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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 8-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 2-

THE DARING CHANGE

In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire.  The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor’s policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity.  He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while many God-fearing Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.  The arch deceiver had not completed his work. 

He was resolved to gather the Christian world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Christ.  Through half converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time, in which the dignitaries of the church were convened from the entire world.  In nearly every council the Sabbath which God had instituted was pressed down a little lower, while the Sunday was correspondingly exalted.  Thus the pagan festival came finally to be honored as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed.

CREATOR’S SEAL REMOVED

The great apostate had succeeded in exalting himself “above all that is called God, or that is worshipped” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). He had dared to change the only precept of the divine law that unmistakably points all making to the true and living God. In the fourth commandment, God is revealed as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and is thereby distinguished from all false gods. It was a memorial of the work of Creation that the seventh day was sanctified as a rest day for man.  It was designed to keep the living God ever before the minds of men as the source of being and the object of reverence and worship.  Satan strives to turn men from their allegiance to God, and from rendering obedience to His law; therefore he directs his efforts especially against that commandment which points to God as the Creator.

Protestants now urge that the resurrection of Christ on Sunday made it the Christian Sabbath. But Scripture evidence is lacking.  No such honor was given to the day by Christ or His apostles.

FROM PAGAN TO PAPAL ROME

In the sixth century the Papacy had become firmly established.  Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the Papacy.  The dragon had given to the beast “his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2). And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5-7.

Christians were forced to choose either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeons or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman’s ax.  Now were fulfilled the words of Jesus: “Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’ sake”. (Luke 21:16-17). Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the worlds became a vast battlefield.  For hundreds of years the church of Christ found refuge in seclusion and obscurity.  Thus says the prophet: “The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three score days” (Revelation 12:6).

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 7-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY

THE BOW TO PAGANISM

The detector of error having been removed, Satan worked according to his will. Prophecy had declared that the Papacy was tothink to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25). This work it was not slow to attempt.  To afford converts from healthenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council finally established this system of idolatry.  To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number.

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THE COMPROMISE CONTINUES

The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven’s authority.  Satan, working through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and sanctified (Genesis 2:2-3), and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as  “the venerable day of the sun”.  This change was not a first attempted openly.  In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians.  They were jealous for the honor of God, and, believing that His law is immutable, they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts.  But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object. 

That the attention of the people might be called to the Sunday, it was made a festival in honor or the resurrection of Christ.  Religious services were held upon it; yet it was regarded as a day of recreation, the Sabbath being still sacredly observed.  To prepare the way for the work which he designed to accomplish, Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Christ, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden. Now, taking advantage of the false light in which he had thus caused it to be regarded, he cast contempt upon it as a Jewish institution.  While Christians generally continued to observe the Sunday as a joyous festival, he led them, in order to show their hatred of Judaism, to make the Sabbath a fast, a day of sadness and gloom.

 

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 6-

WILL ROME RULE THE WORLD AGAIN?-part 2-

FOUNDATION OF ERROR

It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Christ, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the work. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled “Lord God the Pope”, and has been declared infallible.  He demands the homage of all men.  The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage.

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty”   (Pope Leo XIII, in an Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894)

But those who fear and reverence God meet this Heaven-daring assumption as Christ met the solicitations of the wily foe: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8). God has never given a hint in His Word that He has appointed any man to be the head of the church.  The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures.  The pope can have no power over Christ’s church except by usurpation.

Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church.  But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).

DETECTOR OF ERROR

Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power.  It was by the Word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks.  At every assault, Christ presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, “It is written”.  He opposed every suggestion of the adversary with the wisdom and power of the Word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and to establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. 

The Bible would exalt God and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed.  This logic was adopted by the Roman Church.  For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions.  Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of God on earth, endowed with authority over church and state.

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 5-

It is not the purpose of this theme to attack individuals but rather to address the history and biblically prophesied future of the Catholic system of religion.

WILL ROME RULE THE WORLD AGAIN?-part 1-

DEADLY COMPROMISE

The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power.  He declared that the day of Christ should not come, “except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God”. And furthermore, the apostle warns his brethren that “the mystery of iniquity doth already work”. (2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4, 7).  Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of the Papacy.

Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and the more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, the mystery of iniquity” carried forward its deceptive and blasphemous work.  Almost imperceptibly the customs of healthenism found their way into the Christian church.  The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism. But as persecution ceased, and Christianity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Christ and His apostles for the pomp and the pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of God, she substituted human theories and traditions. 

The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a for of righteousness, walked into the church.  Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed.  Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror. Her spirit controlled the church.  Her doctrines, ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ.

MAN OF SIN

This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of “the man of sin” foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God.  That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power –a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will.  Satan once endeavored to form a compromise with Christ. 

He came to the Son of God in the wilderness of temptation, and showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, offered to give all into His hand if He would but acknowledge the supremacy of the prince of darkness. Christ rebuked the presumptuous tempter and forced him to depart.  But Satan meets with greater success in presenting the same temptations to man.  To secure worldly gains and honors, the church was led to seek the favor and support of the great men of earth; and having thus rejected Christ, she was induced to yield allegiance to the representative of Satan-the bishop of Rome.

 

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 4-

THE TIME OF JUDGMENT-part 2-

Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation the sincere desires of all who come to Him in faith are presented before God.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrew 4:16).  Jesus intercedes for us because of His wounded hands and bruised body, and He declares to all who would follow Him: “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Take My yoke (the Ten Commandments) upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

As soon as our conscience awakens through the working of the Holy Spirit, we realize the power, the guilt, and the misery of sin, and we come to the point where we detest it.  It will occur to us that sin has separated us from God, and that we are in bondage under the power of the evil one.  The more we try to flee from sin, the more we realize our inability.  Our motives and our hearts are polluted. We realize that our life is filled with selfishness and sin; we begin to desire forgiveness, purity, and freedom.  We need confidence heaven’s forgiveness, peace and love in our hearts.  Money, power or wisdom cannot buy these things, however, God offers them as a free gift of grace “…without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).

They are ours, if we reach out and take hold of them. Thus saith the Lord: “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26).  We have acknowledged our sins, and we are determined to start a new life with God. Now we may come to Him and ask Him to erase our sins and give us a new heart. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). WE CAN BE SURE THAT HE WILL DO IT, BECAUSE HE PROMISED IT.

THE LAST MESSAGE OF MERCY

THE PROPHET Daniel saw that at a time when man is trying to unite European Nation and the world is being increasingly visited by catastrophes and wars, a great stone will hit the image upon his feet and completely destroy it. This stone represents the Coming of Jesus Christ (Daniel 2:34-25, 44). Christ will come again soon in the clouds of heaven with his angels, visible to all mankind (Rev. 1:7).  In order to  prepare mankind for this event and to help them to stand in the judgment, God, in His love, is warning mankind with a last message of mercy found in Revelation 14: 6-12.

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 3-

THE TIME OF JUDGMENT-part 1-

BUT THE COURT SHALL BE SEATED…” (Dan.7:26) Daniel “watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated…thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.  The court was seated, and the books were opened” (Dan.7:9-10). Thus was presented to the prophet’s vision the great and solemn day when the characters and lives of every individual should pass in review before the Judge of all the earth.

It says, “the books were opened”. The prophet John explains further: “And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Rev.20:12). The books of record in heaven, in which the names (Luke 10:20) and the deeds (Matthew 12:36-37) of men are registered, are to determine the decision of the judgment.  All secret purposes and motives appear in the unerring register, for God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will “reveal the counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5). And He “will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). Christ begins the investigation with those who first lived upon the earth.  Then the cases of each successive generation come into review, and He closes with the judgment of the living.  Every name will be mentioned, every case closely investigated.  Names will be accepted, names rejected.  The law of God is standard by which the characters and the lives of men will be tested in the judgment.  The Bible declares: “So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law (the Ten Commandments-Exodus 20:3-17) of liberty” (James 2:12).

