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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unright-eousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Cor. 6:14-18

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me . . .  Hosea 4:6

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Tim. 4:3-4

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thess. 2:8-12 (NKJV; emphasis added)

ALERT

The contemporary body of corporate Seventh-day Adventists and many, many Independent Ministries are sleepwalking far behind the march of prophetic events.  It is high time to wake up and WATCH!

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)

The words of Jesus Christ Himself about His Second Coming - Matt. 24:

21For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. [Cf. Dan. 11:45-12:1] 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  [Cf. Isa.  25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Wrote John the Revelator - Rev. 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Cf. Rev. 19)]  . . .30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  (Emphasis added.)

Of the great antichrist God has revealed through His prophet Isaiah:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Cf. Isa. 2:1-6, 19-21; bold and italic emphasis added)

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An urgent message to Seventh-day Adventists as the prophetic time clock winds down:

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The insight of A. T. Jones that needs to be kept in mind as Roman Catholic legislation proliferates throughout America - "The papacy is very impatient of any restraining bonds"  more . . .

Ellen G. White: "When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." (GC 445.1)

"When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." (5T 451.)

Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning  (For full context cf. Adventists and Birth Control; Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)

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NEW►  The right-wing majority of justices on the Supreme Cout are handing down radical decisions which undermine American democracy. IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT EVERY ONE OF THEM IS A ROMAN CATHOLIC. The papacy is no friend of democracy:-

The Supreme Court’s War on Democracy "But this is not the first time the Supreme Court, or more accurately the five Republican-appointed justices, have sided with big business and the wealthy over the average voter. These conservative justices’ war on democracy began with its infamous Citizen’s United decision in 2010, invalidating federal laws that restricted corporations and unions from spending their funds on electioneering. The result was that these entities could spend unlimited amounts of money to influence voters and it paved the way for the creation of the monstrosities known as Super PACs.

And then in 2012, the same five justices struck down the 100-year-old Montana Corrupt Practices Act, which had banned corporations from spending money to influence elections in that State. The law was enacted in 1912 to stop the wealthy mining company owners, known as the “Copper Kings,” from bribing elected officials, buying judges and controlling newspapers."

Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy "The problem isn’t limited to Sheldon purchasing immunity or GE procuring tax breaks, enabling the nation’s largest corporation to force taxpayers to give it money instead of it paying taxes. The problem also is that the rich are different from the 99 percent.

That’s what three university professors found in a study of the political views and activities of the one percent. It’s called, “Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans.”

Of the tiny percentage of Americans who are very rich, the researchers wrote:

'We find that they are extremely active politically and that they are much more conservative than the American public as a whole with respect to important policies concerning taxation, economic regulation, and especially social welfare programs. Variation within this wealthy group suggests that the top one-tenth of 1 percent of wealth-holders (people with $40 million or more in net worth) may tend to hold still more conservative views that are even more distinct from those of the general public. We suggest that these distinctive policy preferences may help account for why certain public policies in the United States appear to deviate from what the majority of U.S. citizens wants the government to do. If this is so, it raises serious issues for democratic theory.'"

Cf. Editorial: The selling of American democracy

A. T. Jones directed attention to Pope Leo XIII's intense interest in American democracy. It was not a benign interest; but one based upon the Pope's perception of a route to achieving world dominance. He was no friend of democracy. This was his view:

What applies to the individual applies no less to civil society. Those invested with the power to govern derive their authority not from the people who elected them, in the case of a democracy, but from God. Legislators have no right to enact civil laws which conflict with the natural law, even if a majority of the people wish them to do so. . All authority in church, state and the family derives from God, as Our Lord pointed out to Pontius Pilate. Pope Leo condemns "the doctrine of the supremacy of the greater number, and that all right and all duty reside in the majority." Thus, the Church accepts democracy if, by this term, it is meant that those who govern are selected by a vote based on a limited or universal suffrage. The Church condemns democracy in the sense that those who govern do so not as delegates of God, but as delegates of the people who elected them; and that they are bound to legislate in accordance with the wishes of the majority. "It is not of itself wrong to prefer a democratic form of government," writes Pope Leo, "if only the Catholic doctrine be maintained as to the origin and exercise of power." (From Pope Leo XIII on True Liberty.)

