Writer provides useful insights into the mysterious Book of Revelation


Because of Israel’s rejection of the King of kings, the blessings they had received would turn into curses. Jerusalem had been “swept clean” by Christ’s ministry; now it would become “a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird” (Revelation 18:2). The entire generation became increasingly demon-possessed; their progressive national insanity is apparent as one reads through the New Testament, and its horrifying final stages are depicted in the pages of Josephus’ The Jewish War: the loss of all ability to reason, the frenzied mobs attacking one another, the deluded multitudes following after the most transparently false prophets, the crazed and desperate chase after food, the mass murders, executions, and suicides, the fathers slaughtering their own families and the mothers eating their own children. Satan and the host of hell simply swarmed throughout the land of Israel and consumed the apostates.

The vegetation of the earth is specifically exempted from the destruction caused by the “locusts.” This is a curse on disobedient men. Only the Christians are immune to the scorpion-like sting of the demons (cf. Mark 6:7; Luke 10:17-19; Acts 26:18); the unbaptized Israelites, who do not have “the seal of God on their foreheads” (cf. Revelation 7:3-8), are attacked and tormented by the demonic powers. And the immediate purpose God has in unleashing this curse is not death, but merely torment, as the nation of Israel is put through a series of demoniac convulsions. St. John repeats what he has told us in Revelation 6:16, that “in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death shall flee from them.” Jesus had specifically prophesied this longing for death among the final generation, the generation of Jews which crucified Him (Luke 23:27-30). As God had said long before: “He who sins against Me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate Me love death” (Proverbs 8:36).

The frightening description of the demon-locusts in Revelation 9:7-11 bears many similarities to the invading heathen armies mentioned in the prophets (Jeremiah 51:27; Joel 1:6; 2:4-10; cf. Leviticus 17:7 and 2 Chronicles 11:15, where the Hebrew word for demon is hairy one). This passage may also refer, in part, to the Satanic gangs of murderous Zealots that preyed on the citizens of Jerusalem, ransacking houses and committing murder and rape indiscriminately. Characteristically, these perverts dressed up as harlots in order to seduce unsuspecting men to their deaths.

One particularly interesting point about the description of the demon army is St. John’s statement that “the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.” That is the same sound made by the wings of the angels in the Glory-Cloud (Ezekiel 1:24; 3:13; 2 Kings 7:5-7); the difference here is that the noise is made by fallen angels,

St. John goes on to identify the king of the demons, the “angel of the Abyss,” giving his name in both Hebrew (Abaddon) and Greek (Apollyon) — one of many indications of the essentially Hebraic character of the Revelation. The words mean Destruction and Destroyer; “Abaddon” is used in the Old Testament for the realm of the dead, the “place of destruction” (Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Psalm 88:11; Proverbs 15:11; 27:20). St. John thus presents Satan as the very personification of death itself (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 2:14).

Clearly, for Satan’s entire host of destroyers to be let loose upon the Jewish nation was a hell on earth indeed. And yet St. John tells us that this outbreak of demons in the land is only “the first Woe.” Even greater horrors lie ahead.

Read more

Catholicism Influenced by Paganism … Or Not?

The nineteenth century witnessed a flowering of this “pagan influence fallacy.” Publications such as The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (the classic English text charging the Catholic Church with paganism) paved the way for generations of antagonism towards the Church. During this time, entire new sects were created (Seventh-Day Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses)—all considering traditional Catholicism and Protestantism as polluted by paganism. This era also saw atheistic “freethinkers” such as Robert Ingersoll writing books attacking Christianity and Judaism as pagan.

The pagan influence fallacy has not gone away in the twentieth century, but newer archaeology and more mature scholarship have diminished its influence. Yet there are still many committing it. In Protestant circles, numerous works have continued to popularize the claims of Alexander Hislop, most notably the comic books of Jack Chick and the book Babylon Mystery Religion by the young Ralph Woodrow (later Woodrow realized its flaws and wrote The Babylon Connection? repudiating it and refuting Hislop). Other Christian and quasi-Christian sects have continued to charge mainstream Christianity with paganism, and many atheists have continued to repeat—unquestioned—the charges of paganism leveled by their forebears.

Read more

Graphically View 5000 Years of European/Middle Eastern History in 90 Seconds

Visit the site

Who do you think the whore is in the Book of Revelation?

europascult.jpg

Q: Who do you think the whore is in the Book of Revelation? 

A: The original “woman riding the beast” is the pagan goddess Europa, for whom the continent of Europe was named.

You’ll find a statue of same gracing the front of the EU parliament building located in Brussels, Belgium today (see photo).

Plenty of hills, plenty of kings, plenty of scarlet, and plenty of whoring going around there, to this day.

