WE WERE SPEAKING OF HOW THE WORD ANTICHRIST STANDS OUT, EVEN THOUGH IT IS MENTIONED (THE WORD ITSELF) ONLY TWO OR THREE TIMES IN THE BIBLE; AND HOW THE ANTICHRIST MAN HIMSELF WILL END UP WHEN THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL CLOSES OUT; SO LET US CONTINUE ON WITH THAT THOUGHT.
FINAL STAGES OF ARMAGEDDON
As the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy comes to a close and the forces of Armageddon are assembled there in the Jezreel valley, Jesus comes from heaven with His great army of redeemed saints; and all those who have gathered there to fight each other will suddenly turn their attention to what is descending upon them from heaven and prepare to do battle with Him; but that will be their end. Let us read three verses from the 19th chapter of Revelation. (19-21) “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet (the antichrist) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (That is the end of the antichrist.) And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: (They will be slain with His word. There will be no physical engagement in battle with Him.) and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Saints, just try to imagine what that beastly power will be like by then. If that scene should be as much as ten years from now, the lethal weapons of that hour will be far superior to what anyone has now. Think of ground to air missiles. Think of the supersonic jet fighter planes, bombers. Europe is going to have them. All those nations are going to combine their armies and there will be no longer a British army, a German army, a French army. It is going to be one army. They are going to be equipped with the best weaponry there is in that hour. That is why it says in the 13th chapter, when he is out of the water, symbolically speaking, and is in full power, they of the world will say, Who is able to make war against him? It is being said now as Europe comes into the spotlight of the world’s industrial complex and market. They are saying Europe is destined to lead the world in one of the most competitive buying undertakings there has ever been. Therefore, she is bound to put forth weaponry of warfare that will be far superior to anything anyone has now. Of course, we know where they gained the knowledge of such technology; but she will not need the good old U.S.A. anymore. It will strictly be a European beast with the pope of Rome commanding it. So to the natural mind, who will be able to fight that monster? Who would dare declare war against him? The hour will be at hand for the fulfillment of the words of Jesus and the words of St. Paul in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2 where he said this son of perdition, this man of sin, would be destroyed at the brightness of the coming of Jesus Christ and with the words of His mouth. What is the words of His mouth? It is described here in the 19th chapter that out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword, with it He would smith the nations. It is the word of judgment that will bring about destruction to those that oppose His coming to take over the reins of this world. (Revelation 19:20) “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Therefore, verse 20 describes what will happen to the antichrist which is referred to here as the false prophet as the week of Daniel is coming to a climax. What Paul said is ready to become a fulfilled reality; and he (the antichrist) is going to be destroyed just like Paul said, as Jesus is revealed from heaven in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and them that have pleasure in unrighteousness. So Jesus zeros in on this man of sin, the world’s antichrist, but here it says, “And the beast was taken.” What are we looking at when it says that? It is not Jesus picking up this great monster of armies. No. He just reaches out and speaks to that spirit of Satan that has been embodied in such an empire and He casts it into the lake of fire for destruction. There is nothing there yet; but it has already been prepared for the devil and his angels. This tells me that once Jesus destroys the spirit that has been embodied in that thing, it is destined to become weakened. Then the next thing Jesus does is take care of the spirit that has motivated the false prophet. “And with him the false prophet.” What are we looking at? You are looking at the spirit that is on the man that has conducted himself like the very devil for three and one half years. There he stands at the head of what he thought was the most powerful military force in the universe; and now the coming of Christ reaches out and takes it all away from him. Without those two spirits the beast is rendered helpless. From there on, Jesus can deal with the individual people represented in that system according to the plan of God. As for the antichrist man, you only find him referred to as the false prophet in the book of revelation. The apostle Paul never did refer to him as the false prophet. He referred to him as the man of sin, the son of perdition. The apostle John used the term antichrist in his little epistles; and Daniel called him a horn, a king, and the prince that shall come. Only when you get to Revelation 16:13, do you find the antichrist referred to as the false prophet. Notice, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, (The dragon speaks of Satan himself.) And out of the mouth of the beast, (The beast is that whole Western Europe conglomeration which is led by the antichrist.) And out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Why will he be the world’s false prophet? It is because the man, at the time all this is climaxing, is going to be so Satanic anointed he will be completely under the control of the devil; and God is going to allow him to deceive that great mass of people that has had no love for the truth; just like the apostle Paul said.
STRONG DELUSION GROSS DECEPTION AND DAMNATION
With the passing of time, it has become more evident what Paul meant in 2nd Thessalonians 2, when he spoke of the mystery of iniquity already working among believers and how it was being restrained until time for it to manifest. Let us read that in verses 3-12. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, (the day of our catching away) except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (6) And now ye know what withholdeth (In other words, The Holy Spirit was holding back that spirit until it was time for it to be fully manifested in the end time.) that he might be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. You can just observe what is going on around you and you will know that the restraining power of the Spirit of God is being lifted; and Satan is being allowed to anoint his vessels. And then shall that Wicked (or wicked one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (That takes you right back to Revelation 19:20-21, which we read earlier.) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (here is the false prophet at work) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (If you fail to accept the truth, you will be a prime candidate for Satan’s deceiving tactics.) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Almost two thousand years ago, the apostle Paul wrote of how it would be in this very God rejecting generation we are now living in. Saints, I hope you can see it was the power of God that held back these evil forces until the time for that man of sin to be revealed. Paul concluded by saying, And because of this, or for this, God shall send them strong delusion, that they, (who are they? The world of make belief, self styled Christianity that has no framework, no foundation, no basis for what they believe. They do not know why they believe what they believe.) He will send them strong delusion that they may believe Satan’s lie and be damned. Well, we can say this, the delusion has been going on for quite a while now. That is why from Rome, came the ecumenical spirit, that lovey-dovey spirit that says, Let us all be brothers. Then here came the Charismatic’s, we will say, from the Protestant realm. What looks like the real outpouring of the Holy Ghost, with speaking in tongues and manifestations of the supernatural, in many instances is absolute deception. Here and there, now and then, there are individual people that get genuinely healed; and when there is a healing in some supernatural or out of the ordinary way, we have to say God did the healing; but even that in no way puts God’s approval upon those who did the praying. The Spirit of God responds to the genuine faith of individual people even when everything around them is false. I have had occasions to read from some of these magazines that have writings about all these mysterious manifestations of the virgin Mary; and there is scattered evidence that certain individuals were healed at various times. We are not taking anything away from God; but we must be spiritual enough to realize, when God knows certain people are never going to follow truth, this is His way of sending them the strong delusion the apostle Paul wrote of. God can send forth His anointing to do for certain people just enough for them to be deceived by it when they love excitement more than truth. That leaves the whole group to follow Satan in his plan. You may say, that is not fair for God to do that. Well I say, when God gives a person or persons opportunity after opportunity to accept His truth and they still desire to run after excitement instead, He has every right to respond any way that will bring about the fulfillment of His word. If He chooses to bless someone and allow that blessing to contribute to them being deceived, it is because of their own choice. I can say one thing for sure, the devil does not heal. When Jesus healed a man that was possessed by demons and blind, they said, “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils;” and Jesus answered them, “If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” The healing has got to be of God. As for what we were saying about delusion, when God sees an element of people that has no interest in following Him, except for healing or some other physical benefit, God can take His power and do with it whatever He sees fit to and no one has any right to complain. He can cast me into hell if I will not follow Him in His word; and whose fault would it be? When you face reality, if all I want is something to benefit my flesh, that is where I will end up anyhow. He will let me enjoy that for a season; but the very fact He showed mercy to me in that, if I will not obey Him and allow myself to be brought to His word, (which is the foremost and primary purpose of all that God does for anyone) then He can cause that merciful thing He has done for me to be the very thing that will throw me out into the devil’s junk yard. We are living in the last days; and it is separation time, therefore God can do with His power what He pleases, in order to separate some and perfect others. The separation Jesus spoke of in Matthew 13, will be accomplished by the word of God in some fashion. Did not the apostle Paul say in Ephesians 6:17, that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God? Then in Hebrews 4:12, he wrote, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” In other words, the word of God is what draws the boundary line that separates the predestinated seed of God from the serpent seed so many churches are overrun with today. Therefore, when we see where Jesus will reach out (with the words of His mouth) and cast the spirit of the false prophet into the lake of fire, we should every one know it is because that spirit in him is a spirit of the devil. It is not because he is a drunk. Neither will it be because he has a John Dillinger type of spirit. It is a religious spirit of Satan: allowed to work through a man in such deceptive ways, the world for a short period of time, in the very closing hours of mortal mankind, will say, God is really speaking to him and through him. On the other hand, if a true Holy Ghost filled Christian from the average walk of life, would receive a vision from the Lord telling of some great tragedy that was going to take place in this country, if he ever even got a chance to tell it to anyone in Washington D.C., they would reject it because it did not come from a source of influential recognition acceptable to them. However, the moment the pope of Rome steps forth with a message he claims is from God, promising peace, prosperity, and security for all mankind, they will immediately jump to give him recognition, even though his vision will be from the devil, for the purpose of deceiving great masses of people. That is just the way it is. The scriptures declare it. That is what twentieth century mankind wants to hear; promises that speak of a life free from the worry of wars and plenty of everything for everyone. That is what God will allow the devil to manifest through his vessel; and the world will follow it. That is why Revelation 13:4, says, “And they (the deceived masses) worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” I like to keep that verse before you because it shows where the power and anointing comes from in that hour of time. When it speaks of the dragon, that is a reference to the devil. Actually, it is devil worship; but it is devil worship in a manner that you do not call it Satanism; because they will not know it was the devil that gave the beast system and the false prophet the power that will be demonstrated. It is deception. We know what it is; but those multitudes that will be deceived will be believing they are seeing God manifest Himself through that certain man. Saints: I am thankful to God for truth. Praise His name!
