Mystery Babylon – Identified
The following is Chapter 26 of our larger work, Against the Coming Darkness, which is our attempt to give a comprehensive, non-denominational understanding of exactly what the Bible says is facing all of us in the very near future, and what the Creator and His Son will require of those who seek to attain the promised prize of immortality for the faithful. This article focuses on the Biblical identity of “Mystery Babylon”, the various Satanic deceptions involved, and how to recognize them. We pray that it will be a blessing for you.
Shalom aleichem! (Peace be to you!)
Robert & Suzanne Hamrick
The Talmud . . .
The Talmud (what the Jews call the “oral law” or “oral Torah”) is one of several mystical (outside of the Bible) verbal “traditions” of rabbinic Judaism. According to those who still practice it, it has gone through many stages of “revelation”, even preceding the time of the giving of the written Torah to Moses. For Christians, all such “revelation” should be considered essentially Satanic, by definition.
We know that Torah and many of the canonical books of the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”) are from God, as previously detailed, because they carry God’s signature in the form of the ELS codes (Equidistant Letter Sequences) embedded in the text. No part of the Talmud (or any other “sacred book” of any other religion) contains such codes. Much of the Talmud was directly influenced by pagan religions derived from what the Bible calls “Mystery Babylon”. One version is not called the Babylonian Talmud for nothing. This is Satan’s continuing worldwide spiritual (invisible/ “mystery”) kingdom on the earth since the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. It is prophesied to persist until it is destroyed by our Lord Yeshua at his Glorious Appearing, at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation.
The scriptures – as well as extra-Biblical historical evidence – indicate that Chaldea/Babylon was the point of origin for all pagan religions. After the flood, Nimrod was king of Babylon, and it was he who decided to build the Tower of Babel, as a monument to himself.
And YHVH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men were building. And YHVH said, “Behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be impossible for them, which they have imagined to do. I will go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech”. So YHVH scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because YHVH did there confound the language of all the earth: and from there did YHVH scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11: 5-9)
Although this is not mentioned in the Bible, many historians believe that Shem, the son of Noah, killed Nimrod because of his idolatrous religion. But Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, soon gave birth to a son, Tammuz, whom she claimed was Nimrod “reincarnated”, and this new “deity” served to revive the pagan practices. Amazingly, rabbinic Judaism STILL USES “Tammuz” – described by the God of the Hebrew Tanakh as an “abomination” (Ezekiel 8:14-15) – as the name of one of the months of their civil calendar! TODAY!!!
Babylonian “mystery” religions, so-called because they involve the learning of hidden (occult) knowledge from “adepts” or “learned masters”, are pantheistic, which is the belief that various manifestations of the universe (light, dark, heat, cold, etc.), material entities (sun, moon, stars, etc.) are all aspects of individual gods, and that there is an hierarchy of gods, with some being more powerful than others.
Bel (or Baal) — the main god of Babylon — was represented by an equilateral triangle, or as a single body with three heads. This is perhaps the most ancient depiction of a “trinity”, pre-dating the equally-pagan Roman Catholic version by thousands of years.
Mystery Babylon in our midst today . . .
As a result of the confusion of their languages, many people moved away from Babylon in groups according to their particular new shared language, but continued to worship the stars and practice all the other pagan rituals of their religion. Some also continued to build pyramids reminiscent of the Tower of Babel as part of this mystery religion. Today, we can still find remnants of these “ziggurats” throughout the world (e.g., Iraq, South America, Central America, Egypt, Burma).
Babel was the point of origin of the system of pagan idolatry that swept the entire world. The Bible says of her, “Babylon… the nations drank her wine; Therefore the nations are deranged” (Jeremiah 51:7). The ancient Greek historian Herodotus witnessed the various manifestations of the primeval Mystery religion and its rites in numerous countries and deduced that Babylon was the source from which all such systems of idolatry flowed.
Practically every vile, profane and idolatrous practice imaginable originated at Babel with Queen Semiramis (the first “Mother Goddess”) and Nimrod. As the people scattered from Babel with their different languages, they, of course, used different names for Nimrod/Tammuz and Semiramis. Some called the Mother Goddess “Ishtar”. In other lands, she was called Astarte, Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth, Eostre, Ostera, and Eastre, from which in “modern Christianity” we have “Easter SUNday”!
Other names for Semiramis, the “Mother Goddess” include, “Wife of Baal” and “Queen of Heaven”, even as the Roman Catholic church — not coincidentally — has titled their own pagan female “deity”, “the Virgin Mary”. The Mother goddess was frequently worshipped as the goddess of fertility and as a sort of Earth Mother, goddess of Spring, sexual love and birth, etc.
She was also worshipped as a mediator between the gods and man (again, not unlike the Roman Catholic church’s “Queen of Heaven”, the Virgin Mary). Sexual orgies and temple prostitutes were often used in her worship and in attempting to gain her favor. And, for the information of any Roman Catholics who may be reading this, the God of the Bible describes “the queen of heaven” as an abomination to Him, and the worship of her as something which He will surely punish! (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-19; 25) But we know from the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) that “there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Messiah Yeshua” (1 Timothy 2:5).
The Easter Egg . . .
The Easter egg originated as a symbolic part of a Babylonian creation myth. They believed that an egg of wondrous size fell from heaven into the Euphrates River. From this marvelous egg — according to the myth — the “goddess” Astarte (Easter/Semiramis), was hatched. And so the egg came to symbolize the “goddess” Easter. The idea of a “mystic egg” spread from Babylon to many parts of the world. Similar mystic eggs preceded processions in honor of the “Mother Goddess” of Rome, were part of the sacred ceremonies of the Mysteries of Bacchus [Dionysus], and were used by the Druids at Stonehenge as their sacred emblem. In Northern Europe, China and Japan the eggs were colored for their sacred festivals. In the Greek Orthodox “Easter” rite, the eggs are all dyed red, although none of them seems to know why. The actual reason is that the practice devolved from the earlier pagan sacrificial killing of newborn infants, and the “Easter eggs” being dipped in their blood as a memorial of Tammuz!
The Easter Rabbit . . .
The rabbit is a universal symbol of sexuality and fertility. In various parts of the world, religions which developed from Babel also associate the rabbit with periodicity, both human and lunar (Egypt, China, etc.), and the Mother Goddess Semiramis (Easter) is also associated with the moon. In other words, our cute, cuddly little Easter bunny originally symbolized the pagan “Mother Goddess” of Babylon.
“Easter” is simply one of the names of the ultimate pagan goddess — a woman who mightily deceived the world and whose religion has caused untold suffering and misery. “Easter” is clearly an enemy of the one true God and of His people, and her son Tammuz was an anti-Messiah, a false messiah that ultimately deceived millions. God makes clear to the prophet Ezekiel that He considered the worship of this false deity to be an abomination:
He said also unto me, “Turn yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do.” Then he brought me to the door of the gate of YHVH’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:13-14)
It is not difficult to discern the bizarre deceptions and confusion that Satan has successfully orchestrated. For example, notice the irony in these seemingly innocent traditions:
On the day commemorating Messiah’s resurrection, Americans roll decorated eggs on the White House lawn and pretend that the Easter rabbit hid them. The same ritual is ignorantly practiced at many so-called “Christian” churches to this day.
In Lancastershire [England] on Easter eve boys and men tour the towns and villages as “Pace-eggers” begging for eggs before performing the “Pace-Egging” or Paasch (i.e., Easter) play. In Greece each person in a group bangs his red easter egg against the eggs of all the others present in turn, saying “Messiah is risen”, and receives the reply “He is risen indeed”. As mentioned, the red color originated in the pagan practice of dipping eggs in the blood of newborn children killed for that purpose, which were then “offered up” to the particular pagan deity, whether Tammuz, Molech, Chemosh, or whatever.
For centuries Satan has surely watched all this with malevolent delight, as he has tricked millions or preacher-trusting people into worshipping idols and other created things, instead of the true Creator. Down through the millennia, humankind has been easily seduced into participating in every type of perversion. The seductive symbols of the pagan Mystery Babylon religion that Satan inspired have been incorporated into people’s everyday lives, even to this day — continuing to obscure the truth of God on this spiritually dark planet. “All we like sheep have gone astray.” (Isaiah 53:6)
Would it not have been a better witness to the world if the Roman Catholic church had never even attempted to “Christianize” pagan celebrations — especially adopting the pagan name “Easter” (Ishtar/Semiramis) supposedly in remembrance of Messiah? At the very least, the true meaning of the anniversary of the resurrection of Yeshua Messiah has been obscured by painted eggs and bunnies, and our attention is diverted from spiritual truth and toward materialism (symbolic products, clothing, symbolic candies, and food). Stores merchandise the name of the Queen of Mystery Babylon, “Easter”, and sell mountains of instant-garbage merchandise that has nothing to do with Messiah’s suffering, death, and resurrection.
Yet we naïvely continue to use symbols and practices that unknowingly perpetuate ancient anti-Christ traditions — symbolic customs followed by the same religious cults that have been the inspiration in the past for the destruction of great numbers of Christians and Jews, and will again.
The Spread of Mystery Babylon . . .
While the confusion of the language of the builders of the Tower of Babel served to halt its construction, the Babylonian mystery religions themselves continued to spread. Only the names changed from kingdom to kingdom. By the time of Moses, the pagan religions of Babylon had spread over the whole earth. But in the midst of this paganism, there was still a small group of nomadic herdsmen who remained true to the Creator God, and worshipped him only. These were the descendants of Abraham: Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, who clung tenaciously to their God-given faith.
The children of Israel, being enslaved by wicked rulers in Egypt during their sojourn there, began to cry out to God for deliverance. When it was time for their deliverance, God sent Moses to deliver them out of the hand of Pharaoh. After their deliverance, God established a new covenant with Israel. The centerpiece of this new covenant was Torah, which actually means “teaching” or “instruction”, but which is “translated” in almost all English-language Bibles as “the Law”! The basics of Torah were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai as the Ten Commandments. But, contrary to what most “Christians” believe today, those who expect to gain the prize of everlasting life in the coming Kingdom of God/heaven are required to keep ALL of the commandments of God and of His Messiah, our Lord Yeshua, and in His unchanging Torah, ignorance of the Law of God is no excuse.
Now if a person sins and does any of the things which YHVH has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment. Leviticus 5:17
Couple that with one of the very last verses in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”), Malachi 3:6:
“I am YHVH. I change not.”
The first and foremost of those commandments was, “Hear, O Israel, YHVH our God, YHVH is One”, and, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” The Creator God intended that, as a result of this covenant, there would always be a repository of His truth and light in the midst of a world of Satanic corruption, wickedness and idolatry. It took only one day, once God had ordained it, for Moses to get the children of Israel out of Egypt. Unfortunately, even after forty more years of wandering in the desert, He never did succeed in getting “Egypt” out of “the children of Israel”, or us. Nor has He yet.
The straight-line distance from their starting point to where they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan has been estimated to be no more than a sixteen-day trip. But because of their rebellious attitude and resistance to His words, God kept them wandering in the wilderness for fully forty years, until the entire generation of rebelliousness had died off. Can we learn from this? We had better.
And the apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) confirms this in 1 Corinthians 10:11:
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the end of the age has come.
The Satanic corruption of Mystery Babylon had spread to Canaan, whose chief god was Baal (“lord”, or “master”), from which we get Baalzebub or Beelzebub (“lord of the flies”), which is another name for Satan. Another was Moloch, whom they believed to be a manifestation of Tammuz or Nimrod, to which they offered their children to be burned alive as sacrifices. These “offerings” continue today, by the tens of millions in the USA alone, in the form of abortion, which is murder of the innocents. And anyone who prays for God to bless the USA as long as this continues is truly self-deluded.
The Canaanite kingdoms of the Midianites and Ammonites also had their roots in these pagan religions, and it was for this reason that God instructed the children of Israel to destroy them utterly, men, women, children, cattle and possessions, so that they could not corrupt the children of Israel with their false gods. It must be noted that ALL of these named tribes were intermingled with the seed of the Nephilim, the result of fallen angels impregnating human females, as recorded throughout the Bible. [http://tinyurl.com/SatansPreAdamicKingdom ] It was for this reason that the perfectly just God could destroy them utterly, children included. They were genetically evil, with no possibility of redemption.
