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All Bibles Created Equal?

***As of 5/18/17, this is a brand new post which I’m currently in the process of composing & editing, and will be under development until further notice. Please check back later! This notice will be removed upon completion, and I would highly suggest waiting until then before begging to read. Thank you for your patience!***

 

So, what’s the final verdict? Does it even really make a difference? I mean, at the end of the day isn’t it just a matter of opinion?

No doubt there have been thousands of books and articles written over the last half-century or so on these matters, and my intention is certainly not to re-invent the wheel, neither to belabor the point. The aim of this article will be to present a general overview, cover some of the most crucial points, and in as concise a manner as possible. Consequently, I will be me assuming the reader has a general understanding of both history and theology, and thus will be making certain statements without citing sources, assuming common knowledge. Therefore if you doubt or have questions about anything below, please feel free to contact me, and I shall be happy to provide historical/scriptural sources, etc. My intentions are simply to furnish you with the information necessary to arrive at an honest, balanced, and reasonable conclusion that we can be confident in. Following the article I will provide a list of some of the resources which I’ve found to be helpful in researching these matters.

I will start by stating my position. Because I believe that truth is not relative, and in the importance of making informed decisions, I would encourage you, even if you disagree, to continue to read, that you may at least understand the FACTS upon which my position has been reached. Keep in mind, this exposition primarily concerns the Bibles of the ENGLISH language, not only because this is my native tongue, but also because it’s the most universal language of the world today.

My Position

I most typically use the King James Version but am not a “King James Only-ist”, or at least not in the strictest sense. I definitely believe that other translations can be used both to the saving of souls, and to one degree or another, to be inspired. But more on all this later…

What IS the Word of God?

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”-2 Peter 1:21

In other Words, God’s Word is contained in the scriptures. Naturally, common sense would indicate that this would then be contained in the language of the prophets themselves through whom God was inspiring to write (i.e. the Koine Greek of the New Testament, and the Hebrew/Aramic of the Old Testament).

Inspiration/Preservation if Scriptures

A Little History

From the very beginning, satan’s attack was upon..? you guessed it, the Word of God: “Yea, hath God said….?” (Gen. 3:1). Should we then be surprised if there is yet an attack on God’s Word?

Wicked men have always sought to destroy and repress the Holy Scriptures. Not only in ancient history, every time the Hebrew people were taken into captivity, but even leading up to the modern age. During the Papal Supremacy of Europe, the great controversy was between the errors of the formalized church (which were based largely on superstition and tradition) versus what the Word of God said.  This was what sparked what’s come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.

Subsequently, those who appealed to the plain and simple teachings of the scriptures were ridiculed for “rejecting the authority of the church”, or “leaning on their fallible conscious/understanding”, and told that “only a priest could correctly interpret the scriptures”. And of course prior to the advent of the movable-type printing press, only they and certain elite families even had access to the Holy Writ. In time, the Bible was officially condemned in the “Vulgar Tongue” of the common man (i.e. in any language but the Latin Vulgate of Jerome), and those who sought to get the Bible in the hands of the Common man’s language endured the worst physical tortures and death. Thus this period has become to be known as “The Dark Ages”, with the Light of truth being so suppressed.

But God in his sovereignty did not leave the world in darkness. In His impeccable timing, God gave man the Gutenberg Printing Press, enabling Bibles to be printed quicker then they could be destroyed. But did you know that papacy has never officially removed the Bible from their forbidden book index? Specifically, any Bible Translations which are based on the Textus Receptus New Testament (also known as the ‘Byzantine Tex’t, or ‘Majority text’) and the Masoretic Hebrew of the Old Testament are condemned in the Council of Trent. Only those based on Jerome’s Latin Vulgate are accepted by the church of Rome (Keep this point in mind as it will come up again later).

After the first Bible translations appeared of Luther, Tyndale, Wycliffle, Geneva, Etc. It was decided a more excellent translation was necessary in the English language that incorporated the best aspects of the preceding translations. This has become known as the A.V. (Authorized Version) 1611 King James Bible. This Bible was also based on the Textus Receptus, and do you know what happened? The devil using his agents sought to foil this translation entirely through a plot to blow up the parliament in which King James who authorized and was financially supporting this great work resided. This has become known as ‘The Gunpowder Plot” and can be read about, for instance, in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. But by the Grace of God, in His providence, the plot was discovered and prevented.

Naturally, when the Devil discovered that he wasn’t able to keep the Bible out of the hands of the people he would seek to mimic and counterfeit it to create confusion and in seeking to get men unawares to further his mystery iniquity. Just as was the case when the devil, after three centuries of extreme persecution using wicked men in seeking to destroy the early primitive church off the face of the earth under the pagan roman empire, inspired Constantine to declare “Christianity” the official state religion, albeit nominally, incorporating all sorts of pagan practices.

INTENT is 9/10ths of the Law

Whether it’s to promulgate one’s dearly coveted opinions, just the facts, to control others, to set men free, to gain power, or what have you; everyone and everything, whether realized or not, has an ‘agenda’, either good, bad, or indifferent.

1611 KJV

William Tyndale, who’s translation a great majority of the King James Version draws directly from, in light of centuries of papal persecution, is famously quoted as saying “If God spare my life, before many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scripture, than he [the pope] does.”, “I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes”, “I call God to record against the day we shall appear before our Lord Jesus, that I never altered one syllable of God’s Word against my conscience, nor would do this day, if all that is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure, or riches, might be given me”, “The preaching of God’s word is hateful and contrary unto them. Why? For it is impossible to preach Christ, except thou preach against antichrist; that is to say, them which with their false doctrine and violence of sword enforce to quench the true doctrine of Christ.”

Like the 40+ Godly and learned men who gave us the King James Bible, underlying the work was a belief in importance for the common man to have access to the scriptures, because of Their power to transforms life and society for good. Then, from the preface of the KJV we read statements such as “…the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven“, “…out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the lanours, both in our own, and other foreign languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be a one more exact translation of the holy scriptures into the English tongue…reap good fruit thereby“, “”, “…maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near“, “…writing in defense of truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed)”, “things of this quality have ever been subject to the censure [condemnation] of illmeaning and discontented persons..who therefore will seek to malign us…Popish persons“, “…to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness“, “we may rest secure, supported within by the truth and innocency of a good conscience having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity as before the Lord”, etc.

So as you can see, these people literally believed that they were handling the Inspired Word of God, and therefore for were concerned above all else, with producing an unbiased, honest, and accurate translation of the Word. And then, in perceiving its sacredness, and inherent goodness and power, to get it into the hands of as many men as possible. They also understood the necessity to ‘call a spade, a spade’, and expose the hypocrisy and evil done in the name of Christ, especially as these matters were actually foretold in the prophecy of the Sacred Scriptures themselves.

Now that we’ve laid forth the agenda behind KJV ‘Reformation’ Bible, lets see if we can discern the agenda behind some of the most popular subsequent translations.

NIV, ESV, ASV, RSV, AMPLIFIED

What do the above translations have in common? Rather than being based on the Textus Receptus, which has roots that can be traced back to the very 1st century church of the apostles in Antioch, known as the Peshitta Bible, they are rather based Wescott & Hort’s pro-catholic Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Greek text, which is based on on manuscripts, namely the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, which do not agree with the majority of extant texts. Proponents of their school essentially argue because they’re “older” manuscripts, they must be more accurate. This of course requires us to overlook facts such as the Sinaiticus agreeing with the  manuscripts of the pagan-msytic school of Alexandria, and being found in garbage can awaiting to be burned; or that Wescott & Hort had a totally unbiblical theology, which invariable is going to have an impact in translation decisions; or for instance the influences of individuals such as the Jesuit Carlos Martini on Bibles such as the NIV.

But lets examine a couple quotes from Wescott and Hort themselves:

Oct. 17th – Hort: “I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and ‘Jesus’-worship have very much in common in their causes and their results.” (Life, Vol.II, p.50).

Dec. 23rd – Westcott: “My faith is still wavering. I cannot determine how much we must believe; how much, in fact, is necessarily required of a member of the Church.” (Life, Vol.I, p.46).

Wescott & Hort: Fathers of Modern Bible Translations

Heresies and Baslphemies of Wescott & Hort

I wont belabor that point,  explore the article and book excerpt linked above above if you care to invest more time researching their heretical, anti-christ beliefs. At this point, let’s just consider some of the changes and departures in contrast to the KJV:

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Ye shall know them by their fruits

-found. of america

-evangalize world

-attack on KJV

-handel’s Messiah

-memorization of scripture

 

 

The Perfect Bible

Today’s Dilemma

-new translations copyrighted

-occult symbols

-omissions/etc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBh45zlcNvc

What is truth?

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Jesus answered… and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth… Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again…-John 18:37-38

Today, In the 21st century our society and culture, especially in America, are in many ways an echo of that of the Greco-Roman; especially as it regards our values. While the people as a whole obsess over knowledge, and every kind of philosophy such as rhetoric, rationalism, intellectualism, reason, etc. and especially as a means of entertainment through humor, wittiness, sarcasm, and novelty (the Bible states it in this wise: “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing“-Acts 17:21), most are paradoxically yet rendered “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).

Additionally, today we find abounding a sentiment of relativity as it regards truth; or even the notion that absolute truth doesn’t exist or cannot be known. I believe this is largely the result of political correctness, rendering everyone “the right” to be correct, even if that’s ultimately only in their own eyes and doesn’t actually reflect reality. Everyone has “their truth”.  Or in other words “What’s true for them may not be true for you, but is equally valid.” In a fit of total insanity, the absolute nature of facts and even history, have been thrown out the window. Even in the arenas where these are supposedly to be the foundations, giving particular relevancy to the Apostles cry to beware of “science falsely so called”1 Tim.6:20.

While Pilate’s response to Christ, quoted above, most certainly reflects this notion of relativity and uncertainty as it regards matters of truth;  likewise, and even more unfortunate; just as Pilate walked away after posing his rhetorical question, to that Man who alone could give him an honest, sincere, and accurate answer; indicating that he was not truly interested in Christ’s response; so it would seem that today, when it really boils down to it, most aren’t actually interested in the truth.

The below exposition, I wrote a couple years ago as a printable tract in an effort to demonstrate and prove that A) truth does exist B) it’s not relative and C) that the truth does matter. I believe it will not only be helpful for those who are searching for truth, but likewise for those who seek to bring others to knowledge of the truth. Bear in mind however, it may only serve to aid those who actually desire to know the truth!

Without further Ado:

The Mystery of The Ages (The Meaning of Life)

What is ‘Truth’? (Facts vs. Fiction)

Generally speaking the truth cannot be relative; in other words there are certain things that because of their nature are either exclusively true or false and cannot be both at the same time. I will proceed to demonstrate this principle using examples and analogies.

One such example would include history or in other words an account of an event or sequence of events that took place in space and time; while there may be different “versions” of the story, misunderstandings and/or disagreement about what exactly took place, it still stands that whatsoever took place, it happened in a specific and unalterable way regardless of what anyone says. If the stories of what supposedly took place contradict each other then it remains that only one can actually be true and accurate. And if the “truth is in the middle”, as the saying goes, that means that both parties are telling story with a degree of truth mingled with a degree of inaccuracy, in regards to what actually took place; and therefore neither entirely factual nor entirely false; but it remains there is an absolute as to what actually took place, and it can be known. (A few very simple examples would include: either a person was born/existed or they weren’t/didn’t; either a person got married or they didn’t; either they went to college or they didn’t; either a person had kids or they didn’t; etc.)

Now don’t misunderstand me, it should go with out saying, but nonetheless, I’m obviously not alleging everything is”black & white” and “either/or” as is the case in the examples above. But the fact is, the same principle holds true no matter the complexity. Let’s say for example: did the hypothetical individual from the previous example study medicine while at college? “Well, Yes and no. They took a couple courses, but it wasn’t their concentration.” You see, even in such cases where it’s not cut & clear, it doesn’t change the fact that it yet still took place in an exact, specific, unalterable way, which is possible to be known and explained in an accurate and objective way, that reflects reality.

Another example is established facts, in other words something known to be true by actual experience or observation, that is predictably consistent, and that can generally be agreed upon. (for example, the sun gives off light, the moon has craters, snow is white, gravity causes objects in earth’s atmosphere to fall towards the ground, the earth has more water than habitable land, etc.) Now, while they’re may be certain exceptions (in regards to the previous examples we’ll say: color blindness, an anti-gravity plane, etc.) it still stands that the observed phenomenon are generally true and predictably consistent, and the exception is just that, and is the result of additional variables which can be explained and reconciled to the whole in such a way that it’s understood to be merely an exception which is based on additional variables and doesn’t actually contradict the established laws of the universe. These principles are the very basis and sum of the ‘Scientific Method’.

If the above were not true, then the fields of ‘history’, every branch of ‘science’, and even ‘language’ or human progress couldn’t exist; nor would there ever have been any advancements in technology or invention, as nothing would be predictable to the end that it may be understood and therefore the ramifications and possibilities realized and expounded on throughout time. Take for instance the limited constitutional republic of America (which has become the greatest, most advanced, prosperous, and free nation in human history) with its subsequent freedom of speech, religion, and resulting middle class, a system of government with it’s policies and principles designed in light of hundreds of years of established history, in order to prevent common problems which lead to collapse, oppression, and tyranny in the past from repeating themselves. It wouldn’t have ever been possible to have been conceived or even conceptualized if truth was ‘relative’ and there was no such thing as established facts. Also, take for instance modern technologies such as airplanes and computers which are the result of expounding upon and incorporating previous inventions which came about by establishing and understanding principles (facts) through hundreds and even thousands of years of scientific experimentation.

Therefore if one denies that truth exists, they’re essentially denying that objective reality exists (which is defined by and the result of history and facts), and thus their world view by implication precludes the possibility of invention and progress; and therefore it must be concluded that they’re either: confused, self-deceived, delusional, or mentally ill; as this not only contradicts the real world, but leaves them totally unable to explain how the present age in which we find ourselves, with all its conventions, came to be. Indeed, there’s no question that if the universe was not governed by established laws, principles, and if there were no such thing as truth (facts, history, laws, etc.); it would be a world of total primordial chaos and we’d still be living in the stone age.

As follows, the same then must also apply regarding the various religions and non-religion (atheism). Particularly as their claims are exclusive, contradictory, and therefore can’t all be true at the same time. (for example, either we are ultimately the result of chance ‘a big bang’ and an unlimited number of of ‘chance’ coincidences which created the perfect conditions allowing for life to take place, and then to “evolve” (or whatever theory you subscribe to); or alternatively we were intelligently created by some higher conscious power. It cannot be both. We were either created or we weren’t. The Atheists claim there is no God. The religious claim there is a God (or gods). It cannot be both, either there was intelligent creation or there wasn’t, and likewise either there is an afterlife or there is not. It cannot be both.

Comparing The Major Religions

There are some who maintain that despite the many different religions, everyone is really worshiping the same God, and therefore there shouldn’t be so much friction, and people just need to “not be so dogmatic”, and come together. Most who entertain this line of thinking tend to believe this is the key to “world peace” (just think of those “coexist” bumper stickers). And it should be no surprise that this sort of philosophy often gives itself to the extreme notions of “this religion or that religion, needs to be obliterated”, or “all forms of religion need to be outlawed”. It should be pretty obvious that such an approach is nonviable. Nor would it be just, as it would ultimately require oppression, tyranny, violence, and persecution. But history attests that this approach has never worked, but rather breeds more converts.

By the way, I must say, I find the “everyone is really worshiping the same God” type of thinking quite fascinating, as it essentially acknowledges by implication a singular and sovereign deity. But all that aside, at this point we shall proceed to examine the major religions of the world, to the end that it may become evident just how contrary and exclusive each religion is in relation on one another, and therefore why compromise is impossible.

The Muslims claim that there is a God (and that singular), Muhammad being his prophet and ‘the supreme example’; and along with their “holy” book the Qur’an, the exclusive guide on how to please God.  Furthermore, according to the traditions of Islam, He (God) had no Son/Savior/Messiah (that is, a  third-party intervener, necessary to intercede on sinful mankind’s behalf before a Holy God, to take the fallen race’s transgression (they having disobeyed God, breaking the laws of heaven) upon Himself, being legally (in the courts of heaven), the only eligible subrogee, himself never having sinned (broken God’s law), and therefore not already being guilty/having the same sentence upon Him, able to take upon Himself mankind’s guilty charges. Having God as his Father (being conceived of the Holy Spirit), he was “God Manifest in the Flesh”, and thus having bypassed the curse of sin nature which typically passes down all generations since the first man and woman (namely, Adam & Eve, and ultimately as a consequence of their disobedience), through the earthly father’s DNA), and that nor will He ever in the future. In terms of an afterlife, Muslims believe that there is a heaven, and that their system is the only way to get there, and they likewise, in accordance to the precepts of the Qur’an, seek to establish a worldwide theocracy, even through violence if necessary, and what’s known as “cultural Jihad” as it teaches all human affairs are to be conducted in light of this system.

