So much money was held in the FEDERAL RESERVE BANK of the Vatican, that it began to lend it out to other banks. The Bank of England was almost completely financed by the Vatican, as were hundreds of banks around the world. The relationship with the banking business and all of the early banking fathers, formed a kinship and brotherhood bond unparalleled. Secret societies began to form around the mold established by the Jesuits. Jesuits were part of the deal, when ever a bank was formed, they ran it, that way, the Vatican could collect the interest, and the data, and keep track of any taxes owed by the depositors. All collections of revenue, current or delinquent or defaults were in the hands of the Jesuits, because they were the experts at collecting, and they were brutal. Nothing has changed to this very day.
The Church became so hugh, that it owned a large percentage of the property in so many nations, like Mexico, Portugal, Spain for example. Even today, it remains the largest private real estate holder on planet earth. And not one single piece of property was ever purchased with credit, every piece of property purchased by the Church was either stolen from the owner because of taxes, or bought outright from the money the Church extorted from the tax base.
As the Church grew, and as the tax base grew, the Church became larger and more powerful than most governments, and throughout the course of history, no matter how hard life became, the Church only got bigger, as government around it collapsed. The Roman Catholic Church, withstood the collapse of the very government that formed it, as well as all other governments that have come and gone, it is just as strong today as it was when Constantine formed it.
Having a surplus of Cash and Property, and thousands of conscripts that could not pay the taxes, and so were forced into indentured servitude to the Church, allowed the Church to build up an enormous labor force, for basically food and shelter. This labor force went on to build upon the confiscated property enormous magnificent Churches and Cathedrals all over the world.
Constantine used the Church to collect the money from the people, and they formed a bank in the Vatican. Now the Church was in the Banking business. Catholics collected taxes for Constantine at the point of a spear, they were the very first IRS agents. There were tax collectors in the first century, Jesus talked about them and I think one of the Apostles was a tax collector, I think it was Matthew. Sorry if I am wrong, Matthew. Just keep in mind, that the Catholic Church, the Roman Church, was designed as a political division of Constantine government to incorporate the Christians and other faiths into one umbrella, ensuring his tax base. It was from the very start formed to collect the different ethnic groups together to increase the governments Tax base. The Church was basically formed as an independent, untouchable, not able to be sued, secret, private, militaristic, violent, political, tax collection system complete with its own FEDERAL RESERVE BANK inside the Church. The Vatican became so successful at collecting cash and property from people without cash, that the Vatican by itself became the worlds richest empire. The inquisitions actually started from the second century, in private methods of extorting income. it just grew into what history recorded, but the techniques and practices started long before the 12th century. The collection agencies of the Vatican were so debased that to save the home from tax confiscation, a house wife could work off the tax dept in the Vatican owned brothels. We have a modern day example of that same thing happening at the Mustang Ranch in Nevada, where it was being operated by the IRS.
Constantine formed the Church in the 2 ND century. It was formed as it’s own entity, it’s own country, it’s own city, with it’s own government, so that it would be completely isolated from any governmental control, this was a part of a big long range plan. Constantine’s government had no control over the Vatican, or any of the Popes. This arrangement continues to this very day, no government has authority over the Catholic Church or the Vatican, it is like they have diplomatic immunity and each Church is like a foreign embassy, which explains why law enforcement has such trouble penetrating the walls of the Churches no mater what country they are in, it is the only religious organization on earth that is structured like this, and the real reason is because it really is not a religion at all. It hides behind the cloak of theology, but in all reality, it is a militaristic authoritarian, political institution. The greatest secret society ever formed.
So this shows you in greatly simplified form, how we went, from Constantine to the modern World Council of Churches that shows that the Catholic Church, the Vatican, has its tentacles touching in one way or another, every human on earth, and has your file. And it is all about the money !! But how ???
In the 1500’s there arose a man named Luther, and as he grew in knowledge of the Church and it’s dealings he began to see it’s fallacies, and struck out to expose the Roman Catholic Church, and this set him at odds with the Vatican, and to this very day his name is fire to their tongues. Luther led what has been referred to as the reformation, and as a result of the reformation, many so called Christian religions sprang up over time, most notable the Protestant Reformation. The protest – ant people who fought to reform the church to something that more closely represented what they knew the bible spoke about. So many people protested against the Church, that eventually the Church conceded and allowed other churches to form, before Luther, this would of meant their death, going against the church, so this was a big deal. The United States became a predominately Protestant nation. The Churches had to continue with the basic doctrines taught by the Roman Catholic Church. That was part of the deal. The immortality of the human soul, hell fire, eternal damnation, resurrection to heavenly life upon death, the trinity, tithing, loyalty to death of country and the King or state, priesthood and laity class, etc, and we see this today still in all of the churches. Adhering to the teaching of the Vatican keeps a relative complacent calm between the Vatican and the World Council of Churches and obedience of the population to local governments as well as the UN. Jesuits are in every single Church, to keep law and order. If a church with a cross on it begins to teach something other than Catholic doctrine, they are shortly resolved. You will find that every single church that bears the symbol of the cross also teaches that the dead go to heaven, the earth is going to be destroyed, and that Jesus is God Almighty the Father. They teach the Trinity doctrine, an absolute lie about God and Jesus. So because of Luther, we now have all of the 349 different faiths in the World Council of Churches, but they all teach the same basic Catholic doctrines. In this way, by controlling the beliefs of all of the Churches, no matter what name was on the building, the Catholic Church continues it’s control and influence and domination of the religions on earth, even going so far as placing Jesuit’s among the membership in every Church, Synagogue, Mosque and Temple on earth, the Vatican has a representative in all of them, usually in a position where access to records is easy.
I forget to say this important fact, many, many ,many, governmental officials are Jesuit trained, from Jesuit universities, and they are a part of the secret societies, different ones, but they are all trace back and are a part of the Vatican. Obama, both Bush, Clinton, Reagan, all Jesuit trained. Military leaders, Congressman Senators. Google their names and do the research, you will find that most of them went to Jesuit universities. Obama’s current mentor is a Jesuit. I am not bashing the men, or the Catholics or people of any religion, but the structure, the doctrine and what these organizations do as a whole, is abominable to any reasonable human.
Please forgive me of leaving some vital facts out, but the writing today was to tie, Constantine, the early Church to the Jesuits, to the IRS and finally to FATCA, explaining 2000 years of history in a couple of paragraphs is hard.
The Inquisition is a group of institutions within the judicial system of the Roman Catholic Church whose aim is to combat heresy. It started in 12th-century France to combat the spread of religious sectarianism, in particular the Cathars and the Waldensians. This Medieval Inquisition persisted into the 14th century, and from the 1250s was associated with the Dominican Order. In the early 14th century, two other organisations attracted the attention of the Inquisition, the Knights Templar and the Beguines. At the end of the Middle Ages, the concept and scope of the Inquisition was significantly expanded in response to the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Its geographic scope was expanded to other European countries, resulting in the Spanish Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition. Those two countries in particular operated the Inquisition throughout their respective empires (Spanish and Portuguese) in the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Persecution of Jewish and Muslim converts to Catholicism was the special concern of the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions because of the belief that they secretly practiced their old faiths, resulting in cruel methods of torture to extract confessions. The institution of the Inquisition persisted after the end of the witch-trial period in the 18th century, but in the Age of Reason was abolished outside of the Papal States after the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century. The institution survives as part of the Roman Curia, renamed to Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office in 1904.
As we mentioned from the second century to this very day, the Roman Catholic Church, and in particular since the 1540’s has been the strong arm and the enforcement and control agent of the populace, whether Catholic or not. Records of every human born were useful in extractive coercion. Meaning, when you are being stretched out on the rack, the name of your daughters first and second born, and there address, would prove useful, in obtaining your cooperation. This is not conjecture, this is fact, do the research, it only takes a click of the mouse. When we say that the Vatican is the the largest data storage system on earth, that is not an exaggeration. The Jesuits are everywhere, that person in that office cubical next to you, could very well be a Jesuit, they are painters, plumbers, garbage men, busboys, barbers, nurses, Doctors, tens of thousands of Lawyers, second only to Jewish Lawyers who themselves are Jesuits, yes, there are Jewish Jesuits. They are in every field and form of work, that could in any way be useful to the collection of data. The Church traditionally was the social center of the town, and the Jesuits infiltrated every church on earth, often they would be the preachers themselves and the clerics and accounting personal. The Jesuits are the accountants of every imaginable business. They are in every governmental office, not as desk jockeys primarily, but they are the ones crunching the numbers. They are the ones who invented industrial espionage. It is all about the money !!!
Ignatius organized the Jesuits into a virtual killing machine, you were given a choice, do what they say or die. One of the main goals of the Jesuits was to grow in numbers and infiltrate every form and section of society. Every imaginable and abominable form of deception corruption cruelty and coercion was implemented to ensnare the human race into the bondage of Roman Catholicism. Different than the Mormons who keep birth records for the sole purpose of mapping genealogy, The Roman Catholic Church kept records of not only a persons birth, but details of their lives, and every one who touched their lives. You would be amazed at how much information the Vatican has on you, even though you may be agnostic and have never stepped foot in a Church of any kind, let alone a Catholic Church. Why is it that the Catholic Church has records on all of us ???
Ignatius Loyola, is the person who started the Jesuits. The Jesuits became the enforcement arm, the police, the military for the Roman Catholic Church. As I said, the Church was not really about religion, it was all about politics and collecting revenue from the people. This also serves to explain why it is that the Vatican forbid the reading and the studying, and actually owning the bible, doing so would get you killed. You were even forbidden to even discus the scriptures among yourself. And if you think that that is not true, YouTube and Google it. If a priest today teaches from the pulpit any scripture, he is excommunicated. There is absolutely nothing that the Roman Catholic Church teaches as Christian doctrine that has scriptural support, it is all made up and fairy tails to placate the population. And as I always say look it up, take any teaching that they offer, and try your best to find scriptural support for it, and what you will find, is that the Catholic Church teaches the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches, in every single doctrine. prove it to yourself, DO NOT JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, PROVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE TO YOURSELF.
For the sake of time, let us skip forward to the 15th century, keeping in mind that the Roman Catholic Church dominated much of the world from 200 to 1500 and beyond until and including our day. In the 1500 there came upon the scene a man named Ignatius Loyola. If you have time, punch him into YouTube or Google and you can read about him. He became a priest and then became a Jesuit. there is a difference in the Catholic Church between a regular priest and a Jesuit, although they both belong to the Catholic Church. Regular priest wear white robes and the Jesuits wear black robes. There are also two Popes, one wears a white robe, and this is the one the public sees, but there is another Pope, and he is the boss of the Pope who wears the white robe. The Pope who is the top of the Catholic Church is called the General and he wears a black robe and is actually referred to as the General or the Black Pope, no racial inference, because there has never been a black pope and there never will be.
Collecting revenue from the people for the state fell upon the shoulders of the churches in almost every city, from Roman Constantine, Cesar, Herod, Caligula, all the way to Obama, it is the Roman Church, that collects the taxes, that has never stopped. How ?