Cf. Democracy under the Care of a Guardian. The Backward March of John Paul II "The relationship between church and democracy is a crucial theme of Karol Wojtyla´s pontificate. And not just recently. It´s the point on which he has most exposed himself to criticisms of threatening the secular character of the state. And the criticism doesn´t come only from without; it also has an authoritative voice within the church."

To believe that Pope Francis is any different from his predecessors by being willing to concede the right of every individual to the freedom of conscience with which mankind was endowed by the Creator, is to ignore the Bible's identificatiion of the papacy, with the warning that "the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Rev. 13:2b)

Cf. He’s No Secular Saint: The Trojan Pope ". . . It’s one giant wooden horse that this Bishop of Rome is wheeling into the secular square these days, and the attention it’s getting bears at least passing comparison to that story from long-ago Troy. Now as then, the oohs and aahs of the village are upon this remarkable thing. Now as then, those present point to it with curiosity and excitement. But do they really know what’s in that horse, and what it means to loose on them?

The more Francis I talks, the more we’re all about to find out."

Cf. Man of God, Not of the Left

NEW►  The completed fulfillment of Luke 21:24 by the year 1980 and the related timeline set by Jesus Himself for His Second Coming (Luke 21:32,) indicate that there are not many years remaining for a peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians to open the way for fulfillment of Dan. 11:45; but the negotiating parties remain resistant to the concessions that must be made to achieve a peace accord. How the deadlock will be broken remains to be seen; our Lord admonishes us to "Watch" (Luke 21:34-36):-

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on verge of collapse: report "Israel and the Palestinian Authority started the current round of peace talks in late July in Washington D.C. after a three-year halt in talks. Israel's ongoing expansion of its West Bank settlements, however, has continued.

Some of the key issues to be resolved are the establishment of the Palestinian state on lands Israel annexed in the 1967 Mideast War, the fate of the Israeli settlements, the question of the Palestinian refugees banished in the 1948 War, and the status of Jerusalem.

Netanyahu gave a hawkish speech last week, in which he charged the source of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has "nothing to do with the settlements." This statement was slammed by left-wing politicians who said Netanyahu is 'regressing rather than advancing.'"

The UN hovers in the background:

Peace talks on verge of collapse after Palestinians' UN move "The dramatic move threatened to scupper a deal thrashed out by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, to extend the talks, which are close to reaching their deadline. Israel has said it will only continue talking if the Palestinians do not take their case to the UN or join any of its affiliated agencies such as the International Criminal Court."

A Peace Process in Which Process Has Come to Outweigh Peace "The peace process has been churning for more than 20 years now, taking on a life of its own and becoming something of an end in itself. Some analysts see the Kerry-driven negotiations as inhibiting a reckoning with the fundamental gulfs between the Israeli and Palestinian positions. The parties have spent hundreds of hours in recent weeks debating the particulars of which prisoners might be freed when; any discussion of how to divide Jerusalem, where to draw a border or the rights of refugees is a distant memory. . .

For Israelis facing a growing boycott movement, negotiations can stave off international isolation. . .

Americans prefer not to confront the crisis that a serious Palestinian international push would cause, nor to have to defend Israel in a fiercer international storm."

Will US diplomacy succeed in preventing collapse of Israel-Palestinian talks? "With the talks teetering on the brink of collapse, Washington has been fighting an uphill battle to coax the two sides into accepting a framework proposal which would extend the negotiations beyond April to the end of the year.

But the matter has become tied up with the fate of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners who Israel was to have freed this weekend under terms of an agreement which brought about a resumption of talks."

NEW►  A. T. Jones foresaw from his observation of Pope Leo XIII's pronouncements that the Roman Catholic Church in America would use the "free exercise" of religion provision of the First Amendment to erode the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. His prediction is now glaringly fulfilled by the alliance of Protestants (the False Prophet) and the Roman Catholic hierarchy. This is at issue in the Hobby Lobby case heard by the Supreme Court on March 25, 2014, and also numerous other cases working their way through the lower courts. With an activist Roman Catholic majority on the Supreme Court, it is unlikely that the Hobby Lobby claim would be rejected completely, but it might be upheld totally:-

Court majority harshly critical of Obamacare contraception mandate "The justices appeared divided along ideological lines in a 90-minute oral argument, with the federal government offering a spirited defense of the Affordable Care Act. . .