The Jews likewise believe in a singular God, but do believe there will be a messiah, but reject that it could have been Jesus of Nazareth, and maintain that the real messiah hasn’t yet come. Generally speaking, the Jews do not view the function of the Messiah the same way Christians do. They generally do not believe that Messiah will need to take away sins (or that “human sacrifice” (as they call it), even can take away sins), and therefore believe that the Messiah will not be God manifest in the flesh, but fully human, and an earthly king to bring world peace. Jews reject the notion of salvation, and depending on the various traditions, their views on the afterlife range from “the only way to find favor before God is by becoming a Jew and keeping the ceremonial, moral laws; and other commandments given in the torah/tenakh (the Holy Book of the Jews)” to “just be a good person”, or “attend synagogue and adhere strictly to the Rabbinic (Taldmudic) tradition”. Typically speaking, Jews do not proselytize nor feel the need to use force to make their religion dominate; but being themselves often persecuted throughout history, generally seek to be left alone and to leave others alone.

And then you have Christianity which, for practicality sake, we will be dividing into two categories (namely Protestant and Catholic) because of their significant and utterly contrary doctrines, practices, and history. Protestant Christians, while like the Jews and Muslims believe in a singular God, contrarily believe that Jesus was the Messiah (of the Jews), and that He extended salvation likewise to the gentiles (non-Hebrew races), and that Christianity is therefore the Jewish religion fully realized, and thus accept the history of the Jewish faith, patriarchs, lineages etc. as recorded in their (the Jews) holy book the torah (first five books of the Bible) or tenakh (entire old testament) but have an additional 29 “books” in their Bible which reflect the new covenant and are deemed inspired, but rejected by the Jews. Subsequently, they likewise believing in heaven, believe that it’s only possible to “be saved” by having ones sins (offenses against a Holy God who demands perfection) forgiven through this Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, where he being without sin was able to take ours, and that  those who reject this gift/offer, will not make it to heaven, including the Jews and Muslims that don’t repent and believe. Once again, this system is absolutely contrary to the former, and exclusive in its claims, therefore only one of them can be right or none of them are. The Roman Catholic Church (papacy),  which claims to be a Christian institution (even though it’s system of ritual religion contains mostly pagan elements contrary to the Bible), likewise professes to believe in one God (but supplements the mediatory  office of the saints and especially Mary (this being absolutely contrary to the scriptures of the Bible) while yet profess Jesus as Lord, and believes the Bible to a degree (while history and even Bible prophecy record that the papacy responsible for the greatest crimes against humanity, including the slave trades, and torturing/killing of 50-200 million Bible-Believers is in the inquisitions and dark ages, including those who translated the Bible into languages other than Latin, which were deemed “vulgar” and ultimately forbidden to be read.) but maintain that her traditions are above the scriptures, and that salvation is only through the Roman Catholic “mother church”, by participating in it’s sacraments, and through good works, and all who do not enter this fold, including protestants who make the Bible their final authority in faith and practice, will ultimately be confined to eternal flames. Again the claims of each religion are mutually exclusive and cannot be reconciled.

The Hindus believe there are many gods; reject the bible, yet do believe Jesus existed, but that he was merely an avatar of one of their many gods, Krishna, and don’t believe in heaven or hell but reincarnation.

The Buddhists are neither polytheistic or monotheistic, but believe in reincarnation and karma effected birth cycles.

The Satanists say that they’re essentially atheists who hate all forms of religion, but most are actually purposefully worshiping the devil, performing rituals, and seeking to behave and revel in things contrary to the Judeo-Christian established principles of morality. The

Luciferians/Illuminati/High Masons believe in the deities set forth in the Christian Bible, but believe that the roles are reversed, and that lucifer is actually the true light-bearer and savior of man through knowledge  so that man may become ‘gods’, and that Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is actually evil, controlling, and vindictive.

The Pagans, Ancient Romans, etc. believe there are many God’s (for example, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Vulcan, Ceres, Mithras, Isis, pan, etc.) each playing a different role, as well as taking place in various ceremonies and rituals, but ultimately rejected accountability to a single God, the creator.

Witches/Wizards more or less believe in a universal power, energy, and force which regulates all of life and the universe as we know it; that it may be manipulated, and harnessed, and consulted for wisdom to learn about what’s to come, but that it’s neutral and neither good or bad in and of itself, only being determined for what purpose it’s used.

The “New-Agers”, Spiritualists, Gnostics, etc. more or less believe some combination or variation of these, picking and choosing what they like and don’t like (sort of like spiritual chameleons) but ultimately believing that it’s knowledge which “saves” and enlightens. etc. etc. etc.

Obviously there are other (countless) different religions and sects, the point is, they cannot all be right because they all claim something totally different.

So where am I going with all of this? Either God exists, and sent his Son to die for our sins, or he didn’t. Once we’re willing and able to ask the tough questions about our beliefs, diligently seek the truth, in order to see past the brainwashing based on false history, false science, etc we’ve been indoctrinated with since childhood, looking at the big picture and having considered all angles with an open mind and honest heart, we find with careful research that archaeology, true history and science, coupled with a study of the prophecies of the Bible as they relate to both history as well as current events, actually prove the Bible to be wholly true. Not only is there an empty tomb outside of Jerusalem, as well as many secular historical accounts that Jesus actually existed such as those of Josephus, Tacitus, etc, but there have been countless fascinating discoveries over the last century such as Ron Wyatt’s of chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea, The rock at Mount Sinai that water Gushed out of when moses hit it with his staff, Noah’s Ark, the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah, the location of the Ark of The Covenant, etc., etc., etc., proving the Bible to be literally true. So what about those who lived before Christ, never came to an age of understanding, or were born in cultures that never had knowledge of the one true God? God is fair, just and is a god of love; and generally in those circumstances people will be judged according to what they knew.

Just as the truth is not relative, neither are morals; or the idea of right vs wrong. Generally most would agree that murder, lying, rape, pedophila, slavery, theft, vandalism, etc. are wrong. While some would argue that these values are relative because they culturally defined, one finds in examining cultures throughout history, that where those behaviors were the norm, the societies ultimately collapsed or remain in squalor; and conversely the nations which upheld principals to the contrary (based on the Bible) have become the greatest inventors of technology(for example Automobiles of Germany, Computers of America, Watches of Switzerland, Limited Government of the Dutch Republic, Ship Building of Great Britain, etc.,) wealth (middle-classes), safe-living, religious freedom, most refined music (Western Classical Music), and fine arts in general (Van Gogh, DaVinci, Rembrandt, etc). Since this is consistently observably true throughout history, one must acknowledge it being a result of God rewarding Good and Punishing evil, or otherwise chalk it up as just a grand coincidence without exception.

[in other words actual experience documented through history give veracity to the truth, God rewards those who uphold and practice his precepts punish those who don’t. +add idea of common law]

The Good News

(How and Why we need to be saved)

Like an earthly judge, God, who upholds the court of heaven must hold people accountable, or else by just letting people off the hook, he’d be a corrupt judge.

God divinely inspired certain men throughout history (which we have compiled and translated for us in the Bible) to record His commandments, standards, and laws, which according to (Romans 3:23) we have all broken and fallen short of.

(Romans 6:23) records that the wages of sin are death

But (1 John 1:9) tells us If we confess our sins, that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

The gospel, or “good news”, is that, instead of condemning all of man, while we were yet sinners, God chose to send his only begotten son into the world to take on the sins of the world (while himself being blameless) upon himself, that we might be saved, dying on the cross, buried, and and being raised from the Dead by God almighty 3 days later (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

(Romans 10:9) tells us if we confess this with our mouths and believe it in our hearts, we shall be saved.

Why should I Care?

The Meaning of Life: While most live to achieve certain goals, or for earthly pleasures and success, etc.; all of these things are ultimately passing away and meaningless. The real purpose of life is so that we might find God, and take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for the infinitely better future eternal life which we’ve been offered; He creating mankind with freewill (rather than robots) to the end that eventually he would have a family composed of those who love him and chose his ways on their own.

Your Eternal Fate: As it’s recorded in (Philippians 2:10-11) every soul no matter of our beliefs, will ultimately in a final judgment have to acknowledge with our mouths that indeed Jesus Christ is Lord of lords, and King of all kings, and will have to bow before him before accepting our final fate, regardless if it be in the Millennial reign of Christ in paradise, or thrown in the lake of fire.

The Judgements of God: Washington once said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible;” Jackson, “That book, sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.” It’s a historical fact that this country (America) was birthed out of the protestant reformation, seeking freedom of conscious to speak, invent, and worship, baptist and puritan notions which had been condemned and persecuted by the papacy which ruled the known civilized world for thousands of years– to this end the republic was founded. The reason that today the weather is messed up, we have corrupt leaders, financial difficulties, regular mass shootings, greedy corporations, poisoned food, etc. is the result of a departure from God and his Word with the  precepts contained therein; to which the only solution is for individuals to seek repentance and personal holiness on a massive scale. As the saying goes “those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.” The trend we see today in America, has happened in many nations and over and over again throughout history, as recorded in the Bible, Edward Gibbon’s “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, and countless other historical works; and the result is always the       same; total collapse and devastation which God allows to take place in judgement. Yet God promises if we turn to him from our wicked ways, he will heal the land.(2 Chronicles 7:14)

True Peace and Joy: The truth is, most “pleasures” that promise satisfaction are deceitful and actually end up leaving us empty afterward and/or with an insatiable appetite for more. The only way to have true peace and contentment (regardless of the trials or triumphs we may be facing,) is through the Holy Spirit (gifted upon repentance and belief of gospel) and by prayer and living according to the Word of God.

Eternal Reward: Beyond Salvation of our soul which is granted SOLEY by grace through our faith in the Gospel (not of our “good works,” for attending a certain church, etc.), the Bible makes clear that faith without works is dead, and that each will be rewarded in heaven based upon his works here on earth.(Ephesians 2:8-9, James 2:17, Romans 2:6-11, Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12)

Why all the pain and suffering?

ultimately because we live in a fallen world, or in other words because of our “great-great-great-great… grandparents” Adam & Eve’s disobedience as recorded in the Bible in the Garden of Eden. When Adam & Eve sinned, it gave satan equitable title to the creation God originally had made them beneficiary of. Satan being the ‘god’ of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) with the intention to steal, corrupt, destroy, and lie (John 8:44, 10:10) ultimately being the source of all suffering and evil, but God allowing and using it form mankind’s ultimate good in fashioning those that will yield into the His image, even as Christ was the chiefest of suffering servants.

Additional Notes

(now what?)

God wants a personal relationship with us through prayer, worship, song, quietude, reading and meditating on his Word (the Bible), etc. It’s not about churches, buildings, denominations, priests, sacraments, etc. most religious institutions are apostate today as prophesied in the Bible.

The Bible tells us that God doesn’t dwell in manmade buildings, but rather our bodies are the temple of God, and there is one Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ, not priests, pastors, etc. (Acts 7:48, 1 Corinthians 3:16, )
∙God said the greatest commandment is to Love him with all are hearts, minds and souls (followed by loving our fellowman as ourselves,) that we must worship him in spirit and truth; and to study to show ourselves approved, growing in knowledge of him and his ways by studying the Bible so that we can live lives that glorify him and to the good of ourselves and fellowman (Matthew 22:37-39, John 4:24, 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Timothy 2:15,)

TODAY is the day to start actively seeking God. (James 4:8) tells us if we draw near to God, he will then draw near to us. The reason we don’t “hear” from God, is generally because we don’t want to, so he leaves us alone; as well as un-repented (lacking sorrow for, and desire to turn from) sin. We also read in (Jeremiah 29:13) if we search for God with all our heart then we will find him. (Psalm 32:6) tells us that we should pray while God may be found, because once calamity strikes, it will be to late.

The “right” Bible— The version (translation) that God has used the most throughout history is the AV [Authorized Version] 1611 King James Bible for english speaking people(not to be confused with the ‘New King James’.) All the other various subsequent versions of the Bible, while perhaps convenient for their modern english, are to be avoided or only used supplementary as they alter and/or altogether omit many very critical scriptures, and instead of being based on the original hebrew and greek manuscripts, are rather based on latin translations which do not hold up to the many historic manuscripts and tablets. With the Holy Spirit you will have no problem understanding the King James, especially when coupled with a good concordance such as “Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance” which can be obtained for just a few dollars, as well as by “googling” questions you may run into. As far as obtaining a “good” King James Bible, I would recommend one with center column references, which makes understanding prophesies and other references from scriptures easier to connect and understand. I personally favor Zondervan’s “Center Column Reference King James.” (I would advise against getting the large print as you will lose many of the references)

Additional Resources

Biblical Archaeology— http://www.biblehistory.net/
Biblical Archaeology— http://formerthings.com/
Journalist Seeks to put same Questions to the Test, book— “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel
Regarding Origins of Bible; YouTube— “A Lamp In The Dark: Untold history of Bible”
Regarding Origins of Bible; YouTube— “Forbidden Book: History of the Bible (Full Documentary)”
Regarding Creation; YouTube— “Kent Hovind Creation Seminar” (7-parts)
Regarding Understanding Prophecy/History/Current events; YouTube— “Total Onslaught” (36 parts) or “Total Onslaught Mini Series” (10 parts) by Walter Veith
Debunking Evolution— “Evolution Handbook” by Vance Ferrel (can be found for free in PDF format online)
Further Study of doctrine, history, etc; links to discover Christian Music, as well as other resources, and contact info; My Personal Independent Website—http://contending.webs.com

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Valiant For The Truth

***As of 12/3/16, this is a brand new post which I’m currently in the process of editing, and will be under development until further notice. Please check back later! This notice will be removed upon completion, and I would highly suggest waiting until then before begging to read. Thank you for your patience!***

 

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, AND THEY KNOW NOT ME, SAITH THE LORD-Jeremiah 9:3

 

As I begin this composition today, it’s been over 2,000 years since the first advent of Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of the World; just shy of 500 years since the sparks of the protestant reformation; and additionally, about 400 years since my country America’s inception. And while on the surface these events may seem unrelated, they are in actuality, respectively speaking, the result of one another; the latter not being possible without the former.

Each of these revolutionary milestones in history correspond not only with a major outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but were also the result of people who were zealous for the truth and doing what’s right no matter the cost; willing to risk it all, even to the extent of laying down their lives. Such selfless sacrifices which epitomize these periods reflect a power that’s found only in true Biblical-Christianity, namely to cause cultural, political, and religious change for good (i.e. the true and lasting fruits of peace, liberty, equality, equity, justice, fraternity, prosperity, etc.) and therefore represent the pinnacle of Godliness in Christ and should serve as examples to us, ever kept in remembrance.

And yet, while there has between these milestones no doubt been “ebbing and flowing” to one degree or another, with revivals here and periods of darkness there: today the Church of Jesus Christ finds itself in a most precarious spiritual condition.

The Bible indeed makes perfectly clear that there would come a time, specifically during the final events of human history (and which would ultimately culminate in the literal return of Christ) when the church as a whole would fall into gross spiritual darkness and heresy. The purpose of this exposition will be chiefly twofold: firstly, to examine what the scriptures have to say about this period, and secondly, how we, striving to be men and women “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22) are to respond in conducting our lives.

What Saith the Scriptures (Could The Majority Really be Wrong?)

Lets start by examining what the scriptures have to say regarding this subject. Is it seriously a sound Biblical notion that there would come a time when the majority of those who profess to worship The One True God would be self-deceived, actually walking contrary to His Word, and thus on their way to hell; while those worshiping in “spirit and in truth” (Jn. 4:24) would be few in number?

We shall set the stage by seeing what we may glean from 2 Thessalonians 2. The apostle Paul starts by setting the context in v.1 as concerning the period of “The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him“. We know that this is referring to the 2nd coming and the “rapture” which occur at the end of the world (see post “The Rapture, Pre-trib. or Post-trib. or Mid-trib?) as it was discussed in his previous epistle to this particular church, specifically in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. He goes on in v.3 to state that these events would not happen until their was a first a “falling away.” The underlying Greek there, “apostasia“, from where we our word “apostasy”, is defined by Strong’s Concordance to mean a “defection from truth“, and is likewise defined in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, which adds to it: “in the Bible sc.[(namely)] from the true religion“. So we know that prior to the Lord’s return from heaven for His bride there will be a defection form the truth. And he’s obviously not talking about pagans and atheists, as in order to “fall away” they would have had to have possessed the truth to begin with, so we know this must regard the Church. But in any case, this will be confirmed as we continue along and search  out the scriptures. The second condition to the Lord’s coming, stated in the same verse, is that the “man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition“. It’s logical to assume that these  two factors be connected based on the way they’re expressed in the same sentence. And as it turns out the great expositors of the Bible understood this to be so based on history, and attributed those titles to no other than the professed head of one of the world’s largest deonominations of Christianity:

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(See also my exposition “Using the Bible to Identify Antichrist“)

Revelation 13:8

Two churches: Woman of Revelation 12 & her of ch 17

rev 22:14 = key to Matt. 7:13-15

The Church Today (Lessons From the Field)

You know, it’s ironic, growing up it seemed to me that religion was only for “old ladies”. It was assumed that they were closer to God and holy. But in light of the situation observed from experience, could it be the reason that religion seems only to appeal to old ladies is because it’s not the true religion? Surely a true relationship with the creator should be powerful, very real, and appeal to all of His created beings for which purpose He made them.