But the Canaanite tribes resisted annihilation, the Israelite tribes grew weary of fighting and settled down to farming. And despite God’s prohibitions, eventually they even began to intermarry with the Canaanite tribes, and soon were engaging in their idolatries. This willingness to forsake a relationship with Him, the one true God, is what He calls spiritual “harlotry” or “whoredom”, and His infinite justice cannot let it go unpunished. The entire history of ancient Israel is a recurring story of deliverance, blessing, complacency, idolatry, bondage, oppression, repentance, and seeking God,
. . . then the cycle begins anew. They never did get the message permanently. Will we?
From the book of 1 Samuel in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”), through the books of the Chronicles, we see a picture of Israel as a people mixing with other nations, adopting occult religious practices and idolatry as they believed to be advantageous to themselves, as each successive king sought to strengthen his position by making treaties and alliances with neighboring pagan kingdoms. It is not until King David comes along that we see an Israeli king with a true hunger to know the one true God.
But immediately after David, we see his son, Solomon, supposedly “the wisest man who ever lived”, marrying pagan woman after pagan woman, despite the fact that even his counselors advised against it. This one of the many fatal attractions of Mystery Babylon: the belief that “a little won’t hurt”, or that “God doesn’t care about that.”
But this was merely the beginning of the spread of the poisonous influence of Mystery Babylon throughout the nation of Israel, exactly as God had warned. The ultimate manifestation of this corruption occurred during the time of the Prophets, for it was from the lips of these anointed, uncompromising men of God that the secular and religious leaders of Israel were exposed for what they really were. This is why the Pharisees, the “religious” leaders, killed God’s prophets whenever they interfered. The Pharisees weren’t merely “ultra-religious” — they were idolaters!
Israel had been founded to be a nation of priests, set apart and separated unto God for his purposes. But the people were unwilling to settle for a personal relationship with the living God, and offered themselves to false gods to secure for themselves what they considered to be the “advantages”. But God was not deceived.
“Therefore pray not for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to Me: for I will not hear you. Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. Do they provoke Me to anger? says YHVH: Do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?”
Therefore thus says YHVH Elohim; “Behold, My anger and My fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.” (Jeremiah 7:16-20)
The religious leaders — the Pharisees — even went so far as to pretend to be offering sacrifices according to Hebraic customs, when they were in reality worshipping the gods of Babylon. This passage immediately follows the previous reference to Tammuz:
“…turn yet again, and you shall see greater abominations than these.” And He brought me into the inner court of YHVH’s house, and, behold, at the door of the Temple of YHVH, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs toward the temple of YHVH, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Then He said unto me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger… Therefore will I also deal in fury. My eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity. And though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” (Ezekiel 8:15-18)
Gradually the children of Israel were led farther and farther away, until they were completely and voluntarily enslaved to pagan religions, as described in 2 Kings 17:24, Judges 2:13, and Numbers 22:41. It was precisely because of this gross idolatry — their spiritual whoredoms — that God caused Israel/Ephraim to be carried away into exile and to cease to exist as a nation.
And despite the existance of a secular nation today called “Israel”, that scattering (what Jews call “the Diaspora”) is actually prophesied by God to last until He regathers them in the Millennial Kingdom of our Lord Yeshua. Which is why the sect called Karaites and many orthodox Jews [ http://www.truetorahjews.org/] all reject today’s Zionist nation called “Israel”. This “Israel’s” end-times fate (“the time of Jacob’s trouble”) is described quite clearly in Isaiah 28, and it is horrific.
In Ekekiel, Chapter 8, God revealed to the prophet the abominations that the religious leaders and the elders of the nation were committing, while professing to be faithful to God. They were supposed to be going through the ritualistic cleansing rites of Torah, but in verses 10-12, God revealed seventy elders in a dark room, burning incense and worshipping images of unclean animals and idols of every kind.
This is Mystery Babylon, the hand of Satan, pure and simple, and it was being practiced in the Temple, in the very house of YHVH! This is the reason that Israel went into captivity at the hands of Babylon: God said, “You want to prostitute yourselves to Satan? Be it done unto you as you have chosen.” Amen!
By the time of our Lord Yeshua Messiah, the rabbinic Jewish hierarchy of Israel was a sham. For four hundred years there had been no God-anointed prophet in Israel. Not since Malachi had there been a single voice to cry out against the sin and decadence of the people as a whole. The Pharisees had taken the Torah (Law) dictated word-for-word by the Creator to Moses and replaced it with their own “oral traditions”, and pagan ones at that!
The Pharisees, the largest Hebrew sect of the day, had effectively merged the written Mosaic Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings (the Tanakh, “Old Testament”) with Kabbalah, the pseudo-mystical gobbledygook of “the sages” (self-appointed “rabbis”) who had come out of the Babylonian captivity. It was these oral “traditions of men”, despised by both Father YHVH (Isaiah 29:13) and by our Lord Yeshua alike (Mark 7:7) which form the Talmud, “the life’s blood of the Jewish people” (Herman Wouk – Jewish author).
“The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart’s blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs or ceremonies we observe – whether we are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalists – we follow the TALMUD. It is our common law.” – Herman Wouk, Jewish Author
The above is an excerpt from the bestseller book, “This Is My God”, by Herman Wouk (author of The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, Marjorie Morningstar, Youngblood Hawke, Please Don’t Stop the Carnival, et al.). The article is entitled The Talmud: Heart’s Blood of the Jewish Faith, which ran serially in the New York Herald-Tribune. We cite this as an indication of how the Talmud is regarded today by the great majority of those who consider themselves “Jews” or “Jewish” today.
Some Definitions . . .
The term “Jew” today generally refers to the followers of the Pharisaic/Talmudic system of religionised law which is based solely upon the traditions of men and upon generations of subjective personal interpretations of God’s Law/Torah by rabbis. These are largely based on the occult teachings of the Babylonian exiles – the Kabbalah – that ultimately has become “Talmudic Judaism”. It is based on a rabbinic invention they call “the oral law”, which they claim was also given to Moses by YHVH Elohim after He dictated the written Torah, but with separate (whispered verbal) instructions to not write it down. [As if.] This so-called “oral law” is distinct from (and in many ways directly contradictory to) the Mosaic Law which was actually dictated by YHVH to Moses in the hearing of the assembled children of Israel at Mt. Sinai. But according to the rabbis no one but Moses allegedly “heard” YHVH give the oral law, and there is no mention of anything like this in the written Torah of Moses. If this is true, how do they know what was said? How?
Please note: Not all Jews today follow the Talmud (“Oral Law”)
to the exclusion of the commandments of God as recorded in
the Tanakh (which is the Torah, the Prophets & the Writings – what
Christianity calls “the Old Testament”), but MOST JEWS DO, especially
that sect of Hasidic Judaism called the Chabad Lubavitchers.
Unfortunately for the non-Jewish world, the Hasidic Jews have their own rabbi-invented “religious law” for Jews, called hatanya, which makes the Islamic sharia law look like kindergarten rules. They also have a completely separate law prepared especially for us goyim (non-Jews), called the Noahide (or Noachide) Laws, which are a purely rabbinic invention (a non-Biblical scheme) designed to seduce unwary non-Jews into abandoning their original religions. Naturally, they will not be able to make the Noachide Laws mandatory without the unwitting assistance of the non-Jewish world, which they are in the process of obtaining, even as you read this, primarily through our ignorance of their intentions. Wherefore this article.
Key to the achievement of their plans is obtaining the support, both financial and political, of the Christian world. This was kicked off in the late 1800’s, with the printing of the Scofield Reference Bible. With its copious pro-Zionist footnotes and running commentary, it was specifically designed by Scofield and his Zionist Jewish backers to persuade Christians to support Zionism. It tied the attainment of some “newly-discovered” (at that time) “Christian” goals concerning the supposed removal of the Church from the earth to heaven during the prophesied seven-year Tribulation (Dispensationalist pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church) with the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, which could not be accomplished unless there was a (nominally) Jewish government in place. Has the plan worked? Read your newspaper!
Gershon Solomon, who was then the leader of The Temple Mount Faithful, was recently asked on TV by a Christian pastor what would be done about Al Aqsa Mosque, “the Dome of the Rock”, which currently occupies the site needed for the rebuilding of the Temple. Mr. Solomon smiled enigmatically and said that it would be sent back to them, and they could put it wherever they wanted. We are not making this up. We saw the interview.
Since the Al Aqsa Mosque is regarded by Muslims around the world as their “third-holiest site”, it would be hard to imagine a more inflammatory public admission, and one which indicates the degree of confidence Mr. Solomon and his followers have in the support of the government of the United States of America and in our continuing willingness to sacrifice our military personnel on the altar of Zionist expediency. And these are Talmudists all, who cannot wait to establish their Noahide Laws on the backs of the same Christians who are helping to establish their New World Order!
Here are a few verbatim quotes from the Talmud,
the “heart’s blood of the Jewish religion”:
1. “It is the law to kill anyone who denies the Torah. The Christians belong to the denying ones of the Torah.” Talmud: Choszen Hamiszpat 425 Hagah 425. 5
2. “Extermination of a Christian is a necessary sacrifice to God.” Talmud: Zohar (II, 43a)
3. “Every Jew, who spills the blood of the godless, (non-Jews) is doing the same as making a sacrifice to God.” Talmud: Bammidber raba c 21 & Jalkut 772
4. “The teachings of the Talmud stand above all other laws. They are more important than the laws of Moses.” -Rabbi Issael, Rabbi Chasbar, et. al.
5. “The decisions of the Talmud are words of the living God. God Himself asks the opinion of the earthly rabbis when there are difficult affairs in heaven.” -Rabbi Menechen Commentary on Fifth Book
6. “God Himself studies the Talmud standing, he has such respect for that book.” -Tract Mechillo
7. “It is more wicked to question the words of the rabbis than those of the Torah.” -Mishna Sanhedryn 11:3
8. “Every non-Jew who studies the Talmud and every Jew who helps him in it, ought to die.” -Sanhedryn, 59a, Aboda Zara 8-6, Szagiga 13
9. “To communicate anything to a non-Jew about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the non-Jew knew what we teach about them they would kill us openly.” -Libbre David 37
10. “If a Jew be called upon to explain any part of the rabbinic books, he ought to give only a false explanation. Who ever will violate this order shall be put to death.” -Libbre David 37
11. “A Jew should and must make a false oath when the non-Jew asks if our books contain anything against them.” -Szaaloth-Utszabot, The Book of Jore 17
12. “The Jews are human beings, but the nations of the world are not human beings but beasts...” -Saba Mecia 114, 6
13. “When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 slaves.” -Simeon Haddarsen, fol. 56-D
14. “God created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.” – -Midrash Talpioth, p. 225-L
The Talmud consists of two parts. The first part is called the Mishneh, which is a concise, written summary of the whole ritual law. In its present form, it was produced about the second century A.D. The second part of the Talmud is called the Gemara, which was completed during the Babylonian captivity, and is the oldest of the commentaries on the oral Law. These together comprise what is commonly meant by “the Talmud” today.
So by the time of Messiah, the dominant spiritual leaders in Jerusalem were using the Talmud — and more specifically the Gemara — as a guideline concerning spiritual issues. These commentaries were made by the Jewish elders in Babylon, influenced by occult Babylonian practices — Kabbalah. Mystery Babylon had become established in the Temple on Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem under the pretense of worshipping the God of Abraham.
When Yeshua Messiah, the physical manifestation of the Word/Plan of God (John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16), arrived on the scene, he confronted Satan’s representatives face to face in a Temple built to honor God! This is why, in his confrontations with the Pharisees, he called them hypocrites, and publicly condemned them for who and what they really were. (John 8:41-47; Matthew 23:29-36; 37-39). Stephen did likewise, (Acts 7:39; 42, 43, 52) exposing their association with Mystery Babylon down through the centuries, and, as with Yeshua, it cost him his mortal life. The Pharisees of Yeshua’s time would tolerate no opposition, and neither do today’s “Pharisees”, regardless of which “Christian” denomination they claim to belong to.
