The emergence of Opus Dei on the American political scene detailed in our last "main article," "Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity," reveals 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 of complacency and incredulity that caught the Jews of Germany in the 1930s and '40s regarding the danger they faced will catch us.
In the light of all this, the appearance of Opus Dei on the American political scene - specifically, in the candidacy of Rick Santorum - should be enough to send shivers up the spine of anyone willing to look into the matter; after all, Opus Dei hasn't changed its stripes - it's the same vicious beast that brutalized all the countries listed above, and many more besides.
But very few evangelical Christians seem willing to look deeply into such matters. We seem impervious to things that would have shocked previous generations of evangelical Christians - things such as the increasing power of right-wing Catholicism in U.S. political circles and its growing association with mainline evangelicals - and would have caused them to desert the churches of any and all those who advocated such an alliance, which is just about all the "leading lights" of today's evangelical church. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 2 for a discussion as to just how far evangelicals have deserted their historical attitude regarding Roman Catholicism."]
SANTORUM - UNLIKE BUSH II - IS A GENUINE THEOCRAT
Sullivan goes on to say:
And, according to Santorum, if it is indeed a "spiritual war," the church should seize control of the state so that the war can be successfully prosecuted -- and secularists should be very careful here in dismissing such thoughts as nothing more than excessive rhetoric; Sullivan reminds us,
As if to confirm all this, Santorum said recently on ABC's This Week that every time he reads President Kennedy's speech in 1960 affirming separation of church and state, he wants to "THROW UP."
As indicated above, one of Santorum's biggest supporters is Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who - as Sullivan suggested - attempted several years ago to establish a town in Florida as an exclusively Catholic town (conservative evangelicals welcome) named Ave Maria; the town was to be dedicated to those who wanted to live lives in consort with the rigid, right-wing Catholicism embraced by Opus Dei's founder Josemaria Escrivá. [Once again, please see our article, "Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity."]
Annika Carlson of Hope College explains what happened in connection with Monaghan's attempt to "found" a conservative Catholic University in opposition to more liberal Catholic institutions such as Notre Dame:
Carlson goes on to say that as a result -
WHAT'S PARTICULARLY FRIGHTENING ...
What's particularly frightening in all of this is that the candidacy of Rick Santorum is coming at a time when the 500-year old breach between Catholicism and Protestantism (especially the conservative, politically-oriented elements in both religious groups) is coming to an end - which can only serve to magnify the horror these right-wing groups (when acting in consort with one another) are capable of generating. And, as if to give evidence regarding the growing unity between them, 150 of the most prominent leaders in evangelical Christianity agreed on January 14 of this year to endorse Santorum for president, including Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Pastor Jim Garlow, head of the giant Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego and leader of California's anti-gay campaign, Richard Land, past president of the largest Protestant domination in the country, the Southern Baptist Convention, etc. WHAT THIS CLEARLY INDICATES - ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF JAMES DOBSON'S AND RICHARD LAND'S PARTICIPATION - IS JUST HOW FAR THE LEADERS OF TODAY'S EVANGELICAL CHURCH HAVE STRAYED FROM THE PLAIN TEACHINGS OF THE SCRIPTURE IN THEIR PURSUIT TO "SAVE AMERICA FOR CHRIST." [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1 for more information on this subject; in addition, we again URGE you to see APPENDIX 2 for a discussion as to just how far evangelicals have retreated from their historical attitude regarding Roman Catholicism."]
While it's true that most Catholics are indeed quite wishy-washy regarding the doctrines of their faith, when these very same Catholics come to believe that their church - i.e., the church itself, the church as an institution - is under attack, MOST OF THEM RESPOND VERY MILITANTLY. And isn't this exactly what secularists are doing insofar as their effort to force Catholic institutions to embrace contraception? Attacking the Catholic Church itself?
What are the secularists who are "calling the shots" for the Obama Administration thinking here as they attempt to force contraception as part of the church's in-house health plans down the throats of the Catholic clergy?
And what's more, what are these silly Obama sycophants going to do if the clergy refuses to cave in on this issue? - refuse federal economic assistance to Catholic hospitals and schools?