As those who are familiar with my testimony will know, I did not grow up religious or “in the church”. I was saved 4 years ago, and prior to this, my life was the epitome of worldliness, debauchery, heathenism, paganism, etc. Yet, for whatever reason, it pleased the Lord to reveal Himself to me in bringing salvation and transforming me into a yielded vessel, for His purposes, not because of any righteousness or desires of my own. To those with “eyes to see and ears to hear” it will be evident that the Lord has a special calling on my life. Not because I’m special, but because the Lord wanted to do something special through me that He may be glorified. I believe one of the major reasons the Lord wanted to work with me was specifically because I had no religious upbringing, as the church by and large for at least the last 50 years has been filled with superstition and traditions of men contrary to the Word of God (more on that later.) This allowed God a clean slate to work with. As the saying goes, “old habits die hard”, or “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” No doubt those who’ve been taught something as true all their life, regardless of it’s veracity, will have a hard time believing to the contrary, especially if it’s inconvenient and requires us to examine our lives and make difficult changes in lifestyle.

My experience over the last 4 years in being a witness, sharing my testimony, and the Gospel with as many people as possible, has been that generally speaking, “religious” people are less receptive to pure Bible-based faith than non-professing Christians who have never known the Lord.

The last person the Lord put in my life, who was a woman in her 70’s, a Roman Catholic most of her life, illustrates the typical response. While she did state that she had her doubts that Peter was the “first pope”, in general I got a lot of resistance to what I had to say, and ultimately we had to agree not to discuss religious matters anymore. I really started to get negative responses when I starting elucidating the pagan practices which have crept into the church under the guise of “Christmas” etc. I spoke with her for hours, so it should have become quite apparent my knowledge of the scriptures, and that what I was speaking was truth. At one point she even acknowledged this stating “I haven’t been able to investigate these matters to the depth you have”.

But then I started getting responses such as, “I’m too old to change”. In retrospect I think, wait a minute, you’re still alive, why maintain practices based on falsehood and remain in error, especially if it’s at enmity with God? What’s more important, nostalgia or truth? Sounds like complacency to me.

Then came resistance with statements such as “well doesn’t everyone have the right to worship how they want?”. To which I replied, of course, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s pleasing in the eyes of the Lord or that it’s not contrary to true salvation.

But then I eventually started getting charges against me suggesting I was the problem such as “it’s to bad you didn’t have some sort of foundation for your faith growing up”. To which I replied, the scripture says twice that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and we shall have no need that man teach us. Then I was charged with “More people would become Christians if we were joyful”. But certainly this isn’t Biblical, the scriptures make clear that we shall be hated for his name sake, all that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted, the servant is not greater than his master, for so persecuted the prophets of old. I also tried to remind her that Christians are called to also be confrontational and contend for the truth. I mean besides, how can truly have joy when the Lord commands we worship him in spirit and truth but we’re doing to the contrary. And the irony was she was herself in the depths of depression and mouring when she should have been rejoicing that her husband half a year before went to be with the Lord. Something clearly wasn’t right, and yet I was accused of not having joy because I wasn’t just “burying my head in the sand” and pretending everything is okay when it’s not. The scriptures say we are to warn all men. The principal is simple, let’s get right with God, secure our status in Christ and know that we’re living lives well pleasing in His sight, and THEN we truly will be able to rejoice and have peace, and it will be regardless of external circumstances, hardships, and trials. But just because we expose darkness, and have to discuss weighty and “non-happy” issues as the Bible commands, doesn’t mean we don’t still have joy!

So then I tried reading her from Ezekiel 33 in  explaining my purpose, where it talks about the watchmen, and the principle is essentially established that if a person sees another in sin and warns them not, their error will be charged on him. And before I could even get through the verses she cuts me off and replies “you know that was to Israel right?” I tried explaining to her that God is the same yesterday today and forever, and it’s the principle that’s established with which we’re concerned, and even quoted similair passages from the new testament as well as sought to explain what changed old-new testament. But of course I could tell she wasn’t even really listening or considering what I was saying.

She also stated at one point “you know you’re going to be awfully lonely in heaven if you’re right”, I tried explaining to her, it’s not about me being right, or you/others being wrong; it’s about what does God say and require of us. And then finally I heard sentiments expressed such as “I’m tired of hearing that I’m wrong, and condemnation” and “You’re trying to destroy my faith and it’s all I have left”. Well for one thing I certainly never condemned anyone, my intention in Christ is to help and am very passionate about it, and I tried to explain to her that to the contrary is true, the spirit of God through me is seeking to refine and purify her faith and destroy the idols of the foundation that she may have a true relationship with Him and actually have joy and peace. And later reflecting on the former statement I realized that she was essentially precluding the possibility of her being wrong. Well, what’s wrong with being wrong? Especially if it leads to discovering the truth and drawing closer to God. And of course she had not been and refused to be spending time in the Word of God at all, but expressed “I do have a relationship with God I go to church 3 times a week.”

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Historic Quotes: Sunday vs. Sabbath

NOTE: I would recommend reading my article Sabbath vs. Sunday, of which this post is intended to be a constituent of, before proceeding to the quotes below, if you have not done so already.

For easier navigation, below, you may click the links following each headline to jump to that respective section of the quotes below.

Scans or links to digital copies of the original sources will be provided when possible. Also note that some of the quotes which argue in favor of the seventh-day as the true Christian Sabbath do erroneously refer to the first day of the week as the Lord’s day (again, see my original article linked above for more info regarding this matter).

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources

Protestant Sources
Catholic Sources

“For although almost all the churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries [The Lord’s Super] on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, refuse to this.” “That is, upon the Saturday, it should be observed, that sunday is never called “The Sabbath” by the ancient fathers and historians”-Ecclesiastical History by Socrates, Book 5, Ch. 22, P 289

“from the Apostles’ time until the Council of Laodicea, which was about the year 364, the Holy observation of the Jews’ Sabbath continued, as may be proved out of many authors: yea, notwithstanding the decree of the council against it”-Sunday a Sabbath, by John Ley, p.183

“There is not any city of the Grecians, nor any of the Barbarians, nor any nation whatsoever whither our custom of resting on the Seventh Day hath not come!”-Notes and Queries on China and Japan by M’Clatchie, Vol. 4. Nos. 7, 8, c. 100

“Widespread and enduring was the observance of the seventh-day sabbath among the believers of the church of the east and the St. Thomas Christians of India, who never were connected with Rome. It was also maintained among those bodies which broke off from Rome after the Council of Chalcedon namely, the Abyssinians, the Jacobites, the Maronites, and the Armenians.”-Schaff-Herrog. “The New Encyclopedia of of Religious Knowledge” Art. “Nestorians”; also Realencyclopaedie fur Protestantische and Kirche, art ‘Nestorianer”

“[The Early Russian Christian Church of Muskavee or “Sabbotnicki”] keep Saturday Holy. They have solemn service on Saturdays.”-Pilgrimmes, Part 2, pg. 1269

“Some have suffered torture because they would not rest when others kept sunday, for they declared it to be the holiday and law of Antichrist”-Sebastian Frank (A.D. 1536)

“The gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath and Passover”-Church History, Giesler, Vol. 1, ch. 2, par. 30, p. 93

“The ancient kings on this culminating day closed their gates, the merchants did not travel and the princes did not inspect their domains.”-M’Clatchie, A Translation of the Confucian Classic of Change, page 118

“Then the Spiritual seed of Abraham fled to Pella, on the other side of Jordan, where they found a safe place of refuge and could serve their master and keep his Sabbath.”-Eccesiastical History by Eusebius, b, 3, Chap. 5

“The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath, as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria”-Ecclesiastical History by Socrates, Book 7, Chap. 19

“The hills of Persia and the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates re-echoed their songs of praise. They reaped their harvests and paid their tithes. They repaired to their churches on the Sabbath Day for the worship of God.-“Realencyclopaedie fur Protestantische and Kirche, art ‘Nestorianer” also Yale ‘The Book of Ser Marco Polo. Vol. 2, p.409

“The Nestorians eat no pork and keep the Sabbath. They believe in neither auricular confession nor purgatory.”-The New Encyclopaedia of Religious Knowledge by Schaff-Herzog, Art. Nestorians

“On the Seventh Day we offer sacrifices, after having purified our hearts, and received absolution for our sins, this religion so perfect and so excellent, is difficult to name, but it enlightens darkness by it’s brilliant precepts”-Christianity in China by M. I’Abbe Huc, Vol. 1, Ch. 2, pg. 48, 49

“The Taipings when asked why they observed the Seventh Day Sabbath, replied that it was, first, because the bible taught it, and, second, because their ancestors observed it as a day of worship.”-A critical History of the Sabbath and Sunday

“Bulgaria in the early season of its evangelization had been taught that no work should be performed on the Sabbath”-Responsa Nicolai Papae I and Consulta Bulgamrum, Responsum 10, found in Mansi, Sacorum Concilorum Nova et Amplissima Collectio, Vol. 15; p. 406; also Hefele, Concinengeschicte, Vol. 4, Sec. 478

The Papal author, Bonacursus, wrote the following against the “Pasagani”: “Not a few, but many know what are the errors of those who are called Pasagini…First, they teach that we should obey the Sabbath, furthermore, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the church fathers, and the whole Roman Church.”-D’Achery, Spicilegium I, f. 211-214; Muratory, sevi. 5, f. 152, Hahn, 3, 209

“In 1310, two hundred years before Luther’s theses, the Bohemian brethren constituted one-fourth of the population of Bohemia, and that they were in touch with the Waldenses who abounded in Austria, Lombardy, Bohemia, North Germany, Thuringia, Brandenburg, and Moravia. Erasmus pointed out how strictly Bohemian Waldenses kept the Seventh Day Sabbath.”-Armitage, “A history of the Baptists,” p. 313; Cex, The Literature of the Sabbath Questions. Vol. 2, pp. 201-2

“Erasmus testifies that even as late as about 1500 these Bohemians not only kept the Seventh Day scrupulously, but also were called Sabbatarians.”-Cox, “the literature of the Sabbath Question,” Vol. 2 pp. 201, 202; “Truth Triumphant,” p.204

“(Today Czechoslovakia.) Their history from 1635 to 1867 is thus described by Adolf Dux: “the condition of the Sabbatarians was dreadful. Their books and writings had to be delivered to the Karlsburg Consistory to be come the spoil of flames.”-Aus Ungarn, pp. 239-291m Leipzig, 1850

“It seems to have been customary in the celtic churches of early times, in Ireland as well as Scotland, to keep Saturday, The Jewish Sabbath, as a day of rest from labour. They obeyed the Fourth Commandment literally upon the seventh day of the week.”-Professor James C. Moffatt, D.D. Professor of Church History at Princeton, The Church in Scotland, pg. 140

“They held that Saturday was properly the Sabbath on which they abstained from work.”-Celtic Scotland, Vol. 2, Pg. 350

“[St. Columba] Having continued his labours in Scotland thirty-four years, he clearly and opnely foretold his death, and on Saturday, the ninth of June, said to his disciple Diermit: “This day is called the Sabbath, that is, the rest day, and such will it truly be to me; for it will put an end to my labours.”-Butler’s Live’s of the Saints, Vol.1 A.D. 597 art. St. Columba, p. 762

“The Editor of the best biography of Columba says in a footnote: “our Saturday. The Custom to call the Lord’s Day Sabbath did not commence until a  thousand years later.”-Adamman’s Life of Columba, p. 230

“There is much evidence that the Sabbath prevailed in Wales universally until A.D. 1115, when the first Roman Bishop was seated at St. Davids. The old Welsh Sabbath-keeping churches did not even then altogether bow the knee to Rome but fled to their hiding places.”-Seventh day Baptists in Europe and America, Vol. 1, p. 29

“Here in England are about nine or ten churches that keep the Sabbath, besides many scattered disciples, who have been eminently preserved.”-Stennet’s letters, 1668 and 1670, Cox. San, 1, 268

“A Christian keeping the Commandment of God and the faith of Jesus, being baptized about the year 1648, and keeping the Seventh Day for the Sabbath above thirty-two years.”-From the tombstone of Physician to King and Queen of of England Dr. Peter Chamberlain, Telegraph Print, Napier

“And because [the Waldenses] observed no other other day of rest but the Sabbath Dayes, they called them insabathas, as much to say, as they observed no Sabbath.”-Luther’s “Fore-Runners” (original spelling), pp. 7, 8

“It was the practice, generally, of the eastern churches, and some churches of the west… it seems Saturday was held in fair esteem. They came together on the Sabbath day to worship Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath”-Unknown Source

“Augustine shows here that the Sabbath was observed in his day “in the greater part of the Christian world,” and his testimony in this respect is all the more valuable becuase he himself was an earnest and consistent Sunday-keeper.”-See “Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers,” 1st Series, Vol. 1, pp. 353, 354

“In the last half of that century St. Ambrose of Milan stated officially that the Abyssinian bishop Musesus, had “travelled almost everywhere in the country of the Seres’ (China). For more than seventeen centuries the Abyssinian Church continued to sanctify Saturday as the holy day of the fourth commandment”-Ambrose, De Moribus, Brachmanorium Opera Omnia, 1132, found in Minge, Patrologia Latina, Vol. 17, pp. 1131-1132

“Canon 26 of the Council of Elvira reveals that the church of Spain at that time kept Saturday, the seventh day. “As to fasting every Sabbath: Resolved, that the error be corrected of fasting every Sabbath.” This resolution of the council is in direct opposition to the policy the church at Rome had inaugurated, that of commanding Sabbath as a fast day in order to humiliate it and make it repugnant to the people.”-SPAIN-COuncil Elvira (A.D. 305)

“Mingana proves that as early as A.D. 225 there existed large bishoprics or conferences of the Church of the East stretching from Palestine to, and surrounding, India. In 370 Abyssinian Christianity (a Sabbathkeeping church) was so popular that its famous director, Musaeus, traveled extensively in the East promoting the church in Arabia, Persia, India, and China. In 410 Isaac, supreme director of the Church of the East, held a world council, — stimulated, some think, by the trip of Musaeus, — attended by eastern delegates from forty grand metropolitan divisions. In 411 he appointed a metropolitan director for China. These churches were sanctifying the seventh day, as can be seen by the famous testimonies of Socrates and Sozomen, Roman Catholic historians (c. A.D. 450), that all the churches throughout the world sanctified Saturday except Rome and Alexandria, which two alone exalted Sunday. A century later (c. A.D. 540) Cosmas, the celebrated world traveler, a member of the great Church of the East, testified to the multiplied number of churches of his faith he had seen in India and central Asia and to those he had learned about in Scythia and China. We wrote in previous pages of the Sabbathkeeping Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English Churches in the British Isles during these same centuries and down to 1200. We dwelt upon the Paulicians, Petrobrusians, Passagians, Waldenses, Insabbatati, as great Sabbathkeeping bodies of Europe down to 1250. We wrote of the sabbatarians in Bohemia, Transylvania, England, and Holland between 1250 and 1600, as authenticated by Cox, Jones, Allix, and William of Neuburg. We have mentioned the innumerable Sabbath-keeping churches among the Greeks, Abyssinians, Armenians, Maronites, Jacobites, Scythians, and the great Church of the East (also from A.D. 1250 to 1600) with supporting evidence from competent authorities. The doctrines of all these Sabbathkeeping bodies throughout the centuries were comparatively pure, and the lives of their members were simple and holy. They were free from the unscriptural ceremonies which arose from the following of tradition. They received the Old Testament, and the whole Bible was their authority.”-Mingana, “Early Spread of Christianity,” Bulletin of John Ryland’s Library, vol. 10, p. 460.

“We command all Christians to observe the Lord’s day to be held not in honour of the past Sabbath, but on account of that holy night of the first day of the week called the Lord’s day. When speaking of that Sabbath which the Jews observe, the last day of the week, and which also our peasants observe…”-Council of Friaul, Italy–A.D. 791 (Canon 13), Mansi, 13, 831

“Pope Gregory I, declared that when anti-Christ should come he would keep Saturday as the Sabbath… “Gregory, bishop by the grace of God to his well-beloved sons, the Roman citizens: It has come to me that certain men of perverse spirit have disseminated among you things depraved and opposed to the holy faith, so that they forbid anything to be done on the day of the Sabbath. What shall I call them expect preachers of anti-Christ?”… Moreover, this same Pope Gregory had issued an official pronouncement against a section of the city of Rome itself because the Christian believers there rested and worshipped on the Sabbath”-Epistles of Gregory I, b. 13. epist. 1, found in “Nicene and East-Nicene Fathers

“Ambrose, the celebrated bishop of Milan, said that when he was in Milan he observed Saturday, but when in Rome observed Sunday. This gave rise to the proverb, ‘when you are in Rome, do as Rome does.'”-Heylyn, The History of the Sabbath, 1612

“Pope Nicholas I, in the ninth century, sent the ruling prince of Bulgaria a long document saying in it that one is to cease from work on Sunday, but not on the Sabbath. The head of the Greek Church, offended at the interference of the Papacy, declared the Pope ex-communicated”-Truth Triumphant, p. 232

Catholic Sources

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources
Protestant Sources

”The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.” -Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890

“It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition.” –Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, page 180-181

“To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false (Jewish traditional) glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject. Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-God, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” -Dr. E.T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister’s convention, in New York Examiner, November 16, 1893.

