it’s a sin:

“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor; I am the Lord” (Lev 19:16).

What does Jesus expect from those who proclaim Him as Lord, to sit idly by while the evil doers advance their agenda? Certainly not!
His Word provides us with very clear, and succinct instructions to do just the opposite, for Christians who merely patronize those who are evil are in essence as guilty of the same evil they refuse to speak against!

“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Ps 19:16).

We are called to good works;

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10).

” And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt 28:18-20).

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matt 12:36-37).

Anyway, what I was getting at is that last night God said to me, “It makes me very happy to see my people stand up against the world for my Son.”

I thought “Great, but why is He telling me this?”  All I can say is at the end of this article was the following scripture that hit me real hard, reminding me of what He told me last night.

“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Ps 94:16).

So I have to ask you, “How would you answer God’s question?”

Tomorrow we’ll discuss the first picture I had posted on the introduction of the Book of Revelation, which was…

Revelation 5
The Book of the Lamb

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

“Written within and on the backside” – like the stone tablets of the Old Testament covenant law (Ex 32:15; see Eze 2:9-10).  The fibers of papyrus scroll run horizontally on the inside, which makes writing easier than on the reverse side (where the fibers are vertical).

“Sealed with seven seals” – indicating absolute inviolability (cf. Is 29:11; Dan 12:4).

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

“Lion of the tribe of Juda” – a Messianic title taken from Gen 49:8-10, where Judah is named a “lion’s whelp” and promised the right to rule “until Shiloh comes” (see also Eze 21:27).

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

“Lamb” – pictured as the sacrifice for sin (“slain”) and as the mighty conqueror (17:14).  Revelation uses a special word for “lamb” (29 times in Revelation and only once elsewhere in the New Testament – Jn 21:15).

The idea of the lamb as a victorious military leader seems to come from the apocalyptic tradition (1 Enoch 90:9; Testament of Joseph 19:8).

“As it had been slain” – bearing the marks of its slaughter – He has come to power through His death.

“Seven horns” – the horn is an ancient Jewish symbol for power or strength.  The fourth beast of Dan 7:7, 20 had ten horns.  Seven horns would symbolize full strength.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

As I had stated before, we will never be gods, but kings and priests for God, or ambassadors.

The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years, was a transitional period in American youth culture. – Eric Allin Cornell
The 1970’s are now regarded as the decade that served as the “pivot of change” in the United States.

TV changed from being innocent and saccharin to become more edgy, salacious and dramatic.  Suddenly females were taking the lead roles as strong independent characters.

Soul, jazz, funk and later rap, hip-hop and punk music exploded into the mainstream.

In 1977 science fiction capture the imagination of millions with the release of the first Star Wars movie.

Did we mention that it was also the decade where the first home computer made its debut?

But it wasn’t all just entertainment, the 1970’s showcased a far darker side to America’s personality.

Peaceful protesters were fire upon at the Kent State University, the US military finally withdrew from Vietnam, Richard Nixon (then the President) was forced to resign after abusing his power and the environment become a genuine concern to the wider public.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

“Thousands of thousands” – a rhetorical phrase for an indefinitely large number.

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever.

Woe Unto America

It appears that America will continue to go downhill.  In my opinion, the last good era in our country was the 70s, but I hear the 50s and 60s were better. 

I was a teenager in the 70s, and I remember how the police actually tried to help when you were in a bind, that was when the law was “to help the innocent” rather than “to control the environment” as it is today. 

And the police were here to “serve,” but they are no longer police, but cops and all they want to do is lock anyone up just because they can.

Hitchhiking was safe, leaving your house and car unlocked was safe.

There weren’t computers or cell phones and there were more churches, true God fearing churches actually, then there were bars and taverns.  Back in the 70’s there was a 7-Eleven on every corner (so the saying was).

Today, on every corner you find one of three things: a bar, a hooker, or a drug dealer, and the hooker or drug dealer might be a dirty cop. 

What most churches fear today is not God, but their bank accounting dwindling.

And now the United States has booted God out of our courts and schools so can we expect God to be pleased?  I think not and I believe God is letting us know that He is very unhappy with America.

As I am writing this page, today is April 3, 2014, and look how horrible the weather has been all year so far – the earthquakes, the snow, the mud slide in Seattle, etc.

It’s coming, and it’s going to get worse, but only for those that don’t walk with Jesus.

The following article coincides in what I just said about America, but the author seems somewhat of a radical and I don’t agree with everything he/she says, but instead of leaving parts of it out I’ll just make my comment because it’s not up to me to decide what you should believe.

Why is Bible/Christianity banned in schools but allowed/encouraged/promoted in prisons?
Free thinking academia bans the Bible, those imprisoned are given Bibles.

Free thinking academia may not be free thinking after all.

You may need to be in prison to be a free thinker and have full access to the written word.

This is becoming a joke in the USA.

This is just the same as the communist take-overs from the past.

I thought it was separation of church and state …or church from the state…the stupid people think its state from the church.

Those are the same ones who think it’s just fine to educate children about the lies from the mad man (yes Darwin was completely encompassed by age 30 with mental illness and could not leave his home) with his insane ramblings of the impossible evolution joke.

In the USA lies are good, the truth is bad.

The Truth About America!
America is Sinfully Proud!

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? (Oba 1:3).

Woe unto America, a land of stiff-necked pride! The Bible condemns homosexuality! Yet, many of our leaders don’t care what God thinks…

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts (Ps 10:4).

A nation that openly recognizes and promotes homosexuality is a land of wicked pride. All of Hollywood’s adulterers and whoremongers will stand before God.

Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Heb 13:4).

The liquor industry – the manufacturers, the bartenders, and the beer truck drivers, will stand before God for their wickedness in helping to destroy America.

I don’t agree with the above statement and I explain it later.

The abortionists, who are pro-death, will stand before God for murder on Judgment Day. Their haughty looks shall be brought low…

“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Is 2:11).

America Has Already Gone To Hell

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov 16:18).

Baptists, Lutherans and Presbyterians Promote Abortion

How wicked that anyone would brag in arrogant pride about murdering a little baby! Oh, the wickedness of America! Oh, how we have forsaken God and gone into sin as a nation.

What have we brought upon ourselves? God will not bless a nation that praises and allows homosexuality…

God has been so longsuffering with us in the United States. We have heard sermon after sermon, Bible truth after Bible truth, and witness after witness…and yet we spit in God’s face by refusing to repent of our wicked ways.

How much more of this blatant evil will God tolerate?

President Obama has been named one of Russia’s top gay rights heroes by the Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper based in Moscow.

The Moscow Times has named President Barack Obama as one of the five heroes of Russia’s gay rights movement, citing his recent meeting with leading human rights and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activists following the G20 summit in St. Petersburg earlier this month.

Since coming out in support of same-sex marriage in May 2012, the Obama administration has done more politically and socially for LGBT Americans that any of the office’s predecessors.

On an international scale, many credit Obama with providing the impetus for the legislative push to legalize gay marriage in New Zealand, and the president also recently went on the record to say that he has “no patience” for LGBT discrimination taking place in Russia.

“Same-sex couples should be able to get married” – President Obama.

About Obama among the “5 heroes of Russia’s gay rights movement.

Clinton Featured at www.gayheroes.com

I am proud of the part that my Administration has played to achieve these goals. Today, more openly gay and lesbian individuals serve in senior posts throughout the Federal Government than during any other Administration – President Bill Clinton, June 2nd, 2000.

Church Leaders Praise Bill Clinton’s Spirituality

“The LORD will destroy the house of the proud…” (Prov 15:25).

George W. Bush is one of the biggest wolves in sheep’s clothing this country has ever seen, yet so many people foolishly support his reign of anti-American, Anti-God, anti-Constitutional, anti-Bill of Rights, anti-Christian, and anti-freedom works of darkness.

While Christians focus on the pseudo good that Bush claims to be doing, the staggering amount of evil is swept under the carpet. The problem is that too many people go by what they hear from the news media, instead of reading books and listening to non-elite controlled news sources.

Many of America’s churches have become sinfully proud, promoting homosexuality…

The above church is sponsoring “Gay Pride.” Homosexuality is a stench to the nostrils of God and every decent American.

Read Baptist Church Embraces Lesbian Pastor. Read Sodomite Ministers. God will not tolerate this wickedness, judgment will come upon America!

Washington D.C. area buses displayed the above shameful ad throughout the 2008 Christmas Holidays.

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished” (Prov 16:5).

The alcohol industry is arrogant and proud… trying to blame only the drinkers instead of the drink itself. Alcohol is a drug! In fact, alcohol by definition is a narcotic!

Alcohol therefore should be controlled for the same reasons that LSD, crack cocaine, heroin and other dangerous drugs are controlled, because they pose a threat to society.

I disagree with the above paragraphs.  First off, the author here does not know that “the alcohol industry is arrogant and proud.”  That reminds me of Debra Oberlin, former president of MADD:

Debra Oberlin

On February 18th at 1:10 a.m., an officer spotted Oberlin driving erratically, swerving and crossing lanes so the officer pulled her over.

The officer could smell the alcohol and said Oberlin had watery, bloodshot and dilated eyes. Oberlin told the officer she had only drank four beers.

She registered a .234 and .239 on breath alcohol tests. Florida’s legal limit for driving is .08.

Anyway, God says nothing against alcohol in the Bible, they had vineyards and made wine and Jesus even turned water into wine. 

The water wasn’t always good to drink, and they made beer as far back as 2050 B.C., and even earlier.  Drinking is not a sin, but getting drunk is:

“Wine a mocker, strong drink raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Prov 20:1).

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:21).

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18).

It appears that God did not see drugs and alcohol equal and I’m not sure, but it appears that the use of drugs is a sin.

Beer
Sumerian tablet created during the 45th year of the reign of Shulgi, the King of Ur, in 2050 BC.

It is a dated and signed receipt written by a scribe called Ur-Amma for the delivery of beer, by a brewer named Alulu.

The text translates as “Ur-Amma acknowledges receiving from his brewer, Alulu, 5 sila (about 4 1/2 liters) of the ‘best’ beer.”

The word “sorcery,” in the Old Testament pertains to witchcraft, but in the New Testament the word “sorcery” sometimes seems to pertain to drugs, which came from the Greek word “Pharmakia,” where we get the word “pharmacy.”

I’m not a scholar on this here, so I am unsure.  Yet, I think it is fair to say I am a scholar in the destruction of the life department, especially since I had once been a very dedicated drunk and drug addict (“Cocaine Head”).

Therefore, my advice in regards to drugs, if you ever have the opportunity to acquire any, instead, run, especially if it is cocaine. 

One more thing about what the author said, “trying to blame only the drinkers instead of the drink itself.”  I total disagree; if you sell someone a gun and they shoot and kill someone can we blame it on the manufacturer or the gun?  I say not. 

Or if someone sits around and eats candy and ice cream all the time and gets fat, whose fault is that?

God even says that we will pay for our own sins:

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin” (Deut 24:16).

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him” (Eze 18:20).

The author of this article says quite a bit more against alcohol which I disagree on and he uses quite a few scriptures that I think are out of context, i.e., they pertain to much more important matters than alcohol so I chose not to print them here, if you want to read them you can do so here

We not only commit sin in America, but we have nicknamed one of our biggest cities SIN CITY! Americans can’t seem to get enough of Sin City Las Vegas. I assure you, what HAPPENS in Vegas is RECORDED in Heaven!

God sees and knows everything that goes on, and there is no city worse than another, God sees all sins the same.  If you break one commandment you have broken them all.

But if we are going to choose a place that is Sin City, I wouldn’t say its Vegas, but Hollywood.

On the list of things that God hates in Proverbs, a proud look is listed first…

Angelina Jolie

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look…” (Prov 6:16, 17).

When Angelina Jolie was asked “Is there a God?” Jolie responded…

“Hmm… For some people. I hope so, for them. For the people who believe in it, I hope so. There doesn’t need to be a God for me.

There’s something in people that’s spiritual, that’s godlike. I don’t feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don’t really know if it’s better to just not believe in anything, either.”

Yeah, Anglina, like many people are going to have a big problem when Jesus comes back.

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Is 13:11).

 “Ye that love the LORD hate evil…” (Ps 97:10).

I like the following quote because I think it is true.  If all you read is the lies and violent acts of the world that the media prints you don’t know God.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers —Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).

The only problem that I have with the author of this article is he makes God sound like a curmudgeon and that’s not God.

It is true that if you don’t go His way you’ll fry forever, but He doesn’t want that.  As long as we don’t go against Jesus in any fashion we can have great lives and do whatever we choose to do – Jesus wasn’t a drunk, a pervert, or anything disgusting.

And when we have a problem we don’t have to do anything, give it to God and He’ll take care of it and I don’t say that because the Bible says He will, I say that because I’ve seen His handy work, He’s great.

They say that a picture says a thousand words, so I’m going to close this article with another article, but I think it was created by the same person because the language seems to be the same and they share a lot of the same pictures.

I’m just going to throw some pictures at you and then you can think about it, if you have any questions I suggest that you address them to God because He’s the only one that knows for certain the correct answer.

Yet, you know that you can also contact me and I came across another site I think is good and they are wide open for questions too – GotQuestions.org. 

Woe To America!

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Tim 3:1-5).

Homosexuality!

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Lev 20:13).

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Rom 1:18-32).

Church Founder Accused of Gay Sexual Coercion Abuse Scandal.
Is He Preaching On The Down-Low?

Gay Bishop Eddie Long And George Bush.

“Why is Bush so hostile to the idea of gay marriage? Perhaps because until 1987, George W. Bush was gay.

According to a group of 29 Yale classmates who comprise Gay Ivy Leaguers for Truth, Bush was “known to be at least sexually experimental throughout his time in college.”

One of Bush’s alleged former boyfriends, Anthony Berusca (class of ’70), told The Dallas Morning News that Bush was “deeply conflicted about being gay, even somewhat self-hating.”

Berusca is convinced that this conflict led to Bush’s drinking problems, but describes the President as a “gentle, caring lover”.

In 1986, the Bush family arranged for George to join Worthy Creations, a church group in El Paso that focuses on converting homosexuals through faith.