When Yeshua Messiah, the Lamb of God (Isaiah 53:7; Jeremiah 11:19; John 1:29-36; 1 Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:6; 13:8) was crucified and cried out, “It is finished!”, the veil separating the Holy of Holies from the Inner Court of the Temple in Jerusalem was split from top to bottom. This signified that God had sovereignly removed the barrier that had separated His presence from mankind. But because of the Jews’ rejection of Yeshua as the Messiah, the Promised One, he prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the desolation of Israel. (Matthew 24:1-8; Mark 13: 1-10; Luke 21: 5-22)
This brought an end to formal Jewish temple worship and Mystery Babylon’s capital in Jerusalem. Most Bible commentators agree that at least two destructions are prophesied, with one — the destruction by the Roman general Titus in 68-70 A.D. — having already happened. But there are yet other destructions foretold: one associated with Armageddon, the final conflict after the Lord Yeshua returns at the Second Coming, and the Gog/Magog War, which happens at the end of the Millennial Reign, just before New Jerusalem comes down to a renewed earth.
When the Roman general Titus destroyed Jerusalem, Mystery Babylon was forced to change its face and shift its power base once again: this time to Rome. The true Church, however, as founded on the Day of Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, has continued to cling to the basic precepts of “the original faith which was once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), exactly as preached by our Lord Yeshua, Kefa (“Peter”), Sha’ul (“Paul”), and the apostles. But as this faith began to spread, it was soon confronted by the new Roman face of Mystery Babylon.
The Great Whore is born . . .
From the earliest days of the Christian Church, until 313 A.D., persecution was part and parcel of everyday Christian life, with times of concerted opposition followed by periods of relative peace. By the time of the Roman emperor Constantine, the true Church of Yeshua Messiah had been carried throughout the known world by the apostles and by those who believed “on their word”. Even under the most intense persecution by the Roman Empire, the new seat of Mystery Babylon, the true Church grew and flourished. Constantine was well aware that the old pagan religions were losing their grip on the people as a basis for governmental authority, and that something had to be done to prevent the dissolution of the entire Roman empire.
Seeking to take full advantage of Christianity’s surge in popularity, Constantine first redefined it with concepts and images from pagan sun-god worship (Mithraism, etc.). He then professed his own personal “conversion” to “the new Roman religion”, declaring himself to be, as he was of all the pagan religions, the spiritual head of it, and issued an edict of tolerance toward such “Christians” as he defined them.
Unfortunately for the true Christians, this was just a clever maneuver to draw them out of hiding, for only those “Christians” who accepted his new paganized version of “Christianity” (“the new Roman religion”), who were actually protected by Rome. True believers were well aware that Constantine was manifesting the spirit of Anti-Christ according to the Scriptures, and continued to be persecuted for adhering to their original apostolic Christian beliefs.
Later, Constantine moved the capital of his empire to Constantinople (today’s Istanbul, Turkey) in the east, and the bishops of his western Roman Catholic system seized their opportunity to take control of the part of the empire he left behind. By the third century A.D., Mystery Babylon (the name of Satan’s spiritual kingdom on the earth) was once again a well-established self-sustaining enterprise, headquartered in Rome. Down through the ages, the Roman Catholic church has gained in power and momentum, suffering only temporary setbacks, even to this day. The queen of all false “Christian” religions is Roman Catholicism and its daughter whores (Revelation 17:5), including the various versions of Orthodox Catholicism, and the so-called “Protestant” denominations.
Let us investigate the origins of today’s Roman Catholic church. From the time of Messiah, until 313 A.D., there was no “Roman Catholic Church”, just Christians, and they were universally persecuted. But the pagan gods were losing their hold over the people of the Roman Empire, and various Roman emperors had tried everything they could think of to regain the public’s belief in the divine authority of emperors.
The problem was that Christianity was obviously taking over, and the Roman emperors were powerless to stop it, despite the persecutions. Then Constantine became emperor of Rome, and decided to “co-opt” the new religion by “adapting” it to the political needs of Rome.
When Constantine supposedly “became a Christian” in 313 A.D., he offered freedom from persecution — as well as official status — to Christians (along with all the existing pagan religions and cults) and to the “Christian” church as he defined it. Since “Christianity” was suddenly an officially-recognized religious body in the empire, Constantine, as emperor, had to be recognized as its head. As such, it was he (the Emperor) who convened the first ecumenical council, at Nicæa in 325 A.D.; he (the Emperor) set its agenda; he (the Emperor) gave the opening speech; and he (the Emperor) presided over it.
Five hundred years later, at the Council of Chalons-sur-Marne, nothing much had changed, and the Emperor Charlemagne (Charles the Great) would do the same things. But Constantine was interested far less in the truths of apostolic Christianity and in his personal salvation than he was in unifying his kingdom. As such, Constantine was unquestionably the first ecumenicist of the modern era, and a true spiritual descendant of Nimrod/King of Babylon.
From the days of Constantine, down to today, the Roman Catholic church has paid lip service to whatever Christian concepts she found useful for the purpose of making merchandise of her followers, but she has always been a goddess-worshipping pagan institution at heart, as we shall see.
What is a “whore”, as far as God is concerned?
For purposes of scriptural study, we may look to the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”) to see what God considers “whorishness”. The nation of Israel was repeatedly accused of “whoredoms” by the prophets, usually associated with their worship of false gods, their willingness to make treaties with the very pagan nations which God had instructed them to destroy, and their willingness to intermarry with these same pagan nations. And why did they do these things? Apparently for no reasons more complicated than a desire to get what they wanted, regardless of the expressed will of God.
In the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”), the Lord Yeshua referred to the Pharisees as “adulterers and adulteresses”, which amounts to the same thing, and apparently for the same reasons — abandonment of their exclusive covenantal relationship with the Holy One of Israel. There is a subtle difference here, however. A “whore” could be single or married, but an adulterer or an adulteress is, by definition, cheating on a marriage partner, their own or the other party’s. That is to say, one of the parties is legally (spiritually) bound to another in a permanent covenant relationship, and they have chosen to unite with others outside of that relationship, against the will of the covenant partner, in this case, the Creator. Not a good idea.
The “whore of Babylon” of Revelation 17, is not accused of being an adulteress however, so it may be argued that, whatever she is, she never had any legitimate relationship to God, at least not as far as God is concerned. What she does is pose as a queen, and act as a queen, and receive riches in exchange for her “favors”, and to make martyrs of the true disciples of Yeshua for her own ends.
[ Note: The authors are both joyously ex-Roman Catholics, attended Catholic grade schools, one of us graduated from a Catholic (Jesuit) high school, etc., and so we have more than an academic familiarity with the beliefs and practices of Roman Catholicism. ]
Who might this be? Who, indeed? What organization, of all the organizations in existence today, best fits the descriptions in Revelation? Hmmmm. Well, whatever else it is, it is exceedingly wealthy, will tell any lie, is economically and politically powerful, worldwide, utterly ruthless, bloodthirsty, tyrannical, and willing to enter into any political arrangement or commit any crime which will further its own worldly interests. There being no other obvious choices, we nominate the Roman Catholic Church, for the following reasons:
A. The wealth of the Roman Catholic Church . . .
The exquisitely sumptuous lifestyles of all of the “Popes” are as diametrically opposed to the simplicity and austerity of the life and message of Yeshua Messiah as it is possible to be, yet they claim to be the “Vicars* of Christ” on earth and to have the divine right to rule over all men, both spiritually and temporally. Yet Yeshua said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36), and said of himself that, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has not a place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)
[*Note: From the Latin word “vicarius”, a “vicar” is one who rules in the place of another. The Greek equivalent is “anti”, which is the actual sense of the Greek references in John to “anti-Christ”: one who seeks to be substituted for and accepted as the real Messiah.]
But the Roman Catholic Church is today the single richest religious organization on earth, and it became that way in every evil manner imaginable: through theft, deception, through the sale of bogus “spiritual favors” and “indulgences”, through plunder, murders, assassinations, confiscation of the property of innocents labeled as “heretics” — which is anyone who refuses to accept the Roman Catholic Church’s paganized brand of pseudo-Christianity — and myriad other techniques devised by the Popes, anti-Popes, non-Popes, un-Popes, and by their henchmen down through the centuries.
B. The lies of the Roman Catholic Church . . .
Among the many provable anti-Christian lies which comprise the foundations of today’s Roman Catholic Church are “apostolic succession” from Peter and “papal infallibility”. In the first case, there is no evidence whatsoever (other than the Roman Catholic Church’s convenient “traditions of men” -Isaiah 29:13; Mark 7:7) that Peter was ever “Bishop” of Rome. In the second place, there is no evidence whatsoever (again, other than the Roman Catholic Church’s convenient “traditions”) that he ever named anyone his successor in any church office at all. In the third place, there is no indication whatsoever (yet again, other than the Roman Catholic Church’s convenient “traditions”) that our Lord Yeshua Messiah, the apostles, or anyone else in the Bible ever intended that there be a “Pope” or anything even vaguely resembling that position. In fact, all available scriptural evidence indicates the exact opposite.
In the early days of the Roman Catholic Church, infallibility was never attributed to the Bishop of Rome, but only to his superior, the Emperor. Pope Leo I (440-461), for example, ascribed to a godless pagan emperor the very infallibility which Pius IX would later persuade the members of Vatican I to declare had always been the exclusive power of the Popes: “By the Holy Spirit’s inspiration the Emperor needs no human instruction and is incapable of doctrinal error.” Believe it, or not.
And the following is from a speech by Eusebius of Cæsaræa, Bishop of Rome, honoring Constantine after he had assumed leadership of the Church:
Let then our emperor . . . be declared alone worthy . . . who alone is free . . . above the thirst of wealth, superior to sexual desire . . . who has gained the victory over those passions which overmaster the rest of men; whose character is formed after the Divine original of the Supreme Sovereign, and whose mind reflects, as in a mirror, the radiance of his virtues. Hence is our emperor perfect in prudence, in goodness, in justice, in courage, in piety, in devotion to God . . .
The fact that this praise was to the secular emperor alone placed him above the Bishop of Rome, who was his servant, his vassal. Peter de Rosa, a Catholic historian, explains:
“Even the Bishop of Rome — not to be called “the Pope” for many centuries in the future — was, in comparison to Constantine, a non-entity. In civic terms, he was a vassal of the emperor; in spiritual terms, he was, compared to Constantine, a second-class bishop . . .
“Not the Pope, but he (Constantine), like Charlemagne later, was the head of the church, its source of unity, before whom the Bishop of Rome had to prostrate himself and pledge his loyalty. All bishops agreed that he (the emperor) was ‘the inspired oracle, the apostle of church wisdom’.
“It was, therefore, Constantine, not the Bishop of Rome, who dictated the time and place of the early church synods and even how the votes were cast. Without his approval, they could not pass into law; he alone was legislator of the empire.”
While heading his “new Roman religion” – “Christianity” – Constantine also continued to head the various pagan priesthoods as well, to officiate at pagan celebrations, and to endow pagan temples. As head of the pagan priesthood, he bore the title of Pontifex Maximus (or, “Chief Bridge-Builder”, referring to his unifying church and state in his person – as did Nimrod before him), and needed a similar title in the Christian church. The rulers of the Christian church at Rome honored him with the title “Bishop of Bishops”, while Constantine called himself “Vicarius Christi”, or “Vicar of Christ”, one who rules in Messiah’s place! Constantine is a clear type of the Anti-Christ who is to come, uniting secular and spiritual authority over all men. Today, not only does Rome’s Pope also call himself Pontifex Maximus, as the Emperor Constantine did, but also Vicarius Christi, and dozens of other self-aggrandizing titles as well.
THUS, THE POPES ARE DESCENDANTS, NOT OF THE
APOSTLE PETER, BUT OF PAGAN ROMAN EMPERORS.
Like their predecessors, they seek absolute secular power above all else, and as such they have consistently and unwaveringly opposed anything which even smelled like freedom of religion, freedom of the press, or freedom of speech, around the world and at all times. For example, Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical Quanta Cura (December 8, 1864), stated:
These false and perverse opinions [of democracy and personal freedom] are so much the more detestable, by as much as they . . . hinder and banish that salutary influence which the Catholic Church, by the institution and command of Her Divine Author, ought freely to exercise, even to the consummation of the world, not only over individual men, but nations, peoples, and sovereigns.
And this same Pope, convener of Vatican I, commenting on the American “experiment”:
We do not accept it, or hold it to be any government at all . . . If the American Republic is to be sustained and preserved, it must [!] be by the rejection of the principle of the Reformation [Protestantism], and the acceptance of the Catholic principle.
