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Healing the Deadly Wound: The Rising Again of the Little Horn

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The Bible tells us that the little horn will be revived…

The little horn power of the seventh chapter of Daniel is absolutely synonymous with the power of the beast who received a deadly wound which “was healed”. It is more evident that this healing should be evidenced by the fact that “all the world wondered after the beast”.

Now, that these powers are the same is abundantly evident.

Of the little horn, the Scripture says:
Dan 7:21  “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;”
Of that beast whose wound is healed, it says:
Revelation 13:7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.”

The saints are identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12) Therefore, to make war with the saints is to make war with Jesus, who alone can make men saints, it is also a declaration of war on the law of God which the saints uphold.

That this power of the beast and the little horn is one and the same cannot be denied. Both are given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, while also continuing for the same space of time:

Daniel 7:25  “And he shall speak great words against the most High… and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (1260 years).”

Revelation 13:5  “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (1260 years).”

The language employed is so exactly the same for both powers, therefore, to employ the same principles is

The little horn and beast powers can only refer to the same power: the Papacy.
The little horn and beast powers can only refer to the same power: the Papacy.

only fitting. since at the expiration of the prophetic period in which the beast was to receive a deadly wound, so then the little horn was to be judged in exactly the same manner in the expiry of it’s prophetic period. However, in the account of the beast who received this deadly wound, this is unmistakable language: “the deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered after the beast.”

The Papacy, at the termination of her political conquests over the kings of the earth lasted a complete 1260 years, from the time of 538CE to 1798CE. So perfectly described: she made war with the saints; so definitely recorded in history did she make void the law of God, trampling it underfoot. Her mouth commanded itself above the consciences of men, employing force over that which alone God is to have dominion over, and who Himself does not force the will. 

And so surely this power lost it’s kingly throne just as the mouth of God declared in 1798, but the Scripture also tell us that the deadly wound would be healed, and that must mean an absolute undoing of the thing which the deadly wound consisted of. And of these things, there are many elements we may cite, but the affects of it’s healing would be evident: all the world wonders after the beast. And because Scripture so strikingly tells us that the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, there must be a definitively united confederacy between the Papacy and the governments of the world.

THE LATERAN TREATIES
Lateran treatySince the deadly wound lost the political influence and power over the kings of the earth, the healing of the wound would reverse this with the sign of governments awestruck by the Papacy. If we would understand something of the Papal healing, we should study it’s rising progression to power also.

It was by France that the Papacy had her beginning rise to power, but it would not be complete in France, because France was of the Roman Empire, but it was not that empire. France was the first kingdom to give credence to the Papal authority, and so influential was France upon the Roman Empire that many kingdoms quickly began to be taken under the Papal banner. The Scripture declares this prophecy clearly as France gave it’s power to be wielded by Catholicism:

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

 

“Arms” refer to the army which the Papal conquests began with, and they polluted the sanctuary of strength by making war against God’s commandment keeping people; the very commandments enshrined in that sanctuary in heaven; the very foundation of God’s. This church and state union was finalized in 508CE when the Sabbathkeeping Visigothic nation was subdued and forced to convert to Catholicism, and driven to a small corner of modern-day Spain to avoid absolute extinction. This was called “the abomination of desolation”. This was not part of the 1260 year prophetic period, because it was 30 years earlier that the Catholic church had received the whole Roman Kingdom. Yet of this abomination of desolation, the prophetic period was a certain 1290 years:

Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

 

From the time that France converted to Papalism, it now began to gain power over the kingdoms with rapid speed. France was the entering in of the Papal power, and from this point forward, influence was gained until 30 years later, the Roman empire was secured. This was the rising of the power of the Papal beast who received it’s deadly wound at the end of the prophetic periods stated above.

The Lateran Treaty was not the full healing of the deadly wound, but only the beginning...
The Lateran Treaty was not the full healing of the deadly wound, but only the beginning…

Now, the deadly wound meant a loss of power. And if we understand the beginning of those prophetic periods upon which that Papal beast received it’s power, we might understand what is required for it to again secure that same power again. Since it only needed influence in one kingdom to eventually have power over the whole Roman empire, even so it only needed the influence of one kingdom to begin healing the deadly wound. The rise to power in the Papacy’s birth was also to be a sign of it’s rise to power again in it’s revival. Such a revival is not insignificant, seeing as the Papacy is so fundamentally laid open in prophecy for being the most cruel and deceptive of the Satanic masterpieces of death and desolation to the whole earth. For such a revival to occur, it can mean nothing less than it’s rise to power, but in fact, it can only mean far worse.

But when was such a door to revival to be opened to the Papacy? It was in 1929 at the signing of the Lateran Treaty. The Lateran Treaty was a concord agreement between Mussolini and the Catholic church which would grant the Catholic church to become it’s own state power in Italy. This land that was afforded to the church was the Vatican, the place where St. Peter’s Basilica was built through the blasphemous sponsorship program of Papal indulgences which spearheaded the Protestant Reformation to go forward. Yet despite having secured the privileges of being it’s own government, this was not the complete healing of the deadly wound any more than France’s conversion to Catholicism was the fullness of the Papal beast’s power, but it was merely the beginning of it’s healing.

But with such a small land, what influence could the Catholic church be? It could be much influence in every way as pertaining to governmental affairs. The Catholic church becoming it’s own state power, it now could hold diplomatic ties to the other nations of the world. No longer did the Catholic church need to represent itself as merely an ecclesiastical authority, but could now have diplomatic relations on a political level with the governments of the world. From the time of 1929 to the present time, the Vatican has more than 175 embassies with Papal nuncios (ambassadors for the Vatican) living on government premises. What does this mean? It means that representatives of the Vatican have been planted upon nearly every country in the world to represent the Vatican at a close, intimate level with the particular government wherever the nuncios are present. The purpose of these relations cannot be undermined, for by them, not only does the Pope and his representatives hold close communication with the leaders in government, but wields influences and dialogue over the decisions and the overall shaping the policies and practices of nations on a worldwide scale.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC STANDARD

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The flag placed by the Roman Armies around Jerusalem at the time of it’s desolation.

Though the church/state power was called the abomination of desolation, that desolating title was also given to the power which would reveal a definite removal of the protecting hand of God from Jerusalem just before it’s destruction. In an illustration of both the sign of the abomination of desolation regarding the Papacy, as well as the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies, a single line would be used to carry both in one verse:

Matthew 24:1-3,15-16 “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. (2) And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (3) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?… (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”

 

Since it was an abomination of desolation to the establishment of the Papal government in 508CE and 538CE, the very same thing is to be definitely employed at it’s healing.

 

Likewise, we can draw some similarities to it’s healing from the destruction that was to meet Jerusalem as “the abomination of desolation”.

Just as Clovis’ church state was a sign that the Papacy was gaining power, and finds it’s contemporary with the signing of the Lateran Treaty, even so the sign of the abomination of desolation before Jerusalem’s destruction was significant to understanding of a counterpart it holds today, which sign is a definite signal to leave the cities.

The flag of the Roman Standard was raised upon the grounds of Jerusalem as a signal to God’s people that it was now time to leave the cities. So distinctly was this recognized as what would bring the desolation.

Luke 21:20 “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.”

The Roman armies planted their conquering sign upon the grounds of Jerusalem, just as the “arms” of the Papacy (that is, the kings of the earth) began to move in against those who opposed the Papal religion. Likewise today, there is a sign worthy of mention which culminates the signing of the diplomatic relations brought in by the Lateran Treaty.

THE RAISING OF THE FLAG: A DIVERSE HORN

The little horn and the diverse beast power are one in the same, and the language that Scripture conveys clearly lays this fact out for us. Therefore the deadly wound that the diverse beast sustains at the end of it’s prophetic period of 1260 years is the same thing which must correspond with the little horn of Daniel 7 at the end of it’s prophetic count. Likewise, as the diverse beast has a healing of that wound, we should not marvel as to see the little horn rise again to great prominence finding that very same healing to it, because it is one and the same power.

Now, as pertaining to the horns in the Bible, it is clear:

Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.”

 

It is interesting to note that the "victor's crown" lauryl on the Roman Standard flag is the same as that found on the United Nations logo.
It is interesting to note that the “victor’s crown” lauryl on the Roman Standard flag is the same as that found on the United Nations logo.

The Roman kingdom had ten kingdoms under it’s banner. After the subduing of three horns which restrained the power of the Papacy, it was given a mouth speaking great things, dire

The United Nations is the very organization which has gathered the kings of the earth and the diverse horn has it's flag raised at.
The United Nations is the very organization which has gathered the kings of the earth and the diverse horn has it’s flag raised at.cting the kings of the earth. The Papal horn was fittingly that “diverse” horn from the rest of the ten, inasmuch as it was an ecclesiastical authority and not chiefly a political authority. And this “abomination that maketh desolate” through the design and work of the Lateran Treaty has sought to “make desolate” for over 85 years. Now, the object of that abomination has been established and it’s aim reached.

On September 25th, 2015, the United Nations held the largest general assembly of governments ever gathered in the history of the world. 198 nations were present there. The Vatican, though having close, and often unperceived, ties to the United Nations has been a non-member observer. While the flags of many nations were present, the Vatican flag was absent from among them. That was until the morning of the 25th when the flag was raised officially amongst the rest of the kingdoms of the world. It was a practical declaration that the Vatican was that “diverse horn” from the rest of the kingdoms, and the prophecy of the little horn was true in what followed: it was given a mouth speaking great things.

Pope Francis on that very day addressed the delegates of the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference, where each nation, including the Vatican, signed an agreement to unitedly solve what they agree to be the world’s problems across the borders of this agreement in a pseudo-new world order-styled agenda.

vatican flagThe Papacy has gone from addressing individual nations through diplomatic relations to being received as a kingly voice in the largest governmental assembly ever held. The flag raised should be nothing less than an evident sign of the “arms” that are being influenced to stand on the Papacy’s behalf on the world stage. Truly the “desolation thereof is nigh”, “even at the doors”.  

THE JUDGMENT SCENE
Only a day prior was the day of judgment according to the Biblical reckoning of time, known as the day of atonement on September 24th, when the Papacy addressed the United States house of congress. It was that dragon which gave the power and throne to the Papacy, and it is that dragon which gives the throne to the great harlot, which was nothing less than the “diverse horn”, called “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:18)

John was shown the beginning, and conclusion of, the judgment scene of the great whore during the time of America, but which prophecy finds it’s consummation the ten horns on the dragon’s head.

Of those ten horns, it declares:

Revelation 17:16 “And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”
The very abomination of desolation is because of the little horn’s involvement with the kings of the earth, which “make her desolate”, and then shall burn her with fire.

Revelation 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

 

This judgment scene beginning is nothing less than the healing of the deadly wound, and the rising again of the little horn power, but did more happen on these judgment signs than what appears? What does the Scripture say regarding the judgment of the little horn?

THE JUDGMENT HOUR FOR THE PAPACY

Of the Papal judgment which goes in review before God the Father, the Scripture declares:

Daniel 7:26 “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

Notice that the little horn will lose it’s dominion because the judgment was seated and the case will be decided to “take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end”, which is seen when this power is burned with fire, just as the great whore in the consummated decision of the judgment hour:

Daniel 7:8-11 “…behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (9) I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, …his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. (10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him…the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (11) I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.”