And if they go that far, what will happen if the Catholic clergy still refuses to go along with the government's dictates, forcing the closure of these institutions for lack of funds: that's almost one-third of America's hospitals and a huge number of our country's most prestigious institutions of higher learning? CATHOLICS COULD NOT HELP BUT SEE THIS AS A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THEIR CHURCH - and while it's true that most Catholics embrace contraception and birth-control on a PERSONAL basis, the great majority of Catholics will not see things in these terms, but rather that Obama is making war on their church; moreover, great numbers of non-Catholics who avail themselves of the services of these institutions will be likewise enraged.
The fact is, most evangelicals will view what's happening to Catholics as not simply an attack on the Catholic Church, but on the wider Church of God. This is the kind of thing that makes friends out of erstwhile enemies. And here one should take note of the fact that the Prophetic Scriptures predict just that: the union of Western Christendom as the "end of the age" draws closer - a Christendom that has been united behind the false pretensions of the antichrist - AN ANTICHRIST THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SECULARISM AND "NEW AGE" THINKING OF SO-CALLED "PROGRESSIVES," BUT AN ANTICHRIST THAT IS POSING AS THE CHAMPION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. [Please see Chapter XI of the New Antipas Papers, "AntiChrist, King of Babylon."]
THE UNION OF CHURCH & STATE IS THE
Whether right-wing Christians - both Catholics and evangelicals - want to believe it or not, THIS is the kind of Jesus they worship.
NOTE: It is extremely important to observe the similarity in the doctrine of "end times" that Catholics and evangelical dominionists have; the Catholic doctrine of "end times" - while not as structured as the doctrine of "end times" promulgated by evangelical dominionists - is essentially the same as the one embraced by evangelicals: it pictures the rise of a great leader - i.e., the so-called "Great Monarch" - who will arise at the "end of the age" and seize control of the earth in the name of the church; according to Catholic doctrine, this is the one great event that will enable Christ to return to rule and reign over the earth. Thus, both groups - Catholics and evangelical dominionists - believe in a CHURCH MILITANT - A CHURCH WITH A GUN. [Please see APPENDIX 3 for a review of the Catholic doctrine of "end times."]
But Jesus said,
"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 [comes] not from hence." (John 18:36)
And the reason for this? - because the present earth is under the control of Satan. The Apostle John put it quite bluntly when he said,
"The whole world [kosmos] lieth in the evil one" (I John 5:19)
- and the earth is not destined to be released from that control until Jesus comes again. It's for this cause that the Apostle John goes on to warn us -
"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)
[We urge you to see Part 5 of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The World," for a discussion of how implacably opposed the world [kosmos] is to Christ."]
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 man's allegiance and draw him to himself. He has one object: to establish his own dominion in human hearts worldwide. Still, 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, took him [i.e., Christ] up into an high mountain, and 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..." (Luke 4:5-6)
"And the devil, taking him [i.e., Christ] up into an high mountain and 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.
The Scriptures compare "love of the world" to harlotry. Why? - because as Christians we have been espoused to Christ and are no longer to be connected in any way to our former "lover:" the world.
We are no longer citizens of this world, but rather we are now subjects of a heavenly kingdom -
"... which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10)!
REAL Christians are those who look for a city "... which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10)!
We are to consider ourselves as nothing more than strangers and pilgrims in this world - people with no permanent abode.
"... 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 hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in HEAVENLY places in Christ ...
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace ...
"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will ...
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints ...
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the HEAVENLY places,
"Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
"Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.(Eph. 1:3, 7, 11, 18, 19-23)
Where is our inheritance, then? - clearly, it's in the HEAVENS with Christ Jesus our Lord.
To renew our relationship with the world, to once again fall into the world's embrace - despite the vow of single-heartedness we made to Christ when we were born-again - is to reveal ourselves as a harlot.
The Bible says Christians who love the world are nothing more than harlots insofar as God is concerned.
To be half-hearted (i.e., to "go slow") is, of course, the last thing we can afford as the "end of the age" advances on us.
This is a time that demands extreme measures; there is no room now for luke-warm responses to the danger that is quickly engulfing us; no room for so-called "moderate" solutions and temperate action. The time for that is gone!
To embrace "moderation" in view of what Rick Santorum's candidacy portends is unbelievably STUPID and DULL-WITTED. It's akin to someone who is stuck in a car on a railroad track with a locomotive bearing down on him: RADICALISM is surely right at that point; abandoning one's car, even if one's insurance has lapsed on his $65,000 BMW with $250,000 in cash in the trunk (all destined to be
Sometimes it's best to abandon our expensive cars and "things" if we are to save ourselves from the locomotive that is barreling down on us.