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. An immense halo has been placed upon the head of Loyola; and we must now see whether it is in fact rightly deserved. Thus far we have spoken a great deal about the characteristics and the ‘virtues’ of the Jesuits. But what of their founder? Who was this Spartan, this ragamuffin, this fox, El Zoro, this mortal wretch called Ignatius de Loyola? Says J. Huber, professor of Catholic theology, “A mixture of piety and diplomacy, asceticism and worldly wisdom, mysticism and cold calculation: as was Loyola’s character, so is the trade- mark of his Order.” That is to say, intransigent; stubborn; obdurate; intrepid; unscrupulous; crafty; insinuating; perverse; contumacious; lewd; shameless; deceptive; sycophantic; reprobate! Don Inigo de Onez y de Loyola (1491-1556) – sometimes erroneously titled Inigo Lopez de Recalde Loyola – was born in his father’s castle de Loyola, northern Spain, close to Azpeitia in the Basque province of Guipuezcoa. The birth of Inigo was nearly contemporaneous with that of the German monk and Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther. And it is there the similarity ends. Had the law of eugenics been known to the midwife in 1491 or perhaps if she could have foreseen the future, she probably would not have permitted such a child to be born: to quote Alexander Pope, for “Then rose the seed of Chaos, and of Night, To blot out order and extinguish light”! Inigo (a.k.a. Ignacio), who later called himself Ignatius, was the youngest son of the highest Spanish nobility. His parents were Marranos (Spanish for Jews converted to Catholicism). From the start, Loyola had all the advantages of his courtly class. His youth was passed in the splendor and luxury of a Spanish Courtier. A lean, battle- scarred, swashbuckler, with fanatical energy and daring of an Andalusian bull-his passions and temper were legendary. The founder of the Jesuits-their helmsman-Ignatius Loyola, was a vainglorious personality and sexually incontinent young man. The Jesuit John Hungerford Pollen reveals that, “At an early age he was an ordained cleric, but was afterwards released from his obligations, though when or why is no longer known.” Why was Loyola released from his vows? Mr. Hungerford admits, “three writs [lawsuits] have been found belonging to a hitherto unknown process held in 1515 against Ignatius and his brother Pedro y Lopeza…” The writs, says Hungerford, charged Ignatius [then twenty-four] and his brother with “enormous delicits…” The probability is now clear that Indigo was involved in some… offense which could not be passed over.” A delicit is “a serious [criminal] offense under… Cannon Law, which includes the sexual abuse of a minor.” Yet, this crime is nowhere mentioned in the many books about Loyola or in The Catholic Encyclopedia. That a delicit usually involves a sexual crime is seen from a controversial letter, De Delictis Gravioribus, of May 18, 2001, from Pope Benedict XVI, to all Catholic bishops, directing that confidential details of accusations made against priests for “certain serious ecclesiastical crimes,” including sexual abuse, were NOT TO BE REVEALED , on pain of excommunication from the Church. We also know that Ignatius was jailed in adult life for his involvement with a sect called the Alumbrados, or Spanish Illuminati: “Ignatius was suspected of being a member of the Illuminati and was thrown into prison by the Inquisition. Upon his release he made his way to Salamanca , the great university, but being again suspected of Illuminism… was again thrown into prison.” At Salamanca Loyola was brought before an ecclesiastical commission in connection with the sect, but escaped with only admonition. The historian Marcelino Menendez y Pelayo tells us that the Alumbrados was a mystical movement, which was one time led by La Beata de Piedrahita, who came under notice of the Inquisition in 1511, for claiming to hold conversation with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The Alumbrados claimed to have received secret knowledge from an unknown higher source, resulting in superior human intelligence. The cult was condemned by an edict of the Grand Inquisition in 1623. The first record of the cult was around 1492 in Spain (a variant spelling aluminados, appeared later in 1498). They believed that the human soul could enter into direct communication with the Holy Spirit and, due to this they could have visions and revelations. These mystical qualities would later become major features in Ignatian spirituality. Change Of Plans, Change of Name Loyola was ambitious for high glory as a warrior in the Muslim Crusades in the Holy Land, but before he could make his mark in that career, an accident befell him. In 1521, while campaigning for the defense of Navarre against he French, he was struck down at the siege of Pampeluna (Pamplona), which incident, says Wylie, “cut short his exploits on the battlefield… where he was struck by a musket-ball, wounded dangerously in both legs, and laid senseless on the field.” He was obliged to undergo a long convalescence. Henceforth his enthusiasm, chivalry and valor in battle were to be utilized in another sphere. The rest of the story is well- known-. Loyola was clearly possessed of indomitable courage and zeal. He once said, “If the whole society should come to an end it would should come to an end it would take me 15 minutes for me to regain my composure.” Having been spotted and taken under the wings of various ‘talent scouts,’ Inigo was able to put himself through University and was later ordained a Catholic priest. But it was not until his graduation ceremony that he dropped Inigo and assumed the name by which he is most well-known-Ignatius. Loyola already had many friends in high places – Charles Habsburg for example, who was also Charles I of Spain and Emperor Charles V of Rome-all at the same time, which two titles Charles inherited from his Spanish grandfather Ferdinand, and his other grandfather Emperor Macmillan. Next to the Pope, Charles V, was the most powerful man in Europe who was described by one writer as “the most handsomest man in the Empire, as well as the mightiest prince in the world.” Charles and Loyola became friends when the latter had served in the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Charles’ grandparents. It was by means of such powerful friends that Loyola’s university education was patronized, and his new mission secured! It is said that after a visit to England and then to Germany, Loyola returned to France much better off, even upgrading his lodgings in Paris. The influence and backing he received was such that the Pope himself would eventually issue the famous bull-Regimini militantis-already mentioned, sanctioning the fledging Jesuit order and making Loyola its first Superior- General, which post he held until his death closed his career on July 31, 1556. Today a silver statue stands atop his tomb. So successful was Loyola’s enterprise that by the time of his death at Rome he was already earmarked to be a legend, and within a few decades he was elevated to the Catholic pantheon of ‘worshipful Saints.’ Such was the greatness at Rome that when he died, a viceroy of Sicily confidently declared: “after so many battles and victories he has taken up his rightful place in heaven alongside Dominic and Francis.” Pope Gregory XVIII is reported to have said (in 1581) of Loyola and his Society, “there is in this day no single instrument raised up by God against heretics than your holy order. It came into the world at the very moment when the new errors began to spread abroad.” On the contrary, it was at Loyola’s entrance that gross heresy and black falsehood gained the ascendency! It is a sad fact of history that the poetical fame of Loyola- which has survived those of more worthy characters – condemns the taste of his age. This was the man who in his Constitutions taught that “black is white”, that sorcery, murder, suicide, parricide [killing one’s father or close relative], infanticide, regicide were all acceptable, for the “Greater Glory of God.” This is the man who while rendering lip service to the religion of Jesus taught legicide, and genocide; this is the character who was described by Pope Benedict XVI as “above all a man of God…” This is a man that has been glorified with the aureole of sainthood – Ignatius de Loyola, a canonized Saint!! Reading the many Jesuit books about Loyola one is given to believe he was a Saint. But these are nothing more than fabulous panegyrics – exaggerations! Perhaps the most fantastic of all is one about how he saw and found God in a cave: where he spoke to Jesus in person and chased the Devil around with a stick – a story so pathetic that it is almost sublime. Loyola’s biographers make him what he was not. But then such historians are but party writers; and it is the character of falsehood to be loose and inconsistent with the most important facts. This is the one advantage which men have over God, they can alter history, but He cannot! They even made a madman a Patron Saint, March12, 1622. But now, contrast this treatment of Loyola with the treatment of Martin Luther, who was declared a heretic, anathematized, and excommunicated. The Pope regarded Luther’s memory as so dangerous that, as a final act of ultimate degradation and humiliation, he had Luther’s bones exhumed – dug up – and unceremoniously discarded. Indeed, Luther was so hated that a sermon given from the pulpit of one Jesuit priest cursed the Reformer in the most violent manner, even refusing to mention him by name: “I may not make mention of this hellish monster by name, this traitor to the Catholic religion, this fugitive form the cloister, this restorer of all heresy, this hideous wretch before God and man.” As Issac Taylor observed, “How striking – how appalling even, is the contrast that presents itself when… compared with the tone, the style, and the intention of God’s dealing with men, as displayed in the Scriptures…! While contemplating this contrast, one is compelled to say these two styles must issue from different, or rather antagonistic sources.” And what was the heresy for which Luther was so disgracefully treated and maligned? For the teaching the Scriptures. According to the Catholic Inquisition, “The reading [and teaching] of scriptures was an inexhaustible source of heresy.” Thus, in The Autobiography of Loyola, we are told that Pope Paul III “took many other measures to stem the tide” of Luther’s ‘heresy’ “and to restore and revivify” the Church’s religious life. These measures included vilification of the Bible, a role in which “the Jesuits played an outstanding part…”
But by far, the most horrible, hideous, heinous, atrocious, despicable organization to ever exist on earth was and is the Catholic Church. It dwarfs Islam for the atrocities it has committed against mankind. The religious beliefs of Catholicism however are shared among almost all of the so called Christian sects of the world, they may claim that they are no part of the Catholic system or Church, but they teach and practice the same things. Methodist, Lutheran, Protestant, Baptist, Christ Church, Churches of God, almost all of the buildings where you find the name Church attached to the building or in the title, inside you will find the doctrines of the Catholic Church being taught, and they are not bashful about it. The foundation of Catholicism, the Catholic Church, goes back almost two thousand years to the second century AD. It is the oldest religion of its type and encompasses 17% of earths population, but if you factor in all of the other Churches that teach the exact same doctrines, that originated with the Catholic Dogma, than this number is enormous. There is nothing taught in the Catholic Church that has Scriptural support, nothing. In fact what you will find is that the Bible teaches the exact opposite of what the Churches teach. If you have proof otherwise I would be very interested in seeing it, please point it out to me. The hierarchy could take the rest of your life just to catalog it. Let me see, how did Jesus put it, Mathew 23: 8 ” But you, do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, whereas all you are brothers. ” That is what the Bible says, and it never says anything different. Jesus is the teacher and all the rest of us are brothers, and in the pure form of worship, that is exactly how it is, pretty simple right? Contrast that with the Papacy. Baptizing infants? How old was Jesus when he set the example for Baptism. Notice that the date of Jesus birth is absent from the scriptures, don’t you find that curious since at that time genealogy was very important to the Jews keeping accurate records all the way back to Adam. We have the dates of so many but his is missing, and if this was the most important day in Christianity to celebrate, don’t you think that some one would of said something about it? No , there is nothing Christian about Catholicism, it is as far away and opposite from Christianity as you can get. The early days of this organization would make organized crime look like choir boys. The inquisitions were a very dark time for man, you had a choice, do what the church told you to do, or die, immediately, I do not mean die a natural death here, they killed you. Sort of like the Mafia, well, not sort of, exactly like the Mafia, except far worse. For two hundred years the Papacy lead the crusades of the 11Th and 12 Th Centuries, and although aimed at Muslims, other religions that got in the way were happily mowed down. Catholicism was the worlds richest empire for close to two thousand years. And just maybe, if you count the real estate holdings, the magnificent Churches, the gold, the silver, and the art , and the marble, and the giant columns, and the wood, and the fabrics and the diamonds and jewels and leather and wool, and the library scattered around the world, most likely it still is. If you were to make a transparency of the 18Th chapter of Revelation and over lay it, upon the church, it would be a perfect match.
I was asked a question, “Now why in the world would the United States or the United Nations go after the Catholic Church”. So I posted a whole bunch of reasons. The Catholic Church has been around from the second century but it’s roots go all the way back to Babylon. Today, the Illuminati, the Jesuits, control the banking systems, it is common knowledge that Bank of America was owned by the Catholic Church, which holds your Mortgage. The world bank, and the IMF the Bank of England is controlled by the Jesuits, IE the Vatican. So here are just a sample of quotes from famous men about their views of the Jesuits and the Vatican. Also take a look at what Abraham Lincoln, Adams, and Jefferson said about the Jesuits. All wars are fought over religion, the only way to end war is to end religion, and right now, the United Nations is preparing to do just that, it will lead to massive civil unrest, and that will be the perfect time to reset the currency while they have us all locked up. But, in reality, none of us know how things are going to progress or in what order, or even when, the bible tells us it comes as a surprise, but what we do know, is that something big is in the works, and we need to pay attention. Read the things I have written and watch the videos, it will help you to understand.
