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  • (WIND BLOWING) (WAVES CRASHING) (MUSIC) (CHANTING)
  • >>"NOW A GREAT SIGN APPEARED IN HEAVEN: A WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE
  • SUN, WITH THE MOON UNDER HER FEET, AND ON HER HEAD A GARLAND
  • OF TWELVE STARS. THEN BEING WITH CHILD, SHE CRIED
  • OUT IN LABOR AND IN PAIN TO GIVE BIRTH.
  • AND ANOTHER SIGN APPEARED IN HEAVEN: BEHOLD A GREAT, FIERY RED
  • DRAGON...AND THE DRAGON STOOD BEFORE THE WOMAN WHO WAS READY
  • TO GIVE BIRTH, TO DEVOUR HER CHILD AS SOON AS IT WAS BORN."
  • (MUSIC) >>A WOMAN, A CHILD, AND A DRAGON.
  • AT FIRST GLANCE, THIS MIGHT SOUND LIKE THE INGREDIENTS FOR A
  • FRIGHTENING FAIRY TALE. IN FACT, THE TROUBLING SCENES
  • YOU JUST WITNESSED ARE PART OF A TRUE AND POWERFUL PROPHECY GIVEN
  • TO THE APOSTLE JOHN NEARLY TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
  • WHAT DOES THIS PROPHECY, FOUND IN REVELATION 12, TELL US?
  • DOES IT POINT TO SOME EVENT THAT HAPPENED THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO?
  • OR DOES IT DESCRIBE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO TAKE PLACE
  • IN THE NEAR FUTURE? AND WHO DO THE WOMAN, THE
  • DRAGON, AND THE CHILD REPRESENT? JOIN US NOW AS WE JOURNEY DEEP
  • INTO A WORLD THAT FEW HAVE EVER SEEN, BUT ALL ARE A PART OF:
  • REVELATION: THE BRIDE, THE BEAST & BABYLON.
  • IN THE LAST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, REVELATION, THE APOSTLE JOHN WAS
  • SHOWN A VISION OF A GREAT STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL;
  • A PROPHECY OF A BATTLE THAT HAS BEEN RAGING BEHIND THE SCENES
  • SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME. THE SECRETS BEHIND THIS PROPHECY
  • HAVE BEEN SHROUDED IN MYSTERY FOR CENTURIES, UNTIL NOW.
  • FROM THE KINGDOMS AND THE RULERS THAT HAVE FALLEN AROUND THE
  • WORLD, TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT STOOD UP TO FIGHT FOR WHAT THEY
  • BELIEVED IN, THIS IS THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY, THE SEARCH FOR
  • TRUTH, AND THE FOUNDATION FOR THE FAITH OF BILLIONS.
  • >>"NOW A GREAT SIGN APPEARED IN HEAVEN: A WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE
  • SUN, WITH THE MOON UNDER HER FEET, AND ON HER HEAD A GARLAND
  • OF TWELVE STARS. THEN BEING WITH CHILD, SHE CRIED
  • OUT IN LABOR AND IN PAIN TO GIVE BIRTH.
  • AND THE DRAGON STOOD BEFORE THE WOMAN WHO WAS READY TO GIVE
  • BIRTH, TO DEVOUR HER CHILD AS SOON AS IT WAS BORN."
  • >>MANY BIBLE SCHOLARS AND HISTORIANS HAVE STUDIED THIS
  • PROPHECY OVER THE YEARS AND AGREE THAT THE PROPHECY OF
  • REVELATION 12 POINTS TO AN EVENT KNOWN AS^I THE MASSACRE OF THE^I
  • ^IINNOCENTS^I , WHICH OCCURRED IN FIRST CENTURY JUDEA.
  • >>IN THE DECADES LEADING UP TO THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, THE ROMAN
  • EMPIRE HAD CONQUERED THE WHOLE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD, INCLUDING
  • JUDEA. TWENTY YEARS BEFORE JESUS WAS
  • BORN, YOU HAVE KING HEROD, A CLIENT KING, FOR ROME.
  • YOU KNOW, WE HAVE DOCUMENTS ABOUT HIM OUTSIDE THE BIBLE
  • THAT TELL US THAT HE WAS VERY CRUEL.
  • HE WAS RUTHLESS AND YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO GET ON HIS BAD SIDE.
  • >>HEROD WAS VERY ANXIOUS WHEN A SMALL DELEGATION OF WISE MEN
  • FROM THE EAST CAME TO JERUSALEM, ANNOUNCING THEIR SEARCH FOR THE
  • NEWBORN KING OF THE JEWS.
  • >>WHY WOULD HEROD BE UPSET ABOUT THAT?
  • BECAUSE THAT WAS HEROD'S TITLE AS BESTOWED UPON HIM BY
  • THE ROMAN EMPIRE - KING OF THE JEWS.
  • >>HE FINDS OUT FROM THE PHARISEES AND THE SADDUCEES
  • EXACTLY WHERE THIS CHILD IS TO BE BORN AND HE FINDS OUT IT'S
  • BETHLEHEM, AND SO HE HAS SUCH ANGER AGAINST THIS CHILD, HE
  • SENDS IN THE SOLDIERS TO TRY AND KILL JESUS.
  • (DRAMATIC MUSIC) (NEIGHING HORSES) (SCREAMS)
  • >>THE BIBLE TELLS US THIS BARBARIC ACT WAS INSPIRED
  • BY MORE THAN JUST THE TYRANNICAL JEALOUSY OF AN OLD KING.
  • MANY BIBLE SCHOLARS BELIEVE THAT IT'S PART OF A MUCH BIGGER
  • STRUGGLE THAT HAS SPANNED THE AGES AND IS STILL HAPPENING TODAY.
  • TO UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THIS PROPHECY, WE'RE GOING TO FIRST
  • NEED TO IDENTIFY THE MAIN CHARACTERS: THE WOMAN, THE CHILD
  • AND THE DRAGON. LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE
  • WOMAN. WE KNOW THAT SHE'S A SYMBOL OF
  • SOMEONE OR SOMETHING. DOES THE BIBLE TELL US WHAT THIS
  • WOMAN REPRESENTS? >>"HUSBANDS LOVE YOUR WIVES,
  • JUST AS CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR HER."
  • >>VERY CLEARLY, A WOMAN IN SCRIPTURE REPRESENTS THE CHURCH.
  • YOU HAVE A WOMAN AS REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD'S PEOPLE.
  • WE SEE THIS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT; WE SEE IT
  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • JESUS COMES FROM THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND THEN THE CHURCH GROWS
  • UP AS SOMETHING THAT JESUS DEVELOPS.
  • >>MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS WOMAN IS ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH TO A
  • SPECIAL MALE CHILD. WHO IS THE CHILD?
  • >>WE HAVE A COUPLE OF INDICATIONS.
  • 1) HE RULES WITH A ROD OF IRON OVER THE NATIONS.
  • THAT'S A REFERENCE TO THE OLD TESTAMENT WHERE CLEARLY GOD IS
  • THE ONE RULING OVER THE NATIONS WITH A ROD OF IRON.
  • AND THEN HE SAYS HE'S CAUGHT UP INTO HEAVEN, SO THESE TWO
  • INDICATIONS PRETTY DEFINITIVELY TELL US THAT THIS IS JESUS.
  • >>NOW LET'S CONSIDER THE ARCH VILLAIN IN THIS IMPORTANT
  • PROPHECY: THE DRAGON. >>"AND ANOTHER SIGN APPEARED IN
  • HEAVEN: BEHOLD, A GREAT, FIERY RED DRAGON."
  • >>YOU KNOW, I WISH I COULD JUST GIVE YOU A FANCIFUL THEORY HERE,
  • BUT THE BIBLE TELLS US WHO THE DRAGON IS.
  • THE DRAGON IS THE DEVIL. >>"SO THE GREAT DRAGON WAS CAST
  • OUT, THAT SERPENT OF OLD, CALLED THE DEVIL AND SATAN, WHO
  • DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD; HE WAS CAST TO THE EARTH, AND HIS
  • ANGELS WERE CAST OUT WITH HIM." >>WHAT WE SEE HERE, IN THE FIRST
  • PART OF REVELATION 12, IS A SYMBOLIC PORTRAYAL OF THE
  • AGE-OLD CONFLICT BETWEEN CHRIST AND SATAN.
  • ALL THROUGH THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF CHRIST, SATAN TRIED
  • TO DISRUPT JESUS' PLANS TO PROVIDE SALVATION FOR HUMANITY.
  • >>"BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED
  • FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE CHASTISEMENT FOR OUR PEACE WAS
  • UPON HIM, AND BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED."
  • >>THEY TRIED TO SILENCE HIM. THEY TORTURED HIM TO DEATH
  • PUBLICLY. >>SATAN'S SCHEME TO DERAIL THE
  • PLAN OF SALVATION WAS UTTERLY SHATTERED WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM
  • THE DEAD. >>"AND HER CHILD WAS CAUGHT UP
  • TO GOD AND HIS THRONE." >>WITH THE SON OF GOD NOW
  • PHYSICALLY BEYOND HIS REACH, THE DEVIL DIRECTED ALL OF HIS FURY
  • AT THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, THE NEW CHRISTIANS.
  • HE DID MUCH OF THIS THROUGH THE CRUEL POWER OF IMPERIAL ROME.
  • >>"NOW WHEN THE DRAGON SAW THAT HE HAD BEEN CAST TO THE EARTH,
  • HE PERSECUTED THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO THE MALE CHILD."