The church-state issue now in the spotlight involves three-pronged rules negotiated last year between the Obama administration and various outside groups.

Under the changes, churches and houses of worship are exempt from the contraception mandate.

Other nonprofit, religiously affiliated groups, such as church-run hospitals, parochial schools and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor, must either offer coverage, or have a third-party insurer provide separate benefits without the employer's direct involvement.

Lawsuits in those cases are pending in several federal appeals courts.

FFRF, other advocates file brief against Hobby Lobby "FFRF’s interest in the case arises from its position that 'the radical redefinition of ‘religious freedom’ to include a right to impose one’s religious beliefs on others is arguably the greatest threat to individual freedom of conscience.'”

Workers’ Medical Benefits Shouldn’t Be Subject To A Religious Veto, Americans United Tells Supreme CourtWe are a country of great religious diversity, and American workers must be able to make their own medical, family and reproductive decisions according to their own moral and religious values,” said Gregory M. Lipper, senior litigation counsel for Americans United and a primary author of the brief. “Although the for-profit corporations in this case are claiming the mantle of religious liberty, if courts put workers’ medical decisions at the mercy of their bosses, it would undermine the free exercise of religion.”

The five Roman Catholic activist judges on the US Supreme Court have already created a serious breach in the wall of separation between Church and State by overturning forty years of special treatment to taxpayer suits that challenge government spending in support of religion:

Cf. A breach in the church-state wall "Significant constitutional cases don't always arrive at the ball dressed up as such. Sometimes they come in the modest trappings of an obscure technical dispute too dull to capture public attention. . .

It seems like the kind of dry, legalistic dispute that only a lawyer could love. But the appearance is deceiving. If the court grants the administration's request, it will eliminate what is often the only effective mechanism for challenging financial support of religion by the executive branch. The effect would be to grant the president and his staff, as well as the vast federal bureaucracy, a license to preach.

The basis for the administration's request is the esoteric doctrine of standing, which determines who has suffered a sufficiently tangible injury to be allowed to bring suit in federal court. Ordinary taxpayers generally cannot sue to challenge the legality of government spending decisions because their contribution to any given expenditure is too small to count as tangible.

For the past 40 years, however, the Supreme Court has consistently given special treatment to taxpayer suits that challenge government spending in support of religion. The justification is simple and compelling: Government spending in support of religion generally does not inflict tangible injury on anyone, so if taxpayers don't have legal standing, no one does. In terms of government spending, the establishment clause would be rendered merely advisory.

That, of course, is how the Bush administration prefers its constitutional constraints."

Summary of Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. "On June 25, 2007, in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States held by a 5-4 vote that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) did not have legal standing to bring an Establishment Clause challenge to the use of taxpayer dollars to fund a program of President Bushs faith-based initiatives. In other words, FFRFs mere desire to enforce a strict separation of church and state was not a sufficient interest upon which to sue the federal government under the Establishment Clause; the group suffered no concrete injury."


 

The Head of State of the most powerful nation in the world in a subordinate role as he is received in audience by the present occupant of Caesar's throne. President Obama must be mindful of the religio-political forces that now hold sway in the United States of America:-

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’ at historic first meeting "Obama arrived at the Vatican amid the pomp and tradition of the Catholic Church, making his way to greet the pope after a long, slow procession through the hallways of the Apostolic Palace led by colourful Swiss Guards and accompanied by ceremonial attendants. The president bowed as he shook hands with the pontiff in the Small Throne Room, before the two sat down at a wooden table in the Papal Library.

'It is a great honour. I'm a great admirer,' a broadly grinning Obama said. 'Thank you so much for receiving me.'

The two were scheduled to meet for half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. Obama seem[ed] buoyed by the meeting as they emerged and the pope greeted a handful of Obama's senior advisers." The harsh realities of the papacy's demands and power:

Four years later, Vatican takes a different approach toward Obama "Pope Benedict XVI sent the president-elect a congratulatory telegram the same day, noting the "historic occasion" of his election.

Four years later, the Vatican's reaction to Obama's re-election had a markedly different tone.