However, a recent office-holder, Pope John Paul II, at Miami, Florida, (September 10, 1987), sang a different tune, despite the fact that “Holy Mother Church” never changes:
I come to proclaim…the message of human dignity, with its inalienable human rights…as a pilgrim in the cause of justice and peace…as a friend of the poor…who are seeking…the deepest meaning of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The American form of government, so fulsomely praised by John Paul II, has been universally damned by virtually all previous Popes. Despite the clear testimony of his church’s published comments, he would have us believe that he and his church are “champions of freedom”. Pope John Paul II, the “Vicar of Christ”, is lying to us. But then he knows that Americans are bored stiff by history, and unless the actual history of the Roman Catholic Church were featured on Facebook, Twitter, the Cartoon Channel, Oprah, or The Simpsons, most Americans won’t ever find out the truth about it.
All historical evidence testifies abundantly that the Roman Catholic Church suppresses human freedom whenever and wherever it has the political power to do so. The only thing which makes a difference is power. If they can suppress human freedom, they do. If it is not in their power (at that time), they preach peace and love (until they get the secular power they crave). Then the silken glove is removed to reveal the bloody, jewel-encrusted, stainless steel fist within.
In the Shoes of The Fisherman? . . .
To this day the Roman Catholic Church continues to insist — against all of history, logic, and common sense — that there is an “unbroken line” of apostolic succession going back from today’s Pope all the way to Peter. We ask how this is possible, when there have been as many as three different men claiming to be “The” Pope at the same time, which condition persisted for a number of years, after which yet another person who was “none of the above” was installed as the “real” Pope? Huh?
How is it possible for a “Pope” who was later declared by the Roman Catholic Church to be a heretic to be a part of the “unbroken line”? A heretic is, by definition, not even a member of the Roman Catholic Church, much less its head. So, a heretic, though occupying the office of Pope, could not possibly provide a channel of “apostolic succession” to a successor. Yet the list of Popes contains numerous heretical Popes who were denounced as such by Roman Catholic councils and by other Popes. Similarly, today’s “Saint” Joan of Arc, “canonized” (raised to sainthood) by Pope Pius X in 1908, was originally burned at the stake as a witch by a tribunal of the Inquisition in 1431. So ALL of the Popes, and the “good Catholics” they ruled, regarded Joan of Arc as a witch for those 477 years!
As far as “papal infallibility” is concerned, this concept was virtually unknown until about 1,200 years after the time of the “New Testament”. Peter Olivi, a Franciscan priest, made one of the earliest attempts to establish papal infallibility. Pope Nicholas III (1277-80) had favored the Franciscans by declaring that “communal renunciation of property is a possible way of salvation.” Intending to make the Pope’s decision in favor of himself and his order unassailable, Olivi proposed that all such papal announcements were infallible.
In other words, a Pope could live the most wicked life, fathering multiple illegitimate children, murdering his rivals, plundering cities and massacring their inhabitants (as many Popes did), and denying Messiah from moment to moment with their daily lives, yet when they sit on the papal “throne of St. Peter”, they are supposedly speaking “ex cathedra” (officially). This means that all such pronouncements to the church on the subject of faith and morals are “infallible” since the Pope would supposedly be under the guidance of “the Holy Spirit”. This conveniently ignores the entire message of the Bible, e.g.:
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that behaves righteously is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that commits sin [habitually] is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifest, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not [habitually] commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot sin [habitually], because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not behave righteously is not of God, neither is he that does not love his brother. (1 John 3:7-10)
Sounds pretty cut-and-dried, doesn’t it? No matter. This “radical” Franciscan concept of poverty as a lifestyle for clerics was soon denounced by another Pope (John XXII, 1316-34), who hated the Franciscans for taking vows which so blatantly condemned his own lavish lifestyle. To try to justify contradicting another Pope, John issued his papal “bull” (these are so aptly-named!) Qui quorundam (1324), a dogmatic assertion of doctrine made to the whole church and thus “infallible” by today’s rules.
In it, he reviled the doctrine of papal infallibility as “the work of the devil.” John XXII is often offered as an example of the ultimate papal heretic, yet he nevertheless continued in the “infallible” papacy for 18 years, and his name remains on the Vatican’s list of “apostolic successors” to Peter. Go figure.
His predecessor, Clement V, had given away all of the church’s available wealth to his relatives, leaving an empty papal treasury, no small accomplishment in itself. To correct this condition, John XXII sold everything he could think of for a price, from absolution for individual sins to everlasting salvation.
He published a list of crimes and gross sins for which he, as “Vicar of Christ”, would absolve anyone who paid enough. The list left little out, from murder and piracy to incest, adultery, and sodomy. The wealthier one was, the more one could sin. The more Catholics sinned, the richer the Roman Catholic Church became. And so today. Ever wonder how the Mafia got started? Selling “protection”!!!
A corollary doctrine promulgated by John XXII sounds eerily familiar today — that “Jesus” and his disciples were “actually” quite wealthy, and thus, so should we be. So, here comes some more papal bullery, this one entitled, Cum inter nonullos (1323). To deny this dogma was now itself a heresy punishable by death. Pope John XXII demanded that secular rulers burn at the stake all those Franciscans who had taken vows of poverty, and during his reign, he handed over 144 of them to the Inquisition. All 144 were burned to death at the order of this “Vicar of Christ”, for merely daring to suggest that clergy should live as Messiah lived. Despite the “infallibility” of this proclamation, it has since been repudiated by other, equally “infallible”, Popes.
This Pope is the same John XXII, by the way, still regarded as an exceptionally holy man by millions of Catholics. This is the same John XXII who was “favored” (according to the Roman Catholic Church to this day) above all other Popes by “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” with one of her rare and coveted personal appearances.
No one but this Pope saw the vision, of course, but he swore (!!!) that the “Virgin Mary” appeared to him personally to present the “Great Sabbatine Promise”: that she would personally (WOW!) go into “Purgatory” the Saturday after their deaths and personally take to “heaven” all those who — having met certain other conditions — died wearing her brown scapular medal.
In reliance upon this special “Sabbatine (Saturday) Privilege”, countless millions of Catholics (the authors included, while still Catholics in grade school – NOT SINCE!) have worn and still wear today the brown scapular medal of “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” as their (imagined) special pre-punched First-Class ticket to “heaven”.
But, this same Pope John XXII was himself eventually denounced as a heretic by Emperor Louis of Bavaria, who deposed him and appointed another “Pope” in his place, as was his right, at the time. But the emperor’s shiny new Pope turned into another embarrassment when his wife unexpectedly showed up! “Holy Mother Church” can tolerate many sins in its clerics, but the sin of matrimony is beyond the pale.
The emperor quickly recanted his deposition of John XXII, and reinstated him as Pope. But, once back on the papal throne, John XXII soon resumed his outrageous heretical pronouncements, and was only spared from being removed from the papacy yet once more by his timely death. How convenient.
In 896 Pope Stephan VII (896-7) had the corpse of the previous Pope, Formosus, exhumed (dug up) from its grave eight months after burial. Re-dressed in his papal vestments and propped on a throne, the corpse was “tried” by an ecclesiastical court and found guilty of having crowned as emperor one of Charlemagne’s many bastard children. We are not making this up, either. So? What was the point? This seems to have been the rule, rather than the exception, for the “one true church.”
In fact, in the entire history of the papacy, almost as many Popes were bastards as were born in wedlock, and several were illegitimate children of other Popes. They were thus illegitimate claimants to the alleged throne of Peter and therefore hardly capable of passing apostolic authority to their successors. Except that the “infallible” Roman Catholic Church says they are.
Thus condemned by Stephan VII, the former Pope Formosus’ cadaver was stripped, the three fingers on his right hand severed (those used for giving “blessings”), and the rest of the body thrown to the mob in the streets below (which presumably tore it to shreds and “repackaged” it as “holy relics” to be peddled to Formosus’ relatives!). Pope Stephan VII then summarily declared (“infallibly”) all of Pope Formosus’ (infallible) ordinations invalid. Theoretically, this should still be haunting the Roman Catholic clergy to this day, because Formosus had ordained many priests and bishops, who did the same themselves in turn.
Thus an open question remains concerning which priests, bishops, etc., down to the present time may be descended from those ordained by Formosus, and are therefore illegitimate and invalid. (But, somehow, we don’t believe that many Catholic priests are losing any sleep over this.) Nevertheless, Formosus remains on the official list of “Vicars of Christ.”
Pope Sergius III agreed with Stephan VII in pronouncing all ordinations by heretical Popes invalid. This is a rare breath of fresh air in the rotten atmosphere of the Vatican, and is only logical in view of the automatic excommunication which we have already noted accompanies heresy. In yet another papal “bull”, Cum ex Apostolatus Officio, Pope Paul IV declared, “by the plenitude of papal power”, that all of the acts of heretical Popes were null and void.
That “infallible” declaration — by itself — should have left the concept of “apostolic succession” in richly deserved flames. But the Roman Catholic Church, whose dedication to “papal infallibility” supersedes all human logic, and even the Law itself, fails to notice these quibbling details.
Other examples abound. Pope Agapetus (535-6) burned the anathema which Pope Boniface II (530-2) had solemnly issued against Pope Dioscorus (530). Dioscorus is shown as an antiPope, but Agapetus, who sided with him, is shown as a true Pope. Are we there yet?
Pope Adrian II (867-72) said civil marriages were valid, but Pope Pius VII (1800-23) declared them invalid. Both are shown as legitimate Popes. Nicholas V (1447-55) voided all of Eugenius IV’s (1431-47) “documents, processes, decrees, and censures against the Council . . . to be regarded as never having existed,” yet both remain on the official list of Popes today. On July 21, 1773, Pope Clement XIV issued a decree suppressing the Jesuits, only to have it reversed by a decree restoring them, issued by Pope Pius VII on August 7, 1814.
As we have seen, Pope Eugenius IV was responsible for Joan of Arc (1412-31) being burned at the stake as a witch and a heretic, but she was “beatified” by Pope Pius X (1903-14) and then raised to “sainthood” by Pope Benedict XV (1914-22) in 1920. Today, inside the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, one of the most popular images is that of “Saint” Joan of Arc, France’s “national heroine”. How could one “infallible Pope” sanctify another “infallible Pope’s” witch and heretic? Yet Eugenius IV remains on the official list of “infallible successors to Peter.”
In fact, many Popes themselves denied the principle of papal infallibility, among them Vigilius (537-55), Clement IV (1265-8), Gregory XI (1370-8), Adrian VI (1522-3), Paul IV (1555-9), and even Innocent III (1198-1216), one of the bloodiest tyrants in all of recorded history. We could go on, but this thumbnail sketch should suffice to show that the Roman Catholic Church has no claim whatsoever to any kind of legitimate spiritual authority, and especially any which would derive from a GENUINE relationship with the Lord Yeshua Messiah or the Creator.
C. The Murderous Soul of the Roman Catholic Church . . .
It is another simple fact of history that most of the Popes were as contemptuous of human life as they were of the Bible and human freedoms. Pope Gregory IX (1227-41) declared it the duty of every Catholic “to persecute heretics.” [Note: Not “prosecute”, but “persecute”!] Whenever it has life-and-death power over the population, to the Roman Catholic Church, a “heretic” is anyone who does not give complete, unquestioning obedience and allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church. When it does not have life-and-death power over the population, it praises the heretics’ “rich religious heritage” and “shared beliefs”. At least it does so until it once again gets the life-and-death power it always seeks.
Such persons were to be subjected to torture (to get them to give up the names of others similary inclined); to being imprisoned (until they could be of no further use to the church); then killed in as painful, humiliating, and public a manner as possible (to serve as a lesson to others); and to have their property confiscated by the church (the icing on the cake). Disloyalty to the Pope was the same as treason, punishable by death, so closely were the church and the state allied.
“Of eighty Popes in a row, from the thirteenth century on,” writes Peter de Rosa, “not one of them disapproved of the theology or the apparatus of the various Inquisitions. On the contrary, one after another added his own cruel touches to the workings of the deadly machine.” And all of this evil was done in the name of “Jesus Christ”.
It is vitally important that every Christian fully understands that the Roman Catholic Church, underneath the appearances, the bogus “holiness”, the self-serving P.R. and spin, DOES NOT CHANGE. The only things that change are her tactics, and they are all designed to deceive the unwary.
I’m not going to hell, because I think I’m NICE! . . .
According to the Bible, no one is going to “hell”, because “hell” is defined as a place of everlasting, conscious physical torment, and no such punishment awaits the unrighteous anywhere in the Bible. What does await them is annihilation (ceasing to exist) in the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennial (1,000-year) Reign of Yeshua HaMashiach in Jerusalem!