“When St. Paul repudiated the works of the law, he was not thinking of the Ten Commandments, which are as unchangeable as God Himself is, which God could not change and still remain the infinitely holy God.” –Our Sunday Visitor, Oct. 7, I951

“The arguments…are firmly grounded on the word of God, and having been closely studied with the Bible in hand, leave no escape for the conscientious Protestant except the abandonment of Sunday worship and the return to Saturday, commanded by their teacher, the Bible, or, unwilling to abandon the tradition of the Catholic Church, which enjoins the keeping of Sunday, and which they have accepted in direct opposition to their teacher, the Bible, consistently accept her (the Catholic Church) in all her teachings. Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicism and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.” The Catholic Mirror, (September 23, 1893)

“The [Catholic] Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day”. -The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Commandments of God, Volume IV, 1908 by Robert Appleton Company, Online Edition 1999 by Kevin Knight, Nihil Obstat – Remy Lafort, Censor Imprimatur – +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, page 153.

“Deny the authority of the Church and you have no adequate or reasonable explanation or justification for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday in the Third – Protestant Fourth – Commandment of God… The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”-Catholic Record, September 1, 1923

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 364) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. [cannon 29]
Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!-The Converts Catechism, Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.

Q: Have you any other way of proving that the [Catholic] Church has power to institute festivals of precept [to command holy days]? A: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her: She could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” -Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 174 (this publication may be found public domain @ https://archive.org/details/doctrinalcatechi00keen)

“But since Saturday [7th day], not Sunday is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly form the bible and not from the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That observance remains a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away—like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.”-John O’Brien, The Faith of Millions (scan available at following link http://pictures.amazingdiscoveries.org/ReferenceIndex/4701-Faith-of-Millions.jpg)

“The Industrial American, published at Harland, Iowa, in its issue of Dec. 19, 1889, contains a notice of a sermon in the Catholic church of that place on Sunday, Dec. 15. After stating that his remarks on Sunday observance created something of a sensation, it presents what was said on that subject, from which we make the following extract. A catholic on such a subject does not speak at random. What he says is the voice of the Catholic Church, and Protestants have to meet it. Will they pay heed to it? He said:— Take, for instance, the day we celebrate—Sunday. What right have the Protestant churches to observe that day?—None whatever. You say it is to obey the commandment, “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” But Sunday is not the Sabbath according to the Bible and the record of time. Every one knows that Sunday is the first day of the week, while Saturday is the seventh day and the Sabbath, the day consecrated as a day of rest. It is so recognized in all civilized nations. I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.”

-“Father” T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802
(scan available at following link http://www.sabbathseventhday.org/images/CatholicQuoteJan14-1890.gif)

“The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday” The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4

“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles… From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first”The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900

“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.”-Priest Brady, in an address at Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 17, 1903. Reported in the Elizabeth, New Jersey News of March 18, 1903

“Some non-Catholics object to Purgatory because there is no specific mention of it in Scripture. There is no specific mention of the word Sunday in Scripture The Sabbath is mentioned, but Sabbath means Saturday. Yet the Christians of almost all denominations worship on Sunday not on Saturday. The Jews observe Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday.”-Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics are Asked about, 1927, page 236

“All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible.”-The Catholic Virginian, “To Tell You The Truth,” Vol. 22, No. 49 (Oct. 3, 1947)

“… you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” -The Faith of Our Fathers, by James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, 88th edition, page 89. Originally published in 1876, republished and Copyright 1980 by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., pages 72-73.

“in 1562 the Archbishop of Reggio openly declared that tradition now stood above scripture. This is what he wrote. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of (Yahushua) Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.”
-Gaspare de Posso, Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.

“Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians.  But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ” -Council of Laodicea, Canon XXIX, taken from The Seven Ecumenical Councils, by Philip Schaff http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.viii.vii.iii.xxxiv.html

“Protestantism, In discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.” -John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883.

“Protestants. . .accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change. . .But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that . . in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” -Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950

“Not the Creator of the Universe, In Geneses 2:1-3, —but the Catholic Church “can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days.”” -S.D. Moana, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pages 366-367

“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday, they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” -Albert Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal in a letter, February 10, 1920.

“It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday. . .Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church.” -Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today, page 225, 1868 https://archive.org/details/plaintalkaboutpr00segu

“We Catholics, then, have precisely the same authority for keeping Sunday holy instead of Saturday as we have for every other article of our creed, namely, the authority of the Church… whereas you who are Protestants have really no authority for it whatever; for there is no authority for it (Sunday sacredness) in the Bible, and you will not allow that there can be authority for it anywhere else. Both you and we do, in fact, follow tradition in this matter; but we follow it, believing it to be a part of God’s word, and the (Catholic) Church to be its divinely appointed guardian and interpreter; you follow it (the Catholic Church), denouncing it all the time as a fallible and treacherous guide, which often ‘makes the commandments of God of none effect’ quoting Matthew 15:6.” -The Brotherhood of St. Paul, The Clifton Tracts, Vol. 4, tract 4, page 15. http://www.amazon.com/Clifton-Tracts-Library-Controversy-Complete/dp/B001VE0JN2 Volumes 1-3 available on archive.org but not volume 4.

“…pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.(29) This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true “sun”.” -John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998

“The retention of the old pagan name of Dies Solis, for Sunday is, in a great measure, owing to the union of pagan and Christian sentiment with which the first day of the week was recommended by Constantine to his subjects – pagan and Christian alike – as the ‘venerable’ day of the sun.” –Arthur P. Stanley, History of the Eastern Church, p. 184

“Christians in Ethiopia still do today what was common Christian habit back in the 2nd and 3rd centuries — they keep both Saturday and Sunday” -Sabbath in Scripture and History, by Kenneth A. Strand, p.184,1982 http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-Scripture-History-Kenneth-Strand/dp/0828000379 (more on this subject at http://reluctant-messenger.com/council-of-laodicea.htm)

Socrates wrote in 439 A.D. that “although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the Sabbath on every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition (Pagan Sun-Day worship), have ceased to do this.” -Sabbath in Scripture and History, by Kenneth A. Strand, p.147,1982

“The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The [Catholic] Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath Day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.” -Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, p. 89

Protestant Sources

The Primitive Church: Secular/Misc. Sources
Catholic Sources

 (Anglican/Episcopal)
“And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day …. The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it.”Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism , vol. 1, pp.334, 336.

“There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday …. into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters…. The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday.”Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments , pp. 52, 63, 65.

We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church.”Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday .

(Baptist)
“There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week …. Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not…To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated…Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!”-Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers’ conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov.16, 1893.

“There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.”-William Owen Carver, The Lord’s Day in Our Day , p. 49.

(Congregationalist)
” . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath – . . ‘Me Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday …. There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.”– Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.

” . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath.”-Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.

(Disciples of Christ)
“‘But,’ say some, ‘it was changed from the seventh to the first day.’ Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives’ fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio – I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.’-Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.

“The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change.”-First Day Observance , pp. 17, 19.

(Lutheran)
“We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both.”-The Sunday Problem , a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.

“They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord’s Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!”-Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.

“The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday.”-Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.

“But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel …. These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect.”-John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday , pp. 15, 16.

(Methodist)
“Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.”-Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.

“But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken …. Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other.”-John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.

“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?”-Dwight L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.

(Presbyterian)
“The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue – the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . . The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.”-T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.

Source: http://www.biblesabbath.org/confessions.html

 

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Rome Has Not Changed

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(Celebration of the Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Jan. 25, 2014)

 

So what’s the big deal with this photo?

We’ll get into doctrine as expressed in recent headlines, but for now lets start by analyzing this recent picture of the pope. This image contains evidence of the utter blasphemies of the Papacy, in it’s claims of the pope to have the authority of Jesus Christ on earth, evidenced here by their deliberate use of symbolism. Consider the photo above in light of the following scriptures:

“O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.”-Isaiah 37:16

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. “-Revelation 20:11

“And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment… exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.”-Mark 9:2-3

And what does the Bible say about antichrist?

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.-2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

(Francis is actually not the first to do such, click here for more images.)

At this point my I could do an entire exposition regarding the title the Pope assumes, ‘Vicar of Christ,’ and it’s meaning, using innumerable quotes from her very own church writers; we could go through the innumerable Biblical prophecies that when collectively considered, could only be fulfilled by the papacy; it’s history, and even it’s failure to actually recant or redact it’s precepts which she violently held during the dark ages which resulted in much bloodshed (60-200 Million Souls), thus proving that even today in the modern era although she professes an ‘open but false policy,’ she actually maintains a ‘secret but true policy,’ and thus is indeed a wolf in sheep’s clothes, a lamb that speaks as a dragon, (Matthew 7:15, Revelation 13:11) whereby she appears more tolerant, less militaristic, and without the temporal power as in in times past, however her doctrines have not changed, and are rather, at the moment not being overtly being acted upon (however, covertly, is provably another story.)

As we move forward in time this has, and will continue become more and more apparent.

That exposition (mentioned above) will come in time but by neccesity will be quite lengthy with it’s innumerable angles and examples, so for brevity sake, right now my intentions are just to propose these few most recent examples of her blatant blasphemies in the 21st century.

 

Another Example of the Church of Rome’s Blasphemies

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Okay, now let’s consult the scriptures so that it shall become evident how blasphemous this really is.

In John 10:9 Christ said “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” and in John 10:1 he said “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber“.

Another words Jesus Christ was saying that he himself personally is the door, namely by grace through His blood that He personally shed at Calvary for the forgiveness of sins and by faith in Him and this propitiation procured by him personally, before the Father. This is reiterated by the Apostle Paul in 1 Tim. 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus“.

That means a door to a building cannot be a “door of mercy” especially as the scriptures say that God doesn’t dwell in temples made by hands (1 Cor. 3:15; 1 Cor. 6:16; Acts 7:48; Acts 17:24). And notice how Christ regards the “any other way” in v.1 essentially as works salvation by using the analogy of climbing, as opposed to simply entering through belief in Christ. Entering a building, participating in sacraments, etc, is works salvation.

 

But those  are just photos you say,  I’m reading to much into them

Okay, let us now turn to the most recent Papal Bull issued by Pope Francis on April 4th, 2015, “Misericordiae Vultus.” or “BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY” (The following will be quoted directly from the Vatican’s official website)

So not only in decreeing such a bull does the Pope by virtue publicly declare his assumed power and authority commanding a “holy year,” “an extraordinary jubilee” (liturgical Holy Days not found in the Bible) by which the church grants mercy (quoted below directly from the Bull; totally contrary to Romans 11:32); there are also additional anti-scritptural, unsound doctrine, and blatant heresies revealed in this document which demonstrate the fact that ROME HAS NEVER CHANGED.

So what else do we find?

The worship of, and Co-Redemptrix/Co-Mediatrix of Mary

The bull states:

“The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This liturgical feast day recalls God’s action from the very beginning of the history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate…

And in another place :

“My thoughts now turn to the Mother of Mercy. May the sweetness of her countenance watch over us…”

The Intercession of saints

We also read:

“Our prayer also extends to the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life. I think especially of the great apostle of mercy, Saint Faustina Kowalska. May she, who was called to enter the depths of divine mercy, intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of living and walking always according to the mercy of God and with an unwavering trust in his love.”

And lest we be accused of of misinterpreting the role of said saints, let us turn to a major catholic website’s (www.catholic.org) page on this “Saint Faustina Kowalksa,” then perhaps we can better understand why Francis chose to name her out of all the saints so declared by the Papacy (although the Bible would have us understand that ALL believers are saints)

“Her entire life, in imitation of Christ’s, was to be a sacrifice – a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord’s request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others

The article above at catholic.org goes on to describe of the Ms. Kowalksa,

“Her special devotion to Mary Immaculate and to the sacraments of Eucharist.

Two more unbiblical antichrist doctrines, the former I will be elaborating on below, and the latter, which taught that the host (little circular bread wafer) which is elevated and venerated in the catholic mass, was actually ‘transubstantiated’ into the literal flesh of Jesus Christ, and this was the chief doctrine of the Papacy, that if rejected led to being tortured or burned alive at the steak.

The Bible makes clear that Jesus Christ is the ONLY mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34) it also states that salvation ONLY comes through him and what he did at Calvary (Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Colossians 1:12-14.)

And what exactly is the immaculate conception? It’s a doctrine which is totally contrary to all of scripture which claims that Mary was born without sin. Again, I shall quote directly from The Vatican’s official website:

“491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God,134 was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.135” 

The Bible makes plain Jesus Christ was the ONLY one without sin and that Mary also required a Savior for her sins(Romans 3:23, Romans 11:32, Luke 1:46-47, 1 John 3:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 1:8,10 ,Hebrews 4:15.) So not only did God not look to Mary but rather to Christ, to rescue man from “the throes of evil” he did so before the fall of man, and not “after!” (1 Peter 1:20)

But that’s not all, we also once again find an emphasis on indulgences (the very cause of the protestant reformation, namely the false pretense that the pardoning of sin came from the church instead of through Christ; at the time being sold to the impoverished lay-folk,) but as well we observe an open declaration that it’s the CHURCH who bestows redemption:

“To gain an indulgence is to experience the holiness of the Church, who bestows upon all the fruits of Christ’s redemption, so that God’s love and forgiveness may extend everywhere.”

What Else do we Find in Recent News illustrating the Papacy’s view on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a strict adherence to the Bible?

“A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God”-Pope Francis, 6/13/14

www.Israelnationalnews.com

The orderly development of “a civil, pluralistic society requires” that the “authentic spirit of religion” not be “confined” to “personal conscience-Pope Francis, 4/18/2015

www.radiovaticana.va

So not only are Bible-believing-Christians (who are protestant by their ‘Sola Scritprua,’ ‘Sola Fide,’ ‘Sola Gratia,’ ‘Soli Deo gloria,’ and ‘Solus Christus‘ convictions; even if they are no longer actively protesting) labeled as a violent fundamentalists who cannot be allowed to have a personal relationship with Christ, worshiping as they chose; we also find a push to cow tau and incorporate all other religions in the name of political correctness, again in violation of God’s commandments recorded for us in the inspired Word, the Holy Bible.

In the same bull we read:

“23. There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the Church. It relates us to Judaism and Islam, both of which consider mercy to be one of God’s most important attributes… I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with these religions and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.

This being corroborated by the Pope’s recent statement that we should not “offend”  or “insult” other religions (www.usatoday.com.) So what would that entail according to the most recent papal bull? “Closed-mindedness,” or “fundamentalism” so in other words, if you tell somebody the truth, that faith in the blood of Jesus Christ is the only way by which men can be saved, in trying to save them from their own eternal damnation; which is an act of love; you are rather branded as an intolerant, violent, bigot. The pope also recently stated that the Koran and Bible were the same (www.nationalreport.net,) which of course could not be further from the truth, and rather than taking the time to elaborate on that myself, although it should be obvious as the Bible says you will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20,) I will reference to an article of Theologian/Author with a doctorate in Near East Languages, Michael L. Brown on the subject: Verses of Violence: Comparing the Bible and Quran.

Will we obey our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9,) or God? (Acts 5:29)

The Bible gives clear instruction what those who are called by His name are to do in light of such revelations:

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.-John 4:24

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?-Amos 3:3
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

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears-2 Timothy 4:3

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers-Titus 1:9

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. “-2 Corinthians 6:14-17

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.-Revelation 18:4

 

 

Additional reasoning from scriptures proving Mary to NOT have been without sin:

http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/mary-was-a-sinner.htm

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/A%20study%20of%20Mary%20from%20a%20biblical%20perspective.pdf

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/mediatrix.html

http://www.geocities.co.jp/Technopolis-Mars/5614/pmary.htm

Recent Headlines Proving Rome doesn’t Change

Bearing in mind that the papacy has never repudiated her violent and condemning councils, encyclicals, and writings of the “church fathers”, nor the Jesuit oath, lets take a look at a few quotes taken from recent headlines proving that the Church of Rome is the great enemy of Biblical Christianity:

Pope Implies Jesus Was a Sinner (12/27/15)

The Pope reflected on the Sunday reading from the Gospel of Luke in which a young Jesus stayed in Jerusalem in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph when they could not find him.

“For this little ‘escapade,’ Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents,” the Pope suggested. “The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-to-families-forgive-each-other-and-journey-together-towards-god-20282/””

Pope: Personal Relationship with Jesus Dangerous (4/25/2014) From Vatican’s Official website:

“There are those who believe they can maintain a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and the mediation of the [Catholic] Church. These are dangerous and harmful temptations. These are, as the great Paul VI said, absurd dichotomies.”

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140625_udienza-generale.html

Pope Says The Cross and Christ’s life were a failure (9/24/2015) From Vatican’s official website:

“we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, in the failure of the cross”

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150924_usa-omelia-vespri-nyc.html

 

Now let’s review what the Bible says about Justification by Faith vs. the Church of Rome

First, what does the Bible say about faith?

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

 

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” -Galatians 3:11

 

Now, what is official catholic doctrine?

“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” -Council of Trent, 6th Session, CANON IX, “On Justification

http://www.thecounciloftrent.com/ch6.htm

 

And what do the church fathers write concerning ‘heretics’ and ‘liberals’?