TWO HORNED BEAST
IMAGE OF THE BEAST
FATIMA VISION CONTINUED
Never in my life have I had as many magazine articles coming to me from various sources as I have had concerning this Fatima vision we have been dealing with. I received another one today, taken from a Library. The magazine was titled, The Lady of Fatima. This magazine has been published for several years. This particular issue came out in a certain month in the year 1986. Right at the time it looked like Russia, Poland, and all that was really bent on pushing themselves out. We were in a conflict in Latin America, Salvador, Nicaragua, and through there. All that was being sponsored by Russian Communism. That is why Cuba had their insurgents in there. As long as Communism in Russia was supporting Castro of Cuba, and his brand of Communism, Cuba thought they really had it made. They thought that spirit would carry on over into Latin America. However, the trend began to change, and the fall, or the breakup and the disorientation began to take place. I read earlier from two different magazines, and I was particularly interested in the one that dealt with President Reagan and the pope in the year 1982. When I read that in full, do you know they were the only two men that got their heads together as leaders and planned the formula for the breakup of the Russian Empire. They did not even confer with the heads of state of those European horns. When I read that, I said, anyone would have to be blind not to see what that points to. That lamb beast you read about in the last verses of the 13th chapter of Revelation has to be the United States of America. To think that after WW2, our leaders no longer thought like the leaders in former years did. More and more they began to make their plans for recognizing the Vatican. For what purpose? What was the purpose in recognizing the Vatican? Was it to bring about a revival in America? Absolutely not. But it was to begin the process of using America for the very image and purpose the scriptures tell us she will portray. Does it not say that this two horned lamb-like beast caused the world to worship the first beast that had been wounded by a sword and did live and also caused them to make an image to that beast? Yes, it was the United States of America, that played the big role in healing the wound the Roman popes had received from the sword of the Spirit of God through the Reformation. You find once again that voice of authority coming from the Vatican; and the nations that made up the ten horns of that first beast being joined back together in a trade agreement; which in process of time will give way to that beast rule once again. Oh Bro. Jackson, surely it could never come to that again. Oh yes, it will. The Bible says this lamb beast caused the whole world to worship the first beast. How? First let me point out that the two horns speak of two great powers that have evolved from this nation that came into being in such a humble way. She (America) came up out of the earth, hacking out a place in the wilderness, a place where people could be free from that old spirit that ruled Europe. Those founding fathers of this great nation used the Bible as their guide when they drew up the charter they would be governed by. Through the years, this nation has been looked upon as a Christian nation. Then in process of time she became recognized as a great political power and also a very powerful influence in the realm of religion, you have a two horned beast, scripturally speaking. This is the nation that has taken the lead in scientific miracles and has caused fire to come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. It all fits the picture we find in Revelation 13. The two horns are political power and ecclesiastical power, through which this nation has had a major role in shaping world affairs, both politically and spiritually. Through the sponsorship of this very country, the ecumenical council of churches has been creating the image of that old Roman beast that ruled the world in the Dark Ages. You just wait until things really get tight and this council of churches will be just as diabolical as the old Roman system has ever been. True Holy Ghost filled children of God have nothing to do with any of that. It is the denominational churches that are promoting this overwhelming move toward universal brotherhood. We can all worship together (they say) just as long as we all believe in Jesus. We do not all have to see everything exactly the same way. That in itself makes the whole thing anti-scripture; because the Bible teaches that true believers will see things alike. You all need to be conscious of the identity of the lamb-like beast and of what the image of the first beast is as we move on in the message. While there was the period of time the papal power was weakened and Communism in Russia and eastern Europe dominated the scene and held the world at bay, yet at the right time the Catholic Church was right there waiting their hour. The hour when the blessed mother Mary, the lady of Fatima, would move on the scene and fulfill the prophecy given to those children in October 1917. The Catholic Church has been playing with that vision ever since then. The people of America, in the Protestant realm, did not know anything was going on. They did not know how to read the book they claim their faith is based upon. The Catholic Church has been so cunning with their plans, that the overall scope of protestantism has just played right into their hands. The Pentecostal people get so thrilled when they hear of a Catholic Priest or a nun speaking in tongues; they are ready to turn their pulpit over to them. It is all a Satanic plot. That is why I say, we are living in an hour of deception already; but their greatest deception is just ahead. The delusion is destined to multiply many times over to those that are to be deluded. They are going to become so intoxicated with the spirit of this thing coming into view, it is no wonder the Bible says they wind up worshipping the dragon. Not as some horned creature with a split tongue and forked tail; but as that angel of light they are looking for. That is definitely what he (the devil) has taken the image of Mary and used it for. She was a mortal human being just like anyone else and God chose her at a precise point of time to be the incubator through which He would bring forth His only begotten Son; but nowhere in the scriptures do we find that she arose from the dead and ascended into heaven to intercede for us. That Satanic spirit has caused poor deceived souls to highly exalt her above everything else in the universe. They call her the queen of heaven, the mother of God. These various writings that I have been given, from the ends of the earth, they are all claiming the virgin Mary has appeared in various places. In another place in Spain in 1961 and 1965, again the virgin Mary appeared to some people and left a message warning the people, telling them they had not done what the mother Mary had told them to do in 1917; which of course was to pray much, praying the rosary, and dedicating Russia to her (Mary’s) heart. You would think Protestant people would know better than to fall for anything that exalts Mary above Jesus; but most of them are in such an acute state of apostasy, they are falling for all of this promotion of Mary. Apostate Protestantism, regardless of how educated they may be, do not even know what time it is, spiritually speaking. I believe the devil will use this Mary image to lure multitudes of people into his trap. We should all realize that this is something that bears watching from now on until the end. I am absolutely certain it was not the Spirit of God talking to the pope while he was recovering in his home back in 1981. It was the spirit of Satan preparing his future vessel for service the very same way he prepared the Roman emperor Constantine, when he showed him the great sign of the cross and the words appeared, “By this thou shalt conquer and shall overcome.” Sure, to him it was real. It caused him to triumph. It also caused him to do something that put the Church in a trap. The devil knows exactly how to trap people. I have to say, it is very probable that this present pope in Rome is destined to step out on the balcony like he has always done, but will stand and tell or read to the people an experience he has had during the night; how the blessed virgin Mary has appeared to him and said, “Now take over the reins of the world.” Protestant preachers will go after it hook, line and sinker; because they have no revelation of what is in the word of God. They just simply do not know how to put the picture together, so they are merely waiting for God to come on the scene in a supernatural way that far exceeds whatever they have imagined God could do; and when they see what is coming, they will believe that to be God. Well, let us finish reading from the book we were reading from earlier. I hope it will help you get a vision of what is being planned for the purpose of deceiving natural minded mankind.
READING FROM BOOK
“There is one more set of facts about the Fatima happening that is relevant to John Paul’s August 1981 vision. From the beginning of their reported conversations with Mary (Notice they do not talk to Jesus, they talk to Mary. That is not scriptural. It is anti-scriptural. That makes it antichrist. The reason it is antichrist is because it is opposite of what the scriptures teach.) the three children insisted she had given them three messages. Before their early deaths, Francisco Marto on April 4, 1919, at age eleven; Jacinta Marto on February 20, 1920, at age ten, the two Martos and Lucia dos Santos were questioned extensively about the Fatima happening and their six extended conversations with Mary. They never wavered or changed in their testimony, but they would not reveal the contents of the three messages immediately. They maintained that Mary had also given them precise instructions on this point. Since the death of the Martos, Lucia, now 82 and living as a Carmelite nun in Coimbra, Portugal, has been the sole living source of information about those three messages of Mary. The first two messages of Fatima became very well known in the years since 1917. The first put the church and all men on notice that the world as a whole society was following a path of sin (What kind of sin? Political indifference to the Catholic Church. That is the sin they are talking about. The pope doesn’t care how many cigarettes you smoke and how many bottles of beer you drink. Now Bro. Jackson, I don’t believe the pope believes in all that. Then tell me why all these monasteries grow grapes and make wine. Are you listening to me? Out here in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, you can find exactly what I am talking about. If they grow the grapes and produce the wine, they drink it. Just do not bother to tell me those people are against man’s fruits of unrighteousness. They are not. Therefore, the sin they talk about is man’s political and social indifference to the Catholic Church. They call that sin. Then I have to say I am a sinner; because I despise what that institution teaches and stands for. That is why they would like to convert me. After they got me converted, they would not care if I wound up as a drunk on the streets, just as long as I carry that chain and a picture of the virgin Mary around my neck and pray the rosary three, four, five times a day. Well, that is not the picture I get from the Bible. There are still a few people scattered around this old world that really desire to please the heavenly Father; and I am one of them. Hallelujah! Let us finish reading, following a path of sin) along which a multitude of men and women were being led to the eternal punishment of hell. The second message was a prediction about the outbreak of World War II. In that message, Mary also spoke about Russia and asked that the Pope and all the bishops of the church concentrate it in an especially solemn manner to her. If this was not done, the children reported Mary as saying, Russia would spread error and evil throughout the world; many human beings would suffer and die as a consequence. The third Fatima message still remains officially a secret. Lucia, (which was the oldest one) was adamant about its being kept secret. In 1944, under orders from her bishop, she wrote down on one sheet of paper the bare details of that secret, sealed it in an envelope and gave it to him. She told the bishop it was to be opened in 1960, because “by 1960, things will be clearer.” But rumors spread about the contents of that envelope to the effect that it concerned the U.S.S.R. and other nations. Geopolitical-minded Vatican authorities began to feel queasy about the “Third Secret,” as the contents of that envelope was now called. Under Vatican order, the envelope was brought to Rome and deposited in a small humidor-type box on a mantle piece in the Pope’s private apartments in the Apostolic Palace, there to await the man who would be pope in 1960. (There are so many other things here, I am going to have to cut it short.) In 1978, shortly after becoming pope, when John Paul read Lucia’s text of the “Third Secret,” he had drawn the obvious conclusion. The pope of 1960, John 23rd, had not satisfied those two requests of Mary. “These (predictions),” John had noted for his successors, “do not concern our times.” John had refused to publish the text of the “Third Secret.” He had not organized the collegial consecration of Russia to Mary, although he had a made-to-order opportunity to do so when 2,500 Roman Catholic bishops assembled in the Vatican on October 11, 