Our Lord Yeshua testifies (Matthew 7:21-23) that the Lake of Fire will be well-supplied with sincere people, untold numbers of them, because they were SINCERELY WRONG about their status with the Father and with him! Everyone — no matter who — who chooses to go on believing a lie, no matter how good it makes them feel, will end up there. And that includes Popes, Mother Teresa, Catholic “saints”, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Paul and Jan Crouch, and anyone else who believes that their counter-commandment (antinomian) doctrines don’t matter to God.
And in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) “LAWLESSNESS” always and everywhere means “NOT KEEPING ANY OF THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD OR MESSIAH.” And it is a simple matter to PROVE THIS FROM SCRIPTURE, as we have done below.
Lev 5:17 “If anyone sins and does what is forbidden by ANY of YHVH’s commands, even though they do not know it, still they are guilty and will be held responsible.”
Deu 28:15 “But it shall come about, if you do not obey YHVH your God, to observe to do ALL His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:”
Mal 3:6 “I, YHVH, do not change.”
Isa 42:8 I am YHVH: that is My name: and My glory will I not share with another, nor My praise with graven images.
Joh 10:30 “I and the Father are one.” (In total agreement, united in plan and purpose, NOT part of a “trinity” or a “binity, or a “God-family”.)
Joh 14:15 “IF you love me, keep my (Yeshua’s) commandments.” [Which are the same as “every word which comes from God” (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4), which are all written down for us in the Hebrew scriptures, the Tanakh, or “Old Testament”.
1Jn 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Joh 14:21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who merely calls me Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 On that day many (Greek: polus – the great majority) will cry out to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’
Mat 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawTorahlessness.’
The Catholic and other “Christian” churches are full of warm, lovely, intelligent, caring, and worthwhile human beings. They faithfully do whatever they are told to do by their denominations, believing that “Holy Mother Church” (Catholics), or whatever, is “the only way to heaven”. Unfortunately for them, there are two major things wrong about this belief:
1.) No one is going to “heaven”, because “heaven” is nowhere in the Bible described as the reward of the righteous. That distinction belongs to New Jerusalem, on the earth, at the end of the Millennial Reign of Yeshua HaMashiach, from Jerusalem!
2) No unrighteous person’s sincerity counts for anything, as Yeshua warns in Matthew 7:21-24:
“Those who merely claim to be my followers (“who call me Lord”) will not enter the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the will of my Father Who is in heaven. (i.e., those who OBEY ALL of His commandments!)
“On that day many (Greek: polus –the great majority) will cry out to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’
“And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness (you who do not do what the written Torah requires!).’
And the apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) says the same thing, in Romans 2:13 and elsewhere . . .
“for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.”
The important thing for all Catholics and other “Christians” to understand is that, to whatever degree their “church” preaches a false salvation message of ANY kind, that “church” is among the most corrupt, evil organizations on this planet, and will soon suffer accordingly. The Bible prophesies that this will continue until the Second Coming, when they — and all who are part of them — will be destroyed. Is that serious enough?
The Historical Case Against the Roman Catholic Church . . .
The following are some of the historical and continuing sins of “Holy Mother Church”, the “Whore of Babylon”, which poses as the Bride of Christ. These are the actual “fruits” of the Roman Catholic Church, as opposed to the image it seeks to present to the world. They are systemic evils, the very blood which flows through the veins of the Roman Catholic Church, and they have been manifested in it, by it, and through it from the earliest days right through to today.
By her own admission, the Roman Catholic Church does not change. Only her techniques and approaches do, as circumstances warrant and allow. The ultimate goal is always to recapture the total power she enjoyed under the Roman emperors and in individual countries since then. She will say anything, claim anything, promise anything, and do anything to gain the total power over all men she believes she was created to achieve, and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the “Society of Jesus”, the Jesuits, created by Ignatius Loyola. They have been formally banned and excluded by many nations because of their involvement in political assassinations and every other kind of plots imaginable, all of which are designed to increase the political power of the Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuits themselves. For an excellent treatment of this subject, see Johnny Cirucci’s book “Illuminati Unmasked”.
We ask you, whose ends are served by these actions? The Lord Yeshua Messiah’s, whose gospel excludes millions based on the unrepentant condition of their hearts? Or the Roman Catholic Church’s, which seeks to enslave all men, regardless of the condition of their hearts?
The entire Roman Catholic Church is guilty before holy God of:
1. Trivializing marriage and the family
The hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic Church is nowhere more evident than in its attitude toward marriage. While professing marriage as one of its “sacraments”, and insisting that “divorce” is not allowed, the facts of the matter are that anyone with enough money, secular power, or social position can always get an “annulment”, regardless of the length of the marriage, the number of children involved, or the desire of one of the parties to remain married. This is true around the world, and not just in the United States. Everything is for sale in the Roman Catholic Church, from annulments to salvation itself; which is why many find the name “Mother of Harlots”, applied to “The Woman” of Revelation 17:5, so unarguably appropriate to the Roman Catholic Church.
2. Utterly opposing ALL democratic and republican forms of government
From the Magna Carta, to the French and Italian revolutions, to our own American revolution, and down to this day, wherever and whenever people have sought to free themselves from oppressive regimes and adopt any form of self-government which allows freedom of conscience, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and free markets, the Roman Catholic Church has been virulently and adamantly opposed to these movements, especially if the regimes being replaced had allowed the Roman Catholic Church a special place in their own corrupt scheme of things.
Whoever promises to further the Roman Catholic Church’s secular power and control over the lives of human beings has the blessing of “Holy Mother Church”, whether it is a Hitler, a Stalin (Jesuit priest!), a Karl Marx (Jesuit priest!), a Mussolini, or lesser thugs such as an Ante Pavelic, a Trujillo, or a Duvalier. And it is all done with the pious, gentle, smiling countenance of the “Holy Father” (Jesuit priest!) showing to the public how loving, how caring, how benign, the Whore of Babylon really is. And it is all done in the name of “Jesus Christ”, the pagan alias they have assigned to the Lamb of God. Yeshua, the Hebrew name his Father gave him (Matthew 1:21), isn’t good enough for them.
3. Utterly opposing freedom of the press
As long as people are free to express dissenting opinions publicly, the Roman Catholic Church will be prevented from exercising the absolute dominion over all men it craves, as an addict craves heroin. For this reason the Roman Catholic Church has always opposed freedom of the press in whatever places it already controlled the lives of people. If it does not possess the absolute control it desires, it espouses freedom of the press so that its poisonous views may be disseminated without restriction.
4. Utterly opposing freedom of religion
True Christianity has always been a matter of personal conscience. Yeshua never even hinted that force should be used in his name or on his behalf to get people to join his Church. In fact, the “New Testament” is full of specific qualifications that individuals must meet in order to get into the true Church, spiritual qualifications that serve to exclude millions.
But the Roman Catholic Church, from its very beginnings in 313 A.D., springing from the edicts of the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine, has unremittingly sought to force all people to kneel to Rome, just as the “Holy Roman” emperors always have. The Roman Catholic Church does not care one bit about the state of any individual’s conscience, as long as that person obeys the Vatican. In whatever circumstance, whenever Rome had the power to coerce, threaten, or extort compliance, it has. And the Bible tells us that it will again, and soon.
5. Impoverishing further the world’s poorest peoples
It is not that the Roman Catholic Church has merely accepted donations offered by people of means for the purpose of furthering charitable works or the spread of the Gospel of Yeshua Messiah. This would obviously be a legitimate source of income to that organization, if it did, in fact, preach the Gospel of Yeshua Messiah, which it does not. Some examples?
Yeshua commands ALL of his disciples to “call no man upon the earth Father” (Matthew 23:9), but the Roman Catholic church requires that all of its priests be called “Father”.
Yeshua declared that ONLY his Father is truly God (John 17:3) and made the acceptance of that belief a condition of salvation, but the Roman Catholic church declares that “Jesus Christ” IS also God, which is expressly denied by ALL of Scripture (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; etc.).
We are all absolutely forbidden by the God of the Bible to add anything to, or delete anything from what was written (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32), but the Roman Catholic church has DELETED ENTIRELY the original Second Commandment (against making images and worshiping them – Exodus 20:4-6), and seeks to CONCEAL the deletion by SPLITTING the Tenth Commandment, against coveting ANYTHING of your neighbor’s, into TWO commandments, one against coveting your neighbor’s GOODS, and another against coveting his WIFE. Do Catholics care? Apparently not.
The true Gospel of Yeshua Messiah is a message of liberation from the very chains which the Roman Catholic Church imposes on its mind-slaves. But perhaps even worse than accepting money under false pretenses from those who can afford to give, is the monstrously cruel trick it has been playing for centuries on those who can least afford to pay: the world’s poor.
The concept of “purgatory” is nowhere even hinted at in canonical Holy Scripture. Rather, the unequivocal message of the Bible is that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those which are in Messiah Yeshua” (Romans 8:1). Nevertheless, with its “purgatory” the Roman Catholic Church has invented a bogeyman for the sole purpose of intimidating its members, and charges them “protection money” just as any Mafioso would, to “save” them from it.
Burn a candle at the side altar for the souls of your departed family members? Certainly. That will be $5.00, please. Or ten pesetas, or cruzieros, or whatever. Five more drops of blood money into the overflowing jewel-encrusted golden chalice of the Great Whore (Revelation 17:1; 19:2) Roman Catholic Church, which is already the wealthiest single religious organization on the planet.
And it’s even more cruel than this, because, as a result of dying as a “good” Roman Catholic, one has not done what Yeshua said one has to do to actually SEE/enter the Kingdom of God/heaven. One has believed in the Roman Catholic Church, which lies to the world about salvation in order to enrich itself, and one has not believed the words of the King of Glory who suffered and died to pay the full price for the salvation of all who would simply believe in him, repent of their sins, and obey ALL of the commandments of both Father YHVH Elohim and the Lord Yeshua. In accepting the bogus teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, they reject the Lord Yeshua Messiah, and unwittingly seal their own fate.
6. Creating mass murderers
The Popes and their henchmen have used the sham authority they claimed from Messiah to “absolve” men from the consequences of the outrageous sins they demanded be committed “in the name of Christ” to further the secular goals of that “church.” But they not only offered the Roman Catholic Church’s “protection” in the form of absolution for murders, conquest and pillage committed for the Roman Catholic Church, but “plenary indulgences” — up-front forgiveness for all of one’s sins in this life, and remission from any need to spend any time in purgatory — were repeatedly offered to all who would go on the various “crusades.”
These were not only against Islamic forces holding the Holy Land, but against otherwise innocent, Bible-believing Christians, living peaceful, law-abiding lives in various parts of Europe — the Vaudois, the Albigenses, the Mennonites, the Huguenots, the Quakers, to name but a few. All crushed beneath the bloody heel of “Holy Mother Church.”
7. Empowering arch criminals
The Roman Catholic Church has no particular use for petty criminals, but if a criminal is in a position to assist “Holy Mother Church” to attain the power it seeks, it can be a very generous consort. Without the enthusiastic support of the Roman Catholic Church, neither Hitler nor Mussolini could have gained the positions they did. Both paid the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in “church taxes” to the Vatican before and during World War II in exchange for the Roman Catholic Church’s continuing support.
And even after the war, it was the Vatican’s “underground railroad” — appropriately named “The Ratlines” — that functioned to whisk Nazi war criminals, including the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, and Hitler himself (!) by the thousands to safety in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and other countries.
In Serbia, the bloodthirsty Ustasha government of Ante Pavelic murdered hundreds of thousands of non-Catholics in cold blood with the full knowledge and support of the Vatican, in exchange for the Vatican’s support of that government. The Roman Catholic Church, in exchange, was made the official state religion of Serbia, and armed gangs of Roman Catholic thugs roamed the entire country, raping, torturing, and murdering at will, all with the full knowledge and cooperation of the “Holy Father” in Rome. These are all matters of public record, and cannot be denied.
8. Profiting from organized crime
It may be argued that, if it weren’t for the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Mafia and similar organizations would not even exist. Because of the Mafia families’ belief in the Roman Catholic Church’s “purgatory”, “dispensations”, and “indulgences” which are for sale to anyone with money, they believe that they can live like the devil in this life, and their families can buy them out of the flames with their ill-gotten gains. And in all, the Roman Catholic Church profits… and profits… and profits, just as it has for over a thousand years. It’s all about money, and power over men.