“I answer that, With regard to heretics two points must be observed: one, on their own side; the other, on the side of the Church. On their own side there is the sin, whereby they deserve not only to be separated from the Church by excommunication, but also to be severed from the world by death. For it is a much graver matter to corrupt the faith which quickens the soul, than to forge money, which supports temporal life. Wherefore if forgers of money and other evil-doers are forthwith condemned to death by the secular authority, much more reason is there for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, to be not only excommunicated but even put to death.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Theologica,” Secunda Secundae Partis, Q.11, Article 3

http://www.newadvent.org/summa/3011.htm#article3

 

And How Does the Vatican Esteem Aquinas’ Teachings Today?

“Thomistic doctrine which deals with humanity, given that his assertions on the dignity of the human person and the use of his reason, in perfect harmony with the faith, make St. Thomas a teacher for our time

 

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Historic Quotes on the Jesuits

First I’d recommend checking out the extreme, bloody, and diabolical Jesuit Oath which has been recorded in the Library of Congress ***HERE***. This oath is also taken by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and God only knows what other secret societies. Then check out the quotes below from some of history’s most prominent players regarding the Jesuit Roman Catholic institution:

“My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola.” John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States)

“It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe.” Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1834; French statesman and general. He served in the American Continental Army under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.)

“The war [i.e., the American Civil War of 1861-1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States)

“…much more is to be dreaded from the growth of Popery in America than the Stamp Act.” Samuel Adams, 1768 (American Patriot and “Grand Incendiary”), Boston Gazette

“The Jesuits…are a secret society – a sort of Masonic order – with superadded features of revolting odiousness, and a thousand times more dangerous.” – Samuel Morse (1791-1872; American inventor of the telegraph; author of the book Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States)

“[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty.” R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy)

“The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power – power in its most despotic exercise – absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man [i.e., the Black Pope, the Superior General of the Jesuits]. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms [sic] – and at the same time the greatest and most enormous of abuses…” Napoleon I (i.e., Napoleon Bonaparte; 1769-1821; emperor of the French)

Above all I have learned from the Jesuits. And so did Lenin too, as far as I recall. The world has never known anything quite so splnedid as the hierarchical structure of the [Roman] Catholic Church. There were quite a few things I simply appropriated from the Jesuits for the use fo the [Nazi] Party.” Adolph Hitler (1889-1945; Nazi leader and chancellor of Germany from 1933-1945)

“Why would the Jesuits use their implacable enemy, the Jews to further their designs for world dominion? The Jesuits never do anything out in the open where they can be exposed. If they are recognized as then culprits, they will be blamed and suffer the consequences, but if they can use someone else as the ’cause of the world’s problem’, especially an enemy they can destroy in the process, then they have simultaneously accomplished two of their objectives. The Jewish people are the perfect scapegoat. Since the Rothschilds are Jesuit agents operating under a Jewish cover, using them [i.e., the Rosthschilds]  in forming the Illuminati back in 1776 effectively throws onus of this conspiracy on the Jews. The Rothschilds are certainly not the only Jesuit agents that operate under a Jewish front.”-William Josiah Sutton (Author of The New Age Movement and Illuminati 666)

“If you trace Masonry, through all its Orders, till you come to the grand tip-top head Mason of the World, you will discover that the dread individual and the Cheif of the Society of Jesus [i.e., the Superior General of the Jesuit Order] are one and the same person.”-James Parton (American Historian)

“[Jesuit Adam] Weishaupt established the [modern version of the] Illuminati specifically to be a front organization behind which the Jesuits could hide. After being [formally] ablished by [Pope] Clement XIV in 1773, the Jesuits used the Illuminati and other organizations to carry out their operations. Thus, the front organizations would be blamed for the troube caused by the Jesuits” Bill Hughes (Author of the Secret Terrorists and the Enemy Unmasked)

What a dreadful mistake the Infallible Pope, Clement XIV, made when he condemned and suppressed the Jesuits. This Infallible Pope declared at the time he signed the decree, (1773) that he was signing his own death warrant. He never spoke a truer word. In a short while, (1774) he died. . . . Then the Jesuits came back. Another Pope, equally Infallible as the poor fellow the Jesuits poisoned, decided that the decree abolishing them was wrong. . . . They now rule the Pope and the Papacy. They are now the Italian Ring that claim the divine right to rule the world and to carry the keys of the Hereafter. And Cardinal Gibbons is one of them” Thomas E. Watson, 1917 (U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1921-22)

 

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Do the Jews Run the World?

From a midst this internet age in which we’re presently living, where information is exchanged voluminously, there is an awakening occurring, sometimes called the “truth movement”, where people are becoming increasingly aware that ‘the game is rigged’, and that there are private interest groups that rule the world. The question then becomes, who are they?

When one first stumbles down the rabbit trail of “conspiracy theory” the most common “culprits” are said to be, for example, ‘The Elite’, ‘The Illuminati’, ‘The Freemasons’, ‘The Globalists’, ‘The Bankers’, ‘The Powers That Be’, ‘The Bilderberg Group’, ‘The Crown’,  ‘The Saudis’, ‘The Rothschilds’, ‘The Rockefellers’, ‘George Soros’, ‘The Zionists’, etc. (we will deal specifically with the racial Jews below)

No doubt the aforementioned are players in the game. But the next question should be, what’s their actual role? Are they  in fact merely pawns? Is it perhaps more dynamic and deeper than that?

The system  which rules the world today can best be likened to an octopus, which while seemingly being made up of many separate and unrelated groups and individuals, are actually one body consisting of many different “tentacles”. Not only is such a system of organizational hierarchy necessary for world domination, it also serves to create confusion so that the real culprits can remain in the shadows. In fact disinformation is constantly being promulgated across the web not only through ignorant people, but even intentionally by government agencies for instance, so as to muddy the waters and deter the real culprits from being exposed. This is not my opinion, there is much evidence that this is actually taking place, see link here.

While in this sense it would seem an ‘open’ internet is not very conducive to their goals, I’m sure the only reason it hasn’t been more censored, or shut down altogether at this point, is due to to profits that have and are being made, as they’ve been able to turn this very “truth movement” itself into an industry. That being said, however, content which exposes the true hand beyond all of this, is constantly disappearing from the web, and the grip is tightening as legislation such as CISPA better known as The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, are being passed. I honestly cannot count how many times when reviewing articles I’ve written in the most recent past, I find that the links I provided are no longer valid: the site is no longer online, the content was ‘removed by user’, contained a ‘copyright infringement’, the ‘channel no longer exists’, etc.

 The Jews

Undoubtedly though, the most popular group that’s ultimately said to be behind the “New World Order” is the Jews.

It’s very easy to accept this at face value as being true. But the serious truth seeker  must beg the question, does this in fact reflect reality? Now, it is a fact that there are many Jews in places of power. But as I will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt and elaborate on below, they are essentially props; lackeys; or ‘court Jews’, and are not the ones at the top of the ‘Illuminati pyramid’, so to speak. It goes deeper.

While one of the popular topics circulating the web today, is for instance, that the Holocaust was a giant hoax purported by the Jews to create sympathy and garnish money, to the well read historian, there is no question that throughout history the Jews have been one of the most persecuted peoples throughout history across the world. This was especially true throughout the ancient world, the Jews being surrounded by polytheists and savage pagans who engaged in all sorts of rituals and superstitions, often involving idolatry,  sex, and human sacrifice, the Jews being monotheistic, worshiping the God of spirit, and having a moral code, generally seeking to being separate culturally as well as religiously, and unwilling to compromise.

At this point I should make clear my race and religion just to set the record straight. I’m a white Anglo-Saxon, Bible believing, non-denominational Christian. And thus it should be understood that I have no “dogs in the race” on the grounds of race/religion. And lest I be accused of being biased because of the Hebrew roots of my Faith, I shall refer to what the apostle Paul wrote regarding the Jews in Romans 11:28, “they are enemies for your sakes”. Indeed the Jews in rejecting the messiah persecute Christians. My purpose in writing this is because God has given me insight and understanding of the truth, and as the name of my blog indicates, it’s my honor and duty before God, to contend for as much.

It’s become quite fashionable to blame the Jew. And as the saying goes, those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. The writing is on the wall. If people don’t wake up to the real “puppet masters” at the “top of the pyramid”, the Jews are once again going to be persecuted and killed in mass, even here in America, where they historically have been protected and allowed to prosper and have a safe haven from their historic persecutions.

Now if it was truly the Jews were truly behind the New World Order, then that would be one thing, but as I will prove beyond any shadow of a doubt in this article, from numerous angles, this is clearly not the case, which is why it grieves my heart to see such hatred for this people, knowing the bloodshed which will eventually ensue against these largely innocent people, if the real powers that be have their way.

The Missing Dimensions

As the saying goes, a threefold cord is not easily broken. There are three major reasons for the deception, resulting in the popularity of this misinformed perspective. In order to actually arrive at the truth it’s pivotal to address and understand the following:

1) People don’t study history on a scholarly level, if at all. Most people who blame the Jews are buying into what’s actually propaganda (as will be elaborated on more in in point number two,) and haven’t really studied the history of this racial people by consulting various and historic documents spanning thousands of years.

2) The Jews are in actuality being conspired against, or in other words scapegoated, being the implacable enemies of the real “powers that be” (who will be positively exposed below) that intentionally see to it that many Jews occupy positions of power, specifically so that they can be blamed, in a design for their destruction.

3) People don’t read the Bible. This ties into point number 1 and 2 and is the most crucial element. In actuality this proves the Bibles authenticity, which states “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie-2 Thessalonians. 2:10-11. And indeed without the light of Christ and the divine teaching and guidance from above, it’s impossible to make out the truth and see through the smoke, mirrors, and confusion. Not only does the Bible contain a historic record of the Jews history spanning thousands of years, it also: A) illuminates the spiritual dimension.  As God’s chosen people through whom he brought the Savior of the World; and the race through which he worked through for the first few thousand years of human history; and still having promises from God eventually to be fulfilled;  Satan, who is the ultimate ruler of the world in this present age (2 Cor. 4:4), hates the Jews with an utter hatred and uses wicked men to persecute them. B) The Bible also tells us who the rulers of the world are not. The Jews do not even run Jerusalem today, how could they run the world?  What was to become the fate of the Jews was actually foretold by Jesus himself over two thousand years ago, it’s recorded in Luke 21:24, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”  The first half of this prophecy is verified by an honest survey of history, and the fact that they’re not even in control of their own land today evidenced by  many facts: for instance, they only occupy a portion of the land that promised to them; the occult symbol that occupies their national flag; the fact that Jerusalem was conquered by papal crusades in the 12th to 13th centuries. etc. C) The Bible unmistakably identifies who’s actually behind the system that “reigneth over the kings of the earth”through several prophecies which when considered collectively render it statistically impossible for them to be fulfilled by any other institution.

The above points will be elaborated on to one extent or another below. Also bear in mind that the Jews as a whole reject the Bible, save the Tanakh (first several books), so obviously they did not ‘doctor’ the prophecies therein to ‘pass the buck’. And when their messiah was present they proclaimed, as recorded in John 19:15, “We have no king but Caesar“. This will become prophetically significant as we unravel who truly rules the world today.

So Who is ‘Pulling The Strings’?

As the saying goes ‘All roads lead to Rome’. Ultimately, it’s the JESUIT ORDER and the other various knighthoods of THE ROMAN CATHOLIC PAPACY that are behind all of these organizations and individuals mentioned above.

Regarding the prophetic statement of the Jews above “We have no king but Caesar”, in his book “The Two Babylon’s”, written in 1858, Alexander Hislop proves that pagan Rome became papal Rome.

There is really so much that could be said here, so many angles which could be elaborated on and so much proof, in fact to the extent an entire book could be written on these matters alone. My purpose however is only to provide enough information to as to present sufficient evidence that it should satisfy set the record straight for those who are truly interested in knowing the truth.

The Main Evidence

1) Bible Prophecy. For brevity and simplicity sake, I shall refer the reader to the article I’ve written on this subject,”Using the Bible to Identify Antichrist“.

So is it any wonder that the church of Rome did everything in her power to keep the scriptures out of the hands of the common man? She kept the scriptures restricted only to the hypocrite and rich priests for over a thousand year until by the providence of God the printing press was given to man so that books could be produced for quicker and cheaper and thus more people could afford them, that’s when Rome started burning the books. Then  she would go on to murder as “heretics” all the Bible translators for giving people to “unlearned” the Holy scriptures in the “vulgar” common tongue (language other than Latin), she then attempted to stop the work of the greatest translation of Bible ever to occur via her gunpowder plot. But by the providence of God, He made sure that despite all the plots of the devil using wicked men to keep humanity in the dark, men would have access to the scriptures. So when she realized she couldn’t destroy the Bible, she decided to release her own counterfeit Bibles based on her counter-reformation Westcott & Hort-Pro-Jerome’s Latin Vulgate texts, under the guise of being easier to read.

For more information I’d recommend checking out the book ‘Rome’s Policy Towards The Bible: Papal Efforts to Suppress The Scriptures in the Last Five Centuries Exposed’ by “An American Citizen”, 1844, available to read at that link.

2) An Appeal to History. Once again, I shall refer the reader to my post “Books on Romanism, Etc.” which contains a list of over 120 titles spanning over 400 years proving from the church of Rome’s own doctrines her conspiracy, and that she was behind all of the dictators, wars, and even the major current events over the last 200 years in America. This list is most certainly not exhaustive, but merely represents titles which I’ve come across in my studies. Most of these titles can be found online and read at your convenience at archive.org.

Her Own Doctrine

If that weren’t enough, one really only needs to start investigating her own claims of authority from the Popes, Church Fathers, and Jesuit Oath to see her aims which confirm she’s the chief conspirator.

“I…declare and swear that His Holiness, the Pope…hath power to depose heretical Kings, Princes, States, Commonwealths, and Governments, and they may be safely destroyed…. I do now denounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or State, named Protestant or Liberal, or obedience to any of their laws, magistrates or officers….Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope. He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-Regent on earth, let him be accursed and exterminated.”-Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction as recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216

“In the coronation of all popes — including Pius XII, on March 12, 1939 — the tiara is placed on the candidate’s head with the words: “Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of princes and kings, Ruler of the world, Vicar of our Savior Jesus Christ.” If this phraseology had not been sanctified by long usage, it would not have been coined in this generation to express the relation of the pope to the political and social order; but it would not have been created in the first place if it had not meant then what it says — Ruler of the world.”-Paul Hutchinson and Winfred E. Garrison, 20 Centuries of Christianity: A Concise History (1st ed.), p. 120. © 1959

“… the hand of God, who guides the course of history, has set down the Chair of His Vicar on earth, in this city of Rome which, from being the capital of the wonderful Roman Empire, was made by Him the capital of the whole world, because He made it the seat of a sovereignty which, since it extends beyond the confines of nations and states, embraces within itself all the peoples of the whole world. The very origin and divine nature of this sovereignty demands, the inviolable rights of conscience of millions of the faithful of the whole world demand that this sacred sovereignty must not be, neither must it ever appear to be, subject to any human authority or law whatsoever, even though that law be one which proclaims certain guaranties for the liberty of the Roman Pontiff. -Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Letter UBI ARCANO DEI CONSILIO (On the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ), December 23, 1922.

“The Roman Pontiff, successor of the blessed Peter, and the vicar of Jesus Christ, keeper of the keys of the heavenly Kingdom, of all regions of the world, and of all of the nations and those who dwell in them”Bullarium Patronatus Portugalliae Regum In Ecclesiis Africae, Asiae, Atque Oceaniae, …, Volume 1 (1171-1600), curante Levy Maria Jordão, 1868, pgs. 8 & 12.

“Tell us we are Catholics first and Americans or Englishmen afterwards; of course we are. Tell us, in the conflict between the church and the civil government we take the side of the church; of course we do. Why, if the government of the United States were at war with the church, we would say tomorrow, to hell with the government of the United States; and if the church and all the governments of the world were at war, we would say, to hell with all the governments of the world. * * * Why is it that in this country where we have only seven per cent of the population, the Catholic church is so much feared? She is loved by all her children and feared by everybody. Why is it the Pope has such tremendous power? Why, the Pope is the ruler of the world. All the emperors, all the kings, all the princes, all the presidents of the world are as these altar boys of mine. The Pope is the ruler of the world.The Western Watchman, a paper published in St. Louis by Father D. S. Phelan, June 27th, 1912.

See the this link for many more historic claims of hers, including that the popes are actually God and Jesus Christ himself.

Also be sure to check out what Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Adolph Hitler, and other notable leaders had to say about the Church of Rome and her Jesuit order at my post Historic Quotes on the Jesuits, as well as the rest of  the Extreme Jesuit Oath, as documented in the Library of Congress.

Another excellent book to consult for historic quotes regarding Rome’s doctrine and conspiracies, especially as it pertains to the United States of America, is ex-catholic priest of 25 years, Charles Chiniquy’s book written in 1886, “50 Years in the Church of Rome” particularly pages 668-689.

A History of Jewish Persecution

Also consider the below timeline, outlining the Church of Rome’s bloody history of Jewish persecution :

1096 Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter half the Jews in Worms, Germany.

1099 Roman Catholic crusaders massacre 70,000 Muslims and Jews when they capture Jerusalem.

1236 Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter Jews in the Anjou and Poitou regions of western France. The Catholic crusaders trample to death under their horses 3000 Jews who refuse baptism.