“The assassins of St. Bartholomew [i.e., the Catholics who slaughtered the French Protestant Huguenotsin 1572, starting with the St. Bartholomew massacre on August 24th], the inquisitors and the Jesuits are monsters produced by malignant imaginations; they are the natural allies of the spirit of darkness and of death (1883)” Edwin A. Sherman (Author of the book The Engineer Corps of Hell
There was no disguise they (the Jesuits) could not assume, and therefore, there was no place into which they could not penetrate. They could enter unheard the closet of the Monarch, or the Cabinet of the Statesman. They could sit unseen in convocation or General Assembly, and mingle unsuspected in the deliberations and debates.There was no tongue they could not speak, and no creed they could not profess, and thus there was no people among whom they might not sojourn, and no church whose membership they might not enter and whose functions they might not discharge. The could execrate [i.e., sharply denounce] the Pope with the Lutheran, and swear the Solemn League with the Covenanter.” J.A. Wylie (Rev.; Author of the book The History of Protestantism)
“The term Jesuit has become synonymous with terms like deceit, chicanery, infiltration, intrigue,subversion many organized Jesuits have been justly described as treacherous, traitorous workers, seducing many in the service of the Roman Pontiff away from national allegiance (1987) ” J. E.C. Shepherd (Canadian historian)
The SS had been organized by [Heinrich] Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuit Order. The rules of service and spiritual exercises prescribed by Ignatius de Loyola [Ed. Note: the founder of theJesuit Order] constituted a model which [Heinrich] Himmler strove carefully to copy. Absolute obedience was the supreme rule; every order had to be executed without comment.” Walter Shellenberg ((Chief of the Nazi Sicherheitdienst (SD)
“It is believed that the Pope [i.e., Pius XI] will offer these services to Signor [Benito] Mussolini through the Jesuit Father Pietro Tachi-Venturi, who is often consulted by Mussolini on important matters.” (Daily Express, 2/9/1935) BRITISH UNITED PRES
“By a providential synchronism, when [Italian dictator] Mussolini seized power in Italy thanks to don Sturzo, Jesuit and chief of the Catholic party, Monseigneur Seipel, a Jesuit, became chancellor of Austria.He held that position until 1929, with an interregnum of two years, and, during those decisive years, heled the Austrian interior politics on to the reactionary and clerical road; his successors followed him on that road which led to the absorption of that country into the German block. The bloody repression of working-class uprisings earned him [i.e., Jesuit Monseigneur Seipel] the nickname Keine Milde Kardinal the Cardinal without mercy.” Edmond Paris (Author of the book The Secret History of the Jesuits)
“Above all things, Jesuits are confessors. Their services unto the royalty were urged as a need, as they became assigned to hear the confessions of the aristocrats, emperors, kings, queens, princes, princesses,[royal] mistresses, those in every level of government they all revealed their secret plans, their intimate sins, their inner-most thoughts, as their lives became virtually an open book to the Jesuits.Through various means of diplomacy, Jesuits worked their way into offices of State, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. But it was religion and its sacred duties of hearing the confessions of their penitents, and being their religious wise guides, that was the key to their success. Without the need of a religious confessor, the history of the Jesuits may have been quite different. And the Jesuits made very sure that it was they who filled that need as confessors [Ed. Note:especially to the rich and power elite] instead of the other orders of priests, by providing a most attractive policy of leniency as an enticement for their penitents.” John Daniel (Author of the book The Grand Design Exposed)
“Today they [i.e., the Jesuits] are stronger in the United States than they ever were in any of the countries of Europe which expelled them as a menace to the government. (1912)” Jeremiah J.Crowley
“Wherever a totalitarian movement erupts, whether Communist or Nazi, a Jesuit can be found in the role of advisor or leader; in [Communist] Cuba Fr. Armando Llorente and in Argentina the neo-Nazis are led by Fr. Menvieille.” Emanuel M. Josephson (1968
“The organization of the [Roman Catholic] Hierarchy is a complete military despotism, of which the Popeis the ostensible [i.e., apparent; seeming] head; but of which, the Black Pope [Ed. Note: The Superior General of the Jesuits], is the real head. The Black Pope is the head of the order of the Jesuits, and is called a General [i.e., the Superior General]. He not only has command of his own order, but [also]directs and controls the general policy of the [Roman Catholic] Church. He [the Black Pope] is the power behind the throne, and is the real potential head of the Hierarchy. The whole machine is under the strictest rules of military discipline. The whole thought and will of this machine, to plan, propose and execute, is found in its head. There is no independence of thought, or of action, in its subordinate parts.Implicit and unquestioning obedience to the orders of superiors in authority, is the sworn duty of the priesthood of every grade” Brigadier General Thomas M. Harris
“For over 200 years, the goal [of the Jesuits] has been the complete destruction of the United States Constitution. In the religious arena, the goal of the Jesuits is to wipe out any trace of Protestantism and other religions, and to restore worldwide domination by the pope.” Bill Hughes (From his book The Secret Terrorists)
“[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] abolished by [Pope] Clement XIVin 1773, the Jesuits used the Illuminati and other organizations to carry out their operations. Thus, the front organizations would be blamed for the trouble caused by the Jesuits.” Bill Hughes (Author of The Secret Terrorists and The Enemy Unmasked
“They [i.e., the Jesuits] have so constantly mixed themselves up in court and state intrigues that they must, in justice, be reproached with striving after world dominion. They cost kings their lives, not on the scaffold, but by assassination, and equally hurtful as the society of Illuminati; they were the foremost among the crowd, at all events, who applauded the murder scenes in Paris [during the French Revolution].” Hector Macpherson (Author of the book The Jesuits in History
“Eight years before the attempted [Spanish] Armada invasion [of 1588], Jesuits were seditiously active plotting the overthrow of the English government. By using different disguises, aliases, and secret codes,to illegally slip in and out of England, Jesuit Robert Parson, in 1580, had led and then later organized a mission to bring other Jesuits into England to engage in a work of subversion. When the [attempted] invasion [by the Spanish Armada] failed, these masters of intrigue [i.e., the Jesuits] turned to another bizarre scheme. Known in your encyclopedia under the subject, The Gunpowder Plot thirteen Catholic noblemen and five Jesuits formed a conspiracy devising a plan to explode 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of the House of Lords and kill King James I, and members of the [House of] Commons as they assembled for the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605. Their plan was to blow up the Parliament building and out of the chaos incite the people into a full insurrection. But before the date it [i.e., the basement full of explosives] was to be detonated, the explosives were discovered, leading to the arrest of all those involved. Of the five Jesuits involved, two escaped, one died in prison, and two were convicted and executed.” John Daniel (Author of the book The Grand Design Exposed)
“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 the culprits, they will be blamed and suffer the consequences, but if they can use some one else as the cause of the worlds problems, especially an enemy they can destroy in the process, then they have simultaneously accomplished two of their objectives. The Jewish people are the perfect scrape goat. Since the Rothschilds are Jesuit agents operating under a Jewish cover, using them [i.e., the Rothschild’s] in forming the Illuminati back in 1776 effectively throws the onus of this conspiracy on the Jews. The Rothschilds are certainly not the only Jesuit agents that operate under a Jewish front. History books will tell us that the French Revolution first began in 1787 or 1789, depending on which book you read. However, it was actually planned by [Jesuit] Dr. Adam Weishaupt and the House of Rothschild almost 20 years before the Revolution took place.” William Sutton (Author of The New Age Movement and The Illuminati
“[Jesuit-trained Illuminist Adam] Weishaupt and his fellow Jesuits cut off the income to the Vatican by launching and leading the French Revolution; by directing Napoleons conquest of Catholic Europe; [and] by eventually having Napoleon throw Pope Pius VII in jail at Avignon until he agreed, as the price for his release, to reestablish the Jesuit Order. This Jesuit war on the Vatican was terminated by the Congress of Vienna and by the secret, 1822 Treaty of Verona.- Emanuel M. Josephson (American physician and historian
Never before in the course of the worlds history had such a Society [i.e., the Jesuit Order] appeared.The old Roman Senate itself did not lay schemes for world domination with greater certainty of success.(1800)- Friedrich von Hardenberg (German philosopher)
The [Jesuit Superior] General is at the head of this black and mute militia, which thinks, wills, acts,obeys [as] the passive instrument of his designs. Their whole life must have but one aim the advancement of the [Jesuit] Order to which they are attached. (1912)- Jeremiah J. Crowley (Irishman; ex-priest in the Roman Catholic Church; author of the book Romanism: Menace to the Nation)
“I [Roman Catholic Bishop Palafox] found almost all the wealth and all the treasures of the Province of America in the hands of the Jesuits ((Ed. Comment: I assume the Bishop is talking specifically about SOUTH America.)) All this property and all these considerable revenues which might make a sovereign powerful, serve no other purpose than to maintain ten [Jesuit] colleges. To this may be added the extraordinary skill with which they [the Jesuits] make use of and increase their super-abundant wealth. They maintain public warehouses, cattle fairs, butcher-stalls, and shops They lend out their money for usury, and thus cause the greatest loss and injury to others.” Roman Catholic Bishop Palafox (from a letter of his in 1647)
“The Jesuits are simply the Romish army for the earthly sovereignty of the world in the future, with the Pontiff of Rome for emperor thats their ideal. It is simple lust of power, of filthy earthly gain, of domination something like a universal serfdom with them [i.e., the Jesuits] as masters thats all they stand for. They dont even believe in God perhaps.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881; famous Russian novelist
“The Society of Jesus [i.e., the Jesuit Order] is the enemy of man. The whole human race should unite for its overthrow. For there is no alternative between its total extirpation, and the absolute corruption and degradation of mankind.-” Robert J. Breckinridge (author
“All these things cause the Father-General [of the Jesuits] to be feared by the Pope and sovereigns. A sovereign who is not their [the Jesuits] friend will sooner or later experience their vengeance. (1852)- Luigi Desanctis (Official Censor of the Inquisition
“The Jesuits are the only religious order in the Church of Rome which has lain under the ban of the [White] Pope, or which has been expelled from any country because of its interference in politics. Hence we may expect to find that to obtain political power forms a main feature in the plans of the Society [of Jesus i.e., the Jesuit Order].” (1896)- M.F. Cusack
In Roman Catholic circles it is well known that the Black Pope is the term used for the [Superior] General of the Jesuits. As the Pope is always robed in white, and the [Jesuit Superior] General in black, the contrast is obvious. But those Romanists who do not greatly love the Jesuits, and their number is not limited, use the term as indicating that the Black Pope rules the White Pope even while the former [i.e.,the Black Pope] is obligated to make, at least, a show of submission to the latter. (1896)- M.F. Cusack (Ex-nun of Kenmore; author of the book The Black Pope)
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 Chief of the Society of Jesus [i.e., the Superior Generalof the Jesuit Order] are one and the same person.- James Parton (American historian)
The Jesuit Order at last reached the pinnacle of its power and prestige in the early eighteenth century[i.e., the early 1700s]. It had become more influential and more wealthy than any other organization in the world. It held a position in world affairs that no oath-bound group of men has ever held before or since Nearly all the Kings and Sovereigns of Europe had only Jesuits as directors of their consciences[i.e., as confessor-priests], so that the whole of Europe appeared to be governed by Jesuits only. (1927;using a short quote by Jesuit Cordara)- Boyd Barrett (Ex-Jesuit)
The whole frightful responsibility for this terrible Thirty Years War [1618-1648] must rest upon the [HolyRoman] Emperor Ferdinand II, and his teachers, rulers, and bosom friends the Sons of Loyola [i.e., theJesuit Order].- Theodor Griesinger (German historian; 1873)
“[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty.”- R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy
[Wherever] a totalitarian movement erupts, whether Communist or Nazi [Fascist], a Jesuit can be found in the role of adviser or leader; in Cuba [it was] [Jesuit-trained] Castros Father Armando Llorente- Emanuel M. Josephson (American physician and historian
“Between 1555 and 1931 the Society of Jesus [i.e., the Jesuit Order] was expelled from at least 83 countries, city states and cities, for engaging in political intrigue and subversion plots against the welfare of the State, according to the records of a Jesuit priest of repute [Thomas J. Campbell]. Practically every instance of expulsion was for political intrigue, political infiltration, political subversion, and inciting to political insurrection.” (1987)- J.E.C. Shepherd Canadian historian
