AND THE STATE
February 10, 2000
by: S.R. Shearer
We begin today a new series of articles dealing with our growing proximity
to the "end of the age." WE ARE A LOT CLOSER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK,
and if we are not careful, the same trap that caught the Jews of Germany
will catch us. In the Antipas Papers, I wrote:
"As evangelicals, we say that we believe we are living in the "Last
Days," but we live as though they will never come - as if ignoring
it all will make it go away and give us time to relax and enjoy the
"Good Life" that we - as citizens of the richest and most powerful
nation on earth - think accrues to us as a result of 'divine right'.
"Of course, insofar as God is concerned, it doesnt really matter
what we think. His plans do not exist for our convenience - they will
come to pass whether we approve of them or not. In the long run, it
only matters to us - AND TIME FOR RECOGNIZING THIS FACT IS RUNNING
OUT! To continue to ignore Gods Word with regard to the
"end of days" is as stupid as what the Jews did with regard to Hitler
on the eve of the Second World War. L.S. Dawidowics, a Jewish writer,
in her authoritative account of the Holocaust, War Against the
'The Jews, whose dazzling success in business blinded them to the
encroaching blackness of National Socialism (Nazism), were caught
unaware by the onslaught of Hitler. The model German Jew was
metropolitan, a businessman or professional, (moderate) ... in his
practice of Judaism ... (and) in his politics, with a more passionate
attachment to Germany than to his Jewishness (a fact which strangely
parallels the seemingly stronger attachment of American Christians
to America than to their own Christianity - editor). Most German
Jews regarded Zionism (the longing of certain Jews to return to
their ancient homeland) as an alien doctrine; the son who left Judaism
for Communism was less likely to be rejected than the one who chose
THAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY!!- especially as it pertains to
us in these "last days." MONEY HOLDS US BACK! Just as
it did with the Jews, MONEY HAMPERS US FROM EMBRACING THE
RADICALISM SO NECESSARY TO THE EMERGENCY THAT
PRESENTLY CONFRONTS US. That's why we have spent so much
time recently on the subject of money. God deliver all
of us from its deceptive power.
The truth is, the real danger - indeed, the MASSIVE peril -
that wealth presents to the believer lies not so much in the
danger that one will immediately descend into sin, as it does
in the fact that IT RENDERS ONE'S CHRISTIAN LIFE HALF-HEARTED;
causing it to be nothing more than a series of little compromises
between Mammon and God; a life that is neither cold nor hot
- just lukewarm; a world in which one is never sure he is serving
God or Mammon; a hybrid world which is made up of a little of
both. It's, therefore, not without reason that Jesus warned
His disciples against the "deceitfulness of riches:"
"He ... that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the
word; ... (but) the ...DECEITFULNESS OF RICHESchoke the word,
and he becometh UNFRUITFUL." (Matt. 13:22)
To be half-hearted is, of course, the last thing we can afford to be
as the "end of the age" draws advances on us. This is a time that demands
extreme measures; there is no room now for luke-warm responses; no room
for moderate solutions and temperate action. The time for that is gone!
To embrace moderation when you are stuck in a car on a track with a
locomotive bearing down on you is foolish in the extreme. RADICALISM
is surely right at that point - abandoning your car, even if it is an
uninsured $65,000 SUV with $250,000 in cash in the trunk (all destined
to be burned up in any kind of crash) is surely appropriate. To hesitate
then in order to save the car and the cash will cost you your life.
TWO GREAT TRENDS AS THE "END
OF THE AGE" DRAWS NEAR
The Bible speaks of two great trends as the "end of the age" draws
near: first, that Jerusalem will become a "cup of trembling" and a "burdensome
stone" for all people on the earth (and this is precisely what is happening
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the
people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against
Judah and against Jerusalem.
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all
people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces,
though all the people of the earth be gathered together against
it." (Zech. 12:2-3)
And second, the church will be apostatized and "marry" the state (and
this too is exactly what is occurring now - indeed, the process is already
far advanced); the Bible speaks of this phenomenon as a woman (i.e.,
the church) riding a beast (i.e., the state):
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw
a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,
having seven heads and ten horns. (Rev. 17:3)
In the coming weeks, we will be dealing with both these topics - i.e.,
(1) Jerusalem and (2) the marriage of the church with the state. It
is our hope that as you study this material, you will begin to appreciate
how really close we are to the end and will - as a result - start to
make the needed changes in you life necessary to get you through the
time to come. Remember what prophecy is all about. Prophecy is like
a road sign saying: "Slow down, sharp right hand turn ahead!" But if
we fail to heed the sign, if we fail to slow down BEFORE we get
to the turn and see it physically with our eyes, it will be too late
to brake when we finally see the curve, and we will surely slide off
the road and crash.