  • >>CHRISTIANITY WAS A STRUGGLING, SMALL, PERSECUTED MINORITY THAT
  • DIDN'T HAVE OFFICIAL STATUS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THERE WERE
  • A SERIES OF PERSECUTIONS, SOME OF WHICH WERE QUITE SEVERE.
  • >>ONE OF THE ROLES OF RELIGION IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE WAS TO
  • ENSURE THE WELL BEING OF THE STATE.
  • THE IDEA WAS, IF THE GODS WERE WORSHIPPED PROPERLY, THEN THEY
  • WOULD FAVOR THE EMPIRE AND IF THEY WERE WORSHIPPED IMPROPERLY,
  • THEN THEY WOULD, YOU KNOW, BAD THINGS WOULD HAPPEN TO THE
  • EMPIRE AS A RESULT OF DIVINE WRATH.
  • >>THEY DO NOT WANT TO SACRIFICE TO THE GODS AND THE GODS, AT
  • THAT POINT, INCLUDE THE EMPEROR.
  • >>SO IT'S EASY TO CONSIDER THESE PEOPLE RELIGIOUS SCAPEGOATS.
  • BASICALLY, IF SOMETHING'S GOING WRONG, PROBABLY IT'S BECAUSE
  • THERE ARE CHRISTIANS AROUND WHO ARE REFUSING TO GIVE THE GODS
  • THEIR PROPER DUE. CHRISTIANS ARE PROGRESSIVELY
  • STRIPPED OF THEIR CIVIL OFFICES, THEIR MILITARY OFFICES, THEIR
  • BOOKS ARE CONFISCATED, THEIR CHURCHES ARE DESTROYED, THEY'RE
  • FORBIDDEN TO MEET, AND SO ON, ALL BECAUSE THERE'S AN ANXIETY
  • THAT THIS IS REALLY UNDERMINING THE - THE WELFARE OF THE EMPIRE.
  • >>AS THE EARLY CHURCH SUFFERED UNDER THIS WITHERING PERSECUTION
  • OF ROME, THEIR LIVES BECAME A POWERFUL TESTIMONY FOR TRUTH.
  • WHILE THE PAGANS LIVED IN CONSTANT SUPERSTITIOUS FEAR,
  • THESE CHRISTIANS FACED TORTURE AND DEATH WITH A
  • SUPERNATURAL PEACE.
  • >>BASICALLY, WHAT NERO DID IS HE FED THEM TO THE LIONS.
  • HE HAD THEM TIED TO PILLARS, HE PUT PITCH ON THEM, AND THEN HE
  • SET THEM ON FIRE AS HUMAN TORCHES SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE
  • THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUE ON INTO THE NIGHT.
  • >>YOU KNOW, BEING STRETCHED, PULLED INTO TWO, YOU KNOW, BEING
  • KILLED BY GLADIATORS. >>JUST ABOUT EVERY CREATIVE WAY
  • THAT YOU CAN DISPOSE OF CHRISTIANS.
  • >>WHEN FACING THE PAINFUL END OF THEIR LIVES, THEY OFTEN SANG AND
  • REJOICED. AS THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS PAID
  • THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THEIR FAITH, THEIR DYING PRAYERS AND
  • BLOOD ESSENTIALLY BECAME SEED FOR THE NEW CHURCH.
  • >>PEOPLE ARE SO ENTHRALLED BY HOW THESE CHRISTIANS ARE DYING,
  • THAT IMMEDIATELY, THE REACTION IS 'SIGN ME UP.'
  • >>AND SO THE CHRISTIANS SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE.
  • THE MORE YOU KILLED THEM, THE MORE THEY STOOD FOR THEIR FAITH.
  • >>NOW, IT IS TRUE, AND I THINK IT HAS TO BE EMPHASIZED THAT THE
  • EARLY CHURCH SPREADS DESPITE THE VERY CONCERTED ATTEMPTS AT
  • REPRESSION OF EXTREMELY AUTOCRATIC AND POWERFUL EMPERORS
  • WHO SET THEMSELVES VERY FIRMLY AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS AND YET
  • THE EARLY CHURCH SURVIVES. >>TERTULLIAN ARGUES, WHENEVER
  • SOMETHING GOES WRONG, WHENEVER THERE'S A FAMINE OR WHENEVER
  • THERE'S AN ILLNESS, A PESTILENCE THAT SWEEPS THROUGH, EVERYBODY
  • SAYS, 'THE CHRISTIANS TO THE LIONS.' AND THEN HE SAYS
  • SNIDELY, 'AS IF SO MANY COULD BE FED TO SO FEW.' AND HIS POINT IS
  • THAT YOU CAN'T DESTROY US ALL. >>DURING THIS TIME OF
  • EXPONENTIAL GROWTH, CHRISTIANS, ALL ACROSS THE ROMAN EMPIRE,
  • QUITE LITERALLY WENT UNDERGROUND.
  • THIS LABYRINTH OF TUNNELS AND CHAMBERS BENEATH THE ROMAN
  • CITIES BECAME KNOWN AS^I THE^I ^ICATACOMBS^I .
  • >>NOW THE CATACOMBS ARE IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND.
  • FIRST, MANY PEOPLE IMAGINE THAT THERE ARE CAVES NATURALLY UNDER
  • ROME AND THAT CHRISTIANS SIMPLY WENT INTO THEM.
  • THE CATACOMBS, ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION, ARE NOT NATURAL
  • CAVES; THEY WERE EXCAVATED BY THE CHRISTIANS.
  • >>SOMETIMES SERVICES WOULD BE HELD THERE IN THE VERY TOMBS OF
  • THE MARTYRS. >>THE SECOND POINT IS THE VERY
  • ACT OF BURYING YOUR DEAD IS HUGELY SIGNIFICANT.
  • CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN A RESURRECTION OF THE BODY.
  • NOW, OF COURSE, THAT BELIEF HAS SHIFTED AND CHANGED OVER THE
  • CENTURIES, BUT FROM ALL WE UNDERSTAND, EARLY CHRISTIANS
  • BELIEVED THAT THEY WOULD BE RESURRECTED IN THAT ACTUAL
  • BODILY FORM AND, THEREFORE, THEY CHOSE TO BURY THEIR DEAD, NOT TO
  • CREMATE THEM. THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE SEEN TO BE
  • BURYING YOUR DEAD, ESPECIALLY AT TIMES WHEN THERE ARE INTENSE
  • WAVES OF PERSECUTION, YOU'RE MORE OR LESS SAYING TO THE POLICE,
  • 'COME AND INVESTIGATE ME. I MAY WELL BE A CHRISTIAN.'
  • >>IN A.D. 306, A NEW ROMAN EMPEROR CAME INTO POWER AND
  • THINGS BEGAN TO RAPIDLY CHANGE. CONSTANTINE THE GREAT WAS A
  • CAPABLE MILITARY LEADER AND A SHREWD POLITICIAN.
  • >>SO CONSTANTINE HAD TO FIGHT A SERIES OF CIVIL WARS IN ORDER TO
  • ACHIEVE HIS POLITICAL AIM OF BECOMING EMPEROR - AND THAT'S
  • HIS OWN PERSONAL AND POLITICAL AIM, IT'S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH
  • CHRISTIANITY. HE GOES DOWN FROM GAUL - MODERN-DAY FRANCE - WHERE
  • HIS POWER BASE WAS, TO CONFRONT HIS RIVAL, MAXENTIUS, IN ITALY.
  • >>AS HE WAS MARCHING WITH HIS ARMY, HE HAD A DREAM ONE NIGHT
  • WHERE GOD CAME TO HIM AND TOLD IM, 'YOU WILL BECOME A CHRISTIAN
  • AND PUT THIS SIGN ON YOUR SHIELD AND YOU WILL CONQUER.'
  • SHORTLY AFTER THAT, HE ACTUALLY AD A VISION, WHICH HISTORY TELLS US
  • WAS SEEN BY HIS ARMY AS WELL AS BY CONSTANTINE, HIMSELF.
  • >>HE LOOKED UP TO THE SUN AND HE SAW A CROSS OF LIGHT ABOVE IT
  • >>THE STORY THAT HE HAD HAD THIS DREAM DOES APPEAR AT A
  • RELATIVELY EARLY STAGE. IT'S DESCRIBED BY EUSEBIUS.
  • THERE ARE DIFFERENT SOURCES - THERE ARE DIFFERENT VERSIONS,
  • BUT IT DOES SEEM THAT CONSTANTINE DOES SAY, 'I'VE HAD
  • THIS DIVINE ENCOUNTER AND AN ANGEL HAS TOLD ME THAT IN THE
  • SIGN OF THE CROSS I WILL CONQUER.'
  • >>CONSTANTINE COMMANDED HIS TROOPS TO ADORN THEIR SHIELDS
  • WITH THE CHRISTIAN SYMBOL.
  • >>HIS OPPONENT MOVES ACROSS THE RIVER AT THE MILVIAN BRIDGE.
  • HE HAS CONSTANTINE AND ARMY IN FRONT OF HIM; THE RIVER AND THE
  • CITY BEHIND HIM - NOT A GREAT SITUATION TO BE IN.
  • SO IF YOU DO NOT BEAT THE ONCOMING ARMY, YOU HAVE NOWHERE
  • TO RETREAT. SO HE LOSES.
  • >>SO FOR CONSTANTINE, WHO IS CERTAINLY NOT YET A
  • CHRISTIAN, THIS IS A POWERFUL THING BECAUSE HE HIMSELF
  • BELIEVES 'THE CHRISTIAN GOD HAS GIVEN ME VICTORY.' SO IF YOU'RE
  • A PAGAN OR JUST SOMEBODY WHO'S CONFUSED ABOUT RELIGION, YOU'VE
  • HAD HERE THIS CLASH OF DEITIES AND WHO'S EMERGED ON TOP?