Seeing then that the signal of the healing of the deadly wound has gone forth, and that the abomination that maketh desolate has been set up, is it any wonder that all the world, especially the kings of the world, are wondering after the beast at this very time? How evidenced is it that the flag raised is a warning to us that she is reigning as a “diverse horn”, an ecclesiastical authority, over the kings of the earth? The judgment of the Papacy is undergoing review before the Ancient of days in a marked manifestation for all to see at the very time when men are most desiring to stand under her banner. Let us therefore hear the conclusion of the matter:

Revelation 18:4-5 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

 

 

THE COUNCIL OF JERUSALEM & THE LAW OF MOSES I: A SCRIPTURAL CONTROVERSY

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One of the most pressing issues to arise in the early church was whether the Gentile converts who had come to Christ were to observe the law of circumcision or not. It would also discuss the relation of these newborn followers of Christ who had little-to-no knowledge in regard to the law or it’s precepts. In Jerusalem, the birthplace of apostolic Christianity, a council of the apostles and elders gathered to consider the matter with the apostle James, bishop of Jerusalem, overseeing the discussions and giving sentence as to the general consensus of the brethren. You can read about this controversy in Acts 15; yet many are reading Acts 15 with an understanding that the church may define what is essential in regards to the law, and declaring it as non-essential for the observance of converts from the Gentiles to Christ. The implications of this are not inconsiderable, but that will not be the purpose of this study (For that study, go to the “I’m a Gentile, not a Jew” article here).
Rather, this study is for the purpose of understanding the early Christian church’a decision as it pertains to understanding the law of God, and whether or not it was decreed as non-essential to be observed. It is not the purpose of this study to arouse further controversy on a sensitive subject, but rather to bring us all into a unity of faith with respect to what Scripture teaches.
To bring out the matter completely, we will examine texts from the Bible, as well as what history said about these councils at Jerusalem. While the Bible is sufficient, historical witnesses supply a secondary testimony, shedding more light on the matter and the controversies erupting in the early church regarding the law of God which were not plainly brought to view directly from the Scripture itself.
Do we uphold the law by keeping the commandments as much of the Bible suggests we should? Or is this council the Achille’s heel to it’s observance? Or perhaps indeed, there is a Greco-Roman Achille’s heel that exists, but it’s in the understanding of those reading their ideas into the Jerusalem council. Scripture and history will bear this out as we bring this controversy back to the table for discussion.

There are two classes of Christians today.
(1) Those who believe they should keep the law of God because they are saved.
(2) Those who don’t keep the law because they believe they are saved, with no necessity of keeping it.

How often has this second class revisited that council in Jerusalem to resort to justifying their identity as Gentiles who need not keep the law of God! So without further delay, let’s look at pulse of the issue: the council itself.

“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
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And what was the issue? It was an issue and question of salvation, and how a man is saved from sin. “But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.” (Acts 15:5-6) Jesus had taught the apostles to teach “whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20), and the Pharisees believed that the law of circumcision was to be kept [to command them to keep THE law- that law- this particular law- of Moses], and if it, that very law of Moses itself, was not kept, those who believed in Christ and were baptized were not truly saved at all. Thus salvation from sin was the fruit of their keeping of a law of Moses, and not of believing in Christ. The great problem that was not being factored in was that it was only believing in Christ’s power to save from sin who would circumcise the heart to love God wholly, as Moses also instructed (Deuteronomy 30:6); this a man could not do of himself for salvation, as it is wholly a work of God on his behalf.

So the matter was considered, and Peter couldn’t accept the charge upon the Gentiles that they were unsaved until they were circumcised because it is “God, which knows the hearts, and He testified, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did to us; And has put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:8-9) Thus, Peter placed his finger upon the pulse of the issue of the Pharisees; an issue that they long struggled with even in the days of Christ; Peter recognized that they were also born of the Spirit of God, by which alone a man can see the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). It was this very instruction that Jesus gave to Nicodemus, a Pharisee, because it was the instruction so greatly lost sight of amongst that class of believers. The circumcision of the flesh was a sign upon the flesh of the newborn, but the circumcision of the heart was the work of the new birth: a work accomplished by the hand of God and not the hand of man.

The Gentiles constituted those who came from other faith traditions, who in part were unfamiliar with the laws, customs, and traditions of the Hebrew people. The Gentile manner of worship, practice, and things which they allowed were often in sharp variance to the precepts outlined in the laws given to Moses; so much so that the Gentiles were called the uncircumcised, being “without Christ” and “without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). It was not uncommon for Gentiles to sacrifice unclean animals (swine, eagles, lions, beasts of prey) to their gods; or else to consume them. Neither was it uncommon for them to practice sexual immorality, drink fermented wine, and in the case of governors, to oppress and persecute those whose ideas came into sharp conflict with their own; all of this was consistent with their beliefs, as it was the example set forth by many of their heathen gods.

“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you [the Gentile converts] with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:…(Acts 15:28-29)
The law of circumcision is the portion of the law of Moses which they gave no such commandment as essential to salvation, believing only one circumcision as truly essential was the one performed by the Spirit of Christ. This circumcision that was truly essential was the one which “ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ…” (Col. 2:11)

THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL & THE LIMITATION OF AUTHORITY

In council of the apostles, James presided over the council to make the final decision based upon the consensus among them. “Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
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The decision was what commands the apostles should enjoin to the Gentile converts as they were only beginning to learn of the things contained within the law. More specifically, these commands pertained to the individual believer’s own body. Paul the apostle speaks of fornication as sinning “against his own body” (1 Cor. 6:18). He further comments on these particular commands, saying: “…ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would incease more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God…that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
“(1 Thes. 4:1-4)
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The decision pertaining to bodily commands as it pertained to the law came from the highest authority on earth, as the mind of God worked through His people in making a judgment. If the judgment was from God, this decision was always to speak in harmony with the law and testimony of Scripture (Isaiah 8:20). Yet many have gone to the extreme as to interpret that the church was given the authority to abrogate God’s law when they are minded together to do so. This sentence issued by James however was not to loose the obligation regarding what was not in those four commands. Those four commands were actually found in the law of Moses itself, thus showing the basis of their decision was guided by the law, so as to not overthrow it, but to maintain gospel order and soundness in their conclusion. It was the apostle’s judgment not to trouble the Gentiles who were coming to God, as overburdening them with more than they could bear. The reason is given, “For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him…”; or to put it simply, “They will learn to rest in time. Let the Sabbath reading of the law be a time for them to learn more.”

The Gentiles who came to the synagogues to learn of the God of the Hebrews had already been attending the assemblies every Sabbath day, as it was written: “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
” (Acts 13:42) The fact that the Gentiles were keeping the Sabbath after they were converted to Christ meant that the four laws were not meant to abbrogate the whole law of Moses, especially the Sabbath observance, but only to specify that the outward observances of the law, such as circumcision and tassle-wearing were not enjoined to the Gentiles; and that the rest of their duties in the keeping of the law would be unfolded as they learned more of the principles of the law of God.

The Sabbath was especially regarded by the Gentile converts in the early church just as it was prophesied would happen in Isaiah: “Also the sons of the heathen (Gentiles), that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of my covenant;
…for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. ” (Isaiah 56:6-8)

That the Gentiles who converted were expected to become established in the law, and not to disregard it a consistent principle laid out in the Scriptures (Rev. 14:12, Rev. 22:14, Rom. 7:7). The apostle Paul says that those who have the law of God, yet break it are actually teaching the Gentiles to blaspheme Him by their example.

“Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God…An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, who has the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
You therefore which teach another, do you not teach yourself? You that preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you commit sacrilege? You that make your boast of the law, do you, through breaking the law, dishonour God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you…”
(Rom 2:20-24)

The apostle says that to break the law is in fact dishonoring God, while giving a bad example to the Gentile converts whom they are entrusted to teach. The elder is entrusted to teach the younger the way of life.

The fact that God would allow the Gentiles to come to the law of God, and give them His Spirit, while having time to learn His law is exactly as the parable of the prodigal son. The Gentiles lost sight of the law of God, having gone astray because of their fathers who left the way of the God of Noah. Yet they were to return, and God, as a Father to them, was to meet them a great way off, and provoke the other brother to jealousy who had never left the law of God but had no love in his heart for his repentant brother (Luke 15:20, 1 John 4:20, Deut. 32:21, Rom. 11:11).

***For the second witness, the Historical Account of the Council of Jerusalem and the Law of Moses, and to understand the controversy that erupted in the second century, causing the council to depart from the law of Moses entirely, click here.

Unlocking The Forgotten Dream of Prophecy

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THE DREAM FORGOTTEN
In Daniel’s second chapter, there is a presented a great dilemma. King Nebuchadnezzar was in the second year of his reign over all the notable kingdoms of the world. Nebuchadnezzar was “a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.” (Daniel 2:37) He was a heathen king, but was given the kingdom because of the rebellion of the people of the only true God, who had abused their privileges, and betrayed their trust by honoring the gods of Babylon within the gates of their temple in the times of their prosperity. Now the people who had honored the gods of other nations saw how these nations honored their gods faithfully, when Israel had the light of the knowledge of the true God and would not; this Israel knew would come to make them ashamed of all of their sins and to repent, because He had said “I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people…”, and again, “He gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.” (Psalm 106:41-42, Lev. 26:17). Now Nebuchadnezzar had overtaken Israel, and took the best from among them to be his servants. Now was Babylon the highest kingdom in the world, and the king of Babylon, not knowing the true God, had attained to greatness. He believed himself honored of the gods, and had whatsoever he desired at his command, but was considering what would become of this great kingdom delivered into his hand.
In the night season, as the king slept from this meditation, a dream was communicated to him. It was typical for the heathen to understand dreams as coming from the gods, and heathen kings had a multitude of counselors, prognosticators, astrologers, and magicians who were believed to be given wisdom and ability from the gods to unfold the interpretation of the dreams. “I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.” (Daniel 2:4) The king wanted to “know the dream” because he had forgotten it. It was customary for the counselors of the heathen kings to interpret the dream, but it was beyond them to know the dream itself. In fury, the king, who believes his counselors to be in touch with the gods, concludes if they cannot tell the dream given by the gods, neither can they give an interpretation from the gods, and issues a decree to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

Daniel and his Israelite companions were not among those counselors present, but were among those who were under the decree to be destroyed. Unlike the wise men of Babylon, whose gods had no breathe to them, the God of the Hebrews made known the dream and it’s interpretation for because the “secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever;” (Deut. 29:29) had the God of heaven not revealed this dream, the book of Daniel would never have been written. That dream is left on record for us, as a key to understanding the mysteries of prophecy and of the book of Daniel.

THE DREAM SUMMARY (DANIEL 2:31-35)

The dream depicted a great heathen image, similar to the idols made by pagans for worship, full of diverse metals from the head to it’s toes. The head was of gold. The chest and arms of silver. The belly and thighs were of bronze. The legs were of iron. The legs of iron and miry clay. And special mention is brought to the toes of the feet of iron and clay. Then a high mountain is brought to view, and a stone cut out of the mountain without the hands of men which struck the great heathen image, first on the feet and toes of iron and clay, then were all the elements of the image broken up together and became like chaff which the wind drove away.

THE INTERPRETATION (DANIEL 2:36-45)

Upon seeing the dream, there was an understanding given. Even in his time “no prophecy” was “of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20) Scripture is the key given to open the understanding of any true prophecy which God gives. Daniel, after earnest prayer, was given the view of the king’s dream, and understood by the Scriptures it’s interpretation.

THE HEAD OF GOLD
So what was the head of gold in the king’s dream? Two hundred years before Daniel, the prophet Isaiah foretold the might of Babylon’s prominence, and how it would be laid waste. “That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!” (Isaiah 14:4) Notice how Babylon is called “the golden city”; now Daniel makes known to the king the identity of the head of gold, saying, “Thou art this head of gold…” (Daniel 2:36)

The golden metal was symbolized by a king, and a king always has a kingdom. Therefore the head of gold in prophecy symbolizes the kingdom of Babylon, the “golden city”.