Like a road sign, prophecy tells us things BEFORE they happen
so that we can take action BEFORE events catch up with us. If
we wait until they finally overtake us, it will be too late to do
anything - we will crash! Watch, therefore, for the "signs of the
times," and dont wait to take action. YOU MAY WAIT TOO LONG!
"... When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the
sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for
the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face
of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
And Paul warns us,
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake
you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children
of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let
us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober." (I Thess.
THE MARRIAGE OF THE CHURCH WITH THE STATE
We have already dealt at some length with regard to Jerusalem in the
series articles that preceded our series on money, and while there is
much left here to discuss, we will turn our attention for the moment
to the matter of the church and the state, and we will begin by reviewing
what the Antipas Papers has to say with regard to this subject.
Please take the time to study this material in depth; it will form the
basis for the articles that will come.
FROM THE ANTIPAS PAPERS
[Old version of the Antipas Papers
- CHAPTER XV]
Every so-called "Christian" in "Western Christendom" has historically
had two loyalties: one to the "spiritual" church and one to the "temporal"
state, i.e., those twin powers of Regnum and Sacerdotium
that govern the lives of "Western Man" - most especially in the Middle
Ages, but also - more than secularists would care to admit - even today.
To the caesars of the state must be rendered certain honors, and to
the church of God other honors must be rendered.
Hildebrand [Gregory VII (pope from 1073 to 1085)] put it this way:
"... the spiritual (i.e., churchly) and temporal (i.e., civil) powers
are entrusted to two different orders, each drawing its authority
from God, each supreme in its own sphere, and independent, within
its own sphere, of the other ... the king is subject to the bishop
in spiritual matters, the bishop is to the king in temporal matters.
"This doctrine became known as the "Doctrine of the Two Swords"
(i.e., the "temporal sword" and the "spiritual sword").
Ultimately, however, the spiritual power was held to be supreme.
The church insisted that there could be no end to the validity of God's
law, and where conflict arose between the power of the state over and
against the power of the church, the state must give way. Why? - because
the church held that spiritual laws were fixed and immutable, and as
"All customs and all written laws (i.e., all man-made laws
and customs) which were adverse to natural (i.e., spiritual)
law were to be accounted null and void."
There was to be no gainsaying the voice of the church: Si
Roma locuta sit, cause finita sit. Secularists tend to believe
that such thinking is dead and gone - but for them to think
so is very naive. Indeed, most sincere Christians - even today
- if given the choice between obeying the "Law of God" as opposed
to the "Law of Man" (i.e., the state) would not hesitate to
choose the "Law of God." One has only to look at the Culture
War which is raging in the United States for confirmation of
this fact - especially insofar as it pertains to abortion and
Secularists are making a big mistake in underestimating the power of
the "spiritual sword" - i.e., the primacy of "God's Law" over and against
"Man's Law" in most people today - in doing so, they may be digging
their own graves in the ever intensifying Culture War. There is,
of course, nothing Biblical about this kind of thinking; indeed,
it is precisely this kind of reasoning that will lead to the disaster
of the "end of days." And it is exactly this relationship between the
state (Regnum) and the church (Sacerdotium) that the Bible
portrays as A WOMAN RIDING A BEAST!
As we have previously indicated - and as Dwight Pentecost of Dallas
Theological Seminary has already suggested - the various verses in the
Bible which refer to Babylon make it plain that the Scripture has in
view something more than just a commercial and political reality; there
is also a religious reality in view. Pentecost writes:
"... (in the end of days) we see the whole stage (i.e., the world)
filled with two personalities only: a Beast and a Woman
The Beast answers to the civil authority; the woman answers to the
religious authority - and the picture given in the Revelation suggests
the union of these two powers in the "latter days" - a condition of
things not unlike whats happening today in the Islamic world -
only here the picture depicts the Christian world, and the "players"
are not the mosque and the state, but the church and the state! And
be clear here, were not talking about some strange "New Age" religion,
but one which is clearly characterized as "Christian" (an apostatized
form of Christianity, no doubt, but "Christian" as the world counts
"Christian," nonetheless) - and to this, most evangelicals - from Barnhouse,
to Gaebelein, from Chafer to Pentecost, from Ironside to Ryrie - agree.