A year later, Bush claimed to be straight, born again, and engaged to Laura Welch (Kitty Kelly in THE FAMILY wrote that Bush’s twin daughters were not his offspring, but from a donor at a fertility clinic).
Bush at all-male Phillips Academy in Andover , Massachusetts was “head” cheerleader. Drama club and cheerleading are where the gay boys hang out.
George earned the nickname Lips Bush for his skill at giving blow jobs to his fraternity buddies, according to Kitty Kelley – Roedy Green.

Witchcraft!

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God” (Lev 19:31).

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Rev 21:8).

Abortion!

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man” (Gen 9:6).

“Thou shalt not kill” (Ex 20:13).

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5).

Feminism!

Does the Word of God address feminism? The modern concept of feminism was not present during the time that the Bible was written, but that does that mean that the Bible has nothing to say on the basic issues of feminism. 

Emma Goldman (1869–1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches.
She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

During her life, Goldman was lionized as a free-thinking “rebel woman” by admirers, and denounced by critics as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution.

Her writing and lectures spanned a wide variety of issues, including prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, capitalism, marriage, free love, and homosexuality.

Even when the Scriptures seem to be silent on something that affects us today, there are eternal principles that speak to the underlying issue.

First, we should define feminism, since the term can have different meanings for different people. Basically, feminism is:

A philosophy that advocates equal rights for women and men—socially, politically, economically, and in other ways. Early feminists fought for and won suffrage for women.

Today’s feminism goes further than demanding equal treatment of men and women, however. Modern feminists fight for language equality (saying “chairperson” instead of “chairman,” even if the person in question is male) and gender equality (redefining femininity and masculinity).

The more radical feminists actively seek to overthrow any vestige of male dominance in society, to the point of opposing the biblical roles of husbands and wives, defending abortion on demand, and promoting lesbianism.

Radical feminists deny there is any difference between men and women, teaching that any perceived differences between the sexes are due solely to social conditioning.

Euthanasia

Euthanasia can be a very difficult issue. There are two sides that are difficult to balance. On one end, we do not want to take a person’s life into our own hands and end it prematurely. On the other end, at what point do we simply allow a person to die and take no further action to preserve life?

The overriding truth that drives the conclusion that God is opposed to euthanasia is His sovereignty. We know that physical death is inevitable.

“What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah” (Ps 89:48).

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb 9:27).

However, God alone is sovereign over when and how a person’s death occurs. Job testifies:

“For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living” (Job 30:23). 

“No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death” (Ecc 8:8).

God has the final say over death. Euthanasia is man’s way of trying to usurp that authority from God.

Pride!

“Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished” (Prov 16:5).

“A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Prov 29:23).

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Gal 6:3).

That was the devil’s greatest sin:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (Is 14:12-15).

“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Eze 28:17-19).

Pride was also the devil’s greatest gift to the world:

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” (Gen 3:4-6).

Adultery!

“[But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul” (Prov 6:32).

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt 5:28).

“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matt 19:9).

I am uncertain exactly what Jesus means on the above scripture.  Since divorce is not a sin, I’m thinking that he means if you divorce your wife for the purpose of marrying another woman you have committed adultery.

Also, if you meet someone that had gone through a divorce, but you were never knew them before or were never involved in their divorce, then I’m thinking that would not be committing adultery.  

But I’m unsure of that, you’ll have to talk to God about it.

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18).

“Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand” (1 Cor 10:8).

“Marriage [is] honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Heb 13:4).

The Devil’s Music!

You hear a lot against Rock-n-Roll.  I grew up on Rock-n-Roll.  I remember when I was a kid listening to Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and when the 70s come anywhere from Led Zepplin to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Bachman Turner Overdrive to Styx to etc., etc.

I don’t believe there is any type of music or any specific song that can be classified as “Devil Music” because the words are just words.  It depends on what each person does with that song.  Like we talked about earlier, alcohol itself is not sinful and it can’t make you drunk unless “You” drink to much of it.

I Can only Imagine,” by MercyMe

But that doesn’t mean I’m correct, so I’m going to show you someone else’s opinion:

In the world of biology, we are given the example of a frog that when placed into boiling water, will immediately jump out. However, if that same frog is put into a bowl of cool water which is slowly heated by a bunsen burner, the frog will eventually boil to death.

Religious rock and roll is like the frog and the water. The term “rock and roll” means fornication. It is a street name for sexual immorality. It has wrecked the lives of many teenagers through suicide, drug abuse, immorality, perversion, satanism, etc.

Sadly, we live in a day where many Christians and church leaders are allowing this demonic music into their churches, claiming that the music is holy and sanctified because the lyrics are changed to include some “religious” words.

Where is the discernment in the church? Are Christians losing their ability to discern the difference between good and evil? The fact that this demonic music even made it into the church is proof of the moral and spiritual decline affecting the church today.

We are being invaded by hard rock, acid rock, punk rock, new wave, and heavy metal music under the guise of religious rock and roll.

Bart Millard Christian singer-songwriter of MercyMe.

To me, that’s hogwash.  I like rock-n-roll and it isn’t the music that every got me in trouble, but the drugs and the booze.

There are thousands of songs of all types about sex and a sin is a sin, so I guess these sonegs should be banned?

Yet, that doesn’t mean that it would be cool for me to a rock-n-roll concert that was promoted by atheists or Satanists.  

It would be against God if I did, but not because of the music, but who the participants were.

I like Areosmith, Black Sabbath, all of the good rock-n-roll bands of the 70s, but I also like the song “I Can Only Imagine,” by MercyMe, that song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

If you don’t know, MercyMe is a Christian Rock-n-Roll band and the song “I Can Only Imagine” does not have any religious words, it’s all about the Second Coming of Christ, how amazing it will be to meet Him in person.

Since it’s rock-n-roll is it devil music?

Government Corruption!

Indifference!

Hellivision!

Prostitution!

“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good]” (Eze 16:49-50).

“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Tim 1:10).

Prostitution at the elite levels has never been only about sex.
Courtesans (hetairai) in ancient Athens, for example, were trained in music, communication and deportment, to provide their men with elegant and sympath
etic companions as well as sexual pleasure.

They were schooled in good conversation, in getting a man to talk about himself and his worries.

Possibly the most famous of these was Aspasia, courtesan to Pericles of Athens. She was highly educated (good conversationalists must be, yes?) and they were so close that it’s possible she may have written some of his speeches.

Geishas in Japan also performed similar functions, assisting elite men with their troubles and providing an environment where they could feel confident and pampered.

Is prostitution a sin?  This is another one that I’m unsure of.  I would say that in most cases it is.  It’s probably the oldest profession the world has ever had, but God is not happy with it.  He allowed in the Old Testament, but He doesn’t anymore:

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:29-30).

God is not some ogre that wants to control us and make us unhappy, but He is holy and wants us to be holy.  He has set things as sin because He knows the repercussions of them.  The reason He doesn’t want us to commit sin is not to control us, but to protect us.

Yet, not all sins are sins within themselves.  For example, drinking is not a sin, until you get drunk.  Being a whore is sinful, a whore is a whore.  But I would say that the act of prostitution would be a sin only if committed by a whore.  What I’m getting at is if a woman had to do the deed to survive it would not be a sin.

Yet, I’m not God so don’t quote me on that, but the below scriptures is why I think that:

“At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day.

But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?” (Matt 12:1-5).

Gambling!

10 Tricks Casinos Use On You
Casinos are a psychological minefield. 10. No Clocks – casino doesn’t want you to be punctual.
9. No Windows – no windows once you get inside the belly of the beast.
8. Lights, Sounds and Activity – bells ringing, flashing lights, change clanging, slot wheels whirring, digital sounds beeping – it’s all captivating.
7. Ambience – the lighting is low and mellow – this gives a homey, friendly feel, kind of like sitting on your couch.

6. Location of Services – restrooms, food, or cash out your chips, you must search for them. This is a last-ditch effort to keep you inside.

5. Near Wins – Slot machines constantly make small payouts while perpetually being one cherry or star away from the big jackpot.

4. Freebies – free or reduced services, to keep players returning.

3. Alcohol – free drinks keeps people happy and a buzzed or drunk player spends more money than the booze is even worth.

2 – Keeping the Big Winners – small bettors are important, but high rollers are treated like kings.

1. Labyrinth Design – Casinos are essentially giant mazes that are intentionally set up for you to literally get lost in. A sea of machines and tables create obstacles and barriers that keep the player from leaving.

I think this is another one of them “could be a sin.

“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase” (Prov 13:11).

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim 6:10).

There is nothing wrong with wanting money, but loving money more than God or anything for that matter, is not a good thing.

If you want to play the lotto, scratch-offs, the casino, race horses, or any type of gambling, I don’t think God has a problem with that.

Yet, if gambling causes you to neglect responsibilities, such as feeding your family, paying your bills, taking care of your pet, giving to the church, spending time with your family, spending time with God, etc., then it becomes a sin.

Again, this is what I believe, God did not tell me this.  But He has told me, a while back, “Don’t worry about money, I will give it to you.”

And He does say in the Book of Deuteronomy:

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” (Deut 8:18).

Divorce!

God hates divorce, and that’s all there is to it.  You will always find people trying to analyze if He really does and if so why, blah, blah.  

There’s no need to study it, the fact is, is that God hates divorce.  He made men and women to be married and He does not like disruptions.  

Remember, He’s holy, everything He does is perfect and great and He wants us to do the same.  There is nothing perfect or great in a divorce.  That would be like saying we have a fantastic president.

For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says theLord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lordof hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless (Mal 2:16).

…the Four Horsemen.

Revelation 4 – The Heavenly Worship & The History of the Catholic Church

The four men that I think did the most to spread the word of Jesus Christ are:

The Apostle Paul
Martin Luther
John Bunyan
George Muller.

We are finished with the Catholic Church, for now.  Tomorrow we’re going to take another look at the United States and the problem with…

Revelation 4
The Heavenly Worship

This chapter begins a new phase in the book of Revelation.
The church plays a prominent role in the first three chapters, mentioned over 18 times.

After chapter 3, the church is not referred to again until chapter 22:16.

In chapter 4, John the Apostle, called up to heaven, reports to the reader what he sees and hears.
John is the eyes and ears of the believer.

Chapter 4 presents the reader with the throne of God and events taking place in Heaven.

This begins a chain of events leading to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who Rev 19 pictures as conquering King.

From chapter 4, we see God’s throne and the events surrounding it.

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

4:1-5:14 – these two chapters constitute an introduction to chapters 6-20.  In the throne room of heaven, the Lamb assumes the responsibility of initiating the great final conflict with the forces of evil, the end of which will see the Lamb triumphant and the devil consigned to the lake of fire.

“Things which must be hereafter” – indicates events that are yet to come.

2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

“Jasper…sardine…emerald” – since God dwells in “the Light which no man can approach” and is one “whom no man hath seen, nor can see” (1 Tim 6:16).

He is described in terms of the reflected brilliance of precious stones – an emerald rainbow around the throne (cf. Eze 1:26:28).  In the Old Testament the rainbows a symbol of divine hope and a promise for the future (Gen 9:13-15).

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

“Four and twenty elders” – representative of either the whole company of believers in heaven or an exalted angelic order worshiping the serving God there.

The number 24 is often understood to reflect the 12 Israelite tribes of the Old Testament and the 12 apostles of the New Testament.

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

“Lightnings…thunderings…burning” – symbolic of the awesome majesty and power of God (cf. the manifestation of God at Sinai, Ex 19:16-19).

The throne of God exists in the clouds.
It is the “cloud of witnesses” where people are gathered together with one true pure heart, and in one name to adore and worship God.

When the true saints of God gather to worship this way, from the very throne of their hearts there proceeds a testimony and a sounding out of the true message that has the effect of “lightnings and thunderings” upon both the saved and unsaved.

Lightning is the bright and powerful light of Almighty God and his Gospel when it is first received!
When the Apostle Paul was converted on the road to Damascus, he was blinded by the light of Jesus Christ from heaven! (Acts 9:1-6).

In Revelation, thunder and lightening always mark an important event connected with the heavenly temple (8:5, 11:19, 16:18).

6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

“Four beasts” – an exalted order of angelic beings whose task is to guard the heavenly throne and lead in worship and adoration of God.

“Full of eyes” – nothing escapes their attention.

7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

Ezekiel in a vision also saw four living creatures, each of which had four faces – human in front, lion on the right, ox on the left, and eagle behind (Eze 1:6, 10).

8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

9 And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever,

10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“Cast their crowns” – acknowledgment that God alone is worthy of ultimate praise and worship.

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

The History of the Catholic Church

I have no literature/books about the history of the Catholic Church and I’ve searched over a dozen different sites. 

Pieter Brueghel’s painting of the Tower of Babel
Mystery Babylon and the EU

Our world is witnessing the spirit of Babylon rising once again, where man is seeking to glorify himself at the expense of God.

The modern word which describes this phenomenon is “humanism”. Yet the idea is anything but modern.

The manifestations of humanism, and its prideful path can be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon.

There, on the banks of the Euphrates River, Nimrod, the King of Babylon, and his seductive Queen, Semiramis, oversaw the building of a huge and unholy architectural monstrosity, the Tower of Babel.

This story, out of Gen 11:1-9, has delivered into the English language the word “babble” which reflects the confusion of speech that God imposed on the world at that time.

I am not certain about the term “Babble” this is the first time I have heard of this, but I’m not saying it isn’t possible.

The Scripture tells us that “the whole earth had one language and one speech.”

The reason God intervened to confuse speech and scatter them over the face of the earth was to prevent mankind fulfilling its immediate aim – to establish a One World Order and unite all nations and peoples in the worship of Lucifer, the deity recognized by the ancients under such names as Baal, Marduk, and Nebo.

Today, our planet is experiencing a great revival of the style of government and worship that was the norm in Nimrod’s Babylon.

This was prophesied to occur in Reve 17 & 18 (we will talk about the Whore of Babylon at that time) where we find that this End Times phenomenon is described as the rising of Mystery Babylon.

All but one of them, which include Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica, says that Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church, but I know that it is not true.

NOTE: I find Wikipedia good for the purpose of finding others sites that have factual proof. Anyone can say whatever they choose for Wikipedia, so be careful. 

I know it’s not true because for one thing, “All good things come from God”:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jas 1:17).

There is nothing good about the Catholics.  Of course, God made us too and we are not good, but we were when He created us and we have the potential to be good.  The Catholic Church did not come from heaven, it came from hell, and there is no good in it.