9. Destroying the lives of Catholic clergy
The Roman Catholic Church’s insistence on celibacy is both un-Biblical and inhuman. The result is that hundreds of thousands of sincere, well-intentioned clergy, unable to withstand the strains of a celibate life, have succumbed to illicit sexual relationships both inside and outside the church, to alcoholism, to drug addictions, and suicide.
The reason for the Roman Catholic Church’s insistence on celibacy has nothing to do with living a “Christ-like” life, but rather an overarching desire to prevent its clergy from having any family who would stand to inherit their property and thereby keep the wealth of the Church from being increased thereby. Few clergy have ever, in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church, been excommunicated for having illicit sexual relations, but tens of thousands have been cast out of that “church” for “committing marriage.” Hitler and Mussolini died as “good Catholics”, but priests who marry are summarily excommunicated.
10. Theft of property from non-Catholics
Most Roman Catholics believe that the Crusades were “Holy Wars” to rescue the Holy Land from the forces of Islam, and some were. But there were other “crusades” organized by the Popes against “heretics” in France, England, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Holland. These “heretics” were otherwise law-abiding Christians who had managed to get their hands on some Bibles, and discovered therein that the Roman Catholic Church teaches things which directly contradict Holy Scripture. Surprise, surprise!!!
Choosing to believe Scripture, they were forced by that choice to live away from the main cities and towns, more or less by themselves, to avoid detection by the Roman Catholic authorities, who had made the simple possession of a Bible a crime against the state to be punished by death. The various Popes of these times organized “crusades” against these innocent European peoples and massacred them wherever they were found. Strangely, their property always found its way into the capacious coffers of “Holy Mother church.” All in the name of “Jesus Christ”.
11. Torture of non-Catholics
Volumes have been written on this subject alone, and no justice can possibly be done to it in the space available here. One naturally thinks first of the various obscene flavors of the Inquisition (Roman, Medieval and Spanish), with which the Roman Catholic Church held the world in terror for centuries, but much more recent examples abound. In his History of the Inquisition, Canon Llorente, who was the Secretary to the Inquisition in Madrid, Spain, from 1790-92 and who had full access to the archives of all the tribunals, estimated that — in Spain alone — the number of condemned exceeded three million, with about 300,000 innocent human beings actually burned at the stake.
And what were the “crimes” for which these people were destroyed? They dared to refuse to become Catholics. For this they were torn apart on the rack, burned alive at the stake, partially drowned and revived again and again, they were sexually mutilated, had their eyes gouged out, their tongues torn out, and fathers were forced to watch these things being done to their wives, their daughters, their sons, and vice versa, all in the name of “Jesus Christ”. Nor were these horrors the work of a few isolated fanatics.
The fiendish workings of the Inquisition were “improved upon” by eighty Popes in a row, and none of them disavowed the diabolical “theology” behind it. The building in Vatican City which originally housed the Office of the Inquisition still stands today, and is staffed by a church organization now called the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.” Well, that’s what the Inquisition was all about, wasn’t it? Truly, “Holy Mother Church” never changes.
12. Murdering non-Catholics
From the very beginnings of the Roman Catholic Church, wherever it gained ascendency and secular power over men, it has murdered non-Catholics on the flimsiest of pretexts, and with no pretext. Millions of innocent human beings have been murdered by the Roman Catholic Church in the most bloodthirsty ways imaginable, and millions more in ways that sane people cannot even imagine. And in all, the Roman Catholic Church has confiscated the property of these millions of innocents, and grown fat with the spoils of her whoredoms with impunity, all in the name of “Jesus Christ”.
It is difficult to imagine how any professing Roman Catholic today, hearing these things for the first time, could not react except with horror and disbelief. To such we say: check your non-Catholic history books. This is your “church”. By her own admission, Rome never changes.
13. Profiting from the sale of bogus tickets to heaven
Much of the untold wealth the Vatican has accumulated over the centuries has been through “selling water by the river” — the sale of a salvation that is, in fact, FREE. Hundreds of millions of people have been paying their hard-earned florins, cruzieros, pesos, ducats, pounds, pesetas, dollars, etc., for over a thousand years, naïvely believing that they were buying salvation for themselves and for their loved ones on the installment plan. Unfortunately for all of these people, they were — and are — being deceived, and the deception continues to this day.
Not only have these people been cheated out of their money, they have been cheated out of salvation as well. As documented earlier, salvation does not come through man’s money, man’s works or through membership in a church, any church. Salvation comes simply and everlastingly by: (1) hearing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God/heaven; (2) repenting of our sins; (3) accepting the necessity AND the sufficiency of the sacrifice that the Son of God made for us on the cross at Calvary; and (4) obeying ALL of the commandments of Father and Son for the rest of one’s life. Concerning this last, please note that, while it is impossible for anyone (except our Lord Yeshua) to not sin for the entirety of one’s life, this is no excuse for not trying, NOR are we freed from the responsibility to do so by that fact. WHEN we sin, through our Lord’s sacrifice for us, we have access to divine forgiveness, as long as we are SINCERE in our repentance, thoughts, words and actions. Which is why the apostle Ya’acov (“James”) called the Law/Torah, “the Law of liberty” (James 22:12), and the apostle Yochanan (“John”) deemed it “not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). And so MUST we, if we are to prevail. Any other belief is self-delusion. Messiah suffered so that we might receive the Keys (plural) to the Kingdom, but we still have to use those keys ourselves. It’s not just saying a “Sinner’s Prayer”.
14. Leading trusting human beings into the Lake of Fire
In order to keep Catholics in servitude to itself, the Roman Catholic Church denies the clear teachings of the entire Bible and the words of Yeshua Messiah himself, and forces Catholics to choose between the Roman Catholic Church and Holy Scripture.
Yeshua said that, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). But the Roman Catholic Church stated at the Council of Trent, and still maintains, that anyone who trusts in the sacrifice of Messiah as being the sole necessary and totally sufficient price to be paid for his or her salvation is instantly and automatically “anathema”, or excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, and under its “everlasting curse.”
The authors live comfortably under this “curse”, knowing that the Great Whore (Revelation 17) Roman Catholic Church itself and all of her “daughter whores”, the so-called “Protestant” denominations which slavishly continue in her anti-Christ teachings, are themselves itself under the curse of the apostle Paul, as mentioned previously, and under the curse of God Almighty, as we shall see in the Book of the Revelation.
15. Denial of the truths of Holy Scripture
Because it no longer enjoys the absolute control over populations it once had, the Roman Catholic Church today “encourages” its members to read the Bible, while insisting that only its “priests” are qualified to “interpret” it. Bear in mind that, for the first three hundred years of the Christian church, there was no Roman Catholic priesthood to do this, and yet millions understood the gospel message and came to the faith. How’d they do that?
Also, the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) tell us that “there is only ONE MEDIATOR between God and man, the MAN, Yeshua Messiah” (1 Timothy 2:5), AND that it is the holy Spirit of YHVH which is responsible for this phenomenon, not any “priesthood”:
When it, the Spirit of truth, is come, it will guide you into all truth: for it shall not speak of itself; but whatsoever it shall hear, that shall it speak: and it will show you things to come. (John 16:13)
[Note: For those readers who may still be clutching at a trinitarian mindset, be assured that the holy Spirit is nothing more nor less than the power and presence of the one true God, YHVH Elohim, manifesting in the physical world. This is borne out by the explicit language of Luke 1:35, describing the begetting of our Lord Yeshua: “And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you: for that reason the holy child which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”]
Moreover, the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) tell us explicitly and unequivocally that there is ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between God and man, “the MAN, Yeshua Messiah”. (1 Timothy 2:5) This automatically EXcludes “the Virgin Mary” and any and all other human beings, including those elevated to a bogus “sainthood” by the Great Whore” and/or her daughter whores, the myriad so-called “Protestant” denominations.
The Roman Catholic Church invents “doctrines” to enrich itself and enslave mankind, and when it does this, it is always in conflict with Holy Scripture, so it must find ways to minimize, distort, or eliminate the truth in any way it can. It calls this its “traditions”, many of which are based on counterfeit and forged documents which purport to support the Roman Catholic Church’s bogus “traditions”.
Students of history can find out all they need to know about this by looking up information on “The Donation of Constantine”, “The Isidorian Decretals”, and others. Recognized even by Roman Catholic Church historians as bald-faced forgeries, these fabricated documents remain as the crumbling foundations of many such Roman Catholic “traditions”, and maintained as such by “infallible” Popes down to today.
16. Idolatry and spreading doctrines of demons
When the emperor Constantine ended the official persecution of Christians in 313 A.D., the pagan statues of Isis, Horus, Dagon, etc., were simply renamed Mary, “Jesus”, “Peter”, etc. The statue of “St. Peter” in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, whose toes have been worn off by millennia of the “faithful” kissing them, is actually a renamed statue of Dagon, the fish-god! Dagon is also the source of the strangely-shaped “Bishop’s miter” hat worn by Romish Popes and their vassals. It is a stylized fish-head, after the headdresses previously worn by the priests of Dagon! It is also the source of the “Christian” fish-symbol so beloved of millions. Dagon would be proud (if he existed).
Prior to 313 AD, the “New Roman Religion”/“Christian” church had generally obeyed the Second Commandment forbidding the worship of “graven images”, which is any man-made representation of God. After this date, the new “Roman Catholic” church, obeying its head, the Emperor Constantine, included pagan statuary as essential parts of every church.
To this date, the Roman Catholic Church denies the Bible’s Second Commandment – which forbids the worship of graven images – despite its presence in their own “Douay-Rheims” Bible, and has even gone so far as to delete it from their catechisms! In order to make up for the missing commandment, they have had to split the Tenth Commandment into two parts: one against coveting your neighbor’s wife and another against coveting your neighbor’s goods, despite the fact that these are obviously one commandment in the original. (Exodus 20:17)
The deification of the Virgin Mary . . .
There is in the entire Bible, not one single instance of the remotest suggestion that Mary has any special status before God, other than that due her as the mother of the man, Yeshua of Nazareth.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, “Hail, you who are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.” And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, “Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:28-30)
That’s it. That’s the whole enchilada. The angel says that Mary is “highly favored” (not “favored above all women”), just that she has “found favor with God” (as did many other women in the Bible). Nothing about being called by God to be “co-redeemer” of the human race, dispenser of grace, mercy, forgiveness of sins, “Mediatrix”, “Queen of heaven”, etc.
But Yeshua said of John the Baptizer: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptizer”. (Matthew 11:11) Mary was certainly “among them born of women”, so Yeshua certainly regarded John the Baptizer as having greater merit than his own mortal mother, Mary. Why then, the Catholic church’s insistence on placing her above John the Baptizer, and every other human being on earth? Why, indeed?
In fact, virtually every single time that Yeshua relates to her or refers to her in any way, it is as a kind of rebuke, and certainly not as ascribing any special consideration to her. Yet the Roman Catholic Church, based on its “traditions”, has actually accorded her equality with Yeshua Messiah as “co-redemptrix” of mankind!!!!
The Roman Catholic Church also blasphemously teaches that Mary is the “Mother of God”. This follows “naturally” from their sacrilegeous invention of the “deity” of Yeshua. But to say that Mary is the mother of God is to state that she, in some unimaginable way, and for some unimaginable reason on God’s part, was allowed by God to herself “generate” the “Second Person of the Trinity” (NOT the man Yeshua) from her fleshly mortal womb (while neglecting to tell us so in Scripture!), which is pure paganism, blasphemy and sacrilege in any sense. And He tells us as much:
I am YHVH: that is My name: and My glory I will not share with another, nor the praise that is due to Me with graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)
Mary was the human mother of the man Yeshua Messiah, and according to Scripture, she “sleeps in the grave” and does not today even possess consciousness, much less any aspects of deity whatsoever. Though Catholics still try to deny this, it is an undeniable fact that Mary actually has a higher place in the heart of the Roman Catholic Pope, to the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy and in the hearts of most Catholics than does the Father or Yeshua, despite the clear teaching of the Bible that this is not only inappropriate, but blasphemous.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Messiah Yeshua. (1 Timothy 2:5)
For although there may be so-called “gods” in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”– yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord Yeshua Messiah, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (1 Corinthians 8:5-6)
And this is everlasting life, that they know You (Father) the only true God, and Yeshua Messiah, whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
Furthermore, virtually every Bible reference to Mary after the birth of Yeshua involves some kind of reproach from Yeshua to her, or at least a reproach to the idea of the uniqueness of her position, in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church! Consider the following:
And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, “Son, why have you thus dealt with us? Behold, your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” And he said unto them, “How is it that you sought me? Know you not that I must be about my Father’s business?” And they understood not the saying which he spoke unto them. (Luke 2:48)
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Yeshua said unto him, “They have no wine.” Yeshua said unto her, “Woman, what have I to do with you? My hour is not yet come.” (John 2:3)
Here Yeshua addresses Mary as “woman”, hardly the term of respect that one would expect him to use if he wanted us to give her any special place in his church, much less treat her as a deity, as the Roman Catholic Church does.