The Lord declares: “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book” (Exodus 32:33). All who truly repented of sin (Proverbs 28:13) and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice (Acts 16:30-31) have had pardon entered against their names in the books of heaven.  Since they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ (1 John 2:29) and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out and they will be accounted worthy of eternal life.  The Lord declares by the prophet IsaiahI, even I, am He who blots out you transgressions for Mine own sake; and I will not remember your sins. “(Isaiah 43:25).  Such will take part in the resurrection of the just, because, scripture says clearly: “And come forth –those who have done good, to the resurrection of life…” (John 5:29; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-16). Jesus declared through the prophet John: He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Rev. 3:5). This intercession of Christ for man before the throne of his Father in heaven (Hebrew 8:1) is a essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross ( Hebrew 9:24).

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 2-

A UNIQUE WORLD POWER

THE PROPHET then saw another power rising in Europe: “I was considering the horns, and there was another little horn coming up among them” (Dan.7:8). This power has the following identification Marks:

1.     IT COMES UP AMONG THE 10 HORNS (Dan.7:8).  The papacy (508 AD) was that “little horn”, which came up among the 10 Germanic tribes.

2.     IT UPROOTS THREE HORNOS (Dan.7:8). The Heruli, the Vandals and the Ostrogoths resisted the power of this “little horn” and were “plucked out by the roots”- in other words, completely destroyed.

3.     IT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE PREVIOUS HORNS (Dan.7:24). The papacy was different. It consisted of a union between Church and State, were the Church was the dominating power.

4.     IT IS STRONGER THAN THE OTHER HORNS (Dan. 7:20). In fact, the papacy grew to a world power within a very short time. During “The Dark Ages”, people were forced to accept the Catholic faith (Crusades). Over centuries, even kings and emperors of Europe were forced to humbly submit to the decisions of the papacy.

5.     IT IS PRESUMPTUOUS AND SPEAKS BLASPHEMY (Dan.7:25). “He shall even rise against the Prince of princes” (Dan. 8:25) He is “ the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits  as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God”  (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). All three scriptures describe the same power that claims to be Christian, yet possesses an antichristian mind.  The following quote shows in truth to what degree the papacy blasphemes God: “On this earth we are holding the place of Almighty God” (Encyc. Pope Leo XII, 6-20-1894). To address the pope as “Holy Father” is blasphemy. Jesus himself warns in Matthew 23:9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven”. Despite those clear words in the Bible many popes have through the centuries claimed infallibility, which God alone possesses. (Rev.15:4), and even the claimed ability to forgive sins, which belongs to God only (Luke 5:21).

6.     IT PERSECUTES THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH (Dan.7:25). The Crusades, the proceedings against the heretics, the torture-chambers of the Inquisition, and the burning of the heretics are a known and dark chapter of the papacy.  The historian W.H. Lecky writes: “That the church of Rome shed more innocent blood than any other institution, which ever existed on this earth, will be questioned by no one that has an adequate knowledge of history…It is impossible to arrive at an accurate account of her victims (approximately 50 Million), and it is certain that no imagination is capable of comprehending their suffering.” (Rationalism in Europe, Vol. 2, page 32).

7.     IT INTENDS TO CHANGE TIMES AND LAW (Dan.7:25). It removed the “second commandment” from the Catholic catechism.  The second commandment prohibits the worship of images. The fourth commandment of God, which commands us to keep holy the Biblical Sabbath (Saturday), was changed to (Sun/day) Sunday-keeping, a practice that originated in the pagan Sun worship.  Instead of the seventh day Sabbath according to God’s fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11; Isaiah 56:2-7), Sunday was introduced, which is an Unbiblical rest day. God has never commanded the first day to be used as the day of worship and neither Jesus nor the apostles kept Sunday (Luke 4:16; Matt.24:20; Acts 13:42-44).

8.     IT REIGNS A TIME AND TIMES AND HALF A TIME (Dan. 7:25). In the biblical measurement of time, the word “time” represent one year of 360 days.  Accordingly, we find that 3 ½ = 3 ½ years =1260 days. A prophetic day stands for a literal year (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34). Therefore, the “little horn” will rule for 1260 years.  This time period began with the decree of Justinian (the church or Rome was given the ecclesiastical power by the state) and also with the final destruction of the East Gothic Empire in the year of 538 AD.  It ended in 1798 with the capture of Pope Pius VI and the declaration of Rome to be a republic by the French military y under Napoleon.

 

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