Of course, the Catholics tell people that the Catholic Church was established in 1 A.D., because they say that Jesus founded the church when He said:

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18).

It’s sad that so many people believe that lie.  The church Jesus was talking about was His church, i.e., people that believe in Him.  There is not a religion or a building for God’s Church; Jesus’ Church is those that accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

But I can see it back then, after the Pharisees and Sadducees crucified Jesus then they tried to butter up Peter and make him the Pope of their wicked religion.  But Peter told them:

“Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (I Pet 5:3).

There was no way Peter was going to try and run rickshaw over Jesus, only fools do that.  That would be like running head on against a Mack Truck.

One site that I found said that the Catholics came in existence in 742 by Pepin the Younger, also known as Pepin the Short, who was the king of the Franks from 752-768 when he died.

Some suggest that the Catholics came into existence during the Hellenistic Period, which was shortly after Alexander the Great died (323 B.C.). 

After Alexander the Great’s ventures in the Persian Empire, Hellenistic kingdoms were established throughout south-west Asia (Seleucid Empire, Kingdom of Pergamon) and north-east Africa (Ptolemaic Kingdom). 

This resulted in the export of Greek culture and language to these new realms, and moreover Greek colonists themselves.

Equally, however, these new kingdoms were influenced by the indigenous cultures, adopting local practices where beneficial, necessary, or convenient.

Hellenistic culture thus represents a fusion of the Ancient Greek world with that of the Near East, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, and a departure from earlier Greek attitudes towards “barbarian” cultures.

I somewhat, but not fully, agree with the above statement.  I believe that the Catholic Church is an offshoot from Judaism.

Hellenistic Judaism was a form of Judaism in the ancient world that combined Jewish religious tradition with elements of Greek culture.

EU Building in Strasbourg
Nearly 500 years later, the concept and architecture of that which Pieter Brueghel’s imagined has been reproduced in real life by none other than the European Union.

The EU building in Strasbourg is modeled on the original Tower of Babel as painted by Brueghel (image directly above).

The logic behind this symbolism is the EU says it is seeking to “build up the house of Europe”- a task yet to be completed.

The building is complete and in use, but is designed to look unfinished, and even has ringed platforms to represent scaffolding.

Here is the scary part.
A reporter questioning “Why the Tower of Babel” as a design concept, was answered in an astounding way by an EU official.

He said, “What they failed to complete 3000 years ago – we in Europe will finish now!”

Here we see the staggering proof of this New One World Order (this leads to a different site then the one mentioned above) in its formative, yet rapidly advancing stages.

Until the fall of the Roman Empire and the Muslim conquests of the Eastern Mediterranean, the main centers of Hellenistic Judaism were Alexandria (Egypt) and Antioch (Northern Syria—now Turkey), the two main Greek urban settlements of the Middle East and North Africa area, both founded at the end of the 4th century BCE in the wake of the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Hellenistic Judaism also existed in Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period, where there was conflict between Hellenizers and traditionalists (sometimes called Judaizers).

The decline of Hellenistic Judaism started in the 2nd century CE, and its causes are still not fully understood.

It may be that it was eventually marginalized by, partially absorbed into or became progressively the Koiné-speaking core of “Early Christianity” centered on Antioch and its “universalist” tradition.

There are disagreements between scholars about the Apostle Paul and his religion:

The relationship between Paul the Apostle and Second Temple Judaism continues to be the subject of much scholarly research, as it is thought that Paul played an important role in the relationship between Christianity and Judaism as a whole.

Paul’s influence on Christian thinking is said to be more significant than any other New Testament author.

Some scholars see Paul (or Saul) as completely in line with 1st century Judaism (a “Pharisee” and student of Gamaliel or as part of Hellenistic Judaism), others see him as opposed to 1st century Judaism, while the majority see him as somewhere in between these extremes, opposed to “Ritual Laws,” but in full agreement on “Divine Law”.

I don’t understand the confusion or the purpose of finding an answer here because the Bible makes it very clear.

Prior to Paul’s meeting with Jesus his name was Saul and a Pharisee, and he was nothing more than a snake.  I’m sure he was a Judaist or a Catholic or some other pagan religion.

The Book of Acts, in my opinion, shows that Saul was an ego-maniac and a “legal” murderer (the United States government certainly would have hired him).

Yet, once he had the “meeting of the minds” with Jesus he became the number one servant to Christ.  He butted heads with anyone that stood against Jesus.  What more is there to say?

Here’s an interesting read about the Catholics, Hellenism and Hitler:

Nazis, Catholics & Alexander’s Hellenists:
Symbols, Beliefs & Gods

If Hellenization is a process, it must have at one extreme the purely Greek culture, religion and all.
At the other extreme was a stubborn adherence to the rules imposed by Ezra.

Judaist Palestinian Jews, “the Hebrews”, had reason for concern when they saw their temple taken over by “the Greeks”—Hellenized Jews.

Judaist It was only a question of time before Yehouah became Zeus, and surely that is the point about the “Abomination of Desolation”.

Judaist It is simplistic to say that “Jews were unique and did not lose their identity”.

Judaist The early success of Christianity was precisely because it appealed to those Hellenized Jews that were crossing the boundary from Judaism.

Those (hidden from most historical accounts) deviant sexual habits running rampant in Germany during the Catholic rule of the Nazi era actually connect that reign to ancient Greek Hellions paganism, continuing from Alexander’s Empire.

Hellenism’s multi-god, sexual “freedom” types of worship spread from Alexander’s Empire into the succeeding Roman Empire.  Many of those worship practices envelope into The Catholic Church of the Holy Roman Empire.

Usually when historians discuss the Nazi swastika, they relate it to American Indian symbols.  Seldom is its relationship to the Hellenistic Thracian-pin well-known throughout Alexander’s kingdom. 

However, this symbolism correctly relates Hitler’s reign to Hellenistic paganism.

Moreover, Hitler’s strict rearing in Catholicism, particularly the Jesuits, harken back to Hellenism.  Another important symbol connecting Catholicism to Hellenism is pagan multi-god worship at home altars or shrines.

Consider John Henry’s article, ‘The Domestic Church: 7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home,’ which makes this strange statement: “The true head of the Catholic home is Christ, just as the Head of the Church is the Supreme Pontiff, His Holiness.”  Hmmm. Strange, God’s Word says Christ is the Head of the Church:

“. . . as the church is subject unto Christ” (Eph 5: 24).

“He is the Head of the Body, the Church” (Col 1: 24).

“And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church” (Eph 1: 22).

If you are interested in seeing how close the Catholics and Hitler were, aside from what I had said yesterday, go here. 

As I had said before, I think the Catholics is a by-product of Judaism and I believe its original home – where the evilness that we see today began – was in Babylon.

Babylon is a very old city:

The earliest mention of the city of Babylon can be found in a tablet from the reign of Sargon of Akkad (2334- 2279 BC), dating back to the 23rd century BC.  But it didn’t become an empire until around 612 B.C.

The Catholics are pagans and are the number one idolaters of the world, e.g., the rosary, the Virgin Mary, the Pope, etc.

Priest wand, or Thracian pin.
Notice the Swastika symbol in the center.

According to Madgearu these bird-head/ring-bottom sticks are likely distaffs for spinning thread, though they may be a form of hair pin.

The bird at top is usually thought to be a dove.

They have been found all along the Rhine and Danube Limes, in Spain, in Switzerland and in the Near East.

In many old works they were usually dated to the 5th-6th A.D.

However, Madgearu reports on one which has been contextually dated to the mid-3rd c A.D. – buried in a Romanian site destroyed in A.D. 245.

It is thought that they are the later Christian version of earlier sticks, often in bone, with Venus at the top.

The dove was a representation of Venus that was then retained as a representation of the Holy Ghost in Christian times.

Madgearu then lists 25 different archaeological finds of these sticks.

These are dated, when known, to the 4th – 6th c A.D.

Thus you have a woman’s distaff or hair pin used from the 3rd to the 6th century A.D. throughout much of the Roman Empire and the post-Roman Byzantine and neighboring worlds.

Martin Luther Against the Catholic Church

Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany, in 1483, and went on to become one of Western history’s most significant figures.

Luther spent his early years in relative anonymity as a monk and scholar. But in 1517 Luther penned a document attacking the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin.

His “95 Theses,” which propounded two central beliefs:

1. The Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds.

2. Sparking the Protestant Reformation. Although these ideas had been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at a moment in history ripe for religious reformation.

The Catholic Church was ever after divided, and the Protestantism that soon emerged was shaped by Luther’s ideas. His writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West.

Martin Luther’s career plan, or at least his father’s plan for him, was to become a lawyer, but one night, but…

In July of that 1505, Luther got caught in a violent thunderstorm, in which a bolt of lightning nearly struck him down.

He considered the incident a sign from God and vowed to become a monk if he survived the storm. The storm subsided, Luther emerged unscathed and, true to his promise, Luther turned his back on his study of the law days later on July 17, 1505. Instead, he entered an Augustinian monastery.

You do not have to promise God anything, but if you do He’ll hold you to it:

“But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee” (Deut 23:22).

“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee” (Deut 23:21).

“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecc 5:4).

Martin Luther
Questions the
Catholic Church

In early 16th-century Europe, some theologians and scholars was beginning to question the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

It was also around this time that translations of original texts—namely, the Bible and the writings of the early church philosopher Augustine—became more widely available.

This statue of Martin Luther stands near the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany.
The Protestant Reformation was a major 16th century European movement aimed initially at reforming the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

Its religious aspects were supplemented by ambitious political rulers who wanted to extend their power and control at the expense of the Church.

The Reformation ended the unity imposed by medieval Christianity and, in the eyes of many historians, signaled the beginning of the modern era.

In 1517, in one of the signal events of western history, Martin Luther posted 95 theses on a church door in the university town of Wittenberg.

That act was common academic practice of the day and served as an invitation to debate.

Luther’s propositions challenged some portions of Roman Catholic doctrine and a number of specific practices.

The movement quickly gained adherents in the German states, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Scotland and portions of France.

Support came from sincere religious reformers, while others manipulated the movement to gain control of valuable church property.

“The term Protestant was not initially applied to the reformers, but later was used to describe all groups protesting Roman Catholic orthodoxy.”

As the hope of reforming the Roman church faded, the “protestants” were forced to separate from Roman Catholicism resulting in Lutheran churches in Germany, Scandinavia and some eastern European countries, the Reformed churches in Switzerland and the Netherlands, Presbyterian churches in Scotland, and the Anglican church in England, and other diverse elements all of which have evolved into the Protestant denominations of today.

Augustine (340–430) had emphasized the primacy of the Bible rather than Church officials as the ultimate religious authority.

He also believed that humans could not reach salvation by their own acts, but that only God could bestow salvation by his divine grace. In the Middle Ages the Catholic Church taught that salvation was possible through “good works,” or works of righteousness, that pleased God.

Luther came to share Augustine’s two central beliefs, which would later form the basis of Protestantism.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church’s practice of granting “indulgences” to provide absolution to sinners became increasingly corrupt.

Indulgence-selling had been banned in Germany, but the practice continued unabated. In 1517, a friar named Johann Tetzel began to sell indulgences in Germany to raise funds to renovate St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Luther the Heretic

On November 9, 1518 the pope condemned Luther’s writings as conflicting with the teachings of the Church. One year later a series of commissions were convened to examine Luther’s teachings.

The first papal commission found them to be heretical, but the second merely stated that Luther’s writings were “scandalous and offensive to pious ears.”

Finally, in July 1520, Pope Leo X issued a papal bull (public decree) that concluded that Luther’s propositions were heretical and gave Luther 120 days to recant in Rome.

Luther refused to recant, and on January 3, 1521 Pope Leo excommunicated Martin Luther from the Catholic Church.

On April 17, 1521 Luther appeared before the Diet of Worms in Germany. Refusing again to recant, Luther concluded his testimony with the defiant statement: “Here I stand.

God help me. I can do no other.” On May 25, the Holy Roman emperor Charles V signed an edict against Luther, ordering his writings to be burned.

Luther hid in the town of Eisenach for the next year, where he began work on one of his major life projects, the translation of the New Testament into German, which took him 10 years to complete.

Martin Luther’s
Later Years

Luther returned to Wittenberg in 1521, where the reform movement initiated by his writings had grown beyond his influence. It was no longer a purely theological cause; it had become political.

Other leaders stepped up to lead the reform, and concurrently, the rebellion known as the Peasants’ War was making its way across Germany.

Luther had previously written against the Church’s adherence to clerical celibacy, and in 1525 he married Katherine of Bora, a former nun. They had five children.

Although Luther’s early writings had sparked the Reformation, he was hardly involved in it during his later years.

At the end of his life, Luther turned strident in his views, and pronounced the pope the Antichrist, advocated for the expulsion of Jews from the empire and condoned polygamy based on the practice of the patriarchs in the Old Testament.  Luther died on February 18, 1546.

Significance of Martin Luther’s Work

Although Luther was critical of the Catholic Church, he distanced himself from the radical successors who took up his mantle.

The apocalyptic genre had been present in Judaism for centuries before the Hellenistic period.
Within the traditional apocalyptic stories, the enemies of the Jewish people had always been the Babylonians, Persians, and Assyrians. Greeks, however, took their place as the “eschatological enemies of the people of God ” in the Jewish writings of the Hellenistic period.

The unfavorable notion of Greeks in apocalyptic literature can be primarily attributed to the suffering they caused the Israelites during the Greek expansions of the Hellenistic era.

Much Jewish apocalyptic literature conveys a picture in which the Jews violently opposed the imposition of Hellenistic culture.

It is ironic that a positive Greek influence is seen in the changing Jewish religious beliefs.

Prior to the Hellenistic period the Jewish concept of the afterlife had been drastically different from what it became during that time.

Through the Jewish apocalyptic literature written during that period, we see the introduction of the concepts of the immortality of the soul, stellar immortality, and resurrection after death.

It was the Greek influence of the Hellenistic age that gave impetus to the emergence of the Jewish eschatological salvation.

A 1533 painting of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach.
Martin Luther was born with the surname “Luder” or “Ludher.”

His given name was for St. Martin of Tours.

