Thursday, March 31, 2011

So Maybe the Papacy IS the Anti-Christ: A Compelling Argument

For years I thought the Papacy was "Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots" (which Ted Pike believes is actually Talmudic Judaism) because of the scarlet and purple robes and whatnot worn by the Pope, Cardinals, and priests at large, and because sometime in the second century AD and beyond the organized Christian churches began to go astray, highlighted by Contantine's turning Christianity into the state religion of the Roman Empire, and, untimately, turning Reformation protestant denominations into similar whores that put someone or something else ahead of Christ.

And while a lot of what Pike says about Talmudic Judaism is true and it is easy to think present-day Israel could be the whore of Babylon, an equally and maybe even better case can be made for the Catholic Church holding that title.

And, in fact, the author of the article here, entitled "Who is the Anti-Christ makes an even better claim that the Papacy is indeed the Anti-Christ. His (or her) argument is strengthened by the fact that he or she actually identifies not only the four "beast" kingdoms in Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 (Babylon, Mede-Persia, Greece, Rome), but also the "10 toes of iron and clay" or the ten kingdoms that come out of the Roman Empire, and, most importantly, the 3 that get uprooted by the "little horn," that is, the entity that would later be identified as "the Anti-Christ," or, as with Second Thessalonians, the "Son of Perdition" or "Man of sin" that would exalt himself as the same as the Most High God. To further back up this claim many original Catholic church writings are sited, including quotes by various Popes as to their "Divine Nature" as "God's Representatives on Earth," and includes the so-called Sacrament of Confession whereby a priest forgives sins (only God or Christ can forgive sins!If a priest could forgive sins then why the heck would God have asked His only Son to be the final sin offering???) And there is more here that could convince someone that the Pope is that Man of sin.

However, the hard part is that the author does NOT take the typical futurist (or atypical preterist) position on the end-times, but the rather rare "historicist" position in that the "1260 days" or "42 months" spoken of by Daniel and in Revelation is in fact 1260 years, beginning in 538 AD when the Papacy established Roman Catholicism as the state religion of the reconstituted Roman Empire and later Holy Roman Empire along with the rest of western Europe), and ending when Napoleon's brother captured the Pope in Rome in 1798--exactly 1260 years in time span.

The final kicker is that, as stated in Revelation, while the "Beast" (that is, the "anti-Christ") is "wounded" it comes back to life after a time (see Rev. 13:3-8).

Yet, "another beast" in Revelation 13:11-17 comes to the fore which causes "the earth and those that swell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" and causes the followers to make an image to the first beast, or be killed, and causes all those who worship the beast to have a mark in the right hand or forehead.

So that, now we have TWO beasts, and if one is the Papacy, then the other is...

The second beast has "two horns like a lamb" and speaks like a dragon, as well as makes fire come down from heaven in the sight of men. Hmmmm.

And, by the way...those who have God's name written on their foreheads instead of the mark of the beast are those who KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and the faith of Jesus. That is, the Ten Commandments INCLUDING KEEPING THE SEVENTH DAY HOLY (Sunday is NOT the seventh day!) and refuse to worship graven images (which the Catholic Church took out of the Ten Commandments, splitting the tenth into the ninth and tenth...thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife and thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. In other words, the Papacy violated God's TIMES AND LAWS and substituted their own.

Since most Christians worship in Sunday, Catholic or Protestant or Non-Denominational, and I am guilty of that as well, this could wind up a very serious issue when the time comes. Observation of Christmas and Easter might also fall under this issue.

But, I am not done in this series by a long shot. There are more positions that need looking into.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Anti-Christ defined in the Bible, and Ted Pike's take on Israel

From 1 John: "Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that this is the last hour (1 John 2:18). They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belonged to us (verse 19)....Who is the liar but one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? (or the Messiah) This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son (verse 22)."

So that, in their denial of Jesus Christ as the Son while claiming God is the Father, one could say that Israel, which is working come hell or high water to turn into a Judaistic theocracy and shows its Talmudic, racist and apartheid tendencies more and more every day--knowing what the Talmud says about Jesus Christ, calling Him Balaam--that Israel is the antichrist.