'If Obama truly wants to be the president of all Americans,' said L'Osservatore Nov. 7, 'he should finally acknowledge the demands forcefully arising from religious communities -- above all the Catholic Church -- in favor of the natural family, life and finally religious liberty itself.'

Speaking to reporters the same day, the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, voiced hope that Obama would use his second term for the 'promotion of the culture of life and of religious liberty.'

The statements alluded to Obama policies favoring legalized abortion, same-sex marriage and a plan to require nearly all health insurance plans, including those offered by most Catholic universities and agencies, to cover sterilizations and contraceptives, which are forbidden by the church's moral teaching."

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration "In September, Pope Francis launched a high-profile campaign against Obama's proposal for military strikes to punish the government of President Bashar Assad for its presumed use of chemical weapons. The pope wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin, host of a G-20 summit, decrying the "futile pursuit of a military solution," and a few days later led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria that drew some 100,000 people to St. Peter's Square." (Does this explain Obama's change of mind?)

Obama Hopes for Boost From Meeting with Pope Francis "Francis is a celebrity these days and the president is probably eager to be seen with him, says Stephen Schneck, who directs the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington.

'Everybody on the planet would like to have their picture taken next to the pope right now,' said Schneck, who helped Obama win Catholic votes in the last election. 'So yes, of course, the president has more to gain.'"

In the United States the Image to the Beast is highly visible and already speaking through legislation of Roman Catholic laws; in the Middle East Israelis and Palestinians are under intense pressure to reach a peace settlement to open the way for Rome's presence in Jerusalem. In these developments are signs of the rapidly approaching end of this world's history; and this reading of current events is supported by the prophecies of Luke 21:24, Rev. 13, and Dan. 11:45. Into this dynamic enters Putin's Russia, defying the eastward advance of Rome's European Union, dubbed by many as a developing new Holy Roman Empire - how long can Putin hold up the increasing pace of events fulfilling the end-time prophecies? Some commentators are predicting that he will not back down, and is taking "the long view," with a protracted struggle of many years duration in prospect. It remains to be seen whether this can be so:-

The European Union throws down the gauntlet:

Ukraine crisis: EU signs association deal "The EU and Ukraine have signed an agreement forging closer economic ties, in a show of support following Russia's annexation of Crimea."

European Union signs landmark association agreement with Ukraine "The deal commits Ukraine and the EU to closer political and economic cooperation, although more substantial parts of the agreement concerning free trade will only be signed after Ukraine has held new presidential elections in May.

Van Rompuy, the European Council president, said the agreement would bring Ukraine and its 46 million people closer to the heart of Europe and a 'European way of life'."

The United States expands sanctions:

Obama Steps Up Russia Sanctions in Ukraine Crisis "The economic calculus favors Washington, analysts said: Even significantly tougher sanctions — the kind applied to countries like Iran — would probably have only a muted effect on the American economy because of the modest size of the Russian economy and its limited trade ties with the United States.

A senior Treasury official said there were already signs that the sanctions were having an impact. On Thursday, Standard & Poor’s, the ratings agency, downgraded its outlook on the Russian economy to negative. And jitters over Crimea have weakened the Russian stock market and the value of the ruble."

Cf. We are all Jesuits "Listening to Van Rompuy, you will instantly notice the similarities of the Jesuits with Europe. Jesuits formed the vanguard of the Catholic Church, like the European elite is the vanguard of the European integration. Both portray themselves as 'the elite', elevated above the ordinary people. Their methods are very similar. A sophisticated lie or purposeful deception is allowed when framed in the interest of the greater goal. A barely contained cynicism typifies the attitude toward the normal citizen, the ignorant fool, who within a democracy needs to be protected from himself. The Catholic and European elites work through inner circles. The rest is prose. Van Rompuy, Barroso, Monti and Rajoy are frequent visitors at papal audiences.

It is not surprising that this mentality leaves traces in the European structures and working methods. The ECB has a Governing Council of twenty three members, among which are the six members of the Executive Board. The ECB setup is hardly different from the Vatican. . ."