1962 for the opening of his Second Vatican Council. He did not accept this either.” Now it goes on here about the various Vatican council meetings that have been set in motion. When I read these dates, 1962 and 1963, out of Rome was coming forth a secret plan. From the front and the external, it looked like to the religious world, come, we are all brothers. Come, let us unite. Let us be one. But from behind the political scenes there was the political maneuvering going on, how the bishops, the secret agents of the Catholic Church and mainly the Jesuit order, could set in motion through political circles of the earth, things that would eventually be the fulfillment of the Fatima vision of 1917. They knew, if that vision, according to their analysis, was true, then Russia sooner or later would have to collapse and be dedicated back to Mary. That is why ecumenism came to the front, to unite all religions of Christianity. But from behind the curtains of international diplomacy, you just do not present religious alternatives to a government of Communism. You deal with it on the basis of politics. That is exactly what we are looking at. If they are going to dedicate Russia to Mary, then they have to be able, somehow or other, to coax this thing back. I simply cannot take time to read all of this; but I will read a little more. “Manifestly, John Paul had accepted the fait accompli that inevitably followed the decision of John XXIII not to follow the dictates of the “Third Secret.” He accepted the fact that the Church was now in the period of the Fatima “or” since the “either” had been refused by John XXIII. (I will skip some.) “On May 13th, feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, and (as he firmly believed) his own deliverance from sudden death by Agca’s bullets through the protection of Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. John Paul could not pull all those details into a coherent order without coming to the conclusion that the geopolitical time table was much shorter than he and Cardinal Wyszynski of Russia had thought. The (for him) obvious intervention of Mary in preserving his life placed him (in his own eyes) in a direct relationship with Fatima and its “Third Secret.” If there was one dominant element in that “Third Secret,” it was Russia. The provisos of the “Third Secret” made sense only in relation to Russia. He had accepted as fact that John XXIII’s decision not to do as the “Third Secret” asked (to publish the actual text, and to undertake a collegial consecration of Russia to Mary) had placed the Church and therefore the world in the “or” situation. He had no difficulty in accepting the predictions of dire physical and spiritual chastisements and that Russia would spread its errors throughout every nation. But all of that, he had assumed (up to that August of 1981) was griddled on a long drawn out timetable. Now he saw that the geopolitical timetable had been inaccurately calculated. The geopolitical change implied by the “Third Secret” was not far off. It was imminent.” This pope having had a vision, in which he saw the virgin Mary much in the same manner as those children did in 1917, believes for sure that he has something to do in the fulfillment of it. He does not tell very much of what she said to him; but it leaves you with the thought that at the proper time, she will again appear to him. Since he believes she spared his life to fulfill this end time role, he is now waiting for the blessed virgin Mary to appear to him again and tell him it is time to take over. I tell you, there could not be any more sinister, deceptive masquerading of Satan than that. When I read to you earlier how Ronald Reagan in 1981, in the first term of his presidency, was shot by an assassin but was spared, it seemed to some that there was a similar purpose: Shortly after that, Pope John Paul was shot by an assassin, and he was spared. It tells in that article, as it shows the two men’s pictures, one above the other, that they have things in common. As it appears that they secretly agreed to set the machinery in motion to deal with Russia, here it is 1992 and Russia, which this Fatima vision is all built around, is lying in shambles. Does that mean God did it? We could look at it two different ways. In the plan of God we can say this, the shaking of all things is going on. I do not believe that anything Satan is allowed to do supersedes what God has done. But I believe that what God is doing and has already said in His word, “that in the last days all things will be shaken,” then God can let certain things come on by Satan that will make it appear to certain people that are going to follow the devil’s order in deception anyhow, that God Himself did those things. This is the way we must look at many of the things that are taking place around the world. Above all else, we need to realize that in the end, God’s plan is going to triumph. There is a lot more coming and I have no doubt the pope will definitely (since his mind is made up that God has given him the reins of the government of the world) begin to project his views more and more into world affairs. I have to say, Satan’s great hour is fast approaching. This causes me to say, the bride of Christ will soon need to hear those seven thunders. When the devil comes along with his false prophet, (That is what he is going to be.) and that pope stands telling the world all this junk about his visions, the world will see him as a great prophet simply because he is telling the world what the virgin Mary has told him is going to be. Then it will be necessary for God to bring on what He has, to counter the affect of all of that and to give the Bride something to move through all this dark confusion and get her ready to take her flight out of here. Therefore, Listen to me saints: Do not despair, God will make a way for those that are truly His.
A COUNTERFEIT GOD
We have already read these scriptures I want us to look at now, but I feel there is yet a few points to make concerning them. This is 1992. (That is when this message was preached.) Eight more years and the year 2000 will be here. The question may be asked, will time last that long? Or just what is in the plan that lays ahead for us? The book I have been reading from contains over seven hundred pages of some of the most startling information ever put out by a Catholic professor of theology. He is speaking for the Catholic Church and what he feels is the role of the Catholic Church in world affairs and the present day pope, Pope John Paul II, in these last days. There are many people today that are not aware of the fact that things have been going on in the Vatican for a number of years, things that are made known in this book. They are just now beginning to surface; mainly because it seems as though the time and stage is properly set. This particular pope definitely feels it is his role and responsibility to begin to introduce to the world what he feels is the essential and most important things that mankind can do at this time. However, that writer did not write one bit of what we find in this book in the light of what we know as prophetic pictures portrayed in the Bible. I am going to ask you to turn to 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2. There are two outstanding verses. It is the 8th and 9th that we will dwell on. But first let us get a review of what the apostle Paul was saying to this Thessalonian church. They had somehow got the idea, at least some of them, that they must be living in the day of the coming of the Lord again. Therefore, they began to be very much disturbed about how to look forward toward that event. That is why Paul says in these first three verses what he did. When we come to the 4th verse, notice what the apostle Paul said about this future man called, as he describes him, the wicked one, the son of perdition. Paul did not hesitate to use words he felt described what he saw that man to be when he does come upon the scene. Notice verse 4 lets you know that Paul was reading this from, (Daniel 11). He said, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Let us take another look at that. You and I know that verse is yet in the future tense. People can say, well if that man Paul called the son of perdition is to be Pope John Paul, that settles it. Well, you have to keep in mind, Pope John Paul has not yet set himself up as God. Keep that in mind, lest you jump ahead of yourself. He does not mince words when it comes to saying he is the vicar of Christ. He is supposed to be Christ’s representative on earth; according to their way of belief. He claims that infallibility. According to their tradition, he has the keys of heaven Jesus gave to Peter. We know he doesn’t even know what those keys were pertaining to; but you have to remember, the Catholic Church has taken every scripture in the gospel and twisted it to give it a meaning they like. What they teach looks good to the natural mind; but it takes a spiritual mind to see the true picture; and how they have twisted everything to suit their own purpose. It is utterly impossible for a natural minded, carnal man to catch the full picture of what Catholicism is really projecting. In Daniel 11, it plainly tells us concerning that certain king, that he would set himself up as a god, exalting himself above every god. Notice Daniel 11:36-37, “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished; for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all.” Is that not what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in verse 4? It is plain to see where his revelation came from. The prophecy in the book of Daniel is what first begins to open up this revelation to us even today. It takes all of these scriptures together to give us a complete prophetic picture. Therefore, it is important that we keep in mind what will cause that man to exalt himself in such a way. Something takes place to provoke him and cause him to act like that. Until God begins to demonstrate His power in the manner described in Revelation, chapter 11, the pope will just continue on being Mr. Peace Loving Nice Guy. But when those two prophets of Revelation 11 begin to demonstrate the power of God the same way Moses and Elijah did in days of old, the pope will only be able to tolerate it for 3½ years; and by then, (with the News Media reporting everything that is taking place) he will have heard all he can stand. He will already be sitting at the head of an international peace covenant with a great army at his disposal; so he will order them into Israel to put a stop to the whole thing. First, they will kill the two prophets and leave them lying in the street to rot. That is exactly when the pope will exalt himself to the place described by Daniel and Paul. He will take over the temple the Jews have rebuilt and do exactly as these scriptures say. He will be like a mad man, bent on destroying everything and everyone that in any way acknowledges faith in the God of heaven. The world is yet to see the real power of God demonstrated as it was in Old Testament times, as it was with Moses in Egypt, and as it was with Elijah in the wilderness and so forth. Revelation 11 puts the anointing of those two prophets of old both on the scene at the same time in the first 3½ years of Daniel’s seventieth week. They will be smiting the earth with plagues and all kinds of disasters. Whatever those prophets call for, God will do it. God has never dealt with Gentiles in any era of time like He will again deal with Israel with TV cameras projecting every bit of it to the world. That is why Revelation 11:9, says, “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” There is no other way this scene could be viewed by people of every nation. Furthermore, we have seen how the news crews swarm to any and every place in the world where there is anything newsworthy taking place; so we know they will all be there. The pope can sit over there in the Vatican, viewing it all, until his cup of indignation (in his eyes) is full. Not only will those two prophets be revealing Jesus Christ to that nation, they will also be revealing the identity of the antichrist. You can see why the pope will be provoked to the point where he will do what the Bible says will be done. He will definitely be exposed by what takes place in that first half of the week of Daniel. He will be very much concerned about what these two strange Jews are doing over there in Jerusalem talking like that. We have said before, by the time that first three and one half years comes about, the pope will have been exposed, will have been compelled to view and see and hear the results of the effect of what the real God has done in Israel. Either he gets off his throne, goes out in the bushes and hides himself, or the devil is allowed to enter him in such a furious way he reacts to fulfill the scriptures; and we all know which choice he will make. In order for him to set himself up in the temple, he has to go to the place where the temple is. It is not in Rome. I suppose it would be accurate to say, He will literally be tormented into doing what he does. In fact, in view of the scriptures, we just have to say, that is God’s way of accomplishing all that is written. When He anoints those two prophets to do what they will do and the whole world is watching this scene, this is a slap in the face of the pope that has projected himself into such a role as he will be committed to. Therefore he is taking a chance. He knows it. Because it plainly tells you in Revelation 11 that during that three and one half years, while those prophets are prophesying and God is smiting the earth with