  • THE CHRISTIAN GOD. YOU CAN DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS.
  • >>GRADUALLY, THE NATIONAL SENTIMENT AGAINST CHRISTIANITY
  • BEGAN REVERSING.
  • DURING CONSTANTINE'S REIGN, CHRISTIANS WENT FROM BEING A
  • PERSECUTED SECT TO OPENLY HOLDING POSITIONS OF INFLUENCE
  • IN THE COURTS AND PALACES OF KINGS AND GOVERNORS.
  • >>SO A LARGE PART OF THE ELITES USED TO RUNNING THE SHOW,
  • AUTOMATICALLY THEN BECOME ALSO THE LOCAL BISHOPS, ETC. YOU
  • KNOW, BECOME CHRISTIAN - IT WASN'T SUCH A BIG LEAP BECAUSE
  • MOST OF THEM, ANYWAY, BELIEVED IN ONE SUPREME DIVINE BEING
  • WHICH HAD DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIONS.
  • >>IF YOU WANT TO ADVANCE IN THE ARMY OR IN THE IMPERIAL CIVIL
  • SERVICE, THERE'S EVERY INCENTIVE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE
  • ALL THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP ARE CHRISTIANS.
  • >>IT BECOMES VERY ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE CONSTANTINE'S^I EDICT OF^I
  • ^ITOLERATION^I MAKES IT SO.
  • >>"CONSTANTINE CAN RIGHTFULLY CLAIM THE TITLE OF GREAT, FOR HE
  • TURNED THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD INTO A NEW COURSE AND MADE
  • CHRISTIANITY, WHICH UNTIL THEN HAD SUFFERED BLOODY PERSECUTION,
  • THE RELIGION OF THE STATE." >>AND SO, AS PEOPLE FROM AROUND
  • THE ROMAN EMPIRE ENTERED THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, THEY BROUGHT
  • WITH THEM MANY OF THEIR FORMER PAGAN BELIEFS AND PRACTICES.
  • >>NOW THE PERCENTAGE OF CHRISTIANS IN THIS TOP TEN,
  • FIFTEEN, TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT INCREASES AND IT INCREASES
  • DRAMATICALLY IN THE TOP ONE - TWO PERCENT.
  • THAT IS THE REAL CHANGE. THAT'S WHEN CHRISTIANITY REALLY
  • BECOMES THE CHRISTIANITY THAT IT IS TODAY. BECAUSE NOW THE PEOPLE
  • WHO HAVE BEEN RUNNING THE SHOW, THEY ARE NOW CHRISTIAN.
  • >>OVER TIME, CHURCH LEADERS BEGAN TO EMBRACE THE REGAL ROBES
  • AND FLAMBOYANT CEREMONY THAT WAS PART OF THE PAGAN RELIGIONS, AND
  • IN PLACE OF THE SIMPLE COMMANDS OF GOD, THEY BEGAN TO TEACH
  • SUPERSTITIONS AND MAN-MADE TRADITIONS.
  • NOW, INSTEAD OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH CONVERTING THE HEATHEN
  • WORLD, THE PAGANS WERE CONVERTING THE CHURCH.
  • >>THERE'S A TRAIN COMING OUT OF THE FIRST CENTURY REPRESENTED BY
  • THE DOCUMENTS WE HAVE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT DEMONSTRATE THE
  • KIND OF SHAPE OF THE CHURCH THERE GOING INTO THIS LONG, DARK
  • TUNNEL OF THE SECOND THROUGH FOURTH CENTURIES, AND THEN
  • COMING OUT IN THE FOURTH CENTURY - OF THIS LONG, DARK TUNNEL -
  • AND THE TRAIN OF THE CHURCH THAT COMES OUT IS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE
  • TRAIN OF THE CHURCH THAT GOES IN, YOU SAY, 'WHAT HAPPENED?!'
  • >>IN A.D. 391, BY THE ORDER OF EMPEROR THEODOSIUS I, CHRISTIANITY
  • BECAME THE OFFICIAL STATE RELIGION OF ROME. WORSHIP AT PAGAN TEMPLES
  • WAS OUTLAWED AND ALL OTHER RELIGIOUS PRACTICES CEASED.
  • >>YOU'RE TRYING TO CHRISTIANIZE AN EMPIRE.
  • YOU'RE TRYING TO CHRISTIANIZE A PAGAN CULTURE. THE OLD BASILICAS
  • WERE BASICALLY PAGAN TEMPLES - PUT A CROSS OVER IT, PUT IN PAINTINGS
  • OF BIBLICAL SCENES, BIBLICAL HEROES AND SAINTS AND MARTYRS.
  • SO CHRISTIANS ACTUALLY DELIBERATELY, AT TIMES, AND
  • PURPOSEFULLY, AS A STRATEGY, TAKE PAGAN, NOT ONLY PLACES, BUT
  • RITUALS OR IDEAS AND, AS THEY THINK, SUBVERT THEM TO ADVANCE
  • THE CAUSE OF, YOU KNOW, SPREADING CHRISTIANITY.
  • WHAT WE DON'T KNOW IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEY THINK THIS THROUGH
  • AND SAY, 'WELL, AT WHAT POINT IS IT LEGITIMATE TO DO THIS AND AT
  • WHAT POINT DO WE, PERHAPS, BEGIN TO BE TAKING ON OTHER IDEAS?
  • >>THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE EARLY CHURCH TOBOGGANED INTO APOSTASY
  • WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY.
  • >>AS MILLIONS OF PAGANS HASTILY JOINED THE CHURCH, THEY WERE
  • NATURALLY RELUCTANT TO DISPOSE OF THEIR IDOL TREASURES.
  • THE ROMANS AND THE GREEKS WERE SO USED TO BEING SURROUNDED BY
  • SYMBOLS OF THEIR DEITIES, THEY BEGAN DOING THE SAME THING WITH
  • CHRISTIANITY, SO MANY OF THESE NEW CONVERTS JUST RELABELED
  • THEIR IDOLS WITH CHRISTIAN NAMES LIKE PAUL, MARY, AND PETER.
  • >>A STATUE OF JUPITER BECAME A STATUE OF PETER.
  • >>AND WE KNOW THAT, BECAUSE IT HAS A SUN DISC RIGHT OVER ITS
  • HEAD THAT INDICATES THAT THIS IS NOT PETER, THAT IT'S A PAGAN
  • STATUE THAT'S BEEN RENAMED.
  • >>THE REPRESENTATIONS OF ISIS, WHICH IS ORIGINALLY AN EGYPTIAN
  • GODDESS, BUT HAS BECOME VERY GREEK ALREADY, BECOMES
  • ESSENTIALLY THE REPRESENTATION OF MARY CARRYING HER CHILD.
  • >>YOU HAVE A MOTHER AND CHILD TRADITION ALL THE WAY DOWN
  • THROUGH HISTORY. YOU HAVE IT IN MITHRAISM, YOU
  • HAVE IT IN BABYLON, YOU HAVE IT ALL THE WAY BACK IN PERSIA.
  • >>IT APPEARS THAT MARY ACQUIRED SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT
  • WERE ASSOCIATED WITH SOME OF THESE OTHER GODDESSES.
  • >>SHE WEARS A DARK BLUE COAT AND SHE STANDS ON THE HALF MOON.
  • SHE IS THE MOTHER OF ALL GODS - ISIS CARRYING HER SON HORACE -
  • THAT IS THE IMAGE THAT GETS A NEW NAME AND NOW THE NAME IS
  • MARY CARRYING THE CHILD JESUS. >>OR A DEPICTION OF THE GOD HERMES
  • IS SHOWN AS CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
  • >>SOON THE STATUES OF THE SAINTS - AND EVEN JESUS - BEGAN
  • ADORNING THE CHURCHES. EVEN THOUGH GOD CLEARLY FORBIDS
  • THIS PRACTICE IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, PEOPLE CONTINUED
  • TO REVERE AND TO PRAY TO THESE RELABELED IDOLS.
  • >>"THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY
  • LIKENESS OF ANYTHING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE
  • EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH.
  • THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF TO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM..."
  • >>RELATED TO THE LAST POINT IS THE VENERATION OF MARY,
  • THE MOTHER OF JESUS.
  • WHILE IT IS TRUE MARY WAS A FAITHFUL WOMAN AND GREATLY
  • HONORED TO BE HIS MOTHER, THE SCRIPTURES TEACH NOWHERE THAT
  • SHE IS TO BE DEIFIED OR WORSHIPED.
  • >>MARY HAD ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT IN ANCIENT CHRISTIAN HISTORY,
  • BUT OVER THE MIDDLE AGES SHE BECOMES ELEVATED ALMOST TO
  • UH - LOOKING AT IT DETACHEDLY - ALMOST TO THE RANK OF A SEMI-DEITY.
  • >>THE VIRGIN MARY WAS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONE WHO WOULD SPEAK UP
  • FOR GUILTY HUMAN BEINGS TO HER SUPREMELY VIRTUOUS AND
  • JUDGMENTAL AND RATHER CENSORIOUS SON. IT'S A VERY STRANGE IMAGE, BUT
  • THAT'S HOW THE RELIGIOUS ART OF THE PERIOD SHOWS IT.
  • >>THE BIBLE DOES NOT VENERATE MARY AS A SPECIAL SAINT. IT LIFTS HER
  • UP AS A PURE, WONDERFUL WOMAN USED BY GOD TO GIVE BIRTH TO
  • THE MESSIAH. >>YET, AT THE COUNCIL OF NICEA
  • IN 325, THE CHURCH ELEVATED MARY TO THE STATURE OF A GODDESS AND
  • CO-MEDIATOR WITH CHRIST. EVEN AS EARLY AS THE LATE 4TH
  • CENTURY, CHURCHES WERE BEING DEDICATED TO THE VIRGIN MARY.