The USCCB is advancing its agenda on abortion ruthlessly. The Pastoral Plan of 1975 enabled the Roman Catholic Church to use abortion as the spearhead for forcing Rome's Social Doctrine on the body politic of the United States. With the freedom to choose an abortion still a constitutional right in America, the Republican Party taken over by the papacy is rapidly eroding the exercise of that right. Whatever one's views on the morality of abortion, there should be alarm at the blatant imposition of religious dogma on the nation:-

Nancy Kaffer: Michigan rape insurance law comes at cost of women's health "Thursday was a particularly aggravating day for women in Michigan — it was the day something dubbed 'rape insurance' became the law of the land.

This is a particularly noxious provision, enacted in a particularly noxious way, that bars public or private insurers from covering abortions unless the insured person purchases a special rider. There’s no exception for rape, incest, or the health of the mother, though Right To Life, the group behind the law, did concede that saving the actual life of a pregnant woman should entitle her to claim coverage for a medically necessary termination."

More State Abortion Restrictions Were Enacted in 2011–2013 Than in the Entire Previous Decade "Forty-five percent of the abortion restrictions enacted over the last three years fall into four categories: targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP), limitations on insurance coverage of abortion, bans on abortions at 20 weeks postfertilization (the equivalent of 22 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period) and limitations on medication abortion. States enacted 93 measures in these four categories from 2011 through 2013, compared with 22 during the previous decade."

Power to deceive! - Unifying for action without agreement on the identity of the true God and His teachings. Worthy objectives are no substitute for spiritual Truth, pure and unadulterated:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Vatican, Anglicans, Muslims sign accord against human trafficking "The new accord, signed during a Vatican news conference March 17, launched the beginning of the Global Freedom Network, which hopes to expand to include all the world's major faiths."

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Cor. 11:13-15

The Ukraine crisis reveals some of the murkier aspects of Rome's drive for world dominance. The EU is at the heart of the crisis. Consider the deep involvement of the Vatican in the birth and development of the European Union. Putin seems to have the upper hand; but can Russia prevail as the spoiler in view of the role of the papacy in the prophecies of the end?:-

EU blamed for mishandling Ukraine trade pact agreement "The official EU position has always been that EU-Ukraine association is a bilateral issue. But Putin, apparently, has played his summit cards better, if he has effectively been able to keep the EU-Ukraine AA hostage to a working group that could never meet. According to information obtained by EurActiv, the new Ukrainian government is enraged by the situation."

Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski: 'Moscow Needs Our Money' "Sikorski: The same thing applies to the Union as to the Vatican: God's mills grind slowly but surely. We have made mistakes. For example, when the negotiations over an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU were completed in December 2010, the lawyers and translators in Brussels took an entire year to work out the text. If both sides had signed faster at the time, Ukraine would be more closely connected with Europe for a long time now. Nor did we foresee at all what an irresponsible man President Yanukovych would prove to be - and that an even worse massacre could have potentially taken place on the Maidan (Independence Square). It was only our joint mediation initiative between Germany, France and Poland that prevented that from happening."

Pope Francis can be a player in Ukraine's identity crisis "Enter Pope Francis. One of the less noted aspects of his papacy has been the respect he has shown to Eastern Catholic churches. Before his inaugural Mass, he prayed at the tomb of St. Peter with the patriarch and major archbishops of those churches. He often refers to himself not as “the pope” but as “bishop of Rome,” a humbler title more congenial to prelates from the Eastern churches.

Francis also has a long history with Eastern Christians; as an archbishop in Argentina, he had responsibility for Eastern Rite Catholics who lacked a bishop of their own. The current head of the Ukrainian Catholics, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, has called Francis a mentor."

Europe On The Edge: NATO And The EU In Ukraine Crisis – Analysis "This article looks into the way two Western international organizations have behaved during the Ukrainian crisis, and considers their possible contributions. While new developments happen on a daily basis, it is possible to sketch out some of the main trends exhibited by NATO and the European Union (EU) over the last weeks. This exercise allows a better understanding of what is at stake for Kiev, Moscow and the Crimea. More particularly, it reveals that in theory neither Kiev nor Moscow can make strategic calculations disregarding the impact of international organizations on specific issues, but in practice they mostly do. In addition, it also provides a good case study of the capacities and limitations of these international actors.")