plagues, that no man dares to reach out and touch them or hurt them, lest fire come out of their mouth’s and devour them. They will not be spitting fire like a dragon. All that is symbolic. That is Holy Ghost fire. Whatever those prophets will demand or say, that is exactly what the power of God will do in executing due penalty upon those that try to harm them. To think, the pope has to watch that every day in his news bulletin. Think of it; Daniel 11 says that he will not honor the God of his fathers. That tells me something has forced this man to begin to change his feelings about his overall religious role. He will begin to take on a Satanic spirit that is more political and materialistic, wherein he honors the god of forces, of gold and silver, which is his bargaining chips in seeking to accomplish some of the things he wants to get done. We must acknowledge the fact that God will permit him to enter Jerusalem with his European police force and God will allow him (the pope) to kill those two prophets; but I wonder how many of you have stopped to think about what that pope will begin to say; when he is able to put a stop to those two Jews that no one else could even get close to without being struck down by the power of God? No doubt he will think, I guess I showed them! Now we will just see who is God! It is not that he will have some kind of hocus-pocus miracle in a sack. He is just simply left to trust in the god of material forces, as it plainly says in Daniel 11. For three and one half years, he is going to crack the whip and do just exactly as he pleases and no one on earth at that time will be able to stop him. He has to be allowed to bring about the last 3½ years of chastisement to Israel. He is going to set himself up as a god to be recognized and worshipped. He will be the god of force, the god of might in military matters, in materialism, wealth of every nature and such things. However, until he takes that position, let us look and see what this scripture in the 8th and 9th verses of 2nd Thessalonians says. First though, Paul says, (in verses 5 and 6) as he is explaining to the Thessalonian church what leads up to the hour he is dealing with. “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.” Actually he is saying, now understand that the very thing that is keeping him from being revealed is the Holy Ghost that keeps him held back until his time comes to be revealed. That is why he says, and now ye know what withholdeth. He wants us to know it is the Spirit of God that keeps that satanic person from coming to the forefront in his worldly role while God’s spirit is in the earth calling out a people that will bear His name. That is His Gentile church. Naturally though, there will come a time when that which withholds, or hinders, or keeps back, will be taken out of the way. That is why he said in verse 7, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way.” The word mystery here is to be understood, that it is something that is working in secrecy, in realms that is hard to understand and identify. A mystery is something you can be looking at, you think you see what it really is; but in reality that is not really what it is at all. It is something shrouded, covered, it has a front, therefore, that is why we have to realize, down through the ages of time, that mystery of iniquity as it did work in the first three centuries, it had many avenues. It was showing itself on the scene and some of these avenues were as contradictory to the other, as could possibly be. Why was it that way? It was the way Satan sought to do his work, to distract and disorient peoples minds. If he can get you looking at half a dozen things and you do not know which one is the right one to look at, you get confused. That is the devil’s business, project a half dozen things at once; but have one that is really his knockout punch. That is why when we come from the first, second, into the third centuries to the Nicaea Council, at that council was where he aimed to make his knock out punch. From then one, he began to establish doctrine, and what he established began to grow. It became a system called the Roman Catholic Church. The bishops, through the first centuries, were nothing like this man we read about here; yet all of them were forerunners, helping Satan’s plan by doing their part in the hour they lived, to establish an office, a position that Satan could use to bring the real one on, that would move on the stage in his time and fulfill exactly what the prophecy points out about him. We realize in verse 7 that when that mystery of iniquity keeps on growing through the ages, then the Holy Ghost, which has up to a certain point been hindering, holding back, until He is taken out of the way, allows something to begin to be revealed. I am reading the last words of that 7th verse. “Until He be taken out of the way.” Another translation says removed, meaning the withdrawing of the Holy Ghost in His earthly purpose of convicting people of sin and in exposing the evil workings of Satan. That is why Paul would say that before this man of sin could be revealed, literally come on the stage in time, to be known as the man he really is, there would first be a falling away. We have for the last thirty some years, within the realm of true scriptural gospel Christianity, seen some of the most diabolical events of decay the human mind could ever imagine. People who at one time upheld, reverenced, and taught the scriptures to be the infallible word of God, now allow those who hate it to have their way in whatever they choose to do. They have taken it out of the schools. They forbid anyone to speak anything about God in a class room. They no longer allow prayer in the class room and the saddest thing of all, is the way so many people who profess to be Christians are living. Everything goes. All former convictions seem to have been cast away, to just follow the crowd. The Bible has lost its place of recognition and respect in the overall American society. Maybe not in some homes, but it is a book that has lost its place in the White house, the Supreme Court, in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. It is a book that you can no longer discuss in public places because our society, which now is no longer restrained as it used to be by the Holy Ghost from becoming so wicked they no longer know what righteousness really is. I have said before, the 90’s is destined to be the decade of Satan. It is the devil’s rights at stake now; and he is going to see that he gets them. We have a society that is just backing away and saying Amen to it. When the entertainment realm in America gets so low down, and vulgar, derogatory words become a medium of entertaining debased, demon possessed, unregenerated human beings like it is today, and you say something to the effect that it is sin, then you are confronted with the reproach. They say that is censorship. When it gets to the place you are not allowed to censor hell, then the devil has already got his rights. He will have your home, your society, he will have every law twisted and perverted, so the things of good are no longer honored. Virtue becomes an obsolete word that belongs back in the old category of pioneer speech. Therefore, it is safe to say, the falling away has already taken its toll. We are standing at the threshold of one of the most Satanic displays of deceivableness the world has ever known. (8) “And then shall that Wicked (He is actually saying, And then shall that Wicked one) be revealed, (or manifested) whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” (When He comes as seen in Revelation 19) Then Paul goes right back to the base thought. (9) “Even him, (speaking of the man of sin, the antichrist, the world’s false prophet) whose coming (the word coming pertains to the time when he is literally manifested on the stage of world affairs) is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders.” That shows where he (the antichrist) will get his anointing from. This was written almost two thousand years ago; but as I read in this book we have been reading out of, how this man described the thoughts, the motives and the things this present day pope is contemplating, even his every day prayer, brothers and sisters it becomes more and more evident that when the apostle Paul wrote this, no doubt he could see down through time in a vision and he no doubt saw the end time man of sin, how he would be introduced upon the stage of world affairs and how his introduction and preparation for all of that will be set in order by miraculous supernatural manifestations of the power of Satan. Yet the world will say it is God. Well Bro. Jackson, how could that be? You have to keep in mind, the devil is as real as God Himself. They are both spirit entities. They both have supernatural power; yet God is the greater of the two. God is sovereign, subject to no other power. Satan has great power; but can only do what God allows him to do. Make no mistake about it though; if you yield yourself to the spirit of Satan, God will let you serve that evil one until your cup of abomination is full and then He will judge the whole thing with righteous judgment. You may say, I am certainly not going to give the devil any glory; but if you do not have an understanding from the word of God, to know how to differentiate between what is truth and what is not, these scriptures tell me there are going to be multitudes deceived by how this man is introduced to the world. He is not just coming on because some Roman senate or U.N. decided to take a vote. Remember what Paul wrote, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.” I will say it like this also, He will come with lying speeches. The world has not yet heard him make the kind of speeches he is contemplating. He has traveled around the world speaking to the Moslems, speaking to the Catholics, speaking to the African poor, here and there, calling them all brothers, speaking more or less in a religious sense. Do you know why? To deceive. What did Paul say? “And with all deceivableness.” Did he have it in his mind to deceive the world when he came into his office as pope? You must remember, He is deceived also. He believes he is the Vicar of Christ, that the very power of God is invested in him. Yet he is a tool of Satan, fulfilling his present role in Satan’s great plan of deception. Every Roman pope throughout the history of Catholicism has played his role without actually knowing he was a tool of Satan. The last one will far supercede all the others; because, he will start out being so sweet and lovable and end up being a vicious tyrant. He will be so invested with that Satanic anointing, he is able to hold audiences spellbound. I cannot help but think back several years, when this present pope made his trip to old Mexico. As he went down through the interior country, going from place to place, the roads were filled with throngs of people who heard that the “blessed holy father” from Rome is making his appearance. TV cameras picked up the crowd as the little way stations were made. People that had been born and raised in those mountains and had probably never seen the exterior of them, walked for miles under stress and hardships just to get where they could see that man, just to be able to look upon him, hoping they could get close enough to touch him. It showed them standing there with tears streaming down their faces. I read the entire contents of what is written in this book about that Fatima vision and what the pope has been studying, ever since he was elected to office. As I have said before, I had never even heard the word Fatima or anything about a miracle or vision, until a few years ago when my neighbor mentioned it to me. I am sure the majority of the Protestant world has never heard of the contents of those visions either. However, according to this man’s writing, since the 20th century started and Pope Pius 12th came on the scene, this vision that was seen by these three children and later was written down and described what they heard the mother Mary say, that was given to the hand of a priest. He delivered it to the Vatican. From Pope Pius 12th, each successive pope from that day until now, as he came into that, he too would go to the box and take out the contents and would read it and would say, this is not for my day. When this present pope first read it, he too at first put it up, not wanting to accept the responsibility of all that was involved. It plainly states the world is yet to hear what all was said in it. There are so called church going people today, that are so naive about the supernatural and a lot of things, they call it hocus-pocus, and say, Don’t believe that, pay no attention to it. They know nothing about the power of God, nor the power of Satan, so they just drift along. Well saints, their day is coming. What did Jesus say about such people? I will read you three verses from the Gospel of John, verses 42-44. “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, (the antichrist, the pope of Rome) him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?” That is a perfect description of multitudes of church-going people today. The power of Satan is real. If you look at these verses I have just read, along with the 8th and 9th verses of 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2, and realize that it is going to be a Roman Catholic Pope, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. All that we have said about this can be vindicated by a proper, Holy Ghost led study of the scriptures. We have not needed to use our imagination; it is all written in the pages of God’s Holy Word.
