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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

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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)

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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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Is the General Conference Involved in Ecumenism?

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THE CALL OF THE POPE & WHO RESPONDED)

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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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Certain of the popular positions mentioned approvingly in some hyperlinked reports, essays, and blogs on this web page will of necessity cause reactions of strong disagreement, or at the very least discomfort, on the part of many readers. Regrettably, these positions cannot be separated from the core issues in the reports which prove the fulfillment of major end-times prophecies, and may of themselves be fulfillment of the prophecy of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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NEW►  This article is comprehensive in its analysis of the uniqueness of Pope Francis' determined focus on an ecumenical "coming together." Every paragraph is so pregnant with significance for these end times, that it is difficult to make a selection for quotation. The entire article needs to be studied carefully. The Pope is looking to the most dynamic religious organizations for unity of purpose - the "Common Witness to Christ." The dynamism is not of the Holy Spirit, but of the spirits of Rev. 16:13-14, and it heralds the rapidly approaching apocalypse:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Francis, Ecumenism, and the Common Witness to Christ "Some Evangelical and Pentecostal faithful appear to have started paying attention and accepting the possibility that not only individual charismatic Catholics, but the very Catholic Church—including the major stumbling block, the Pope himself—may not be the Whore of Babylon after all. [Cf. 2 Thess. 2:8-12.]

Newcomers to the ecumenical table tend to think that all the things they are discovering for the first time are radical innovations by Pope Francis, as if no other pope before him had ever gone out to hug the people and kiss the babies and the disabled; as if no other pope had ever asked forgiveness for the past sins of the Catholic Church; as if no other pope had made an outreach to the separated brethren; as if Saint John Paul II hadn’t traveled to mafia country to publicly rebuke criminals, calling them to repent or face the wrath of God; as if no other pope had ever placed emphasis on Jesus or Scripture.

But however much they may hold on to misconceptions about the Church’s past, at least many are now willing to take an unprejudiced look at the present Pope and his leadership of the present Church.

The World Evangelical Alliance’s Brian Stiller made a sober defense of this position in an article called 'Lunch with the Pope':

My counter argument to those who might dismiss friendship with the pope is this. For Evangelicals and Protestants, of all shapes and sizes, the state and condition of the Roman Catholic Church matters. Of the over 2 billion Christians, one-half are linked to the Vatican. About 600 million are Evangelicals and another 550 million members of the World Council of Churches (which includes the Orthodox Churches). As a world body, it is our calling to have contact with other major Christian communities and faiths. Conferencing with Rome no more compromises our doctrinal commitments than it would by meeting with the heads of other religions. We do that as a natural and important role of our calling. In places where Evangelicals are marginalized, having this official connection allows us to raise issues and ask for responses we would never otherwise get. In a worldwide community of faith, the work and role of each Christian community matters.

A final dramatic moment in ecumenism from the first half of 2014 was the announcement that one of Sweden’s most influential Charismatic pastors, Ulf Ekman, founder of the world-wide Word of Life Movement, had taken a step he had been pondering in his heart for a long time, and, together with his wife, had become Catholic. Although this predictably caused confusion and even pain to some in Ekman’s flock, it must be said here that 'sheep-stealing' is not Pope Francis’ purpose. The late Bishop Tony Palmer was careful to point this out: 'Pope Francis pulled me up on more than one occasion when I used the expression ‘coming home to the Catholic Church.’' He said, ‘Don’t use this term.’ He told me, ‘No one is coming home. You are journeying towards us and we are journeying towards you and we will meet in the middle. We will meet on the road as we seek each other.’”

The true unity for which Jesus Christ prayed cannot be overemphasized.

NEW►  Wishful thinking perhaps on the part of an elder Israeli statesman nearing the end of his life, frustrated by the course of events (Peres: Netanyahu torpedoed peace deal 3 years ago; Land grab shows Netanyahu unbowed after Gaza;) but still hoping to realize his dream of peace in Palestine under the auspices of a papal presence in Jerusalem:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Shimon Peres: Francis is a more powerful peace advocate than UN "While visiting the Vatican earlier today, Mr Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the 'United Religions' to counter religious extremism in the world today. . .

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed that Peres, who ended his presidential term in July, had requested the meeting and told the Pope about his idea for United Religions. The Pope, however, did not commit himself to the proposal.

'The Pope listened' to the idea just as he always does with any peace initiative, 'showing his interest, his attention and encouragement,' Fr Lombardi said.

But 'the Pope made no personal commitment' and reminded Peres that the Vatican has the Pontifical Councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Justice and Peace — two offices 'that are suitable' for supporting or following such initiatives, Father Lombardi said."

The Church of Rome is probably far ahead of Shimon Peres' idea, as is implicit in the reminder by the Pope about the Pontifical Councils. Moving with the subtlety and stealth of "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan" (Rev. 12:9,) who "gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority" (Rev. 13:2b,) the papacy has many tentacles spread far and wide. Those tentacles encompass the great ecumenical movement, which embraces the Christian world, other religions of the world, the United Nations, individual nations such as the United States of America, and combinations of nations such as the European Union - creature of the papacy.

The role of the European Union in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process tends to be underestimated:

Can the EU Revive the Cause of Middle East Peace? "Two very strong assumptions have governed much international diplomacy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the past decades. The first is that the solution is known, so all that is necessary is strong leadership—and U.S. determination—to arrive at that goal. The second is that European action is not likely to have much independent effect, so Europe can at best only support American efforts.

The unhelpfulness of the first assumption is now apparent to all but a few diehards. That makes it an especially important time to demolish what remains of the second assumption. This is not to suggest that Europeans can succeed where Americans have failed. Rather, Europe might be able to have some long-term positive effects in precisely those areas where the United States has decided not to go. This conclusion flows not from unrealistic optimism but from a hard-nosed look at the past. . .

It would be hard not to be cynical about Europe’s possible role. European states and institutions are hardly angelic players. They have their own material and security interests. And they are often acting in tension with each other; when they manage to coordinate, it is through a very cumbersome process.

However, from a decade-to-decade perspective, many of the main ideas for settling the conflict were incubated in Europe before they became common diplomatic wisdom. Most notably, the two-state solution that now is touted as the 'known solution' was one that U.S. officials found literally unspeakable for many, many years. Not so in Europe. The first time that the European Community, the precursor to the EU, tackled the question was with its 1971 Schumann Document, which proposed the creation of demilitarized zones, the Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories, and the internationalization of Jerusalem. . ."

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT - ROME IS A MOVING FORCE BEHIND THE DRIVE FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE, AND THE OBJECTIVE IS THE PAPACY'S PRESENCE IN JERUSALEM AS PROPHESIED IN DAN. 11:45.

Before achieving "united religions," as envisaged by Shimon Peres, the papacy needs to complete the process of unification of the apostate Christian churches. A major obstacle is the conflict in Ukraine. The Evangelical churches are astir with the belief that the Gog and Magog prophecy of Eze. 38-39 is being fulfilled, a futurist-dispensationalist fantasy which refuses to recognize that the prophecy, together with others, was conditioned upon the faithfulness of ancient Israel. Even such a serious newspaper as Haaretz publishes an article on the subject (subscription probably required to read it, but it is free):

FYI: Putin=Gog, Crimea=Magog, the apocalypse is here and the Messiah is coming "Not only Christian fans of Armageddon are buzzing: According to one rabbi, the Vilna Gaon himself predicted that when the Russians take Crimea, the steps of the Messiah will be heard."

Probation closed for the nation of Israel in A.D. 34. The Jews ceased to be the people chosen by God to preserve and spread the light of His Truth. Thenceforth there was a new "Israel of God." The true prophetic significance of the Ukraine conflict is that it impedes the papacy's progress towards dominance of a unified world:

Ukraine crisis poisons Catholic-Orthodox relations "The crisis in Ukraine is undermining reconciliation efforts between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church and has shown up Pope Francis's inability to make his peace message heard in the conflict-torn country, analysts said. . .

In Moscow meanwhile, the ties between the Russian state and a 130-million strong Orthodox church are stronger than ever.In the Ukraine crisis, Kirill 'cannot play the role of referee because he is too linked to Moscow', Hamant said.