  • BUT SADLY, THESE WERE NOT THE ONLY ERRORS THAT SLIPPED IN
  • DURING THIS TIME. DURING THE APOSTOLIC AGE,
  • BAPTISM WAS A SACRED CEREMONY RESERVED ONLY FOR THOSE OLD
  • ENOUGH TO MAKE A RATIONAL DECISION FOR CHRIST.
  • IT WAS A PUBLIC TESTIMONY OF ACCEPTING CHRIST AND HIS
  • FORGIVENESS. BAPTISM LITERALLY REPRESENTS
  • BEING DEAD AND BURIED TO OUR OLD LIFE AND BEING RESURRECTED, OR
  • BORN AGAIN, TO A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. THE BAPTISM CEREMONY WAS
  • ALSO PERFORMED IN A LAKE OR A RIVER, WHERE A PERSON COULD BE
  • FULLY SUBMERGED, SIGNIFYING THEY WERE FULLY WASHED FROM THEIR SINS.
  • THE PRACTICE OF BAPTISM WAS GRADUALLY ALTERED BY THE CHURCH.
  • HUNDREDS OF YEARS AFTER CHRIST, SPRINKLING AND POURING WERE
  • INTRODUCED AS A MORE CONVENIENT MODE OF BAPTISM.
  • THIS ACTUALLY UNDERMINED THE POWERFUL SYMBOLISM OF THE
  • SERVICE, AND IT CONTRADICTS THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS, WHO WAS
  • BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION.
  • >>THERE WAS THIS UNBIBLICAL CONCEPT THAT A CHILD COULD SIN
  • RIGHT AWAY AND SO THEREFORE IF HE SINNED, HE WAS IN DANGER OF
  • GOING TO HELL AND BURNING FOREVER IN HELL.
  • SO THE ONLY WAY TO TAKE CARE OF HIM WAS TO BAPTIZE HIM AND HE
  • HAD TO BE BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH.
  • IF YOU WEREN'T A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH, IT WAS CRICKETS FOR YOU.
  • >>SO THEOLOGIANS SAY, 'YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • WE NEED TO START BAPTIZING BABIES IMMEDIATELY' - AS SOON AS
  • POSSIBLE AFTER THEY'RE BORN - SO THAT, IN CASE THEY DIE AND, THIS
  • IS, OF COURSE, A PERIOD WHEN INFANT MORTALITY IS HIGH AND A
  • LOT OF BABIES DO DIE, THEY CAN GET INTO HEAVEN.
  • >>ANOTHER CHRISTIAN TRUTH THAT WAS ALTERED BY PAGAN INFLUENCE
  • WAS THE LORD'S SUPPER. JESUS INSTITUTED THE COMMUNION
  • SERVICE, ALSO KNOWN BY SOME AS A EUCHARIST, TO BE A BEAUTIFUL,
  • YET SIMPLE, CEREMONY WHERE HIS FOLLOWERS WOULD DRINK
  • UNFERMENTED WINE AND EAT UNLEAVENED BREAD. THESE SYMBOLS
  • OF JESUS' SINLESS BODY AND BLOOD ARE DESIGNED TO HELP BELIEVERS
  • REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE AND THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST.
  • >>BY FAR, THE MOST IMPORTANT RITE FOR LATE MEDIEVAL
  • CHRISTIANS WAS THE EUCHARIST OR COMMUNION OR, AS THEY MOST
  • COMMONLY CALLED IT, THE MASS. >>MEN AND WOMEN ALL COME
  • TOGETHER AND TAKE THE SACRAMENT. THEY CELEBRATE WHAT WE WOULD
  • CALL COMMUNION - TAKING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • >>BUT AGAIN, UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF HEATHEN RITUALS, THE HOLY
  • COMMUNION SERVICE WAS GRADUALLY CHANGED BY CHURCH LEADERS INTO A
  • MYSTICAL CEREMONY. IN THIS NEW RITUAL, FERMENTED
  • WINE WAS USED AND THE PRIEST, ALLEGEDLY, HAD THE POWER TO
  • TRANSFORM THE BREAD AND THE WINE INTO THE ACTUAL BODY AND BLOOD
  • OF CHRIST. >>THIS IS TRANSUBSTANTIATION - THE NOTION
  • THAT A PRIEST TRANSFORMS THE EUCHARIST INTO THE BODY
  • AND BLOOD OF CHRIST THROUGH THE PRONUNCIATION AND THE
  • FORMULA^I HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM^I -^I THIS IS MY BODY.^I
  • "THEY WERE POWERFUL WORDS BELIEVED TO HAVE THE PROPERTY THAT
  • WHEN THEY WERE UTTERED, GOD TRANSFORMED THE NATURE OF THE
  • BREAD AND THE WINE INTO THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE RISEN
  • JESUS CHRIST. >>EVEN TO THE POINT WHERE LATER
  • ON THEY SAY, 'WE ARE CREATING GOD BY SPEAKING THE WORDS OF
  • MYSTAGOGY. >>ESSENTIALLY, WHAT HAPPENED ON
  • THE ALTAR WAS THAT BREAD BECAME BODY, WINE BECAME BLOOD; BUT
  • THEY JUST STILL LOOKED LIKE BREAD AND WINE.
  • >>THIS OFFERING OF THE SACRIFICE IN THE EUCHARIST - THIS
  • SACRIFICE OF PRAISE-THIS COMMUNAL MEAL, NOW BECOMES, NOT
  • A REMEMBRANCE OF THE SACRIFICE, BUT A SACRIFICE IN AND OF ITSELF
  • AND IS GIVING SALVATION. >>BY 1415 A.D.
  • AT THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE, CHURCH LEADERS FURTHER DECREED
  • THAT ONLY THE PRIESTS COULD DRINK THE WINE AND THE LAITY
  • WOULD ONLY RECEIVE THE BREAD, YET THE BIBLE CLEARLY SAYS THAT
  • WHEN JESUS ESTABLISHED THE COMMUNION SERVICE, THEY ALL
  • DRANK FROM IT. ABOUT 300 YEARS AFTER CHRIST,
  • THE CHURCH BEGAN TO DEVIATE FROM ANOTHER OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,
  • SPECIFICALLY THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT THAT REQUIRES
  • BELIEVERS TO REMEMBER THE SEVENTH DAY AS THE SABBATH.
  • >>"REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY. SIX DAYS YOU SHALL
  • LABOR AND DO ALL YOUR WORK, BUT HE SEVENTH DAY IS THE SABBATH OF
  • THE LORD YOUR GOD." >>WHEN THE JEWS KEPT FIGHTING
  • AGAINST ROME, WHAT HAD BEEN KIND OF AN UMBRELLA OF SAFETY UNDER
  • JUDAISM BECOMES A LIGHTNING ROD TO CHRISTIANITY.
  • >>THE CHRISTIANS BECOME ALIENATED FROM THE JEWS.
  • THE JEWS PERSECUTED THEM AND SO THEY'RE TRYING TO DISTANCE
  • THEMSELVES FROM THE JEWS. >>CHURCH LEADERS BEGAN TO
  • DEVALUE THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN
  • PREFERENCE FOR THE MORE POPULAR ROMAN SUNDAY.
  • >>SOME CHRISTIANS MISTAKENLY
  • THOUGHT THAT YOU SHOULD FAST ON THE SABBATH BUT YOU COULD FEAST
  • ON SUNDAY. THAT'S WHAT THE PAGANS DID; THEY
  • FEASTED ON SUNDAY AND FASTED ON SATURDAY.
  • NOT A JEWISH CONCEPT - THE JEWS FASTED FRIDAY AND FEASTED
  • SABBATH - BUT THAT'S HOW SOME CHRISTIANS THOUGHT OF IT.
  • SO IF YOU'RE FASTING ON ONE DAY AND YOU'RE FEASTING ON THE NEXT,
  • YOU CAN GUESS WHICH DAY BECOMES THE MORE POPULAR DAY.
  • >>AND CHRIST IS RESURRECTED ON A SUNDAY AND THERE'S A VERY
  • NATURAL TENDENCY, THEREFORE, TO MARK THAT AND CELEBRATE THAT.
  • >>THERE'S A THIRD REASON AND THAT IS THE INFLUENCE OF SUN
  • WORSHIP THAT CREEPS INTO THE CHURCH. AND WHEN SUN WORSHIP
  • BEGINS TO CREEP INTO THE CHURCH, CONSTANTINE CAN MAKE USE OF THAT
  • TO LEAD TO THE EXALTATION OF SUNDAY, THE DAY OF THE SUN, AS
  • BEING THE DAY THAT PEOPLE SHOULD WORSHIP ON.
  • >>THIS GRADUAL DEPARTURE FROM GOD'S LAW, OVER THE CENTURIES,
  • HAS BECOME SO WIDELY ACCEPTED THAT MOST ARE SHOCKED TO LEARN
  • THAT SUNDAY KEEPING HAS NO FOUNDATION IN THE BIBLE.
  • IN A.D. 313, CONSTANTINE PUBLISHED THE^I EDICT OF MILAN^I ESTABLISHING
  • SUNDAY AS A DAY OF REST. THE EMPEROR'S SUNDAY LAW HAD
  • NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY, IT WAS ACTUALLY TO HONOR THE
  • MAIN GRECO-ROMAN SUN GOD CALLED HELIOS, OR APOLLO.