1243 Roman Catholic mobs burn alive all the Jews in Berlitz, Germany (near Berlin).

1298 Roman Catholic mobs burn alive all Jews in Rottingen, Germany.

April 26, 1349 Roman Catholic mobs burn to death all Jews in Germersheim, Germany.

1348 – 1349 The Jews are blamed for the bubonic plague. Author Dave Hunt tells us, “Accused of causing the ‘Black Death’ Jews were rounded up [by Roman Catholic mobs] and hanged, burned, and drowned by the thousands in revenge.”

1389 Roman Catholic mobs murder 3000 Jews in Prague when they refuse to be baptized.

Circa 1938 –  1945 Catholic dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Monsignor Tiso slaughter approximately six million Jews in Europe prior to and during World War 2.

Source: Amazingdiscoveries.org

Additional Evidence Jews Don’t Even Run Israel Today

According to Grove Masonic Lodge’s website, Benjamin Netanyahu, the current prime minister of Israel, is a Freemason, which according to the 97th Degree Freemason [Ancient and Primitive Right of Mizraim] Helena Blavatsky in her book “ISIS Unveiled” is an “offspring of the sons of Ignatius Loyola” and “worked under instructions from the General of the Jesuits”, see links to follow. Source #1, Source #2.

What’s the centerpiece today of Jerusalem? The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Anyone who knows anything about symbolism, and the scriptures, will know that this is a roman catholic church by viewing the picture linked above. Not only is there babies depicted as angels with wings (which is totally unbiblical and of the roman catholic tradition), there is of course all the catholic candles, crosses, gold and silver, “Jesus”  with long hair depicted with a sun disk around his head, a statue of the virgin mary, etc. Furthermore they proclaim this is the crucifixion site of Christ, but that’s not so. As a matter of fact Archaeologist Ron Wyatt found the actual Crucifixion site buried beneath a garbage dump, including the plugged holes in the ground which held the three crosses, the carvings in the Golgotha mountain behind them which held the signs of title/reason for execution, and the fractured earth which actually contained the dried blood of Christ, which when was examined in the laboratory contained half the human-chromosome count (having only one human parent, Mary). For more information on that find see this 5-Part article and check out this documentary for more info.

Vatican Wealth

The Vatican Billions by Avro Manhattan, 1983

Documentary, Vatican: Owner of World’s Biggest Banks and Top Global Companies

Documentary, Behind the Closed Doors of the Vatican

Article, Vatican Wealthiest Institution in the World 

Knights Templars and International Banking’s Origins

Concluding Misc. Information and Links

Photographic evidence Proving it was the Church of Rome behind Adolph Hitler  (also be sure to check out L.H. Lehman’s book from 1942 “Behind the Dictators” as well as John Cromwell’s “Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII” written in 2008.)

The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy

The Auschwitz Album: Proof of Jesuit Papacy’s SS-led Eurasian Jewish Holocaust

The Bloody History of Papal Rome-Quotes

Pope Claims to be God

The Black Pope: The Most Powerful Man on Earth

The Pale of Permanent Jewish Settlement: Introduction and Historical Context

A Brief Historical Survey of Jewish Persecution

The Mythos Mafia: The Papal Bloodlines of the Jesuits

The Two Babylons, a lecture by Jim Arrabito, Part 1 of 4

Words of The Beast

All Seeing Eye of “Illuminati” used in Catholic Churches (examine the images at article, be careful of information, right of the bat the person who wrote it is claiming Paul was the founder of Christianity and a false apostle, which is obviously false).

All Seeing Eye in Roman Church (Another Pic)

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JESUIT SECRET SHADOWY PAPAL BLOODLINES

The Jesuit Vatican New World Order

THE REAL 13 ZOROASTRIAN BLOODLINES OF THE ILLUMINATI

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The Easy Way to Stop [Insert Addiction Here]

Prior to being saved, I was a pack a day smoker for roughly ten years. But that’s not all. I was also an all-day-everyday marijuana smoker for equally as long. On top of that I was addicted to pornography and booze. While I didn’t start drinking until I was 16, I got introduced to the other vices around the age of 12. At one period of my life, I would become a regular user of cocaine, Oxycontin, and other pills.

So, the long and the short of it is, I have a little bit of history and experience with addiction myself!

The following information will be notes that I’ve adapted from a book that the Lord led me to through divine providence, immediately predicating my salvation. The title of the book is “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr, which contains principles universal to all addictions, and by understanding them, makes letting these deceptive sins go, much easier.

I also HIGHLY recommend the book “Addictions: A Banquet in The Grave” by Edward T. Welch as it goes much more in depth into the spiritual and biblical side of addiction.

The premise of Carr’s book is essentially as follows:

1) No pressure to quit.

2) Not going to bombard reader with health, financial, and other warnings that they already know.

3) Don’t stop using until you’ve finished the entire book. And if upon completion you don’t feel ready, no problem.

4) The key to becoming a happy non-user is to be able to properly understand and deal with the psychological, as well as physical mechanics of addiction, which, if not addressed, will ultimately lead to a sense of deprivation that will result in relapse.

So the below notes I’ve adapted to sin in general, which can be applied to any addiction. If any of the concepts seem unclear feel free to contact me, otherwise I’d recommend just read the book, which will definitely drive the point home.

The Easy Way

EASY WAY 1
-There is no such thing as ONE cigarette (or other sin), there is no such thing as cutting back as addiction cannot be controlled, soon doing full-time. It’s a cycle which must be repeated indefinitely, unless ended indefinitely. (Genesis 19:26)

-Those who only service their habit only on a limited basis are actually worse off than the “chain” or serial user, because they reinforce the illusion that smoking [or other sin] is enjoyable, as we mistake ending the state of “needing” (i.e. withdrawal), as fulfillment. It’s like wearing tight shoes for the pleasure of taking them off. (Hebrews 3:13)

-Smokers [or other sin/habit] smoke [etc.] to feel like non-smokers, or in other words to feel normal by taking away the feeling that only smokers [etc.] have, as its caused by the cigarette [etc.].

-The cigarette [or other said sin] ONLY appears desirable when we aren’t smoking [doing it]; Immediately regret; ALWAYS!!!

-Because we associate the cigarette [or other sin] as relieving withdrawal pangs (stress) after we quit, and happen to be stressed (for any reason even if irrelevant), we may subconsciously think the cigarette/sin would help/complete us/etc. but this is an ILLUSION

-Essential to remove the belief helplessly/hopelessly dependent on [this sin or that sin] or it will become reality!

-Even with easyway, responding correctly to these ‘triggers’ is the most challenging part and can make the difference between finding stopping an ‘OKAY’ experience or a wonderful/life changing one

EASY WAY 2 (reprogram brain)
-If smokers [or other addict/sin] using willpower manage to abstain for a few days, the physical component of the ‘pang’ disappears. It is the psychological triggers that cause the difficulty.

-The smoker [etc.] has become accustom to relieving his need to smoke [etc.] at certain times of the day and while doing certain things (even during certain emotional times), over time these associations CAN become quite strong. (this is often a major cause of relapse if not properly ‘worked out’, and the part that takes roughly 3 weeks to ‘un-learn’.

-It is essential to counter-condition your response in these situations otherwise you will interpret your conditioned (from brainwashing/voice of satan) “I want a cigarette [etc]” as a fact and then will feel deprived because you can’t have one.

-realize “I’m not being deprived of anything, I am feeling this way because of the sub-conscious associations caused from the addiction (the cigarette is what creates the perceived ‘need’ to smoke), Will not make any occasion more enjoyable. It will do nothing but create the void of addiction which is a chain reaction and must be continued indefinitely, unless I say no and choose to end it indefinitely.

EASY WAY 3
-It is essential to counter this conditioning from start and to do so effectively must replace fear and confusion caused by brainwashing/voice of satan with hard facts.

-realize “I don’t need to [smoke], and I don’t need to torture myself by regarding the [cigarette] as some sort of crutch or friend when I know for a fact it’s neither.”

-Smokers [or other addict] go for hours without smoking all the time and it doesn’t bother them at all, only when they feel like they are being deprived/aren’t allowed to [smoke]

ADDITIONAL NOTES
-Willpower quitters (VS removing desire by seeing it for what it really is which makes stopping EASY) frequently doubt their decision to quit because they still suffer from the ILLUSION that they enjoyed [this sin or that sin], and this causes them a sense of deprivation which leads to failure.

-How to recondition fast? Tell self don’t need to [commit this sin or that sin] anymore, and allow self to be happy; it will take easily because it’s true.

-Ask self “do I really want to pay an assassin to kill and torture me with a slow horrible death, furthermore making me his slave?” How am I going to be able to be bold in my faith and stand up for what’s right/what I believe in (especially in the face of persecution) if I allow these sins/perceived temporal pleasures to reign over me?

-The challenge of the [committer of this sin or that sin] is to see through the brainwashing which results from (and must exist to condone) the “momentary pleasure” as an all-purpose stress-reliever/stimulant/relaxant/REWARD/comforter/friend, and to see it for what it really is: a drug delivery device, much like the heroin addicts hypodermic syringe. (and the devices of satan to actually kill us spiritually/physically)

-Quitting the sin is the death not of a friend but a terrible enemy

-Must use facts to see through the confusion/fear/doubt created to keep us trapped by the enemy (sin/satan)

-When we realize where the confusion, mental attacks, etc, is coming from.. we can say “away with you Satan, in the name of Jesus”, and Satan and his attackers must flee. Being aware of these attacks and who they are from, at the time it’s happening in our lives, is one of the most important things we need to learn.

-Accept the withdrawal pangs (psychological or physical), remember to breathe/pray/be mindful/meditate on the Word of God and these truths

-Physical nicotine [or other sin] withdrawal pangs is most accurately likened to hunger, there is no pain, and it’s a barely noticeable feeling, which is EASY to ignore and overcome once we understand where we stand, we only feel irritated and depressed when we feel like we’re depriving ourselves of our crutch/friend.

-Instead of feeling fearful and anxious about pangs, embrace them. Say to self “I know what this is, it’s the little monster (chemical addiction) or big monster (psychological factor) DYING. (it loses power over us as we refuse to serve it”

-Remember to think long term, the prize at the end (i.e. heaven with God for those who endure) the trials and temptations are only temporary and exist to strengthen/test us/build character
(Matthew 24:13, James 1:2-5)

-Abandon the ridiculous concept of smoking [or other said sin] being pleasurable for it’s own sake. Even with those that seem to be in the moment, i.e. like eating junkfood; we must realize that the sin is only pleasurable for a SEASON (Hebrews 11:25), then we feel spiritually guilty/unwell as well as physically and often emotionally unwell. (Philippians 3:18-9)

-Marijuana smoking [or other sin] works in same sinister way as the smoking (nicotine) trap, only even more subtle because this DRUG actually gets you high [or tastes/feels good] so it has a PERCEIVED benefit (unlike cigarettes)

-same drug addiction/un-remitting slavery/fears etc. no matter what form of sin

-Cannot be controlled/moderated (tolerance=need more over time, Matthew 6:24, sin leads to more sin/eventually doesn’t satisfy)

-other normal/healthy people do fine without

-EASYWAY METHOD  (identify, clarify/dont accept as fact, rejoice for the many warranted reasons)

HOW TO EMPLOY EASYWAY METHOD
(Watch your thoughts (1 Peter 4:7, Luke 21:36, 1 Peter 5:8-9), be ready for the pangs, when they come, identify whether its the psychological component (~3 weeks) or physical (~3days), don’t accept it as fact, remind yourself of the truth; rejoice for the many warranted reasons)
PROS OF QUITING (list out the pros & cons)
-Right with God/Spiritual affairs (allowing sin causes extreme guilt/depression)
(will no longer be a stumbling block to others/our bodies aren’t are own/God’s temple)
(Romans 14:21, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20; Philippians 2:12-8)
-Free of slavery (being servant to that particular sin as it rules mind)
-not stink/be fat etc./social despisement
-not feel guilty/shame (spiritual or from fellow man)
-free of fear (getting low; not having supplies to feed this or that sin)
-re-gain confidence/courage (not feel helpless/weak)
-Save $$$
-Able to run/adventure/be fit/diet & health conscious
-more energy
-re-gain normal taste/smell (nasal breathing-no allergies)
-general health immediate & long term
-one less distraction
-removes high/low cycle of addiction/sin
-less spirit quenched/not at enmity with God
-will naturally seek God more
-less mindless action
-eye health
-Arteries, heart, lungs, circulation, psoriasis, cancer, tonsil stones etc.
-clear mind, quickened, sober, not clouded/slowed
-more peace from presence of God, less chemicals, more oxygen in blood
-destroys the idolatry which results from sin/addiction
-less paranoia (marijuana, but also true of sin in general)
-more passion
-no more withdrawal
-regular sleep
-less munchies (marijuana)
-free of legal worries (marijuana)
-job interviews etc (marijuana)
CONS
-NONE

A Mnemonic Device

The following comes from a book called “The Small Book” on alcoholism by Jack Trimpey, which can also be applied to fighting any sin/addiction:

B.E.A.S.T.

Boozing Opportunity.

Enemy Voice Recognition.

Accuse that voice of malice.

Self worth & control reminders (who we are, and the power we have in Christ).

Treasure your sobriety (clear conscience knowing you’ve obeyed Christ, are walking well pleasing in his sight, have done all to stand).

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Using the Bible to Identify Antichrist

The literal and accurate fulfillment of detailed prophecies given hundreds to thousands of years in advanced, is one of the distinguishing features of the Bible, which not only distinguishes it from every other book, religion, and prophet, but also confirms that it truly is the inspired, inerrant, preserved Word of God.

Today we will be reviewing some of the most notable scriptures regarding identification of Antichrist. It is statistically impossible for any other institution to fulfill all of the many prophecies from scripture as does the Roman Catholic Papacy.

It was once said, in Peter Stoner’s book Science Speaks, regarding the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies, that even if there were only eight, “We find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 10(17th)” “That would be one in 100,000,000,000,000,000.-By Marjorie Lewis Lloyd, Signs of the Times, August 1976. as quoted from Peter Stoner’s book “Science Speaks” Moody Press 1963. The same then, of course, would also apply regarding the prophecies of antichrist.

But just to put it out there, if anyone honestly believes they have viable alternative candidate, who fulfills every prophecy from the Bible regarding antichrist and his kingdom, feel free to e-mail me or comment below, but be sure you have cited each of the 14 prophecies below (including the rest of those in the Bible I’ve not cited, and how those which are yet to be fulfilled will be in the future), being as  detailed as possible about how each scripture was fulfilled by the institution/individual you believe it to be regarding, and also provide a historical record to back your claims that can trump or equal the approximate 120 book titles of written history, spanning 400 years, which can be found referenced in this post, that I’m using to prove what is an accurate understanding of the prophetic scriptures, and that has been historically accepted to be true by Bible believers and protestants.

Generally speaking interpretations of prophecy are not new but date back to the time of the Reformation. I encourage folks to see themselves what the various commentators had to say. Links can be found to such commentaries at the resource tab above.

 

Scriptures on Antichrist

#1

The Bible says in Daniel 7:25 that the beast will “wear out the saints of the most High“, additionally in the New Testament scriptures we read “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…“, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth“-Revelation 17:6Revelation 18:24. During the inquisitions and crusades of the dark ages, the number of Bible-believers who were tortured and killed as “heretics” by the Roman Catholic papacy is estimated by historians to range between 50-200 million.

That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no [one] who has a competent knowledge of history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so scanty, that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no power of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.-History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe by W. E. H. Lecky , Vol. II, p. 32. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910.

From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of popery.-History of Romanism,” pp. 541, 542. New York: 1871.

Need I speak to you of the thirty years’ war in Germany, which was mainly instigated by the Jesuits, in order to deprive the Protestants of the right of free religious worship, secured to them by the treaty of Augsburg? Or of the Irish rebellion, of the inhuman butchery of about fifteen millions of Indians in South America, Mexico and Cuba, by the Spanish papists? In short, it is calculated by authentic historians, that papal Rome has shed the blood of sixty-eight millions of the human race in order to establish her unfounded claims to religious dominion-The Glorious Reformation by S. S. SCHMUCKER citing Dr. Brownlee’s “Popery an enemy to civil liberty”, p. 105.

This great antichristian power robbed the church of its gospel light and plunged the world into the Dark Ages. It put to death and thus took away the lives of from fifty to one hundred millions of the saints of the Most High….One thousand years covers the crest of the persecutions when from 50,000,000 to 150,000,000 martyrs died of the sword, at the stake, in dungeons, and of starvation because of the confiscation of their earthly possessions.-Bunch, Taylor, The Book of Daniel, 1950, p. 170, 185.

(See also “Estimates of The Number Killed by The Papacy in The Middle Ages and Later” by David A. Plaisted, 2006;“Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Foxe, 1563; “A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages” by Henry Charles Lea, 1888, or any of a number of other historical titles of which over 120 area listed here, for more information.)

Christ said, as recorded in Matthew 7:16, “by their fruits ye shall know them.” It’s one thing to realize that this institution has killed so many in the name of religion, but to then realize that the means of torture were among thee most inhumane, gruesome, and cruel to ever be devised by man adds to the veracity of the papacy’s fulfillment of these prophecies. See this link to learn about the most dastardly methods of torture and death which were implemented.