THE POWER OF GOD AND THE POWER OF THE DEVIL
We have seen the power of God demonstrated in this last half of the twentieth century, as God manifested himself to us Gentiles in a supernatural way, right after the close of WW2. The Catholic Church would have nothing to do with any of that. The Catholic Church recognizes nothing that does not support her and her position. Yet, to the general overall Christian world, we saw God’s power to heal, to deliver people from alcoholism and other addictions, as well as to take people whose lives had been brought to the very edge of death and restore them to a meaningful life by a miraculous healing. That is the power of God at work, but in that, you are always pointed to His word. The word that is able to save your wretched soul and do for you what no other power can do. On the other hand, this Fatima miracle has nothing at all to do with the salvation of man’s soul; yet they think a hypothetical salvation to it, in that if one prays to Mary earnestly, Mary will see that Russia will be brought back into the fold. Their claim is that the Russian society is then saved. You may save people from one political ideology to another ideology; but if it does not bring them to the acknowledgment of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and cause them to repent and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and baptism in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is not worth two cents spiritually. The Time Magazine that had the article in it about Reagan and the pope, and the coincidence between the attempts on their lives just six weeks apart, makes one think the devil tried to take them off the scene by assassination. When the pope was shot by his would-be assassin, it happened on May 13th, 1981, the very day of the month that the virgin Mary was supposed to have made her first appearance to the children at the village of Fatima in Portugal. Why do I stress that? All because that Catholic spirit puts so much emphasis upon the thing as to say it was not just a coincidence. To them it was a definite vindication of his future role in its fulfillment. When it comes to dates and likeness, the characteristics, the similarities of events, they feed on all of that. It tells you in the book, he bent over out of his automobile. He saw a little girl standing along the crowd, wearing a little pin. It was a pin showing the Fatima mother, Mary. Just as the assassin would have shot him in the head, he bent his head forward to look at that Fatima pin, a picture of the virgin Mary as she was supposed to have been seen at Fatima in the month of October. That is all that saved him from the bullets going through his head. It says the assassin fired two more, which went through the main part of his body. The book tells you that as he lay in recovery, meditating upon these events, he began to realize Mary has saved him and destined him to fulfill a role to the world, to carry out that vision. Do you know what it is? Let me give you a parallel. When Jesus, in Matthew 4, after His baptism, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil; after He had fasted forty days and nights, the devil gave Him some visions also. At the end of forty days and nights He was hungry. Then the scriptures tell you Satan came to Him, tempting Him. Two things we have to understand, where it says he took Jesus up to the pinnacle of the temple. He did not take Jesus literally and bodily and lead Him up there. It is between 16 and 18 miles up there. Jesus physically did not even leave the spot. What did Jesus see? He saw visions of the things mentioned when God allowed Satan to tempt His Son like that. There are a lot of Christian people today that cannot understand what really went on. Here is what you have to look at. God did not produce the vision. Otherwise, He would be the author of confusion. Therefore, God allowed the devil to come upon Him and show Him visions as though He had been literally transported to the very scene. Satan took Him right up on that tower, the highest point he could take Him, probably a hundred and some feet in the air and said, Go on, if you be the Son of God, jump from here. Let us prove our power. After all, is it not written, that He gives His angels charge over thee, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone? Jesus knew what kind of spirit was dealing with him like that, so He responded according to the word of God. Think of it, inside Him was the Holy Ghost in the fullness of all the divine attributes of the Creator. Jesus just said, it is also written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. That broke the spell. Then the devil took Jesus up on a high mountain to show Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them and said to Him, all these things will I give to you, if you will fall down and worship me. Well, we know that had to be a vision. There is no mountain that high that one could see all the kingdoms of this world from. Yet, Satan gave Him a panoramic view, as though he just flattened the whole earth out before Him. Listen saints, what I want you to realize is this, if Satan could do that to the very Son of God, why would anyone not be able to see that he can and will do a similar thing with the pope of Rome? He will show him visions. He will talk to him and when the old pope offers no resistance like Jesus did, at the proper time, Satan will just take him over. There will be another incarnation; but it will be the spirit of Satan in the pope; and then the world will see the antichrist so many have talked about, but known so very little about. What is his purpose? To lead the world to destruction. When Jesus saw all that the devil showed Him, in His own heart and mind He knew what the scriptures said, that one day He would sit as King over all of that, according to the plan of God; not the plan of Satan. Therefore, He just told the devil, It is also written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. That test, as you really analyze it, lets you know that there is a power of Satan that is real when God permits it to be expressed, to bring out things that are vital to the understanding of His true children. God expects us to be able to recognize Satan in his deceptive work. If Jesus had submitted to Satan when he was tempted, he would not need the pope of Rome; but since Jesus did not submit to his temptation, he has to be content to work his plan through the one who claims to be Jesus’ counterpart. The pope is not content just to be a religious leader; He is bound and determined to be the leader of this whole world social and political order, believing that all the kingdoms of this world are literally going to be under his control. Through all those weeks of his recovery, it says he prayed. He gave his heart repeatedly in prayer to Mary and to the purpose for which she saved him from being killed. It tells you how on a certain day in 1981, in a vision the only supernatural vision he ever had up until that hour, he saw the same identical thing, how the blessed virgin Mary came to him, clothed in the sun, just like the children did at Fatima on that October day in 1917. Do you know what that pope says about it? That as he saw the beauty of Mary clothed in the sun, he was reminded of Revelation 12. He may have thought of Revelation 12; but we every one know the woman in Revelation 12 is not Mary. It is a picture of Israel, Jehovah’s wife in her millennial glory. In that vision and the experience he had, Mary conversed with him and told him about the Fatima vision the children had experienced and about his part in helping to bring about the recovery of Russia and the bringing back of Russia to the immaculate heart of Mary. I have no doubt that as President Reagan sat there with the pope later and the two discussed how to go about the task of bringing about the eventual destruction of the Communist empire, they saw that the country of Poland would be the key to starting that machinery rolling. Our president, unbeknownst to the American society, was sitting, discussing, and planning all of that with the pope of Rome. The outcome of it was all Catholic oriented and instigated. Jesuit priests, along with certain Catholic officials of Reagan’s cabinet, every last one had a part to play. As I bring this message to you and you read the analysis this Catholic writer closes out with, you are left with a chilling thought of reality. It made me shudder, just to think of how our American society has literally gone sound asleep spiritually and politically. They are content to let this money hungry bunch of TV preachers with all of their cheap masquerade and psychological manipulations represent Christianity in America. Without any revelation whatsoever of the true plan and purpose of God in this age of time, while they try to preach Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world, they are prime targets for Satan’s great deception. He will use them to lead multitudes of church going people right back into the open arms of that great whore in Revelation 17. If your memory is dim concerning that picture portrayed in Revelation 17, you need to go back and read it again and again until the Spirit of God opens your understanding to what is written therein. I cannot take time to cover everything in the Bible concerning our subject; but if you fail to see that the great whore of Revelation 17:1 is the Roman Catholic Church, you will miss the most important key of understanding there is. (17:1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters; (2) with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” Dignitaries of the earth commit spiritual fornication with that old mother of harlots and abominations of the earth; and the inhabitants are made drunk with her doctrines.) A drunk person is confused, disoriented and unsure of where he or she is and of which way to go. The whole world of accepted religion is in that state in this hour. They believe God is three persons. They believe the pope is the representative of Jesus Christ the second person of their blessed holy trinity; and that he has the right to change anything at any time. Well, I have news for them. The pope is an abomination to God. He has no right to change anything in the scriptures. His doctrine is antichrist and one day soon the pope is destined to be the literal antichrist. The harlots and abominations of verse 5 are those protestant denominations that have come forth from Catholicism, yet carried her old antichrist doctrines right along with them and are presently at the point of returning home to mama. “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Saints, I know some are likely to say, Bro. Jackson seems to be placing too much importance upon all of this. I wish I could get every one of you to see just exactly how close we are to staring all of this right in the face. Those who are in the know, do say that in the third part of that Fatima vision, which was written down by those children, there is something yet never made known to the world; but whatever that is, this is the pope that stands ready to carry it out and (Satan’s image of) Mary will tell him exactly how to go about it. That is why I said the other night after having read what I did from the book, this world is at the threshold of being hit with a knockout punch, so to speak. The book is over 700 pages. You just cannot read it all at once and digest it. But when I got the chance to spend some more time reading it, that suddenly dawned upon me. This thing is upon us! It is far more serious than the dope traffic that has hit our young people on the streets of our cities. Our religious world is getting ready to be manipulated. More and more Protestant preachers, especially in the charismatic circles, are saying, Well, I do not see anything wrong with praying to Mary. It sort of gives us a common bond and so forth. Let me tell you what is wrong with it. It is idolatry pure and simple! It is Satanic. It is paganism dressed in 20th century disguise. Just think, this whole Fatima thing came on the scene shortly after the beginning of the Laodicean Church Age period. Right when the Church is all decked out, rich in goods and has need of nothing. According to the scriptures, that is the spirit which is on Laodicea. Nevertheless, that which the world accepts to be the Church is void of revelation and has need of everything. They have blind leaders leading the blind. Therefore, when the pope comes out on the stage and begins to introduce to the people what the blessed, holy Mary the mother of God, has just told him, this world will weep their way to Rome. How do I know that? Because the scriptures tell us he comes on with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. Why are they referred to as those that perish? Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. They do not want the word of God, they want a ritualistic program to follow. They have no concern about measuring up to the word of God. They just want a religion that gives them a secure feeling without having to change any of their ways. I have to thank God every time I think about what God showed Bro. Branham back in the 60’s when he was sitting in Youngstown Shopping Center waiting on his wife. All of a sudden the power of God came on him and he heard the voice of God say, I will show you the Bride in review. Then he saw the whole apostate bunch of Revelation 18 dressed like a witch, looking like witches. That is about all the world church amounts to. The only difference is, witches do not go to theological schools to learn their hocus-pocus. If they are witches, they are anointed of Satan to be that. Saints, we ought to be very thankful to God for the truth he has given to us. We need to cherish it with our whole heart and live like we appreciate it. If this present pope is the man destined to finish out this age, then some of you young people are not going to be old people before Jesus comes. We are the generation that is going to see this thing wrapped up. Therefore, we need to realize that the Spirit of God will manifest himself to the Bride Church in certain supernatural ways to show her how and what to do in walking through this present world, until it is time for Jesus to come for her. I will say also, everything he does will point you to something that is written right here in this book. I am not talking about the seven thunders now, I am talking about the little span of time between now and then. Back in 1963, when the Spirit of God made it known to us that the pale (or gray) horse rider represents that old spirit of Catholicism and Protestantism coming together in all this ecumenical, charismatic deception, we had no idea just how abominable it would get; but look what is out there today. What a dressed up program it is. Sure it is religious; but it is without one ounce of anything God will accept. I could have been left out there in that religious mess and so could you. It is only by the mercy and grace of God that we have our souls anchored upon something that is real. I am very thankful to him. What we have to look forward to is a beautiful picture; but it takes Holy Ghost vision to see it.
