From all the previous discussions from this series which started, 08 July 2015, comes the glorious finale. Relying upon the scriptures, as being our best interpreter.
And after these things, I saw another angle come down from heaven. Having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (scriptural texts:Revelation 18:1-3).
Discourse:Here God gives a glimpse, as to how decadent Catholicism is. And how, the worlds merchants have profited from their associations with her. The church was supposed to be a barrier between secular and corporate greed. Which, always serves to oppress ordinary people. Like fair and impartial wages for a days work. Equitability in taxes, pensions. Full pay for vacations, maternity, sick, and bereavement leave. Including a single payer health care system. Paid for by the federal government. Funded by corporate taxation. If they can fund regional and national political campaigns, then they can fund health care for the American work force. Which is clearly taught by James from his epistle. Instead the church has capitulated itself to surrender to corporate conglomerates. Who have painted such rights, as evils. And the church, for the most has concurred.
Here is an interesting verse to tie it together. He has shown you, O man, what is good. And, what does the Lord require of you? But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (scriptural text:Micah 6:8).
What a tragedy that the most powerful, and united church ever on the face of the earth has allowed herself to sink to the bottom of the abyss. Described by God, as a church of devils. Manifesting itself with all manner of foul spirits. With the church becoming a caged institution for every unclean and hateful bird. With the scriptural euphemisms given to us, so that we could search the pages of history. And there finding ample realities to match those euphemisms. Quite ingenious of God Almighty by allowing no church evil to go unnoticed through out history. It’s just a matter of slipping on ones thinking cap and going to a particular time in history. And there one is sure to find a match for a short list of euphemisms, for which the church is guilty of violating.
The following is most interesting. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her my people, that you be not partakers of her sins. And that, you receive not her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Reward her, even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works. In the cup which she has filled fill to her double.
How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously. So much torment, and sorrow give her. For she says in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. (scriptural texts:Revelation 18:4-7).
Discourse:From those four verses of scriptures which require specific behaviors. Only one is easy to execute which is, “Come out of her my people.” With the reasons for doing so made clear. Because the brides of Christ, should not want to be found guilty by association with her sins. But the retribution requirements are far more complex because of there vagueness, as just how far the brides of Christ are to go when punishing the church. The prudent behavior is to execute those retributions through the judicial process to the fullest extent allowed by law. Being unwilling to accept any compromise, as one seeks to double the double of the retribution.
But the voice instructions, John was issuing were an all inclusive set of sanction for retribution. Dating back centuries, when fairness of law was non-existent. Therefore the brides of Christ were free seek their retribution by whatever means fit the offense. Which would include retributions against those, who have obeyed the command of God. By having separated, themselves from the sins of the church. And find themselves, as being the recipients of retribution for being faithful to Jesus and his church.
Lets consider twentieth century criminal behaviors of Nazi Germany against the church. Where a Lutheran clergyman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was part of an underground movement to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested and hung by the Nazis. Bonhoeffer’s reasons for wanting to kill Hitler was because churches were being outlawed. Unless they agreed to be supervised by the Nazis and to serve as a platform for Nazi propaganda. One of the, not often discussed tragedies of the church in Nazi Germany. Was that many churches capitulated and complied with Nazi demands. Therefore; the aforementioned scriptures would be applicable and serve as a two way street. First to protect the church by executingÂ retributions against her enemies. And to execute retributions against those churches, who became a part of the Nazi machine.
Bonhoeffer referred to such behaviors as situational ethics. Meaning each situation determined the ethics. And who knows, if sometime in the future, even in America that the state would criminalize the church. Then it seems the bride of Christ would have to determine what set of retributions would meet the scriptural criteria cited. For indeed, every situation would require an appropriate ethical responses.
And should the government fail, or refuse to protect the churches in America from the violence of Islam. Then the bride of Christ has her war orders, right from a voice from heaven, and preserved in our scriptures.
Therefore, shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire. For strong is the Lord God, who judges her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off, for the fear of her torment, saying, “Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in an one hour is your judgment come.”
And the merchants of the earth shall weep, and mourn over her. For no man buys their merchandise anymore. The merchandise of gold, …. The merchants of these things which were made rich by her. Shall stand afar off, for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing. And saying, “Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls. For in one hour, so great riches is come to naught.”
And every ship master, and all the company of ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by the sea, stood afar off. And cried, when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, “What city is unto this great city!” And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, “Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.” (scriptural texts:Revelation 18:8-19).
And there are seven kings, five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven that goes into perdition. (scriptural texts:Revelation 17:10-11).
Discourse: That was a prophecy, so when issued history had not made available the last three popes to reign from Vatican City. But today, we can identify them, the beast (pope) who was, and is not, even he is the eighth. That beast would be, Pope John Paul 11. The beast, who is not yet to come; and when he comes, he must continue for a short period. That pope was 88 year old, emeritus Pope Benedict XV1. Who might have thrown a monkey wrench into the Malachy prophecy. Because according to his prophecy, Benedict was the 267th Pope and the last before the return of Pope John Paul 11, the 266th pope. Because he represents the beast that was, Pope John Paul 11, and is not, even he is the eighth the 268th pope. And that beast, Pope John Paul 11, the beast that will emerge from the bottomless pit. Because his life, was preserved. In that his spirit didn’t return to God, who gave it. But while there, he was kept in a controlled state of torment.
Once returned to the papacy, he reigns with vigor brutality. Mostly likely with with an assumed name. Perhaps being incarnated as Pope Francis, or as the visionary Saint saw him as Petrus Romanus, Peter the Roman. With Vatican City gaining even greater wealth, as do all associated with the Vatican, as noted with some of the aforementioned scriptures. But Pope John Paul 11, if Francis, or another yet to arrive with the papal name of, Petrus Romamus, or Peter the Roman, will have an accomplice. In the personage of the anti-Christ. Both of whom are demon possessed, and get their power and authority from the devil. The primary adversary of God through out the centuries. It is, that embodied by Pope John Paul 11, who will experience the burning of Vatican City. That city that sits on the seven hills today in Roman, Italy. And, she shall be utterly burned with fire. For strong is the Lord God, who judges her. (scriptural text:Revelation 18:8b).
On the day that ends, Pope John Paul 11 incarnate reign as the false prophet, he, and the anti-Christ along with Satan will find themselves confined forever in the bottomless pit. Where they will be tormented forever, and ever. (scriptural text:Revelation 20:10).
This discourse is a summary discussion from previous postings. Want more details read those discussions starting, 08 July 2015.