(Cf. First Ukraine-Russia Talks As EU Floats 'Immediate' Accord)

POPE FRANCIS INVITED by Roman Catholic Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner (note ties to ALEC), supported by Roman Catholic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and with the concurrence of the Senate leadership, to address a joint session of the US Congress. The invitation and the event when it happens is and will be of profound significance. This follows President Jimmy Carter's invitation to Pope John-Paul II into the White House and consent to the Pope's blessing on the assembled representatives of all three branches of the US government. Under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, enactment of the Roman Catholic Social Doctrine in the United States began in earnest. This was continued with increasing intensity under the presidencies of Bush the elder and the younger. Along the way, the Church of Rome took over the Republican Party, using Evangelical Christians as a front. Particularly since 2010, there has been a veritable steamroller of Roman Catholic legislation in the US House of Representatives and State legislatures dominated by the Republican Party. Events in the United States are not happening in isolation. There is also clear momentum towards fulfillment of Dan. 11:45. Can anyone doubt that the nation is teetering on the edge of the precipice of absolute despotism prophesied in Rev. 13:15-18, on a parallel course with movement towards the realization of the papacy's objective in Jerusalem?:-

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Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress "Aides to Boehner said he sent the invitation Thursday to officials in Vatican City. If Francis accepts the invitation, he would be the first pontiff to ever address American lawmakers from the U.S. Capitol, according to Boehner aides.

In his formal invitation, Boehner noted that Francis's ascension to the papacy and his social teachings over the past year 'have prompted careful reflection and vigorous dialogue among people of all ideologies and religious views in the United States and throughout a rapidly changing world, particularly among those who champion human dignity, freedom, and social justice.'

Francis's principles 'are among the fundamentals of the American Idea,' Boehner wrote. 'And though our nation sometimes fails to live up to these principles, at our best we give them new life as we seek the common good.'"
Boehner invites Pope Francis to address joint session of Congress "The Holy Father's pastoral message challenges people of all faiths, ideologies and political parties. His address as a visiting head of state before a joint meeting of the House and Senate would honor our nation in keeping with the best traditions of our democratic institutions. It would also offer an excellent opportunity for the American people as well as the nations of the world to hear his message in full.

"It is with deep gratitude that I have asked Pope Francis to consider this open invitation on behalf of the Congress and the millions of citizens of the United States we serve."

Probably a majority of Seventh-day Adventists are complacent in the face of events fulfilling Rev. 13:11-18, believing that the end cannot be near because a National Sunday Law is yet to be enacted. These are unwilling to recognize that the enactment of the Roman Catholic Social Doctrine is also a challenge to the Word of God, embracing in anti-birth-control legislation the deadly error of the Immortality of the Soul, with the ultimate Sunday Law to follow on a worldwide scale. Rome commands obeisance to the dogma of the Immortality of the Soul, and millions say, "Amen" figuratively; most willingly, but some unwittingly, including many who would reject the dogma if it were presented openly.

The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the apostate Protestant organization in deep collaboration with the Church of Rome, a non-member of the full organization but a member of the critically important Faith and Order Commission, visits with Pope Francis:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

WCC head, Pope share hopes for unity, justice, peace

Message delivered in audience with Pope Francis "For many years the WCC has worked and prayed for peace for Jerusalem and all the peoples living there. We know that religion and faith play a significant role in the conflict in what should be a city of peace. We believe that only a peace with justice, with a shared city of three religions and Israel and Palestine as two independent states, can there be an end to the occupation and the violence in this region. We heartily appreciate that you are going there as a pilgrim at a time urgently calling for a sustainable conclusion to the peace process. Your call for prayers for the people in Syria and other places have been warmly supported by our member churches, and as WCC we do what we can to nurture the hope of peace with justice for the people of Syria and for the future presence and witness of the Christian Churches in the Middle East."

JWG with Roman Catholic Church "Though the Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC, it is a full member of the Faith & Order Commission. The RCC also serves the team on mission and unity in a consultative capacity. The RCC sponsors a faculty appointment and spiritual support at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. Through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue, the RCC works with the WCC team on interreligious dialogue and cooperation."

A right-wing politician with a warped view of the poor because of his Roman Catholic "Social Justice" philosophy. It is Roman Catholic ideology, friends, not Ayn Rand:-

Paul Ryan discovers there's no free lunch "Here's how a heartwarming nonpolitical story about the relationship between a harried executive and a homeless child gets transformed into a frosty political attack on anti-poverty school lunches for children. . .