But there are signs too that the Russian Orthodox are playing a more constructive role, with their chief clergyman in Ukraine -- interim metropolitan Onufriy calling on Friday for pro-Russian rebels to lay down arms."

Ukrainian crisis may split Russian Orthodox church "The Ukrainian Orthodox church of the Moscow patriarchate, which has 12,500 congregations, is the largest of three Orthodox churches in Ukraine.

It has some degree of autonomy, with a Synod of Bishops that elects its own members. However, the church's leader, currently Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, although elected by the synod, has to be approved by Moscow. . .

The 'Russian world,' or 'Russky mir,' has been an overriding theme for Kirill since he became patriarch in 2009, and it meshes with Putin's worldview, said Antoine Arjakovsky, director of research at the College des Bernardins in Paris and founder of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Lviv, Ukraine."

Catholicism in the Ukraine: Unresolved problems "Over 400 years ago Orthodox Christians of the present day western Ukraine broke away from the Orthodox Church and entered into union with Rome. Although they kept their religious traditions and rites they were not totally free from forces of latinization in the various aspects of their ecclesial life. Today, the place of the Greek Catholic Church in the Western Ukraine within Christianity is a topic of dispute and confusion. The Greek Catholic Church is an obstacle in Catholic-Orthodox relations. To overcome this obstacle it is necessary to examine various areas, the historical, the theological and then possibilities for the future. . ."

The Vatican has a huge task ahead of it before the ultimate goal of a unified christendom and world is achieved; but it would be a mistake to think that it is impossible, or that it could not come rapidly, and in the near future.

Cf. JERUSALEM IN THE CROSSHAIRS.

NEW►  A major sign of the end is the fallen state of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The "faithful city" has become a harlot. The following entry is excerpted from an exposé just published on this website of the unlawful appropriation in October, 2010, of virtually all of the priceless research books and papers owned by the Adventist Laymen's Foundation Corporations of Mississippi-Arkansas:-

The theology of Adventist Laymen's Foundation is unique . . . (Cf. Report of Research Findings on the Adventist Laymen’s Foundation by a Court appointed Expert Witness.)

NEW►  The unity advocated by Pope Francis is the work of the spirits of devils:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope: division is among greatest sins of Christian communities "'In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,' . . .

'One because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery of unity and full communion. Holy since she is founded by Jesus Christ, enlivened by his Holy Spirit, and filled with his love and salvation.'

We continue to refer to the Church as 'one' and 'holy' despite the fact that 'we know by experience that it is also composed of sinners and that there is no shortage of divisions,' he said, recalling how the night before he was arrested Jesus 'asked for the unity of his disciples: ‘that all be one.’”

The oneness for which Jesus Christ prayed.


 

Pope Francis heaps praise upon the Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, which was founded and is headquartered in the United States of America:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope sends message to Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention "Pope Francis has sent greetings and encouragement to the Knights of Columbus who are currently holding their 132nd Supreme Convention in Orlando, Florida, in the United States. In a message, signed by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope says the meeting’s theme of ‘Our Vocation to Fraternity’ is especially important since 'the Church is called to be a community of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another' thus serving as 'a leaven of reconciliation and unity for the whole human family.' . . .

The Pope also thanks the knights for their efforts to defend the role of religion in the public square and to encourage lay people in their mission of shaping a society that reflects true Christian values. Pope Francis praises the order for its commitment to educating people in the faith and in a strong sense of civic responsibility. Finally he thanks the knights for their support of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family, to be held in the Vatican in October, and the World Meeting of Families which will take place next year in Philadelphia."

The Pope has urged the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to tone down their campaign1 against contraception, abortion, and the other issues embraced by the "family values" crusade. His endorsement of the work of Knights of Columbus stands in stark contrast. This organization funds the USCCB's campaign, and more than that its members are strident and aggressive "foot soldiers" in support of the campaign:

Who's funding the Catholic bishops' religious freedom campaign? "On Thursday, Catholics across the country will amplify what is an already loud outcry from the hierarchy over the federal government's so-called contraception mandate.

With rallies, marches, lectures and special publications, the U.S. Catholic Bishop's Fortnight for Freedom campaign will seek to galvanize Catholic opposition to President Barack Obama's proposed mandate to require employers -- including religious institutions -- to provide free contraception insurance coverage to employees.

But while Catholic leaders frame the events as a fight for religious liberty, critics see signs of political partisanship and electioneering. Questions over the financing of the bishops' campaign have caused those suspicions to multiply. . .

'The Knights of Columbus are clearly one of the major sources of funding (against the mandate), as well as other fraternal organizations,' Schneck said.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charitable group based in New Haven, Conn., says it's the world's largest lay Catholic organization. Knights of Columbus life insurance sales neared $8 billion in 2010, and last year, it contributed $158 million to charity. In the last decade, the Knights have donated more than $1 billion to charity.

The group's 2010 tax forms show that the Knights gave more than $3 million to the Vatican that year, nearly $2 million to the U.S. bishops conference and $25,000 to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has guided much of the legal action against the contraception mandate.

The group must disclose more recent donations in its 2011 tax forms. But Andrew Walther, a Knights of Columbus spokesman, said the group has asked for an extension in filing the documents, making them unavailable until the fall.

In 2010, the Knights were also generous with their contributions to individual bishops, doling out nearly $350,000 for a variety of programs in various dioceses. Of that, $248,700, or 71 percent, went to Lori's former Diocese of Bridgeport.

Lori -- who is the man most directly in charge of the Fortnight for Freedom campaign -- has been the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus since 2005."

The Knights of Columbus: Crusaders for Discrimination "As the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, the Knights of Columbus can be found in many parishes, where it has traditionally performed charitable works, led fundraisers to help the needy and brought communities together at pancake suppers.

But the Knights have a darker side. The order has pushed a conservative agenda ranging from the highly specific—a complaint against highschoolers reading Catcher in the Rye —to systemic opposition to reproductive choice and marriage equality[2] through sizable donations to programs run by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other conservative organizations. The Knights of Columbus uses its manpower and money to push for legislation that does not match the beliefs of many Catholics or the will of the electorate. The Knights continue to wage a decades-long battle against abortion legislation, but what stands out now is the scale of its political expenditures—more than $10 million since 2004—and this does not include funds from the thousands of local fraternity councils and assemblies."

Over and above all, the Knights of Columbus have been highly effectuve in disseminating propaganda3 designed to mask the true nature of the papacy and its purpose to destroy religious liberty in the United States of America:

The Two Voices Of Catholicism "In the magazine section of The Daily Oklahoman, August 14, 1960, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus Religious Information Bureau admonished the people to 'take the trouble' to look at the facts of history concerning Roman Catholics and the separation of church and state and 'be surprised at what they find.' Acting on the recommendation of the Knights of Columbus, they let us take a look at some Roman Catholic documents of modern history and give people of the general public a surprise. . .

The Syllabus of pope Pius IX, and the accompanying Vatican Decrees, were ratified by the universal Roman Catholic Vatican Council in 1870, and declared by the council to be infallible, irreformable and irrevocable — never to be revised or rescinded.

The Syllabus consists of eighty ominous articles which condemn the right of any civil government to separate itself from the Roman Catholic Church; denounces freedom of conscience, of opinion, of speech and of religion; claims for the pope and the priests the right to all temporal dominion; and decrees for the Roman Catholic Church the right to the possession and employment of military force to extend the unlimited dominion of the pope of Rome over all civil government' and to make the Roman Catholic Church the only religion of the state, to the exclusion of all others.

Judged by this universal Syllabus Vatican Council, the pope of Rome stands in opposition to the Constitution of the United States. The papal Syllabus is incompatible with the liberties our constitution guarantees to every man. This Syllabus is final authority in the Catholic Church, and from it there is no appeal. By its mandates every American Catholic is bound to oppose the Constitution of our country; and no Roman Catholic can take an oath of office to uphold our Constitution and maintain his own honor and integrity as a true Roman Catholic. His mental reservations and conscientious exceptions cannot be ignored. No man can serve two masters. An honest Catholic can not hold allegiance to the pope of Rome and to the Constitution of the United States. . .