I also recommend checking out the following documentaries which can be viewed for free simply by clicking on its respective link: “Catholic Inquisition“, “The Forbidden Book: History of the Bible“,  “A Lamp in the Dark: The Untold History of the Bible“, “Tares Among the Wheat“.

 

#2

It goes on to say in Daniel 7:25 that she would think to change times and laws. First let us note that Rome declares as much using nearly exact phraseology.

The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate [change] laws,-Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary

The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws… The Pope can modify divine law…-Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, “Papa” art. 2, translated.

Rome would go on to change the Sabbath (the seventh day of the week), commanded to be kept by God in the 10 commandments, to the pagan Sunday (first day of the week), now universally accepted as the “Christian Sabbath” having absolutely no foundation in scripture. From Rome, by the hand of Jesuit Christopher Clavius came the Gregorian Calender which has each month and week named after pagan gods, as well as changing the calculating of time from sundown-sundown to midnight-midnight.

Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her;–she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.-Rev. Stephan Keenan, A doctrinal Catechism, On the Obedience Due to the Church, Ch. 3, p.174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York)”

See the following links for many more quotes and much more evidence.

Sabbath to Sunday

Pagan Calender 1

Pagan Calendar 2

 

#3

Revelation 17:18 says that the beast reigneth over all the kings of the earth.

As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words, just look for the undeniable proof:

http://www.seawaves.us/na/koe/kings.html

http://www.illuminati-news.com/0/PicturesOfPapalInfiltration.htm

http://www.nobeliefs.com/nazis.htm

Also, make note of the public record indicating that the majority of those in the political, religious, business, corporate, and entertainment arenas today, are either roman catholic, part of papal knighthoods (such as the Knights of Malta, Knights of Columbus etc,) come from Jesuit universities, or are part of the Masonic brotherhood (Which according to Helena Blavatsky, a 97th Degree Freemason of the Ancient and Primitive Right of Mizraim,  and occultist, in her book “ISIS Unveiled”, are “offspring of the sons of Ignatius Loyola” who was of course founder or the Roman Catholic Jesuit  Military Order). Just check out the following lists and bear in mind these not exhaustive but only indicate  those publicly acknowledged as such:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jesuits

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alumni_of_Jesuit_educational_institutions

http://theunhivedmind.com/wordpress/list-of-jesuit-scholars

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Freemasons_(A–D)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Freemasons_(E–Z)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Knights_of_Columbus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Catholics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_members_of_Opus_Dei

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Knights_of_Malta

http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/kmlst1.htm

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican37.htm

Also check out my post “Books on Romanism, Etc.” to find titles that include much more  evidence.

 

#4

Revelation 17:4 states “And the woman (always refers to a church throughout prophecy) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls having a golden cup. It just so happens that the bishops of Rome dress in purple while the cardinals scarlet, the papacy always bejeweled in opulence and the golden cup referring to those used in the unbiblical “sacrament” of the mass/eucharist/communion, for which most of the martyrs were killed for rejecting.

Scarlet and Purple

Scarlet and Purple 2

Golden Cup 1

Golden Cup 2

Precious Stones 1

Precious Stones 2

 

#5

Revelation 17:9 says “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sittith”. The underlying Greek word for “mountain” in that passage is the also translated as “hill”, for example in Luke 4:29, and other places. Rome has always historically been considered the city on seven hills and she even admits as much, from the Catholic Encyclopedia, pg.529 “It is within the city of Rome, called The City on Seven Hills, that the entire area of Vatican State Proper is now confined“, see following link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_hills_of_Rome.

 

#6

1 Timothy 4:3 states she shall teach “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” This is a well-known doctrine of catholic priests, and likewise the Catholic Church teaches “meatless Fridays” see following links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerical_celibacy_(Catholic_Church) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_Fast

 

#7

Revelation 13:18 states “…the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; 666”

“The letters inscribed in the Pope’s miter are these ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’. which is the Latin for ‘VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD.’ Catholics hold that the church, which is a visible society, must have a visible head…., as head of the church, was given the title, ‘VICAR OF CHRIST’.”-Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly) “Bureau of information,” Huntington, Ind., April 18, 1915 (actual scan)

As most know, the Roman letters are also used numerically, called roman numerals. It just so happens the title ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI’ has numberical value of 666, see below:

VICARIUS FILII DEI

THE LITERAL MEANING: VICARIUS – substituting for, or in place of
FILII – means son
DEI – means GOD

 

V = 5 = no value D = 500
I = 1 I = 1 E = no value
C = 100 L = 50 I =  1
A = no value I = 1 ——–
R = no value I = 1 501
I = 1 ——–
U/V = 5 53
S = no value
——–
112

 112  + 53  + 501  =  666

All of the following titles have the numerical value of 666: “Roman Kingdom,” “The Latin Speaking Man,” “The Latin Kingdom,” “Italian Church,” “Vicar of Christ,” “Captain of the Clergy,” “Vicar of the Court,” etc.; see following link for more information as to how these numerical values were arrived at: http://biblelight.net/666.htm.

Also, if you count up all the points on the Jesuit Seal (The 3 nails, the point at the bottom of the cross, and all of the sun rays), and add them together like so: “1+2+3+4…….” all the way to 36 (the total number of points), you will get 666. And of course its publicly acknowledged that the current pope is a Jesuit.

 

#8

2 Thessalonians 2:4 states of the antichrist “he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Many who subscribe to the Jesuitical predisponsational-futurism doctrine, either knowingly or by ignorance, are awaiting a third temple to be built in Jerusalem. But once again, we must use the context of the whole of the Bible to get an accurate interpretation of this scripture: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”-Cor. 3:16,”…the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands…-Acts 7:48

Roman catholic doctrine teaches the pope is literally Christ on earth, and seeks to sit in the temple of God as such, ie. in the minds and hearts of men:

But to believe that our Lord God the Pope, establisher of said decretal and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical.-Gloss. in Extravagantes Johannes, xxii, Tit. 14, c. 4, in fin., col. 140, F., T. 3, Corp. Jur. Can. as quoted from “The Catholic faith, or, Doctrines of the Church of Rome contrary to Scripture” by John treat, 1888, P. 536.(scan)

But to believe that our Lord God the Pope the establisher of said decretal, and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted hereticalThe Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII

“Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, thou art our physician, thou art our governor, thou art our husbandman, thou art finally another God on earth”-Christopher Marcellus to Pope Julius II, 1512 

See following links for list of many more historical quotes:

http://amazingdiscoveries.org/R-Pope_Rome_blasphemy_power_Jesus

http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/claims.htm

 

#9

The Bible states that antichrist would appear and claim to be Christian but would be unfaithful to Christ and Biblical doctrine, and actual be practicing ancient mystery religions. (Matthew 7:15; Matthew 24:5, 11-12, 24; 1 John 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:5; Revelation 17:1, 5; etc.) See the following books for a thorough exposition regarding theese matters:

The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, 1858

The Great Apostasy Identical With Papal Rome: or An Exposition on the Mystery of Iniquity and the Marks and Doom of Antichrist by Joseph F Berg, 1842

 

#10

In Revelation 17:3 it states “and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy“. Using the Bible itself to interpret these symbols, we know that a woman is a church (Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:21-27; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2) and a beast is a nation (Daniel 7:17, 23), therefore this verse is indicating that the antichrist system will be a church and nation working as one. Where do we see this? Vatican city which is the seat of the Roman Catholic papacy of course. And how can we be sure this is referring to them? Notice the last part of Revelation 17:3, it says she’s “full of names of blasphemy”. Well how does the Bible define blasphemy?  Those who claims to be God, and/or those who claim to be able to forgive sin (John 10:33, Mark 2:7). And to see that by her very doctrines the papacy claims as  much, see the following links for quotes from her various councils, etc.: RCC Forgiveness of sins, RCC claims Pope to be God.

“This judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sin.”-The Catholic Encylopaedia Vol xii, article Pope, pg 265

“And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgement of his priest and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse to give absolution, provided the penitent is capable of it.”-Duties and Dignities of the Priest, Liguori, p.27

#11

Revelation 13:3 reads “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” This prophecy finds its fulfillment in this wise: in 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte entered Rome with the intention of overthrowing the Pope taking him captive and and putting him in exile. This was the apparent death of the the papacy’s political power, which was to be “healed” with the revival of their power in 1929 with the signing of an accord by the Pope to support Mussolini in exchange for the return of his papal seat and power. Read more at link below:

http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_beasts_wound_Mussolini_Napoleon

 

#12

Integrally related to the previous prophecy regards the length of time which spanned from Justinian’s decree in 538 AD to the head wound received  in 1798 through Napoleon. This period of 1260 years is actually mentioned in numerous prophecies in a couple different ways both old and new testament which I will briefly outline below as well as provide links to follow for a more thorough explanation.

 

Times Time and half a Time

Remembering the exposition of Daniel 7:25 covered in prophecies #‘s 1 & 2 of this post, we refer to this scripture once again, as it goes on to say that the wearing out of the saints by this system who would change time and laws would be “given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” We know that a “time” refers to a year (Daniel 4:32), thus this scripture refers to a 3 and 1/2 years. The Jews used lunar rather solar calendars as God had appointed (Psalm 104:19 for instance) where a month was 30 days and a year 360 days. Thus 3 and a 1/2 years would equate to 1260 days, which we understand when dealing with prophecy a day equates to a year (Numbers 13:34, Ezekiel 4:6). This same 3 and 1/2 years is also mentioned in (Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 12:14).

 

42 Months

Using the same scriptural prophetic interpretations and calculations as mentioned above we understand 42 months would equal 1260 years, this phraseology appears in the following prophecies: Revelation 11:2, Revelation 13:5-7.

 

1260 Days

Once again keeping in mind the above we have find this phraseology in: Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6.

 

For a More Thorough Exposition of the Above Prophecies:

http://biblelight.net/1260years.htm

http://biblelight.net/times.htm

http://biblelight.net/h-wound.htm

 

 

#13

In revelation 17:12 it states “…ten kings….receive power as kings one hour with the beast

Historically this scripture has been interpreted as being fulfilled as follows:

(1) the kingdom of the Vandals and Alans in Spain and Africa;

(2) the kingdom of the Suevians in Spain;

(3) the kingdom of the Visigoths;

(4) the kingdom of the Alans in Gallia;

(5) the kingdom of the Burgundians;

(6) the kingdom of the Franks;

(7) the kingdom of the Britons;

(8) the kingdom of the Huns;

(9) the kingdom of the Lombards;

(10) the kingdom of Ravenna

With the beast – With that rising papal power. They would exercise their authority in connection with that, and under its influence.”-Albert Barnes Commentary

It’s worth mentioning however, one of Papal Rome’s daughters, “The Club of Rome”, has actually divided the world stage today into 10 kingdoms. At the link below you will find a link to a leaked dossier as published in William Cooper’s “Behold a Pale Horse”

http://conspiracywiki.com/documents/club-of-rome-report-regionalized-and-adaptive-model-of-the-global-world.pdf

 

 #14

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”-2 Thessalonians 2:9

Regarding the ministry of the Son of Perdition, we’re told that similar to the magicians of the court of pharaoh in ancient Egypt who sought to rival Moses, this system would use false miracles. Now note how it’s worded “lying signs and wonders”in other words they may involve a degree of trickery or deception.Below you will find some links to substantiate this fulfillment, these are only those I’ve recently come across, this list is certainly not exhaustive.
Did Pope Francis Perform a Miracle in Naples?

SAINT MARY Appearing in Church in Cairo. Egypt 16/12/2009

Proof of the Supernatural & Miracles – Catholic Miracles

Cross Appears in Sky Russia

It sufferd to Jullia Kim durring Holy friday 2010.

Jesus Statue opens Eyes, Saltillo Cathedral, Mexico

“Weeping” statue of Virign Mary

The Amazing and Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bizarre Light Miracle in Greek Church

Pope Francis’ Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina

Sun Miracles captured on video!! (Medjugorje, Herzegovina) [Full Length]

The Bloody Stigmata Miracles of Therese Neumann 

Virgin Mary appears over Ivory Coast

Pope Francis Caught on Camera Performing Strange Exorcism to Man in Wheel Chair

Miracles happened ,,Holy sacrament transforms in to blood and flesh

Eucharistic Miracles of Naju – Scientific Evidence

MIRACLES AT LOURDES

 (1)If you are Catholic and Don’t Believe in The Coming Chastisment, You Must Watch These 5 Videos!!!

Eucharistic Miracle Captured on Video! (Amazing!!!) – 2016

Orthodox Miracles – New Video

Naju Miracle

The miracles of Rosa Mystica Statue at Thripunithura St Mary’s Forane church

The Miracle Cure of Delizia Cirolli at Lourdes

The Eucharistic Miracle of Marisa Rossi: “Host is placed on forehead”

VIRGEN LLORA Y SANGRA EN CAPITAL DEL MUNDO: NEW YORK (2014)

eucharistic miracle of rani john_ kerala_ india.avi

Padre Pio: More than the saint of stigmas

Stigmata Miracle a Man Called Francis

Weeping Mary icon miracle at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church

Orthodox icons that work miracles and a scientific research. Icons tested in laboratory

 

Other Bizarre Signs

Pope Francis Peace Doves Attacked

Pope Benedict’s Peace Refuse Release

Lightening Strikes Vatican Upon Benedict’s Announcement of Resignation

John Paul II crucifix crushes man in northern Italy

Vial of Pope John Paul II’s blood stolen from Italian church

 Time Magazine Portrays Pope Francis with Subliminal Devil Horns (1st time)

Time Magazine Portrays Pope Francis with Subliminal Devil Horns (2nd time)

Time Magazine Portrays Pope Benidict with Subliminal Devil Horns

 

Additional Links, Etc.

 Eye witnesses to Pope Francis killing and eating babies in Satanic rituals

International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State

“And here is the nicest person I met in the pedo organisation – Grande Dame Veronica. No idea if that was her true name, considering they changed peoples’ names so I couldn’t ID them easily later. Veronica was my surrogate mother, tutor, mentor within the pedo network, from age 5 until age 14 when she was ritually murdered on the altar at St Mary’s cathedral in Sydney City. The church was packed full of Sydney’s social elite. An organ played, a choir sang, police guarded the doors. Veronica chose to die young because she was sick of abusing children like me. She was a victim forced to turn perpetrator. She lived in private living quarters at Sancta Sophia College at Sydney University.”-Fiona Barnett, Witness and Victim of Satanic Abiuse

The Pope was recognized as the overall authority in the Christian world by an Anglican and Roman Catholic commission yesterday which described him as a gift to be received by all the Churches”. … if a new united Christian Church was created it would be the ‘Bishop of Rome who would exercise a universal primacy.-The Rt. Rev. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and the other co-chariman, added “The Primacy of the Pope is a gift to be shared.” Electronic Telegraph-UK News May 13, 1999 Oliver Poole

World Religion Initiativehttp://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1094.cfm

Apostasyhttp://biblehub.com/library/orr/the_gospel_day_/chapter_ii_scriptural_predictions_of.htm

 

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The ‘Rapture’, Pre-trib or Post-trib?

This is perhaps one of the most controversial and debated topics in Christendom.

One may ask, what difference does it really make?

That’s a fair question. Practically speaking, in terms of doctrine, it shouldn’t necessarily be a divisive issue. And on the surface it really doesn’t seem like it would make a difference what one believes about the timing of the rapture.

Before we begin let’s note, God has given us a “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19), and commands we “study to show ourselves approved” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Now, without getting to verbose, the central issue is essentially as follows. Jesus said that we would be able to discern when we were in the season of the final days (Matthew 24), most Christians agree that we are there. Therefore we need to know for sure whether or not we’re going to be raptured out of here before things get real ugly, so that we can be spiritually prepared and not caught of guard. No doubt many a heart would faint and faith fail, if we, as His Church,  believed we were going to be “raptured” out before the great tribulation, but when push came to shove, all the sudden Christians are being beheaded and tortured, etc. As it’s written without faith its impossible to please him (Hebrews 11:6), and if Christians were so deceived, and then, say, in a situation where they were given the ultimatum to either renounce Christ or die, they would most certainly be more prone to do so, thinking that Jesus must not be real as he didn’t rapture them out like they were taught and believed.

On to our study

The first point to realize is that while the Bible does make clear that at some point believers will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17), the word “rapture” (which comes from the Latin “raptura”, meaning to seize by force), never occurs in the Bible.

There really is no reason for there to be so much confusion over this issue, as in taking all the scriptures into account within context of the whole, there is only one Biblical stance which can be arrived at. While this most simply may be resolved by proving that according to the scriptures,  the “rapture” doesn’t occur until the 2nd coming of Christ, which doesn’t occur until after the great tribulation, I will proceed to provide a very thorough exposition, which will elaborate on the aforementioned, as well as several additional points of consideration based on the scriptures, using the writing of an anonymous user that I found posted at www.godlikeproductions.com.

(which I have taken liberty to make formatting changes to, for clarity sake, as well as spelling corrections; but the overall content has been preserved).

It reads as follows:

This nails it. I was a pre tribber for 35 years before i read this. I could not refute it. I was one of the RARE pre tribbers who had the courage to read it. Most pre tribber REFUSE to look past the first verse or two.