PERILOUS TIMES ARE HERE
We may have read this scripture earlier in the message, but I would like for you to open your Bibles to 2nd Timothy 3:1 for a few verses before I finish what I want to say about the wounded head that has been healed. In his second epistle to Timothy, Paul wrote these words and said they were for the last days. Well saints, we are in the last days; and it is plain to see that this scripture hit the nail right on the head. Perilous times are upon us. Wickedness and perversion are running rampant. So much so that our law enforcement people cannot keep up with what is going on. Let us read. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men (and women) shall be lovers of their own selves, (caring little about anyone else) covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (You know what the Bible says about those who call good evil, and evil good. We witness that every day.) Traitors, (People will stab you in the back at the drop of a hat.) heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (There has never been a society the world over as pleasure minded as people are today. Sports events take first place and God’s word declares that He must have first place in the life of a Christian. Does He require any less from us under grace, than he did Israel under the Law? What was the first commandment? Exodus 20:3, Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Your god is what you give first place to.) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Have you ever known a time when so many people professed to be Christians, yet lived like the devil? Society in general all seem to have a form of godliness but deny the very truths that pertain to godliness. Even that which the world looks upon as the Church, all fall into the same category. According to the scriptures, God hates homosexuality so much He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah from the face of the earth because their societies were completely given over to it; yet you find these perverts of our day demanding equal rights in the church. For what? Does anyone actually believe God will just overlook their lifestyle, pat them on the head and say, I love you anyway? Do not degrade the great Creator by even entertaining such thoughts. God will not overlook what they have given themselves over to. Judgment is coming. (Genesis 19:24-25) “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” He was not just having a tantrum like so many people of our day are subject to; he was destroying something that was abominable to Him. In Luke 17:28-30, Jesus said this, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (That describes a pleasure loving, self satisfying, void of the love of God society like we see all around us every day.) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” A lot of people who would never partake of much of what is going on today are almost as bad as the others; simply because they look upon what others are doing and say, It is their life; let them live it as they choose. Never should a true child of God look at this perversion and outright sin with such a nonchalant attitude. It ought to vex our righteous soul’s, like the Bible says it did Lot; living there in Sodom in all that mess. A lot of people look at religion the same way they look at perversion. People who are supposed to be walking in truth will say, I believe there are good people in every denomination. You may look upon all that great show they put on and think it is bound to be acceptable to God; but according to the scriptures their doctrine is antichrist; and if their doctrine is antichrist; they are certainly not the bride of Christ. The true bride Church has her doctrine straightened out to line up with what the apostles of that first age taught. That is why we can say dogmatically, that the Catholic Church is abominable to God; because all her teachings are different than what the Church in the book of Acts believed. Those popes claim to possess the keys to the kingdom of heaven given to the apostle Peter by Jesus; but the truth is, they do not even know what those keys consist of. If they knew, they would not be presenting to the world a perverted gospel; for it was that rock of revelation Jesus has been building His Church upon and they have no revelation. She believes in the end of time only from the standpoint that the Catholic Church rides triumphantly to finish out the picture. There are two things she does not believe and they are important to a proper revelation; if you want to get the right picture the Bible portrays. The Catholic Church does not believe in the restoration of Israel. If she did, she would recognize Israel’s sovereign right to possess the land God gave to Abraham and his seed through Isaac. She never has acknowledged that. Why? Because she teaches that the church is the seed of Abraham; therefore, all those prophecies now go from the natural to the spiritual according to their way of thinking. I was reading a certain portion of these things the other night, how they teach that we are Abraham’s seed. They were sort of putting down the Jew as being no longer the seed of Abraham, that God would deal with in the end time in any extraordinary way. Then the second thing is, and this fits in with what they are doing now, projecting the importance of praying to Mary, exalting Mary even above Jesus and dedicating things to her. We see in the book of Revelation, chapter 12, the description of a woman John saw standing in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and crowned with a crown of 12 stars. She says that is the blessed virgin Mary; but we know that is not right. That is a prophetic preview of the nation of Israel, the wife of Jehovah of the Old Testament, portrayed by the prophet Hosea. That is to show her how Israel will be completely restored in the Millennium Age; definitely having all of her land restored and the glory of the Lord ruling from Israel, from the capital city, which is Jerusalem; and she will have all twelve tribes restored to her. That is why her crown has twelve stars. That is the picture God has given to His Church; that she may know what to expect and how to conduct her own affairs as time runs out for the Gentiles. God certainly expects His revelated, bride Church to be in agreement with what He brings about in that restoration process no matter how unfair it looks to the world. Did not Jeremiah write, (30:3) “For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. (30:20) Their children also shall be as afore time, and their congregation shall be established before me and I will punish all that oppress them?” When you know what God intends to do for Israel as this age comes to a close, you would have to be a fool to be against her. Just keep in mind, everything we consider basic and important as scriptural truths, the Catholic Church has traditionalized and given an altogether different meaning. People in this world that could not care less which way the sun comes up, so to speak, if they are inclined to be a little religious, that old whore system will present something that sounds good to them. This is the kind of mind that spirit will play on; because without revelation they are easy prey. People who just want to be religious have the kind of mind that old antichrist spirit likes to play with; for they will accept almost anything when there is presented to them an ultimatum in the realm of world affairs.