As for the rest, and how everything might one day come together, your guess is as good as anyone’s … because so far … all have consistently guessed wrong.

Eisegesis can be considered to be the opposite of Exegesis

bibleenh.jpg

 

Here is a good definition of Eisegesis right from Scripture:


1Corinthians 4:6
“I have applied all this to myself and Apol’los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.” RSV

From a dictionary:


Eisegesis
(eye-si JEE-sis), An interpretation, especially of Scripture, that
expresses the interpreters own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the
true meaning of the text.

How many false charges made by non-Catholics, against the Catholic Church, can you now refute, by using 1Cor 4:6?


How about the ‘Whore of Babylon’  for one?

In case you have never heard of Eisegesis, it can be considered to be the opposite of Exegesis:

Exegesis: investigation and study of Sacred Scripture through tradition,
history, archaeology, and criticism to find the true meaning. The antonym
for exegesis is eisegesis which means reading into a text something that simply is not there.

Submitted by Bob Stanley

The historical basis, and the actual “roots” of the Roman Catholic Church.

pentecost1.jpg 

 

The historical basis and the actual “roots” of the Roman Catholic Church …

Many non-Catholics have the impression that the Catholic Church somehow sprang up from nowhere during the early part of the 4th century, shortly after the Roman Emperor Constantine experienced a vision, leading him to officially legalize Christianity in the Empire, for the very first time.

Still others (some officially, according to the stated beliefs of the leaders of their particular denomination) continue to claim that the Catholic Church is the “Whore of Babylon” or “the Woman Riding the Beast” in the Book of Revelation (or as Catholics know it, The Apocalypse of St. John).

By the middle of the 19th century, some other Christian groups developed the entirely new idea that the Catholic Church had somehow been “paganized” and so could no longer be the authentic Church that Jesus personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.

And while such beliefs might be convenient for those attempting to minimize or deny the uniquely divine authority of the Roman Catholic Church, the truth of the matter is quite different.

All the rhetoric aside, Jesus made certain promises to the Church that he established and paid for with his own blood, and those promises are absolute and irrevocable.

If Jesus is God, and Jesus always keeps his word, than there is absolutely no way that the only Church he ever authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed could EVER fail.

Mat 16:15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Joh 14:14 If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.
Joh 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:16 And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever:
Joh 14:17 The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him. But you shall know him; because he shall abide with you and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.

History is also clear.

The Church that was born in Jerusalem on Pentecost is the very same Church that St. Peter established in Rome, about 42 AD (a pretty gutsy thing to do, considering what the Romans did to Jesus, just a few short years before).

The Roman Church overcame more than 200 years of brutal and almost continuous persecution, which culminated in the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine, the conversion of the Roman Empire itself, and then, the conversion of most of the known world.

This clearly shows the power of God at work in the world. It clearly shows God’s enemies being made his footstool. It clearly shows the Church … the visible Kingdom of God on the earth … reaching out to save uncounted millions of souls … and literally saving the world, in the process.

In the Book of Revelation … if either Jesus or St. John KNEW that the Church would fail, why didn’t they just say so?

And finally, St. John, the last living original apostle on earth, had many disciples.

One of the best known was St. Ignatius, who was martyred in 107 AD, who learned at the side of St. John, and who would have been as knowledgeable about the authentic meaning of the Book of Revelation as anyone.

Right up to the very moment of his death, Ignatius never failed to urge anything other than full and faithful participation in the Church that he loved, that he gave his life for, and that he referred to (in writing) by the name of … “Catholic”.

And then there is the simple fact that after some 2000 years, the Catholic Church still exists … fully formed … constituted precisely as Jesus set it up … the world’s most enduring government of ANY kind … still saving souls … still a light to the nations … still giving honor, correct praise, and acceptable worship to God alone, 24/7 and 365, every hour of every day, all around the world.

Would Jesus have lied about his Church?

Would Jesus have permitted St. Ignatius to die for a lie?

Would God have permitted every apostle, save one … along with St. Stephen and all the early martyrs … to die for a Church that would soon, SECRETLY fail and lead the whole world astray … in spite of Jesus’ express promises, and in spite of the ever present advocacy, guidance, and POWER of the Holy Spirit?

If so, I suggest that all Christians everywhere … Catholics and otherwise … have much to be concerned about … for then, salvation would be only an illusion … and the devil has already won.

My “money” remains on Jesus … and on the one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic Church that he founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

God ALWAYS keeps his promises, and his promises are clear … while the idle speculation of men has always been futile and foolish … especially when their self-serving, late day “faith” traditions make Jesus out to be a powerless liar!