Somehow or other - most likely as the result of what Professor Samuel
Huntington of Harvard has labeled "Civilization Warfare" ["Ethnos
shall rise against ethnos" (Matt. 24:7)] - the Christian world
(i.e., the West) will be profoundly radicalized much in the same way
the Islamic world is presently being radicalized - and indeed, it appears
that the process has already started in the rise of the radical "Christian-right"
parties in Europe and the Religious Right in the United States).
Specifically, the Bible says:
"So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I
saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy,
having seven heads and ten horns.
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked
with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in
her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE
GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
"And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and
with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered
with great admiration.
"And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will
tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth
her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out
of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell
on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book
of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast
that was, and is not, and yet is.
"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven
mountains, on which the woman sitteth." (Rev. 17:3-9)
THE TWOFOLD NATURE OF BABYLON THE GREAT
That TWO Babylons are spoken of here is evident from the fact
that when (i.e., the Woman) is destroyed shortly after the Abomination
of Desolation, she is destroyed because of the jealousy and
hatred of the Ten Kings and the Beast (Revelation 17:6); but
when Commercial Babylon (i.e., the Beast) is destroyed, these
same kings, together with the business leaders of the world,
are sorrowful and mourn her destruction [see Revelation 18].
As to the identity of Religious Babylon, she is without a doubt the
false Super-Church of the "last days" which will lend to Commercial
Babylon and the Antichrist the religious legitimacy that they require
in their headlong pursuit of world domination.
Many people - especially those who have grown up in this country during
the last twenty or thirty years and who are thus accustomed to thinking
that civil power can be separated from religious power - are puzzled
as to why the Bible speaks of two Babylons in the "Latter Days" - one
a religious entity and the other a civil entity. They seem genuinely
bewildered by the picture the Bible uses to portray their relationship
one with the other - a woman (the religious entity) riding a beast (the
civil entity). Why, they ask, does the civil power (the beast) have
need of the religious power (the woman)?
The fact of the matter is, however, there is a fundamental mutual interdependence
between religion and politics, and todays multicultural and secular
elites have been making a grave mistake in believing otherwise. Why?
- because civil power, in the end, must be legitimized, and an appeal
to the fickle and even capricious "democratic will of the majority"
- while adequate enough during periods of cultural and economic stability
- often fails to ensure that same stability during periods of turmoil
Religion gives sanction to obedience on the part of ordinary people,
and it legitimizes the exercise of power on the part of rulers. For
this reason, religion has historically been impressed into all of societys
experiences and actions - from simple family chores to the corporate
activities of the state. The fact is, in most societies religion has
been a state obligation and responsibility. It has manifested the very
essence of the state itself - so much so that there has rarely been
any question, at least at the popular level, concerning the vital link
between the practice of religion and the health of the state. To most
societies it has seemed self-evident that all authority emanated from
the divine because from no where else could the certitude so necessary
to social order be derived. The result of religion has been to put men
and women in right relation to their society. It has assured the order
and certainty so necessary to the stability of most social structures.
The proposition that the state could be separated from a religious undergirding
- embodied in the concept of "separation of church and state" - represents
relatively new political thinking.
THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN
RELIGION AND THE STATE
Even today it may be somewhat premature to speak of true "secular societies"
when talking about the more modern societies of the Western World. The
fact is, they may not be so secular after all. There exists the very
real and somewhat sobering possibility that the so-called "secular states"
of the Western World are much more religious than many care to admit.
Todays "secular state" may resemble nothing so much as a devout
priest stripped of his clerical frock and dressed up as a modern businessman
- but a priest nonetheless. It isnt necessarily the clerical garb
that makes the priest, as it is his inner disposition of mind. One may
strip a man of his garments and alter his outward appearance, but it
is a far more difficult task to strip him of the way he thinks and to
alter his inner most being.