  • >>THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE BECAME A CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY AND
  • ALSO, BECAUSE HE REMAINED PARTIAL TO THE SUN GOD, THE
  • EMPEROR CONSTANTINE MOVED THE DAY OR WORSHIP FROM SATURDAY THE
  • SABBATH, AS HAD BEEN TRADITIONAL IN JUDAISM, OBVIOUSLY, TO SUNDAY
  • THE DAY OF THE SUN GOD. AND EVER SINCE, CHRISTIAN FOLKS,
  • AT LEAST FOR THE MOST PART - OVERWHELMINGLY - HAVE HELD
  • THEIR DAY OF WORSHIP ON SUNDAY RATHER THAN SATURDAY.
  • >>THIS IS CLEAR, FROM ANOTHER EDICT OF CONSTANTINE GIVEN IN A.D. 321,
  • WHEN THE EMPEROR ORDERED: >>"ON THE VENERABLE DAY OF THE
  • SUN LET THE MAGISTRATES AND PEOPLE RESIDING IN CITIES REST,
  • AND LET ALL WORKSHOPS BE CLOSED."
  • >>NOTICE: THE EDICT USES THE WORD 'SUN' S-U-N.
  • IT'S ALSO RECORDED THAT CONSTANTINE THE GREAT MADE A LAW
  • FOR THE WHOLE EMPIRE THAT SUNDAY SHOULD BE KEPT AS A DAY OF REST.
  • OBVIOUSLY, THIS CHANGE DID NOT INFILTRATE THE CHURCH OVERNIGHT.
  • HISTORY TELLS US THAT FOR DECADES THE SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH,
  • TOGETHER WITH SUNDAY, WERE BOTH OBSERVED AS HOLY DAYS.
  • >>THE VERY, VERY EARLY CHURCH CLEARLY IS STILL WORSHIPING ON
  • THE JEWISH SATURDAY IN THE TIMES OF THE APOSTLES, BUT BY THE MID
  • TO LATE THIRD CENTURY, THAT HAS LARGELY BEEN ABANDONED OR IS IN
  • THE PROCESS OF BEING ABANDONED. BY THE EARLY 4TH CENTURY, IN
  • MANY PARTS OF THE ROMAN WORLD, CHRISTIANS ARE GENERALLY
  • WORSHIPING ON SUNDAY. >>IT'S DURING THE TIME OF
  • CONSTANTINE IN WHICH THE IDEA OF TRANSFERRING THE SOLEMNITY OF
  • THE SABBATH TO SUNDAY IS FIRST EXPRESSED.
  • >>CENTURIES EARLIER THE PROPHET DANIEL HAD FORETOLD A RELIGIOUS
  • POWER WOULD ARISE THAT WOULD THINK TO CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS.
  • WITHIN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS THERE'S ONLY ONE LAW THAT IS
  • ALSO A TIME, THE SABBATH. THE DOCTRINE OF HELLFIRE WAS
  • ALSO DISTORTED BY PAGAN MYTHOLOGY.
  • IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT FOLLOWING THE
  • GREAT JUDGMENT DAY THE LOST WILL BE CAST INTO A LAKE OF FIRE.
  • AT THAT TIME, EACH PERSON IS PUNISHED ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY
  • DESERVE AND THEN THEY'RE TOTALLY CONSUMED AND ETERNALLY PERISH.
  • >>"AND DO NOT FEAR THOSE WHO KILL THE BODY BUT CANNOT KILL
  • THE SOUL. BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHO IS ABLE
  • TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL." "FOR THE LIVING KNOW THAT
  • THEY WILL DIE; BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING..."
  • >>THE PRIESTS BEGAN TO TEACH THAT HELL WAS A PLACE OF ETERNAL
  • TORMENT RULED BY THE DEVIL AND IT BEGAN AT THE MOMENT OF DEATH.
  • THE FALLEN CHURCH WAS ABLE TO USE THIS FRIGHTFUL CONCEPT OF
  • NEVER-ENDING TORTURE TO TERRORIZE AND MANIPULATE BOTH
  • THE KING AND THE COMMONER. MOST TRAGIC OF ALL, THIS FALSE
  • TEACHING PORTRAYS JESUS AS SOME SORT OF SADISTIC FIEND.
  • ANOTHER PAGAN CONCEPT THAT INFILTRATED CHRISTIAN THINKING
  • WAS REGARDING THE AFTERLIFE. PURGATORY IS THE IDEA THAT TEACHES
  • THAT, AT DEATH, SOME PEOPLE WILL ENTER A TEMPORARY HELLFIRE
  • WHERE THEY'RE PURIFIED FOR HEAVEN.
  • >>PURGATORY'S A HALFWAY HOUSE - HALFWAY, KIND OF, BETWEEN HEAVEN
  • AND HELL AND THE THING WITH PURGATORY IS YOU CAN ESCAPE FROM IT.
  • >>THE CHURCH DEVELOPS GRADUALLY AND, AGAIN, IT GROWS ON THE
  • CHURCH BY SLOW DEGREES, THE IDEA THAT ANYONE WHO DIES WITH THEIR
  • WORKS OF SATISFACTION INCOMPLETE, WILL PROBABLY HAVE
  • TO PAY THEM OFF IN SOME PLACE OF POST-MORTEM SUFFERING.
  • THEY ARE SUFFERING IN ORDER TO BE PURIFIED, PURGED FROM THEIR
  • SINS AND OFFENSES WHICH THEY'VE COMMITTED IN LIFE.
  • >>MANY PEOPLE MISUNDERSTAND PURGATORY AND HELL - THERE'S AN
  • IDEA YOU CAN GET OUT OF HELL - YOU CAN'T.
  • IF YOU GO TO HELL, THAT'S IT. THERE'S NO RELEASE.
  • YOU'RE VERY, VERY WICKED AND YOU'RE JUST DOOMED.
  • BUT MOST PEOPLE - WE HAVE A LOT OF VERY, VERY BAD THING IN US,
  • SO HOW CAN WE BE MADE GOOD FOR HEAVEN? YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT PURGED
  • OUT OF US AND, THUS, YOU GET THE WORD^I PURGATORY.^I
  • THEREFORE, MOST CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THAT THEIR RELATIVES ARE
  • SUFFERING IN PURGATORY AND PURGATORY IS NOT A NICE PLACE.
  • >>THE IDEA OF PURGATORY DATES BACK CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS' TIME.
  • WRITINGS FROM PLATO - AS EARLY AS 400 B.C.-HELP SHED LIGHT ON
  • WHERE THIS CONCEPT OF PURIFICATION AND PUNISHMENT CAME
  • FROM; HOWEVER, PURGATORY DIDN'T BECOME REGARDED AS AN ACTUAL
  • PLACE UNTIL CENTURIES LATER. BETWEEN 1160 AND 1180 A.D.
  • THEOLOGIANS DEVELOPED THE DOCTRINE OF PURGATORY LEADING TO
  • THE FORMAL ACCEPTANCE OF IT AT THE SECOND COUNCIL OF LYONS IN 1274.
  • >>THE CHURCH THEN OFFERS TO SUPPORT THE DEAD IN PURGATORY BY
  • ITS PRAYERS AND BY ATTRIBUTING TO PEOPLE THE BENEFITS OF THE
  • SACRAMENTS - ESPECIALLY THE COMMUNION -
  • THIS IS ALL PERFECTLY ORTHODOX.
  • THE CHURCH BELIEVES THAT THIS IS DOING GOOD AND LAYPEOPLE SEEM TO
  • BE WILLING TO PUT LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO IT AND YOU HAVE AN
  • EXTRAORDINARY PROLIFERATION OF INSTITUTIONS FOUNDED PRINCIPALLY
  • FOR PRIESTS TO SAY MASSES FOR THE SOULS OF THE DEPARTED,
  • PARTICULARLY IN THE 14TH AND 15TH CENTURIES.
  • >>THIS DOCTRINE WAS FABRICATED TO MANIPULATE THE MASSES FOR
  • FINANCIAL GAIN. PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO PAY HUGE
  • AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO RELEASE A LOVED ONE FROM THE TORTURES OF
  • PURGATORY. OF COURSE, BELIEVERS COULD NEVER
  • BE SURE WHEN SOMEONE LEFT PURGATORY SO THE MONEY KEPT
  • FLOWING INTO THE POCKETS OF CORRUPT PRIESTS.
  • >>THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WOULD HAVE PEOPLE GOING OUT TO RAISE
  • MONEY AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GIVE THEIR MONEY TO THE
  • CHURCH - BUY PEOPLE OUT OF PURGATORY - SO THEY COULD
  • FUND THESE ELABORATE BUILDINGS.
  • >>THIS BELIEF IN PURGATORY IS ALSO BUILT ON THE DANGEROUS
  • CONCEPT THAT THE WORKS AND THE PRAYERS OF THE LIVING CAN
  • SOMEHOW ALTER THE DESTINY OF THE DEAD.
  • YET JESUS MADE IT VERY CLEAR THERE IS NO LIMBO OR PURGATORY.
  • AFTER DEATH, A PERSON'S NEXT CONSCIOUS THOUGHT WAS THE
  • RESURRECTION AND THEIR ETERNAL REWARD.
  • >>"DO NOT MARVEL AT THIS; FOR THE HOUR IS COMING IN WHICH ALL
  • WHO ARE IN THE GRAVES WILL HEAR HIS VOICE AND COME FORTH; THOSE
  • WHO HAVE DONE GOOD, TO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE, AND THOSE
  • WHO HAVE DONE EVIL, TO THE RESURRECTION OF CONDEMNATION."