THE CHEST & ARMS OF SILVER
“And after thee shall arise another kingdom baser than thee” (v.39); the chest and arms of silver were to be another kingdom following Babylon. The Medes & Persians together would be the next kingdom to reign, and were more base than Babylon had been. Daniel was alive at the time of Babylon’s fall, and declared of Babylon: “Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians…And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.” (Daniel 5:31)
The God of heaven even prophesied by Isaiah of the name of the ruler of Persia, who was Cyrus, prophesying of his part in bringing down the kingdom of Babylon: “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;…that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:1)

THE BELLY & THIGHS OF BRONZE
“And another third kingdom of bronze, which shall bear rule over all the earth.” (v. 39); the belly and thighs of bronze overthrew the Median-Persian kingdom under the conquest of Alexander the great, the chief general and king of Grecia. Alexander had a sense that a divine hand was upon him to receive the kingdoms of the world, in a letter to Darius III: “I have defeated in battle first your generals and satraps, and now you in person and your army, and by the grace of the gods I control the country.” Alexander had further come into conflict with the Hebrews, and was minded to beseige Jerusalem, but the high priest, being instructed upon the king’s advance of his army wore his high priestly garments which were to be worn but once a year, and all of the Israelites pure white robes at the gates of the city. Upon Alexander’s arrival, he commanded his army to halt, and he looked with wonder at the high priest. Parmenion, Alexander’s general being perplexed at this, asked why he adored the high priest so highly, and Joseph recounts the response of Alexander: “I did not adore him, but that God who has honored him with his highpriesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very habit, when I was at Dion in Macedonia, who… exhorted me to make no delay, but boldly to pass over the sea thither, for that he would conduct my army, and would give me the dominion over the Persians; whence it is that, having seen no other in that habit, and now seeing this person in it, and remembering that vision…I believe that I bring this army under the Divine conduct, and shall therewith conquer Darius, and destroy the power of the Persians, and that all things will succeed according to what is in my own mind.” (Antiquities of the Jews, 11.334-335) Christ was revealed to Alexander in His high priestly garments, and gave the kingdom over to him, as Daniel had said of God, “He removeth kings, and setteth up kings…” (Dan. 2:21).

THE BRUISING LEGS OF IRON
“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” (Daniel 2:40) The bruising iron power to follow was the Roman Empire, which came into supremacy in the middle of the second century b.c., having made Greece a province under it’s authority. The strongest of the metals depicted in the vision, it was bore rule over all the world. At the time when Christ was to be born, they were the ruling power: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” (Luke 2:1)
The iron power of bruising was to fulfill an ancient Messianic prophecy, where Christ would be crucified. As the iron “breaks in pieces and bruises”, so the Messiah’s heel was to be bruised by the serpent through the Jewish nation in league with the Roman governor (Gen. 3:15). He was to be “wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). It was the Jews, which did not have authority to put any man to death under the heathen dominions, that had to resort to the Roman court before bringing any sentence of death to pass, which pressed for the Roman governor Pontius Pilate to crucify Christ on a roman cross; and when asked by him if they would crucify their king, that they responded, “We have no king but Caesar”. (John 19:15) The Roman power were the worst power to crucify Christians; though the Roman Empire divided, it was still comprised of absolute monarchial kingdoms comprised by the metals; even in the Roman-European phase of monarchial rule, they bruised most decidedly any conscientious followers of Christ and forced into them into submission through the power of government; much like the Jews who resorted to the iron power of Rome to crucify Christ, this work was largely accomplished through the professed Christian priests who demanded the torture and death of all, chiefly Christians, who could not consent to their teachings, practices, or abuses.

THE FEET OF IRON AND CLAY
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.” (Daniel 2:41) The metals all signified monarchial kingdoms, yet the clay is not a metal. There are three applications which the clay belongs to.
1) The Clay is the kingdoms of men
Adam (whose name means Man when interpretted) was made from the dust of the earth. Elihu knowing this, said “I also am formed out of the clay.” (Job 33:6) Job said “Thou hast made me as the clay.” (Job 10:9) And “O LORD, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8). So the clay are the kingdoms that consist of men, and not kings. These are not absolute monarchial kingdoms, but rather republican form of government. The very word Republic comes from two latin words: “Res” meaning the property, object, or concern, and “Publica”, meaning the people. Therefore the government of clay is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The power structure is much different in the clay than the metal, and the two are not able unify the distinctive nature of their governments. We are told that the clay is in fact “the posterity of men” “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the posterity of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” (v. 43)
2) The Clay depicts prominently the United States of America
The United States is the most significant form of republic the world has ever seen, having no kings, but representatives of the people which are elected by the people of the country to represent them on a temporary set term. It was when the monarchial reign of the Roman/European type of governance began to decline in the 18th century, that the United States arose. It will be foremost among the kingdoms of this earth to complete the image of heathenism by embracing and legislating forced worship in it’s laws under a republican government, having in it “the power of the iron” (v. 41), much like the iron monarchy of Rome/Europe because the people will cast their influence upon the side of completing the great image of this world’s rebellion against the God of heaven.

3) The Clay depicts the churches that seize the power of the state
The third is a secondary application of the clay. The church is repeatedly depicted as the clay, and the God of the Bible as the Potter who forms them by His hand. “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:4-6) The house of Israel is depicting His church. The potter’s clay is miry because it was marred. The church that refuses to submit itself to God through the gospel, by walking in His law, continue in their sins as did the Jews and the European Christian church. These seize the strength of kingly power to force and persecute God’s obedient children. Thus, the church that does not have the power of the Spirit through disobedience, will utilize the power of the state to compel disobedience to God. Man’s hands have formed the church, instead of God’s hands, and have made their kingdom part of this world, and not the world to come; of the kingdom of men and not the Kingdom of God.

THE TOES OF IRON & CLAY
“And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly mighty, and partly weak.” (Daniel 2:42) The toes contain both the republican form of government, which is fragile in it’s structure, and the kingly form of government, which is mighty, but no new kingdoms, but the signal manifestation of the closing of scenes of the supremacy of the kingdoms of sin in the world. These are united in one cause, though they are distinct one from another. Revelation 17 brings this to view depicting ten kings at the end of time: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:12-14) These ten kings testify of entirety; these are the nations that have one mind in rebellion against God; and are “united”. These toes depict the work of the United Nations, which Satan moves his people to call “the new world order”. This is the closest Satan is permitted to come to a one world government; never shall the governments of this world blend, or unite into one new exalted system of government for the Scripture says “they shall comingle…but they shall not cleave (unite/become one) with one another…”; but each nation shall consentingly give it’s strength within the United Nations to the purposes of warring against the principles of the government of the King of kings to their own destruction.

THE STONE CUT WITHOUT HANDS
“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces…And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:34, 44)
The stone cut without hands from the mountain is the stone which executes the judgment of the law of God upon sin and rebellion, destroying it forever. Who executes this judgment against the image? Christ declares that the Father “hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” (John 5:27) He also said “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” (John 8:7); Christ, the only man without sin, is the only one who is just to execute judgment against sin. Speaking of Himself as “this Stone”, Christ refers to the king’s dream: “And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Matthew 21:44)
“In the days of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom…”: We are told that the United Nations will “make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them for He is King of kings, and Lord of lords…”; heretofore, the Kingdom of God has only been spiritually established in the hearts of the people, yet the visible kingdom of Christ is to be established, and divine power shall execute the destruction of the kingdom of sin, bringing this world under the rule of the law of God so often transgressed and disregarded by man. Thus judgment shall come to restore harmony with the unseen kingdom of God. “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” (Isaiah 25:7)
“Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (Dan. 2:35) Upon the feet of iron and clay being destroyed at Christ’s return, then a consummate final judgment shall take place, judging all the rebellious nations together. The great mountain that will fill the whole earth is the Kingdom of our God.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:2-3)

A New World Order: The 2030 Agenda

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After World War II ended, a group of individuals met under the auspices of the United World Federalists (UWF) in Montreux, Switzerland to draft a comprehensive plan for a world government. They stated unequivocally that they considered the United Nations “powerless … to stop the drift of war.” They believed that the establishment of a world federal government would be the only way to bring peace to our world. And many of that number believed that eventually, their six principles could and would be incorporated into the United Nations, which could morph into such a government. The UWF specifically determined to mobilize the peoples of the world “to transform the United Nations Organization into world federal government by increasing its authority and resources, and by amending its Charter.”

A PROPOSAL FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTROL

The UWF projected a three-branch government, the same as that proposed by Charles-Louis de Montesquieu in the 18th century – legislative, judicial, and executive – the same as implemented by the USA in its constitution. However, their three branches would be supranational and would be over the three branches of the USA, just as our federal government in various areas is over the three branches found in our states. The Montreux statement affirmed the “limitation of national sovereignty.”

Too much goes unsaid in the Montreux statement. For example, it states that that its drafters have an executive branch, but they do not state how their “executive” is elected. There is no mention of a worldwide electoral college. Nor, at the other end of the spectrum, do they state that they hope to induct a dictator into that office. Likewise, there is no format suggested for electing the legislative branch. The world federalism principle supersedes the national self-government principle, but the three branches are retained as a sop to America. It’s the “imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” gambit. Thus, our world government accepts you at the same time as it dominates you.

Principle 4 of the drafters’ vision is truly radical. Under this principle, a worldwide armed force would be established “guaranteeing the security of the world federal government and of its member states.” The weasel word is “guaranteeing.” The militaries of the member-nations would be eliminated, and they would be able to meet only “the level of their internal policing requirements.” What then would prevent “guaranteeing” from morphing into “oppressing,” “suppressing,” or “enslaving”? A world monopoly of force would produce a united worldwide power foretold in prophecy before the Messiah returns as King of kings, and Lord of lords. “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” (Zechariah 14:2)

Principle 6 shows clearly that a world government must have the ability to raise revenue to meet its expenses, and those revenues must be independent of the revenues raised by individual nation-states governed. This principle gives “power to raise … revenues” to this world government entity. The student of history will immediately associate the assumption of this “power” with the exclusive military power depicted in Principle 4.

In the U.S. Supreme Court case of McCulloch v. Maryland in 1819, the unanimous (7-0) decision stated that “the power to tax is the power to destroy.” The power to tax member-state nations would inherently imply the power to destroy those nation-states if there were resistance to that taxation. Thus, we have a formula for a double-whammy of oppression of the nations: the linked threat of military oppression and financial oppression of the peoples of the world. The concept leading to absolute control by a vast increase in worldwide centralized power, both militarily and financially.

THE NEW WORLD ORDER AGENDA

Almost seventy years later in 2015. The U.N. published a document of almost 15,000 words entitled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This document is a stream of consciousness of pious platitudes about meeting 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), and thereby meeting the most pressing “necessities” of humanity. Worldwide rights are briefly mentioned in Article 19 of this 91-article agenda, but rights have been supplanted with needs to which men and women, rich and poor, and Western, African, Asian, European, and Latin American nations can subscribe. Classical divisions between haves and have-nots are pushed aside as inherently limiting. Five of the seventeen goals are about the environment, and environmental issues take center stage because the environment affects all – rich as well as poor, highly developed industrial cultures as well as subsistence, village, agricultural cultures.

Using a stream of repetitive platitudes (the repetitive language and lack of concrete examples are part of the siren song of the document), the language of the document attempts to project a unified world vision for governance. The 17 categories of needs provide “goals for cities, for women, for the poor, and even for life under the water. Absolutely no sphere of human activity is exempt from control by the UN.”

A WOMAN RIDES THE BEAST

Spearheading the agenda forward was Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic church. Assembled in the U.N. headquarters in New York for the largest assembly of national representatives ever gathered in one place, Pope Francis appealed to the assemblies to move forward. The national representatives each received a copy of Laudato Si, the legally-binding document of the Catholic church’s canon law. In the document it stresses the need “to think of one world with a common plan”, where it states that the need for the management of “the global economy…there is urgent need of a true world political authority”. “Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed” Francis wrote in the encyclical. “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at rest, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as the grave which cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people…” (Habakkuk 2:4-5)

The Pope appealed to “rights” which must be “forcefully affirmed”, referencing “the codification and development of international law”, and “reaffirming the importance which the Catholic Church attaches to this Institution and the hope which she places in its activities”, citing the church’s desire for a “political response” which serves “to overcome all natural limits to the exercise of power.” He stated that “the defence of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself”, which of course, would be Catholic canon law. In Laudati Si, it states that “the biblical tradition clearly shows that this renewal entails recovering and respecting the rhythms inscribed in nature …in the law of the Sabbath.” “Sunday…is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world”, stating that this day “motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”  He concluded his appeal in his voice to the nations, by stating that the nations “cannot permit” for the postponement of “certain agendas” for the future. “The future demands of us critical and global decisions…”.

