The following pages deviate somewhat from the Israel Perspective (To the Jew First) and contribute to the beginnings of the Christian Church on earth. However, Gentiles must keep in mind, the time considered would not have begun without it being started by Jews who believed Yeshua was the Messiah.
A Prophecy Come to Pass!
At this point we need to note an amazing prophecy. Daniel 7:25 foretold, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws.”
Quoting Daniel 7:25, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible says:
“He shall speak great words against the Most High] Literally, Sermones quasi Deus loquetur; “He shall speak as if he were God.” So Jerome quotes from Symmachus. To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome.”
“They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God.”
“And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them! And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies!”
As per http://www.logosapostolic.org/bible_study/RP208-5SabbathtoSunday.htm “And shall wear out the saints: By wars, crusades, massacres, inquisitions, and persecutions of all kinds. What in this way have they not done against all those who have protested against their innovations, and refused to submit to their idolatrous worship?
“Witness the exterminating crusades against the Waldenses and Albigenses. Witness John Huss, and Jerome of Prague. Witness the Smithfield fires in England! Witness God and man against this bloody, persecuting, ruthless, and impure Church!”
“And they think to change times and laws! Appointing fasts and feasts; canonizing persons whom they chooses to call saints; granting pardons and indulgences for sins; instituting new modes of worship utterly unknown to the Christian Church; new articles of faith; new rules of practice; and reversing, with pleasure, the laws both of God and man.–Dodd” (Emphasis his; Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, Volume IV, p. 594).
Beyond the facade of “peaceful” religions is a ever increasing growing demonic purpose leading to a One World Religion which would include all known religions on earth.
The End of the Reformation
On March 29, 1994, American Evangelicals and Catholics signed a joint declaration titled “Evangelicals and Catholics Together; The Christian Mission in the 3rd Millennium. This document overturned the Reformation entirely. It urged evangelicals and Catholics to stop evangelizing each other and to accept each other as “Christians”. This agreement followed a “staggering growth of evangelical sects” in Brazil, who had left the Roman Catholic church per “A Woman Rides the Beast”, Dave hunt. http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Rides-Beast-Catholic-Church/dp/1565071999
These “sects” were seen by a Bishop Bohn, as a serious threat to the Vatican’s influence in Brazil.
A holy war was considered. Bohn said that “an all out holy war cannot be avoided unless the 13 largest Protestant churches and denominations sign a treaty…that would require Protestants to stop all evangelism efforts in Brazil. In exchange, he said, Catholics would agree to stop all persecution directed toward Protestants”, which he admits is official policy – the persecution that is.
Signers of this declaration were as follows:
Charles Colson, Pat Robertson, John White (president of Geneva College and former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, head of the Home Mission Board and Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bill Bright – founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark Nol of Wheaton University, Jesse Miranda (Assemblies of God), Richard Mouw, (President Fuller Theological Seminary, J. I. Packer and Herbert Schlossberg.
It should be noted, the question of “what does it mean to be a “Christian” is not addressed.
These items are to be questioned, because of the following statements by the Roman Catholic Church:
“No civil government, be it a monarchy, an aristocracy, a democracy … can be a wise, just, efficient, or durable government, governing for the good of the community, within the Catholic Church; and without the papacy there is and can be no Catholic Church” per H.J. Schroeder, O.P., trans., The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Tan Books, 1978, p. 46.
“If anyone says that in order to obtain the remission of sins it is necessary …to believe with certainly and without any hesitation….that his sins are forgiven him, let him be anathema” (Council of Trent, Six, XVI, (14).
“If anyone says that after the reception of the grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out to every repentant sinner, that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged, either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be open, let him be anathema”(9).
Pope Boniface VIII, wrote “There is one holy Catholic and apostolic church, outside of which there is no salvation… it is altogether necessary for every creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff. – From his Papal Bull, Unan Sanctum, A.D. 1302.
In Sept. 2000, Pope John Paul II, reaffirmed that there is salvation only in the Roman Catholic Church in his “Dominus Jesus” 36 page document.
The Pope in 2008, Benedict XVI reiterated this view in July of 2007 and the Protestant world was silent. The Islam world became upset and Pope Benedict appeased them with apologies.
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen predicted that Islam would be Christian (Roman Catholic), “though a summoning of the Moslems to a veneration of the Mother of God”. He said “The Koran…has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First of all, the Koran believes in her Immaculate Conception and also in her Virgin Birth…Mary, then, is for the Muslims the true Sayyida, or Lady.
The only possible serious rival to her in their creed would be Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed himself. But after the death of Fatima, Mohammed wrote: ‘Thou shalt be the most blessed of all the women in Paradise, after Mary’.
Sheen goes on to say how “remarkable” it was that “our Lady” had the foresight to appear in the Portuguese village of Fatima (named after Muhammad’s daughter during the Muslim occupation) and thus become known as “our Lady of Fatima”. It is a fact that when a statue of “Our Lady of Fatima” is carried through Muslim areas of Africa, India, and elsewhere,
Muslims turn out by the hundreds of thousands to worship her. In two days an estimated 500,000 came to give their respects to this idol in Bombay, India. See” A Woman Rides the Beast”, Dave hunt, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon 97402, 1994 and H.J. Schroeder, O.P., trans., The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Tan Books, 1978, p. 46.
(More To Come)