PRESENT TENSE PROPHECIES
I want to reread a couple of scripture references and change certain words to present their true meaning for this hour of time. In 2nd Thessalonians 2:9, let me insert the word pope where it says even him; and I believe you will see a clearer picture of what we are dealing with. In verse 8, Paul wrote, “And then shall that Wicked (or wicked one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even the pope, whose coming (or introduction to the world) is after the working of Satan (not the working of God) with all power and signs and lying wonders.” By the things he is now saying, it is obvious that he believes the blessed virgin Mary has dedicated him for a special role in the end time wrap up. When we begin to read these scriptures like that, it begins to give them a present tense meaning, so we better understand how to look at current affairs in the world and how the Catholic Church along with the present pope is starting to appear to the world. As he comes on the scene for his end time role, he will be introduced to this world with all power and signs and lying wonders; but true saints will know, it is not by the power of God. It is Satanic power. As I said earlier, the signs will not be signs pertaining to gifts of the Spirit of God, divine healing and that sort of things; it will be signs like this Fatima vision we have been reading about and other similar things; like the miracle of Guadalupe, down in Mexico. The Catholic Church canonized all those happenings of the past, only after they felt that it was safe to do so. I would like to help you understand how they went about it though. It was very obvious, when the Fatima episode first took place, none of the Catholic hierarchy wanted to have anything to do with it. They never wanted to have anything to do with these manifestations until after each things had been accepted by the people as something from God. After, the hierarchy began to refer to them as the supernatural of God; because they see the blessed virgin Mary in them. At first though, they sort of shut it off, pushing it into the background until they had time to scrutinize it. This kind of approach gives the clergy of that system an appearance to the world leaders in general, that they are not fanatics. They just hold back and let the people themselves go ahead and set the stage and bear the possibility of reproach; until the thing is widely accepted. Then they come on strong with whatever makes them look good in the matter. After the people in general begin to scream, It is God!, it becomes easy for the Catholic Church to reach out and embrace it without running the risk of being embarrassed. By the time the clergy reaches out to embrace it, they already have society in their clutches; because, it was society that gave dignity to it in the first place. That is why they believe that the traditional word of God (in other words, their version) outweighs the written word of God, which is the word the way the apostles believed and taught it. That which is established by tradition, (the customs of the people) is what the people themselves want; so it is safe for the hierarchy to put their approval upon it. If you think I am not telling you the truth, all we would have to do is go back in the writings of the Catholic Church and see how they approached each thing. All around the world, where these episodes (which they call it apparitions) took place, they created curiosity in the mind’s of the people; causing them to want to look further into them. In the Bible, such things were called visions; but the Catholic Church always likes to put a shroud over everything to give it a mystical look. Let me just say at this time, if any of you think I am being too hard on the Catholic Church and the pope, I have not yet found words to express to you exactly how God looks upon this whole rotten mess. When a man who is called of God to preach sees trouble up the road ahead and fails to warn innocent souls that are likely to fall into a trap, he is in trouble with the One that called him in the first place. One thing is sure, if anyone who has sat in this place very long gets sucked into the stream of this ecumenical move Satan has designed, you need not blame me when you finally realize what you are trapped by, for I have diligently warned you of what Satan has planned for this hour of time. He has pious looking instruments everywhere that know exactly how to play on people’s minds. The antichrist is not being introduced to the world because of a majority vote. It is being accomplished by the power of the devil, doing things in a suppositional, supernatural way, making it look like it is of God. Most of the time they are related to certain needs of the people. We read about Lourdes of France, where thousands upon thousands of people have gone since the year 1858, when a certain person was reported to have seen the virgin Mary there. They have built a shrine on the spot and people from all over the world go there, hoping to find spiritual and physical needs met by presenting themselves before that shrine. Through the years, there have been individual testimonies of people being healed either while there or after having gone there. I will have to say, as I said before, if people were healed, they were not healed by the power of Satan. They were healed by the power of God and not because they went there to worship some kind of idol. God looks upon the sincerity of a person’s heart many times, knowing that the person is in ignorance of truth through no fault of his or her own; and seeing also, that such a person desires to worship Him, He responds to their faith. The fact is, if you do not allow the miracle of healing to lead you to His word, God will let that same miracle drive you straight into the open arms of the devil’s agents and you end up worse off than before you experienced the healing. In the early years of the Church, as recorded in the book of Acts, God did many outstanding works through those apostles; but it was for the purpose of drawing souls to His word. You can live an overcoming Christian life with a sick or crippled body; so God is not healing anyone because their condition is keeping them from being able to live a Christian life. Whatever he does is either designed to point you to His word or send you the delusion people who reject His truth are subscribing to. Our heavenly Father wants His children to know more than just the fact that Jesus died to pay our sin debt and took those stripes for our healing. He wants to reveal Himself to true believers; but the Catholic Church and her daughters are not interested in walking with Him in the light of His word. Another example of how Catholicism plays both ends against the middle is seen in the story of Joan of Arc. Right now, I do not even remember which century it occurred in; but at a time when England was trying to invade France and the leadership of France was discouraged and confidence was at an all time low, this lone woman rose to the challenge. Joan of Arc did not see the virgin Mary; she saw a vision showing her what to do and she went ahead and did it. At first when she went to the political leaders and told them of her experience, they did not even believe her. Later though, the Spirit that was showing her these things also guided her to the right people, where the plan could be set in motion. I will never forget reading that story: how in a certain fortress where the French forces were in a very bad situation, John of Arc was shown in a vision how to set the strategy for the defense of this place. When she went and talked to the commander of the place and told what was shown her, courage was given to the soldiers and they were spared. While all of that was going on though, the Catholic Church called her a witch. She became a martyr at the hands of the Catholic society; because they considered her to be a witch. Then years later, after the Protestant Reformation had accepted the fact that she was as a saint, the Catholic church not wanting the Protestants to get the glory, reached out and said, Yes, she was a saint. That is nothing but two faced hypocrisy; but they are experts at that kind of maneuvers. They know exactly how to play every occasion to their fullest benefit. That is because they are led by that sneaky, conniving spirit of Satan. That is why Paul said what he did about the coming of the antichrist; whose coming, or introduction is not by political vote; but by the power of Satan. “Whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” It has to be by the power of Satan because the world will never take a vote on whether the pope is or is not the antichrist. It is how the devil anoints him and speaks through him; and creates certain phenomena about him, that causes the world to be deceived by him. Therefore, it is the devil’s way because he is called also, the son of perdition; and rightly so; because the devil anoints him to lead the world to destruction. World leaders will cast a vote in favor of the pope becoming the overseer, or enforcer of a certain peace pact that will be signed, including the nation of Israel; but it will be by a special anointing of Satan that he becomes the murdering tyrant the Bible describes. With all power and signs and lying wonders, he is going to promise a lot of things to the world, as the world gives ear to what he has to say in the very near future. That is every bit backed up in the 11th chapter of Daniel. When the apostle Paul said, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish,” to the natural mind it sounds like he is deceiving all the unrighteous; and in the end that is what it will boil down to; but this verse bears out the fact that as this man is coming on the scene, it is by the unrighteous, deceiving tactics of Satan that he gains the confidence of those who are destined to be deceived. Why are there all those who are destined to perish? “Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” God knows the destiny of every living soul today. He knows all that are His; and He knows those who are not His. He knew all of that from before the foundation of the earth. That is why he could inspire his true prophets to write so precisely of what is yet to come.
DECEIVED LEADERS AND DECEIVED FOLLOWERS
As Satan is slowly building up the introduction of this man who is destined to be the antichrist, there are multitudes of others caught up in that same spirit of unrighteousness. They are also being motivated by that same spirit of unrighteousness and deception to work in unison with that which is coming; because the devil’s plan is to deceive the whole world and take it to destruction. That is why I want to read something to you that will reveal something a lot of people do not even know is taking place. Do you realize that if the same spirit that is working so profoundly in the Catholic Church and with the papacy, was not working also in this apostate Protestant world, simultaneously, setting the stage and getting things ready for the man that is coming, there might be cause for rebellion instead of a great unity? I was given this magazine the other night: The Lamp Lighter. It is put out by the Charismatic movement. The Charismatic movement has received a lot of attention for the past so many years; and we know what it is. However, I do not say that every person that has been saved or brought through the Charismatic movement is a lost person; or anything like that. God can bring people through anything, but the point is, if they have truly been born again, God will keep them on the move. He creates conditions, circumstances, never letting them stop to become stagnant. He will take them right on to the place where He wants them. However, if there are multitudes out here that God already knows will never walk with Him, then God can set in motion anything He pleases about their lives to cause them to hit a detour somewhere in their experience; and though they are still going down the road of life proclaiming to be Christians, the fact is, they have been blinded by Satan’s perversions so that they really think they are doing right, when actually they are doing wrong. It winds up that they are worshipping God in vain, (if you could call it that) because they really do not know Him, nor anything about Him. You have to know God in the way of truth, in order to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Therefore, I want to read you some words of people who do not know Him like that. It is right here in the Lamp Lighter magazine. Listen. “The favorite buzzword in Christianity today is tolerance. Christian leaders across the spectrum are urging their followers to forget doctrinal differences and to embrace all those who profess to be Christians. One manifestation of this trend has been an increasing acceptance of Catholics by Protestant evangelical leaders, even leaders like Billy Graham. The urge to embrace Catholics has been especially strong among Charismatics. At last year’s national convention of Charismatic’s held in Indianapolis, half the audience and several of the key speakers were Catholics. (Let us notice what some of them testified to.) Recently Paul Crouch, the head of the Trinity Broadcast Network and a leading charismatic spokesman, made the following observation regarding the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation (That is the concept that the bread and wine in the mass become the literal body and blood of Christ. That is what the Catholics teach; so notice what this deceived man said.) Well, we Protestants believe the same thing. (I denounce such a statement. We Protestants certainly do not believe the same thing. We never have believed the same thing. It is only those apostate ones, now, who have lost their way, that believe such nonsense.) One of the things that has divided us all these years should not have divided us all along, because we were really meaning the same thing, but just saying it a little differently. (That is not true. True saints of God do not believe such foolishness.) I am eradicating the word Protestant, even out of my vocabulary. (What do you think about that statement? You who think Paul Crouch is such a spiritual man.) I am not protesting anything anymore. (When I read that, I said, The pope has help now, and it is coming from an apostate Protestant. He is just one of the many that will follow right along in his footsteps. I believe something like this will allow a lot of people to see just how diabolical the image of the first beast will be; by the time that week of Daniel is being fulfilled. Remember, the image of the first beast is this council of churches the United States has had such a big part in forming. It is not a stone statue sitting some place; it is people bound together through this great ecumenical move Satan activated some years ago. It may look like such a wonderful thing right now; but just wait until the antichrist begins to give the orders, and then see who is helping enforce them. Let me read some more of this.) It is time for Catholics and non-Catholics to come together as one in the spirit and one in the