This agenda is indeed an agenda for a new world government by 2030. It is a shrewd alternative to the Montreux document of 1947. Lacking a full-fledged taxation system and lacking a standing military, it might seem to fall short of the United World Federalist concept. Yet this “soft” first stage of government being enacted will lead to a more apparent prophetic enforcement of power against the sons of God. It is evident that this new world order will be about upholding the moral law within a Catholic context. This fits the picture perfectly of the vision shown to John in the seventeenth chapter of Revelation. The woman clothed in scarlet, purple, fine linen, and having a golden cup in her hand, all symbolic of the Catholic church, is represented as a harlot woman committed lewd acts of fornication with the sovereign lawmakers of the earth. Revelation speaks of the height of this power as being amongst ten worldwide authorities, kings that are united in their purpose of fulfilling the Satanic agenda of a one world government, under the harlot woman who ride and direct the kingdoms of the earth. “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Revelation 17:13) We are told that she will make “all nations” “drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (18:3), and indeed, this is what the 2030 agenda does precisely. It is a globally-centralized authority, being lead out by the Catholic church. One of those sustainable goals is the empowerment of women; and prophetically, the Catholic church is described in exactly this manner. Truly, it is a woman riding the beast ushering in the new world order.

The 2030 agenda of the U.N. began similarly to the Bill of Rights in the United States, where a standing army and taxation were considered subversive and antithetical to it’s purposes, yet the gradual development led to stronger and mightier strides until the United States become a world superpower. The U.N. document is written with an understanding of the fear that would be engendered were it to conceptualize an exclusive military or direct taxation by a world body that the 1947 Montreux document endorsed. It’s veiled language, failing to give any concrete examples of what it’s lofty goals truly entail will be unveiled when it is all too late for the nations to backtrack. Yet its goal is clearly to provide an alternative to the nation-state ideal that holds sway throughout the world, to legitimize an alternative plan on an international level, and to implement that new government in its soft form. Once the soft form is accepted as progressive and helpful, the idea will be to move to arrangements more consistent with the Montreux statement.

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:2)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Son of God

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As we beheld the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, as we see Christ as the living Word of God by which all things are made (1 Cor. 4:4-6, 8:6, Col. 1:14-16). The apostle John, in his account of Jesus Christ, set Him forth from the beginning in this light (refer to John 1:1-4). It declared that Christ, as the Word of God, was with the Father from the very beginning. It was by Him that God made all things and by Him that they are held together: He is the very bedrock and the very foundation of creation. This subject we treated in our Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Word of God article, also found on this site. 

Yet in order to more fully understand the depths of God’s love, of His great sacrifice made on behalf of mankind, and our own identity through Christ in the family of God, we must thoroughly examine what the Scripture teaches regarding “the Christ” by whom all things are made. So in this article, we will examine that subject to behold a still more beautiful revelation of our Messiah. 

WHO DO YOU SAY CHRIST IS?

When Christ dwelt upon this earth, there were many ideas regarding His identity. At that time, Christ put forth the question to his disciples: “…Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?” (Matthew 16:13)

The answer amassed a confusion of ideas: “…Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets” (Matthew 16:14). But should we marvel at this? The answer was no less diverse at that time than they are today. Truly, even now, there are many ideas regarding who Christ is. Yet it is not any man’s ideas or opinion that will verify who Christ is, but only the inspired Word of the living God.

Even his closest companions were not spared from the question:

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:15-18).

If ever a confession were fraught with eternal significance, it is here. While Christ, as the Word of God, was the firmly founded Cornerstone of heaven, Christ, as the Son of the living God, is to be the unconquerable foundation of His church, of which “the gates of hell shall not prevail against.”

Scripture tells us in 1 John 4:15: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

Simon Peter’s confession was the revelation from the Father in heaven; it had not stemmed from the mere ideas and speculations of men.

Let us then look more closely at Christ as the Son of the living God, in depth.

WHO IS THE SON OF GOD?

The Son of God was with God the Father in the creation of God from the beginning. More than His embodiment as the Word of God, He was the beloved Son at His Father’s side.

The Son of God declares of Himself:

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth… Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: …when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (Proverbs 8:22-30).

Christ says He was “brought forth” as the Son of God, “set up from everlasting, from the beginning,” “Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2 New American Bible). Christ was the only begotten of the Father from the earliest times.

Two questions found in the Scripture further clarify this matter. The first being, “…who hath established all the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 30:4)?
The answer to this lies in the very first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Followed by another question: “…what is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell” (Proverbs 30:4)? Thus it was from the beginning that the Son of God was united in God’s creative purposes.

THE EQUALITY OF THE SON OF GOD

The One whom Scripture declares as “the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power” also shares the same identity with the Son of God, who was “appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2) by God the Father. Christ said, “All things that the Father hath are Mine…” (John 16:15). Jesus knew that His Father “…had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God” (John 13:3). Christ was the appointed heir of all things created by virtue of having been “come from God”.

The inheritance of the firstborn had it's origin in the earliest times.
The inheritance of the firstborn had it’s origin in the earliest times.

Before and during the ancient Hebraic economy, the law of inheritance was already observed. This law determined that the firstborn male was to inherit his father’s possessions, to continue his name and bear his legacy. This practice originated in the earliest times with Christ. The Scripture testifies that Christ is “…the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15), thus; He is the divinity appointed heir of all things, for God the Father made all things by Him (see 1 Corinthians 8:6).

 

Furthermore, the Scripture declares that He shares the Father’s throne: “…(I) am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21), and by sharing His Father’s throne through His divine Sonship, they hold equality in a special sense.

 

Philippians 2:6 affirms this: “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” Having been equal with God by divine inheritance, to be worshipped as the Firstborn of heaven is His right because He has inherited the name “God” by birthright. God says: “…obey His voice, provoke Him not; for He will not pardon your transgressions: for My name is in Him” (Exodus 23:21).Worship of the Son constitutes a vital element of true worship of the Father, according to the Scripture: “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him” (John 5:23).

A NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME

All things were created by and for the Son of God, including the angels: “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him” (Col. 1:16).

Christ was not a Son by creation as the angels were, nor by adoption as the redeemed are, but was the begotten Son of God in the express image of His Father’s person. Therefore, those things created did not have that exalted privilege that the God’s Firstborn had, and rightly so. Not even exalted angels of heaven were given this right.

The following verse says so: “Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, ‘Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?’ And again, ‘I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son?’…And of the angels He saith, who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, ‘Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom’” (Hebrews 1:4).

The Son was given the name God in respect to His nature, having inherited it from His Father. While the Father was God in personality, the Son was God in infinity; all the fullness of the Godhead bodily was His from God the Father. This name given to Christ is a name above every name, never bestowed to any created being, not even to the most exalted cherubim at the throne of God.

Nevertheless, one such an angel, a covering cherub at the throne of God in His sanctuary (refer to Jeremiah 17:12), assumed that position in his jealousy, which was not given to him by God: “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:14).

God’s sanctuary in heaven is made up of, but not limited to, “stones of fire,” which are an innumerable company of angels, (Hebrew 1:7 and Daniel 7:10), lively stones built up a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5) and this is what the church in heaven consists of – the Son of God being their confession and delight.

So what happened to this exalted “cherub that covereth”? Ezekiel 28:15 says, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! …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” (Isaiah 14:12-15).

In addition, Ezekiel 28:2-17 states, “Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God… I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 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”

Lucifer, that covering cherub, exalted himself in his heart, setting himself as equal with God when God’s Word had not declared it. Jealousy prevailed in his heart over the Son of God as he desired that exalted name given to the Firstborn alone, to be his name also.

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In Lucifer’s heart was to be found the origin of the mystery of iniquity: the first conception of a Trinity: the first antichrist.

THE FATHER OF LIES

God is the Father of Christ, the Son. This testimony speaks true. John, the apostle, declared Christ to be “the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (2 John 1:3). Yet of the devil, Christ declares that he, in John 8:44, “…abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” The covering cherub, dwelling in the midst of the stones of fire, the very church of heaven, saw the gates of hell prevail against him, and why is this so? Because he refused to believe that Christ alone is the only equal with the living God, His only begotten Son. Satan, in exalting himself to equality with God, was adding to the Word of God.

The Scripture tells us that, “…he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son” (1 John 5:10). Satan had done exactly this. In exalting himself to equality with God, Satan brazenly declared that he did not believe the record God gave of Christ, His beloved Son, and by this means, had added to the Word of God.

“Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure…Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:4-6).

Lucifer, who is Satan, a liar and the father of it, had added to the Word of God; God created all things by His Word, and Lucifer was now adding to the creation something that was not so from the beginning, and in doing so, he proved himself to be a liar. Thus he declared God to be a liar while in heaven, in not believing the record He gave of His Son. The most startling implications, not then discerned by the rebellious cherubim, were the result of Lucifer seeking to exalt himself in his heart. Thus it was, that in the heart of Lucifer was found the origin of the mystery of iniquity, a trinity of divine beings, and of antichrist.

1 John 2:22-23 point this out: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

Thus, it was that Satan denied the Son of God. There is an abundance of Scriptural testimony regarding that old serpent, the father of lies, that declare that the gates of hell have indeed prevailed against him, and that he has continued this warfare against the creation of God. He continues to this day to declare that God is a liar, and perverts His Word to win souls to his rebellion.

“…Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 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” (Genesis 3:1-5).

Christ said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own.” While dishonesty and jealousy are exclusively the qualities of the devil, he imposed them upon the Father of truth, thus the prevalence of the gates of hell over one who denies the Son of the living God. As it was then, even so it is now.

SENDING THE SON INTO THE WORLD

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9).

God’s love was manifested in His act of giving His only begotten Son, a point God would have the angels acknowledge.

Hebrews 1:6 says, “When he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him.”

As the Son of God, the “firstbegotten,” was sent into the world, a command was carried out that all the angels of God should worship Him. Yet the fallen angel, who had denied the Son of God in heaven, sought to destroy Him when He came to earth: “…the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Revelation 12:4). Thus, he showed in this act his direct opposition to the Son of God.

Affirming His identity, the Voice of the Father conferred the greatest blessing at Christ’s baptism: Matthew 3:17 reads, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’

By the Son of God, everything was made, and by this declaration at the baptism, the Father embraced all of humanity as He did His Son. However, the testimony of God regarding His Son is the point the fallen angel would especially obscure: “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil…And when the tempter came to him, he said, ‘If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread’” (Matthew 4:1-3).

While the Father is seeking to inspire the hearts of men with the same testimony Simon Barjona’s had, “This is My beloved Son,” it is also the fallen angel’s aim to cause Christ and His professed followers to doubt His true identity. In attacking the testimony that God gave of His Son at the baptism, he attacked all of humanity which the Father embraced by that testimony.

Why is he so determined to obscure this fact? If he can toy with this fact, then he can obscure the great love that the Father had for us in giving His Son. Thus, the world’s confusion regarding who Christ is. Among them, the most popular view is the co-eternality of Christ, that Christ has no beginning and no end. His Sonship is not “in truth”, but in a metaphorical sense only. Thus the Father is not the Father in truth, but only metaphorically. Some have gone as far as to claim that the Father and Son are interchangeable, yet if this is the case, then God does not have a Son to sacrifice, but only a partner: a second divine being. If the Father did not have a Son to give, it would not only be a denial of the Son, but a denial of the Father’s love, casting great doubt on your identity and value in the eyes of God because your sonship, and the plainest statements of God, cannot be trusted. Yet the matter goes deeper than this.