  • >>CENTRAL IN THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IS THE TEACHING OF HOW WE OBTAIN
  • FORGIVENESS. THIS WAS ANOTHER MAJOR BIBLE
  • TRUTH THAT SUFFERED DURING THIS AGE OF COMPROMISE. IT WAS TAUGHT
  • THAT IF A PERSON WISHED TO BE FORGIVEN, HE OR SHE MUST FIRST
  • CONFESS THEIR SINS THROUGH A RIEST, THROUGH A RITE CALLED THE
  • SACRAMENT OF PENANCE, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS CONFESSION.
  • >>SO IN ORDER TO MAKE UP FOR OUR INSUFFICIENT GOODNESS AND OUR
  • ACTUAL WRONG ACTIONS, WE MUST ALL, LAY PEOPLE AS WELL AS
  • CLERGY, WE MUST ALL CONFESS OUR SINS AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR AND
  • PREFERABLY MORE OFTEN THAN THAT, TO A PRIEST.
  • >>THE PRIEST GRANTS THE WORDS OF ASSURANCE THAT THE SIN IS
  • ABSOLVED - IT'S GONE-BUT A PERSON, BECAUSE THEY HAVE
  • VIOLATED THE LAWS OF THE CHURCH AND THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST, HAS
  • TO PERFORM A WORK OF SATISFACTION IN ORDER TO MAKE UP
  • FOR THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE SINNED.
  • >>THIS WAS A NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENT ON SEVERAL ACCOUNTS.
  • FIRST OF ALL, IT'S TAUGHT NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE.
  • SECONDLY, IT PUTS A MORTAL MAN IN THE PLACE OF CHRIST AND IT
  • MADE GOD SEEM DETACHED FROM THE AVERAGE PERSON. OF COURSE,
  • AT THE TIME, IT ALSO PLACED THE PRIEST IN AN AWKWARD POSITION TO
  • HEAR ABOUT ALL THE WICKED DEEDS OF HIS PARISHIONERS.
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT MANKIND IS HELPLESS TO SAVE HIMSELF;
  • THIS IS WHY JESUS CAME TO THIS WORLD. THE SCRIPTURES TEACH THAT
  • SALVATION DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON OUR TRUSTING GOD FOR MERCY AND
  • GRACE, THAT WE DON'T DESERVE IT. IT'S A MAGNIFICENT GIFT THAT CAN
  • NEVER BE EARNED BY OUR EFFORTS OR GOOD WORKS.
  • EVEN OBEDIENCE COMES THROUGH A GIFT OF GRACE. THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • DOCTRINE OF SALVATION BY FAITH IS WIDELY TAUGHT AND UNDERSTOOD
  • TODAY, BUT DURING THE DARKNESS F THE MIDDLE AGES, IT WAS EASIER TO
  • CONVINCE THE ILLITERATE MASSES THAT THEY NEEDED TO PERFORM GOOD
  • DEEDS IN ORDER TO EARN GOD'S FAVOR. THE PEOPLE WERE TAUGHT
  • THAT IF A SINNER WAS TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF APPEASING GOD, HE OR SHE
  • WOULD NEED TO PAY HUGE SUMS OF MONEY, PERFORM PAINFUL ACTS OF
  • PENANCE, OR MAKE SOME WEARY PILGRIMAGE. THIS WOULD OFTEN
  • INCLUDE AN ASSIGNMENT TO RECITE CERTAIN PRAYERS OVER AND OVER AS A
  • REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS.
  • IN THE HEATHEN RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD, THE IDEA OF REPETITIVE
  • PRAYERS, OR CHANTS, WAS NOTHING NEW. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT YOU
  • COULD APPEASE OR INFLUENCE THE GODS BY CONSTANT ECHOING OF
  • PRAYERS OR BY USING SPECIAL MAGICAL WORDS. JESUS CLEARLY
  • WARNED AGAINST THIS FORM OF PRAYER.
  • >>"AND WHEN YOU PRAY, DO NOT USE VAIN REPETITIONS AS THE HEATHEN
  • DO, FOR THEY THINK THAT THEY WILL BE HEARD FOR THEIR MANY WORDS."
  • >>CORRUPT CHURCH LEADERS KNEW, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN ANY LASTING
  • POWER OVER GOD'S PEOPLE, THEY WOULD NEED TO SEPARATE THEM FROM
  • THE ONE THING THAT THEY KNEW COULD EXPOSE THESE DECEPTIONS:
  • THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. >>THE BIBLE WAS NOT INITIALLY
  • WITHHELD FROM THE PEOPLE. IT WAS ACCESSIBLE.
  • BUT IN TIME, WHEN PEOPLE SAW DIFFERENCES THEY CHALLENGED THE
  • CLERGY AND SO IT WAS IN THEIR INTEREST, OVER TIME, NOT TO MAKE
  • AVAILABLE THE BIBLE TO THE PEOPLE.
  • >>SO FROM THE 5TH CENTURY TO THE 15TH CENTURY - A THOUSAND YEARS
  • OF HISTORY - IT WAS TAUGHT AND ACCEPTED THAT ONLY RELIGIOUS
  • LEADERS WERE QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO EXPLAIN THE SACRED TEXTS.
  • THE COMMON MAN WAS TOLD HE COULD NEVER HOPE TO UNDERSTAND THE
  • SCRIPTURES WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF A PRIEST.
  • WITH THIS LETHAL DECEPTION, THE CHURCH LAITY WAS KEPT IN DARKNESS.
  • MEANWHILE, THE VISIBLE CHURCH, ONCE A BIBLICAL BASTION OF
  • TRUTH, HAD DEGRADED INTO A CORRUPT POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
  • TRIMMED WITH SPIRITUALIST CEREMONIES.
  • IT'S NO WONDER THAT THIS TIME PERIOD OF CULTURAL, ECONOMIC,
  • AND SPIRITUAL DETERIORATION IS KNOWN AS THE DARK AGES.
  • IT'S TRAGIC HOW, IN JUST A FEW SHORT CENTURIES, THE WONDERFUL
  • LIGHT THAT HAD BEEN BLAZING FROM THE LUMINOUS BRIDE OF CHRIST HAD
  • BEEN ECLIPSED BY PAGAN TRADITIONS.
  • NOW, A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF WOMAN EMERGED TO TAKE HER PLACE.
  • >>"AND I SAW A WOMAN SITTING ON A SCARLET BEAST WHICH WAS FULL
  • OF NAMES OF BLASPHEMY, HAVING SEVEN HEADS AND TEN HORNS.
  • THE WOMAN WAS ARRAYED IN PURPLE AND SCARLET AND ADORNED WITH
  • GOLD AND PRECIOUS STONES AND PEARLS, HAVING IN HER
  • HAND A GOLDEN CUP FULL OF ABOMINATIONS AND THE FILTHINESS
  • OF HER FORNICATION AND ON HER FOREHEAD A NAME WAS WRITTEN:
  • MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE
  • ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I SAW THE WOMAN DRUNK WITH THE
  • BLOOD OF THE SAINTS AND WITH THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS OF JESUS.
  • AND WHEN I SAW HER, I MARVELED WITH GREAT AMAZEMENT.
  • >>IN REVELATION CHAPTER 17, JOHN SEES A WOMAN WHO HE DESCRIBES AS
  • STRIKINGLY DIFFERENT FROM THE PURE WOMAN OF REVELATION 12.
  • WHO IS THIS NEW BLOOD THIRSTY HARLOT AND WHAT ABOUT THE
  • BIZARRE BEAST SHE'S RIDING?
  • IF YOU'RE NOT SITTING DOWN, THIS MIGHT BE THE TIME TO DO SO.
  • YOU MAY FIND WHAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO HEAR A BIT SHOCKING.
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE EMPIRE - ONE CHURCH - ONE INSTITUTION THAT
  • MATCHES THE CRITERIA IN THIS PROPHECY, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC
  • CHURCH. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL THE
  • PEOPLE WITHIN THIS FAITH ARE BAD, INSINCERE OR LOST.
  • THE CATHOLIC PEOPLE ARE AMONG THE MOST KIND AND HAVE
  • ACCOMPLISHED A PHENOMENAL AMOUNT OF GOOD THROUGHOUT HISTORY.
  • THIS IS REALLY ABOUT A BIGGER STRUGGLE BETWEEN SPIRITUAL
  • POWERS AND INSTITUTIONS BATTLING OVER THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE.
  • BUT NOW WE NEED TO PULL BACK THE VEIL AND REALLY TAKE A HARD LOOK
  • AT THE FACTS. IN REVELATION 17:1, WE OBSERVE
  • THIS HARLOT WOMAN SITS ON MANY WATERS.
  • FORTUNATELY, THE ANGEL EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF THIS SYMBOL FOR
  • US IN VERSE 15. >>"THEN HE SAID TO ME, 'THE
  • WATERS WHICH YOU SAW, WHERE THE HARLOT SITS, ARE PEOPLES,
  • MULTITUDES, NATIONS, AND TONGUES.'"
  • >>SO THE WOMAN REIGNS OVER A DENSELY POPULATED CIVILIZATION.
  • YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THE EXPRESSION "ALL ROADS LEAD TO
  • ROME." DURING THE ZENITH OF THEIR RULE,
  • THE ROMANS HAD BUILT A NETWORK OF 50,000 MILES OF ROADS CIRCULATING
  • THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EMPIRE. JUST AS IMPERIAL ROME BEGAN TO
  • UNRAVEL, THE CHURCH IN ROME WAS GAINING IN STRENGTH.