But if you are a pre tribber and think you have what it takes to debunk it i dare you to read the entire thing.I DARE YOU.

ONLY reply to this AFTER you have read it TWICE. I challenge one and all (Pre tribbers)to PROVE THIS POST WRONG! Scriptures that prove the post trib rapture:

The first thing I will say is to prove the post trib rapture you only need to show two things in scripture (although I will do much more than that in this post) #1 that the 2nd coming is after the Tribulation, and #2 that the rapture is at the 2nd coming. (side note: the resurrection of the just is also at the post trib 2nd coming of Christ yet before the rapture this is important to know as we move on)
#1) The 2nd coming is after the tribulation

Matthew 24:29-31
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And (THEN)he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.

There is no mistaking, the meaning of this verse, nor can you mistake when it will take place. The coming of the Son of man is immediately after the tribulation of those day. Just to show that this is the Great Tribulation and just one tribulation of many lets start the text at verse 21 and read through verse 31.

Matthew 24:21-31
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days be shortened, there shall no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.
23 then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

(Wouldn’t that kind of be hard to do if there were a pre-trib rapture as the ELECT wouldn’t be around?)

25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall the coming of the Son of man be. (Yeah..REAL secret aint it??…NOT)
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

(Not a very secret rapture eh?)

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.
There is no doubt that this is referring to The Great Tribulation and not just a tribulation. We also see that it is after the tribulation that Jesus returns. We also see that there is a gathering together of the elect at this point. Some argue that they are gathered from Heaven and not from Earth because they were raptured seven years earlier before the tribulation started.

So I will now show in Mark 13:24-27, the sister scripture to Matthew 24:29-31 that they not only gathered from Heaven, but from Heaven and Earth.
Mark 13:24-27
24 But in those days, after this tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then he shall send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

So we see that Jesus gathers the elect from Heaven and Earth at the end of the tribulation from Heaven” the dead in Christ” from Earth ” those that are still living”. We also see that this is the Great Tribulation not a tribulation as verse 19 shows:

Mark 13:19 For in those day there shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

We can make the case from these scriptures that the resurrection of the just, and the rapture is after the tribulation. However that is not the point I am using them to make. The point is the second coming of Christ is after the Great Tribulation, and biblically you can clearly see that this is the case. Now I will show you that the rapture is at this post trib second coming.
#2) The rapture is at the 2nd coming of Christ (which per point 1 is post trib.)

1st Thessalonians 4:15-17
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend with a shout, with the voice of an arch angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead will rise first:(THE RESSURECTION OF THE JUST!)
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall ever be with the Lord.

According to Strong’s Concordance the underlying Greek for prevent in verse 15 means “to be beforehand that is anticipate or precede“. Websters 1828 Dictionary‘s first listed definition for the word ‘prevent’ is “To go before; to precede.”

There are two main things I would like you to notice about this verse. First ….that the dead in Christ rise first. This is important because, there will be scripture use later that speaks of the resurrection of the just happening at the second coming, and we need to realize that the living will not precede the dead but will be caught up after them. So if the resurrection of the just is post trib then the rapture would be as well. Secondly I will give you the timing of this event that all agree is the rapture.

Verse 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep.

The rapture takes place at the coming of the Lord, which we have already shown is after the tribulation. I could stop right now this is all the proof we need, but I have more. By the way, some thing for you to notice if a pretrib teacher ever teaches on the rapture they will skip verse 15 and quote verse 16 and 17 only. Is this open deception or an over sight? I will let you decide.

1st Corinthians 15:20-23
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward that they are Christ’s at his coming.

We will all be resurrected and there will be an order. Jesus is first, that has already happen, and then those that are Christ’s, those that have been saved (Christians) at His coming. There is no mention of a resurrection of the righteous between Jesus’ resurrection and his second coming. As a matter of fact it says that those that belong to Christ will be resurrected at the post trib second coming. We saw in 1st Thessalonians that the dead are raised before the living are raptured. So if the resurrection of the dead in Christ is at the post trib second coming then the rapture has to be as well.

2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3
1 Now we beseech you, bretheren. by the coming of the Lord and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled in spirit, nor by word, nor by letter from us, and the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there be a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

In verse 1 Paul is speaking of two events. the coming of the Lord or ” The second coming” and the gathering together unto him or ” the resurrection of the just and or rapture”. In verse 3 we see that Paul says these two event happen on a singular day ”That day”. Also in verse 3 Paul writes that that day could not happen until after the falling away takes place and the anti christ is revealed. Some pretrib preachers go as far as to say the falling away is the rapture, teaching that the rapture must come before the second coming. However the greek word for falling away is ”apostasia”, which literally means a turning from the truth. So the church itself will turn from the truth (Seems the pre trib rapture doctrine is PROOF of this)and then the anti christ will be revealed and then (AND ONLY THEN)the rapture can take place, not before. This passage excludes the pretrib view because we know that the anti christ will not be revealed before the tribulation starts but AFTER!!!. Further more it proves the post trib view because it declares that the second coming and the rapture take place on the same day. These two events are not seven years apart, not three and a half years apart, not one year, one month or one day apart. They occur on the same exact day.

1st John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

When does Christ appear? At his post trib second coming. When shall we be like him? When we receive our heavenly bodies, which is at the resurrection of the just and or the rapture. So this verse actually says that we will be resurrected and or raptured to receive our heavenly immortal bodies at the post trib second coming.
I think the scriptural evidence of a post trib rapture that I have presented so far is overwhelming.

BUT THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE!!!!

Real quickly I will give three verses that state that we must endure until the very end to be saved: Matthew 24:12-13, Mark 13:13, and Revelation 2:26.
Matthew 24:12-13
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(NOTICE IT DIDNT SAY HE WHO ENDURES TO THE START..OR THE MIDDLE..BUT THE END)

Mark 13:13
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Both of these passages say he that endures unto the end, shall be saved. Some teach that this means you must keep your faith until your death to get to heaven. Actually if you will notice, both of these passage are in chapters that are specifically explaining the events of the tribulation.

In Matthew it says that iniquity will abound. In Mark it says we will be hated by all men for Christ’s name sake. What these verses are telling us is that only those that do not turn from Christ during the tribulation will be saved. Those of us that endure until the very end shall be saved.

Revelation 2:26
And he that overcometh, and keeps my works until the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

NOTICE THIS…

It is only those that keep God’s holy word until the very end that will reign with Christ during the Millennium. We must endure until the end show let me show you want the end is.

1st Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stabblish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.Notice when the end is, when Jesus returns.

Also notice that it says Jesus will return with all His saints. This is impossible with a pretrib view. If Jesus raptures the righteous before the tribulation then return at the end of it with the raptured saints. The tribulational converts and ”Jewish saints” would not be with Him. Therefore He would not be returning with all His saints.

Although….if He catches up the righteous as he is returning with the dead in Christ as it says He will in 1st Thessalonians 4:14-17, to meet Him in the air, then come to earth with Him. He would be returning with all His saints. So it cant be BOTH ways..did Jesus MEAN what he said OR DIDN’T he??

1st Thessalonians 4:14-17
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (DEAD)
16 For the Lord himself shall descend with a shout, with the voice of an arch angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead will rise first:(FIRST RESSURECTION)
17 Then (MEANING RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST RESSURECTION)we which are alive and remain (THOSE THAT ENDURED TO THE END AND SURVIVED)shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, (THE RAPTURE)and so we shall ever be with the Lord.
Verse 14 says that the dead in Christ are returning from heaven with Christ, and in verse 16 we see as He is returning their bodied rise from the grave to meet their souls, we know from 1st Corinthians 15:51-53 that this is when they receive their immortal bodies.

Then we which are alive and remain are caught up to meet them in the air. The post trib view is the only view that would allow 1st Thessalonians 3:13 to be true (which we know it is because it is the word of God) after we are caught up, we immediately return from the air to earth with Christ. Then and only then would He be returning with all His saints.

We will be raised at the last day John 6:39, 40, 44, and 54

John 6:39, 40, 44 , and 54
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should loose nothing, but raise it up at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
54 Whosoever eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus repeatedly declares that He will raise us up at the last day. Not seven years before, not three and a half years before, not one year, one month , or one day before, but at the last day.

At the last trump,

1st Corinthians 15:51-53
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, (THEN..RIGHT AFTER THAT)and we shall be changed.(RAPTURED)
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

(YEP..THATS THE RAPTURE ALRIGHT..RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST RESURRECTION WHICH IS CLEARLY SEEN WITH NO SCRIPTURE TWISTING NEEDED…TO HAPPEN WHEN???..AT THE LORD RETURN ON THE LAAAAST DAY!!!)

Anyone can EASILY SEE that this is referring to the event known as the rapture. We see in the passage that it tell us when it will happen ”at the last trump”. We also see in Matthew 24:29-31 that there will be a trumpet sounded after the tribulation has ended.

Matthew 24:29-31
29 Immediately after the tribulation (I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW PRE TRIBBER CAN IGNORE THIS..PERHAPS IT THREATENS THEIR BOOK SALES TOO MUCH)of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect [(RAPTURE THEM)] from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.

If the rapture is at the last trump, which we know it is because God’s word says it does. Then the rapture can not be before the trumpet sounded in Matthew 24, which is sounded after the tribulation is over.

Next I will show two more things #1) that the wicked are destroyed by fire at the post trib 2nd coming of Christ, and #2) that the rapture is on the same day that Christ return at the end of the Tribulation to destroy the wicked.

#1) The destruction of the wicked by fire at the post trib 2nd coming.

Matthew 3:7-12
7 But when he ( John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham as our father: for I say unto you that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree that brings forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he will baptize you with the Holy Ghost(FOR THE RIGHTEOUS), and with fire.(FOR THE WICKED)
12 Whose fan is in his hand, he shall thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into his garner, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

There is only three times in the New Testament that the phrase ”wrath to come” is mentioned. Once in 1st Thessalonians 1:10, once here in Matthew 3:7 and in Luke 3:7 which is telling the same story about John the Baptist warning the masses of the wrath that is to come. So what is the ”wrath to come” that he was warning them from? It is the purging of the floor mentioned in verse 12. It is the baptism of fire when the wicked will be overwhelmed by fire at the return of Jesus, it is the burning of the chaff which will occur when Jesus returns at the post trib second coming. The wrath to come that Jesus has delivered us from by his death and resurrection, is the destruction of the wicked by fire at the second coming of Christ.

1st Thessalonians 5:2-3
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The destruction of the wicked is not a prolonged seven years period, but it is sudden destruction that will come upon them when Jesus returns at the post trib second coming.

2nd Thessalonians 2:8
And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

When Jesus returns He is coming in power and great glory, the tribes of the earth shall mourn and every one that is not in Christ including the anti christ will be destroyed immediately by the brightness of His coming.

Hebrews 10:26-27
26 For if we willfully sin after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation that shall devour the adversaries.The wrath to come is the judgment of God were He will destroy all His adversaries with a fiery indignation, when Jesus returns, not the entire tribulation period.

2nd Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up.

This doesn’t sound like a pretrib event, there wouldn’t be anything left to live on earth for the next seven years. The day of the Lord is a post tribulational event. Where Jesus will destroy all with fire, but first he will resurrect the dead in Christ and catch away the living saints.

I have shown that the wrath is the fiery destruction of the wicked which occurs at the return of Christ. It is not the tribulation period itself. Next, I will give scripture that shows that the second coming, the resurrection of the just, the rapture of the living saints and the destruction of the wicked by fire happen all at once.

#2) The rapture is at the post rib 2nd coming on the same day Christ return to destroy the wicked.

Pretrib ”Theologians” boldly proclaim that when ever the second coming is mentioned, there is no mention of the church being raptured, and when ever the rapture is mentioned there is no mention of the destruction of the wicked. Well, I have four passages of scripture that will eliminate that myth once and for all. The first text I will use is Matthew 3:12, I will revisit the words of John the baptist.

Matthew 3:12
Whose fan is in his hand, he shall throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into his garner, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Notice that when Jesus comes to purge His floor, He first gathers the wheat and then burns the chaff. This is what will occur at the second coming. When Jesus returns at the end of the tribulation, He will resurrect the just, rapture the saints, and then burn the wicked with an unquenchable fire.

Matthew 24:37-41
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving into marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came and took them all away,[(IN OTHER WORKDS..KILLED THEM ALL SUDDENLY)] so shall the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field one taken,[(KILLED..NOT RAPTURED)] and the other left.

41 Two woman shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken and the other left.
The flood came and took them away (DROWNED THEM ALL) when they were unaware, so will the coming of Christ be, but this next flood will be a flood of fire. At this point, at the post trib second coming when Jesus is returning to destroy the wicked is when the rapture takes place. Verse 40 and 41 declare THEN will one be taken (BURNT UP SUDDENLY BY FIRE)and the other left, not before the return of Christ, but at it.

Luke 17:26-30
26 And as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, and they were given into marriage, until Noah entered into the ark then the flood came and destroyed them all.

(The very day Noah entered the ark the flood came and destroyed them all, once again it was not a seven year prolonged period of destruction but it was immediate, the very day the righteous were removed.)

28 Likewise also as it was in the day of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But THE SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day the Son of man shall be revealed.

It very clear the SAME DAY Noah went on the ark the flood came and destroyed them all. The SAME DAY Lot was taken, out of Sodom fire and brimstone rain from heaven and destroyed them all. The text says this is exactly how it will be when Jesus returns. The very SAME DAY Jesus returns at His post trib second coming is the very SAME DAY we will be taken out or ” raptured ” and it is the very SAME DAY He will destroy the wicked. This will be confirmed in my next text 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10 as well.

2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation on them that trouble you;
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ( because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day.

We receive our rest when Jesus is revealed with his mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God.

In other words we are raptured at the post trib second coming when Jesus returns to destroy the wicked with fire. Lets look at verse 7 and 8 again.

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

There is no question that this passage places the post trib second coming, the rapture of the saints, and the destruction of the wicked all at the very same time. The pretib ”Theologian” that claims the Bible never says as much, must of missed this passage. We cannot ignore God’s word, so I choose to ignore the pretrib ”Theologian”.

Lastly I will give a reference in Revelation 20:4-6 that tells us that the rapture is after the Tribulation (remember the resurrection of the just comes before rapture of the living saints). In Revelation 20:4-6 it shows us the the 1st resurrection the resurrection of the just is after the Tribulation because it include those that were martyred during the Tribulation.

Revelation 20:4-6
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands,; and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousands years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

As CAN CLEARLY AND IRREFUTABLE CAN BE SEEN NOW…The first resurrection is after the tribulation, we know this because it includes the tribulational martyrs.

There can be no resurrection before the first resurrection, otherwise it would be a SECOND Resurrection..or a THIRD even, therefore there can not be a mass resurrection of the dead in Christ before the tribulation. Seeing that the first resurrection takes place at the end of the tribulation, the pretrib rapture along with the mid trib, and pre wrath rapture become biblically impossible. The only view that fits is that of a post trib rapture. The first resurrection is the resurrection of the just and the rapture immediately proceeds it.

FINALLY, in Matthew 24 when Jesus was asked in verse 3 “what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (see, his second coming is at the end of the world), He goes on to say in verse 9 “then they shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Additional scriptures can be found at the third link in the final section of this post “Additional Reading”)

So to summarize….

The first Resurrection happens at the LAST day..the very day Jesus returns to begin his reign and toast the evil ones at armageddon….yes???

The SECOND Resurrection happens at the end of the thousand years not long after satan is let loose again to lead his final rebellion..correct??

So…according to the bible…Jesus returns..gathers all who are his…the dead who LOVED him and God..followed by those who are still alive who love Him….and wipes out the antichrist at the end of the tribulation..FIRST Resurrection..

There are only TWO resurrections..a “First”..which is for the righteous..and a “Second” which is for the evil.

Source: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message3177075/pg1#56753933

So why would a loving God allow us to go through the great tribulation?

Romans 8:28 tells us “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This is something God has been doing since day 1, and the reason he didn’t just get rid of the devil and fallen angels for the beginning. Not only was that the only way to create free moral agents who weren’t robots, who could CHOOSE to love God; God also knew that he could use the evil to strengthen his people, to build character, and ultimately to bring glory to his name. What volumes does it speak that his people would choose him over all the enticements and riches the world and the flesh have to offer?

But there’s more. The darker it gets, the brighter our lights will appear to shine, and thus greater impact we will have in our cultures.

Matthew 5:14-16

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Even if we are persecuted, and even if we are tortured and killed, our testimonies, if carried out with grace and submission to God, will no doubt bring many souls to repentance and thus perhaps salvation. I mean what other religion, people, etc. are willing to lay down their lives for what they believe, cheerfully and without a fight?

No doubt God would give us the strength and grace to bare it (1 Corinthians 10:13), and not only that, we would be rewarded more gloriously in the kingdom for it!! (Hebrews 11:35)

Additional Reading

http://www.posttribpeople.com/Post-Tribulation-Belief.html

Hymn ‘It is Well With My Soul’ Teaches Post-trib

http://beforeitsnews.com/religion/2015/08/10-bible-verses-prove-there-is-no-secret-rapture-during-the-great-tribulation-2494316.html

http://tribulationcentral.com/guest/mc-hypocrisy.html

 

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