THE SPIRIT OF THE SON

Jesus is the Christ, and by Christ are all things. Christ is the channel for the Father’s blessing to mankind. In declaring to Him the blessing, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” He has pronounced that blessing to the redeemed human race, to “whosoever believeth in Him.

The Scripture tells us in 1 John 5:10, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.” What witness is this? It is the witness of the Spirit of Christ, His Son.

1 John 5:1 says, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,” and if you are born of God, it is declared that you are a son of God, and this is true if you believe in the testimony God gives of the Christ as the Son of the living God: “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (1 John 1:12).

1 John 4:15 also says that “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

The reality is that the heavenly Father reveals this truth to His children. What truth? The very same that Simon Peter confessed: that Christ is the Son of the living God. And by this confession, in the truest sense, these are the children of God in Christ. So long as they walk in the light as He is in the light, “the gates of hell” shall have no power over them because they are born of God.

This is what we read in Galatians 4:6-7: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

What a glorious reality! The Spirit of the Son of God, the Sonship of Christ, dwells in us and makes us heirs with Christ! The place that the fallen angels lost is not as exalted as will be our nearness to Christ. Satan disregarded the Son of the living God in heaven, whereas we set the seal in our hearts of the truth: He is the Son of God. Here it becomes evident that belief in that testimony is sufficient to make all the difference between heaven and hell. Now that Spirit, which dwells in us, bears witness that we are children of the heavenly Father. Hallelujah!

According to the Scripture, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).

What a glorious inheritance comes by heaven’s Firstborn! What wondrous love that God would give His begotten Son and call us His own! Truly, there may be many ideas regarding who Christ is today, but there is only one confession that shall stand against the storm and tempests of hell victoriously; that confession is the one His disciples of this generation shall know as verily as they did when it was asked of them of old. That is “Ye are the the Christ, the Son of the living God”.

The Gift of Tongues

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Christ gave a commission to His appointed apostles to bring the light of the gospel committed to the Hebrews to the rest of the world in the darkness of error.

“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…”
(Mark 16:15-17)

     tongues promise spiritThe commission for the men of Galilee was of a worldwide scale, and only divine enabling could fulfill them to accomplish that mission. For this cause, those reconciled to God were given authority over devils to cast them out through the power of the gospel. They were also given the promise of being equipped to “speak with new tongues” as their mission demanded. However, there has been some confusion as to what this gift was exactly, and even more obscured is the purpose. The largest and fastest growing religious movement to originate in the United States” is the Pentecostal movement. The movement emphasizes the gifts of the Spirit, and in specific, holds to a doctrine that demands all believers speak in a manner of tongue that departs from the plain understanding of the Bible gift. The Scripture admonishes us, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1John 4:1) Seeing that the movement has risen in numbers like wildfire, it demands that there is the clearest account of what the gift of tongues is from the Scriptures.While, this article does not intend to dwell at great length on a false gift of another spirit, we must be able to “test” these spiritual gifts by the Bible, and to do this, we must understand the true gift of tongues. As we examine Scripture, it will shed a clear light on the subject to clear up misunderstandings that may exist regarding the matter.

THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

We are told of the designations in the body of Christ, with the various gifts in addition to those.

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” (1 Cor. 12:28-31)

There are several points that need to be realized regarding the body of Christ. All those functions are in the body of Christ of which Christ is the head. Notice that the gifts of the

Many parts; one body; one Spirit: the Spirit of Christ.
Many parts; one body; one Spirit: the Spirit of Christ.

Spirit are not all the same, but it is the same Spirit operating throughout the body. The apostle said to the same church that “the Lord is that Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:17), and Christ is called the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, hence it is said of Him “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.” (1 Cor. 12:4-5) Christ administers the Spirit, by which the members of the body have their appointed administration, and all the various gifts, “but the same Spirit” accomplishes the same glorious purpose of furthering the gospel in the world.
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“But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:11-12)

Now, if Christ is working through His people to “walk even as He walked” (1 John 2:6), we must say that it is Him that speaks through the body of His people. In Christ is all the gifts, as it is written: “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:8) Thus the gift of tongues is also found in Christ to give unto men.

John beheld the risen Christ, a glorious high priest and the life of the body of His people, maintaining the oil in the lampstands of the church; supplying them sufficient oil to be a light for their mission. Thus John described Christ as having “the voice of many waters” (Rev. 1:15), and was further told that the waters “are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Rev. 17:5) Thus in Christ’s voice, we find the voice of the Spirit which is imparted to His believing church; this is the voice of many waters, or “tongues”, which He “gave…unto men” to communicate with men the gospel.

Before we enter into a more full understanding of that gift however, we should understand the purpose of the body of Christ.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BODY

We are told the purpose of the body is to edify each other member, to present each member perfect in the Son of God.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13)

The gifts are to bless and uplift each other in love to bring the restoration of the image of God in man. Yet it is also for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel to the whole unbelieving world. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matt. 24:14)

The body of Christ therefore has a twofold purpose on this earth:
1) Accountability to love and nurture those within the church with the Word of God.
2) Accountability to speak the truth in love to those without the church with the Word of God.

Thus the believing become stronger in the truth of Christ. And the unbelieving are brought to belief of the truth of Christ.

THE GIFT OF TONGUES

It is evident that not all have the gift of tongues, but that the gift of tongues is a sign that follows the Christian believers for the sake of proclaiming it to others around the world who speak in different languages. We are going to examine closely the outpouring of the Spirit, when Christ promised the signs for proclaiming the gospel:

“And they weretongue all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.” (Acts 2:4-5)

In Jerusalem, at the time of the three annual feasts, there gathered men from all over the world. This was especially true in this case. Men of Israel had relocated to other lands after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, and as such, learned the native tongues of the people wherever they resided. Thus, during Pentecost, there were dwelling at Jerusalem men “out of every nation under heaven.” These devout men knew nothing of the Messiah and the work He had fulfilled, and spoke other tongues. For this purpose, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost caused the believers in Christ “to speak with other tongues”, and connects this sign with the men of other nations. And more than just connecting the gift of tongues with men of other nations, the inspired record goes further than this.

“Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all

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For bringing the gospel to the world…

amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:6-11)

There can be no mistake in the matter of what the gift of tongues was: it was other languages. The languages of many “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH

The Greeks prided themselves on knowledge, and this was especially the case with Corinthian church. In the beginning of his address to the Corinthians, he said “the Greeks seek after wisdom”, then says “knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” (1 Cor. 8:1) He speaks regarding the gifts to them that there is no purpose for the Greeks to speak in another tongue to fellow Greeks, and for this cause he says: “Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy, because he that speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not unto men, but unto God: for no man understands him; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Cor. 14:1-2) The man who speaks to other men of his own language in another language doesn’t speak to men because “no man understands him”, so he can only speak to God, even if he speaks, as the apostles did, of “the wonderful works of God”- He may “speak mysteries”, but it isn’t profitable for anyone.

Why would anyone in the Corinthian church speak such things? The Greeks who prized wisdom, knowledge, and were competitive, was not unlikely to show that he may speak in many more tongues than his brother in a typical Greek fashion. Typical of the Greek mindset, they were strongly desiring spiritual gifts, and revealing this in tongue speaking to no profit: “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.” (1 Cor. 14:12) However, Paul admonished them to “covet earnestly the best gifts”.

The apostle was careful to compare the reality of the gifts, to show “the best gifts” which would serve to edify the church, saying to “desire spiritual gifts but rather that you may prophesy.” Seeing as the multitude of unknown tongues was not edifying for the churches, although it was not a gift contrary to the Spirit. “I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.” (1 Cor. 14:5)

When the Corinthian believers spoke these manifold languages in the congregation, being “zealous for spiritual gifts”, Paul said it would not profit the unlearned “except he interpret” the language so the church could understand and receive the mysteries of the revelation spoken by the Spirit of God. He further remarked of his labors to many different lands, saying “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” (1 Cor. 14:18-19)

THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY OF TONGUES

Christ foretold the gift of tongues, but he foretold a reality that was not a new one, but an old truth written from the prophets in the Old Testament:

“In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.” (1 Cor. 14:21)

The verse Paul refers to, referencing the gift of tongues is the one in Isaiah: “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” (Isaiah 28:11-12) “Another tongue” will he speak to the people, giving a proclamation to the weary that they may find rest for their souls. Such is the purpose of the gift of tongues: it is to proclaim the gospel truth spoken of by Christ, inviting all: “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11:28-29) For this purpose, the gift of tongues was given. “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” (1 Cor. 14:22)

Thus we are given the instruction of the purpose of tongues: it is for the unbeliever, that he may understand the gospel. Yet the purpose of prophecy was to edify the church. Paul then makes the conclusion, “Let all be done for edifying.”

However, there is one more notable thing that should be considered about the gift of tongues in the Old Testament reference. The word in the Hebrew for “tongue” is “lâshôn” (לָשׁוֹן). If there was any doubt that this gift of tongues was that of a known language amongst men, we needn’t go far to see how this word for tongue is used in the Hebrew in the Old Testament. The same word is used in Genesis 10:5 to speak of the languages which came as a result of the scattering from the Tower of Babel, when God and Christ decreed that the builder’s speech should be confounded, thus bringing an eventual division in communication. “By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” (Gen. 10:5)

However, where the curse of rebellion brought division, strife, and confusion of tongues as at Babel, the gospel’s gift of tongues is a promise that the gospel will at last, in Christ, unite those who were once divided. “And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and tongues, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:14)

THE TONGUES OF ANGELS

Some, in sincere misguiding, believe they speak in “the tongues of angels”; a language which cannot be comprehended at all. Yet the result is little different from the Corinthians speaking unknown languages to their fellow Greeks which they zealously boasted themselves in. It is not a language that can be comprehended which could not edify the church. “Though I speak with the tongues of men, even of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:1-2)

There! It is proof that men can speak in an angelic language! Yet wait. The apostle is not saying this, because it is clear that the rest of his testimony was regarding the spiritual gifts which the Corinthians were priding themselves on; but rebuked them saying that “knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” The word for “EVEN of angels” is the word in Greek meaning accumulative force. It is meant to embellish the point the apostle was seeking the make to advance the idea that NO LANGUAGE, NO KNOWLEDGE, NO PROPHECY IS ANY GOOD AT ALL WITHOUT LOVE. Love is the thing which edifies the church, and makes noble use of any language we could speak. It is love which moves the angels of heaven to work for our salvation. It is the angels without love that would make the idea of speaking a mystery language to no understanding which cannot edify, hence why Paul said he would rather speak five words someone can understand, than ten thousand words that are not able to be comprehended.

TONGUES IN PAGANISM

pagan tongueThe apostles did not speak in angelic tongues, but tongues that could edify unbelievers with the gospel message. However, there were those who spoke in unknown tongues. In ancient pagan temple worship, it was common in the worship practices of the congregation to speak in languages that were thought to be the languages of the gods. Ancient history records it abundantly as occurring amongst non-Israelite, non-Bible believing heathen religions as far back as 1100BC. It was not uncommon for these heathen worshippers, especially their prophets, to speak in unearthly languages, go into trances, have fervent or animalistic behaviors. 