It is impossible to read Elizabethan history [i.e., the history surrounding Queen Elizabeth I of England;queen: 1558-1603] except in the context of an army of Jesuits, masters of deceit, treachery, treason,infiltration, subversion, assassination, insurrection, civil war and coercion, plotting for the good of the papacy, and the defeat of all the Popes foes anywhere in the world. (1987)- J.E. C J.E.C. Shepherd Canadian historian
“Alas, I knew they [i.e., the Jesuits] would poison me; but I did not expect to die in so slow and cruel a manner. ” Pope Clement XIV (Who had forever abolished the Jesuit Order in 1774-1773
“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 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. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms 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 splendid as the hierarchical structure of the [Roman] Catholic Church. There were quite a few things I simply appropriated from the Jesuits for the use of the [Nazi] Party.” Adolph Hitler (1889-1945; Nazi leader and chancellor of Germany from 1933-1945)
Thomas Jefferson replied to his predecessor: ” Like you, I disapprove of the restoration of the Jesuits, for it means a step backwards from light into darkness…. (The Power and Secret of the Jesuits, Rene Fulop-Miller, 390) “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 who served in under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War
President Thomas Jefferson: ” I do not like the reappearance of the Jesuits…Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in asmany disguises as only a king of the gypsies can assume, dressed as printers, publishers, writers andschoolmasters? If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it isthis Society of Loyolas. Nevertheless, we are compelled by our system of religious toleration to offer them an asylum…. (The Power and Secret of the Jesuits, Rene Fulop-Miller, 390
“The Jesuits are a secret society a sort of Masonic order with super added 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)
Quotes About the Jesuit Order (“Society of Jesus”) From Famous People “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 Orders] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII]is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. I do not like the appearance of theJesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is thisSociety of [Ignatius de]Loyola.”- John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States)
Unfortunately, the Jesuits and the nuns have in great part remained the teachers of those people since. They have continued in a silent, but most efficacious way, to spread their hatred against our institutions, our laws, our schools, our rights and our liberties in such a way that this terrible conflict became unavoidable between the North and the South. As I told you before, it is to Popery that we owe this terrible civil war. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Abraham Lincoln blamed the cause of the American Civil War on Rome! The following quotes are from the book, “Fifty Years in the Church of Rome” by Charles Chiniquy, who was a priest in the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years and later left the Roman church and became a Presbyterian pastor. He was a close friend of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln and had several personal interviews with him. The following are quotes from Abraham Lincoln during one of his talks with Charles Chiniquy. Read http://www.biblebelievers.com/chiniquy/cc50_ch61.html for the entire text. The emphasis in bold and comments in italics are mine. “It is with the Southern leaders of this civil war as with the big and small wheels of our railroad cars. Those who ignore the laws of mechanics are apt to think that the large, strong, and noisy wheels they see are the motive power, but they are mistaken. The real motive power is not seen; it is noiseless and well concealed in the dark, behind its iron walls. The motive power are the few well-concealed pails of water heated into steam, which is itself directed by the noiseless, small but unerring engineer’s finger. “The common people see and hear the big, noisy wheels of the Southern Confederacy’s cars; they call they Jeff Davis, Lee, Toombs, Beauregard, Semmes, ect., and they honestly think that they are the motive power, the first cause of our troubles. But this is a mistake. The true motive power is secreted behind the thick walls of the Vatican, the colleges and schools of the Jesuits, the convents of the nuns, and the confessional boxes of Rome. “There is a fact which is too much ignored by the American people, and with which I am acquainted only since I became President; it is that the best, the leading families of the South have received their education in great part, if not in whole, from the Jesuits and the nuns. Hence those degrading principles of slavery, pride, cruelty, which are as a second nature among so many of those people. Hence that strange want of fair play, humanity; that implacable hatred against the ideas of equality and liberty as we find them in the Gospel of Christ. You do not ignore that the first settlers of Louisiana, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, South California and Missouri were Roman Catholics, and that their first teachers were Jesuits. It is true that those states have been conquered or bought by us since. But Rome had put the deadly virus of her antisocial and anti-Christian maxims into the veins of the people before they became American citizens. Unfortunately, the Jesuits and the nuns have in great part remained the teachers of those people since. They have continued in a silent, but most efficacious way, to spread their hatred against our institutions, our laws, our schools, our rights and our liberties in such a way that this terrible conflict became unavoidable between the North and the South. As I told you before, it is to Popery that we owe this terrible civil war. “I would have laughed at the man who would have told me that before I became the President. But Professor Morse (Samuel Morse, the man who invented the telegraph and who also warned extensively about Jesuit infiltration and its undermining American culture) has opened my eyes on that subject. And now I see that mystery (also known as MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT of Revelation 17:5); I understand that engineering of hell which, though not seen or even suspected by the country, is putting in motion the large, heavy, and noisy wheels of the state cars of the Southern Confederacy. Our people is not yet ready to learn and believe those things, and perhaps it is not the proper time to initiate them to those dark mysteries of hell; it would throw oil on a fire which is already sufficiently destructive. “You are almost the only one with whom I speak freely on that subject. But sooner or later the nation will know the real origin of those rivers of blood and tears, which are spreading desolation and death everywhere. And then those who have caused those desolations and disasters will be called to give an account of them. “I do not pretend to be a prophet. But though not a prophet, I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome. It is filled with tears of blood. It will rise and increase till its flanks will be torn by a flash of lightning, followed by a fearful peal of thunder. Then a cyclone, such as the world has never seen, will pass over this country, spreading ruin and desolation from north to south. After it is over, there will be long days of peace and prosperity: for Popery, with its Jesuits and merciless Inquisition, will have been for ever swept away from our country. Neither I nor you, but our children, will see those things.”
Catholic Confidential, Deplorable Jesuit Secrets Revealed, It would be wise to view this video. I am not endorsing anything, but this video gives some insight into what I have been saying about the influence of the Vatican, and it gives reinforcement to what I have always said, that the most horrible organization that earth has ever seen, is the Vatican, the Catholic Church. If you doubt me, and if you have the nerve, sit through this and see for yourself. Force yourself to sit through this from the beginning to the end, to get the meaning. It will help you to understand more things than you can imagine, and it will prove to you that I am not crazy, and that every word I am telling you is true.
By Philip Pullella February 6, 2014 10:52 Am By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – A disgraced Catholic religious order whose late founder lived a double life as a paedophile, womanizer and drug addict officially denounced him on Thursday and apologized to his “many victims”. The Legionaries of Christ, which former members said was run like a cult rooted in secrecy, accused Father Marcial Maciel of “reprehensible and objectively immoral behavior” as head of the order from 1941 until former Pope Benedict removed him in 2006. Once a darling of the Vatican because it attracted many Catholics to religious vocations and made sizeable financial donations to the Church, the order has been in Vatican receivership since 2010 and came close to being disbanded. The apology, issued by delegates from around the world meeting in Rome to set a new direction for the order, came a day after a United Nations committee singled it out in a scathing report accusing the Church of ignoring child abuse by priests. The statement denounced “the magnitude of the evil and scandal caused” by Maciel, who died in 2008, and said the conservative order was now ready to turn a page. The meeting, which began on January 8 and is due to end in late February, elected Father Eduardo Robles Gil as the order’s new leader. Like Maciel, the 61-year-old hails from Mexico. “We want to express our deep sorrow for the abuse of minor seminarians, the immoral acts with men and women who were adults, the arbitrary use of his authority and of material goods …” the order said. BULWARK AGAINST CHURCH LIBERALS For decades the Vatican dismissed accusations by seminarians that Maciel had abused them sexually, some when they were as young as 12. The order’s rules forbade criticizing the founder or questioning his motives. Pope John Paul II, set to become a saint in April, strongly backed Maciel even as criticism of him mounted and appreciated the order’s faster growth than other religious groups. The order also had many wealthy conservative benefactors who saw it as a bulwark against liberalism in the Church. In 2006, a year after John Paul’s death, a Vatican investigation concluded the previously denied accusations of molestation were true. Pope Benedict ordered Maciel to retire to a life of “prayer and penitence”. After his death, Vatican investigations found Maciel had also fathered several children with at least two different women, visited them regularly and sent them money. “We are grieved that many victims and other affected persons have waited so long in vain for an apology and an act of reconciliation on the part of Fr. Maciel. Today, we would like to issue that apology as we express our solidarity with these persons,” it said. The order runs private Catholic schools and charitable organizations in 22 countries through its network of some 950 priests and 1,000 seminarians. It operates a Catholic university in Rome and its lay movement, known as Regnum Christi, has around 30,000 members. (Reporting By Philip Pullella)
Asherah poles in the Vatican
Notice the mosaic design of the floor, and how the image of sun worship is clearly spelled out, it, the sun symbol, along with the cross, are the swastikas of idolatry and false religion. This is the rotunda floor of the Vatican
“‘I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 7 You must never have any other gods besides me. 8 “‘You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 9 You must not bow down to them nor be led to serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a God who requires exclusive devotion, Deuteronomy 5:6-9 The very first and second commandment, and what do we see happening here.
The Pope sitting between the Asherah poles at the Vatican
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 ESV / 6 helpful votes “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.
Saturnalia and Christmas are the same holiday simply renamed by the Catholic Church, nothing else was ever changed. Inside the walls of some Catholic churches have been found the skeletal remains of hundreds of children. Brings to mind what Jesus said about the religious buildings of his day, ” Outside indeed they appear beautiful, but inside they are filled with dead men’s bones ” I said it before, the most horrible organization that earth has ever seen is Catholicism. You cannot celebrate the event, and then claim independence from it, if you celebrate it, you accept it and agree with it. If you celebrate Christmas in reality you are celebrating Saturnalia, part of that celebration then, and today, yes today it it still very much alive, you are actually participating and agreeing in the celebration of Child Sacrifice, are you absolutely certain that you want to do that. It would be disobedient to God to have any celebrations in His name that he did not instruct you do do. If you are going to invent a celebration, why not just make a celebration that has nothing to do with God. But to deliberately form and create a celebration surrounding and including everything he specifically told you that he hated is no way to win his favor. He does not create life, just to hand over to you to destroy.
Because child-sacrifice was a prominent feature of the worship of the Phenician Malik-Baal-Kronos, Moore (in Cheyne and Black, “Encyc. Bibl.”) seeks to prove that the worship of Moloch was introduced from Phenicia. The evidence of its existence in Phenicia and her colonies is especially strong. Diodorus Siculus (xx. 14) tells how the Carthaginians in a siege sacrificed two hundred boys to Kronos. Burning was an important feature of the rite. Bibliography: W. R. Smith, Rel. of Sem. 2d ed., pp. 372 et seq.; Bäthgen, Beiträge zur Semitischen Religionsgesch. 1888, pp. 237 et seq.; Moore, The Image of Moloch, in Jour. Bib. Lit. 1897, xvi. 161 et seq.; M. J. Lagrange, Etudes sur les Religions Sémitiques, 1903, pp. 99-109.