He says that the hour of his death on the cross has not yet come, when she, as female next of kin, will be given his body for burial, and that he has no time for her worldly concerns in the meantime. It is another rebuke of the same type as in Luke 2:48, where she is pointedly reminded that his mission on earth has nothing to do with her “family” concerns.
Then one said unto him, “Behold, your mother and your brethren stand outside, desiring to speak with you.” But he answered and said unto him that told him, “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, “Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father Who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:47)
Here Yeshua utterly rejects the concept that his relatives, including his mother Mary, are deserving of any special consideration simply because of their physical relationship to him, but rather only those who are spiritually related to him through obedience to all of the commandments of God and his own list.
And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed.” But he said, “No, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:27)
Here again Yeshua clearly contradicts the idea that Mary was entitled to any special status because of her physical relationship to him, correcting the speaker’s wrong idea of the nature of the Kingdom of God. It is this same wrong idea which the Roman Catholic Church seeks to perpetuate in its teachings, to maintain control of its members, to their everlasting loss. If it were not important that we understand this, why would it be in the Bible at all?
We are speaking here of the clear, specific teachings of Yeshua Messiah himself, not those of some man-made, pseudo-Christian, pagan organization! Another example? The prayer at the end of each “rosary”, is a perfect example of this pagan idolizing of Mary (Mariolatry), and is absolutely jam-packed with anti-Messiah lies:
Hail Holy Queen [Mary is queen of nothing], our life [Yeshua is our life] our sweetness and our hope [since Mary cannot save even herself, she is no one’s “hope” on earth!]! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve [Whatever happened to Adam? Answer: The “goddess-Mary worshippers” decided that he was superfluous], to thee [Note: not to the Creator God Who sent His Son to die for them, nor to the Son who did!] do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, [an advocate is a mediator, and the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) tells us in 1 Timothy 2:5 that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the MAN Yeshua Messiah.” And Mary ain’t him.] thine eyes of mercy [since judgment is the sole province of God and of His Shaliach/Sent One, Mary is in no position to look upon us with mercy— it is not hers to dispense] towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the fruit of thy womb, “Jesus”. [Note: The “fruit of her womb” is no longer the human babe in the manger, and never will be again. Yeshua Messiah is now and always has been the Son of God (a Messianic title reserved for him!), but NOT “God the Son”, which is a 100% pagan concept found nowhere in Scripture.]
As mentioned above, even if Mary were just another garden-variety “saint”, she would still have no authority or ability (according to the word of God) to petition or to intercede for anyone on earth. Mary has no status as an “advocate” for anyone before the throne of God. How do we know? The Word of God:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Messiah Yeshua. (1 Timothy 2:5).
She has no power to “save” herself, much less another human being, and far much less all of mankind.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name (other than Yeshua) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Mary is not deity, and therefore cannot be “sinned against.”
Against You (YHVH), You only, have I sinned… (Psalm 51:4)
But what about “Our Lady of Fatima”, and “Our Lady of Lourdes”, and “Our Lady of Prompt Succor” (no kidding!), and “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”? Strange to tell, the various apparitions of this after-life “Mary”, from Lourdes to Medugorje to Ypsilanti to Spider Breath, Montana, all preach the exact same “different gospel” — different from that which was preached by Yeshua and the Apostles, and absolutely opposed to the gospel of “her” Son, Yeshua Messiah. And we should know by now how we, as Christians, are supposed to treat “different” gospels. The Apostle, Paul:
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)
The apparitional “Virgin Mary” preaches pure Mystery Babylon “perennial philosophy” , namely that:
all religions are true; when we die, we’re all going to the same place;
those who are “more spiritual” in this life will be better off in the next (karma);
you are God, you just have forgotten it because of the “illusion of duality” (maya);
“spirit guides”, “apparitions”, and “angels” are always our friends;
all you have to do is love “the God in you” and yourself and everything will be O.K.;
pay no attention to the hate-filled fanatics who claim that there is only one way to God.
This “Virgin Mary’s” gospel utterly and absolutely contradicts the gospel of Yeshua Messiah! Why, then, would the Roman Catholic Church, supposedly a “Christian” church, not only allow this obviously demonic teaching to pass, but encourage its spread? Why, indeed?
The answer has to do with what the Vatican plans to accomplish in the years ahead. This supposedly Marian philosophy, which is clearly Satanic in origin, feeds directly into both New Age philosophy and the Vatican’s obsession with world conquest. In order to unite all religions of the world under its authority (“ecumenism”), it willingly abandons any aspects of the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” which would otherwise interfere with the attainment of its worldly goals. This is what the Bible refers to as “spiritual fornication” and “whoredoms”, and it is one of the myriad sins of the “Whore of Babylon” in the Book of the Revelation.
Here at last (they think), is THE central figure around which all religions of the world can be united! That Virgin Mary! She’s the ecumenists’ poster goddess! Islamics love Mary because she is even mentioned with reverence in the Koran and because of her “appearance” at Fatima (the name of Muhammad’s favorite daughter!). Feminists can even love Mary because she’s so much easier to take than her Son, requiring only works to gain her favors instead of all that “dying to self” stuff that her Son requires. Goddess worshippers of the various brands of earth, wind and fire goddesses can easily segue into Mariolatry, since — at least — she is the politically correct sex. And she has the added advantage of being mentioned in the “New Testament”, so even sloppy agape evangelicals can probably eventually be brought around to her table. What a package! How can it miss?
It won’t. Well, except for those nasty Bible-believing, commandment-keeping Christians and Torah-observant Jews. Ah, yes, the Christians and the Jews. The Bible, Israel, and all that. Well, they will just have to be dealt with “separately”, as always, when the time comes. And it is coming.
And recently, the “Virgin Mary’s” man in Rome, the Pope, has finally thrown caution to the winds and declared outright that he is all for this new Marian gospel, and now claims that anyone can get into heaven, just by being “good”!!!!!!! On December 8, 2000, the following was published in the international news media:
THE POPE has amended a Vatican pronouncement that the Roman Catholic Church was the “only way to salvation”, saying that heaven is open to all as long as they are good. He said at an audience that “all of the just on Earth, including those who ignore Messiah and his Church” were “called upon to build the kingdom of God.”
But the Bible says that “there is none that does good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3). And the Messiah whose “Vicar” he claims to be said, “Why do you call me good? For there is only One Who is good: that is God” (Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19). So you must choose whom to believe. The Pope seems to be quite comfortable calling the Psalmist and the Creator of the universe liars. Why do you suppose that is? In what kind of mental self-delusion must a person be immersed, to make such a statement? Does he really believe that he can re-write 2,000 years of bloody Roman Catholic Church history with a simple statement? Apparently so. He has just done so, and nary a peep of opposition from Catholics OR the strangely UN-protesting “Protestants” of today!
This incredible statement is from the world leader of the very church which has robbed, raped, tortured, and slaughtered uncounted millions of otherwise innocent human beings merely for refusing to accept their pagan Mystery Babylon teachings, and this POPE now says that all those millions died for nothing, as far as he is concerned? It was all just a quibble over semantics? And ALL of those other “infallible Popes” were wrong?
And what about the Gospel of Yeshua Messiah? What about Scripture? POOF! Gone. Deleted like one of Hillary Clinton’s emails or Lois Lerner’s computer files. This POPE simply declares that 1,700 years of bloody Roman Catholic Church doctrine is simply “no longer operative”. The arrogance is unbelievable. But, just as precious few “Lutherans” have precious little idea of what sacrilegeous doctrinal statements Martin Luther actually made – on the record – so also, few Catholics ever get off their knees long enough to discover the historical facts about their own “religion”!
Yet hardly a peep of comment — yea or nay — from any of our so-called “evangelical” leaders. The silence is truly beyond belief. And it confirms that American evangelical “Christianity” dares not speak out. It confirms that organized American evangelical “Christianity” is already doomed.
The apostle Paul, well aware that false gospels had already arisen in his time, and that many more would arise, and that the purpose of all of them would be to lead people to hell, warned,
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any gospel unto you other than that which you have received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8,9).
17. Insatiable thirst for temporal, secular power
18. Insatiable thirst for wealth
The Roman Catholic Church owns at least one third of the real estate of Mexico City, and at least one third of the City of Rome itself, and untold additional wealth all over the world. A large part of the Roman Catholic Church’s wealth, however, has been amassed over the centuries as tribute and plunder from kings and countries, and is still in the form of solid gold crucifixes, chalices, and other artifacts, encrusted with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones.
Because this part of her wealth is not subject to public view, much less public valuation or assessment, no one will ever know just how wealthy she is. But enough is known to state that, she is, without question, the richest single institution on earth, including the government of the United States of America.
19. Willingness to do anything to achieve absolute mastery over all mankind
History proves that there is no regime, no matter how despotic, evil, cruel, or corrupt, with which the Roman Catholic Church will not eagerly enter into relationship in order to achieve the ultimate dominion over all men which she craves. This what the Apostle John is referring to in these lines from Revelation:
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, “Come hither; I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yeshua: and when I saw her, I marvelled… (Revelation 17:1-6)
Perhaps he marvelled that a woman could ride and control such a fearsome creature as the beast he saw. Or that the humble, pure “bride of Messiah” he knew had somehow been “morphed” into the painted, drunken slut he saw.
As we have mentioned, the “beast” is secular Babylon, ruled by the AntiChrist, and the “Whore” is ecclesiastical Babylon, represented by the paganized, apostate-Christian, one-world church which is to achieve complete power and control over all mankind, in an unholy alliance with “the beast”, which is controlled by the AntiChrist. The “great city” is the entire world over which they both rule.
Many believe that simply because the Woman astride the Beast in Revelation is described as “that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:18), that this necessarily means that “Babylon” cannot be anything but a literal city. But this Babylon is much more than a mere city, as we shall see. “Mystery Babylon” is the name given in the Bible to Satan’s invisible spiritual kingdom on the earth, and it is here, NOW.
20. Working all this evil in the name of Yeshua Messiah
It is only because people choose to believe that the Roman Catholic Church actually has the spiritual authority on earth that it claims to have, that it is able to survive at all. It does this by telling people many different things which they are willing to believe, all of which are not merely matters of a difference of opinion, but outright, provable lies, because they are contradicted by the Bible, which we have shown is the literal word of God. Among these are:
that heaven is the destination of the righteous;
that one can (and must) work one’s way to heaven;
that one doesn’t have to have (and cannot have) a personal relationship with Yeshua Messiah;
that the Roman Catholic Church is the only way to heaven (recently Pope-amended);
that the Virgin Mary is co-equal with (if not actually superior to) Yeshua Messiah as a savior;
that it is not possible to be certain of one’s salvation;
that the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are superior to the words of Yeshua Messiah;
that the “Holy Eucharist” is the actual Body and Blood of Yeshua Messiah;
that Roman Catholic priests actually resacrifice Messiah at every Mass.
Why would God go to such lengths to prove to us that He is indeed the actual author of the Bible, send His only Son to spend 30 years among us and die a horrible death for us, and then set up a human organization to be His “church” which calls His words and the words of His Son lies? On what planet would this make any sense at all? Answer: On this one, IF you understand the spiritual dynamic at work behind the news.
In the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) we are all informed, in no uncertain terms, that GOD will send a powerful delusion upon all those who “received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved”. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) So anyone who (a) is habitually and unrepentantly DISobeying ANY of the commandments of YHVH Elohim (“God”) OR of His Son, our Lord Yeshua of Nazareth; or (b) who rejects Biblical truth when it is presented to them, is without hope.
In the Tanakh (“Old Testament”) YHVH Elohim tells us that He does not change (Malachi 3:6), and our Lord Yeshua says his coming has changed nothing concerning the need to keep ALL of God’s (and his) commandments “to the end”, IF we expect to inherit the promise of everlasting life in the coming Kingdom of God on the earth! And, as in Common Law, “Ignorance of the Law/Torah is no excuse”!