But then again, so is Islam, who merely cites that Christ is a "prophet," not the Messiah, not the Son of God, not the Savior, not the one who sits at the right hand of the Father.

But then again, so is Buddhism, Hinduism, New Age-ism, Paganism, Atheism, and Flying-Spaghetti-Monster-ism.

But then again, so is "the new world order," "transhumanism," "secular humanism," statism, self-glorification, and anything else that puts separation between any human being and God.

Now then...Who is THE Antichrist? The guy who is prophesied to take God's place in the temple in Jerusalem during the so-called Great Tribulation (before or after "the rapture")? You know, the devil's mainline representative here on earth during that period and the guy like that "Left Behind" character Carpathia?

According to Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network and leading anti-Zionist, "the antichrist" isn't Israel, because (while the anti-christ will live in Israel,) Israel isn't the anti-christ because it is "Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots".

Summing up the article here using direct quotes...

"...Israel was the first to marry God (Christ) and be spiritually one with Him. Thus the position she enjoyed as a spiritual bride was unique to her. Likewise, only apostate Israel can be the “mother” of spiritual whoredom. When she was chosen
as Christ’s bride, other nations were disobedient like a child to its parent. Only Israel was made capable of a wife’s infidelity. As a result, when she became a spiritual whore, she was indelibly marked, “Mother of Harlots.” Jeremiah said,
“You had a harlot's forehead, you refused to be ashamed.” (Jer. 3:3) Other apostate systems may be spiritual harlots but only Israel is “mother” of that scarlet sorority. And without repentance, neither time nor wanderings can remove that epithet
from her. When Israel shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” her resurrected spouse banished her. The Jewish people were condemned to wander like a woman divorced for adultery, perpetually looking for that substitute husband (anti-Christ) who
would take the place of the One she killed..."

Also:

"Revelation 17 confronts us with the specter of a city “which reigns over the kings of the earth.” It has physical power—more wealth and importance than any other city—but also spiritual power, embodying the full potentiality of human degeneracy. “What city is like this great city?” the merchants of the earth will wail. This city is so commercially important that when she falls, world trade also comes crashing down. The title “the great city” is exclusive. There will doubtless be other powerful cities in the end time but John witnesses “the great city,” an unequaled center of trade, political power, culture and human bondage....And to whom does that term refer? In Revelation, “the great city” (hey polis megaley in Greek) is used to clearly refer to Jerusalem, capitol of the Jewish people! When the two witnesses are killed, their dead bodies lie in the streets of “the great city (hey polis megaley). "... Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8). This unmistakably implies that powerful, corrupt Babylon and the great city “ Sodom and Egypt, where
our Lord was crucified,” are the same city… Jerusalem."

And:

"The City of Jerusalem as it existed in the time of Christ Jesus was also reckoned to be a 'City of Seven Hills.' This fact was well recognized in Jewish circles. In the Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer, an 8th century A.D. midrashic [Talmudic] narrative (Section 10), the writer mentioned without commentary (showing that the understanding was well known and required no defense) that, "Jerusalem is situated on seven hills." ("The Seven Hills of Jerusalem”)...Armenian Christians, living for centuries in Palestine, taught their schoolchildren that the seven hills are: Mt. of Olives, Mt. Scopus, Mt. Zion, Mt. Moriah (the Temple mount), Golgotha, Hill of Moses, and Mt. Herzl."

"Scripture also describes only one city as center of world rule in the last days, and that is Jerusalem. Paul states clearly that the anti-Christ will declare his one-world authority from the temple at Jerusalem, where he proclaims he is God. (2 Thess.
2:4) When the two witnesses resist him, they do not battle a papal anti-Christ but “the wicked profane prince of Israel” in Jerusalem. (Ezek. 21:25) These scriptures point to Jerusalem as the epicenter of one-world rebellion against God; Jerusalem and Babylon are one!"