In Ryan's hands, this became a lesson for 'the left....What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.' . . .

So we start with a story about a harried sales executive learning about life from an abandoned child. That gets transformed, via the Republican wringer, into a lesson about the supposedly soul-sapping effect of a government nutritional program, and thence into a reproach to 'the left,' which doesn't care about the souls of our children, only about making sure they're, you know, fed. This is how the old game of 'Telephone' is played in Washington today."

Paul Ryan calls for cuts to anti-poverty programs in GOP budget "The conservative budget guru intends to rally House Republicans around an overhaul of the federal safety net, posing a direct election year confrontation with the White House over the growing issue of income inequality."

Paul Ryan Tries to Enlist Social Science to Back Up His Poverty Plan, Disaster Ensues "Paul Ryan’s budget proposals are not mere compilations of proposals, but grand vision statements. The classic versions relied on sweeping ideological pronouncements (i.e., 'it is built on the enduring truths from which America’s Founders established this great and exceptional Nation.') that would be perfectly at home in a Glenn Beck monologue. This year, Ryan has dramatically changed course. He has prefaced his budget with a review of the scholarly literature of the entire range of federal anti-poverty programs. In the place of grandiose, Randian lectures, Ryan ventures outside the world of right-wing pseudo-scholarship and actually attempts to engage with mainstream economic analysis.

This decision is very much to Ryan’s credit. On the other hand, it turns out to have been a gigantic mistake.

Basically everything in Ryan’s report turns out to be wrong. The Fiscal Times contacts a number of researchers whom Ryan cites, and they all report that Ryan knows nothing of their work . . ."

Paul Ryan wages war on the War on Poverty "Obama aims to ignite a conversation about federal safety net spending. Fifteen percent of Americans, nearly 50 million people, live in poverty.

Ryan's report questions the size and scope of the government's effort to tackle poverty. It says 92 federal programs geared for low-income people cost $799 billion per year."

One can well ask: what about the enormous cost to the federal government's coffers  of corporate welfare? This is a heartless ideology.which reeks of the great deceiver's lies and hypocrisy (Rev. 16:13 . . .)

All roads lead to Rome as the climax of the great ecumenical movement looms ahead:-

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Pope Francis meets high level interfaith group on its return from Holy Land pilgrimage

There are many avenues through which the spirits of Rev. 16:13-14 are working; but the most blatant manifestation of their activity is in the charismatic tongues movement. From the personality and background of Pope Francis, it is easy to see a chosen instrument of Satan to gather in his harvest quickly before Almighty God closes earthly human history:-

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Pope to Copeland: Catholics and Charismatics must spiritually unite "'The Catholic and Charismatic Renewal is the hope of the Church,' exclaims Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer, before a group of cheering followers at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Palmer said those words are from the Vatican. Before playing the video message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland, Palmer told the crowd, 'When my wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said that she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. So she did.'"

The crowd cheered, as he continued, 'Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?'

Even Kenneth Copeland finds this development incredible: Said Copeland, 'Heaven is thrilled over this…You know what is so thrilling to me? When we went into the ministry 47 years ago, this was impossible.'"

Pope Francis to Pentecostal Conference: Tears of Love, Spiritual Hugs "In a longer video from the Kenneth Copeland conference, Anthony Palmer tells the Pentecostal gathering about the necessity of Christian unity, if we are to preach salvation in Christ to the world. Palmer said that the divisions between Catholics and Protestants have had no reason to exist since the 1999 Catholic-Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification [this is a delusion (Cf. whole article.)] In that agreement, both Catholics and Lutherans recognized that 'by grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.'" (Cf. The Signing of the Joint Declaration; THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL)

Pope Francis and the Future of Charismatic Christianity "When people wonder why Evangelicals embrace Francis, they fail to see that Jorge Bergoglio had been connecting with evangelicals through the charismatic movement for quite some time. This greeting resulted from a relationship that Pope Francis has had with the broader charismatic movement in general and Tony Palmer in particular, who facilitated the connection. Tony Palmer’s vision to bring Christians together merged with Pope Francis’ vision to make this greeting possible. My own colleague at Regent, Vinson Synan has had more than one audience with Archbishop Bergoglio."