If, on a broader scale, one compares the priestly garb to the outward
trappings of a societys religion, and the inner disposition of
mind to the societys culture, then one can begin to appreciate
the relationship between religion and culture. While it is true that
most western societies have been stripped of their religious trappings,
it is a far different thing to believe this has really affected the
"core dependence" of the societys culture on principles which
can - in the end - only be fixed by religion or by an "appeal to the
Governing elites and "politically correct" academicians in this country
may have been making a very grave mistake in over estimating our societys
freedom from a fundamental dependence on a religiously based ethical
Society organizes itself around culture. Culture sets the parameters
of the society. It determines what is "right" and what is "wrong." It
provides the underlying assumptions upon which society is based. But
what a culture determines to be "right" or "wrong" must be anchored
by something. For example, who is to say whether abortion is "right"
or "wrong?" or whether homosexuality is acceptable behavior? or whether
divorce should be condoned or not? or whether the society should be
organized as a patriarchy? or maybe as a matriarchy? One may assert
that he "feels" homosexuality is wrong; that abortion is murder; and
that men should be the head of the family. But thats not enough.
Others may "feel" the exact opposite. And an appeal to philosophy to
end the argument is more often than not futile. Philosophical or ethical
speculation in the absence of some kind of an anchor has normally proven
useless for such purposes. Indeed, all it seems to accomplish is to
further erode fixity and stability, the essential ingredients of the
bonds of social existence. In the absence of an acceptable anchor, philosophical
and ethical speculation exists in a state of perpetual agitation. Should
the agitation continue unchecked, it may lead to the ultimate contempt
of all authority.
Moreover, history is full of situations where even an appeal to the
"will of the majority" has not sufficed to establish cultural parameters.
It didnt suffice a century ago with regard to the question of
slavery - where, contrary to popular belief, a majority of people, both
north and south, saw the question of slavery not worth fighting over.
Neither did it suffice to quell the controversy over "prohibition."
And it does not seem to suffice today over the question of abortion.
In all these instances, the turmoil was (is) kept boiling by a small
minority driven largely by a religious absolutism which was (is) obsessed
with its own righteousness.
Religious absolutism has, over the long run, a dogged and persistent
way of carrying the day, of ultimately triumphing over people and ideas
which are less solidly based. Iran, Algeria and the Sudan are only the
latest in a long list of societies which have succumbed or are in the
process of succumbing to religious absolutism - especially in this time
of cultural disorder and confusion.
Too often, academicians have shoved religion aside, deeming it not
fit for serious study. But what they have perhaps failed to recognize
is the central - indeed, pivotal - role that religion plays in setting
up a cultures parameters, of fixing its boundaries. In the end,
one finds more often than not that it is religion upon which the cultural
norms of a society are ultimately based, either explicitly as in the
case of Iran, or implicitly as in the case of most of the nations of
the Western World. All great societies - especially those which are
expansive - must claim their legitimacy originates from a divine mandate.
The cost of expansion is too terrible and heavy a load for average people
to bear unless they can somehow be made to believe that "God is on our
Side" - Gott mit uns - and that they are acting under a divine
CHRISTIANITY: CHANGING THE MOLD
Historically, then, the main function of religion has been to legitimize
state authority - and this has been as true in Western societies as
it is true in Islamic societies and the societies of Asia, India, Latin
America and Africa.
But this is where Christianity - at least Biblical Christianity - has
differed from all other religions of the world. All the early Christian
literature attests to the fact that primitive Christianity had as its
object the establishment of a heavenly kingdom - one of the heart, not
one which was based on brute force; after all, what could worldly politicos
do with a religion whose Author spoke of authority in terms of servitude:
"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over
them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
"But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minister (servant);
"And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your slave:
"Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Matt. 20:25-28)
And this is all that Christ and Christianity offered. The "New Testament"
speaks of no "earthly state;" it has no earthly ambitions.
Unfortunately for Western leaders, after Constantines acceptance
of Christianity (312 A.D.), Christianity was the only religion the rulers
of the West had to work with. The people had made it so. The ethical
force and power of Christianity coupled with the withering force of
Greek philosophy had reduced the hold of paganism on the peoples
imagination to the point where paganism proved insufficient a force
to any longer undergird state power and authority.