Not only that, but the fact that the foremost version of the Talmud is the Babylonian Talmud is, I think, not just a coincidence. Pike believes that modern Judaism is Babylonian, enforced by the Babylonian Talmud and Zohar/Kabbalah, with the occult entering Jewish beliefs as a result of Babylonian captivity under Nebuchadnezzar et al.

Finally:

"How should Christians respond to the fact that Israel and Babylon are one? Jesus tells us the answer. "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues, for her sins have piled up as high as heaven…" (Rev. 18:4-5)"

If Pike is correct, then Christian Zionists MUST leave that doctrine behind!

So, while Talmudic Judaism is antichrist, it is not THE Antichrist! Talmudic Judaism is the BRIDE of antichrist, but not the antichrist himself.

And it is my prayer to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that my fellow Christians of the Christian Zionist persuasion DO NOT become the brides-maids to the BRIDE OF ANTICHRIST!

Still, who is the Antichrist? And, while we're at it, who is the Beast and who is the False Prophet? Further, could a Christian sect or doctrine lead to being "Mystery Babylon" in contradiction to Pike's reasoning? Next Post...

Friday, March 25, 2011

AntiChrist Coming? End Times Coming?

In the next series of posts I will discuss the discernment I have been given through prayer over who or what is "the" anti-Christ and when is th end-times. It's all in the Bible, but right discernment still ain't easy.

What brought me to this topic is that some say that the "end-times" will come about with all the world's armies besieging Israel. Now, if you believe that the "Israel" that is besieged is the present-day Israel, then you have every right to think that yes, the end-times are coming. I don't see armies besieging Israel but I do see the world shunning Israel, a nation that cares nothing for the court of public opinion as to its slaughter of Gaza, it's Nazi-like settlers ripping up Palestinian olive trees and stealing Palestinian land and homes, under the support of the IDF, killing Palestinian children because in the Talmud it says killing Gentiles is not murder, and other heinous acts, killing folks on the Gaza Flotilla ships including one American-born 19 year old of Turkish ancestry...and, oh yes, the fact that it created the STUXNET worm which contributed to the nuclear disaster in Japan--along with the fact that the company that was in charge of security at the Fukushima nuclear reactors is an Israeli company...is that coincidence or something more sinister? Well, in any case, Israel is getting blamed for that too. So, right now, while Israel isn't surrounded by Gentile armies, it is, symbolically.

The other thing that could lead some folks to think the end-times are coming are all the earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters, and all the man-made ones as well. BP, for instance. The Bible talks about seas of blood, but symbolically it means all the dead sea life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Fukushima disaster, too, is man-made, and, no, it's not because Japan is mainly Buddhist or because Japan is helping Palestinians.

A third reason, if you follow prophecies about the papacy, is that supposedly Pope Benedict the 16th is the final pope before "the anti-Christ" enters the "abomination of desolation" as the anti-Christ sits in the Temple in Jerusalem "as God." Supposedly.

The score card on who the Anti-Christ is, is as follows: the Pope, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Prince Charles of England, Obama, Islam, Achmedinajad, Rothschild, Rockefeller, the Secretary General of the UN, and, finally, Israel! At least one radio and internet preacher claims that the present-day state of Israel is the "anti-type" to the true God's (Zion) Israel (believers in Christ), and thus Israel today is the anti-Christ. Remember: Jerusalem is "Sodom and Egypt"...

While it is prevalent that many (maybe) believe that since the members of monarchical families in Europe are somehow related to the Merovingians--who, if you believe Dan Brown and others, are the direct descendents of Jesus and Mary Magedeline!--then the King of Spain or the Prince of England must be "the anti-Christ," it is the notion that the anti-christ is the Zionist State of Israel that is the most troubling, especially since I am anti-Zionist and also anti-Christian Zionist. Surely, God's Old Testament "Chosen" couldn't be the anti-Christ!?

Which is why I am going to try to prove it isn't, using only Bible sources. And, who knows? I may not like what I find, because Israel DOES act like anti-Christ sometimes!