The family spelled its last name several different ways, but in 1512 Martin chose the current spelling of Luther, which is pronounced LOO-TAIR in German.
The “Reformator”

A former Augustinian monk and theology professor, began the Protestant Reformation by nailing his “Ninety-Five Theses” to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

His original intent was only to reform the Roman Catholic Church, Luther’s actions led to a split in the Church, dividing it into the Protestant and Catholic branches.

Today’s Lutheran Church (of which there are now several divisions, or “synods”) bears the name of the great Reformer (Reformator in German).

Most of the countries of northern Europe soon became Protestant.

Germany itself is today about evenly divided between Catholics and Protestants.

Luther is remembered as a controversial figure, not only because his writings led to significant religious reform and division, but also because in later life he took on radical positions on other questions.

These included his pronouncements against Jews, which some have said may have portended German anti-Semitism; others dismiss them as just one man’s vitriol that did not gain a following.

Some of Luther’s most significant contributions to theological history, however, such as his insistence that as the sole source of religious authority the Bible be translated and made available to everyone, were truly revolutionary in his day.

Aside from that, Martin Luther was the first person to translate and publish the Bible in the commonly-spoken dialect of the German people.

He used the recent 1516 critical Greek edition of Erasmus, a text which was later called textus receptus.

The Luther German New Testament translation was first published in September of 1522. The translation of the Old Testament followed, yielding an entire German language Bible in 1534.

Luther is also known to have befriended William Tyndale, and given him safe haven and assistance in using the same 1516 Erasmus Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament that had been the source text for his German New Testament of 1522, as the trustworthy source text for Tyndale’s English New Testament of 1525-26.

…Woe Unto America.

Revelation 3 – The Message to the Churches of Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea & Is the Vatican and Evil Organization?

The Book of Revelation may appear to be mainly about destruction and punishment, but it’s not, it’s the opposite.  The Book of Revelation is about salvation, the incredible love that God has for us.

Aside from the Bible, there is very little factual documentation of God’s love.  Therefore, I am unable to share that knowledge with you.  Yet, you can obtain that information the same way I did, ask Jesus to come into your heart and “SHOW YOU” and He will.

Anyway, most of the articles I will be posting in this Book will be showing how evil and wicked this world is. 

Everyone knows that the majority of Christian churches aren’t right with Jesus.  They may not be as evil as the Catholics, but that might be just because they don’t have the funds to be that evil.

I believe that most Christian churches started off on the right track, but I’m assuming that many of them became evil due to lack of finances.  Instead of trusting in God to help them out they crossed the line and have lost their way home.

I wonder if the Catholic Church had ever been right with God?  Tomorrow we’re going to look at…

Revelation 3
The Message to the Churches of
Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea

Sardis or Sardes was an ancient city at the location of modern Sart (Sartmahmut before 19 October 2005) in Turkey’s Manisa Province.
Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, one of the important cities of the Persian Empire, the seat of a proconsul under the Roman Empire, and the metropolis of the province Lydia in later Roman and Byzantine times.

As one of the Seven churches of Asia, it was addressed by the author of the Book of Revelation in terms which seem to imply that its population was notoriously soft and fainthearted.

Its importance was due, first to its military strength, secondly to its situation on an important highway leading from the interior to the Aegean coast, and thirdly to its commanding the wide and fertile plain of the Hermus.

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

“Sardis” – modern Sart.  Capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, it was a city of great wealth and fame.  The acropolis was a natural citadel on the northern spur of mount Tmolus.  It rose 1,500 feet above the lower valley.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

“Come on thee as a thief” – not a reference to the second coming of Christ, because here His coming depends on the church’s refusal to repent.  Elsewhere in the New Testament the clause refers to the second advent.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

“White” description of the redeemed.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

“He that overcometh”- the overcomer is every Christian, every believer.

“I will not blot out his name”- this is a positive promise of complete and total security.

“Book of life” – a divine ledger is first mentioned in Ex 32:32-33).  It was a register of all citizens in the kingdom community.  To have one’s name erased from this book would indicate loss of citizenship.

6 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Alaşehir (Turkish pronunciation: in Antiquity and the Middle Ages known as Philadelphia, i.e. “(city of) brotherly love” is a town and district of Manisa Province in the Aegean region of Turkey.

It is situated in the valley of the Kuzuçay (Cogamus in antiquity), at the foot of the Bozdağ Mountain (Mount Tmolus in antiquity).

The town is connected to İzmir by a 105 km (65 mi) railway.

The longtime mayor is Gökhan Karaçoban.

It stands on elevated ground commanding the extensive and fertile plain of the Gediz River, (Hermus in antiquity) presents at a distance an imposing appearance.

It has several mosques and Christian churches. There are small industries and a fair trade.

From one of the mineral springs comes a heavily charged water popular around Turkey.

7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

“Philadelphia” – modern Alashehir; a city of commercial importance conveniently located as the gateway to the high central plateau of the province of Asia in Asia Minor.  The name means “brotherly love” and commemorates the loyalty and devotion of Attalus II (220-130 B.C.) to his brother Eumenes II.

“Key of David” – Christ is the Davidic Messiah with authority to control entrance to the kingdom.

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

“Open door” – either the door of opportunity or the door to the kingdom.  The context favors the latter.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

“Synagogue of Satan” – a bold metaphor directed against unbelieving and hostile Jews.  Cf. Jesus’ scathing rebuke in Jn 8:44; see also 2 Cor 11:14-15.  The Jewish synagogue was a gathering place for worship, study and communal activities.

“Say they are Jews” – see Rom 2:28-29.

“Worship before thy feet” – an appropriate act of worship in the Near East.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

In 133 B.C. Attalus III, the last king of Pergamum, bequeathed all his possessions, including Attaleia, to the Romans.
It is known that the city reached the peak of its prosperity as an important trade center in the 2nd century A.D. and that it was enhanced with new monuments commemorating the emperor Hadrian’s visit in 130 A.D.

“Hour of temptation” – this period of testing that precedes the consummation of the kingdom is the Great Tribulation period (see 13:5-10; Matt 24:4-28; cf. Dan 12:1; Mk 13:19; 2 Thess 21:1-12).

Notice that the purpose of this tribulation is “to try them that dwell on the earth.”

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

“Write upon him my new name” – names revealed character.  Christ’s new name symbolizes all that He is by virtue of His redemptive work for mankind.  This awaits the second advent.

13 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

“Laodiceans” – the Laodicea was near modern Denizli.  The wealthiest city in Phyrgia during Roman times, it was widely known for its banking establishments, medical school and textile industry.  Its major weakness was lack of an adequate water supply.

“The Amen” – Is 65:16 speaks of “the God of truth,” i.e., “the God of the Amen.”  As a personal designation it describes one who is perfectly trustworthy or faithful.

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

The Laodicean Church was a Christian community established in the ancient city of Laodicea (on the river Lycus, in the Roman province of Asia, and one of the early centers of Christianity).
The church was established in the Apostolic Age, the earliest period of Christianity, and is probably best known for being one of the Seven churches of Asia addressed by name in the Book of Revelation.

“Lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot” – something cold is always refreshing, and “hot” may refer to the hot, medicinal waters of nearby Hierapolis.  The church in Laodicea supplied neither healing for the spiritually sick nor refreshment for the spiritually weary.

“Spue” – Lit. “vomit.”

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.

Refers to three items in which Laodicea took great pride: financial wealth, an extensive textile industry and a famous eye salve.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

“As many as I love, I…chasten” – see Job 5:17; Ps 94:12; Prov 3:11-12; 1 Cor 11:32; Heb 12:5-11.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

“I stand at the door, and knock” – usually taken as picture of Christ’s knocking on the door of the individual unbeliever’s heart.  In context, however, the self-deluded members of the congregation are being addressed.

In this passage, the Lord of the church is pictured ad knocking on the door of the church.  The Laodiceans were in danger of closing Christ out of their church, just as unbelievers can close Him out of their lives.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Is the Vatican and Evil Organization?

The Catholic church teaches that Peter was the first Pope and the earthly head of the church, but the Bible never says this once.
In fact, it was Peter himself who spoke against “Neither as being being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (I Pet 5:3).

Popes do not marry, although Peter did (Matt 8:14; I Cor. 9:5).

The Bible never speaks of Peter being in Rome, and it was Paul, not Peter, who wrote the epistle to the Romans.

In the New Testament, Paul wrote 100 chapters with 2,325 verses, while Peter wrote only 8 chapters with 166 verses.

In Peter’s first epistle he stated that he was simply “an apostle of Jesus Christ,” not a Pope (I Pet. 1:1).

The Roman papacy and priesthood is just a huge fraud to keep members in bondage to a corrupt pagan church.

In the Bible there are no popes or priests to rule over the church.

Jesus Christ is our High Priest (Heb. 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:5; 8:1; 9:11), and all true Christians make up a spiritual priesthood (I Pet. 2:5).

Jesus Christ has sanctified all Christians who believe on Him (Heb. 10:10-11), so all priests today are unnecessary and unscriptural.

Furthermore, the practice of calling a priest “father” is forbidden by Jesus Christ (Matt 23:9).

There is only ONE mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Christ (I Tim. 2:5).

With over a billion adherents and growing, the Catholic Church is an immensely powerful institution. As an organization that claims to represent God and do good, it has tremendous potential to create positive change.

Yet, the Catholic Church has a long history of supporting evil and continues to cause tremendous suffering while doing little real good.

Mass Delusion

Catholics choose to selectively ignore:

* many past and present sins of the church,

* many priests are child molesters and that church policy not only enabled abuse of children but consistently protected and even rewarded pedophile priests,

* that the catholic ban on birth control has ensured that tens of millions of unwanted children live unimaginable lives of deprivation and grow up (those that survive) to prey upon the societies that forsake them,

* millions of preventable cases of AIDS caused by Vatican policy of avoiding condoms also goes ignored,

* financial scandals,

* that the church supported the Nazi’s and other fascists and helped smuggle the worst war criminals to safety from justice,

* unforgivable crimes of the holy inquisitors,

* that the Catholic Church invented some of the most heinous forms of torture that could never be anything but evil.

* that the Catholics never mention their genocide committed against the peoples of the “New World.” 

* that priests have written books about them witnessing Satanic ceremonies inside the Vatican, and

* that Catholics choose to ignore the fact that much of church doctrine not only has no biblical basis but actually goes against the bible that they claim as the word of God.

One of biggest excuses given by Catholics for the sins of their church is,

It all happened a very long time ago, or

Those were very different times with different morals.

Yet, many of the church’s worst sins were committed in recent history, not the distant past.

Another excuse is that the sins of the church are committed by only a few flawed individuals and the organization as a whole remains good. This is simply not true.

The Vatican and Popes have actively condoned and perpetuated the evil committed by the Church. Popes may occasionally make some public utterances of supporting peace and ending poverty but their actions tell the truth.

Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus and was sinless all of her life. She is worshiped in the Catholic church as the “Mother of God” and the “Queen of Heaven.”
St. Bernard stated that she was crowned “Queen of Heaven” by God the Father, and that she currently sits upon a throne in Heaven making intercession for Christians.

The Infallibility of the Pope

Since 1870, with Pope Pius IX, the Catholic Church has taught the doctrine of Papal Infallibility.

The Vatican Council then declared that:

The Vatican Council has defined as “a divinely revealed dogma” that “the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra – that is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and teacher of all Christians he defines, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, a doctrine of faith or morals to be held by the whole Church – is, by reason of the Divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer wished His Church to be endowed in defining doctrines of faith and morals; and consequently that such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are irreformable of their own nature (ex sese) and not by reason of the Church’s consent” (Catholic Encyclopedia)

On June 20, 1894, Pope Leo XIII was bold enough to claim that the Popes “hold upon the earth the place of God Almighty” Of course, this was nothing new because the Vatican Council of 1870 had already proclaimed that:

The Pope is Christ in office, Christ in jurisdiction and power…we bow down before thy voice, O Pius, as before the voice of Christ, the God of truth; in clinging to thee, we cling to Christ. (Babylon Mystery Religion, p. 103).

The first being to ever liken himself to God was Lucifer (Is. 14:12-15), and the last will be Antichrist (II Thess. 2:3-4), so the Pope isn’t in very good company.

King Herod, who also followed the Roman religion, was killed by God for allowing people to credit him with infallibility (Acts 12:21-23).

God’s word is the only infallible Authority in Christianity. No man is infallible.

The Bible record is quite clear about that:

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Rom. 3:4).

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Is. 8:20).

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity” (Ps. 62:9).

Catholic Fascism & WW II

In 1929, Pope Pius XI signed the Lateran Treaty with Mussolini’s government, affirming the dictator’s rule and granting him the political clout necessary for a secure Fascist future.

In exchange, the church got $90 million in cash, a new tax-exempt papal state on Vatican Hill, government salaries for Italian priests, and the promise of both power and financial security. The deal with Mussolini encouraged Hitler and so he too sought Vatican support and got it.

Germany’s Catholics were against Hitler and he couldn’t muster nearly enough votes to be elected to power without Catholic support. Seeing Hitler as a potentially valuable ally, the Vatican applied pressure to German Catholics and ultimately was able to exert enough force to get Hitler elected.

In exchange for placing him in power Hitler signed a “concordat” with the Vatican in 1933 that gave the Church exemption from some laws, state financial support and cash pay-outs amounting to billions of dollars during Hitler’s reign.

The fact that the Vatican is concluding a treaty with the new Germany means the acknowledgement of the National Socialist State by the Catholic Church. The treaty shows the whole world clearly and unequivocally that the assertion that National Socialism is hostile to religion is a lie. – Adolph Hitler in letter to the Nazi party, July 22, 1933.

However, not all Catholics could stomach the deal and four years later three German Cardinals and two German Bishops traveled to the Vatican in 1937 to plead with Pope Pius XI to help protect German Catholics from German oppression.

In the summer of 1938 the ailing Pope finally wrote an encyclical entitled Humani Generis Unitas (On the Unity of the Human Race) that strongly condemned German oppression.

However, his condemnation was not really in support of humanity but rather in defense against Germans shutting down Catholic Churches and schools where the nuns and priests were reported to molest children.

The encyclical was suppressed by opponents within the Vatican and the existence of the “lost encyclical” wasn’t revealed until 1972.