In view of the current propaganda of the Knights of Columbus in the various newspaper and magazine mediums of the nation, it is in order to "look" at their assertions side by side with the articles of the Syllabus, and observe the contradictions:

1. THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Separation of church and state in this country seems to Catholics the natural, the inevitable, the best among us, both for the good of religion and of the state."

2. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC SYLLABUS: The state has not the right to separate itself from the church (Article 55). The church has the right to require the state to make the Roman Catholic religion the only religion of the state (Article 77).

QUESTION: Shall we take what seems under certain political circumstances to be expedient to a propaganda organization of Catholic laymen — or the official Vatican declaration of the Roman Catholic Syllabus? . . ."

Pope Francis must deeply appreciate the colossal achievements of the Knights of Columbus in neutralizing Protestant opposition to the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, undermining the constitutional guarantee of separation of Church and State, and advancing Rome to ascendancy in the body politic of the nation.

The significance of the current unifying direction of the charismatic movement cannot be overemphasized. Given the prophecy of Rev. 16:13-14, 16, and the declared unifying purpose of spiritism, current events have enormous significance as the prophesied closing movements of history before the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Although an activity looked on with disfavor by some Catholics and Evangelicals alike, Pope Francis continues to display and cultivate his ties with both Roman Catholic and Protestant charismatics alike:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church "He acknowledged the remarkable nature of his visit, saying: 'Someone will be surprised: 'The pope went to visit the evangelicals?' But he went to see his brothers.'

Catholics have often compared Pentecostal groups to cults and accused them of overly aggressive, unethical proselytizing. The popular, charismatic movements have drained parishioners from the Catholic Church, particularly in Francis' own Latin America.

But Francis has met unofficially with several Pentecostal and evangelical preachers recently, including the Texas televangelists James Robinson and Kenneth Copeland. He recorded an iPhone video for a Pentecostal conference hosted by Copeland, whose prosperity gospel ministry — stressing that God will reward the faithful with health and wealth — clashes with Francis' own embrace of the value of a 'poor church.'

Not all evangelicals or Catholics have welcomed the pope's outreach: Some traditionalist Catholics have sought to minimize the pope's initiative, stressing that Traettino and others represent only their individual churches.

In a statement earlier this month on the eve of the Caserta meeting, several Italian evangelical groups met in the same city and stressed the 'incompatibility' of their beliefs with that of the Catholic Church and its pope."

Meeting 200 Pentecostals, pope renews friendship, talks unity "Traettino told the pope his visit was 'unthinkable until recently,' even though, he said, 'even among evangelicals there is great affection for you. Many of us pray for you, every day. Many of us, in fact, believe your election as bishop of Rome was the work of the Holy Spirit.'

Pope Francis told the Pentecostals that 'the Holy Spirit is the source of diversity in the church. This diversity is very rich and beautiful. But then the same Holy Spirit creates unity. And in this way the church is one in diversity. To use a beautiful Gospel phrase that I love very much, reconciled
diversity' is the gift of the Holy Spirit. . .

Meeting with Caserta's Catholic priests and bishops from the Campania region July 26, the date originally scheduled for his visit with the Pentecostals, Pope Francis said he had not known that date was the city's big celebration for the feast of St. Anne.

If he had gone to the Pentecostals that day, without celebrating the feast with Catholics, 'the newspaper headlines would have been 'On the patron feast of Caserta, the pope visits Protestants,'' he said. So, he asked an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State to help organize the Mass 'to remove this noose from around my neck.'"

Human beings were created by God with the capacity for independent thought and the exercise of free will; so even those who are already under the delusive power of the devil can still balk at the pace with which they are being led, hence the objections by some Catholics and Evangelicals alike to the fraternizing between Pope Francis and Protestant charismatics.

There is little room for doubt that Satan, who gave the Pope "his power, and his seat, and great authority," (Rev. 13:2b, 12:9a) now motivates and directs him to bring about a convergence of the charismatic streams into the oneness in diversity of which he speaks. Seemingly separate and independent, the streams of charismatics have all in reality been inspired and directed by the "spirits of devils" of Rev. 16:14 under the leadership of Satan. Now in and through Pope Francis they are being led into the climax of a convergence that began in the 1960s:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PENTECOSTALISM "This is sometimes referred to as the New Charismatic Movement [New Pentecostalism or Charismatic Renewal.] It was like the old charismatic, Pentecostal movement in that it gave special emphasis to certain gifts, most notably the gift of tongues. It was a new movement in the sense that it crossed denominational lines and barriers.

In 1960, in Van Nuys, California, the modern Charismatic movement began in an Episcopalian Church (St. Mark's, with Dennis Bennett as rector). There was an outburst of tongues speaking in this church. This event was so significant that both Time and Newsweek covered the story. After that, the movement spread like wildfire in the Episcopalian Church and then among Lutherans and Presbyterians as well.

The movement soon entered the universities. This began in New England. In October of 1962, the glossolalia phenomenon broke out at Yale University, among members of the Evangelical Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Included in this new-Pentecostal revival were Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, and even one Roman Catholic. Five were members of Phi Beta Kappa, and some were religious leaders on campus (they were soon called "GLOSSO YALIES"). Thereafter, the movement spread to Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Even more significant than these events is what happened in 1967 [note this date.] All roads lead to Rome. At the time of Spring vacation in 1967, there were in the Notre Dame area about 30 zealous Catholics who had received the 'baptism of the Holy Spirit.' In 1968, about 100 to 150 met for a Catholic Pentecostal conference. In 1969, there were about 450 Catholic Charismatics who met including about 25 or 30 priests. In 1970, the increase was more spectacular. Almost 1,300 attended the conference, including Catholics from Canada. In 1973, 22,000 Catholic Charismatics met together at Notre Dame, including Catholic participants from at least 10 foreign countries. In 1974, the Notre Dame conference was attended by 30,000 people. And finally, the 1975 international conference held in Rome attracted 10,000 pilgrims from 50 countries to hear Pope Paul VI express his warm appreciation for the movement. The movement was mushrooming not only in the Roman Catholic Church, but in all of the major Protestant denominations.

The Kansas City Charismatic Conference was held in the summer of 1977. All three wings of the Pentecostal movement were present: (1) Old Pentecostals (sometimes called 'classical Pentecostals'); (2) Protestant Charismatics; and (3) Catholic Charismatics. This was the biggest and most inclusive gathering of 'baptized in the Spirit believers' in modern history. There were nearly 50,000 participants in this 5-day conference. One speaker proudly hailed this conference as 'the largest and most inclusive ecumenical assembly in the history of American Christianity.' Almost half of the participants were Roman Catholics."

Pope Francis has been deeply involved with Pentecostals for a long time:

Pope Francis, Pentecostals and Interreligious Action "At one point, as is characteristic in these Pentecostal gatherings, the Cardinal dropped to his knees on stage to receive the “blessing” from the well-known Charismatic Father Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. and a number of Protestant pastors.

Some well-meaning Catholics tried to argue that Bergoglio must have only intended to receive a blessing from the Catholic priest, and the Protestants jumped in as a surprise to the Cardinal. As I noted in the April CFN, I do not see how this could be the case. Long time readers know I have attended many riotous Charismatic gatherings as an observer. These pan-Christian joint-blessings are standard procedure at Charismatic assemblies. Also, Pentecostalism has been rampant in South America since the late-1960s, so it was unlikely the Cardinal of Buenos Aries was unaware of these 'joint blessings' before participating in the 2009 event.

All speculation is put to rest on this point when we read page 220 of the newly released On Heaven and Earth. Cardinal Bergoglio states with pride that he knowingly permitted the joint blessing to take place.

The Cardinal says, 'The first time that the Evangelicals invited me to one of their meetings at Luna Park, the stadium was full. That day a Catholic priest [Father Cantalamessa] and an Evangelical Pastor spoke. They gave two talks each, interspersed with a break to eat some sandwiches at noon. At one point the Evangelical pastor asked that everyone pray for me and my ministry. He had asked me if I would accept that they would pray for me and I answered him that of course I would. When they prayed, the first thing that occurred to me was to kneel down, a very Catholic gesture, to receive their prayer and the blessing of the seven thousand people that were there. The next week, a magazine headline stated: ‘Buenos Aires, sede vacante. The Archbishop commits the sin of apostasy.’ For them, prayer together with others was apostasy. Even with an agnostic, with his doubt, we can look up together to find transcendence; each one praying according to his tradition. What’s the problem?'"