The problem then became how to reorient Christianity away from its
primitive objective - the establishment of a heavenly kingdom - and
replace the heavenly and spiritual calling of the church with the worldly
goal of establishing Gods kingdom on the earth; then to use this
"apostatized" form of Christianity to undergird Western political power.
The church was reduced in this process to a mere tool in the hands of
men who cared little or nothing for its true spiritual and heavenly
message. Their only interest was in earthly power and their care for
the church extended only as far as the ability of the church to secure
that power. The tool these men used to transform the church was Roman
ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND STATE POWER
The touchstone of Roman Catholicism was (and still is) the integration
of the church with the Roman state - the Western World. This is the
antithesis to all that the church was meant to be - a heavenly reality,
not something of the earth, and most especially, not something of Imperial
Rome; indeed, the Bible - as we have already indicated - is very plain
on this matter:
"My kingdom [reign (basileia)] is not of this world (Kosmos):
if my kingdom were of this world (Kosmos), then would my servants
fight ... but ... my kingdom (is) not from hence." (John 18:36)
And the Apostle John warns,
"The whole world (Kosmos) lieth in the evil one." (I John
"Do not love the world, or anything in the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in
the world ... comes not from the Father ..." (I John 2:15-16)
Satan is the great KOSMOKRATER (world-ruler) of this earth,
and he has directed all his strength and ingenuity into causing it to
flourish. To what end? - to capture mans allegiance and draw him
to himself. He has one object: to establish his own dominion in human
The Bible teaches that the world is under Satans control, and
he is its ruler. But many Christians - especially those who are being
drawn into the effort to save the nation for "Christ and the church"
- apparently have an extremely difficult time in understanding this.
They seem unable to fathom exactly who really is in charge here. True,
they will acknowledge that Satan has an "influence" in the world and
among the nations, but that is all that they will ever ascribe to him
- influence, not control. But that is not what the Bible says; the Word
of God clearly states that Satan CONTROLS the world. Satan controls
the entire world:
"And the devil, taking him (i.e., Christ) up into an high mountain,
shewed unto him ALL the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
"And the devil said unto him ... (ALL THIS) IS DELIVERED UNTO
ME AND TO WHOMEVER I WILL GIVE IT." (Luke 4:5-6)
The church is to have nothing to do with the world. Why? - because
it belongs to Satan; therefore, it is beyond remedy; there is nothing
that can be done to "reform" it - it is fit only for judgment. In Chapter
II of the Antipas Papers we used the parable of a ship to explain
what apostasy is, but the Scriptures use a much harsher parable: they
compare apostasy to harlotry. Why? - because as Christians we have been
espoused to Christ and are no longer to consider ourselves citizens
of this world, but rather we are now subjects of a heavenly kingdom
"... which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God" (Heb.
As we indicated in Chapter 2, we are now to think of ourselves as "pilgrims
and strangers" to this world - to its politics and all such things;
we are to have none of it - it no longer is of concern to us. Once it
was of great and legitimate concern to us, but no longer, for we have
been translated from this world to the kingdom of Gods dear Son.
"... for people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking
(another) homeland ... that is a HEAVENLY one. Therefore,
God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for
them a city (another country - a HEAVENLY one)." [Heb. 11:13-16]
And again, Paul writes:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the HEAVENLY PLACES
in Christ ... In (Whom) ... we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His
grace, in (Whom) ... we have obtained an inheritance, having been
predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the
counsel of His will ... I pray that the eyes of your heart may be
enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead,
and seated Him at His right hand in the HEAVENLY PLACES, far
above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.
And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as
head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness
of Him who fills all in all." (Eph. 1:3, 7, 11, 18, 19-23)
Where is our inheritance, then? - clearly, its in the heavens
with Christ Jesus our Lord.
THE CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF "END TIMES"
So - again - what is apostasy? It is the turning back of Christians
from faith in the heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ to the worldly kingdom
from which we came. And more - and at its subtle best - it is the seeking
of Christians to advance the Kingdom of Christ through worldly means.
How far and to what extent the development of this synthesis has proceeded
in the Catholic world (and in those Protestant bodies which have embraced
post-millennialism) can best be seen in a study of Catholic eschatology
(doctrine of "end times") - because eschatology is the summation of
a faiths theology: it defines the goals of that theology, what
it is ultimately aiming at.