On his deathbed the Pope pleaded with his physicians to keep him alive for a couple more days so he could finally oppose Hitler and Mussolini and avert war. He died under mysterious circumstances and on March 2nd, 1939, Eugenio Pacelli, the architect of the deal with Hitler was made Pope.

Slovakia became a Nazi puppet state led by the Catholic priest Jozef Tiso. During this period, approximately 70,000 Slovak Jews were sent to concentration camps to perish in the Holocaust.” – United Sates State Department profile of Slovakia

After Hitler invaded Yugoslavia it split off Croatia as a Catholic state to reward the Vatican for its support and named Fascist Ante Pavelic and his Ustashi thugs as leaders.

The Catholic Church openly ruled with Pavelic. Archbishop Alojzije Spinac, the primate of Croatia boldly proclaimed:

God who directs the destiny of nations and controls the hearts of kings has given us Ante Pavelic and moved the leader of a friendly and allied people, Adolph Hitler, to use his victorious troops to disperse our oppressors and enable us to create an independent state of Croatia. Glory be to God, our gratitude to Adolf Hitler and infinite loyalty to chief Ante Pavelic.

I left out parts of this section because I didn’t see it necessary to prove my point, but if you want to read it all you can go here

In Bed With the Mafia

The Vatican had long had cozy ties with the mafia and after the war it was involved in a number of criminal conspiracies. Its secretive Vatican bank is beyond the reach of anyone except the Pope and is used for laundering billions of dollars each year in criminal funds. The infamous BCCI scandal exposed a money laundering operation conducted by the mafia, the CIA and the Catholic Church.

Pedophile Priests

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests. The abuse has been an integral part of church culture and has actively been encouraged and supported by the Vatican, Cardinals and Bishops.

Auditors for the Roman Catholic Church reported that in 2004 there were 1,092 new sexual abuse charges filed involving 756 priests, most all involved children. This brought the total to 11,750 United States cases for the period of 1950 through 2004, still a fraction of the number of actual cases since most of the victims have never come forward.

The auditors only covered United States churches and only got voluntarily submitted information.

The Franklin Cover-up case brought to light the participation of the Catholic Church in the abuse and prostitution of children from Boys Town as part of a CIA-satanic mind control program that reached all the way to the highest levels of government and the Vatican.

Purgatory – Painting inside the dome.
The Catholic Church teaches that a Christian’s soul must burn in purgatory after death until all of their sins have been purged.
To speed up the purging process, money may be paid to a priest so he can pray and have special masses for an earlier release.

This heresy began creeping into the Roman Church during the reign of Pope Gregory around the end of the 6th century, and it has no scriptural support.

In fact, Jesus warned us about this pagan practice in Matt 23:14 when He spoke of those who devoured widows houses and made long prayers for a pretense.

Ps 49:6-7 tells us that a person couldn’t redeem a loved one, even if such a place did exist:

“They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him.”

Peter addressed this issue in Acts 8:20 when he said, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.”

God’s word is clearly against the doctrine of purgatory.

Pope Francis says that if you ask for yours sins to be forgiven and follow him on Twitter you will do less time in Purgatory.

The 11,750 documented United States cases are shocking and unfathomable. The number of unreported cases in the United States and cases in other countries, where the Church still has substantial influence in schools, among police and in the courts, is indubitably much higher and likely amounts to hundreds of thousands or even millions of children molested by people who are supposed to represent God.

How could such a massive criminal conspiracy have gone on so long? What kind of God would permit such a thing? Why does it continue to be tolerated and even encouraged by the Vatican?

Car-Bomber Catholic Priest

On July 31 1972, an 8 year old girl and 8 others were killed when car bombs ripped through the village of Claudy in Northern Ireland. It is widely believed that the bombs were placed by Catholic priest James Chesney, who was known as a regional “Director of Operations” for the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The Church knew of his involvement and quickly relocated him out of the reach of justice to the Republic of Ireland where he kept hidden away from authorities.

Despite the presence of explosives residue in the back of his car, British authorities did not pursue the case due to pressure from higher levels.

Chesney died a few years later before he could be brought to justice for the car bombing murders.

Quebec Catholic Nightmare

Children born to single mothers in the province of Quebec, Canada were forcibly taken from their mothers from the 1940’s up till the early 60’s. Some were adopted out to families but most were locked up in Catholic run facilities masquerading as orphanages. 

The policy of stealing children from unwed mothers was created by the Catholic Church so it could gain control over thousands of children.

When the Church found that it could nearly double the amount of money it got from the Canadian government for mentally disabled children over regular “orphans” it suddenly declared all of the children in its charge as mental patients and orphanages were converted to psychiatric hospitals overnight. 

No evaluations were conducted to determine the true mental state of the orphans and no beneficial therapy or education was ever offered to the children.  Over 20,000 children were locked away to suffer unimaginable horror in Catholic run facilities.

Not satisfied with the emotional damage to the children caused by labeling them as “retarded”, the Nuns who ran the orphanages abused the children in ways beyond comprehension.

Catholic Mass
By perverting the Christian practice of the Lord’s Supper (Matt 26:26-28; I Cor. 11:23-27), the Catholic Church has created the Mass, which they teach to be a continual sacrifice of Jesus Christ:

“Christ…commanded that his bloody sacrifice on the Cross should be daily renewed by an unbloody sacrifice of his body and blood in the Mass under the simple elements of bread and wine.” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 10, Pg. 13, Article: “Mass, Sacrifice of.”).

Jesus never made such a command. If you’ll check the above references in Matt 26 and I Cor 11, you’ll see for yourself that the Lord’s Supper is a Memorial and a Showing of Christ’s death until He comes again. It is not a sacrifice.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states the following:

“In the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ.

It is called transubstantiation, for in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the substance of bread and wine do not remain, but the entire substance of bread is changed into the body of Christ, and the entire substance of wine is changed into his blood, the species or outward semblence of bread and wine alone remaining.” (Vol. 4, pg. 277, Article: “Consecration”).

The Catholic Church teaches that the “Holy Mass” is a Literal eating and drinking of the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.

The priest supposedly has the power to change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Now, what does God’s word say about such practices?

If you’ll read Gen 9:4, Lev 17:11-12, and Acts 15:29, you will find that God absolutely Forbids the drinking of blood all through the Bible.

Rome teaches that the Mass is a continual “sacrifice” of Jesus Christ, but God’s word states that Jesus made the FINAL sacrifice on Calvary!

This is made perfectly clear in Heb 10:10-12:

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”
The mass is unnecessary and unscriptural.

Children were whipped with chains, sexually assaulted, tortured, held in straight-jackets and subjected to needless lobotomies and electro-shocks.  Many were rented to Catholic-owned businesses to be used as slave labor. 

Hundreds of children died from the abuse and many committed suicide. The bodies of children killed by the nun’s abuse were sold to medical facilities for $10, if not claimed by a family member.

Many of the children were used as human lab rats in sadistic experiments. Some of the children imprisoned at St. Jean-de-Dieu hospital were treated by the infamous Ewen Cameron, the psychopath psychiatrist who conducted lethal experiments on patients at Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University for the CIA as part of their MK-ULTRA mind control research program.

In 2004, some of the surviving children asked the government to open the mass graves where children were buried to support their claims which were being denied by the church and the government, but the government refused.

Other children were used to test dangerous drugs under contract to criminal pharmaceutical firms and sadistic psychiatrists.

The children were unleashed from their tortuous prisons upon reaching the age of 18, with no education, no means of support and so badly damaged that they were unable to function in society.

To shield the church from bankruptcy from the many lawsuits and further cover-up its partnership in crime with the CIA, the Quebec government agreed to pay surviving victims of the orphanages $26 million in compensation, provided that they agree to never sue anyone for the abuse.

Taxpayers did not consent to the government spending their money to cover-up the crimes and deny justice to the evil doers.

In 2001, another 1,000 orphans settled with the Quebec government for about $25 million for wrongfully placing them in the “mental” institutions. Thousands of other abused orphans have not received any compensation and have been continually denied any measure of justice.

The Catholic War on Natives

Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has been in bed with government and commercial enterprises.  For over 500 years it either supported or directly waged genocide against native populations for commercial purposes in the Americas. 

The impact of Catholics and others on the new world was an estimated 80% population reduction in the span of 200 years.

In 1909, Dr. Peter Bryce of the Indian Affairs department in Ottawa, Canada claimed that churches were deliberately exposing native children to smallpox and tuberculosis in residential schools across Canada, and letting them die untreated.

Thousands of children died as a result. The abuse of native children in Canadian residential schools continued up into the 1970’s. Researchers estimate that 50,000 native children in Canada died as a result of the abuse, neglect and murder in ”residential” schools run by the Catholic and Anglican churches.

In many other countries Native children were forcibly sent to church boarding schools where they were horribly abused and even murdered. Natives continue to struggle with the immense damage done to them by the Catholic church and other religious organizations.

Nun Abuse

A survey conducted in 1999 revealed that 34,000 United States Catholic nuns, or about 40 percent of all nuns in the United States, have suffered some form of sexual trauma.

The survey was conducted by researchers at the St. Louis University and was partially funded by Nuns.  Twenty percent of the Nuns said they had been sexually assaulted as a child.

In 2001, the Vatican admitted that it had received reports of the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and other nuns in 23 different countries. This is likely a tiny fraction of the actual cases since most are never reported.

The Bible was written, or let us say, dictated by Jesus Christ.
Yet, the Catholics have found another error in the Bible – the scripture directly above – because they have come up with a system of “salvation through works.”

Through infant baptism, keeping sacraments, church membership, going to mass, praying to Mary, and confession (just to mention a few), the Catholic church has developed a system of salvation through WORKS.

God’s word says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through works:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Rom 4:5).
Jesus Christ came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU -to pay for your sins, because you couldn’t.

Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only by receiving Him as your Savior can you enter the gates of Heaven.

There is no other way.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (Jn 14:6).

The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own Blood on Calvary.

By receiving Him as your Savior, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev 1:5; Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 1:18-19).

Notice these important words from Rom 5:8-9:

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jesus PAID your way to Heaven for you!

By receiving Him as your Savior, you will be receiving God’s ONLY means of Salvation for you.

Rom 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Rom 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Opus Dei – Fascist Catholic Cult

Made famous in the book and movie “The Da Vinci Code”, the secretive Catholic cult, Opus Dei, uses scientology like tactics to recruit and enslave young Catholics into a cult-like organization that is used to promote a fascist agenda.

Infamous Opus Dei members include Tyco Looter Mark Belnick, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, convicted spy Robert Philip Hanssen, New York cop & mafia thug Al Capone and many other criminals.

Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei was widely acknowledged as a ferocious woman hater, supporter of fascists such as Franco and Pinochet, yet was canonized by the church.

Woman are so sinful…that they have been dislodged from the Garden of Eden. And the only possibility for them to lessen their guilt is by subordinating themselves…”You should be like a carpet where people can step onto.” – from the Opus Dei in Austria

Manufacturing Suffering

Throughout the Catholic world the practice of birth control is deemed a mortal sin and many prostitutes and drug addicts will not practice safe sex for fear of going to hell.

The lack of birth control results in tens of millions of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies each year and the needless spread of HIV and other venereal diseases.

In countries with high HIV infections the church tells people that condoms can’t prevent the spread of HIV, greatly increasing the number of new infections.

Under Vatican influence the United States bribed the government of Uganda to not distribute millions of condoms it already had.

The resulting overpopulation is the primary cause of poverty, crime and disease that grips so many Catholic countries. The poverty cheats entire nations of the hope for a better future and ensures the destruction of vital eco-systems.

In Brazil there are so many unwanted and homeless children that they run wild and are hunted down and killed by death squads paid by shop-keepers who are tired of getting robbed by the starving packs of kids.

Many of the unwanted children throughout Catholic countries end up in the clutches of pedophiles.

A study in Guatemala found that nearly every brothel there had children working as prostitutes. Children are sold throughout Latin America for prostitution, pornography and to Satanists for torture and sacrifice.

Popes

Some of the most perverse, violent and twisted people in history have been Catholic Popes. Most were gluttons and alcoholics and many were sexual deviants. Pedophilia is an ancient Catholic tradition going all the way back to the Roman Emperors.

According to Catholic historian Peter de Rosa in his book “Vicars of Christ”:

Popes had mistresses as young as fifteen years of age, were guilty of incest and sexual perversions of every sort, had innumerable children that were murdered in the very act of adultery.

Pope Sergius III (904-911) – Obtained his office by murder and fathered several illegitimate children by Marozia, who assassinated Pope Leo VI (928 – 929), and put her own teenage son (John XI) as Pope. 

 

 

 

 

Benedict V (964) – Raped a young girl and absconded to Constantinople with the papal treasury only to reappear when the money ran out. Church historian Gerbert called Benedict “the most iniquitous of all the monsters of ungodliness.”

The pontiff was eventually slain by a jealous husband. His corpse, bearing a hundred dagger wounds, was dragged through the streets before being tossed into a cesspit.

Pope Benedict IX (1033–1045) – Committed murders and adulteries in broad daylight, robbed pilgrims, and was regarded as a hideous criminal. The people drove him out of Rome: The Catholic encyclopedia says, “He was a disgrace to the chair of Peter.” 

 

 

 

 

Pope Innocent III (119-1216) – Promoted the Inquisition, surpassing all his predecessors in torturing and murdering.

 

 

 

Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303) – One of the worst of all Popes. Dante visited Rome and described the Vatican as a “sewer of corruption” and assigned Boniface VII, Nicholas III and Clement V to the “lowest parts of hell.”

 

 

 

 

 

Rodrigo Borgia – Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) – Under his reign the “Vatican was again a brothel” (The Records of Rome, 1868, British Library) and his debauched papal court was compared to the ancient “fleshpots” of Caesarea in which St. Augustine (d. 430) reveled.

He was well known as a sexual pervert and was reported to have fathered children with his daughter.

 

 

Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti – Pius IX (1846-1878) – Was famous for the kidnapping of a 6-year-old Jewish boy and the oppression of Jews yet was deemed a Saint by Pope John Paul II. His beatification was questioned due to rumors that he sexually molested the boy.

 

 

 

Karol Wojtyla – John Paul II (1978-2005) – While Karol did apologize for many of the church’s sins he also was a staunch supporter of catholic monsters such as Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ and known pedophile.