Who better than this Pope to bring the streams of charismatics together? The "Holy" Spirit who moved the Roman Catholic Cardinals to elect him was none other than Satan, eager to advance to the pinnacle of his power through unity in diversity. (N.B. Well is it stated in The Great Controversy. . .)

Pope Francis disagrees with the prevailing ideological emphases of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB.) This matters to non-Catholic citizens and residents of the United States only because all are caught in the middle as Roman Catholic social teachings of one sort or another are being advocated, debated, and legislated throughout this country, contrary to the constitutional guarantee of separation of Church and State. Although couched in the language of political theory, the following essay confirms the impact of right-wing Roman Catholic ideology on the politics of America:

Catholic Whiggery: The Neo-Conservative Betrayal Of Church Social Teaching "In the past 20 years or so, we have witnessed, especially here in the United States, the emergence of what some authors have termed, 'Catholic Whiggery.' This movement, best exemplified by such authors as Michael Novak and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, is but an attempt at a Catholic version of the more encompassing 'Neo-Conservative' movement, which has its origins with anti-Stalinist Trotskyites, who came to be considered 'conservatives' during their years of opposition to Soviet Communism during the Cold War.

Led by such intellectuals as Irving Kristol, the 'Neo-Cons,' as they are called, embraced the 'Whig Tradition,' which found its modern-day expression in the social and economic writings of Friedrich von Hayek. Hayek, a Libertarian and northern European secularist, attempted to revive and promote the Whig tradition, which advances laissez-faire economics, secular democracy, and religious and cultural pluralism. . .

That such a Liberal ideology could prevail amongst secularists and non-Catholics groping for an alternative to post-World War II Soviet Communism and Fabian Socialism is not terribly surprising. What is surprising is that such an ideological view could be defended by Catholic thinkers who, subsequently, attempt to 'discover' a 'Catholic Whig tradition' running back in time to St. Thomas Aquinas. That such Catholic Whigs are claiming to base their circumvention of the entire Catholic Social Teaching on the 'Whiggery' of certain 'late Spanish Scholastics' is well known. Novak himself attempts to make the Angelic Doctor a precursor of this 'tradition' by claiming that St. Thomas's belief in 'ordered liberty,' mixed government (i.e., several different bodies of the State exercising the various powers of Sovereignty and serving as a hindrance to the emergence of tyranny), and his belief in man's powers of 'reflection and choice,' puts him firmly in the camp of Democratic Capitalism. The untenable nature of this claim, especially in light of St. Thomas's condemnation of usury, his understanding of the common good, and his unequivocal position that monarchy is the best form of human government, causes Novak, in various places in his writings, to rely on the more standard Whig philosophers like John Locke and Adam Smith to ground his ideological defense of democratic capitalism, American-style. His laudatory rhetoric in praise of these thinkers and the System they spawned often descends to the level of the blasphemous and the absurd. In an article entitled, 'A Theology of the Corporation,' Novak cites the memorable and moving last words of the young Abbe d'Ambricourt, 'Grace is everywhere,' to offer 'signs of grace in the [multinational] corporation.' In this regard, Novak finds seven such 'signs,' which he states is a 'suitably sacramental number.'"

The Roman Catholic thinkers who have put the ideology of the Neo-Conservatives into a religious setting are known as Theo-Conservatives, or Theocons:

The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege "The theme of this book is the rise of public religiosity that has been orchestrated by a small group of 'theoconservative' intellectuals. It is Mr. Linker's contention that Roman Catholicism has provided Republicans with a nondenominational language and morality with universal appeal. He foresees the end of separation of church and state and of secular polities.

The founder of the theocon movement is Richard John Neuhaus, for whom Linker worked when he served as editor of First Things. Neuhaus, a Lutheran convert to Roman Catholicism, is joined by two other Roman Catholics, Michael Novak and George Wiegel [s/b Weigel,] as the three most important theocons."

(Cf. Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II: "There are splits within the Thomist tradition. For a 'post-modern Augustinian Thomist,' there are irreconcilable differences between 'the culture of modernity and the classical Christian worldview.' Alasdair MacIntyre, for example, notes that when Thomists and secular humanists talk of human rights, they are frequently talking at cross purposes.

In contrast, 'Whig Thomists,' like George Weigel and Michael Novak see a certain consistency between liberalism and Christianity.")

To these names must be added that of Robert P. George, described by the New York Times as "this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker." That he is not narrowly called "conservative Roman Catholic thinker" is a reflection of the influence that he has among conservative "Protestant" Evangelical leaders:

The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker "On a September afternoon, about 60 prominent Christians assembled in the library of the Metropolitan Club on the east side of Central Park. It was a gathering of unusual diversity and power. Many in attendance were conservative evangelicals like the born-again Watergate felon Chuck Colson, who helped initiate the meeting. Metropolitan Jonah, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was there as well. And so were more than half a dozen of this country’s most influential Roman Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop John Myers of Newark and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.

At the center of the event was Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence and a Roman Catholic who is this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker. Dressed in his usual uniform of three-piece suit, New College, Oxford cuff links and rimless glasses, George convened the meeting with a note of thanks and a reminder of its purpose. Alarmed at the liberal takeover of Washington and an apparent leadership vacuum among the Christian right, the group had come together to warn the country’s secular powers that the culture wars had not ended. . .

FOR 20 YEARS, George has operated largely out of public view at the intersection of academia, religion and politics. In the past 12 months, however, he has stepped into a more prominent role. With the death of the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran minister turned Roman Catholic priest who helped bring evangelicals and Catholics together into a political movement, George has assumed his mantle as the reigning brain of the Christian right. . .

Last spring, George was invited to address an audience that included many bishops at a conference in Washington. He told them with typical bluntness that they should stop talking so much about the many policy issues they have taken up in the name of social justice. They should concentrate their authority on 'the moral social' issues like abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex marriage, where, he argued, the natural law and Gospel principles were clear. To be sure, he said, he had no objections to bishops' 'making utter nuisances of themselves' about poverty and injustice, like the Old Testament prophets, as long as they did not advocate specific remedies. They should stop lobbying for detailed economic policies like progressive tax rates, higher minimum wage and, presumably, the expansion of health care — 'matters of public policy upon which Gospel principles by themselves do not resolve differences of opinion among reasonable and well-informed people of good will,' as George put it. . .

George’s admirers say he is revitalizing a strain of Catholic natural-law thinking that goes back to St. Thomas Aquinas. His scholarship has earned him accolades from religious and secular institutions alike. In one notable week two years ago, he received invitations to deliver prestigious lectures at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Harvard Law School. His critics, including many of his fellow Catholic scholars, argue that he is turning the church into a tool of Republican Party. . .

In practice, George and his allies have usually found the rules of sexuality quite absolute, while the church’s teachings about social justice come out more contingent. That may be why he is almost uniformly popular among evangelicals but controversial among many of his fellow Catholics, particularly those who prefer the church's peace- and-justice liberalism to its conservative bioethics."

Robert George, as well as the three leading Theocons named above, all claim to be following a philosophy known as Thomism, and their influence extends to the Tea Party, especially through him, and ultimately to the controlling ideology of the Republican Party. In reality it is not the Church being a tool of the Party; but the Party being a tool of the Church.

The House of Representatives Republican budget crafted by Roman Catholic Paul Ryan is parsimonious with aid for the poor and generous with tax benefits for the wealthy. Ryan acknowledges that he is influenced by St. Thomas Aquinas rather than Ayn Rand, contrary to what many commentators have suggested.

Pope Francis has condemned the negative effects of trickle-down economics on the poor, also calling for the "culture wars" to be toned down:

Papal Economics Why Pope Francis is Making “Cafeteria Catholics” out of the Catholic Right "Since its release on November 24, 2013, Pope Francis’ first official document, Evangelii Gaudium ('The Joy of the Gospel'), has been the subject of controversy among many self-described 'orthodox Catholics,' not for any questionable theological content, but because of several sections that condemn the negative effects of trickle-down economics on the poor. . .

Atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nonreligious people, accustomed to pro-market Catholics like George Weigel, Michael Novak, and Ross Douthat cheerleading the saving power of the invisible hand, may be puzzled by the pope’s strident denunciations of capitalism, but his comments really shouldn’t be surprising, given that the Catholic Church has always had an ambivalent attitude towards capitalism." (Cf. Quotes About Poverty From Pope Francis)

Pope Francis' blunt remarks pose challenge for American bishops "In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling abortion-rights advocates to stay away from the sacrament of Communion.

But in blunt terms, in an interview published Thursday in 16 Jesuit journals worldwide, Pope Francis called the church's focus on abortion, marriage and contraception narrow and said it was driving people away.

American bishops face a challenge to rethink a strategy many considered essential for preserving the faith.

'I don't see how the pope's remarks can be interpreted in any other way than arguing that the church's rhetoric on the so-called culture war issues needs to be toned down,' said John Green, a religion specialist at the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. 'I think his language calls for less stridency on these issues.'"

Catholic bishops challenged to adapt to Pope Francis’ priorities "As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday (Nov. 11), they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be a laborious process of reshaping the hierarchy to meet the pope’s dramatic shift in priorities. . .

Almost since his election in March, Francis has signaled that he wants the church to strike a 'new balance' by focusing on the poor and on social justice concerns and not overemphasizing opposition to hot-button topics like abortion and contraception and gay marriage — the signature issues of the U.S. bishops lately."

THE BISHOPS ARE NOT RESPONDING POSITIVELY:

Catholic Bishops Vote to Double Down on Culture War "The U.S. Catholic Bishops’ vote to maintain their politically aggressive Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for another three years signals that despite the warnings of Pope Francis to tone down the culture war stuff, the bishops are fully invested in their crusade against same-sex marriage and universal access to birth control.The U.S. Catholic Bishops’ vote to maintain their politically aggressive Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for another three years signals that despite the warnings of Pope Francis to tone down the culture war stuff, the bishops are fully invested in their crusade against same-sex marriage and universal access to birth control."

DOES THE DISAGREEMENT SIGNAL THAT POPE FRANCIS WILL, OR INDEED CAN, ACT TO CURB THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH'S ASSAULTS ON THE INDIVIDUAL'S LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE? - NOT VERY LIKELY:

Firstly, his declarations to the world at large constitute the exercise of the Magisterium, or Teaching Authority of the Roman Catholic Church -

The Magisterium or Teaching Authority of the Church "By the Magisterium we mean the teaching office of the Church. It consists of the Pope and Bishops. . .

The day to day teaching of the Church throughout the world, when the Bishops are in union with each other and with the Pope, and present something as definitive, this is infallible."

Secondly, concerning Pope Francis' condemnation of neglect of the poor, this has been a constant refrain of the papacy for centuries; yet poverty persists, most notably in Roman Catholic countries where the Roman Catholic Church wields overwhelming influence on government and society -

On Poverty, History and Catholic Credibility "Yet there are other voices in this conversation. Some are surprised that one such voice is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The New York Times recently noted, 'from 4,500 miles away at the Vatican, Pope Francis, who has captivated the world with a message of economic justice and tolerance, has become a presence in Washington’s policy debate.'

Such surprise isn’t warranted. In the NYT article, author Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports that 'in many respects, Francis’ economic views are consistent with church doctrine' [author's emphasis.] Actually, in all respects the Pope’s views are not only consistent with church doctrine, they are church doctrine. While I join many in being grateful for the call to economic justice found in the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, in it he covers no new ground. He is simply reiterating the teaching of the Church in these matters, a rich tradition that has included papal, conciliar and episcopal documents that span centuries, not decades."(Cf. Encyclical statements on poverty; Encyclical statements on poverty.)

Finally, the Roman Catholic Church does not practice what it preaches -

The Vatican Billions "Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was the poorest of the poor.

Roman Catholicism, which claims to be His church, is the richest of the rich, the wealthiest institution on earth. How come, that such an institution, ruling in the name of this same itinerant preacher, whose want was such that he had not even a pillow upon which to rest his head, is now so top-heavy with riches that she can rival - indeed, that she can put to shame - the combined might of the most redoubtable financial trusts, of the most potent industrial super-giants, and of the most prosperous global corporation of the world?

It is a question that has echoed along the somber corridors of history during almost 2,000 years; a question that has puzzled, bewildered and angered in turn untold multitudes from the first centuries to our days.

The startling contradiction of the tremendous riches of the Roman Catholic Church with the direct teaching of Christ concerning their unambiguous rejection, is too glaring to be by-passed, tolerated or ignored by even the most indifferent of believers. In the past, indeed, some of the most virulent fulminations against such mammonic accumulation came from individuals whose zeal and religious fervor were second to none. Their denunciations of the wealth, pomp, luxury and worldly habits of abbots, bishops, cardinals and popes can still be heard thundering with unabated clamor at the opening of almost any page of the chequered annals of western history."

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH DOES NOT CHANGE; AND HOWEVER BENIGN THE PRESENT OCCUPANT OF THE PAPAL THRONE APPEARS TO BE, HE IS WHAT THE BIBLE DECLARES HIM TO BE! ("that Wicked (One)" [ 'o anomoV - "he in whom all iniquity has fixed its abode" - Thayer] (II Thess. 2:8))

Pope Francis appeals to his prayer partners; but these two leaders can have little or no influence on the current conflict:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities "Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace."

Pope Francis is going to Caserta in southern Italy specifically to visit a Pentecostal pastor he knows from Argentina - again the charismatic connection:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope going to Caserta twice -- once for Mass, then to meet Pentecostals "Although Pope Francis planned to make a short, private visit to Caserta in southern Italy specifically to visit a Pentecostal pastor he knows from Argentina, the 130-mile trip has taken a new form -- two forms, to be exact.

The pope will go to Caserta July 26 to meet with local priests and then celebrate a 6 p.m. Mass with local Catholics, probably on the grounds of the 18th-century Reggia or Royal Palace of Caserta, a former residence of the kings of Naples, said Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, assistant director of the Vatican press office.

Pope Francis will return to the Vatican that evening, recite the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square at noon July 27, then go back to Caserta July 28 for a 'strictly private' meeting with Giovanni Traettino, the Pentecostal pastor, Father Benedettini told reporters July 17."

Lord Baal either will not or cannot answer the prayers, as Palestine descends into open conflict again. The prophecy of Luke 21:24 fulfilled reveals that probation has closed for the nations as corporate bodies. "The very least that this fulfilled prophecy of Jesus is saying is that God is no longer restraining the power of Satan in his control of the nations of earth." However, it is reasonable to believe that Almighty God retains ultimate control, since He and He alone knows the day and the hour of Christ's coming. He determines when Satan attains the pinnacle of his power (Isa. 14:13-14; Isa. 2:1-5.) The peace process will not die, because prophecy reveals, ". . . for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isa. 2:3-4.) Then follows sudden destruction (Isa. 2:10, 19-21; 1 Thess. 5:3.)

Current events in Palestine:-

Reports: Israeli troops raid target in Gaza "As international calls for a cease-fire ramped up, the Israeli military warned residents of northern Gaza to evacuate 'for their own safety' late Saturday night.

In a statement, the Israeli military said it would send messages to northern Gaza residents overnight to leave their homes as Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours, according to Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, chief military spokesman."

Israel says cease-fire possible only if it ensures long-term quiet "Israel is not ruling out a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip if it results in a significant change in the situation inside Gaza and a restoration of quiet to the South, diplomatic officials said Saturday night.

The officials’ comments came as the UN Security Council issued a statement calling for a cease-fire, and as the foreign ministers of the US, France, Germany and Britain were set to discuss the situation at a meeting in Vienna on Sunday, on the sidelines of their talks with Iran.

Israeli officials were not speaking of the conditions they would demand for a cease-fire, but among the ideas that have been discussed are the dismantling of the rocket capabilities inside Gaza, similar to the manner in which the chemical weapons were dismantled in Syria; developing a mechanism to enforce the cease-fire; and a restoration of Palestinian Authority – not Hamas – control over the area."