  • >>IN EFFECT, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH KIND OF RUSHES IN TO FILL THE
  • POWER VACUUM THAT WAS LEFT BY THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
  • >>AND YOU GET INTO SITUATIONS WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE
  • MIDDLE OF THE FIFTH CENTURY WHEN ATTILA THE HUN IS ADVANCING ON
  • THE CITY OF ROME WITH HIS ARMY, THE EMPEROR IS NOT THE ONE WHO
  • GOES OUT TO STOP HIM, THE POPE IS - THE BISHOP OF ROME.
  • THIS KIND OF PROMINENCE - POLITICAL PROMINENCE
  • AS WELL AS RELIGIOUS PROMINENCE - COMES TO REALLY
  • DEFINE THE POPE'S ROLE. >>THE PROPHECY ALSO INDICATES
  • THAT THE WOMAN IS RIDING A BEAST WITH SEVEN HEADS AND TEN HORNS.
  • OBVIOUSLY, THESE THINGS ARE SYMBOLS.
  • THIS CREATURE HERE CLEARLY REPRESENTS THE SAME MONSTER WITH
  • SEVEN HEADS AND TEN HORNS THAT WE JUST SAW WARRING WITH THE
  • BRIDE OF CHRIST IN CHAPTER 12 AND IT'S THE SAME BEAST THAT THE
  • WORLD IS COMPELLED TO WORSHIP IN CHAPTER 13. SO WHAT DO THESE SEVEN
  • HEADS AND TEN HORNS REPRESENT? >>"THE SEVEN HEADS ARE SEVEN
  • MOUNTAINS ON WHICH THE WOMAN SITS."
  • "THE TEN HORNS WHICH YOU SAW ARE TEN KINGS..."
  • >>THERE IS ONLY ONE CITY IN THE WORLD THAT SITS ON SEVEN HILLS
  • LIKE THIS ONE MAJOR CITY AND THAT'S THE CITY OF ROME.
  • SO THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MOST EXPOSITORS' MINDS THAT WHEN JOHN
  • IS TALKING ABOUT THIS WOMAN, HE IS TALKING ABOUT ROME.
  • >>SO YOU SEE THE CONNECTION HERE: SEVEN HEADS, SEVEN
  • MOUNTAINS. YOU GO TO REVELATION 12 - SEVEN HEADS.
  • REVELATION 13 DEALS WITH SEVEN HEADS. THERE'S A CONTINUITY HERE.
  • >>"IT IS WITHIN THE CITY OF ROME, CALLED THE CITY OF SEVEN HILLS, THAT
  • THE ENTIRE AREA OF VATICAN STATE PROPER IS NOW CONFINED."
  • >>THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH THAT IS ALSO AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY
  • AND HAS POLITICAL WORLD POWER - THE VATICAN.
  • THIS COUNTRY, WITH THE WORLD'S SMALLEST POPULATION, WAS
  • ESTABLISHED AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE WITH A HUNDRED AND NINE
  • ACRES WITHIN ROME. BEHIND THE WALLS AT VATICAN CITY
  • THERE ARE LESS THAN 1,000 PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN THIS SMALL COUNTRY
  • THAT IS GOVERNED BY THE POPE, WHO HAS ABSOLUTE EXECUTIVE,
  • LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL POWERS.
  • AMBASSADORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD MEET WITH THE POPE AND HIS
  • REPRESENTATIVES, SEEKING THE INFLUENCE AND GUIDANCE OF THIS
  • INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS POWER.
  • EVEN THE UNITED NATIONS WILL ASSEMBLE TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE
  • POPE. WHEN THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE
  • FELL, THEIR TERRITORY FRAGMENTED INTO TEN PRIMARY DIVISIONS.
  • THE TEN HORNS REPRESENT THE TEN KINGS OR KINGDOMS INTO WHICH
  • IMPERIAL ROME WAS EVENTUALLY SPLIT.
  • >>THE TEN HORNS ARE A DESCRIPTION OF ROME, WHICH
  • BREAKS UP INTO TEN SMALLER KINGDOMS.
  • SO YOU HAVE THE CHURCH RIDING ON A POLITICAL POWER.
  • YOU HAVE A UNION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
  • >>THE NAMES OF BLASPHEMY IS ANOTHER KEY ELEMENT TO THIS
  • PROPHECY THAT POINTS DIRECTLY AT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
  • >>"WE HOLD UPON THIS EARTH THE PLACE OF GOD ALMIGHTY."
  • >>THIS PUTS A MORTAL MAN IN THE POSITION OF GOD AND IS
  • ULTIMATELY THE VERY DEFINITION OF BLASPHEMY.
  • THIS IS NOT MEANT TO QUESTION THE SINCERITY OF ANY SPECIFIC
  • POPE, BUT THE PROPHECY IS ADDRESSING THE OFFICE THAT HE
  • HOLDS AND THE INSTITUTION THAT HE REPRESENTS.
  • THE WOMAN IS ALSO CLOTHED IN UNIQUE COLORS.
  • >>SHE HAS SPECIFIC COLORS THAT ARE MENTIONED HERE - NOT THE
  • COLOR OF WHITE ANYMORE, BUT NOW WE HAVE COLORS THAT REPRESENT,
  • STRANGELY ENOUGH, TWO THINGS: ROYALTY AND PROSTITUTION - AND
  • SPECIFIC COLORS THAT WE HAPPEN TO SEE COMING OUT IN THE
  • HISTORIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH LATER ON IN THE COLORS OF THE PRIESTS
  • OF THE HISTORIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
  • >>NOT ONLY WERE THESE THE PRINCIPLE COLORS OF THE ROMAN
  • CAESARS, BUT ACCORDING TO THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, PURPLE IS
  • THE OFFICIAL COLOR OF BISHOPS AND SCARLET FOR CARDINALS.
  • IN ADDITION TO THE SCARLET AND THE PURPLE, WE SEE THAT THIS
  • HARLOT, OR CORRUPT CHURCH, POSSESSES VAST MINERAL RICHES.
  • WHEN ONE CONSIDERS ITS COUNTLESS ARTISTIC TREASURES OF GOLD,
  • SILVER, AND PEARLS, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS, BY FAR, THE
  • WEALTHIEST RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION ON EARTH.
  • EVERY YEAR TOURISTS COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO VIEW THE
  • GLITTERING OPULENCE OF THE ROMAN CHURCH.
  • ANOTHER DISTURBING MARK OF THIS WOMAN IS FOUND IN VERSE 6.
  • >>"I SAW THE WOMAN, DRUNK WITH THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS AND WITH
  • THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS OF JESUS."
  • >>HISTORY REVEALS THAT THE ROMAN CHURCH WAS THE WORST OPPRESSOR
  • OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS OVER THE CENTURIES.
  • IN FACT, HISTORIANS TELL US OVER 50 MILLION MARTYRS FELL VICTIM
  • TO THE TERRIBLE INQUISITIONS AND PERSECUTIONS OF THE CHURCH OF
  • ROME. >>SO WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A
  • PROPHECY SAYING THAT THE CHURCH WOULD ENGAGE IN INCREDIBLE
  • PERSECUTION AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT TOOK PLACE.
  • >>AND THE CHURCH STARTED A LEGAL PROCESS - A LEGAL SYSTEM - KNOWN
  • AS INQUISITION, TO INTERROGATE THESE PEOPLE TO FORCE AS MANY AS
  • POSSIBLE TO RECANT AND RETRACT THEIR IDEAS AND TO GRAB HOLD OF
  • THE LEADERS OF THE MOVEMENT TO STOP THEM SPREADING ANY FURTHER.
  • >>THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS EVER RECORDED OCCURRED WHEN THE
  • CHURCH PERSECUTED THOSE WHO DISAGREED WITH IT AND THAT LEVEL
  • OF REPRESSION CONTINUES THROUGH THE MIDDLE AGES.
  • >>SO THIS WOMAN, OR CHURCH, IS A PERSECUTING POWER THAT OPPRESSES
  • CHRIST'S TRUE FOLLOWERS. >>"THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN
  • DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT; THOSE WHO DWELT IN THE
  • LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT HAS SHINED."
  • >>PETER WALDO, ALSO KNOWN AS VALDES, A VERY WEALTHY AND
  • EDUCATED YOUNG MERCHANT, HAD A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE.
  • A YOUNG FRIEND OF WALDO'S DIED SUDDENLY.
  • REALIZING THE BREVITY OF LIFE AND THE VANITY OF WORLDLY
  • TREASURE, WALDO MADE A FIRM DECISION TO FORSAKE ALL FOR
  • CHRIST. HE GAVE HIS WEALTH TO THE POOR
  • AND BECAME AN ITINERANT PREACHER. WALDO TAUGHT THAT THE BIBLE
  • SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD LITERALLY AND FREELY PROCLAIMED TO THE
  • PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. BY A.D. 1170,
  • PETER WALDO HAD GATHERED A LARGE NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS WHO
  • WERE REFERRED TO AS THE POOR OF LYONS OR WALDENSIANS.
  • >>AND THEY WOULD CARRY SCRIPTURES AROUND WITH THEM.
  • THEY WOULD ACT AS MERCHANTS AND TRADERS AND SHARE THE SCRIPTURES
  • WITH THE PEOPLE WHERE THEY WENT. >>WALDO'S IDEAS WERE OFFICIALLY
  • CONDEMNED AS HERESY. EVEN FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF
  • PETER WALDO IN 1218, THE ROMAN CHURCH CONTINUED TO FIERCELY
  • PERSECUTE THE WALDENSIANS. FOR CENTURIES MANY WERE TRIED
  • AND SENTENCED TO DEATH IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT STIRRED UPON MANY WITHIN THE CHURCH WHO
  • COURAGEOUSLY STOOD UP AND CALLED FOR REFORM.