Every year after Thanksgiving, most people’s thoughts turn to Christmas. It is the time when professing Christians are supposed to focus on Jesus Christ. After all, it is the “Christ-mass” season! Christmas is thought by most to be a wonderful time, focusing the participants on giving, family togetherness, beautiful music and decorations, feasting on special foods and singing Christmas carols throughout the neighborhood (as my family did every year). All of this is supposedly centered around the worship of Christ. Surely the Bible instructs us to do all this—right? The answers will shock you! Why do people think that Christmas is wonderful? Most never reflect on why they believe what they believe or do what they do. We live in a world filled with customs, but few ever seek to understand their origin. We generally accept them without question. Most people basically do what everyone else does—because it is easy and natural! Let’s carefully examine the roots of Christmas. Let’s look at why people follow the customs associated with it. Why is it kept on December 25th? Did the early New Testament Church keep it? This article is filled with facts from history that, when placed together, paint a complete picture. Let’s avoid all assumptions and only accept what can be PROVEN! Pagan Origin In 1990, the Solon, Ohio (a Cleveland suburb) school board banned all nativity and other Christmas scenes on any school property because they felt it violated the separation of church and state. They were challenged in court when outraged parents opposed them, feeling that Christmas was being stolen from their children and the community. The board lost the case! The citizenry had contended that Christmas was a worldwide tradition that was not part of, and transcended, religion. It was deemed to be secular—a part of virtually all cultures worldwide. The court decision affirmed that Christmas has no Christian roots! However, the court’s opinion also noted that bible reading and prayer obviously are associated with Christ-ianity—a remarkable admission! The court concluded that Christmas-keeping and manger scenes could remain because they are not really part of either Christianity or religion—but prayer and Bible reading, which are, must remain excluded from schools! Nearly all aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion. Consider the following admission from a large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984): “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday. The celebration of Christmas reached its peak—some would say its worst moments—in the medieval period when it became a time for conspicuous consumption and unequaled revelry.” Consider these quotes from the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition, under “Christmas”: “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church…the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.” Further, “Pagan customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas.” Under “Natal Day,” Origen, an early Catholic writer, admitted, “…In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod) who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world” (emphasis mine). The Encyclopedia Americana, 1956 edition, adds, “Christmas…was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth…a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered the feast to be celebrated forever on the day of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.” There is no mistaking the origin of the modern Christmas celebration. Many additional sources could be cited and we will return to this later. Let’s begin to tie some other facts together. It was 300 years after Christ before the Roman church kept Christmas, and not until the fifth century that it was mandated to be kept throughout the empire as an official festival honoring “Christ.” Can Christ Be Honored by Christmas? The most common justification that one will hear regarding Christmas is that people have replaced old pagan customs and intents by asserting that they are now “focusing on Christ.” I have heard many say that they are “honoring Christ” in their Christmas-keeping. The problem is that God does not say this is acceptable to Him! Actually, He plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers everything about it to be an abomination! We will soon see why. Christ said, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Christmas is not a command of God—it is a tradition of men. Christ continued, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). Every year, throughout the world, on December 25th, hundreds of millions do just that! We will see that God plainly commands, “Follow not the way of the heathen.” But most people do not fear God, and He allows them to make their own decisions. Human beings are free moral agents—free to obey or disobey God! But woe to those who ignore the plain Word of God! Was Christ Born on December 25th? Christ was born in the fall of the year. Many have mistakenly believed He was born around the beginning of winter—December 25th! They are wrong! Notice the Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 370, New York edition: “It was custom among Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts about the Passover [early spring], and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain.” The first rains began in early-to-mid fall. Continuing with this same quote: “During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As…the first rain began early in the month of March-esvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins sometime in October], we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact…See the quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot.” Luke 2:8 explains that when Christ was born, “there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Note that they were “abiding” in the field. This never happened in December. Both Ezra 10:9-13 and the Song of Solomon 2:11 show that winter was the rainy season and shepherds could not stay on cold, open fields at night. Numerous encyclopedias plainly state that Christ was not born on December 25th! The Catholic Encyclopedia directly confirms this. In all likelihood, Christ was born in the fall! A lengthy technical explanation would prove this point. Since we now know that December 25th was nowhere near Christ’s actual birthdate, where did the festival associated with this date come from? Now read this quote under “Christmas”: “In the Roman world, the Saturnalia (December 17) was a time of merrymaking and exchanging of gifts. December 25 was also regarded as the birthdate of the Iranian mystery god Mithra, the Sun of Righteousness. On the Roman New Year (January 1), houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the poor. To these observances were added the German and Celtic Yule rites when the Teutonic tribes penetrated into Gaul, Britain and central Europe. Food and good fellowship, the Yule log and Yule cakes, greenery and fir trees, gifts and greetings all commemorated different aspects of this festive season. Fires and lights, symbols of warmth and lasting life, have always been associated with the winter festival, both pagan and Christian” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., vol. II, p. 903). A final quote about the selection of December 25th as the birthdate of Christ is necessary. Note an article in The Toronto Star, December 1984, by Alan Edmonds, entitled, “We owe a lot to Druids, Dutch”: “The Reformation cast a blight on Christmas. By then, of course, clever ecclesiastical politicians had adopted the Pagan mid-winter festival as the alleged birthdate of Jesus, of Nazareth, and thrown in a few other Pagan goodies to make their takeover more palatable.” December 25th was not selected because it was the birth of Christ or because it was even near it. It was selected because it coincided with the idolatrous pagan festival Saturnalia—and this celebration must be carefully examined. In any event, we do not know the exact date of Christ’s birth. While God certainly could have made it known, He chose to hide it from the world’s eyes! What About Santa Claus? Parents reason that they owe the whole Christmas myth to their children! Christmas traditions are focused primarily on kids, and they are certainly the center of most of what happens. I know because I kept seventeen Christmases. My older sister and younger brother and I were the recipients of much and the givers of very little on that day—and it all started with the Santa Claus lie. Some years ago, a priest in New Jersey told his Sunday school class that Santa was a myth. The outrage from parents and his supervisors was swift. He had “killed Santa!” He had “destroyed family tradition!” He had “usurped family authority,” the article continued. He was officially censored by his superiors for being “overzealous and insensitive.” His crime? He told the truth! According to Langer’s Encyclopedia of World History, (article “Santa”), “Santa” was a common name for Nimrod throughout Asia Minor. This was also the same fire god who came down the chimneys of the ancient pagans and the same fire god to whom infants were burned and eaten in human sacrifice among those who were once God’s people. Today Santa Claus comes from “Saint Nicholas.” Washington Irving, in 1809, is responsible for remaking the original old, stern bishop of this same name into the new “jolly St. Nick” in his Knickerbocker History of New York. (Most of the rest of America’s Christmas traditions are even more recent than this.) “Old Nick” has long been recognized as a term for the devil. In Revelation 2:6 and 15, we read about a “doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which Christ twice tells His Church “[He] hates.” Let’s analyze the word Nicolaitane. It means “follower of Nicholas.” Nikos means “conqueror, destroyer.” Laos means “people.” Nicolaitanes, then, are people who follow the conqueror or destroyer—Nimrod. If you have believed that following Christmas is an innocent Christian custom, let this truth sink in! Is It Scriptural to Exchange Gifts? Merchants regularly report that over 60% of their annual retail sales occur during the Christmas shopping season. This represents a tremendous amount of gift buying. Most today believe that gift-giving comes from the Bible example of the “three wise men” (the Bible gives no number) presenting gifts to Christ. Is this true? Where did exchanging gifts come from, and what does God’s Word say about it? The Bibliotheca Sacra states, “The interchange of presents between friends is a like characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows” (Vol. 12, pp. 153-155). Like every other aspect of Christmas, the shocking truth is that even this supposed Christian custom does not come from the Bible. It is an irony that people love to believe they are following the custom of the wise men giving to Christ, when actually they are giving almost exclusively to each other! What hypocrisy! Christ is completely forgotten. The Bible actually teaches that Christians should not keep birthdays. Numerous scriptures make this principle clear. (Read our article “Are Birthday Celebrations Christian?”) However, what if you went to a birthday party that had been prepared for you and everybody gave gifts to each other and you were left out? The idea is ridiculous! If this happened, you would say that people were being selfish and forgetting you. In fact, most people give to others on Christmas merely because they expect to receive gifts themselves! Let’s briefly return to the “wise men” who gave gifts to Christ. The scripture describing this is Matthew 2:1-11: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews?…And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” It is commonly supposed that these were birthday presents for “baby Jesus.” But is this what the Bible actually says? Absolutely not! First, it is important to note that they did give the gifts to Jesus. They did not stand in his presence and exchange gifts among themselves or give them to others. The gifts were “presented unto Him.” Also, they arrived well after his “birthday.” This is another reason these could not have been “birthday presents.” A long-standing, ancient custom of the East was to present gifts when coming before a king. These men understood they were in the presence of the “King of the Jews.” The Bible carries many examples of people sending gifts to kings or presenting them upon arrival into their presence. This custom is common today when ambassadors or others come into the presence of a world leader. Finally, notice what the Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 46, states about what really happened on this occasion: “Verse 11. They presented unto him gifts. The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. This custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Seas Islands.” Gifts were customarily presented to kings. What could be more plain? Origin of the Christmas Tree No article about Christmas is complete without some explanation of the “Christmas tree.” We have touched on it without directly focusing on it. The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany. But the Germans got it from the Romans, who got it from the Babylonians and the Egyptians. The following demonstrates what the Babylonians believe about the origin of the Christmas tree: “An old Babylonish fable told of an evergreen tree which sprang out of a dead tree stump. The old stump symbolized the dead Nimrod, the new evergreen tree symbolized that Nimrod had come to life again in Tammuz! Among the Druids the oak was sacred, among the Egyptians it was the palm, and in Rome it was the fir, which was decorated with red berries during the Saturnalia!” (Walsh, Curiosities of Popular Customs, p. 242). Frederick J. Haskin’s Answers to Questions states, “The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christmas Era.” Did you know this—that the Christmas tree long preceded Christianity? Most aspects of Christmas are not referred to in the Bible. Of course, the reason is that they are not from God—they are not part of the way He wants people to worship Him. The Christmas tree, however, is directly mentioned in the Bible! Turn to Jeremiah 10:2-5, “Thus says the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” This plain description of the modern Christmas tree is clear. God directly refers to it as “the way of the heathen.” Just as directly, He commands His people to “learn not the way of the heathen,” calling these customs “vain.” Verse 23 adds a remarkable and powerful statement: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his [own] steps.” God must teach people how to live. Man simply cannot figure out God’s ways for himself. There is no room in Jeremiah 10 to believe, as some have tried to suggest, that because these trees are powerless of themselves, it is not really forbidden to have a Christmas tree. God condemns the putting up of pagan (Christmas) trees with this plain Bible command! The Source of Holly Wreaths, Yule Logs and Mistletoe The Encyclopedia Americana states, “The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log…are relics of pre-Christian time.” In other words, paganism! The Yule log was commonly used in a rite of Teutonic nature worship. Frederick Haskin further states, “The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as Christmas.” The Encyclopedia Britannica, under “Celastrales,” exposes the origin of the holly wreath: “European pagans brought holly sprays into their homes, offering them to the fairy people of the forests as refuge from the harsh winter weather. During the Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival, branches of holly were exchanged as tokens of friendship. The earliest Roman Christians apparently used holly as a decoration at the Christmas season.” There are dozens of different types of holly. Virtually all of them come in male and female varieties—such as “Blue Prince and Blue Princess” or “Blue Boy and Blue Girl” or “China Boy and China Girl.” Female holly plants cannot have berries unless a nearby male plant pollinates them. It is easy to see why the holly wreath found its way into pagan rituals as a token of friendship and fertility! Christmas is incomplete to many unless it involves “kissing under the mistletoe.” This pagan custom was natural on a night that involved much revelry done in the spirit of drunken orgies. Just like today, this “kissing” usually occurred at the beginning of any modern Saturnalia/Christmas celebration. I will never forget having to always kiss my friends’ mothers upon entering each of their houses every Christmas. It was the first thing that we did. I hated it—but it was something I “had to do”! Mistletoe was considered to have special powers of healing for those who “reveled” under it. The Encyclopedia Britannica, under “Santalales,” states, “The European mistletoe is thought to have had special ritual significance in Druidical ceremonies and lives in folklore today, its special status as the Christmas mistletoe having come from Anglo-Saxon times.” Mistletoe is a parasite that lives on oak trees. (Recall that the Druids worshipped in oak tree groves.) The ancient Celtics (associated with the Druids) used to give mistletoe as an herbal remedy to barren animals to make them fertile. It is still referred to as “all healer” in Celtic. Like mistletoe, holly berries were also thought to be sacred to the sun god. The original “sun log” came to be called the yule log. “Yule” simply means “wheel,” which has long been a pagan representation of the sun. No wonder people today commonly speak of the “sacred yule-tide season.” What Should You Do? Finally, let’s examine what God told His people they should do and the way they ought to teach their children. Human beings do not want to obey God (Rom. 8:7). They would rather follow their own “imagination.” They do not understand that God wants their lives to go “well.” He wants happiness, joy and blessings to flow into people’s lives. All these are the results of obeying Him. God inspired Moses to warn parents of the grave responsibility that they have in what and how they teach their children. Notice His instruction in Deuteronomy 6:1, 6-7, 20-21, 25: “Now these are the commandments…which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it…And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up…And when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God has commanded you? Then you shall say unto your son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand…And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.” God took Israel out of Egypt—out of the customs of the world around them and revealed His Law to them. He does not want His people going back to the traditions, customs and ways from which He has called them. When all of the interconnected traditions, filled with the symbolism of worshipping an ancient pagan, humanly devised god, are taught, this is not worshipping the true Creator.