The earliest reference may be found in the “Report of Wenamon”, where it speaks of a young Amen worshiper whose possession became something of a sensational matter and attracted historical notoriety. When he became possessed by “a god”, it is said that he began to emit sounds in a strange ecstatic “tongue.”:

“Now, when he sacrificed to his gods, the gods seized one of his noble youths, making him frenzied, so that he said, ‘Bring the god hither! Bring the messenger of Amen who hath him. Send him and let him go.'” George A. Barton, Archaeology and the Bible, page 353

Plato, in his >account of the dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus speaks of a madness that is a gift from the heathen gods. “but in reality the greatest of blessings come to us through madness, when it is sent as a gift of the gods.Io in Prometheus Bound states: Oh! Oh! Alas! Once again convulsive pain and frenzy, striking my brain, inflame me. I am stung by the gadfly’s barb, unforged by fire. My heart knocks at my ribs in terror; my eyeballs roll wildly round and round. I am carried out of my course by a fierce blast of madness; I’ve lost all mastery over my tongue, and a stream of turbid words beats recklessly against the billows of dark destruction.”

He also spoke about miraculous healing that would take place when the possession took over the worshippers:

“Moreover, when diseases and the greatest troubles have been visited upon certain families through some ancient guilt, madness has entered in and by oracular power has found a way of release for those in need, taking refuge in prayers and the service of the gods, and so, by purifications and sacred rites, he who has this madness is made safe for the present and the after time, and for him who is rightly possessed of madness a release from present ills is found.”

“And a third kind of possession and madnesscomes from the Muses…All these noble results of inspired madness I can mention, and many more. Therefore let us not be afraid on that point, and let no on disturb and frighten us…We, on our part, must prove that such madness is given by the gods for our greatest happines.”

Virgil (70-19BC) in the “Aeneid” speaks of this tongues speaking. He references a Sibylline priestess, when in prayer on the Isle of Delos, telling of her speaking in an frenzied and strange tongue after being united with the god Apollo. Speaking of the Greek god Apollo, the oracle of Delphi was well known over all of Grecia since 400BC. Speaking of the Oracle of Delphi, Chrysostom made the observation: “This same pythoness is said, being a female, to sit at times upon the tripod of Apollo astride, and thus the evil spirit ascending from beneath and entering the lower part of her body fills the woman with madness. And she with dishevelled hair begins to foam at the mouth, and thus being in a frenzy, to utter the words of her madness.”

“Oracles of the great ‘lord’ at the Shrine of Delphi, as Heraclitus put it, were revelations of the god’s will through ecstasy, not through sensible words. So were the Sybil’s unintelligible cries. A priest or priestess, seized by sudden trances of the spirit, uttered mystic sayings, which were held to be all the more divine as they were least rational or tongues- oracle of delphiarticulate. Philo in Alexandria had taken over the Greek notion, arguing that such ecstasy, when the mind or unconscious reason was superseded, was the highest reach of the human soul in its quest for God.” Moffatt’s New Testament Commentary, p. 214

One modern day observation was written of an Eskimo ritual to contact the spirit world. The testimony says: “Suddenly one of the men, Krisuk, went out of his head. Unable to contain himself to the regular rhythm of the service he leapt to his feet crying like a raven and howling like a wolf. In ecstasy he and the girl, Ivaloo, began to yell in a tongue I could not understand… Certainly it was not the usual Eskimo language… and if there is such a thing as speaking in tongues I heard it then.”

Yet this is only one of many modern examples. Others may be found amonst Hinduists, Animists, and Islamic Sufists to name a few.

What is this spirit that is speaking through them? We are told in the Scripture that unclean spirits, the spirits of devils, can speak through human vessels:
“And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4:33-34)

The demonic influence manifested itself in these heathen religions which were “without God” and “having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them.” (Eph. 4:18) Even so, in the last days, we are told of this very experience happening with supernatural manifestations throughout the entire earth:

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

Notice that the unclean spirits come from the mouth of these three spiritualistic powers; one being called “the false prophet”; which means another spirit takes possession of this prophetic ministry that is of a worldwide scale, and it works miracles to deceive mankind. In the prophecy, we are told that it is out of the mouth, where the tongue resides, there comes an unclean spirit as frogs. And frogs always catch their prey with their tongues. It is further spoken of in Revelation 13, as a lamblike beast that deceives the world because of it’s miracle-working power, and that it speaks “like a dragon”. The dragon, is identified in Revelation 12 as the Satan and his fallen angels, which are devils and are called that old “serpent”. Thus, the voice of the serpent or dragon is that same angel which used the serpent’s subtlety to deceive Eve, causing her to disobey God and fail the test of faith. That voice is the same who will work in these last days through the lamb-like false prophet to deceive many.  Thus it is indeed the tongues of angels speaking through the false prophet system, but it is not the angels of God; but the devil and his angels taking possession of souls.

The counterfeit gift of tongues, which speaks in a language not familiar to man, which is prevalent in Pentecostalism today is not a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit; but rather a new manifestation of the devil’s spirit from ancient paganism.

In Conclusion:
1) The Gift of tongues is intelligent language
2) It was prophesied in the Old Testament
3) Their was a manifestation of a strange tongue from the heathen before Acts 2.
4) The last movements of prophecy declare a false spirit and a false prophet that manifests the counterfeit gift of tongues.
5) We are left to conclude that the fastest growing movement in the world, the Pentecostal movement, that holds tongue speaking does not hold it’s origin in apostolic godliness, but rather from Babylonian confusion and Greek mysticism.
6) The movement is nothing less than the spirit of false prophet of Revelation: introducing a counterfeit spirit to the true God.

 

The Halloween Prophecy: A Shadow of Things to Come

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The origin of halloween, and more importantly, the prophecy of halloween, are subjects misunderstood, if not entirely unknown. Devils, ghosts, skeletons, zombies, witches, amongst numberless other costume designs worn on Halloween, it should come as no surprise to any that the celebrations of this day are not clearly found in any Bible passage. So if the celebration is not found in the Bible, where does it come from? Also, what does the Bible say regarding it’s practices? Moreover, does it contain an underlying prophetic warning contained in it’s observance? In this article, we hope to address these questions in detail.

THE ORIGIN OF HALLOWEEN

The Celtic new year began on the eve of November 1st (Oct. 31st),  and it was also regarded as the time of the celebration of the harvesting season in some pagan cultures, more specifically, the potato harvest. They were later known as the Toussaint holidays. They lasted two weeks, usually between the 22st of October and the 3rd of November. Yet it was not only the time of harvest, but the World Book Encyclopedia states that Samhain was an “ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago…The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.” The Romans conquer the Celts and adopt the spiritistic rituals of Samhain, incorporating it’s rites into Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. Yet the Catholic church, supposing to have the authority to sanctify time at their own will, after seizing the throne of Rome, further enshrined the day amongst Catholics calling it “All Saints Day”. This served to further blur the line of distinction that had ever existed between the Catholics and the pagans. In the eleventh century, another day was added in honor of the dead called All Souls’ Day. This day honors all who have died but because of sin, need the merits of the prayers of descendants to enter into heaven; the conflicts of such a concept with the gospel of Christ become too many for the span of this article (Victory over sin in the believer’s life, Christ the only way to heaven, not because of our righteousness, etc.). In Mexico and the United States, this occasion is better known as Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Traditions connected with the day include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favored food and drink of the dead and visiting graves with these as gifts, as well as dressing up in the semblance of the deceased. These days together are called Hallowmass, or in October 31st, All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween). In fact, it is a Catholic version of the old pagan holiday, which has been embraced by the secular world in a similar form. Can such an observance be truly called Christian?

The day of harvest and honoring the dead was regarded as the day when the spiritual realm and earth were more accessible one to the other than in other days. In an article from October 1990, in the magazine USA Today, there was a column where a woman practicing witchcraft was interviewed. In the interview, she said: “Christians ‘don’t realize it, but they’re celebrating our holiday with us. . . . We like it,’” USA TODAY (10/29/90) What holiday is being celebrated with a witch? The Bible, in no uncertain terms says the severity of the practice of witches, saying “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18) Why is this? Because the power that a witch channel’s is a satanic power from the depths of the bottomless pit. Anton LeVey, a deceased occultist high priest and founder of the church of Satan, wrote in the Satanic Bible, under Religious Holidays, “After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween (or All Hallow’s Eve).” The Encyclopedia Britannica says the following under the section for Halloween: “The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day… It was was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.” Anton LeVey further boasted that Christian parents would allow their children to step into this dark channel of the enemy of souls: “I’m glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year.”
It was a great crime to offer children upon the altar to Moloch in the law of God, yet it is a great crime still to allure children into the practice of the worship and reverence of the dead, and the author of death. Christ is the Prince of life; from Him a fountain of life flows to all who will walk in the way of life, dying to their sin. Yet to those who continue in their sins, we are told “the wages of sin is death…”. Says Christ “But he that sinneth against Me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate Me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)

THE BIBLE CONDEMNS PRACTICES

The Bible speaks about these practices, declaring in the law that they are not after God’s order, nor can they ever be in harmony with His worship.

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

“When thou art come into the land which the Yehovah thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or one who inquires of the dead. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Yehovah: and because of these abominations the Yehovah thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12) It is interesting to note that it was for these sins in particular that God drove out the heathen from the land of Canaan; but God has promised a heavenly Canaan, and a new heavens and a new earth. If this was the cause of being driven out of the land, could glorifying sin and death be the reason man will not abide in the promised land? I want us to understand this, because there is a great mystery to Halloween that many are not discerning, and is greatly prophetic in it’s meaning.

THE BIBLE FESTIVAL & IT’S COUNTERFEIT

Yet we are told when anyone, however apparently Christian he may claim to be, if he believes Christians may observe halloween or have any honorary connection with it, we must note the words carefully: “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? Should they seek the living through the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:19-20) Yet Christians do encourage this behavior.

“When I was pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in Alexandria, Va., I helped to plan a Halloween party for children in the church basement. A new church member, an immigrant from West Africa, was clearly distressed, wondering why we would have an event that allows evil spirits to enter our church. It’s a legitimate question…But Halloween reminds us that we all must die.” USA TODAY, Henry Brinton, pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Oct. 28, 2012

Inviting evil spirits into the church? Sadly, this is exactly what it does. It calls to mind the parable of the empty house, where God’s presence was not found. “Then goeth he (the evilspirit), and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in [the house] and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:45) But more than this, this Presbyterian church pastor said something much more prophetic than many realize. He said”Halloween reminds us that we all must die…”. Inviting devils into your home and among your church and honoring their days as holy is a concern, and it should be a concern. Yet the enemy of souls knows perfectly well what Halloween signifies prophetically.

The unrecognized prophecy…

For God’s truth, Satan always has a counterfeit. God’s holy times are His times of worship which are to be observed in Christ (You can find these in Numbers 28-29). Yet more than times of worship for the body of Christ, the annual festivals of God have a prophetic importance to them: containing within them revelations of the unfolding plan of salvation. In like fashion, Satan has his holidays which are meant to glorify self, the fallen nature, and foreshadows events prophetically to herald the unfolding fate of those who serve him.

The harvest feast that celebrates life, and the fulness of Christ’s deliverance is called “The Feast of Tabernacles”. It declares that all sin has been purged from the life, and we are welcome back into the presence of God, to drink freely of the waters of life flowing from the Throne of God and the Lamb. Jesus on the last great day of this feast made a mighty call to all that whosoever believed on Him, in the manner that the Scriptures teach, they would receive the living waters of God’s Spirit: His power and presence. The harvest feast was also the time of the latter rain; when the latter rain came up

on the land, the harvest was ripe, and could be harvested; this foreshadows the deliverance we shall have as we receive the fulness of God’s Spirit. It is brought to view in this manner: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie…And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. ” (Revelation 22:14-15)

Notice that not all will be blessed to have right to the life of heaven, and to enter into the promised city of God, but those who keep God’s law shall be there. No sin is allowed to be there, for to allow sin would be to allow discord into the kingdom of heaven, and to introduce into the kingdom of life the desolating floodgates of death. At the end of all things these will two classes exist: one inside the city, who have received the blessing of the feast of Tabernacles, and are saved and in God’s presence.

