MAJOR ESCHATOLOGICAL PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE
Apostasy in Prophetic Interpretation
(A sermon to strengthen faith in the
sure word of prophecy)
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MULTIPLY - “the sea and
the waves roaring” Luke 21:25; “Calamities,
earthquakes, floods, disasters by land and by sea,
will increase. . . ." - (R&H, December 11, 1900):
Natural disasters and extreme weather
Global Disaster Watch
Disaster Alert and Coordination System
SUBSIDIARITY: THE PRINCIPLE AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION
THE EUROPEAN UNION
A Major Path For Rome Among Many Converging through
Jerusalem to Global Domination By Satan in Person -
the Ultimate Antichrist
(The Roman Catholic Social Doctrine -
Ascendancy of the Roman Catholic dogma in the body
politic of the United States.)
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."
"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.)
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: seeing thou hast forgotten
the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
We do not go deep enough in
our search for truth. Every soul who believes
present truth will be brought where he will be
required to give a reason of the hope that is in him.
The people of God will be called upon to stand
before kings, princes, rulers, and great men of the
earth, and they must know
that they do know what is truth. (Review and
Herald, February 18, 1890; TM 119)
Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning
(For full context cf.
Adventists and Birth Control;
Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)
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
LINK TO 2015
From the very beginning of the 2016 primary election
it became apparent that the roster of Republican
candidates were in varying degrees strongly
opposed to the Separation of Church and State
guaranteed by the United States' Constitution.
Then surprisingly an unlikely candidate with no
religious right credentials shot to the forefront
and never looked back. Now the Republican
nominee for the presidency of the United States,
Donald Trump is viewed with widespread fear and
loathing in the body politic; yet there are
credible warnings that he could still win the
election in spite of currently sinking in the polls,
because his opponent is herself regarded as a flawed
candidate. There is ample justification to fear the
improbable event of a Trump presidency. It is
reasonable to assume that in one fell swoop
Christians who are unwilling to conform to the
dictates of an ascendant religio-political power
would find that conditions conducive to fulfillment
of Rev. 13:15-17 confront them:
What Donald Trump
Learned From Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man
The year was 1977, and Mr. Cohn’s reputation was
well established. He had been
McCarthy’s Red-baiting consigliere. He had
helped send the Rosenbergs to the electric chair for
spying and elect Richard M. Nixon president.
New York’s most feared lawyer, Mr. Cohn had a client
list that ran the gamut from the disreputable to the
quasi- reputable: Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno,
Claus von Bulow, George Steinbrenner.
was one client who occupied a special place in Roy
Cohn’s famously cold heart: Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Cohn, who died of AIDS in 1986, weeks after
being disbarred for flagrant ethical violations, Mr.
Trump was something of a final project. If Fred
Trump got his son’s career started, bringing him
into the family business of middle-class rentals
in Brooklyn and Queens, Mr. Cohn ushered him across
the river and into Manhattan, introducing him to the
social and political elite while ferociously
defending him against a growing list of enemies.
Decades later, Mr. Cohn’s influence on Mr. Trump is
unmistakable. Mr. Trump’s wrecking ball of a
presidential bid — the gleeful smearing of his
opponents, the embracing of bluster as brand — has
been a Roy Cohn number on a grand scale. Mr.
Trump’s response to the Orlando massacre, with his
ominous warnings of a terrorist attack that could
wipe out the country and his conspiratorial
suggestions of a Muslim fifth column in the United
States, seemed to have been ripped straight out of
the Cohn playbook." . . .
‘He Brutalized For
The reporter from the Washington Post
didn’t ask Donald Trump about nuclear weapons, but
he wanted to talk about them anyway. “Some
people have an ability to negotiate,” Trump said, of
facing the Soviet Union. “You either have it or you
He wasn’t daunted by the complexity of
the topic: “It would take an hour and a half to
learn everything there is to learn about
missiles,” he said.
It was the fall of 1984,
Trump Tower was new, and this was unusual territory
for the 38-year-old real estate developer. He
was three years away from his first semi-serious
dalliance with presidential politics, more than 30
years before the beginning of his current
campaign—but he had gotten the idea to bring this
up, he said, from his attorney, his good friend and
his closest adviser, Roy Cohn.
That Roy Cohn.
Roy Cohn, the lurking legal hit man for red-baiting
Sen. Joe McCarthy, whose reign of televised
intimidation in the 1950s has become synonymous
with demagoguery, fear-mongering and character
assassination. In the formative years of Donald
Trump’s career, when he went from a rich kid working
for his real estate-developing father to a top-line
dealmaker in his own right, Cohn was one of the
most powerful influences and helpful contacts in
Over a 13-year-period, ending
shortly before Cohn’s death in 1986, Cohn brought
his say-anything, win-at-all-costs style to all
of Trump’s most notable legal and business deals.
Interviews with people who knew both men at the time
say the relationship ran deeper than that—that
Cohn’s philosophy shaped the real estate mogul’s
worldview and the belligerent public persona
visible in Trump’s presidential campaign.
“Something Cohn had, Donald liked,” Susan Bell,
Cohn’s longtime secretary, said this week when I
asked her about the relationship between her old
boss and Trump.
Trump’s Mobbed Up, McCarthyite
Donald Trump’s brash and bullying
style was learned at the heel of Roy Cohn, one of
America’s most infamous lawyers.
They met at Le
Club, a private disco on the Upper East Side
frequented by Jackie Kennedy, Al Pacino, and Diana
Ross, according to Trump: The Saga of America’s
Most Powerful Real Estate Baron.