“Yes we do and we have a good time. Just because something bad happened in the past, doesn’t mean we can’t reclaim the holiday as our own to celebrate with great joy and good tidings.” 14 hours ago · Like This comment by my dear friend, whom I love, pretty much sums up how the entire world feels about celebrating Holidays. The civil governments of the entire world make provisions for their celebrations by providing civil servants to decorate the streets and buildings with the decor required of each celebration. So the people of the world and the governments agree with her views. But I want to point out and underscore the comment. ” Just because something bad happened in the past, doesn’t mean we can’t reclaim the holiday as our own to celebrate with great joy and good tidings. ” When you celebrate these holidays, that is exactly what you are doing, you are reclaiming them as your own. I repeat myself to you, is the celebration of the slaughter and human sacrifice of innocent newborn babies, and then eating them, a cause for you to reclaim this celebration for yourselves and make it into your own celebration. Is the slaughter of innocent human lives, something you want to remember with great joy and good tidings. Take a moment to really think about this, because she is absolutely right, when you celebrate these holidays, you are making them your own, make sure that you really want to do that, because your creator, whom you are doing this in his name, is watching you, and reading the tablets of your heart, so go ahead, and drink up, the priest of old did. Blood of the babies, that is, perhaps they also did it with great joy and good tidings.
Awhile back I ended something that I wrote with the final comment that ” Holidays ( ” Holy Days ” ) are celebrations of oppression of the most brutal kinds. As expected I received some negative comments on my views. I welcome them because at least they read them. If anyone has read anything I offered yesterday, I cannot imagine that your view could be anything different than mine. The celebration of slaughtering children to a false god, and painting it any other color but the worst form of brutality, would be devoid of all reason and in want of heart. The celebration of Easter, is the second most horrible, holiday on calenders, topped only by it’s big sister, Christmas. There is nothing worse that a person could say or do to me that would be more offensive to me than to invite me to a celebration that honors human sacrifice to false gods. How is it, that, anyone could possibly participate in this form of idolatry where live human babies are slaughtered as a ritualistic sacrifice to a god made of stone. This has all the classic earmarks of the enemy of God and Man, Satan written all over it. There is no end to the pretty packages and window dressing and re-gifting that Satan offers up to all of us, to conceal, distract, deceive, disguise, his endless quest and goal of the leading to destruction of as many souls as he possibly can in the most horrific ways possible. Satan could come up with ways of snuffing out our lives in more human ways, but he never does that. He devises ways that are the most horrible and hideous imaginable. Take a look sometime at the tools the Catholic Church used in the inquisitions, they were not meant to be implements of administering a peaceful death just for owning a bible, they were meant to cause the most excruciating pain imaginable, until death was a welcome relief. The Churches of today, while they occupy different titles and different buildings, teach all of the doctrines of Catholicism, they are all Catholic, just re-packaged, the contents are identical. All of them, all of them, claim to be Christian, but are anything but. It is impossible to be a Christian, and celebrate the destruction of innocent lives to a rock. Hold your though if you are about to tell me that you are not doing that, save it, because in a different writing I will address the none participatory clause offered up as innocence to the crime of celebrating oppression and brutality just because you make the claim that that is not what the holiday means to you. If the holiday does not mean to you all of what history reviles it is, than why would anyone ever participate in it. If you feel the compulsion to celebrate something, than make a celebration of something that is truly worthy of celebrating. Giving Satan an “at ta boy”, and patting him on the back for a job well done, winks, smiles, gestures of approval, by attending his commemorative ceremonies, can never be construed by any observer as a display of your own person disapproval of the act being commemorated. If you show up at the party and drink the wine, and eat the food, and clap your hands in applause, bring guest and gifts, you are celebrating, who are you kidding, certainly not the one who is watching from above. And about oppressive brutality, I cannot image how horrible it must have been to live in a world where the State sponsored priest could come into your home, take your baby out of your arms, and throw it into a fire. Anyone who can defend their right to celebrate such brutality, has lost all reasoning ability. Right this moment, Muslims are still to this very day, hacking up children in Africa with machetes, while the rest of us sit on our sofas, and drink our beer, and watch a ball being bounced around in its various forms, and chuckle at sit com’s. A friend said, ” “Yes we do and we have a good time. Just because something bad happened in the past, doesn’t mean we can’t reclaim the holiday as our own to celebrate with great joy and good tidings.” This comment by my dear friend, whom I love, pretty much sums up how the entire world feels about celebrating Holidays. The civil governments of the entire world make provisions for their celebrations by providing civil servants to decorate the streets and buildings with the decor required of each celebration. So the people of the world and the governments agree with her views. But I want to point out and underscore the comment. ” Just because something bad happened in the past, doesn’t mean we can’t reclaim the holiday as our own to celebrate with great joy and good tidings. ” When you celebrate these holidays, that is exactly what you are doing, you are reclaiming them as your own.
The Steeple and the Asherah Pole The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible tells us that an Asherah pole was always erected at the altar of Baal. In fact, absolutely every single alter of Baal had an Asherah pole beside it, which was an upright, denuded tree! This type of phallic pole has always been associated with sun worship. (Interestingly, nearly twenty different tribes of American Indians performed the “Sundance” around a “sun pole.”)
It is interesting that the cross was the ancient symbol of the sun god. Baal’s symbol was the cross. In Hatzor, in Northern Israel, archaeologists have discovered an incense alter to Baal with the symbol of a cross on it. The article describes “a basalt offering table, pillar-shaped, with a carved symbol of the storm god Baal on its side. That symbol was a circle with a cross in the center” Just as Pagans always seem shocked that the Catholic Church practices so many of their customs…in the same vein, Catholics are always shocked to find Pagans “imitating” them. It is said that “Catholics were outraged to find that “their” cross was a sacred symbol to Native Americans.” “There is hardly a Pagan tribe where the cross has not been found.” In an article called Mesoamerican Symbology, we read “But what really surprised the conquistadors, or those few among them with eyes to see, was nothing less than the symbol of the cross, present everywhere… In fact, the symbol of which we are speaking is certainly Pre-Christian.” At a Tophet at Carthage, where Baal was worshipped, 20,000 cinerary urns were discovered with children’s ashes in them, and they found puzzling “cross motifs” at the site. Before the time of Jesus, the cross represented the sun god. “Crosses with arms of equal length were used frequently since time immemorial in pre-Columbian America, the Euphrates-Tigris region, and other parts of the world. That cross seems to have been associated with the sun and the powers that controlled the weather…..Sometime during the first centuries of the Western calendar the Latin cross was adopted by the Christian ideology. Still being associated with heavenly, and almighty lords both and even more so the sun god’s staff.” Speaking of the cross, Bullinger in The Companion Bible says, “crosses were used as symbols of the Babylonian sun-god…” “The evidence for its pagan origin is so convincing that The Catholic Encyclopedia even admits that “the sign of the cross, represented in its simplest form by a crossing of two lines at right angles, greatly antedates…the introduction of Christianity. It goes back to a very remote period of human civilization.”.
Thus the grand Thimblerigger, by dexterously shifting the peas, through means of men who began with great professions of abhorrence of his character, got himself almost everywhere recognised as in very deed “the god of this world.” So deep and so strong was the hold that Satan had contrived to get of the ancient world in this character, that even when Christianity had been proclaimed to man, and the true light had shone from Heaven, the very doctrine we have been considering raised its head among the professed disciples of Christ. Those who held this doctrine were called Ophiani or Ophites, that is, serpent-worshippers. “These heretics,” says Tertullian, “magnify the serpent to such a degree as to prefer him even to Christ Himself; for he, say they, gave us the first knowledge of good and evil. It was from a perception of his power and majesty that Moses was induced to erect the brazen serpent, to which whosoever looked was healed. Christ Himself, they affirm, in the Gospel imitates the sacred power of the serpent, when He says that, ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.’ They introduce it when they bless the Eucharist.” These wicked heretics avowedly worshipped the old serpent, or Satan, as the grand benefactor of mankind, for revealing to the m the knowledge of good and evil. But this doctrine they had just brought along with them from the Pagan world, from which they had come, or from the Mysteries, as they came to be received and celebrated in Rome. Though Teitan, in the days of Hesiod and in early Greece, was an “opprobrious name,” yet in Rome, in the days of the Empire and before, it had become the very reverse. “The splendid or glorious Teitan” was the way in which Teitan was spoken of at Rome. This was the title commonly given to the Sun, both as the orb of day and viewed as a divinity. Now, the reader has seen already that another form of the sun-divinity, or Teitan, at Rome, was the Epidaurian snake, worshipped under the name of “Aesculapius,” that is, “the man- instructing serpent.” * * Aish-shkul-ape, from Aish, “man”; shkul, “to instruct”; and Aphe, or Ape, “a serpent.” The Greek form of this name, Asklepios, signifies simply “the instructing snake,” and comes from A, “the,” skl, “to teach,” and hefi, “a snake,” the Chaldean words being thus modified in Egypt. The name Aselepios, however, is capable of another sense, as derived from Aaz, “strength,” and Khlep, “to renew”; and, therefore, in the exoteric doctrine, Aselepios was known simply as “the strength-restorer,” or the Healing God. But, as identified with the serpent, the true meaning of the name seems to be that which is first stated. Macrobius, giving an account of the mystic doctrine of the ancients, says that Aesculapius was that beneficent influence of the sun which pervaded the souls of men. Now the Serpent was the symbol of the enlightening sun. Fig. 59: The Serpent of AEsculapius, and the Fly-Destroying Swallow, the Symbol of Beel- zebub From Pompeii, vol. ii. p. 141 252 Here, then, in Rome was Teitan, or Satan, identified with the “serpent that taught mankind,” that opened their eyes (when, of course, they were blind), and gave them “the knowledge of good and evil.” In Pergamos, and in all Asia Minor, from which directly Rome derived its knowledge of the Mysteries, the case was the same. In Pergamos, especially, where pre-eminently “Satan’s seat was,” the sun-divinity, as is well known, was worshipped under the form of a serpent and under the name of Aesculapius, “the man- instructing serpent.” According to the fundamental doctrine of the Mysteries, as brought from Pergamos to Rome, the sun was the one only god. Teitan, or Satan, then, was thus recognised as the one only god; and of that only god, Tammuz or Janus, in his character as the Son, or the woman’s seed, was just an incarnation. Here, then, the grand secret of the Roman Empire is at last brought to light–viz., the real name of the tutelar divinity of Rome. That secret was most jealously guarded; insomuch that when Valerius Soranus, a man of the highest rank, and, as Cicero declares, “the most learned of the Romans,” had incautiously divulged it, he was remorselessly put to death for his revelation. Now, however, it stands plainly revealed. A symbolical representation of the worship of the Roman people, from Pompeii, strikingly confirms this deduction by evidence that appeals to the very senses. Let the reader cast his eyes on the woodcut herewith given (Fig. 59).We have seen already that it is admitted by the author of Pompeii, that the serpents in the under compartment are only another way of exhibiting the dark divinities represented in the upper compartment. Let the same principle be admitted here, and it follows that the swallows, or birds pursuing the flies, represent the same thing as the serpents do below. But the serpent, of which there is a double representation, is unquestionably the serpent of Aesculapius. The fly-destroying swallow, therefore, must represent the same divinity. Now, every one knows what was the name by which “the Lord of the fly,” or fly- destroying god of the Oriental world was called. It was Beel- zebub. This name, as signifying “Lord of the Fly,” to the profane meant only the power that destroyed the swarms of flies when these became, as they often did in hot countries, a source of torment to the people whom they invaded. But this name, as identified with the serpent, clearly reveals itself as one of the distinctive names of Satan. And how appropriate is this name, when its mystic or esoteric meaning is penetrated. What is the real meaning of this familiar name? Baal- zebub just means “The restless Lord,” * even that unhappy one who “goeth to and fro in the earth, and walketh up and down in it,” who “goeth through dry places seeking rest, and finding none.” From all this, the inference is unavoidable that Satan, in his own proper name, must have been the great god of their secret and mysterious worship, and this accounts for the extraordinary mystery observed on the subject. ** * See CLAVIS STOCKII, “Zebub,” where it is stated that the word zebub, as applied to the fly, comes from an Arabic root, which signifies to move from place to place, as flies do, without settling anywhere. Baal- zebub, therefore, in its secret meaning, signifies, “Lord of restless and unsettled motion.” ** I find Lactantius was led to the conclusion that the Aesculapian servant was the express symbol of Satan, for, giving an account of the bringing of the Epidaurian snake to Rome, he