The Blessing of the Harvest Feast of the Latter Rain

Of this class, it is written: “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away…behold, I make all things new…I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” (Revelation 21:2-6)

But another class is brought to view just two verses after:
“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.”(Revelation 21:8)

Again, the Bible likens it to two harvests. The first harvest is of God’s children who keep His commandments:
“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.” (Revelation 14:14-16)

And the second harvest is of Satan’s followers, who refused to obey God and refused to cease from sin:
“And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress…” (Revelation 14:17-20)

Outside the city, God’s presence was as a devouring fire to sin, and this was likened to a winepress, and the souls who were in their sins, outside of the tabernacle of God had death, called “the second death”, as their portion: eternal separation from God. Halloween, the Day of the Dead, points to this very class: Satan’s harvest of souls. Is it a wonder that it is connected to death, sorcery, witchcraft, murder, etc.? Satan’s harvest of souls is called the second resurrection; the first resurrection belong to the class who partook of Christ’s sacrifice, and partake of His resurrecting power:

Popularized by a culture of sin, there are prophetic messages that are foretold before the eyes of many…

“And cast him [the devil] into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God… they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Revelation 20:3-5) The first harvest is preceeding a millenium experience, symbolized by the seven days of the feast of tabernacles, and the eighth day, which is symbolized as the last day and prefigures the creation of a new heavens and a new earth. The eighth day is when the thousand years have finished. Notice that Satan gathers his harvest of souls which he wickedly toiled for unceasingly at the end of the thousand years: “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:7-8)
What does this class do? They want to take the city they are not permitted to enter. They say “Give us the blessing, or else we will overthrow this city with our armies of wicked dead!” Or, in a much simpler manner, as it is said on Halloween, “Trick of treat…”. The witches, sorcerers, zombies, ghosts, devils, and beasts all surrounding the walls and doors of the holy city, only to hear the words “I never knew you. Depart from Me, workers of lawlessness…” (Luke 13:27)

Death: Its what is being glorified in the world today. But it foretells a much darker, more sorrowful event…

Consider the scene of those who come against that heavenly Jerusalem: “And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)
A woman in the 1800’s had a startlingly accurate vision, foretelling many significant events which have been coming to pass one by one. One of these visions brought to view the resurrection of the wicked dead, when they arose from their graves. Look at their condition:
“The holy angels surrounded Jesus, and escorted him on his way, and the train of redeemed saints followed. Then Jesus in terrible, fearful majesty called forth the wicked dead; and as they came up with the same feeble, sickly bodies that went into the grave, what a spectacle! what a scene! At the first resurrection all came forth in immortal bloom; but at the second, the marks of the curse are visible on all.” 1 Spiritual Gifts, p. 214

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

If you have been involved in this practice year after year, turn your heart away from these evils, and over to the living God, and He will abundantly pardon, and cause you to know His will as you seek for Him with all your heart. When those who believed came to the truth, and confessed their sins, they evidenced their faith by taking all things that represented the demonic forces, and burned them, signifying the portion that those things have in the lake of fire, but if you have surrendered the matter to God, seek that you may be among the class who are numbered in the wonderful heavenly Canaan, among those who love God, and keep His commandments.

“And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” (Acts 19:18-19)

If this article has been informative and enlightening, please share with others that they may also realize the seriousness of the matter. God bless you!

How Do I Cultivate Living Faith?

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The most essential theme woven throughout the Bible, and the most necessary thing to have when professing to be a Christian is faith. It is “by grace” that we are saved “through faith” (Eph. 2:8), and even that faith is a gift of God. And we are to go “from faith to faith, as it is written, the just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17). Among the believers of the church that was in Rome, it was stated that God has given “every man the measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3-8) whereby the gifts of God and the works of God are made manifest in the believer’s life; these gifts are “differing according to the grace that is given to us”

whether it is exhortation, ministering, teaching, giving, ruling, or wheresoever God has called out the exercise of faith, He gives it by grace “according to the proportion of faith” He bestows upon us.

Seeing that faith is so essential to the operation of the Christian, the question arises: what is faith? We’re told that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
(Hebrews 11:1) Faith is not feeling, but the evidence of unseen things. Faith takes hold across the boundaries of time and place, beyond the circumstances of what is felt whether heard or seen, that would undermine God’s grace and His truth. The “evidence” of things unseen is the product brought to light as a manifestation of that faith. The evidences are seen in a multitude of ways:

1) By faith, we see creation (the evidence), and believe God created it (the unseen).
2) By faith, Abraham left his homeland (the evidence), because God promised to give him a better land (the unseen).
3) By faith, Abel offered up a sacrifice of a lamb (the evidence), because He believed God would send the true Lamb of God to die for his sins (the unseen).
4) By faith, we keep God’s commandments (the evidence), because God so loved us and sent His Son to be our death to sin and life in righteousness two thousand years ago (the unseen).
5) By faith, the poor man faithfully returns tithe to God (the evidence), because he believes God as an all-wise, all-sufficient Provider and Sustainer who “withholds no good thing to them that walk uprightly” (Psalm84:11).

The evidence is a response to God that reveals faith, and it is a response to God’s Word; however that may be made manifest. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Without faith, it is impossible to walk in salvation; God is well-pleased for us to be clothed in His wonderful gift of salvation, but without faith, no fruit is borne unto salvation. Mark this point with care, and meditate on it: God cannot bless without His child walking by faith; unbelief prevents the blessing, and turns the blessing that would come into a curse. In fact, without faith, it is impossible for God to save you. Some may say, “Nothing is impossible for God!” That is true, but faith is a divine channel by which God unlocks heaven’s storehouse. Nothing is impossible for God, but will He save the Satanist who believes in Satan as their savior? Would God make a circle fit perfectly into a square? Nothing is impossible for Him, but not all things are logical. Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, because without faith, He cannot save you; the apostle James further elaborates “by works was faith made perfect”; faith is the evidence you have believed, received, and are walking in His salvation, revealed by your works, through both word & deed. O child, dost thou have faith?

Not all that is called “faith” is an expression of saving faith.

“For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;” (1 Corinthians 12:8-9) Faith is an essential gift of the Spirit, yet large measures of faith are given by those who have received a larger measure of the Spirit by the Word of God.  Speaking on faith from the prophecy of Isaiah, the apostle writes: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:16-17) True faith comes by the Word of God. It is the Word of God that is the test of all faith, and therefore, the test of all manifest evidence of what is professed as “faith”; whether it is miracles, experiences, doctrines, in thought, word, or act. For example, someone may say they have faith, but as an expression of that faith, they will get a religious tattoo of Jesus, of a cross, or something of this nature. But what does the Word of God say? “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:28) Therefore getting a tattoo would actually be an expression of faith outside of the Scripture, and outside the blessing and will of God.

“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” (2 Corinthians 4:13) By the Spirit of Faith we speak the word of God as we have believed it, yet we are not to aimlessly believe every word as though it were the Word of God. ”

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world…” (1 John 4:1) We are not called upon to test the word of the prophets by our own thoughts of what we believe to be right; but “to the law and the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20) If they do not speak in harmony with the Word of God, or if they unsettle the confidence of God’s people in that Word, it undermines true faith. All counterfeits to true faith lead to the operation of another spirit: another word is spoken, another act is performed in the life, and people remove themselves from the channel of God’s blessing. Even our own thoughts, and the thoughts that come into the mind, should be brought to the test to determine whether we are walking in the light. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5) Do we walk by this command? Do we humbly “prove our own selves”? “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be condemned.” (1 Corinthians 11:31) How might we judge ourselves? We ought to judge our feelings, the sight of our eyes, the hearing of our ears, and all the avenues of the soul guardedly considered, whether that experience within us, or around us, is of God. We are given exactly how we are to meet every false thing: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

You are not to judge your standing with God based on how good you think you keep the law. Neither are you to judge your standing with God based on how good or euphoric you feel. Feelings are fleeting; but a mind consistent with the Word of God shall reveal Christ in all that comes forth from it; seeing as Christ sees; feeling as Christ feels; having high and holy purposes and motives in harmony with the very heart of God. This is the faith which God desires for His children, and has ever desired from His children. This is the faith which pleases the Father.

It displeased the Father when Eve sinned because of the sight of her eyes, when she “saw that the {forbidden} tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desireable to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6), because she had make of no effect the Word of God, which said “In the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” To Christ, the devil came, saying “If you are the Son of God…” after the Word of God had already declared it, Christ met every action contrary to the will and word of God with the Scripture, and thus, Christ evidenced His faith, by not yielding to the devices of the enemy, even when he quoted the Scripture, placing it in a false setting, to undermine the integrity of the full counsel of God.

The Scripture says “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:11); yet it also says to “rightly divide the word of truth” that you may be “a workman that needeth not to be ashamed” (2 Tim. 2:15); as it is evident that we must believe, not merely in intellectual or doctrinal assent, but Christ says to “believe on Me, as the Scripture hath said…” (John 7:37); here lies the best, yet most plainly revealed secret to growing in faith, grace, and “being thoroughly furnished unto every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17). It is by the truth of the Word of God abiding in the heart that the Spirit shall cause us to keep His ways, and since it is by the Word that we receive faith, it is by advancing in the knowledge of that word that we will necessarily grow in faith,

and thus our experience shall grow as more and more, our lives become living reality, “the evidence of things not seen”; “…whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith He [Christ] abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” When we believe on Him as the Scripture hath said, we shall abide in Christ and Christ in us. And if we abide in Him and He in us, we will walk even as He walks. Such is the power of the Word of God when indwelling the heart; it shall create within us all that image and likeness to God’s very own mind, and so revealing His will to us, He will reveal His will through us.
(1 John 2:5-6)

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7) By the Word it shall be done unto you, because “the Word that goeth forth from My mouth, it shall not return unto Me void, but shall accomplish all of My good pleasure.” (Isaiah 55:11) Therefore we ask according to His Word, and it shall be done for us: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) Why shall it be done for us? Because “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:19) If two agree where? On earth. Yet how much more if you place yourself in agreement with Him who abides in heaven, who descended to the earth, and was raised up to heavenly places? It is when in agreement with the divine mind that faith shall move mountains; it is not an arbitrary commanding of the moving of mountains. Where mountains of sin shall be cast into the everlasting depths, nevermore to be risen. Where every ill and contrary thought to the Word of God shall be laid in the dust, and where mountains are brought down, and plains are exalted to become mountains. He who abides in the Word of God shall abide forever, for “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:17)

Dost thou have faith? More importantly…

Hast thou proven thy faith?

“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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” 
(Ephesians 2:8-10)

The Jesuit Oath Laid Open

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If you aren't concerned about the present situation of things, consider these things more closely...
If you aren’t concerned about the present situation of things, consider these things more closely…

[The following is the text of the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction as recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216), from which it was subsequently torn out. The Oath is also quoted by Charles Didier in his book Subterranean Rome (New York, 1843), translated from the French original. Dr. Alberto Rivera, who escaped from the Jesuit Order in 1967, confirms that the induction ceremony and the text of the Jesuit Oath which he took were identical to what we have cited below.]

When a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present, the principal or Superior standing in front of the altar. On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colours, and the other a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the words IUSTUM NECAR REGES IMPIUS. The meaning of which is: It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers.