“Now if a person sins and does ANY of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment.” – Leviticus 5:17
So why would anyone actually believe someone who claimed to be God’s agent here on earth, when they were impotent in the face of enemies over which God was on record as having given them power? It should be apparent that, if the head of any religion which claims to represent God on earth is himself unable to show any evidence of that authority under circumstances wherein his powers should be evident (if he is who he claims to be), then there is no conceivable earthly justification for continuing to believe anything else which that leader or his/her church claims.
We refer specifically to the “Pope’s” utter failure to exorcize an evidently demon-possessed girl in front of thousands of witnesses in St. Peter’s Square, in broad daylight, as reported in major news media on September 11, 2000, as follows:
Devil defeats the Pope in Vatican exorcism battle
By Bruce Johnston in Rome
News services — The Holy See [Vatican]; Il Messaggero [in Italian]
The Pope carried out an impromptu exorcism on a teenage girl after she began “screaming insults in a cavernous voice” during an audience in the Vatican City, it emerged at the weekend. Despite the Pope’s efforts and those of his chief “Satan-buster”, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the girl remained “possessed”. The Devil’s voice “sneeringly laughed from within her” at the Pope’s failed attempt to drive him away. “The Devil went to the Vatican,” the Il Messaggero newspaper in Rome reported after being told of the incident by Fr. Amorth. He said the exorcism had been the Pope’s third in his 22-year papacy. The paper said that although there may have been other instances of people being possessed in the Vatican, last week’s incident had been “spectacular” and Satan had “shown his muscles”. The incident occurred during last Wednesday’s general audience in a packed St Peter’s Square. Suddenly the unnamed 19-year-old girl from Monza began shouting “in a cavernous voice and as if in a fit of rage.”
Constrained by Vatican guards, she was said to have displayed “a super-human strength” as she violently pushed them away. Bishop Gianni Danzi, Secretary-General of Vatican City, intervened and sought to calm her by showing her a crucifix. But she began “insulting him, uttering disconnected phrases, and speaking in unknown tongues”.
Bishop Danzi hurriedly informed the Pope’s private secretary, Msgr. Stanislao Dziwisz, who in turn told the pontiff. After driving around the piazza in his Popemobile, the Pope talked to the girl, exorcised her, and stayed with her for half an hour. He prayed for her and assured her that he would say a Mass for her the next day “to obtain her liberation.”
But it appeared afterwards that the Pope’s intervention had only a temporary effect on the girl. She was said to have been “possessed since she was 12”, as a result of someone putting a curse on her out of hatred for her parents. She had been taken by her mother and father to the audience in the hope that a papal blessing would be of some benefit.
Fr. Amorth claimed that the Vatican had attempted to cover up the affair. He said: “I exorcised the very same girl on [the day before the incident] together with another exorcist, Fr. Giancarlo Gramolazzo. She is a splendid girl in terms of purity and goodness. Her case of possession by the Devil is terrible. It moves one to pity to see her suffer so, all bent over and contracted.”
Now we may understand that Bishop Danzi, and Fathers Gramolazzo, Amorth and others of the Vatican’s anti-demon “heavy-hitters” were unable to make their “exorcism” stick — we are, after all, talking about Satanic entities with which even the apostles themselves had problems. But the Pope claims to be the “Vicar of Christ”, to be clothed by “Jesus Christ” himself with the same powers and authority as our Lord in heaven, and this POPE is impotent in the face of a single demon? What’s wrong with this picture?
The question that any thinking person must ask is this: if the Roman Catholic Pope cannot even exorcise a single demon from a 19-year-old Italian girl in broad daylight in the middle of Vatican Square in front of thousands of witnesses, how much genuine Christian spiritual authority does he really have? Personally, I thank God for that demon. Through that demon, some may come to recognize the Roman Catholic Church for the huge con-game organization it is, and be saved.
If the things said and done in the name of Yeshua Messiah
do NOT evidence the power of Yeshua Messiah,
then that religion’s claims are utterly false.
No excuse . . .
The church the Pope heads calls itself “the one true church” and “the Bride of Christ”. Really! Before we start detailing the nauseating absurdity of these claims, we ask the reader one simple question:
Why would an infinitely holy God associate with, empower, validate, and protect a pagan, anti-Christ organization which has proven itself to be the single most ungodly, bloodthirsty, power-mad, avaricious band of thieves, liars, rapists, torturers, sodomites, murderers, and despots in history?
Is it because He has no choice? Is it that the Roman Catholic Church may be bad, but it’s all He has? We don’t think so. It makes no difference how much you may love the Roman Catholic Church you think you know. The only thing that matters is that you be told the truth. And the truth often hurts. But the painfulness of the message does not free us from the obligation before God to carry out the Great Commission — to be His witness to all the nations, even including Catholics.
Adrian Rogers, former head of the Southern Baptist Convention, sums it up well:
It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth, than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and who was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel, and Paul said, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
If, after hearing the truth about the Roman Catholic Church, you then choose to go on believing their lies, then you are without excuse before God. In fact, you are without excuse right now, for all men are charged with the responsibility of discovering the truth about God, because He has made the truth available to all. The authors of this book have nothing material to gain from exposing the lies of the Roman Catholic Church. We are EX-Catholics ourselves, seek no donations, are part of no larger organization, and point Catholics and all others only to YHVH Elohim, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and to Yeshua Messiah, His only begotten Son, as they are portrayed in the earliest texts of the Christian Bible.
As mentioned previously, the Roman Catholic Church has maintained its wealth and power with deceit, bribery, extortion, sabotage, assassinations, and mass murders. It has bought, sold, made and unmade kings, emperors, peoples, nations, and individuals with utter disregard for the Gospel of “Jesus Christ”, whom it claims to “represent”.
As the ultimate irony, Nimrod’s heirs today still sit on the jewel-encrusted “Throne of St. Peter” (who never had a physical throne, or wanted one), exercising full authority as bogus “Vicars of Christ”, and wielding the power accorded them by the billion+ Catholic “faithful” — but spiritually blind — Roman Catholics worldwide.
During the so-called “Dark Ages”, a spiritual warfare raged. Yet in the midst of warfare and persecutions, inquisitions and massacres, all instigated and managed by the Roman Catholic Church, the true Church flourished and spread. During this Roman Catholic reign of terror, historians estimate that 68,000,000 or more innocent men, women and children were tortured or killed for refusing to bow down to the paganized Roman church.
As it has been before, so will it be again, as soon as “the Whore of Babylon” gains the ascendency over all other world religions for which she lusts. The means to that end? The ecumenical movement.
False Christian Unity . . .
There is a spirit abroad in the world today which seeks to “unite” diametrically opposed belief systems, supposedly “to achieve a greater good” which the adherents of the individual belief systems supposedly could not achieve alone. It is called “ecumenism”. This is nothing but a thinly disguised political movement which specifically and intentionally seeks to weaken, warp, and destroy the gospel message of Yeshua Messiah, and to result in a one-world government.
Strangely, some of today’s best known and [otherwise] respected “evangelical” leaders have been seduced by its siren song into allying themselves and their churches with Roman Catholics, Mormons, Moonies, and God-only-knows what else, to achieve mutually desired social goals such as the elimination of abortion.
This is the same siren song crooned by Promise Keepers, that we have been “separated by doctrine for too long.” They view all those who insist on preaching and living by Biblical truths as “legalistic”, “narrow”, “restricted”, “reactionary”, and “divisive”, by definition. To Promise Keepers — or to any similar ecumenicals — all doctrine is divisive. This is because doctrine represents a particular point of view which automatically excludes opposed points of view. The key concept which eludes them is that “legalism” in the Bible is always and everywhere equated with obedience to “the commandments of men, taught as doctrine”. Such practices are explicitly condemned by both Father (Isaiah 29:13), and by His Son, our Lord Yeshua (Mark 7:6-8), while he likewise insists that we are to live “by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4).
In one sense, the Lord Yeshua does agree with Promise Keepers. In fact, this is precisely what he was saying in Matthew 10:34 – “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” What do swords do? They divide. And while the divisions caused by Truth may be most painful to those who wield the sword, those who resist it will eventually pay the ultimate penalty.
Such clear Biblical doctrinal positions are death to the concept of “unity for unity’s sake”, and so ecumenicals tend to shun all doctrine, and most especially the pure, undiluted gospel of Yeshua Messiah. The truth of it, the value of it, the cost of it, the necessity of it, does not even enter into their consideration. The truth of this observation is further borne out by Promise Keeper’s open acceptance of all men, regardless of their doctrinal positions, as long as they pay lip service to Promise Keepers’ generic, “sanitized”, one-size-fits-all version of “Christianity”.
In similar fashion, the Catholic church is today also fervently praising Buddhism, Shintoism, Voodun, Santeria, Zoroastrianism, Shamanism (“animists”), Islam, Wicca, Druids, the Moonies, the Mormons, and many others, as “sharing common beliefs”.
Yes, all these do share common beliefs — with the Roman Catholic Church. They all believe that man can save himself through his own efforts. But these false religions have nothing in common with the original faith of Yeshua Messiah (Jude 3), which is why they are all arraying themselves against it. But the apostle Paul said to Timothy,
“I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Yeshua Messiah, who shall judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be ready in season, out of season; to reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts, having itching ears, shall they heap to themselves teachers; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned toward fables.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
Commandment-keeping followers of the original apostolic Christian faith (Jude 3) are not free to bargain away any part of the gospel for any temporal “advantage”, no matter how “good” it may appear. To do so is to fall away from the faith, TO BECOME APOSTATE. Anyone curious about what “apostasy” really means need look no further than this example — it is a departure from the true doctrine of the gospel of Yeshua Messiah, and this is the price of “unity” with unbelievers.
The stated goal of such unity is the bait, the appearance of good; but the resulting sacrifice of the gospel of Yeshua Messiah and its redemptive power is the hook, the reality of evil. This same deception worked in the Garden of Eden, it has worked for thousands of years, and it’s still working!
God wants us to understand that ONLY through our sincere, heartfelt obedience to Him and to His Shaliach (Hebrew: the proxy, or fully-empowered agent, or One Sent by another person) Yeshua Messiah can men be truly united. No amount of fleshly ecumenical zeal or good intentions can truly bring men together. Our oneness can only be in him and of him. He is the only common denominator through which there can be true brotherhood, true communication and foundational interrelation among men, and, most importantly, between men and their Creator. Only through him can we truly understand ourselves, others, and the Father. Before his crucifixion the Lord Yeshua prayed for his Church:
that they (the Church) may all be one; even as You Father are in me, and I in You, that they may also be in us; that the world may believe that You did send me. (John 17:21)
The Church that YHVH Elohim is building will one day astonish the world with its unity. It will be a unity that transcends fleshly covenants and agreements; it will be a unity that could only come through a union with the One Who holds all things together by the power of His Word.
This unity will not come by seeking unity — it can only come by seeking Him. We may be completely oblivious to it, because our attention will not be on ourselves but on Him. Unity for its own sake is a false god. If we are seeking Him, the unity that we are supposed to have will come, when it is supposed to come, and no sooner.
But in these last days, there is nevertheless a great move to unite the world’s religions. While there are many different organizations involved, such as the World Council of Churches, the biggest single denominational backer today is the Roman Catholic Church. Despite their obvious doctrinal differences, much is being made of the possibility of uniting the world’s three largest religions, “Christianity” (all flavors except true Apostolic Christianity), Islam, and rabbinic Judaism, based on their shared claim to have been fathered by the prophet Abraham.
While it is true that these are all derivatives of one religion, it is not the religion of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but rather that of Mystery Babylon — the counterfeit monstrosity birthed by Satan! Rabbinic Judaism derives directly from Mystery Babylon via the Kabbalah; the Roman Catholic Church derives through the pagan influences introduced by the Roman Emperor Constantine; and the contemporary apostate “Christian” churches which are spreading like wildfire, all corrupted by Mystery Babylon!
All of these are historically true, yet this brief sketch does no justice to the full and complete evil of the Roman Catholic Church. That would require several books. An excellent one with which to start is A Woman Rides the Beast, by Dave Hunt (Harvest House Publishers).
We pray that this study will be of some help to you in your quest for The Truth.
Peace be to you!
Robert & Suzanne Hamrick