John Kerry's First Peace Effort in Israel and Palestine Failed, But Now He Needs to Try Again "In summary, the fuse was lit for this latest conflagration by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenager. But horrific acts like these have, sadly, always been a part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Netanyahu also played a role by using the investigation into the kidnapping as the pretext for attempting to destroy the Fatah-Hamas unity government. (Those who find this a reasonable objective should consider that the Netanyahu government and party contain high officials who want to deny Palestinians the right of self-determination.)

Abbas has, typically, tried to play a moderating role. Speaking in Saudi Arabia to an Arab audience, Abbas condemned the kidnapping of the Israeli teens. But Hamas deserves part of the blame for the escalation. While denying Hamas’s role in the kidnapping, Hamas leader Khalid Mashal said that Palestinians should 'applaud and take our hats off' to the kidnappers. Hamas’s rocket attacks (like Netanyahu’s attempt to destroy the unity government) have a strategic rationale. These attacks rarely hit targets, but they provoke a furious Israeli response that leads to hundreds of casualties and deaths, including women and children who have no direct connection with Hamas. These attacks rouse sympathy for Hamas in Europe and among the Arab states and can lead to welcome financial contributions and to the isolation of the Israeli government, but they come at an enormous cost to the people Hamas represents. . .

Kerry is probably right, however, in resisting another effort at renewing the peace process. Kerry and his negotiators made serious mistakes during the negotiations earlier this year—most notably, they tried to work out terms of a framework with the Israelis without concurrently talking to the Palestinians. Abbas, presented with a fait accompli, balked. But that wasn’t the main reason Kerry’s effort failed. The main reason, as Kerry’s people indicated to Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea (before they later tried to walk the story back), was Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s government kept announcing new housing starts in the occupied territories, inflaming the Palestinians. He made minor concessions in negotiations, but wouldn’t budge on specifying the borders of a Palestinian state; he wouldn’t limit the time for an Israeli occupation force in the Jordan Valley; and he wouldn’t discuss allowing a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem. Jerusalem lawyer Danny Seidemann, whom the Kerry team consulted, said in a press briefing, 'When my prime minister says that I support the two-state solution, but I oppose any compromise on Jerusalem, there is a literal transition for that. I oppose the two state solution.'"

Pope Francis reached out to Copeland, who responded positively; and no surprise because they are charismatic soulmates influenced and motivated in common by the spirits of Rev. 16:13-14. Now, at their first meeting they exult with a popular celebratory hand gesture, a historic first for a pope and representative of the forces that are gathering for "the battle of that great day of God Almighty":-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope Francis meets US televangelists, and the first-ever ‘papal high-five’ follows "The June 24 meeting leaned particularly toward charismatic Christianity. Other guests were Anthony Palmer, a bishop and international ecumenical officer with the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches; Geoff Tunnicliffe, the outgoing head of the Worldwide Evangelical Alliance; and John and Carol Arnott of Catch the Fire Toronto, which grew out of a Pentecostal revival 20 years ago.

The pope met with more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome last month, admitting he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed. Still, he knelt on stage as they prayed for him and spoke in tongues. 'Where does division come from? The devil!' Francis told them. 'Division comes from the devil. Flee from internal struggles, please!'

Pentecostal and charismatic Christians — charismatics are often Pentecostals in other churches, including the Catholic Church — share much in common, such as speaking in tongues and healing. Together, they make up at least 584 million people in the world, about 9 percent of the global population and one in four Christians worldwide, according to the Pew Research Center.

And that’s probably partly why Francis extended the invitation to the U.S. pastors. The Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, a veteran of Catholic-Protestant ecumenical groups and the author of 'From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post-Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church,' said Pentecostalism is growing in the Global South at three times the rate of Catholic growth, especially among the poor.

'My guess is that Francis knows this community can’t be ignored,' Granberg-Michaelson said. 'Certainly, Francis would want to encourage Catholic charismatics to feel at home, as well as build ecumenical relationships with the Pentecostal community — and those reinforce one another. That’s also why what he is doing is both ecumenically creative, and makes sense.'"

The Hobby Lobby case is another huge victory for Roman Catholic dogma and a devastating blow against separation of Church and State - the five Justices in the majority are indeed all men, they are manifestly conservatives, but they are above all Roman Catholic ideologues serving as a battering ram to demolish the wall of separation between Church and State. "In a recent interview with CBS’ 'Face The Nation,' Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that Hobby Lobby should be able to defy the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Given his position as a high-ranking cleric in the Catholic Church, that’s not surprising." Cardinal Dolan has had his way, and the Roman Catholic opposition to birth control has induced a transparently dishonest ruling by the right-wing Roman Catholic majority on the Supreme Court:-

The Bait-And-Switch Behind Today’s Hobby Lobby Decision "For many years, the Supreme Court struck a careful balance between protecting religious liberty and maintaining the rule of law in a pluralistic society. Religious people enjoy a robust right to practice their own faith and to act according to the dictates of their own conscience, but they could not wield religious liberty claims as a sword to cut away the legal rights of others. This was especially true in the business context. As the Supreme Court held in United States v. Lee, '[w]hen followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity.'

With Monday’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, however, this careful balance has been upended. Employers who object to birth control on religious grounds may now refuse to comply with federal rules requiring them to include contraceptive care in their health plans. The rights of the employer now trump the rights of the employee.

To achieve this outcome, Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on behalf of a bare majority of the Court engages in a kind of legalistic bait-and-switch. It takes a law Congress enacted to serve one limited purpose, and expands that law to suit Hobby Lobby’s much more expansive purpose."

The New Law of Religion "Monday’s decision in Hobby Lobby was unprecedented. Much of the commentary has focused on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend rights of religious free exercise to for-profit corporations. Hobby Lobby is for religion what Citizens United was for free speech—the corporatization of our basic liberties. But Hobby Lobby is also unprecedented in another, equally important way. For the first time, the court has interpreted a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or RFRA), as affording more protection for religion than has ever been provided under the First Amendment. While some have read Hobby Lobby as a narrow statutory ruling, it is much more than that. The court has eviscerated decades of case law and, having done that, invites a new generation of challenges to federal laws, including those designed to protect civil rights. . .

But in 1990, the Supreme Court repudiated this balancing test for assessing Free Exercise claims. In Employment Division v. Smith, which upheld a federal law banning the use of peyote, the court declared that generally applicable laws can incidentally burden religious practices without violating the First Amendment, and that the government does not need to provide any special justification for such laws.

After a storm of criticism, in 1993, a nearly unanimous Congress passed RFRA to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Smith. As the text of the law states, its purpose is to “restore the compelling interest test as set forth” in Sherbert and Yoder. In other words, RFRA was designed to reinstate the legal principles that had existed before the court’s dramatic anti-religion decision in Smith.

But that is not how the court in Hobby Lobby interprets the law. Instead, writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito claims that RFRA marks 'a complete separation from First Amendment case law.' This is not a 'restoration' of the legal principles that existed prior to the court’s decision in Smith. The majority isn’t just reading RFRA to overturn its decision in the much-maligned peyote case. It isn’t just bringing back the balancing test from its decisions in the 1960s and 1970s. Quietly, buried in the text and footnotes of the majority opinion, Justice Alito holds that RFRA is a complete break from earlier law, a discontinuity—not a 'restoration,' but a revolution—in the test for protecting religious liberty. The law of religious exemptions can evolve past Smith, as Justice Alito points out, but there is a difference between evolution and revolution.

Justice Alito’s argument for this radical new interpretation is wrong."

Quick Change Justice "Yet moments before they adjourned for their summer recess, the justices proved they can act quite quickly and recklessly when it comes to violating the terms of a controversial opinion they handed down only days earlier. It’s as if the loaner car the court gave us in the Hobby Lobby ruling broke down mere blocks from the shop.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that it was a 'substantial burden' on the religious freedoms of closely-held corporations for the government to require them to provide contraception as part of their employee health care plans. The court didn’t say that the government could never require a company to do something that violated its religious beliefs, but rather that the government had to use the 'least restrictive alternative.' That means that if there is a slightly less burdensome way to implement the law, it needs to be used. To prove that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate was not the 'least restrictive alternative,' the court pointed to a workaround in the law for nonprofits: If there are religious objections to a medical treatment, third parties will provide coverage to the employees.