Upon the floor is a red cross at which the postulant or candidate kneels. The Superior hands him a small black crucifix, which he takes in his left hand and presses to his heart, and the Superior at the same time presents to him a dagger, which he grasps by the blade and holds the point against his heart, the Superior still holding it by the hilt, and thus addresses the postulant:

(The Superior speaks:)

My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a Reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a Protestant; and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope. You have been taught to plant insidiously the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and to incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace; to take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means. You have been taught your duty as a spy, to gather all statistics, facts and information in your power from every source; to ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle of Protestants and heretics of every class and character, as well as that of the merchant, the banker, the lawyer, among the schools and universities, in parliaments and legislatures, and the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death. You have received all your instructions heretofore as a novice, a neophyte, and have served as co-adjurer, confessor and priest, but you have not yet been invested with all that is necessary to command in the Army of Loyola in the service of the Pope. You must serve the proper time as the instrument and executioner as directed by your superiors; for none can command here who has not consecrated his labours with the blood of the heretic; for “without the shedding of blood no man can be saved”. Therefore, to fit yourself for your work and make your own salvation sure, you will, in addition to your former oath of obedience to your order and allegiance to the Pope, repeat after me:

(Text of the Oath:)

 

I_______________ , now in the presence of Almighty God, the blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the Holy Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, and all the saints, sacred host of Heaven, and to you, my Ghostly Father, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola, in the pontification of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the Virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear that His Holiness, the Pope, is Christ’s Vice-Regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by the virtue of the keys of binding and loosing given to His Holiness by my Saviour, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical Kings, Princes, States, Commonwealths, and Governments, and they may be safely destroyed. Therefore to the utmost of my power I will defend this doctrine and His Holiness’s right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran Church of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and the now pretended authority and Churches of England and Scotland, and the branches of same now established in Ireland and on the continent of America and elsewhere and all adherents in regard that they may be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do now denounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or State, named Protestant or Liberal, or obedience to any of their laws, magistrates or officers. I do further declare the doctrine of the Churches of England and Scotland of the Calvinists, Huguenots, and others of the name of Protestants or Masons to be damnable, and they themselves to be damned who will not forsake the same. I do further declare that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of His Holiness’s agents, in any place where I should be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Ireland or America, or in any other kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my utmost to extirpate the heretical Protestant or Masonic doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, legal or otherwise. I do further promise and declare that, notwithstanding, I am dispensed with to assume any religion heretical for the propagation of the Mother Church’s interest; to keep secret and private all her agents’ counsels from time to time, as they entrust me, and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstances whatever; but to execute all that should be proposed, given in charge, or discovered unto me by you, my Ghostly Father, or any of this sacred order. I do further promise and declare that I will have no opinion or will of my own or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ. That I will go to any part of the world whithersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions north, jungles of India, to the centres of civilisation of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things, whatsoever is communicated to me. I do further promise and declare that I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly and openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Masons, as I am directed to do, to extirpate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex nor condition, and that will hang, burn, waste, boil, flay, strangle, and bury alive these infamous heretics; rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women, and crush their infants’ heads against the walls in order to annihilate their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly I will secretly use the poisonous cup, the strangulation cord, the steel of the poniard, or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honour, rank, dignity or authority of the persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agents of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Father of the Society of Jesus. In confirmation of which I hereby dedicate my life, soul, and all corporal powers, and with the dagger which I now receive I will subscribe my name written in my blood in testimony thereof; and should I prove false, or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the militia of the Pope cut off my hands and feet and my throat from ear to ear, my belly be opened and sulphur burned therein with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth, and my soul shall be tortured by demons in eternal hell forever. That I will in voting always vote for a Knight of Columbus in preference to a Protestant, especially a Mason, and that I will leave my party so to do; that if two Catholics are on the ticket I will satisfy myself which is the better supporter of Mother Church and vote accordingly. That I will not deal with or employ a Protestant if in my power to deal with or employ a Catholic. That I will place Catholic girls in Protestant families that a weekly report may be made of the inner movements of the heretics. That I will provide myself with arms and ammunition that I may be in readiness when the word is passed, or I am commanded to defend the Church either as an individual or with the militia of the Pope. All of which I,_______________, do swear by the blessed Trinity and blessed sacrament which I am now to receive to perform and on part to keep this my oath. In testimony hereof, I take this most holy and blessed sacrament of the Eucharist and witness the same further with my name written with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and seal in the face of this holy sacrament.

 

(He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)

(Superior speaks:)

You will now rise to your feet and I will instruct you in the Catechism necessary to make yourself known to any member of the Society of Jesus belonging to this rank. In the first place, you, as a Brother Jesuit, will with another mutually make the ordinary sign of the cross as any ordinary Roman Catholic would; then one crosses his wrists, the palms of his hands open, and the other in answer crosses his feet, one above the other; the first points with forefinger of the right hand to the centre of the palm of the left, the other with the forefinger of the left hand points to the centre of the palm of the right; the first then with his right hand makes a circle around his head, touching it; the other then with the forefinger of his left hand touches the left side of his body just below his heart; the first then with his right hand draws it across the throat of the other, and the latter then with a dagger down the stomach and abdomen of the first. The first then says Iustum; and the other answers Necar; the first Reges; the other answers Impious. The first will then present a small piece of paper folded in a peculiar manner, four times, which the other will cut longitudinally and on opening the name Jesu will be found written upon the head and arms of a cross three times. You will then give and receive with him the following questions and answers:

From whither do you come? Answer: The Holy faith.

Whom do you serve? Answer: The Holy Father at Rome, the Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church Universal throughout the world.

Who commands you? Answer: The Successor of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus or the Soldiers of Jesus Christ.

Who received you? Answer: A venerable man in white hair.

How? Answer: With a naked dagger, I kneeling upon the cross beneath the banners of the Pope and of our sacred order.

Did you take an oath? Answer: I did, to destroy heretics and their governments and rulers, and to spare neither age, nor sex, nor condition; to be as a corpse without any opinion or will of my own, but to implicitly obey my Superiors in all things without hesitation or murmuring.

Will you do that? Answer: I will.

How do you travel? Answer: In the bark of Peter the fisherman.

Whither do you travel? Answer: To the four quarters of the globe.

For what purpose? Answer: To obey the orders of my General and Superiors and execute the will of the Pope and faithfully fulfil the conditions of my oaths.

Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope. He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-Regent on earth, let him be accursed and exterminated.

 

The E.U. Flag origin, Mary worship, & the Revival of Catholic supremacy

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***This ministry is not a Catholic ministry, believing that Mary also, according to her own words, needed a Savior, saying “My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior… and His mercy is upon them that fear Him…” (Luke 1:47-50)

Officially adopted as the EU symbol in 1985, the design of the European Union flag dates back to 1955, and it had been used extensively in the intervening years. If they ever discuss the flag’s origins, EU bureaucrats sternly dismiss the myth that the symbol is in any way religious, or that it has something to do with the Virgin Mary. What pious nonsense! The problem is that this interpretation is exactly correct, and can easily be demonstrated to be so. The story also takes us back to a time when the European ideal was quite definitely a Catholic dream.

In December 8, 1955, on the Catholic Feast of “The Immaculate Conception of Mary the Co-redeemer”, the European Ministers delegates officially adopted the European flag, twelve stars on a blue background, designed by Arsene Heitz, who, today, is an octogenarian artist in Strasbourg.

Mary 12 stars 2Recently Heitz revealed to a French magazine the reason for his inspiration. According to the artist, he thought of the twelve stars in a circle on a blue background, exactly the way it is represented in traditional iconography of this image of the Immaculate Conception. A devotee of the Virgin Mary, Heitz never misses praying a daily Rosary. Heitz noticed the words of the Apocalypse, “And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,” (Revelation 12:1) As a devout Catholic, he applies this to Mary, whom Catholics worship.

The European Union’s flag consists of twelve stars, inspired by the halo of twelve stars that appear around the Madonna in Catholic pictures of her. And, that is how a profoundly religious symbol came to be the official European Union flag.EU FLAG

A former secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Leon Marchal, affirmed that the stars are those of “the woman of the Apocalypse.” Enthusiastically he explained, “It’s wonderful that we have gotten back to the Introit of the new Mass of the Assumption. It’s the corona stellarum duodecim (the crown of the twelve stars) of the woman of the Apocalypse.” The Catholic Church has always claimed that she represents the Virgin Mary, “the mother of God.” This means that the European flag is a Catholic flag.

The EU, which now has 28 member countries, has confirmed that the number of stars will always stay at twelve, which indicates that the stars do not represent countries. A leaflet, “Building Europe Together,” given to visitors to EU headquarters in Brussels, says: “The European flag (is) a shared flag…The number will remain twelve no matter how many countries there are in the European Union.”

The Marian (Mary worship) symbol of twelve stars is on every license plate of the European Union and every banknote in Europe. Vatican-issued Euro coins have the Pope’s image with twelve stars.

So important is Mary in Catholic worship, that on September 2, 1958, Archbishop Montini of Milan (the later Pope Pius XII) released on the mountain Serenissima a twenty-meter high statue of Mary and called it “Our Beloved Lady, Ruler of Europe.” Pope Pius XII called Mary “Mother of all Nations” and called on March 3, 1953, for a reunion of nations. Bishop Dr. Graber said on September 9, 1978: “I’ve asked for a Marian European International. . . . We pray and ask in silence that the western world one day will be as it was: a IMPERIUM MARIANUM [Mary’s Imperial Kingdom].”

Two Italian Northern League MPs, Lorenzo Fontana and Mario Borghesio said  “Few people know that the symbol of unified Europe has exquisitely Marian origins, as the European Union’s official flag proves with its twelve stars and the Virgin Mary’s blue and white colours.”

“Unfortunately – they said – “Europe has deviated dangerously from the symbol’s original source of inspiration, veering in a different direction, to benefit interests that have little to do with those of our people and with the Christian values the vast majority of Europeans uphold.”

Pope Francis, a Jesuit Pope, said that Europe needs to “get back to her roots”, directly referencing that Europe was primarily Catholic for 1260 years under it’s authority to fulfill a prophecy found in Revelation 13:3-4.

The Jesuit Pope addressed all of the members of the European Parliament also, which should give everyone who knows the history of the dark ages, as well as the work of the Jesuits, a definite cause for concern. To learn more about the Jesuits, go here.

Indeed, the European Union is dedicated to Mary, and is a continual token which testifies that it is for the reunification of the Catholic supremacy which was held in the dark ages over the nations of Europe. But it was the gospel, under the translation of the Bible through Luther, which led the German princes to take a stand for the Bible and to oppose Papal supremacy which allowed the people religious freedom. It was the Spirit of God which shone as light in the darkness, to shine into their hearts the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And it was this gospel, thus resisted and rejected by the Papacy, that brought about the loss of it’s authority over the kings of Europe progressively more and more, until in 1798, that power was removed.
Yet if the darkness scattering meant the loss of Papal supremacy through the gospel, what does it mean should the Papacy receive it’s supremacy back? As Catholics boldly state, they do not intend to affect any change in their tyrannical authority which they exercised in years past:

“The supreme duty of Catholics is to obey the Pope, and seek in every way, and especially by means of the ballot, to render the Catholic policy effective in this country.” (Catholic World, Vol. XI, No. 64, 1870.)

“Many non-Catholics fear us as a political organisation, and are afraid that the Catholic Church will dominate and rule; we are working quietly, seriously and I may say effectively, to that end.” (The Catholic magazine The Missionary, June, 1909, p. 69.)

“All Catholics must make themselves felt as active elements in the daily political life in the countries where they live. All Catholics should exert their power to cause the constitution of the states to be modelled on the principles of the true church.” (Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter of 1890.)

“What the Church has done, what she has expressed or tacitly approved in the past, that is exactly what she will do, express or tacitly approve in the future, if the same circumstances occur.” (Catholic Review, Jan., 1854.)

In adherence to that very doctrine that she does not change, Catholics have sought to enforce Sunday legislation upon the civil power, showing that she would do exactly what she has done before.

“In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal holidays.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2188)

“Who must propose legislation in favor of the family? Christians must, and to do so they must move.”
(Cardinal Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for Families, May 2012)

“Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” (John Paul II, Dies Domini, 1998)

For those who have looked at our article, From Sabbath to Sunday, you know it is a practical confession that Sunday sacredness is, in fact, of pagan origin by the Pope’s own confession, and did not originate from any precept in the Bible. It two centuries after the last apostle died. In essence, the darkness of the Papacy is being revived.