Catholic eschatology points unwaveringly to an earthly kingdom; there
is little hint as to anything "heavenly" in its doctrine of "end times."
Its aims are totally directed at earthly domination. And the twists
and turns of this eschatology are mind boggling, especially in its manifestation
as it relates to the re-unification of the Western World under Vatican
The Catholic tradition of "end times" pictures an era filled with great
war and turmoil which will lead finally to the emergence of two breathtaking
and towering personalities: (1) the "Great Monarch" (or "King
of the West"), and (2) the "Angelic Pastor."
The "Great Monarch" will emerge out of the wars and revolutions of
the "end times," assuming control over the Roman World (Western Civilization),
eventually triumphing over the forces of the "godless East," and finally
seizing control of the entire world. Under his rule, mankind will enjoy
a great worldwide peace.
During this time, there will reign on the Throne of Peter a saintly
pope who will be known as the "Angelic Pastor." The "Angelic Pastor"
will assist the "Great Monarch" in the destruction of Protestantism,
Islam, and Jewry, and the conversion of the entire world to the Catholic
CATHOLIC "PROPHETIC UTTERANCES" AS TO THE
GREAT MONARCH & THE ANGELIC PASTOR
The prophecies of the "Great Monarch" (or "King of the West") and the
"Angelic Pastor" find their origin in Catholic "prophetic utterances"
dating from Hippolytus (died 235) to the present. The following are
examples of but a few of these "utterances:"
(1) Hippolytus: "The Great Monarch who shall subject all the
east, shall come around the end of the world."
(2) Caesar of Arles (469-543): "The Great Monarch shall extend
his dominion over the entire earth. At the same time there will
be a great Pope (the Angelic Pastor), who will be most eminent in
sanctity and most perfect in every quality. This Pope shall have
with him the Great Monarch ... This Great Monarch will assist the
Pope in the reformation of the whole earth."
(3) Chronicles of Magdeburg (12th Century): "There shall arise
an emperor (the Great Monarch) ... who shall rule ... and by whom
the decayed estate of the church shall be reformed and the ancient
glory of the empire (the Roman) restored."
(4) Abbot Joachim (died, 1202): "After many prolonged sufferings
endured by Christians, and after a too great effusion of innocent
blood ... a remarkable pope will be seated on the pontifical throne,
under the special protection of the angels. Holy and full of gentleness,
he shall undo all wrong ... and recover the kingdom of Jerusalem
... In order to obtain these happy results, having need of a powerful
assistance, this holy Pontiff will ask the cooperation of the King
of the West (the Great Monarch)."
(5) Holzhauser (died, 1658): "When everything has been ruined
by war, when Catholics are hard pressed by traitorous co-religionists
and heretics ... then the hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous
change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding.
There will rise a valiant monarch (the Great Monarch) anointed by
God. He will rule supreme in temporal (i.e., in civil) matters.
The Pope will rule supreme in spiritual matters at the same time.
Persecution will cease and justice shall reign. He will root out
false doctrines and destroy the rule of Moslemism. His dominions
will extend from the east to the west. All nations will adore God
their Lord according to Catholic teaching. The reign of the Great
Monarch may be compared with that of Caesar Augustus, who became
emperor after his victory over his enemies, thereby giving peace
to the world - also with the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great,
who was sent by God, after sever persecutions, to deliver both the
church and state. By his victories on water and land, he brought
the Roman Empire under subjugation, which he then ruled in peace
... The Great Monarch will have the special help of God and be unconquerable."
[AND HERE IS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT - TO THOSE EVANGELICALS
WHO HAVE AT LEAST A MODICUM OF KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THE "END OF DAYS"
- THEY SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES WHETHER OR NOT THE "GREAT MONARCH" AND
THE "ANGELIC PASTOR" DO NOT BEAR A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE TO THE BIBLICAL
PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE ANTICHRIST AND THE FALSE PROPHET!]
The battle, then, which the Catholic faith pictures for the church
is not one which is waged against "principalities and powers in heavenly
places" (Eph. 6:12), but one which is totally earthly and is carried
on by means of the arms of the flesh. Its a battle for the earth,
not the heavens.
ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND REVELATION 17:
THE WOMAN RIDES A BEAST
Of course, such a plunge into the immoral and debauched affairs of
this world could not help but leave its smell on Roman Catholicism,
and it was against this stench, which had over the centuries attached
itself to the "Church of Rome," that the Protestant Reformers revolted
during the Reformation; to a person, they found little difficulty in
identifying the woman on the beast in Revelation 17 as the Church of
Rome. Indeed, as late as the early Twentieth Century, the Rev. Alexander
Hislop of England found little trouble in receiving widespread acceptance
for his book, The Two Babylons, in which he wrote:
"There never has been any difficulty in the mind of any enlightened
Protestant in identifying the woman (of Revelation 17) sitting
on seven mountains, and having on her forehead the name written,
Mystery, Babylon the Great, with Roman apostasy. No other
city in the world has ever been celebrated, as the city of Rome has,
for its situation on seven hills ... To call Rome the city of
seven hills was by its citizens held to be as descriptive as
to call it by its own proper name. Hence Horace speaks of it by reference
to its seven hills alone, when he addresses, Thy gods who have
set their affections on the seven hills. Martial, in like manner,
speaks of ... the seven dominating mountains ... Now while
this characteristic of Rome has ever been well marked and defined,
it has always been easy to show, that the church which has its seat
and headquarters on the seven hills of Rome might most appropriately
be called Babylon, inasmuch as it is the chief seat of
idolatry under the New Testament, as the ancient Babylon was the chief
seat of idolatry under the Old."
Most evangelicals today would consider such a statement extreme. But
until the latter half of this century, such thinking was considered
well within the evangelical mainstream. The fact is, Hislops view
here is the historic position of the Protestant / evangelical church:
it was the view held by Luther, Zwingle, Huss, Calvin, Whitefield, Finney,
Mueller, Moody, Ironside, Barnhouse, Gaebelein, Torrey, Warfield, Pentecost,
Walvoord, etc., etc., etc. (for instance, Barnhouse, Ironside, and Gaebelein
specifically endorsed the above passage) - and if there has in recent
years been a softening of the evangelical / Protestant attitude towards
the Catholic Church, it certainly hasnt been because the Catholic
Church itself has changed - its evangelicals who have changed!
The fact that many of the leaders of todays evangelical church
- people like the late John Wimber, Paul and Jan Crouch, and even Chuck
Swindall, the current president of Dallas Theological Seminary - find
it difficult to continue in the vein of their Protestant and evangelical
forefathers insofar as their attitude toward Catholicism is concerned
only indicates the kind of craven duplicity that some of ourpresent-day
leaders are engaged in - hypocrites who present themselves as evange
licals and as the heirs of our evangelical faith, and who cavalierly
trade upon the godly reputation of yesterdays evangelicalism,
while all the while denying the very doctrines which empowered that
church and made it what it was; it may be an indication of how close
to the end we really are.
But it isnt as if "old-line" evangelicals (men like Barnhouse,
Gaebelein, Ironside, etc.) had not anticipated such a change. Most of
them - if they were alive today - would have had little trouble in believing
that the reference to the "whore" of Revelation 17 as "the mother of
harlots" [Rev. 17:5] was a clear reference to these so-called "new-evangelicals"
- men like Gary DeMar, Ed McAteer, James Kennedy, Ray Sutton, Duane
Gish, Pat Robertson, Morris Cerullo, etc. - who seem to be hell bent
on racing one another to embrace Roman Catholicism as a "sister church,"
especially as the exigencies of political warfare press themselves ever
more heavily on them as they jam forward with their program to "take
the nation back for Christ and the church" - a program which they have
come to believe cannot succeed without Catholic support. To the men
and women involved in this kind of political activity, heresy and doctrinal
differences cannot be allowed to stand in the way of their politics.
But in doing so - in placing more emphasis on political aggrandizement
than on spiritual growth, these men - and the denominations they lead
- are acquiring the same stench to themselves that has historically
attached itself to Roman Catholicism. Political activity requires compromise,
and compromise leads ultimately to apostasy - the process is inexorable
and is as sure as the proposition that the sun rises in the east. And
when apostasy has done its work, heresy and idolatry are the inevitable
result. That is what happened to Roman Catholicism, and this is what
will happen to those who follow in Catholicisms wake.
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