Lord. Another well known Charismatic leader, Earl Polk of Santa Ana, has also been calling for evangelicals to embrace the Catholics without reservation. He has labeled Protestant critics of Catholicism as doom prophets and scoffs at the idea that anyone should be concerned about Catholics praying to Mary. (See, that only goes to show when they lose their revelation and they lose out with the Holy Spirit anointing and His leadership, they know nothing else to say. The devil takes them over and uses them to further his purpose. So it is just like a great big roundup. The pope is preparing the mold. All these other characters are just like cow hands. They got their message and they are sounding it loud and clear. The masses of unrighteous people who are not led by the spirit of God are being rounded up and driven in great herds to go into the devil’s trap.) The first point I would like to make is that Catholicism is not nearly as apostate as some forms of main line Protestantism. (Well that is true, but look how he justifies what he has just said.) The Catholic Church strongly affirms the virgin birth, we do too, the deity of Jesus, we do too, and the reality of the resurrection, we do too, all three. All three of these cornerstone truths have been rejected by main stream liberal Protestantism. (We all know that; but we do not have to take sides with the pope because of it. That is what the apostle Paul mentioned; that before this man comes on the scene, there will be a falling away first. So the falling away is taking place in these movements that have been the means of God bringing out and restoring lost truths to the body of Christ. When this fellow spoke of how main stream bodies of Protestantism have rejected the three things he mentioned, he then said,) In short, apostasy is not a Protestant versus Catholic issue. There is apostasy on both sides of the fence.” I certainly agree that apostasy abounds. Here is another thing the fellow by the name of Earl Polk brings out. He is making a plea for all evangelical Christians to embrace the Mormons and all the others, like the Catholics. Have you noticed the pope going into Africa? He invites the Moslems and even the chiefs of many of the tribes that are still playing with all kinds of spirits. If that tribe will accept the Catholic Church as a religion, he does not care how much they go ahead and play with these deities they have been praying to for centuries. It is the same way in Mexico and South America. It goes to show, it is a religion that does not convert you from paganism, it takes that same pagan spirit and just gives those people another cloak to disguise themselves with. Notice what it says here: “In the fall of 1988 I worshipped God in a Buddhist temple. As the smell of incense filled the air, I knelt before three images of Buddha, feeling that the smoke could carry my prayers heavenward. It was for me a holy moment, for I was certain I was kneeling on holy ground. I will not make any further attempt to convert the Buddhists, the Jew, the Hindu, or the Moslem. I am content to learn from them and to walk with them side by side, toward the God who lives.” (What a shame. But listen to this.) “In 1989 the archbishop of the Anglican Church, Robert ….called for all Christians to accept the pope as a common leader, presiding in love. He made his appeal at an evening prayer service midway through his first official visit to the Vatican. For the universal church, he says, I renew the plea. He said, Could not all Christians come to reconsider the kind of primacy the bishop of Rome exercised with the early church, presiding in love for the sake of the unity of the churches in the diversity of their mission. We have already been given a chilling preview of what is to come. It occurred in November 1986 in Assisi, (that is a place named after St. Francis of Assisi.) when Pope John 2nd called a convocation of the leaders of twelve world religions (Listen to this now, the pope did this in 1986) to pray to their gods for peace. One of those who came was the Dalai Lama (of Tibet and Thailand) who is considered to be a god himself. (Imagine the apostle Paul doing such a thing, or the apostle Peter, or any of them that came on in the second or third century, yet here is a man who is supposed to be the successor of, and having the same apostolic keys that Peter did, calling such a holy convocation.) The show was stolen by an American Indian chief who danced and whooped to his god. (That went on in the Vatican.) Why did the pope feel it was necessary to bring together pagan religious leaders to pray to pagan gods? Does the pope feel his own God is inadequate to meet the tasks?” Saints, I could go ahead and read from that particular item; but I feel that this is enough to let you see how this Fatima thing the world over, has set that Catholic Church in motion and it is like a tidal wave. I have a few copied sheets from the new Catholic encyclopedia, and in there is a portion written about the Fatima episode: the names of the children, where it took place, how often and so forth. It does not spend too much time in what was said, but it does give the basis for the meaning of it. I am not going to read this, I just wanted you to know what we are reading much of this from. This is not some off shoot of the Catholic Church being projected. It is in their encyclopedia. They hold it dear. It becomes word that they are observing and watching with much concern; because they believe they are being guided in world affairs because the blessed virgin Mary said those things. Here is another magazine that was given to me by a brother in the church. The magazine itself was written in 1986, six years ago in December. It is called the Fatima Crusader. It is put out by a certain Catholic order. Now the reason I show this is because back in 1986, this goes to show, that within a certain order of Catholic people, they were concerned that the knowledge of that Fatima vision and what it was all about, be made known to the world. I seriously doubt that Protestant people as a whole even knew such a thing had ever happened; but Catholic people of the world did. It is also strange to me, that these things they call apparitions, (which to me are supernatural experiences given by the devil) seem to occur mostly in a country and society that has been thoroughly entrenched in Catholic dogma. Anywhere you find people who have gone into apostasy, with just formalism and tradition, there is where Satan is free to manifest himself, because the society is asleep. Therefore, he can come on the scene and project these things; and because the people have lost their knowledge of truth and know not how to judge anything, when they are awakened by an event such as this Fatima vision, they immediately grab hold of it, and flock to it by the thousands. There is a church in Montreal Canada, where a similar thing was supposed to have occurred several years ago, and it draws people just like at Fatima. On the front of this little magazine I am holding it says, “The moment has come for God to ask the Holy Father to make a union with all the bishops of the world, (talking about the Catholic Church) the consecration of Russia to my immaculate heart.” That is why they have the picture of the virgin Mary on there. What are they doing? They are projecting the idea that the blessed virgin that appeared in the Fatima vision, is still talking, is still persuading, is still seeking to convince people that time is passing away. Back in 1986 who would have thought Russia would be where she is today? I have to say, a lot of what has happened with Russia, though it may have been true that the pope and Reagan planned certain political and material strategy, I cannot help but believe the whole thing was designed by God, long before Reagan and the pope of Rome came into the picture. He just allowed Satan to intersect certain aspects of it to make it fulfill like that; because the time had come that God wanted those Jews out of there. I believe also that God has a few people over there in those countries that are destined to have access to truth. That is why the Contender found its way into Russia. How did it get there? I have no idea. I would like to know. One would have to say it is a miracle that it ever got into a place like that. However, we all know what it says in Luke’s gospel: This gospel of the kingdom shall be published in all the world, for what purpose? For a witness. Remember though, if this is a work of God in this respect, you can rest assured that country will not stay open very long. While they are saying Russia is going to come back to the fold, it may appear to the world circles, that this is what is in the plan; but it will do us good to watch what God does with the whole thing. There is still prophecy to be fulfilled.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF
There are certain things in this magazine I mentioned that I would like to read to you, just to show you how the Catholic Church has been projecting all of this Fatima thing for so long and with such a determination to get this thing out. Pope John Paul 2nd on the feast of St. Francis, spoke bold words in a Catholic paper, there is no salvation outside the church. That is just exactly what is in their old book upstairs, The Glories of the mother Church. When you ask them a question, they have a way of going around it; but when they are standing on their own grounds, they are going to let you know if you do not belong to the Catholic Church you are hell bound. “On Saturday evening, October 3rd, more than ten thousand religious of the four Franciscan families coming from several countries throughout the world, gathered at St. Peter’s Basilica for a prayer vigil on the occasion of the beginning of the year long celebration of the eighty centenary of the birth of St. Francis of Assis. At the end of the first part of the solemn vigil, the Franciscans listened to a radio message from the Holy Father which was simultaneously broadcast in the cathedral in Assisi. The following is a concluding paragraph of the pope’s message, the mystery of salvation. (They always have to make it a mystery, like they are the only ones who understand the mechanism or formula of it.) The mystery of salvation is revealed to us and is continued and accomplished in the church (It goes into some great big long words here, that only a pope can pronounce or understand.) and from this genuine and single source like humble, youthful, precious, and chaste water, it reaches the whole world. Dear young people and members of the faithful, like Bro. Francis, we have to be conscious and absorb this fundamental and revealed truth contained in the phrase consecrated by tradition. (I have always said, That is all the whole thing is, a bunch of tradition. There is no way God could honor any of it: without going against His own word.) There is no salvation outside the church. (In big black letters it says, how many want to join it?) From her alone there flows surely and fully the life giving force destined in Christ and in His Spirit to renew the whole of humanity and therefore directing every human being to become a part of the mystical body of Christ. (Well, we do know it is a mystery; because out in the world, the way the world looks upon us, they do not understand that we are the mystical body of Christ. Let me read another portion here. It goes right back to Fatima. Everything they are projecting today is going back to that Fatima vision. Something in there that has not yet been published and made known to the world, and they feel that in the precise time the blessed virgin Mary is going to appear on the scene in such a miraculous way, that something extraordinary is going to take place in the world. Well you can rest assured, if so, it is another one of those powerful signs and lying wonders the pope will have to exploit the world with.) Our Lady’s message at Fatima has been deliberately and successfully hidden from the general public. (That is why you and I did not know very much about it.) Many of the clergy and faithful are unaware of the complete message given by our Lady of Fatima. The pope, together with all the bishops, must consecrate Russia. (Back in 1986 when it looked like it was impossible for anything to ever happen, they were really concerned because the virgin Mary had told them in October 1917 that in the end time, if they would pray earnestly and dedicate Russia to the heart of Mary, God could cause it to be returned. So here they are asking the people to consecrate Russia to the immaculate heart of Mary.) By this means peace will be given to the world. The conspiracy of silence regarding Fatima, to which Bishop Grover has referred, must be broken. The church’s stand against Communism has not been made clear in the minds of the faithful. You must discern for yourselves. You must not ignore the message of Fatima, even if some priest, bishop, or expert tells you to do so. We must obey God rather than men.” They use the scripture where Peter, before the Sanhedrin, because they had been arrested for preaching in the temple court, Peter said we must obey God rather than men. They can use scripture when it seems to justify their own point of view. I believe we have given this whole thing a good coverage; so we will bring this message to a close, hoping every person who hears or reads these words will take heed of the hour we are living in. The wounded head is healed; and the old beast is ready to continue on for a little season; so let us keep our eyes and ears open; and be ready for what the Lord will soon do for his little bride Church. God will send strong delusion upon those who are still playing around with his word: just having a good time with some certain few verses they like. This is why it is very obvious the foolish virgins are caught out there in the clutches of that. We cannot help but realize we are close to the end. That woman in the second film that many of you saw, while talking at a meeting in new Orleans, there is a statement mentioned in this magazine about her making speeches. She has traveled around to various places, asking all Christians to unite. She is making it her aim to help unite the Catholics and Protestants, to get them all together and dedicate everything back to that immaculate heart of Mary. They feel they have a job to do; and what they are doing makes me feel like time is very short. I pray that the Bride of Christ, the world over, can wake up and realize. The coming of the Lord is right at the door. The devil is breathing down people’s backs, if they would only realized it; because he knows his time is short. Remember also, God does not change Bible prophecy; just because someone or some country does something different than what we may have expected. Though Russia has taken a complete turn around, there is still an Ezekiel 38 and 39 war to be fought; and there is still a peace covenant to be signed between Israel and many nations; so keep your spiritual senses alert and just watch how it all comes about. God’s word will always have the last say. May God bless you all. Amen.