Karol beatified and canonized more individuals than all his predecessors put together, many of the individuals were notorious pedophiles and other criminals yet Karol thought them all to be great Catholics and saints.

 

 

Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI (2005 to present) – a member of Hitler Youth and member of the German army during WW II. He manned anti-aircraft guns at the BMW factory that used slave labor. As a former Nazi he is responsible for war crimes and the men he killed.

In the early 80’s he was made Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), formerly called Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition (aka “the Inquisition”).

He has actively protected and supported known pedophiles and blocked investigations into the church’s abuse of children.

Inquisition

The Catholic Church is infamous for its “Inquisition” whereby it tortured and murdered millions of people. The Inquisitions started in the 1200s and didn’t end until the late 1800s.

The Holy Inquisitions
“The Catholic”
“Anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God which conflicts with Church dogma must be burned without pity” – Pope Innocent III.

The Inquisition was an ecclesiastical court and process of the Roman Catholic Church setup for the purpose towards the discovery and punishment of heresy which wielded immense power and brutality in medieval and early modern times.

The Inquisitions function was principally assembled to repress all heretics of rights, depriving them of their estate and assets which became subject to the ownership of the Catholic treasury, with each relentlessly sought to destroy anyone who spoke, or even thought differently to the Catholic Church.

In his book, “History of the Inquisition”, Canon Llorente, who was Secretary of the Inquisition in Madrid from 1790-92 estimated the number of condemned in Spain alone to have exceeded 3 million, with 300,000 burned at the stake.

A Catholic historian comments on the events leading up to the suppression of the Spanish Inquisition:

When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, Col. Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans (in charge of the Inquisition) blockaded themselves in their monastery in Madrid.

When Lemanouski’s troops forced an entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them under the floors.

The chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops, used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up.

Mother Teresa

Perhaps the greatest icon of Catholic charity, Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) was not at all who she pretended to be or who the media portrayed her as.

In reality she spent her life opposing cures to poverty such as birth control and empowerment of women. She took in vast sums of money for the poor and used it mostly to expand her religious order to 500 convents around the world.

She was a supporter of criminals such as Charles Keating and mass murderers such as the Haitian Dictator François (Papa Doc) Duvalier who looted the country and killed over 30,000 people.

For her loyal support of his family, Baby Doc Duvalier presented her with a Legion d’Honneur in 1981, which she graciously accepted from the mass murderer.

In 1989, Agnes traveled back to her native Albania to pay her respects to communist dictator Enver Hoxha and lay a wreath on his grave. Hoxha was one of the most repressive rulers of the 20th century.

Tortures of the Catholic Inquisition
“Fear is the basis of the whole – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the
parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand” – Bertrand Russell.

The Rack
The Rack was an instrument of torture often used in the Middle Ages, and a popular means of extricating confession. The victim was tied across a board by their ankles and wrists, rollers at either end of the board were turned by pulling the body in opposite directions until dislocation of every joint occurred.

The Stocks
With their feet in the stocks, two pieces of timber clamped together, over and under, both across each leg above the ankles. The soles of their feet then having been greased with lard, a blazing brazier was applied to them, and they were first blistered and then fried. At intervals a board was interposed between the fire and their feet and removed once they disobeyed the command to confess themselves of guilt for which they had been charged.

Water Torture
The victim’s nostrils were pinched shut, and eight quarts of fluid were poured down the victim’s throat through a funnel. Other techniques included forcing a cloth down the throat, while pouring water, which made a swallowing reflex pushing it further down into the stomach producing all the agonies of suffocation by drowning until the victim lost consciousness. Instead of water, the torture was sometimes conducted with boiling water or vinegar.

The Heretics Fork
This instrument consisted of two little forks one set against the other, with the four prongs plunged into the flesh, under the chin and above the chest, with hands secured firmly behind their backs. A small collar supported the instrument in such a manner that the victims were usually forced to hold their head erect, thus preventing any movement.

The forks did not penetrate any vital points, and thus suffering was prolonged and death was always nearly avoided. The pointed prongs on each end to crane the persons head made speech or movement near impossible.

The Pear
The pear was a torture device used on females. This device was inserted into the vagina, or mouth of the victim and then expanded by force of the screw to the maximum aperture setting of the victims cavity. The antrum would then irremediably become lacerated, nearly always fatally, ripping the tissue, flesh and membranes.

The Branks
The Branks, also sometimes called Dame’s Bridle, or Scold’s Bridle comprised of a metal facial mask and spiked mouth depressor that was implemented on housewives up until the early 19th century. Many clergymen sustained in this husband’s right to handle his wife, and to use “salutary restraints in every case of misbehavior” without the intervention of what some court records of 1824 referred to as “vexatious prosecutions.”

Generally a husband would need only to accuse his wife of disagreeing with his decisions, at which the Branks could be applied. The subject would then be paraded through the streets, or chained to the market cross where she was exposed to public ridicule.

The Wheel
The wheel was one of the most popular and insidious methods of torture and execution practiced. The giant spiked wheel was able to break bodies as it rolled forward, causing the most agonizing and drawn-out death. Other forms include the “braided” wheel, where the victim would be tied to the execution dock or platform. Their limbs were spread and tied to stakes or iron rings on the ground. Slices of wood were placed under the main joints, wrists, ankles, knees, hips, and elbows. The executioner would then smash every joint with the iron-tyred edge of the wheel–however the executioner would avoid fatal blows to give the victim a painful death.

According to a German chronicler, the victim was transformed into a huge screaming puppet writhing in their own blood. It looked like a sea monster with four tentacles, and raw slimy shapeless flesh, mixed with splinters of bone. After the smashing had taken place the victim would literally be “braided” into the wheel and hung horizontally at the top of the pole.

The Breast Ripper
The name of this device speaks for itself. Women condemned of heresy, blasphemy, adultery, and witchcraft often felt the wrath of this device as it violently tore a breast from their torso.
This device was highly put into service during the massacre of the Danes.

Hanging Cages
These cages were usually hung around the outsides of town halls and ducal palaces, they were also near the town’s hall of justice and surprisingly cathedrals. The victim, naked and exposed, would slowly wither from hunger and thirst. The weather would second the victims death by heat stroke and sunburn in the summer and cold in the winter.

The victims and corpses were usually previously mutilated before being put in the cages to make a more edifying example of the punishment. The cadavers were left in the c
ages until the bones literally fell apart.

The Garotte
Originally, the garotte was simply hanging by another name. However, during Medieval times, executioners began to refine the use of rope until it became as feared and as vile as any serious punishments. Executioners first used the garotte to end the suffering of heretics broken on the wheel, but by the turn of the 18th century the seed of an idea involving slow strangulation was planted in the minds of lawmakers.

At first, garottes were nothing more than an upright post with a hole bored through. The victim would stand or sit on a seat in front of the post and chanting crowd, and a rope was looped around his or her neck. The ends of the cords were fed through the hole in the post. The executioner would then pull on both ends of the cord, or twist them tourniquet-styled, slowly strangling the victim. Later modifications included a spike fixed into the wood frame at the back of the victim’s neck, parting the vertebrae as the rope tighten.

The Head Crusher
With the victim’s chin placed on the lower bar, a screw then forces the cap down on the victims cranium. The recipients teeth are crushed and forced into the sockets to smash the surrounding bone. The eyes are compressed from their sockets and brain from the fractured skull.

This device, although not a form of capital punishment, is still used for interrogational purposes. It was to inflict extreme agony and shock and leave the victim in its grasp for hours. Other methods included the head screw (below) which was placed around the forehead and tighten. The accused became so frantic by the extreme panic of having their head crushed that they confessed to anything.

Burnt at the Stake
If the Inquisitor wanted to be sure no relics were left behind by an accused and convicted heretic, he would select death by burning at the stake as the preferred method of execution. With few exceptions, death came from being burned alive. Frequently, burning a victim at the stake was cause for a crowd. Not content to merely learn about the spectacle after it was over, the masses wanted to be entertained.

The Iron Maiden
The Iron Maiden or Virgin of Nuremberg was a tomb-sized container with folding doors. The object was to inflict punishment, then death. Upon the inside of the door were vicious spikes. As the prisoner was shut inside he or she would be pierced along the length of their body. The talons were not designed to kill outright.

The pinioned prisoner was left to slowly perish in the utmost pain. Some models included two spikes that were driven into the eyes causing blindness. One of these diabolical machines was exhibited in 1892.

The Strappado
One of the most common torture techniques. All one needed to set up a strappado was a sturdy rafter and a rope. The victim’s wrists were bound behind their back, and the rope would be tossed over the beam.

The victim was repeatedly dropped from a height, so that their arms and shoulders would dislocate. This was a punishment of the Secret Tribunal until 1820.

The Boots
Also known as the bootikens. The legs of the patient were usually placed between two planks of wood, which they binded with cords and wedges. The torturer used a large, heavy hammer to pound the wedges, driving them closer together.

Forceful blows were used to squeeze the legs to jelly, lacerating flesh, protruding the shins, and crushing the bones; sometimes so that marrow gushed out. Once unloosed the bones fall to pieces, rendering the legs useless. This torture was most overwhelming, as one can imagine.

Judas Cradle
The victim was stripped, hoisted and hung over this pointed pyramid with iron belts. Their legs were stretched out frontwards, or their ankles pulled down by weights. The tormentor would then drop the accused onto the pyramid penetrating both orifices. With their muscles contracted, they were usually unable to relax and fall asleep.

The Guillotine
The Guillotine became the official instrument of execution in France in 1792, during the French Revolution. The device was named for Joseph Ignace Guillotine (1738-1814), a member of the Revolutionary assembly. He regarded the device as a quick and merciful type of execution. A guillotine had two posts joined by a crossbeam at the top. A heavy steel knife with a slanting edge fit in grooves in the posts. A cord held the knife in place.

When the executioner cut the cord, the knife dropped and cut off the victim’s head. It was not until 1981, that France abolished capital punishment, and that the use of the guillotine ended. The Guillotine family were later forced to change their surname’s as a direct result of this invention.

Under his reign of terror Albania was a virtual prison camp and almost every citizen had been interrogated, tortured or imprisoned by the dreaded Sigurimi secret police. The country was impoverished by the lunatic policies of Hoxha and his rampant military spending.

Charles Keating was a good catholic who stole in excess of $252 million as part of an organized fraud in the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s. He gave $1.25 million of his loot to Mother Teresa.

When Keating was facing prosecution she interceded on his behalf and wrote a letter to the court urging leniency. When the district attorney informed her that the money she had received was stolen money and needed to be returned, she refused to return the money and evaded the courts attempts to recover the money. Keating only spent a total of 4.5 years in prison.

Mother Teresa did care for the poor, sick and dying but at the same time she promoted policies that cause poverty and disease and supported an institution that preys upon the poor and engages in wholesale abuse of children.

Her legacy is an organization that feeds a few people while taking in vast sums of money and promotes the very causes of poverty.

Catholic Satanism

A book published several years ago by retired Catholic priest, Luigi Marinelli, detailed the misdeeds of greedy bishops, money-laundering prelates, sexual abuse and Satanic rituals within the Vatican.

Marinelli was no lone dissenter, the book was written by a group of Vatican prelates called the Millenari who seek to expose the corruption and Satanism within the Vatican (ISBN 1552631427).

The smoke of Satan has entered the Sanctuary” – Pope Paul IV (1963).

The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia in the Catholic Church are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the rites of ‘The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer’ in the Vatican” – Fr. Malachi Martin (1990).

Given the Church’s tremendous support of the most horrific forms of torture during the middle ages, its genocide against non-Catholics, its active participation in WW II, its manufacture of poverty and its wholesale sexual abuse of children around the world, how can the organization be anything but satanic?

Reviving European Fascism

Mad-dog Archbishop Jan Sokol, former communist agent, avid supporter of fascists.

The Church is once again taking over the country of Slovakia to create a new fascist stronghold. Despite the fact that they the Catholic party has few seats in Parliament they have been able to gain strategic control over key institutions.

They have mandated Catholic “religious” education in all public schools, banned many competing religions as “cults” while supporting mind control cults such as the Unification Church, Hare Chrisna, and Church of Scientology.

The Slovak taxpayers are required to pay the salaries of priests. The largest land owner in the country, it pays zero taxes. In a special pact with the Vatican, Slovakia all but ceded its sovereignty over to the Church.

The Church has not used its new power to help the poor or improve living conditions for the masses. Under Vatican rule the rich are getting richer and the poor are becoming more desperately poor.

Schools and hospitals are forced to shut their doors as funding is cut. Food prices are skyrocketing and crime is flourishing. Many Slovaks feel they were better off under the Soviets and indeed many of them were.

In March, 2005 the Slovak Archbishop, Jan Sokol, publicly blessed Marian Kotleba, the leader of the Slovak neo-Nazi organization Pospolitosti.

The organization is the resurrection of the Catholic fascist militia that rounded up Jews & Gypsies for Catholic priest Jozef Tiso to send to Hitler’s death camps. So far their actions are mostly limited to distributing flyers promoting hatred against non-Catholics.

Archbishop Jan Sokol doesn’t care which type of thug he supports; state archives reveal that he was an agent for the Slovak secret police during communism.

Vatican Participation in World War 3?

Excess wealth creates lust for power. The more power a person has the more they want. The billionaires that currently control events want more power and have no loyalty to any nation.

Their aspirations are global and they seek to establish a global corporate police state. In order to create such a state national boundaries must be dissolved.

Just as the last two world wars were used to change national boundaries the next world war will be used to dissolve national boundaries and create corporate super-states.

Just as war made it possible to create the UN and NATO, the upcoming war will be used to consolidate power further and unite more countries under the control of a single entity. Corporations are rapidly becoming the new governing force and will replace nations.

War is almost always about power and money, even though religion is usually used as the driving force.

The first large regional wars in Europe were funded by the Rothschild family and they have been involved in most every major conflict since.

Many of the wealthiest families own stock in the Carlyle Group, which in turn owns stock in various military contractors. The rich stand to make more money in the event of a war – regardless of who wins or loses.

Wars cause currencies to deflate and inflate and property to be devalued. In wartime the wealthy can more easily manipulate events to their advantage and then buy up the spoils for almost nothing once the dust has cleared and the blood has soaked into the ground.

A world war isn’t possible without the active support of the Vatican. While the new Pope has issued the standard bogus “peace” messages, the real intentions of the church can be surmised by its past and present actions.