To the proponents of a National Sunday Law: there will ultimately be a Sunday law, but you are mistiming it, narrowing its scope, and looking in the wrong direction; the law is go forth from Jerusalem (Isa. 2:3.) It is now later than you think!

Yet another insidious organization founded one year after the USCCB's Pastoral Plan was launched and four years before the completed fulfillment of Luke 21:24! This is an emergent picture of an army of organizations constituting the modern legions of Rome, each with its assigned sector of operations and all working towards the one goal of papal supremacy in the United States and the world. This army cannot now be rolled back, prophetically or practically; but recognizing its objective of destroying religious liberty and establishing the laws of Rome in place of the teachings of the Bible warns of the rapidly approaching "battle of the great day of God Almighty." Too many are slumbering on in the face of these prophetic developments:-

EPPC|ETHICS & PUBLIC POLICY CENTER -

"CATHOLIC STUDIES
As an integral part of the Ethics and Public Policy Center for more than twenty-five years, the Catholic Studies program explores the many connections between Catholicism and public life and seeks to clarify and deepen knowledge of modern Catholic social thought. We serve as a prominent reference point for government officials, members of Congress, and journalists seeking to understand the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and its application to public policy questions. We argue for the robust moral and cultural foundations needed to sustain a society that is both free and virtuous.

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel, who holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic studies, is one of America’s leading public intellectuals and one of the most prominent Catholic thinkers in the world. His annual William E. Simon lecture provides a prominent forum for his work and has spawned influential essays, articles, and books.

EPPC’s Catholic Studies program also runs the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, an annual summer seminar on Catholic social teaching and the thought of Pope John Paul II."

Religious freedom caucuses planned for every state legislature "Advocates of religious liberty have announced plans to launch religious freedom caucuses in all 50 state legislatures in order to fight against the erosion of religious liberty at the local level.

The caucuses will be 'a focal point for those who are working on religious freedom in the states to direct and generate their efforts,' said Brian Walsh, executive director of the American Religious Freedom Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center."

Ethics and Public Policy Center "The Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), founded in 1976, is one of a handful [they are actually more than a handful] of organizations established by neoconservatives to promote an increased role of religion in public policy and turn back the influence of secularism. Similar institutions include the Institute on Religion and Democracy and the Institute on Religion and Public Life, as well as the various religious freedom programs created by think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute. EPPC describes itself as 'dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy.' According to the group's website, 'EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend the great Western ethical imperatives—respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government.' The center sponsors conferences, publishes books and reports, and provides the media with policy analysis relating to its research programs. It operates a numerous programs that mix politics with religion."

We must not be fooled by the hue and cry about "religious liberty" and "religious freedom" being under assault by secularism and the government programs to which the Church of Rome is opposed. The goal is to accomplish exactly the opposite (Cf. A. T. JONES ON THE PAPACY AND AMERICA.)

President Peres praises a Pope of the Charismatic Renewal movement and of "religious brotherhood":

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Peres Praises Pope Francis in Meeting With Argentinian Interfaith Leaders "Welcoming them to Israel, Peres praised the group for working together and showing 'religious brotherhood.' He then made mention of Pope Francis’ successful endeavors. . .

The delegation – made up of Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders – was created under the patronage of Pope Francis when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Besides Israel the group will visit the Palestinian Authority and Jordan during their trip to the region. They will conclude their travels by meeting with the Pope at the Vatican.

Luis Grynwald of the Jewish community in Buenos Aires presented Peres with a Mate (a symbolic Argentinian cup) on behalf of the delegation and said, 'This is an Argentinian symbol. Everyone drinks from the same cup – Jews, Muslims, Christians and all citizens of the country.'

'It’s a symbol that we can live in peace, in Argentina, in Israel and all over the world,' he added."

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FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2014

 
Announcement:

Elder Wm. H. Grotheer died on Sabbath, Saturday May 2, 2009.

He has left a rich legacy of theological writings and sermons which will be a blessing to many until the end of time.

Follow the adjacent link to a moving tribute written by a former student of Elder Grotheer who has been a friend of the Grotheer family for nearly fifty years.

In memory of
William Henry Grotheer October 10, 1923
to May 2, 2009

 

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)