Firstly, a false interpretation of biblical prophecy (deliberately initiated by the Jesuits) that led to speculation and resulted in massive confusion. This is the prophetic interpretation known as Futurism. In a nutshell, it is the theory that almost all the events in Revelation, and in other prophetic portions of Scripture, are still to be fulfilled some time in the future; that the Antichrist is some unknown individual yet to arise; that the Great Whore is yet to develop fully; etc. Before this Jesuit interpretation of prophecy became widespread, Christians recognised the fulfilment of most of the prophecies in various historical occurrences; they saw, in each pope of Rome, the Antichrist of Scripture; and they had no trouble in identifying the Papal system as the Great Whore.
Secondly, the present-day ecumenical movement (spawned by the Roman Catholic institution) has convinced multitudes of professing Christians that Roman Catholicism, far from being the greatest enemy of biblical Christianity in existence, is a part of the Body of Christ – just another Christian denomination! Given the appalling state of what goes by the name of “Christianity” these days, no true Christian should be surprised. But that, in summary, is why various other abominations are readily exposed, and Romanism is ignored altogether – let alone shown to be the worst of them all!
And let us not fail to discern the slimy trail of the serpent behind this state of affairs. Satan loves it when everyone’s eyes are off Rome, and focused elsewhere! If the seven-hilled city (Rev.17:9) is the place to which the Holy Spirit directs us, the devil will do all he can to point everyone in another direction. Why? It is because he has his seat there (cf. Rev.2:13 with Rev.13:2); it is the habitation of devils (Rev.18:2). It is his masterpiece. No institution on earth is doing his work as well, or on such a scale, as Romanism. For it is a diabolical counterfeit of the truth; and that makes it all the more deadly. Satan, transformed into an angel of light, is far more deadly than when he appears as he really is; and his ministers, when they are transformed into the appearance of ministers of righteousness, are far more deadly than when they appear as Masons, or Satanists, or Muslims (2 Cor.11:13-15).
The Christian who knows what the Word of God really says about these matters will not be sidetracked. By all means, expose the works of darkness wherever they are found. But maintain a biblical perspective at all times. The Holy Spirit has given us an inspired revelation of the Papal system. That system, more than any other, needs to be exposed for what it really is. And yet in our times, that system, more than any other, is the most neglected of all. Indeed, it is not even recognised as an enemy, let alone as the enemy, of the Gospel of Christ, and of the Church of Christ, by the majority of professing Christians. And while other wicked systems are exposed, Popery continues to take giant steps towards its ultimate goal. Christians awake! The soldiers are most needed at that point on the battlefield which many have assumed is not part of the battlefield at all.
Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher. He runs Bible Based Ministries. This pamphlet was first published in 1993, and revised in 2018. For other pamphlets (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, articles, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, please send your details.
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