Our inability to fathom the "emergency situation" with which we are confronted - i.e., the candidacy of Rick Santorum - reveals just how far advanced we are as Americans of ceding control of the country to a religio-fascist dictatorship; in speaking of people like us, Jesus said:
"This people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." (Matthew 13:13) [Once again, we urge you to see our article, "Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity."]
It is exactly here that we must 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 danger with our own eyes, it will be too late to brake, and we will surely slide off the road and crash.
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, it will be too late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely slide off the road and crash. Like a road sign, the Scriptures tell us things before they happen so that we can take evasive 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!
I repeat! - prophecy is like a roadsign that tells us things BEFORE they happen so that we can mitigate the danger we face; AND LET THERE BE NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: The re-integration of Western Christianity under the banner of dominionism is foretold to us in the Prophetic Scriptures because of the danger it poses to all REAL Christians - and isn't that exactly what the candidacy of Rick Santorum portends? - the re-integration of Protestantism and Catholicism.
"... 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?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
"... 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?" (Matt. 16:2-3)
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. 5:4-6)
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 doesn't 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 God's 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."
TAKING RADICAL ACTION
Jews abandoning their possessions in Europe and fleeing to the Holy Land
"L.S. Dawidowics, a Jewish writer, wrote in her authoritative account of the Holocaust, War Against the Jews, 1933-1945:
'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 Zionism'."
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.
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
The danger - indeed, the MASSIVE peril - that wealth presents to the believer lies not so much in the threat 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 condition that Christ loathes to see in His so-called followers:
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
"So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue [VOMIT] thee out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)
God forbid that we should be VOMITED out of Christ's mouth - but that is surely what will happen if we do not take the Prophetic Scriptures seriously; if we are like those who say,
"Where is the promise of his coming ...?" (2 Peter 3:3)
- and begin to settle down into the pleasures of this life -- and this despite all the evidence of His soon return that are all about us.
Yes! - it's true that we cannot know the exact day nor hour of His coming again, but we can certainly know the "times and the seasons;" and those who are unable to do so Christ calls "HYPOCRITES:"
"O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:3)
"... as travail upon a woman with child"
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess 5:3)
As absurd as this example might seem, this is the kind of spiritual DENIAL that worldly wealth creates in the believer's heart. THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS; this is not my example, this is the example the Bible gives.
"Lay NOT up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt. 6:19-21)
I tell you the truth when I say, IN A FEW SHORT YEARS - maybe in less than TEN - JESUS WILL RETURN; AND WHEN HE DOES, HE WILL -
"... send THE RICH ... EMPTY AWAY." (Luke 1:51-53)
- and not just those who are rich, but those who are found "overcharged with the cares of this life." Jesus said:
"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with ... the cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
"For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34-36)
We Urge you to see our article, "The Kingdom of God Is at Hand: Part 1 - Building the 'Commune of God."]
God bless you all!
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We plan to visit every place where so-called Christians gather together to promote the alliance of the church with the American New World Order System — for example, in Wisconsin where the church has allied herself with the Koch Brothers to rob the poor of what little they have left; in Washington DC where a "poor people's march" is being planned; at political demonstrations; at churches such as John Hagee's mega church in San Antonio, TX, etc.
In each and everyone of these venues we will pass out our DVDs, Antipas flyers, etc. showing the poor of the earth that God has NOTHING to do with the alliance that the church has made with the American New World Order System.
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THE RAPPROCHEMENT BETWEEN CATHOLICS AND
THE TWO SWORDS
"... 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 a result,
"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 homosexuality.
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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.
THE EXTENT TO WHICH EVANGELICALS HAVE DRIFTED AWAY FROM THEIR HISTORIC STAND REGARDING CATHOLICISM
The plunge of the church into the affairs of this world after it was made the "state religion" by Constantine 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:
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, Hislop's 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 hasn't been because the Catholic Church itself has changed - it's evangelicals who have changed!
The fact that many of the leaders of today's 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 our present-day leaders are engaged in - hypocrites who present themselves as evangelicals and as the heirs of our evangelical faith, and who cavalierly trade upon the godly reputation of yesterday's 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 isn't 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 Catholicism's wake.
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 faith's 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 domination.
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 faith.
CATHOLIC "PROPHETIC UTTERANCES" AS TO
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