Yet in an unsigned emergency order granted Thursday evening, the very same court said that this very same workaround it had just praised was also unconstitutional, that this workaround also burdened the religious freedom of religious employers. Overnight, the cure has become the disease. Having explicitly promised that Hobby Lobby would go no further than Hobby Lobby, the court went back on its word, then skipped town for the summer."
Hobby Lobby Decision Begins To Contort Under Its Own Logic "There’s a flaw in the legal argument at the heart of the Hobby Lobby decision, and it took only three days for it to spring into full view. In a strongly worded dissent yesterday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor attacked the court’s conservative majority for granting an injunction preventing a Catholic college from having to sign forms telling its insurance carrier it has religious objections to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. . .

The Hobby Lobby decision was written by Justice Samuel Alito, who is Catholic, and joined by the court’s four other Catholic Justices. It may be the case “they honestly don’t believe contraception is essential healthcare,” Leiter said, making it easier for future judges to “cabin,” in legal terms, the decision to the facts of this case. . ."

Why The Hobby Lobby Decision Actually Hurts People Of Faith "In response to today’s Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which allowed the the craft store giant and other “closely-held corporations” to be granted religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate, political and religious conservatives are framing the case as a 'win' for religious liberty. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, released a statement celebrating the ruling and saying, 'The central issue of this case was whether the federal government can coerce Americans to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.' Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) echoed this sentiment in his own statement, saying, 'the Court has made it clear today that the Obama administration’s assault on religious freedom in this case went too far.' Meanwhile, Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, tweeted, '#HobbyLobby wins. This is a great day for religious liberty. Government is not lord of the conscience.'

But while conservatives would have the American public believe that protecting Hobby Lobby is about protecting all religious people, the reality is that today’s ruling actually hurts people of faith. In fact, a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey conducted in early June found that a substantial majority of almost every major U.S. Christian group support the idea that publicly-held corporations and privately-owned corporations should be required to provide employees with healthcare plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost. This is likely why so many progressive Christian leaders have vocally opposed Hobby Lobby in the press, why Americans United for the Separation of Church and State submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court opposing Hobby Lobby on behalf of nearly 30 religious organizations, and why both the Jewish Social Policy Action Network and the American Jewish Committee submitted their own amicus briefs decrying the corporation’s position.

And while white evangelicals were an outlier in the PRRI poll — only 40 percent of evangelical respondents supported the ACA’s contraception mandate for privately-owned corporations — a sizable cadre of conservative Christians have publicly articulated nuanced, faith-based opposition to the case in recent months, drawing attention to the fact that Hobby Lobby only speaks for a small minority of people of faith in America. David Gushee, an evangelical Christian professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, offered an extensive treatment of the case in the Associated Baptist Press in April. He examined the issue from the perspective of a Christian theologian, noting that any attempt to broaden the legal status of businesses to include religious exemptions — however well-intentioned — is inconsistent, dangerous, and unfair to other religious Americans."

Editorial: Hobby Lobby ruling steps over the line "We worry that Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s claim of religious persecution sets a dangerous precedent with consequences for both secular and religious freedoms. . .

Family planning is a personal decision, not a corporate decision to be made on behalf of employees. And what about the burden put on employees? Hobby Lobby isn’t a church or a religious organization with a faith-based mission. Based on a business owner’s beliefs, some companies now might be able to deny coverage for vaccinations and blood transfusions on religious grounds.

We had hoped the Supreme Court wouldn’t slide down this slippery slope, which reverses the prevailing wisdom of previous courts. Never before had a business been granted a religious exemption from a law when that exemption would allow business owners to impose their religious beliefs on employees. Until now, courts had rarely granted religious exemptions at all. What makes a craft shop like Hobby Lobby different from a bank or another enterprise whose owners also profess strong religious convictions?"

THE FLOODGATES HAVE OPENED!:

Danger sign: The Supreme Court has already expanded Hobby Lobby decision "The Supreme Court wasted no time in delivering a message to anyone who thought its Hobby Lobby ruling was limited to religious objections to coverage of purported abortion methods:

You're wrong.

The day after handing down the Hobby Lobby decision on Monday, the court issued orders pertaining to six pending cases in which employers claimed religious objections to all contraceptive services required under the Affordable Care Act. The court either ordered appeals courts to reconsider their rejection of the employers' claims in light of the Hobby Lobby decision, or let stand lower courts' endorsement of those claims. . .

The Supreme Court wasted no time in delivering a message to anyone who thought its Hobby Lobby ruling was limited to religious objections to coverage of purported abortion methods:

You're wrong.

The day after handing down the Hobby Lobby decision on Monday, the court issued orders pertaining to six pending cases in which employers claimed religious objections to all contraceptive services required under the Affordable Care Act. The court either ordered appeals courts to reconsider their rejection of the employers' claims in light of the Hobby Lobby decision, or let stand lower courts' endorsement of those claims. . .

In a case involving the Gilardi family, owners of an Ohio produce firm, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the Washington, D.C., circuit appeals court wrote in a 2-1 decision overturning the mandate that "this case is not about the sincerity of the Gilardis’ religious beliefs, nor does it concern the theology behind Catholic precepts on contraception. The former is unchallenged, while the latter is unchallengeable." N.B. ". . .while the latter [the theology behind Catholic precepts on contraception] is unchallengeable."

How many Christian (and particularly Seventh-day Adventist) skeptics are now convinced by the sure Word of Prophecy to abandon Preterism, Futurism, and Higher Criticism for the Historical method of prophetic interpretation? In 1798 the papacy appeared to be finished for all time; but prophecy indicated otherwise. Now the Historical method of prophetic interpretation is vindicated. Pope Francis speaks and writes (presumptuously,) and the world pays attention; even "follows" in accordance with the wording of the prophecy (although this by itself is not its full or ultimate meaning):-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms "'Our identity is one of belonging. To say 'I am Christian' means to say: 'I belong to the Church. I belong to this People with whom God established an ancient alliance that is always faithful,' the Pope explained in his June 25 general audience address."

But contrast how the Apostle Paul describes the Church of Christ, "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Heb. 12:22-24.)

Study finds Pope Francis most influential tweeter " "However, the study found that despite Obama’s huge following, he is not the most influential leader in the twitterverse when it comes to retweets. That honour goes to Pope Francis, who has 14 million followers on nine different language accounts."

"And all the world wondered [followed] after the beast" (Rev. 13:3b.)

A STATE OF AFFAIRS THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED!:-

Gays and Lesbians have their civil rights; but homosexuality has no place in the Church of Christ. The Bible is very clear on this aberration of the natural functions of sexuality, and the Apostle Paul had this to say about homosexuals, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet (Romans 1:26,27,) [strong words, but wholly consistent with the principles and historical evidence of the Bible.] About the unrighteous and the kingdom of God he said, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God;" (1 Cor. 6:9-10) but so-called Christian scholars and teachers, men and women who are too clever by half, have destroyed faith in the Bible by their presumptuous historical-critical methods of interpretation, and contemporary "Christianity" has come to this pass:

Presbyterians Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriages "The Presbyterian Church, a historic mainline Protestant denomination that spans a broad spectrum from liberal to conservative evangelicals, has been mired in the debate over homosexuality for about three decades. The General Assembly’s decision in 2010 to ordain openly gay ministers caused many congregations, including some of the largest, to depart." [Note in the photograph the charismatic lifting up of hands. Pope Francis is a Charismatic.]

The Presbyterian Lay Committee Board of Directors got it right:

Presbyterian Lay Committee Board of Directors repudiates action of PCUSA General Assembly "The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved both an Authoritative Interpretation of the Constitution and an amendment to redefine marriage. In the name of 1.8 million Presbyterians nationwide, the General Assembly has committed an express repudiation of the Bible, the mutually agreed upon Confessions of the PCUSA, thousands of years of faithfulness to God’s clear commands and the denominational ordination vows of each concurring commissioner. This is an abomination."