says: “Thither [i.e., to Rome] the Demoniarches [or Prince of the Devils] in his own proper shape, without disguise, was brought; for those who were sent on that business brought back with them a dragon of amazing size.” When, therefore, Gratian abolished the legal provision for the support of the fire-worship and serpent-worship of Rome, we see how exactly the Divine prediction was fulfilled (Rev 12:9) 253 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the DEVIL, and SATAN, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” * * The facts stated above cast a very singular light on a well known superstition among ourselves. Everybody has heard of St. Swithin’s day, on which, if it rain, the current belief is, that it will rain in uninterrupted succession for six weeks. And who or what was St. Swithin that his day should be connected with forty days’ uninterrupted rain? for six weeks is just the round number of weeks equivalent to forty days. It is evident, in the first place, that he was no Christian saint, though an Archbishop of Canterbury in the tenth century is said to have been called by his name. The patron saint of the forty days’ rain was just Tammuz or Odin, who was worshipped among our ancestors as the incarnation of Noah, in whose time it rained forty days and forty nights without intermission. Tammuz and St. Swithin, then, must have been one and the same. But, as in Egypt, and Rome, and Greece, and almost everywhere else, long before the Christian era, Tammuz had come to be recognised as an incarnation of the Devil, we need not be surprised to find that St. Swithin is no other than St. Satan. One of the current forms of the grand adversary’s name among the Pagans was just Sytan or Sythan. This name, as applied to the Evil Being, is found as far to the east as the kingdom of Siam. It had evidently been known to the Druids, and that in connection with the flood; for they say that it was the son of Seithin that, under the influence of drink, let in the sea over the country so as to overwhelm a large and populous district. (DAVIES, Druids) The Anglo-Saxons, when they received that name, in the very same way as they made Odin into Wodin, would naturally change Sythan into Swythan; and thus, in St. Swithin’s day and the superstition therewith connected, we have at once a striking proof of the wide extent of Devil- worship in the heathen world, and of the thorough acquaintance of our Pagan ancestors with the great Scriptural fact of the forty days’ incessant rain at the Deluge. If any one thinks it incredible that Satan should thus be canonised by the Papacy in the Dark Ages, let me call attention to the pregnant fact that, even in comparatively recent times, the Dragon–the Devil’s universally recognised symbol–was worshipped by the Romanists of Poictiers under the name of “the good St. Vermine”!! (Notes of the Society of the Antiquaries of France, SALVERTE) Now, as the Pagan Pontifex, to whose powers and prerogatives the Pope had served himself heir, was thus the High-priest of Satan, so, when the Pope entered into a league and alliance with that system of Devil- worship, and consented to occupy the very position of that Pontifex, and to bring all its abominations into the Church, as he has done, he necessarily became the Prime Minister of the Devil, and, of course, came as thoroughly under his power as ever the previous Pontiff had been. * * This gives a new and darker significance to the mystic Tau, or sign of the cross. At first it was the emblem of Tammuz, at last it became the emblem of Teitan, or Satan himself. 254 How exact the fulfilment of the Divine statement that the coming of the Man of Sin was to be “after the working or energy of Satan.” Here, then, is the grand conclusion to which we are compelled, both on historical and Scriptural grounds, to come: As the mystery of godliness is God manifest in the flesh, so the mystery of iniquity is–so far as such a thing is possible–the Devil incarnate. Conclusion I have now finished the task I proposed to myself. Even yet the evidence is not nearly exhausted; but, upon the evidence which has been adduced, I appeal to the reader if I have not proved every point which I engaged to demonstrate. Is there one, who has candidly considered the proof that has been led, that now doubts that Rome is the Apocalyptic Babylon? Is there one who will venture to deny that, from the foundation to the topmost stone, it is essentially a system of Paganism? What, then, is to be the practical conclusion from all this? 1. Let every Christian henceforth and for ever treat it as an outcast from the pale of Christianity. Instead of speaking of it as a Christian Church, let it be recognised and regarded as the Mystery of Iniquity, yea, as the very Synagogue of Satan. With such overwhelming evidence of its real character, it would be folly– it would be worse– it would be treachery to the cause of Christ–to stand merely on the defensive, to parley with its priests about the lawfulness of Protestant orders, the validity of Protestant sacraments, or the possibility of salvation apart from its communion. If Rome is now to be admitted to form a portion of the Church of Christ, where is the system of Paganism that has ever existed, or that now exists, that could not put in an equal claim? On what grounds could the worshippers of the original Madonna and child in the days of old be excluded “from the commonwealth of Israel,” or shown to be “strangers to the covenants of promise”? On what grounds could the worshippers of Vishnu at this day be put beyond the bounds of such wide catholicity? The ancient Babylonians held, the modern Hindoos still hold, clear and distinct traditions of the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement. Yet, who will venture to say that such nominal recognition of the cardinal articles of Divine revelation could relieve the character of either the one system or the other from the brand of the most deadly and God-dishonouring heathenism? And so also in regard to Rome. True, it nominally admits Christian terms and Christian names; but all that is apparently Christian in its system is more than neutralised by the malignant Paganism that it embodies. Grant that the bread the Papacy presents to its votaries can be proved to have been originally made of the finest of the wheat; but what then, if every particle of that bread is combined with prussic acid or strychnine? Can the excellence of the bread overcome the virus of the poison? Can there by anything but death, spiritual and eternal death, to those who continue to feed upon the poisoned food that it offers? Yes, here is the question, and let it be fairly faced. Can there be salvation in a communion in which it is declared to be a fundamental principle, that the Madonna is “our greatest hope; yea, the SOLE GROUND OF OUR HOPE”? * * The language of the late Pope Gregory, substantially endorsed by the present Pontiff. The time is come when charity to the perishing souls of men, hoodwinked by a Pagan priesthood, abusing the name of Christ, requires that the truth in this matter should be clearly, loudly, unflinchingly proclaimed. The beast and the image of the beast alike stand revealed in the face of all Christendom; and now the tremendous threatening of the Divine Word in regard to their 255 worship fully applies (Rev 14:9,10): “And the third angel followed them, saying, ‘If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, poured without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.’” These words are words of awful import; and woe to the man who is found finally under the guilt which they imply. These words, as has already been admitted by Elliott, contain a “chronological prophecy,” a prophecy not referring to the Dark Ages, but to a period not far distant from the consummation, when the Gospel should be widely diffused, and when bright light should be cast on the character and doom of the apostate Church of Rome (vv 6-8). They come, in the Divine chronology of events, immediately after an angel has proclaimed, “BABYLON IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN.” We have, as it were, with our own ears heard this predicted “Fall of Babylon” announced from the high places of Rome itself, when the seven hills of the “Eternal City” reverberated with the guns that proclaimed, not merely to the citizens of the Roman republic, but to the wide world, that “PAPACY HAD FALLEN, de facto and de jure, from the temporal throne of the Roman State.” * * The Apocalypse announces two falls of Babylon. The fall referred to above is evidently only the first. The prophecy clearly implies, that after the first fall it rises to a greater height than before; and therefore the necessity of the warning. Now, it is in the order of the prophecy, after this fall of Babylon, that this fearful threatening comes. Can there, then, be a doubt that this threatening specially and peculiarly applies to this very time? Never till now was the real nature of the Papacy fully revealed; never till now was the Image of the beast set up. Till the Image of the beast was erected, till the blasphemous decree of the Immaculate Conception was promulged, no such apostacy had taken place, even in Rome, no such guilt had been contracted, as now lies at the door of the great Babylon. This, then, is a subject of infinite importance to every one within the pale of the Church of Rome–to every one also who is looking, as so many at present are doing, towards the City of the Seven Hills. If any one can prove that the Pope does not assume all the prerogatives and bear substantially all the blasphemous titles of that Babylonian beast that “had the wound by a sword, and did live,” and if it can be shown that the Madonna, that has so recently with one consent been set up, is not in every essential respect the same as the Chaldean “Image” of the beast, they may indeed afford to despise the threatening contained in these words. But if neither the one nor the other can be proved (and I challenge the strictest scrutiny in regard to both), then every one within the pale of the Papacy may well tremble at such a threatening. Now, then, as never before, may the voice Divine, and that a voice of the tenderest love, be heard sounding from the Eternal throne to every adherent of the Mystic Babylon, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” 2. But if the guilt and danger of those who adhere to the Roman Church, believing it to be the only Church where salvation can be found, be so great, what must be the guilt of those who, with a Protestant profession, nevertheless uphold the doomed Babylon? The constitution of this land requires our Queen to swear, before the crown can be put upon her head, before she can take her seat on the throne, that “she believes” that the essential doctrines of Rome are “idolatrous.” All the Churches of Britain, endowed and unendowed, alike with one voice declare the very same. They all proclaim that the system of Rome is a system of blasphemous idolatry…And yet the members of these Churches can endow and uphold, with Protestant money, the schools, the colleges, the chaplains of that idolatrous system. If the guilt of Romanists, then, be great, the 256 guilt of Protestants who uphold such a system must be tenfold greater. That guilt has been greatly accumulating during the last three or four yeas. While the King of Italy, in the very States of the church–what but lately were the Pope’s own dominions–has been suppressing the monasteries (and in the space of two years no less than fifty- four were suppressed, and their property confiscated), the British Government has been acting on a policy the very reverse, has not only been conniving at the erection of monasteries, which are prohibited by the law of the land, but has actually been bestowing endowment on these illegal institutions under the name of Reformatories. It was only a short while ago, that it was stated, on authority of the Catholic Directory, that in the space of three years, fifty-two new converts were added to the monastic system of Great Britain, almost the very number that the Italians had confiscated, yet Christian men and Christian Churches look on with indifference. Now, if ever there was an excuse for thinking lightly of the guilt contracted by our national support of idolatry, that excuse will no longer avail. The God of Providence, in India, has been demonstrating that He is the God of Revelation. He has been proving, to an awe-struck world, by events that made every ear to tingle, that every word of wrath, written three thousand years ago against idolatry, is in as full force at this day as when He desolated the covenanted people of Israel for their idols, and sold them into the hands of their enemies. If men begin to see that it is a dangerous thing for professing Christians to uphold the Pagan idolatry of India, they must be blind indeed if they do not equally see that it must be as dangerous to uphold the Pagan idolatry of Rome. Wherein does the Paganism of Rome differ from that of Hindooism? Only in this, tha t the Roman Paganism is the more complete, more finished, more dangerous, more insidious Paganism of the two. I am afraid, that after all that has been said, not a few will revolt from the above comparative estimate of Popery and undisguised Paganism. Let me, therefore, fortify my opinion by the testimonies of two distinguished writers, well qualified to pronounce on this subject. They will, at least, show that I am not singular in the estimate which I have formed. The writers to whom I refer, are Sir George Sinclair of Ulbster, and Dr. Bonar of Kelso. Few men have studied the system of Rome more thoroughly than Sir George, and in his Letters to the Protestants of Scotland he has brought all the fertility of his genius, the curiosa felicitas of his style, and the stores of his highly cultivated mind, to bear upon the elucidation of his theme. Now, the testimony of Sir George is this: “Romanism is a refined system of Christianised heathenism, and chiefly differs from its prototype in being more treacherous, more cruel, more dangerous, more intolerant.” The mature opinion of Dr. Bonar is the very same, and that, too, expressed with the Cawnpore massacre particularly in view: “We are doing for Popery at home,” says he, “what we have done for idolaters abroad, and in the end the results will be the same; nay, worse; for Popish cruelty, and thirst for the blood of the innocent, have been the most savage and merciless that the earth has seen. Cawnpore, Delhi, and Bareilly, are but dust in comparison with the demoniacal brutalities perpetrated by the Inquisition, and by the armies of Popish fanaticism.” These are the words of truth and soberness, that no man acquainted with the history of modern Europe can dispute. There is great danger of their being overlooked at this moment. It will be a fatal error if they be. Let not the pregnant fact be overlooked, that, while the Apocalyptic history runs down to the consummation of all things, in that Divine foreshadowing all the other Paganisms of the world are in a manner cast into the shade by the Paganism of Papal Rome. It is against Babylon that sits on the seven hills that the saints are forewarned; it is for worshipping the beast and his image pre-eminently, that “the vials of the wrath of God, that liveth and abideth for ever,” are destined to be outpoured upon the nations. Now, if the voice of God has been heard in the late Indian calamities, the Protestantism of Britain will rouse itself to sweep away at once and for 257 ever all national support, alike from the idolatry of Hindoostan and the still more malignant idolatry of Rome. Then, indeed, there would be a lengthening of our tranquility, then there would be hope that Britain would be exalted, and that its power would rest on a firm and stable foundation. But if we will not “hear the voice, if we receive not correction, if we refuse to return,” if we persist in maintaining, at the national charge, “that image of jealousy provoking to jealousy,” then, after the repeated and ever INCREASING strokes that the justice of God has laid on us, we have every reason to fear that the calamities that have fallen so heavily upon our countrymen in India, may fall still more heavily upon ourselves, within our own borders at home; for it was when “the image of jealousy” was set up in Jerusalem by the elders of Judah, that the Lord said, “Therefore will I also deal in fury; mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” He who let loose the Sepoys, to whose idolatrous feelings and antisocial propensities we have pandered so much, to punish us for the guilty homage we had paid to their idolatry, can just as easily let loose the Papal Powers of Europe, to take vengeance upon us for our criminal fawning upon the Papacy. 