With the appointment of a new Pope who was a member of Hitler Youth, the head of the modern inquisition and known supporter of pedophiles, it is most likely that the Vatican is gearing up to support a return to dark times.

Another world war will require religious zealots on two sides. Without religious insanity, most people simply won’t kill each other with enough gusto to keep a war going for long.

On one side there are Muslims. Saudi Arabia’s CIA designed mind control Wahabi religious schools have produced enough Muslim zealots to keep a war going for a while and with the resurgence of “Christian” fascism courtesy of the Vatican, there may be enough for another side.

Religious Insanity

Most Catholics never think of these aforementioned facts, just as most other religious followers rarely allow logic to penetrate into their minds.

Religion was invented long ago by dark forces as a form of spiritual enslavement. It keeps humans from thinking and keeps them at each other’s throats.

The concept of worshiping some invisible entity is silly enough. The notion that a superior entity would even want to be worshiped is even more ludicrous. The idea that we are paying for the disobedience of someone who lived thousands of years ago is also silly.

Even more nutty is the idea that God would send his only son (aren’t we also his children?) to Earth to suffer a horrible death so that we pathetic humans might somehow be forgiven for something that we didn’t even do.

One needn’t be religious to be an honest and compassionate person. It doesn’t take a stinking old pedophile to convince us that it is better to love than to hate. We don’t need some invisible deity to keep us from making mistakes.

Catholics share in the sins of their church and the blood of its many victims is on their hands.  If you are a true Catholic, get out while you can.

…the history of the Catholic Church.

Revelation 2 – The Message to the Churces of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira & Why I Left the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is nothing but evil.  If you are a Catholic that does not mean you are going to hell, unless you agree with the Catholic Church.

Many believe the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon, that is spoken of in chapters 17-18, which we will discuss then, but tomorrow we’re going to look at…

Revelation 2
The Message to the Churches of
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey.

It was built in the 10th century B.C. on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists.

During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League.  The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 B.C.

According to estimates Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

“Hast tried them” – the necessity for correct doctrine and dependable advice e was widely recognized in the early church (see 1 Cor 14:29; 1 Thess 5:21; 1 Jn 4:1).

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

“Left” – they didn’t lose it, the left it.

“First love” – the love they had at first for one another and/or for Christ.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

“Remove thy candlestick” – immediate judgment.

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Nicolaitans” – a heretical sect within the church that had worked out a compromise with the pagan society.  They apparently taught that spiritual liberty gave them sufficient leeway to practice idolatry and immorality.

Tradition identifies them with Nicolas, the proselyte of Antioch who was one of the first seven deacons in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:5), though the evidence is merely circumstantial.

A similar group at Pergamum held the teaching of Balaam and some at Thyatira were followers of the woman Jezebel.  From their heretical tendencies it would appear that all three groups were Nicolaitans.

I’ve never heard of the Nicolaitans, maybe they change their name to the Catholics.

7 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

“Overcometh” – the challenge to overcome occurs in each letter.

It was a symbolic name of a party that represented those who established a ruling class over the rest of the people that exalted fleshly leadership by developing a “pecking order.”

Jesus hated this and warns the people to repent or else “I will come upon you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

“Paradise” – originally a Persian word for a pleasure garden.  In Revelation it symbolizes the eschatological state in heaven in which God and man are restored to the perfect fellowship that existed before sin entered the world, i.e. the relationship God had with Adam and Eve.

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

“Smyrna” – a proud and beautiful Asian city (modern Izmir) closely aligned with Rome and eager to meet its demands for emperor worship.  This plus a large and actively hostile Jewish population made it extremely difficult to live there as a Christian.

Polycarp, the most famous of the early martyrs, was bishop of Smyrna.

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Smyrna was an ancient city located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia.
Due to its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence.

The ancient city is located at two sites within modern İzmir, Turkey.

The first site, probably founded indigenously, rose to prominence during the Archaic Period as one of the principal ancient Greek settlements in western Anatolia.

The second, whose foundation is associated with Alexander the Great, reached metropolitan proportions during the period of the Roman Empire.

Most of the present-day remains date from the Roman era, the majority from after a 2nd-century A.D. earthquake.

“Which say they are Jews” – see Rom 2:28-29.

“Satan” – Hebrew for “accuser” (see Zech 3:1; cf. Job 1:6-12, 2:1-7).

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

“Devil” – Greek diabolos, meaning “accuser.”

“Tribulation” – see the warnings by Jesus (Jn 15:20) and Paul (2 Tim 3:12).

“Crown of life” – the crown that is eternal life.  “Crown” does not refer to a royal crown, but to the garland or wreath awarded to the winner in athletic contests.

11 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

“Second death” – the lake of fire (Rev 20:14).

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

“Pergamos” – modern Bergama; the ancient capital of Asia, built on a cone-shaped hill rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding valley.  Its name in Greek means “citadel” and is the origin of our word “parchment” (lit. “from Pergamos” because of a legend that parchment was first manufactured there).

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

“Where Satan’s seat is” – Satan “ruled” from Pergamos in that it was the official center of emperor worship in Asia.

“Antipas” – first martyr of Asia.  According to tradition he was slowly roasted to death in a bronze kettle during the reign of Domintian.

Polycarp was a 2nd-century Christian bishop of Smyrna.
According to the Martyrdom of Polycarp he died a martyr, bound and burned at the stake, then stabbed when the fire failed to touch him.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

“Doctrine of Balaam” – Balaam advised the Midianite women how to lead the Israelite astray.  He is a fitting prototype of corrupt teachers who deceive believers into compromise with worldliness.

“Things sacrificed unto idols…fornication” – see Acts 15:20, 29.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

“Nicolaitans” – see note on v. 6.  The roots of this word are “to conquer” and “people,” speaking of those who lard it over the congregation.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

“Hidden manna” – the heavenly food available to the believer who overcomes (cf. Ps 78:24), in contrast to the unclean food of the Balaamites.

“White stone” – certain kinds of stones were used as tokens for various purposes.  In the context of a Messianic banquet the white stone was probably for the purpose of admission.

Pergamon or Pergamum, was an ancient Greek city in Aeolis, currently located 26 kilometers (16 mi) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus (modern-day Bakırçay).
Today, the main sites of ancient Pergamon are to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama in Turkey.

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

“Thyatira” – modern Akhisar.  Founded by Seleucus (311-280 B.C.) as a military outpost, it was noted for its many trade guilds.  Lydia, “a seller of purple fabrics,” was from Thyatira.

“Fine brass” – a refined alloy of copper or bronze with metallic zinc.

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

“Jezebel” – see 1 Kgs 16:31; 2 Kgs 9:22, 30-37.  The name is used here as an epithet for a prominent woman in the congregation who undermined loyalty to God by promoting tolerance toward pagan practices.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

“Bed” – disease was often considered as appropriate punishment for sins (cf. 1 Cor 11:29-30).

Thyateira (also Thyatira) was the name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar (“white castle”).
The name comes from Koine Greek “Θυάτειρα” (Thuateira).

The Turkish equivalent of Thyateira is Tepe Mezarlığı, meaning hill graveyard.

It lies in the far west of Turkey, south of Istanbul and almost due east of Athens.

It is about 50 miles (80 km) from the Mediterranean.

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

“Her children” – Jezebel is the spiritual mother of all who pursue antinomian (libertine) doctrines.

“He which searcheth the reins and hearts” – cf. Ps 7:9; Prov 24:12; Jer 11:20, 17:10.  Reins or mind (lit. “kidney”) probably refers here to the will and the affections; “heart” may designate the center of rational life.

“According to your works” – judgment based on works is taught by Jesus (Matt 16:27) and Paul (Rom 2:6) as well as John (Rev 18:6, 20:12-13, 22:12).

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

“Depths of Satan” – later Gnosticism taught that in order to defeat Satan one had to enter his stronghold, i.e., experience evil deeply.

25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

28 And I will give him the morning star.

29 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Why I Left the Catholic Church

Introduction

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.16 billion members worldwide.
It is among the oldest religious institutions in the world and has played a prominent role in the history of Western civilization.

The Catholic hierarchy is headed by the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. The Church teaches that it is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ, that its bishops are the successors of Christ’s apostles and that the Pope is the sole successor to Saint Peter who has apostolic primacy.

The church and it’s true beginnings.

The Roman Catholic Church claims to have started in Matthew 16:18 when Christ supposedly appointed Peter as the first Pope.

However, the honest and objective student of the Scriptures and history soon discovers that the foundation of the Roman church is none other than the pagan mystery religion of ancient Babylon.

Besides, Jesus never appointed Peter Pope because Jesus is not of a religion, He is God.

I want to state some of the reasons I left the Catholic Church. I do not wish to state any of the personal experiences I had as result of leaving. I will mention, though, that I came from a large, devout Catholic family of twelve children.

I attended Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time of my intense Scriptural study, I had two brothers who were enrolled in Catholic seminaries studying to be priests.

I also want to state I did not leave the Catholic Church because of some evil that I had done or that was done to me. I left the Catholic Church because I came to believe that it was contrary to the Bible.

Reasons for Leaving

1. The Catholics do not have the right attitude toward the truth.

Those with the right attitude toward the truth are always willing to test what they teach with others. They invite those of opposite views to work together for truth and unity.

Those with the wrong attitude toward the truth are not willing to test what they teach in fair and open discussion, privately or publicly.

They won’t allow their members to hear both sides of an issue, and especially they don’t want them to examine opposing arguments.

Catholics are not allowed, and especially are not encouraged to hear both sides regarding truth and error. They are not to read books which differ from their doctrine.

Thus, they are encouraged by the clergy to be closed minded to anything which differs from Catholicism.

We ask, “Why don’t Catholic officials encourage their members to examine opposing Scriptural teaching?” False teachers have learned that when truth and error are examined side by side, some begin to see the truth.

False teachers are afraid of being exposed and of losing their members.

2. The Bible is the only sufficient guide to aalvation, but the Catholic Church teaches it is not.

The Catholic Catechism For Adults on page 52 says,

Can you learn to save your soul just by reading the Bible?

No, because certain things in the Bible can be misunderstood, and because the Bible does not have everything God taught.

That is not what Paul says:

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Tim 3:15-17).

The Catholics are saying that the Bible cannot be understood. John A. O’Brien, the Catholic author of the book, “The Faith of Millions,” is much more expressive when he says on page 152,

The Bible is not a clear and intelligible guide to all…

The apostle Paul said we can understand what he wrote.

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) (Eph 3:2-4).

Paul also said,

A great new media fervor is starting about how Pope Francis is saying to back off from abortion and homosexual marriage and just talk about Jesus.

When Pope Francis said “who am I to judge?” with respect to homosexuals in his interview on the plane back from Brazil, headlines cried out that he was changing everything.

“By saying this, I said what the catechism says,” he explains in his new interview.

In his new interview, he suggests that we love people with same-sex attraction and not define them merely by that one characteristic.

And he suggests we find an effective way to address abortion in context, which he points out is a cause of suffering for the women involved.

For we write none other things unto you, that what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end (2 Cor 1:13).

And…

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Eph 5:17).

Catholic Church consistently claims that we cannot understand the Bible on our own; we can only obtain the true meaning through them.

The Catechism For Adults on page 10 says,

How can you get the true meaning of the Bible?

You can get it only from God’s official interpreter, the Catholic Church.

3. Christ did not make his church infallible as the Catholic Church teaches.

The Catholic writers try to teach that the church could never go into error and is preserved from error.

The Catechism For Adults on page 56 says,

Why can’t the Catholic Church ever teach error?

Because Jesus promised to be always with His Church to protect it from error.

The book, “My Catholic Faith” which is based heavily on materials from the Baltimore Catechism, says on page 144,

Jesus Christ promised to preserve the Church from error.

On page 145, it says,

Jesus Christ commanded all men to listen to and obey the Church, under pain of damnation. If His Church can teach error then He is responsible for the error, by commanding all to obey.

On page 54 the Catechism For Adults says,

Does everyone have to obey the Catholic Church?

Yes, because she alone has the authority of Jesus to rule and to teach.

Pope Francis Now Urges All Religions To Unite

Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to “what he produces and what he consumes”.

Francis, elected a week ago as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, met leaders of non-Catholic Christian religions such as Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists, and others including Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.

“The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of furthering respect of friendship between men and women of different religious traditions,” the Argentine pontiff told the religious leaders in an audience at the Vatican.

It is easy to see that Catholics have the authority in the wrong place. The authority is not in the body, but in the Head.

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all (Eph. 1:22-23).

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Col. 1:18).

The authority is not in the church, but in Christ.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:18).

Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him (1 Pet. 3:22).

The church is not the Savior, but simply the body of the saved.

Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:47)

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything (Eph. 5:22-24).

There are many passages in the New Testament which reveal that the church would not be preserved from error – Acts 20:17, 28-30; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:3-11.

4. Christ did not make Peter a Pope like the Catholics teach.

Please notice the following quotations from Catholic sources:
* “If Christ Himself had written the book and set it forth as a text-book, so to speak, of His religion, we would rest securely in it, and have no need to inquire farther.

That the Bible is not a book, like the Koran for instance, set forth by the founder of the religion as its authoritative exposition, is in fact the fundamental weakness of Bible Protestantism.

* If Christ had intended His religion to be propagated and preserved by means of a book, can any conceivable reason be urged why He should not have written one?

Of His ability to do so there can, for the Christian, be no question.” (Plain Facts for Fair Minds, p. 26).

* “Is it not strange that if Christianity were to be learned from the Bible only, that Christ himself never wrote a line or commanded his apostles to write; for their divine commission was not to write but to preach the gospel.” (Question Box, p. 70).

* “Christ gave his disciples no command to write, but only to teach.” (Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 767).

The above arguments from Catholic writers are presented to establish that the Bible alone is not the standard of authority.

Christ didn’t actually take a pen in His hand and write the New Testament; nevertheless, it is His production.

The Old Testament declares that God built the temple (1 Kings 8:16,20), but God did not actually come down and build it Himself.

He built it through the agency of others. Likewise, the written New Testament is the will of Christ.

He wrote it through those commissioned by Him.

It contains His laws (1 Cor. 14:37) and produces the faith which brings life in His name (John 20:30-31).

