Bible Prophecy Speaks Of The Papacy, Part II

Many professing Christians are now well-informed about the teachings, past history, and present activities of Islam and the threat it poses – but these same professing Christians know nothing, or next to nothing, about Roman Catholicism!  They do not discern the interference of the Vatican and its Jesuits in religious and political events; they have been taught to reject the historic Protestant understanding of how biblical prophecy deals with the Papacy; and they feel there is no need to know anything about it, because they have been indoctrinated into believing that it is not a threat, it is not the fulfilment of biblical prophecy, it is not even a false religion, but is an actual part of the Christian Church itself!

Lest I am misunderstood: Islam is a false religion, a violent, fanatical and extremely dangerous religio-political movement, with millions of its followers prepared to kill for their god and their prophet.  It is a threat to the world.  It needs to be understood and exposed.  But again, as with so many of those who have researched and exposed Communism, the Illuminati, Freemasonry, etc., the vast majority of the researchers into Islam have only gone so far.  They have not delved deeply enough.  And knowingly or not, they are misleading people.  They are speaking and writing so much about Islam, but their lips are sealed as far as Popery is concerned!  It is like a guide in a game park, drawing the attention of his guests to an angry, hissing, raised cobra with hood flaring and striking out, while unaware of (or ignoring) the python slithering silently and unobserved through the grass, which quietly coils itself around its prey and suffocates it.

Islam is a deadly cobra: hissing, vicious, threatening, spitting mad, striking out.  Romanism is a python, which, while everyone’s attention is on the cobra, is busy choking the life out of its religious and political foes.  The demons which threw men into fire and water and made them cry out and foam at the mouth were powerful and terrible (Mk. 9:14-29); whereas when Satan entered into Judas (Lk. 22:3), there was no outward change in his behaviour.  He appeared just as he had before.  He was “the son of perdition” (Jn. 17:12), and the pope of Rome is “the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3), and he and his fanatical henchmen  behave as Judas did; whereas Islam’s foam-flecked fanatics, those who use bombs and cause riots and slit the throats of those who do not agree with them, behave as uncontrolled wild men.  Satan is behind both, yet in truth, which is the more dangerous?

In my pamphlet, The “Islamic Antichrist” Deception, I wrote:

“As brutal and anti-Christian as Islam is, it is not the greatest threat to true Christians in the world.  Yes, Muslims worldwide are committing terrible atrocities against true Christians, professing Christians, and multitudes of others.  No one can deny that it is a terrible threat indeed, and all believers should pray for their brethren in Christ in various Muslim countries who are facing such a monstrous foe.  They should also pray that if it is the Lord’s will, such terrible persecution of Christians would come to an end.  We must not downplay the danger of Islam to the true Church of God.

“But when your enemy comes at you with a sword in his hand, you can recognise him.  He will not deceive you.  His true character is not hidden.  When, however, he comes as a Judas, pretending to be your friend and pretending indeed to be a follower of Christ, this is the far greater danger.  This is why Paul wrote, just before describing the Papal Antichrist, ‘Let no man deceive you by any means’ (2 Thess. 2:3).  This is why the Lord Jesus said, just before his discourse on prophetic events, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you’ (Matt. 24:4).  An enemy appearing in the guise of a friend is far more deadly than an open enemy.  A fanatical Muslim rushes at you with his sword held high over his head, screaming that infidels should die, and you will have no doubt about his intentions.  But a Roman Catholic priest (or just an adherent of that religion) comes to you with outstretched hand, a smile on his face, and calling you ‘brother’, and unless you are well-grounded in the Word of God, you may be deceived.  And for this reason the Roman Catholic institution will always be the far more dangerous enemy of true Christians.  It is a wolf disguised as a sheep.

“Today, Rome is making use of the ecumenical movement to deceive Protestants.  The Great Whore wears a smile on her face and prefers not to let the blood of her persecution of Protestants through the centuries show.  She leaves the bloody work, for the most part, to Islam.  She is advancing through subtlety, deceit, pretence, lies, smiles.  And she is succeeding as never before.  Islam’s brutality repulses; Rome’s apparent sweetness entices.  Islam is most definitely anti-Christian, in that it hates Christ and the true Church; but the Papacy is not only anti-Christian, the Roman pope is the biblical Antichrist.  The Papacy is the greatest enemy of the Christ of God, His true Church, and His Word, that has ever existed on the face of the earth, or ever will.”[43]

And the following is from my article, The Global Roman Catholic and Muslim Populations:

“By no means are we downplaying the serious threat which Islam is in the world.  For Christians living in Islamic countries, that threat is very real, and it is deadly.  For Christians living even in non-Islamic countries where Islamic influence is growing at a phenomenal rate, that threat is real as well.  It is described in Bible prophecy as a religion from the bottomless pit.  It has from its very beginnings been a religion of cruelty and bloodshed, and Islam is described in God’s prophetic Word in Revelation 9, as it existed centuries ago but with lessons which are still applicable today.  But the Popish religion is described in chapter after chapter of Revelation, and in the prophecies of Daniel, and in 2 Thess. 2, and in 1 John!  It is not Islam, but Popery, that is the religion of Antichrist.  It is not the Ayatollah of Iran, but the Pope of Rome (and each and every Pope of Rome), who is the biblical Antichrist himself.  It is not Mecca, but Rome, which is the city on seven hills, described for us in Revelation 17, the nerve centre of Satan’s operations on earth….

“Roman Catholicism and Islam: the world’s two largest religions.  Both of them intolerant, cruel, ruthless, deceptive, born in the bottomless pit, driven by the ambition to rule the world.  Between them, they control about two fifths of the world’s population.  Both are massive mission fields, the largest in the world.  But it is Romanism which, from the standpoint of Bible prophecy, must be the Bible believer’s primary focus.   And it is Romanism which is Satan’s chief instrument in the world to deceive men, for although Islam is a devilish religion, it is not counterfeit ‘Christianity’.  Roman Catholicism is counterfeit ‘Christianity’.  It has its own counterfeit ‘christs’ (the mass-wafer, the supposed images of Christ, the pope himself, the priesthood), it is a counterfeit ‘Church’, it preaches a counterfeit ‘Gospel’.  And there is nothing more deadly than a false religion masquerading as the true Church of Jesus Christ.  Islam is one form in which the devil walks abroad in daylight; but Popery is the form in which the devil walks in the twilight, with fair speech and flattering lips (see Prov. 7:6-27).  Be not deceived!”[44]

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