3. But, further, if the views established in this work be correct, it is time that the Church of God were aroused. Are the witnesses still to be slain, and has the Image of the Beast only within the last year or two been set up, at whose instigation the bloody work is to be done? Is this, then, the time for indifference, for sloth, for lukewarmness in religion? Yet, alas! how few are they who are lifting up their voice like a trumpet, who are sounding the alarm in God’s holy mountain– who are bestirring themselves according to the greatness of the emergency–to gather the embattled hosts of the Lord to the coming conflict? The emissaries of Rome for years have been labouring unceasingly night and day, in season and out of season, in every conceivable way, to advance their Master’s cause, and largely have they succeeded. But “the children of light” have allowed themselves to be lulled into a fatal security; they have folded their hands; they have got to sleep as soundly as if Rome had actually disappeared from the face of the earth–as if Satan himself had been bound and cast into the bottomless pit, and the pit had shut its mouth upon him, to keep him fast for a thousand years. How long shall this state of things continue? Oh, Church of God, awake, awake! Open your eyes, and see if there be not dark and lowering clouds on the horizon that indicate an approaching tempest. Search the Scriptures for yourselves; compare them with the facts of history, and say, if there be not reason after all to suspect that there are sterner prospects before the saints than most seem to wot of. If it may turn out that the views opened up in these pages are Scriptural and well- founded, they are at least worthy of being made the subjects of earnest and prayerful inquiry. It never can tend to good to indulge an uninquiring and delusive feeling of safety, when, if they be true, the only safety is to be found in a timely knowledge of the danger and due preparation, by all activity, all zeal, all spirituality of mind, to meet it. On the supposition that peculiar dangers are at hand, and that God in His prophetic Word has revealed them, His goodness is manifest. He has made known the danger, that, being forewarned, we may be forearmed; that, knowing our own weakness, we may cast ourselves on His Almighty grace; that we may feel the necessity of a fresh baptism of the Holy Ghost; that the joy of the Lord being our strength, we may be thorough and decided for the Lord, and for the Lord alone, that we may work, every one in his own sphere, with increased energy and diligence, in the Lord’s vineyard, and save all the souls we can, while yet opportunity lasts, and the dark predicted night has not come, wherein no man can work. Though there be dark prospects before us, there is no room for despondency; no ground for any one to say that, with such prospects, effort is vain. The Lord can bless and prosper to His own glory, the efforts of those who truly 258 gird themselves to fight His battles in the most hopeless circumstances; and, at the very time when the enemy cometh in like a flood, He can, by His Spirit, lift up a standard against him. Nay, not only is this a possible thing, there is reason, from the prophetic word, to believe that so it shall actually be; that the last triumph of the Man of Sin shall not be achieved without a glorious struggle first, on the part of those who are leal- hearted to Zion’s King. But if we would really wish to do anything effectual in this warfare, it is indispensable that we know, and continually keep before our eyes, the stupendous character of that Mystery of Iniquity embodied in the Papacy that we have to grapple with. Popery boasts of being the “old religion”; and truly, from what we have seen, it appears that it is ancient indeed. It can trace its lineage far beyond the era of Christianity, back over 4000 years, to near the period of the Flood and the building of the Tower of Babel. During all that period its essential elements have been nearly the same, and these elements have a peculiar adaptation to the corruption of human nature. Most seem to think that Popery is a system merely to be scouted and laughed at; but the Spirit of God everywhere characterises it in quite a different way. Every statement in the Scripture shows that it was truly described when it was characterised as “Satan’s Masterpiece”–the perfection of his policy for deluding and ensnaring the world. It is not the state-craft of politicians, the wisdom of philosophers, or the resources of human science, that can cope with the wiles and subtle ties of the Papacy. Satan, who inspires it, has triumphed over all these again and again. Why, the very nations where the worship of the Queen of Heaven, with all its attendant abominations, has flourished most in all ages, have been precisely the most civilised, the most polished, the most distinguished for arts and sciences. Babylon, where it took its rise, was the cradle of astronomy. Egypt, that nursed it in its bosom, was the mother of all the arts; the Greek cities of Asia Minor, where it found a refuge when expelled from Chaldea, were famed for their poets and philosophers, among the former Homer himself being numbered; and the nations of the European Continent, where literature has long been cultivated, are now prostrate before it. Physical force, no doubt, is at present employed in its behalf; but the question arises, How comes it that this system, of all others, can so prevail as to get that physical force to obey its behests? No answer can be given but this, that Satan, the god of this world, exerts his highest power in its behalf. Physical force has not always been on the side of the Chaldean worship of the Queen of Heaven. Again and again has power been arrayed against it; but hitherto every obstacle it has surmounted, every difficulty it has overcome. Cyrus, Xerxes, and many of the Medo-Persian kings, banished its priests from Babylon, and laboured to root it out of their empire; but then it found a secure retreat in Pergamos, and “Satan’s seat” was erected there. The glory of Pergamos and the cities of Asia Minor departed; but the worship of the Queen of Heaven did not wane. It took a higher flight, and seated itself on the throne of Imperial Rome. That throne was subverted. The Arian Goths came burning with fury against the worshippers of the Vir gin Queen; but still that worship rose buoyant above all attempts to put it down, and the Arian Goths themselves were soon prostrate at the feet of the Babylonian goddess, seated in glory on the seven hills of Rome. In more modern times, the temporal powers of all the kingdoms of Europe have expelled the Jesuits, the chief promoters of this idolatrous worship, from their dominions. France, Spain, Portugal, Naples, Rome itself have all adopted the same measures, and yet what do we see at this hour? The same Jesuitism and the worship of the Virgin exalted above almost every throne on the Continent. When we look over the history of the last 4000 yeas, what a meaning in the words of inspiration, that “the coming of the Man of Sin” is with the energy, “the mighty power of Satan.” Now, is this the system that, year by year, has been rising into power in our own empire? And is it for a moment to be imagined that lukewarm, temporising, half- hearted Protestants can 259 make any head against such a system? No; the time is come when Gideon’s proclamation must be made throughout the camp of the Lord: “Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from Mount Gilead.” Of the old martyrs it is said, “They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” The same self-denying, the same determined spirit, is needed now as much as ever it was. Are there none who are prepared to stand up, and in that very spirit to gird themselves for the great conflict that must come, before Satan shall be bound and cast into his prison-house? Can any one believe that such an event can take place without a tremendous struggle–that “the god of this world” shall quietly consent to resign the power that for thousands of years he has wielded, without stirring up all his wrath, and putting forth all his energy and skill to prevent such a catastrophe. Who, then, is on the Lord’s side? If there be those who, within the last few years, have been revived and quickened–stirred up, not by mere human excitement, but by the Almighty grace of God’s Spirit, what is the gracious design of this? Is it merely that they themselves may be delivered from the wrath to come? No; it is that, zealous for the glory of their Lord, they may act the parts of true witnesses, contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, and maintain the honour of Christ in opposition to him who blasphemously usurps his prerogatives. If the servants of Antichrist are faithful to their master, and unwearied in promoting his cause, shall it be said that the servants of Christ are less faithful to theirs? If none else will bestir themselves, surely to the generous hearts of the young and rising ministry of Christ, in the kindness of their youth, and the love of their espousals, the appeal shall not be made in vain, when the appeal is made in the name of Him whom their souls love, that in this grand crisis of the Church and of the world, they should “come to the help of the Lord–the help of the Lord against the mighty,” that they should do what in them lies to strengthen the hands and encourage the hearts of those who are seeking to stem the tide of apostacy, and to resist the efforts of the men who are labouring with such zeal, and with so much of infatuated patronage on the part of “the powers that be,” to bring this land back again under the power of the Man of Sin. To take such a part, and steadily and perseveringly to pursue it, amid so much growing lukewarmness, it is indispensable that the servants of Christ set their faces as a flint. But if they have grace so to do, they shall not do so without a rich reward at last; and in time they have the firm and faithful promise that “as their day is, so shall their strength be.” For all who wish truly to perform their part as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, there is the strongest and richest encouragement. With the blood of Christ on the conscience, with the Spirit of Christ warm and working in the heart, with our Father’s name on our forehead, and our life, a well as our lips, consistently bearing s “testimony” for God, we shall be prepared for every event. But it is not common grace that will do for uncommon times. If there be indeed such prospects before us, as I have endeavoured to prove there are, then we must live, and feel, and act as if we heard every day resounding in our ears the words of the great Captain of our Salvation, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father on His throne. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Lastly, I appeal to every reader of this work, if it does not contain an argument for the divinity of the Scriptures, as well as an exposure of the impostures of Rome. Surely, if one thing more than another be proved in the previous pages, it is this, that the Bible is no cunningly devised fable, but that holy men of God of old spake and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. What can account for the marvellous unity in all the idolatrous systems of the world, but that the facts recorded in the early chapters of Genesis were real transactions, in which, as all mankind were involved, so all mankind have preserved in their various systems, distinct and undeniable 260 memorials of them, though those who have preserved them have long lost the true key to their meaning? What, too, but Omniscience could have foreseen that a system, such as that of the Papacy, could ever effect an entrance into the Christian Church, and practise and prosper as it has done? How could it ever have entered into the heart of John, the solitary exile of Patmos, to imagine, that any of the professed disciples of that Saviour whom he loved, and who said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” should gather up and systematise all the idolatry and superstition and immorality of the Babylon of Belshazzar, introduce it into the bosom of the Church, and, by help of it, seat themselves on the throne of the Caesars, and there, as the high-priests of the queen of Heaven, and gods upon earth, for 1200 years, rule the nations with a rod of iron? Human foresight could never have done this; but all this the exile of Patmos has done. His pen, then, must have been guided by Him who sees the end from the beginning, and who calleth the things that be not as though they were. And if the wisdom of God now shines forth so brightly from the Divine expression “Babylon the Great,” into which such an immensity of meaning has been condensed, ought not that to lead us the more to reverence and adore the same wisdom that is in reality stamped on every page of the inspired Word? Ought it not to lead us to say with the Psalmist, “Therefore, I esteem all Thy commandments concerning all things to be right”? The commandments of God, to our corrupt and perverse minds, may sometimes seem to be hard. They may require us to do what is painful, they may require us to forego what is pleasing to flesh and blood. But, whether we know the reason of these commandments or no, if we only know that they come from “the only wise God, our Saviour,” we may be sure that in the keeping of them there is great reward; we may go blindfold wherever the Word of God may lead us, and rest in the firm conviction that, in so doing, we are pursuing the very path of safety and peace. Human wisdom at the best is but a blind guide; human policy is a meter that dazzles and leads astray; and they who follow it walk in darkness, and know not whither they are going; but he “that walketh uprightly,” that walks by the rule of God’s infallible Word, will ever find that “he walketh surely,” and that whatever duty he has to perform, whatever danger he has to face, “great peace have all they that love God’s law, and nothing shall offend them.”