  • ONE SUCH MAN WAS JOHN WYCLIFFE, AN ENGLISH THEOLOGIAN AND LAY
  • PREACHER, TRANSLATOR, AND TEACHER AT OXFORD.
  • AS HE SAW ROME SUBSTITUTING TRADITION FOR THE HOLY
  • SCRIPTURE, HE ACCUSED THE PRIESTHOOD OF WITHHOLDING THE
  • BREAD OF LIFE FROM THE SPIRITUALLY STARVING PEOPLE.
  • >>HE BELIEVED THAT THE BIBLE WAS THE SUPREME AUTHORITY AND HE
  • COMMISSIONED THE TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.
  • HE HAD SOME FOLLOWERS CALLED LOLLARDS, THAT WENT AROUND
  • DISTRIBUTING SCRIPTURE AND PREACHING.
  • >>OVER TIME, HIS WRITINGS AND WORK OF REFORM SPREAD OUT LIKE
  • SEISMIC WAVES, INFLUENCING MILLIONS OF GOD'S PEOPLE.
  • >>THEY CAN BE READ ANYWHERE WHERE THERE ARE SCHOOLMEN, WHERE
  • THERE ARE SCHOLASTIC THEOLOGIANS WHO CAN PICK THEM UP. THEY DO
  • TRAVEL AND THEY TRAVEL TO BOHEMIA AND THEY INSPIRE JOHN HUSS AS WELL.
  • >>LIKE WYCLIFFE, JOHN HUSS PREACHED THE SCRIPTURES IN THE
  • LANGUAGE OF THE PEOPLE, A PRACTICE THAT THE CHURCH HAD NOW
  • FORBIDDEN IN FAVOR OF THE LOST LANGUAGE OF LATIN. HE BEGAN TO
  • PUBLICALLY DENOUNCE THE PRIDE, AMBITION, AND CORRUPTION OF THE
  • CLERGY AND HE FEARLESSLY CALLED FOR THE CHURCH TO REFORM.
  • >>HE WAS ASKED TO DEFEND HIS POSITIONS.
  • IN THE ACT OF DEFENDING THEM, HE WAS FOUND TO HAVE VOICED A
  • HERESY AND SO HE WAS SEIZED AND TRIED FOR HERESY.
  • >>GUARDS THEN LED HUSS AWAY TO BE EXECUTED.
  • AMONG HIS DYING WORDS, HUSS PREDICTED "IN A HUNDRED YEARS,
  • GOD WILL RAISE UP A MAN WHOSE CALLS FOR REFORM CANNOT BE
  • SUPPRESSED. MARTIN LUTHER, THEOLOGIAN,
  • AUTHOR, COMPOSER, AND PRIEST, WAS ARGUABLY THE BEST-KNOWN
  • RELIGIOUS REFORMER OF THE 16TH CENTURY.
  • LUTHER WAS AWARDED THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
  • WITTENBERG AND HE BEGAN TO BOLDLY PREACH TO THE PEOPLE THAT
  • CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT ACCEPT ANY DOCTRINE UNLESS IT CAME FROM THE
  • BIBLE AND IT WAS THIS PRINCIPLE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA THAT WOULD
  • BECOME THE BATTLE CRY OF THE REFORMATION.
  • ABOUT THIS SAME TIME, ROME WAS BREAKING GROUND FOR THE
  • CONSTRUCTION OF THE MAGNIFICENT NEW SAINT PETER'S BASILICA.
  • THE CHURCH SENT JOHANN TETZEL, A DOMINICAN FRIAR TO GERMANY TO
  • SELL INDULGENCES IN ORDER TO RAISE THE FUNDS NECESSARY FOR
  • THE CATHEDRAL. WHEN LUTHER LEARNED THAT HIS
  • MEMBERS WERE PURCHASING INDULGENCES, HE WAS OUTRAGED.
  • ON OCTOBER 31, 1517, LUTHER NAILED HIS FAMOUS PROTEST TO THE
  • DOORS OF THE ALL-SAINTS CHURCH IN WITTENBERG.
  • >>AND THIS GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE'S ATTENTION, INCLUDING THE POPE'S,
  • AND A BULL WENT OUT - A PAPAL BULL - MEANING A KIND OF
  • DECLARATION CONDEMNING LUTHER AND HIS WRITINGS.
  • >>SO THE GERMAN EMPEROR ORGANIZED A HEARING
  • AT A PLACE CALLED WORMS.
  • >>HE WAS PULLED UP BEFORE THE GROUP, HE WAS SHOWN A PILE OF
  • HIS BOOKS, HE WAS ASKED, 'WILL YOU RECANT - WILL YOU WITHDRAW
  • THE TEACHINGS YOU'VE MADE IN THEM?'
  • >>IT'S AN HEROIC MOMENT, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE, AS FAR AS
  • LUTHER IS CONCERNED, HE BELIEVES IT'S GOING TO LEAD TO HIS DEATH.
  • >>"UNLESS I AM CONVINCED BY THE TESTIMONY OF THE SCRIPTURES OR
  • BY CLEAR REASON, FOR I DO NOT TRUST EITHER IN THE POPE OR IN
  • COUNSELS ALONE, SINCE IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT THEY HAVE OFTEN ERRED
  • AND CONTRADICTED THEMSELVES, I AM BOUND BY THE SCRIPTURES I
  • HAVE QUOTED AND MY CONSCIENCE IS CAPTIVE TO THE WORD OF GOD.
  • I CANNOT AND WILL NOT RECANT ANYTHING SINCE IT IS NEITHER
  • SAFE NOR RIGHT TO GO AGAINST CONSCIENCE.
  • HERE I STAND. I CAN DO NO OTHER. MAY GOD HELP ME, AMEN."
  • >>LUTHER WAS DECLARED AN OUTLAW.
  • HIS LITERATURE WAS BANNED AND HIS ARREST ORDERED.
  • >>INSTEAD, OF COURSE, LUTHER IS KIDNAPPED BY AN ARMED GROUP OF
  • MEN WHO WERE ACTUALLY WORKING FOR FREDERICK THE WISE, WHO
  • DECIDES HE NEEDS TO TAKE LUTHER OUT OF CIRCULATION FOR A LITTLE
  • WHILE TO WARTBURG CASTLE, WHICH THE ELECTOR, FREDERICK, KNEW
  • ABOUT, BUT NOBODY KNEW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO LUTHER.
  • MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT HE WAS DEAD.
  • >>FOR THE NEXT YEAR FROM THIS LONELY EXILE, WHICH LUTHER
  • REFERRED TO AS 'MY PATMOS,' THE FORMER PRIEST CONTINUED HIS WORK
  • OF PROLIFIC WRITING. HE EVEN MANAGED TO TRANSLATE THE
  • NEW TESTAMENT FROM GREEK INTO THE GERMAN LANGUAGE.
  • AROUND THIS SAME TIME, SEVERAL OTHER POWERFUL CHAMPIONS OF
  • TRUTH ROSE UP FROM WITHIN THE CHURCH OF ROME.
  • AS THE REFORMERS PREACHED AND THE PRINTING PRESS CLATTERED,
  • THE TEAMING MASSES STUDIED THE WORD OF GOD.
  • LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH SPRING AIR, EUROPE EXPERIENCED A
  • RELIGIOUS RENAISSANCE. >>"AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH
  • AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE."
  • >>THE BOOK OF REVELATION ALSO FORETELLS THAT IN THE LAST DAYS
  • THERE WILL BE A VERY CONVINCING COUNTERFEIT OF GOD'S REAL CHURCH
  • THAT COMPROMISES THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE.
  • JESUS WARNS IT WILL NEARLY DECEIVE THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • >>"FOR FALSE CHRISTS AND FALSE PROPHETS WILL RISE AND SHOW
  • SIGNS AND WONDERS TO DECEIVE, IF POSSIBLE, EVEN THE ELECT."
  • >>SHORTLY AFTER THIS FINAL DECEPTION, CHRIST WILL RETURN
  • AND HE WILL COME FOR A CHURCH THAT HAS BEEN PURIFIED FROM ALL
  • THE FALSE TRADITIONS AND PAGANISM.
  • IT WILL BE A CHURCH THAT REQUIRES A 'THUS SAITH THE LORD'
  • FOR EVERY DOCTRINE THAT IT HOLDS.
  • THIS SPIRITUAL WAR HAS BEEN RAGING DOWN THROUGH THE AGES AND
  • IT'S CLEAR THAT THIS PROPHECY IS FAST FULFILLING.
  • AS THE BATTLE INTENSIFIES, WE'RE ALL FACED WITH A CHOICE.
  • >>"CHOOSE FOR YOURSELVES THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE."
  • >>FRIENDS, WE'VE JUST SEEN HOW EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE GRADUALLY
  • ENTICED TO ADOPT PAGAN RITUALS AND TRADITIONS IN PLACE OF
  • BIBLICAL TRUTH. BUT THEN GOD ROSE UP FAITHFUL
  • MEN AND WOMEN TO RESIST THE ERRORS OF AN ENTIRE EMPIRE.
  • HISTORY IS NOW REPEATING ITSELF. SOON ALL WILL EITHER JOIN EITHER
  • THE BRIDE OF CHRIST OR FOLLOW THE BEAST OF BABYLON.
  • WHERE WILL YOU STAND? THE BIBLE IS CLEAR. THE EVIDENCE IS IRREFUTABLE.
  • THE DECISION IS ULTIMATELY YOURS.
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As the pope visits America, Bible prophecy takes center stage. Who are the major end-time players? What is the significance of the pope’s visit to America? Be informed and get answers that will prepare you for the future!

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