Cf. The Infallible Word of God "The vast majority of scholars today would disagree with such a position. "Higher criticism" is the norm, which, according to Wikipedia, "is a branch of literary analysis that attempts to investigate the origins of a text, especially the text of the Bible. Higher criticism in particular focuses on the sources of a document and tries to determine the authorship, date, and place of composition of the text." Other definitions out there say that the higher critic is also trying to determine the meaning of the text.

That all may sound benign, but it should be understood that higher criticism is based on the assumption that the Bible is inaccurate. Thus, when a higher critic is trying to determine the authorship and date of Genesis and Exodus, he may conclude that these books, contrary to Jesus' claim in the New Testament, were not written by Moses at the time of the Exodus. Moreover, he may also conclude that the Creation account of Genesis 1 is myth, and that there really wasn't an exodus from Egypt after all."

This is one of the outstanding signs that the end of this world is near; for as Jesus said, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened" (Matt. 24:22,) and the Apostle Paul wrote, "Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth." (Romans 9:27-28.) "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:36.)

From [I]@yahoo.com:-

The recent article below is very remarkable for the following reasons:

1. The Catholic church is the ultimate “religious fundamentalist” organization because it claims that it never changes and it often uses force to enforce a rigid orthodoxy; also it claims that it never changes.

2. The violence perpetrated by the Catholic church is not even measurable.

Of course, these statements are all part of the greatest deception of all times.

The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High.” (The Great Controversy, page 571; underscored emphasis supplied.)

May God help us and all His faithful people to cling firmly to Him and His truth as these and other delusions are accepted by the churches and the world.

Pope Condemns Religious Fundamentalism, Middle East Violence

Before the historic prayer meeting:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

At Vatican, Peres Asks: 'Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem' "President Shimon Peres appealed for peace Sunday afternoon, in a garden of the Vatican City. Quoting in Hebrew from Psalm 122, he asked those present to 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,' saying that those who love the city shall prosper. Switching to English, he repeated what he said in Hebrew about Pope Francis bearing 'a renewed inspiration to trust in heaven, to love the people, and to care for the earth. It is in that spirit that I have come here from Jerusalem, the cradle of the three monotheistic religions, and the vibrant heart of the Jewish People. In Hebrew, the word Jerusalem and the word for peace, share the same root – Shalom. And it is with that prayer in our heart and that call to action that we stand together. From Jerusalem, I have come to call for Shalom – Peace. Peace between nations. Peace between faiths. Peace between people. Peace for our children.'"

"Abbas said he hoped the event in the Vatican Gardens at 5:00 p.m. GMT, which includes Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayers and the planting of an olive tree by all three leaders, would 'help Israel decide.'

'The pope's invitation was courageous,' Abbas said in an interview with the La Repubblica daily.

'With this prayer we are sending a message to all believers of the three major religions and the others: the dream of peace must not die,' he said."

At the prayer meeting:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope Francis’s speech during peace prayer "We have heard a summons, and we must respond. It is the summons to break the spiral of hatred and violence, and to break it by one word alone: the word 'brother.' But to be able to utter this word we have to lift our eyes to heaven and acknowledge one another as children of one Father.

To him, the Father, in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, I now turn, begging the intercession of the Virgin Mary, a daughter of the Holy Land and our Mother.

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried…But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: 'Never again war!'; 'With war everything is lost.' Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace."

Predictions of the Bible: Micah 4:3; Isa. 2:2-4, 6, 19-22; 1 Thess. 5:2-3.

Meanwhile, in Palestine a significant development:

Pope Francis Joins Israeli and Palestinian Leaders in Prayer for Peace "At the very hour Pope Francis sat with the Presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the garden of the Vatican, filling a soft June evening with the very best of intentions, more immediately meaningful events continued to unfold in the Middle East.

In Israel, the leader of the pivotal faction in the ruling coalition unveiled his own roadmap for peace — embracing the gritty specifics of the conflict that the Vatican “invocation for peace” avoided. Yair Lapid, who holds the title of Israeli Finance Minster and controls the Yesh Atid party that claimed the crucial centrist vote in the 2013 election, threatened to bring down the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel moves to annex any of the West Bank, the Palestinian territory that, along with the Gaza Strip, would form a proposed Palestinian state.

Lapid urged the resumption of negotiations that fell apart in April, pointedly calling for Israel to prepare a map of its own boundaries — something American and Palestinian officials have said Netanyahu has refused to do. Lapid also called for a freeze on construction of Jewish settlements deep in the West Bank, beyond the so-called blocs that under most scenarios would become part of Israel in a final arrangement. 'There is no reason to keep avoiding the necessity of drawing out the state of Israel’s future borders,' Lapid said. . ."

The entire report is pregnant with meaning - evidence of the effective working of the spirits of Rev. 16:14.

The numbers of political and religious leaders being received in audience by the charismatic Pope Francis is unprecedented.The gathering of "the kings of the earth and of "the whole world" (Rev. 16:14) is continuing at an accelerated pace. World leaders beat a path to the door of Pope Francis' audience chamber:-

"From [D]@gmail.com:

Sen. Mike Lee, Dirk Kempthorne, Joel Osteen meet with Pope Francis at Vatican "Part of a multiday, unofficial visit to Italy to promote ecumenical prayer and interfaith understanding, Lee was joined in the private audience by former U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne; Lakewood Church pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen; Tim Timmons, a pastor and author based in Newport Beach, California; and Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont College, an evangelical school in Santa Barbara, California."

There is a significant symbolism in the gathering reported above. Roman Catholicism has always been rife with spiritualism; but the particular spiritualism associated with the work of the "spirits of devils" in the ecumenical movement began in the 19th century. One branch of that spiritualism is practised in the Mormon Church, of which Sen. Mike Lee is a member. This delegation which met with the Pope included prominent Protestant pastors and an Evangelical educator. Therefore in this gathering can be seen a representation of the three-fold union prophesied by Ellen G. White. Such a representation was also seen in the 2012 American presidential election. Fulfillment of the rest of the prophecy cannot be far in the future.

Extraordinary prayer summit for the Presidents of Israel and Palestine with Pope Francis presiding and the probability of Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew attending. Whatever the intended results, the parties involved indicate two major priorities of the Pope - achieving a presence in Jerusalem and reconciliation with the Orthodox Churches:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope Francis Invites Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew To Prayer Summit With Mahmoud Abbas And Shimon Peres "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople may join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres when they meet Pope Francis to pray for peace this weekend.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Tuesday (June 3) that the pope had invited the head of the Orthodox faith to join the Middle East leaders at a Vatican prayer summit to be held this Sunday (June 8).

'It’s true that the pope invited him and wants him to come,” Lombardi said. “I think he will come but so far we do not have an official confirmation.'

Lombardi was responding to a report in the Italian daily La Stampa, which said sources in the patriarchate had confirmed Bartholomew’s attendance. The newspaper said a formal announcement may be made Wednesday (June 4)."

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Join Pope Francis for Vatican Prayer Summit "His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christian faithful worldwide, will join Pope Francis at the Vatican for a prayer summit on the evening of June 8, 2014 in an intensive spiritually-focused initiative for Middle East peace process. Together with the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will participate in an interfaith prayer service of Jews, Christians, and Muslims for peace in the region."

Vatican Mideast 'prayer summit' includes three faiths, olive tree planting "Sunday's prayer service at the Vatican for peace in the Middle East, hosted by Pope Francis and attended by both the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, will involve prayers in the traditions of all three Abrahamic faiths and a symbolic planting of an olive tree, the Vatican announced Friday.

Besides Israel's Shimon Peres and Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas, the summit will also be attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, considered "first among equals" in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

The summit, the fruit of an invitation the pontiff made to the Middle East leaders during his three-day visit to the Holy Land at the end of May, is being seen as a potential landmark point in what has become a stalled peace process between the two states.

The rundown of the event -- which was released following a press briefing at the Vatican from spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi and Franciscan Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who serves as the head of the main Franciscan order in the Holy Land and cares for the order's extensive property holdings in the region -- paints a picture of a possibly highly symbolic evening."

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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)