In the books of men, the following titles are commonly used with reference to a man:

* Pope,
* Holy Father,
* Vicar of Christ,
* Sovereign Pontiff.

All of these are titles that rightly belong only to the Lord Jesus Christ and to God the Father. There is not a single instance in the Scriptures where any of the above titles are applied to a man.

The term, “Holy Father” is used only once in the entire Bible, and it is used by Jesus in addressing God the Father.

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are (Jn 17:11).

Among the above titles is the bold assertion that the Pope is the “Vicar of Christ.”

A “vicar” is “One serving as a substitute or agent; one authorized to perform the functions of another in higher office” (Webster).

When one searches the Bible from cover to cover, he finds only one passage which gives an indication of a vicar of Christ or God.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (2 Thess 2:3-4).

The Catholics today speak of the Pope as vicar, taking the place of God (Christ Himself is God, Matt. 1:23; Jn 1:1), yet there is one passage in the Bible which speaks of a man doing such and it calls him “the man of sin.”

James Cardinal Gibbons, a Catholic Archbishop said,

Jesus our Lord, founded but one Church, which He was pleased to build on Peter.

Therefore, any church that does not recognize Peter as its foundation stone is not the Church of Christ, and therefore cannot stand, for it is not the work of God” (The Faith of Our Fathers, p. 82).

The apostle Paul said,

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:11).

Catholic writers often speak of “the primacy of Peter” and “the primacy of the Pope.” However,

And he [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence (Col. 1:18).

Catholics claim that the Pope is the visible head of the church. The Catholic book Answer Wisely, by Martin J. Scott says on p. 49,

The pope, therefore, as vicar of Christ, is the visible head of Christ’s kingdom on earth, the Church, of which Christ Himself is the invisible head.

The book Father Smith Instructs Jackson, by John F. Noll and Lester J. Fallon, on page 42 says,

According to the will of Christ, all its members profess the same faith, have the same worship and Sacraments, and are united under the one and same visible head, the Pope.

Conclusion:

Catholics claim that the Pope is the visible head of the church.

There are other reasons why I left the Catholic Church. I have simply tried to list some of the ones that made the greatest impression on me at the time of my conversion.

I hope and pray that these things will be of some benefit to those who are making an honest inquiry regarding truth – Testimonial by David Riggs.

…is the Vatican and Evil Organization?

Revelation 1 – The Source of the Revelation & Scientists Find a Way to Read Minds

You know the government has already looked into this and once they get their hands on it, it may not be 10 or 20 years before its perfected.

In Ezekiel 45 I had talked about Brain Implants for the Internet and in Daniel 1, I had talked about Mind Control.  Now put all this together and what comes next? One World Order, but then again, Jesus may be back before our government destroys the United States.

One of the most evil organizations in the world, if not the evilest, is the Catholic Church. 

I have talked quite a bit against them, but for good cause and they will be mentioned a couple times here in the Book of Revelation.

You don’t have to take my word for it, I have an eyewitness, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Revelation 1
The Source of the Revelation

DARPA’s New Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacles
October 31, 2012 Technology

Rendering of the Government-Furnished Equipment robot

Rendering of the Government-Furnished Equipment robot being developed for the DARPA Robotics Challenge by Boston Dynamics.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) has begun and over the next two years teams will compete to develop and test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response situations.

In the below video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).

To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment.

Teams participating in Tracks B and C of the DRC will compete for access to a modified version of the Atlas robot for use in the 2013 and 2014 live disaster-response challenge events.

View video below.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ,which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Blessed” – the first of seven beatitudes in the book (see 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, 14).

“Blessed” means much more than “happy.”  It  describes that favorable circumstance God has put a person in.

“Prophecy” – includes not only foretelling the future but also proclaiming the word from God – whether command, instruction, history or prediction.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

“Seven Churches” – Located about 50 miles apart, forming a circle in the Roman province of Asia moving clockwise north from Ephesus and coming around full circle from Laodicea (east of Ephesus).

They were perhaps postal centers serving seven geographic regions.  Apparently the entire book of Revelation (including the seven letters) was sent to each church.

“Asia” – a Roman province lying in modern western Turkey.

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

“Made us kings and priests unto God” – He didn’t make us gods, as evil people like to think, we are ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20).

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

“He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him” – How the entire world will see Jesus at the same time is a mystery, but there is nothing that God cannot do.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

“Alpha and Omega” – God is the beginning and the end.  He sovereignly rules over all human history.  In 22:13 Jesus applies he same title to Himself.

Video: DARPA’s Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacles

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

“Tribulation…kingdom…patience” – three pivotal themes in Revelation:

(1) “tribulation” (2:9-10, 22, 7:14),
(2) “kingdom” (1:15, 12:10, 16:10, 17:12, 17-18),
(3) “patience” (2:2-3, 19, 3:10, 13:10, 14:12).

“Patmos” – a small 4 x 8 miles, rocky island in the Aegean Sea some 50 miles southwest of Ephesus, off the coast of modern Turkey. 

It probably served as a Roman penal settlement, Eusebius, the “father of church history” (265-340 A.D.), reports that John was released from Patmos under the emperor Nerva (96-98 A.D.).

Revelation 1 discusses how Christ is the Almighty God and the heart of the book of Revelation.
Revelation 2 introduces us to seven letters.

These letters were written to seven Christian churches that sprang up throughout Asia Minor, which is present-day Turkey.

Although these messages applied to the experiences of the specific churches they were written to, they are also prophetic of the experiences of the Church through the centuries.

Each of the letters also contains admonishments appropriate to God’s people in every age.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

“In the spirit” – in a state of spiritual exaltation – not a dream, but a vision like Peter’s in Acts 10:10.

“The Lord’s Day” – this phrase has become a technical term for the first day of the week – so named because Jesus rose from the dead on that day. It was also the day on which the Christians met (Acts 20:7) and took up collections (1 Cor 16:2). 

It is not certain whether it meant Sunday, in this case, or whether it referred to John’s being transported in spirit into “the Day of the Lord,” the eschatological day of judgment.

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

“Book” – actually it was a scroll.  Pieces of papyrus or parchment were sewn together and rolled on a spindle.  The book form was not invented until about the 2nd century A.D.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

“Candlesticks” – the seven churches (see v. 20).  The word here actually refers to a lampstand.  Each lamp has a wick that draws oil from the common base, which would be symbolic of Christ.

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

The Island of Patmos has become a small tourist trap with something to give for everyone – from the fun bars and restaurants – to the spiritual and historical churches, monasteries and Caves of the Apocalypse and the relaxing crystal clear waters.

The Villas
There are two villas for rental, Villa Malandrakais and The Honeymoon Suite.

They are situated in the town of Hora.
Hora is positioned around the Monastery of St John up in the mountain (see image below).

It’s about a ten minute drive from Skala, the main port area. Hora is a declared UNESCO site which is surrounded by outstanding beauty.

Hora is made up of a labyrinth of picturesque alley ways giving way to two squares. There are also some coffee shops and restaurants as well as a grocer and a butcher.

The town can be confusing for some, since it is made up of narrow pathways and roads which seem to look the same. It was deliberately designed to mislead the pirates who used to invade the island.

It is said that the houses are designed in such a way that upon attack from the pirates you would be able to climb from house to house on the roofs and into the Monastery which was designed as a fortress.

“Garment…to the foot” – the high priest wore a full-length robe (Ex 28:4. 29:5).  Reference to Christ
as high priest is supported by the reference to the golden sash around His chest.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

“White like wool” – the hoary head suggests wisdom and dignity (Lev 19:32; Prov16:31).

“Eyes…as a flame of fire” – penetrating insight.

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

“Sharp two-edged sword” – like a long Thracian sword.  The sword in 6:4, 13:10, 14 was a small sword or dagger.  The sword symbolizes divine judgment (see Is 49:2; Heb 4:12).

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Many take the threefold division of this verse as a clue to the entire structure of the book:

“The things which thou has seen:” would be the inaugural vision of chapter 1.

“The things which are” would be the letters to the seven churches in chapters 2-3.

“The things which shall be hereafter” would be everything from chapter 4 on.

The Monastery of St. John above the village of Hora, Island of Patmos, Greece.

An alternative interpretation sees the initial clause as the essential unit (it parallels v. 11), followed by two explanatory clauses.  The sense would be:

“Write, therefore, what you are about to see, i.e., both what is now and what will take place later.”  Some who hold the latter view make no attempt to outline the book on this basis, maintaining that there is a mixture of “now” and “later” throughout.

A “futurist” or “historicist” interpretation would support the first interpretation.  The “preterist” or the “idealist” would likely favor the second view.

I guess I would be a futurist because of the things Jesus has shown and told me in the last seven years, but nothing like John has seen and heard. 

Prior to 2007, which was when I actually began my journey with Jesus, I was an empiricist.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

I chose the above article for the first chapter of the Book of Revelation because Revelation is not written like the other books in the Bible. 

The Old Testament is written like a novel, a drama, excluding the poetic sections (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and the Song of Solomon. 

The New Testament is written more like a textbook, except the Book of Acts is more like a historical treatise or exposition.

The Book of Revelation is written like a science-fiction story, but it’s not, it’s the future.  Yet, I doubt that anyone can fully understand it, I know I can’t. 

There are places here and there that could have different meanings and I know what I think they mean, but because I am not certain I will not share my opinion.  But, like all the other books, I will share what the author of my Study Bible suggests.

If you would have read the above article twenty years ago you would have called it ridiculous.  You would have seen it as an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  But this is not science-fiction, but reality.

You may view this as a good thing, and it might be, but I don’t trust the government so I can only see it as another evil plot by them to control the people.

Scientists Find a Way to Read Minds

NeuroImage, A Journal of Brain Function, provides a vehicle for communication of the most important and best papers, using imaging and mapping strategies to study the brain’s structure, function and the relationship between the two, from the whole brain to the tissue level.

The journal publishes original research articles, methods papers, theory and position papers that describe the use of imaging approaches to study the brain.

It also contains a rapid publications section that publishes short reports of major or significant discoveries for expedited communication.

Scientists have used brain scanners to detect and reconstruct the faces that people are thinking of, according to a study
accepted for publication this month in the journal NeuroImage.

In the study, scientists hooked participants up to an fMRI
brain scanner – which determines activity in different parts of the brain by measuring blood flow – and showed them images of faces.

Then, using only the brain scans, the scientists were able to create images of the faces the people were looking at.

“It is mind reading,” said Alan S. Cowen, a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley who co-authored the study with Professor Marvin M. Chun from Yale and Brice A. Kuhl from New York University.

The study says it is the first to try to reconstruct faces from thoughts.  The photos below are the actual photos and reconstructions done in the lab.

While the reconstructions based on 30 brain readings are blurry, they approximate the true images. They got the skin color right in all of them, and 24 out of 30 reconstructions correctly detected the presence or absence of a smile.

The brain readings were worse at determining gender and hair color: About two-thirds of the reconstructions clearly detected the gender, and only half got hair color correct.

“There’s definitely room for improvement,” Cowen said, adding that these experiments were conducted two years ago, though they only recently were accepted for publication.

He said he and others have been working on improving the process in the interim.

“I’m applying more sophisticated mathematical models [to the brain scan results], so the results should get better,” he said.

To tease out faces based on brain activity, the scientists showed participants in the study 300 faces while recording their brain activity.

Then they showed the participants 30 new faces and used their previously recorded patterns to create 30 images based only on their brain scans.

Once the technology improves, Cowen said, applications could range from better understanding mental disorders, to recording dreams, to solving crimes.

“You can see how people perceive faces depending on different disorders, like autism – and use that to help diagnose therapies,” he said.

Brain Mapping
“Improving brain function, whether it’s creativity or memory, can be generally compared to training any muscle,” says Dr. Cotter. “The more you do the tests, the more the brain is enhanced.”

In the case of creativity training, bulking up the brain involves creating new neurons in key parts of the brain, and then building new connections between those neurons. The tricky part is figuring out which parts of the brain to focus on.

“The challenge is that by inducing creativity instead of it developing spontaneously, we create pressure that can actually block creativity. We’re designing tests to get the subject to spontaneously come up with a creative thought so that we can image the brain to see which part that idea ‘came’ from,” he says.

Dr. Cotter agrees with the consensus that creativity happens in the right hemisphere – but he isn’t counting out the left side.

“I believe creativity uses both halves of the brain in unison. Creativity is about collaboration – both between the hemispheres of the brain, and between people. In history, breakthrough ideas were usually developed in collaboration between people, not just one person having an insight – but it’s the leader of the group who gets the fame. Collaboration is essential.”

Neuroimage has built creativity-training software prototypes, but Dr. Cotter estimates it will be another three years before anything will be publicly available. Meanwhile, he is planning Phase 2: robots blessed with artificial creativity.

“We don’t believe that such machines will be as creative as a ‘genius’ human brain, but it’s possible that they could work in unison with a human to realize higher creative goals. The technology is not completely ready for that yet. First we need to understand the human brain better.” Remember, this article was written in 2005, the following image will show you what is happening now.

That’s because the reconstructions are based not on the actual image, but on how the image is perceived by a subject’s brain.

If an autistic person sees a face differently, the difference will show up in the brain scan reconstruction. Images from dreams are also detectable.

“And you can even imagine,” Cowen said, “way down the road, a witness to a crime might want to come in and reconstruct a suspect’s face.”

How soon could that happen?

“It really depends on advances in brain imaging technology, more so than the mathematical analysis. It could be 10, 20 years away.”

One challenge is that different brains show different activity for the same image. The blurry images pictured here are actually averages of the thoughts of six lab volunteers. If one were to look at any individual’s reading, the image would be less consistent.

“There’s a wide variation in how people’s brains work under a scanner – some people have better brains for fMRI – and so if you were to pick a participant at random it might be that their reconstructions are really good, or it might be that their reconstructions are really poor, which is why we averaged across all the participants,” Cowen said.

For now, he added, you shouldn’t worry about others snooping on your memories or forcibly extracting information.

“This sort of technology can only read active parts of the brain. So you couldn’t read passive memories – you would have to get the person to imagine the memory to read it,” Cowen said.

“It’s a matter of time, and eventually – maybe 200 years from now – we’ll have some way of reading inactive parts of the brain.

But that’s a much harder problem, as it involves measuring very fine details of brain structure that we don’t even really understand.”

…Why I left the Catholic Church.