Donald Trump, the
young developer, quickly amassing a fortune in
New York real estate and Roy Cohn, America’s most
loathed yet socially successful defense attorney
who had vaulted to infamy in the 1950s while serving
as legal counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy.
friendship they forged would provide the foundation
for Trump’s eventual presidential campaign. And in
hindsight, it serves as a tool for understanding
Donald Trump the Candidate, whose bumper
Mexican immigrants are “criminals” and “rapists”;
Senator John McCain is “not a war hero”—have both
led him to the top of the Republican primary
polls and mistakenly convinced many that he is a
puzzle unworthy of solving. It may appear that
way, but Trump isn’t just spouting off insults like
a malfunctioning sprinkler system—he’s mimicking
what he learned some 40 years ago.
friend of Trump’s who was introduced to the
candidate by Cohn told me it’s a shame that Cohn’s
not alive to see the chaos his protégé has
“He would have just loved what’s going
on right now,” the friend said. “Roy liked upsetting
the establishment.” . . .
He moved to Washington,
where his first assignment was to prepare the
indictment of Owen Lattimore, an expert on China
and professor at Johns Hopkins University who had
been accused of being “the top Russian espionage
agent in the United States” by Senator Joe
The charges were ultimately dismissed,
but Cohn’s aggressive performance left a lasting
impact on McCarthy, who named him chief counsel
to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on
Investigations. (Robert F. Kennedy was assistant
counsel.) . . .
When McCarthy was finally
censured, in 1954, Cohn was thought to be finished,
He moved back to New York City and joined
the law firm Saxe, Bacon & Bolan. But instead of
fading into obscurity, Cohn became a socialite
with a roster of high-powered, famous, pious, and
allegedly murderous clients.
He represented Andy
Warhol, Studio 54, Roman Catholic Cardinals Francis
Spellman and Terence Cooke, and mafia leaders
Carmine “Cigar” Galante and Anthony “Fat Tony”
Cohn’s tactics were thought to be so
unethical and dishonest by the legal establishment
(he was eventually disbarred) that Esquire
dubbed him “a legal executioner.” . . .
first got ahold of him, according to his friend,
“Donald was a bit of a political neophyte.”
was Cohn who helped transform him. “His early
political training came from Roy,” the friend told
Cohn, a registered Democrat, was a
Reaganphile. On the grand piano in his law office
rested a framed photo of the former president
and a letter of thanks he sent to Cohn. He and his
law partner, Thomas Bolan, who could not be reached
for comment, fundraised tirelessly for his 1980
According to Trump’s friend, Cohn acted
to “recruit Donald and Donald’s father for Reagan’s
finance committee.” In an 1983 Times report,
Trump was characterized as a Reagan supporter and
was said to have visited the White House “several
times.” There’s a picture of the two together,
shaking hands. Trump, his hair darker and fuller, in
a pinstripe suit and shiny, light pink tie; and
Reagan, looking duller by comparison.
Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great
Again!” Which was Reagan’s slogan in 1980. Trump has
claimed he invented the slogan and trademarked
it in order to prevent other candidates from using
it in speeches. “I mean, I get tremendous raves
for that line,” Trump told The Daily Mail. “You
would think they would come up with their own. That
is my whole theme.”
There is insufficient evidence on which to arrive at
an informed opinion; but reasonable questions might
be raised by some of the associations mentioned in
this last report. There is an intriguing Roman
Catholic connection, including the administration of
Ronald Reagan. During his presidency there were
no overt signs of authoritarianism in the Republican
Party; but as Roman Catholic influence has
increased over the years this has changed, with
deliberate legislation designed to perpetuate
Republican governance. Roman Catholicism is a
hierarchical and authoritarian ideology that
which has bred the right-wing extremism exhibited by
the Republican Party. Historically there are glaring
instances where Roman Catholicism has either created fascist
governance or at least made accommodation with
it. It should be noted that Pope Francis is
pulling the hierarchy in the opposite direction
from right-wing extremism; but this will not
change the inherent authoritarian nature of the
What you observe of Donald Trump reeks
of fascism and racism. There are reports about his
family background and his reading habits which
make the connection and increase the menacing aura
exuded by the man:
Donald Trump’s KKK connections
go back to dad Fred’s arrest at Klan riot in 1927
Racism reportedly runs in the family, when it
comes to the Trump Klan.
Trump’s late father,
Fred Trump, was arrested following a Ku Klux Klan
riot in Queens in 1927, according to a bombshell
report that further suggests unusual ties between
the 2016 front-runner and the notorious white
Fred Trump Sr. was among seven men arrested
following a May 30, 1927 brawl between members of
the KKK and the New York Police Department,
according to The Washington Post,
which unearthed news articles from the June 1, 1927
edition of The New York Times. . .
to comment Sunday on the latest details surrounding
the incident, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign
sent a link to a story from September 2015 story
in which the Republican mogul ardently rejected the
report. . .
“He was never arrested. He has
nothing to do with this. This never happened. This
is nonsense and it never happened," Trump said
about his father in the September 2015 article.
"This never happened. Never took place. He was never
arrested, never convicted, never even charged.
It's a completely false, ridiculous story. He was
never there! It never happened. Never took
The resurfacing of the report comes at an
inopportune time for the bombastic billionaire, who
last week received the endorsement of former KKK
leader David Duke.
On Sunday Trump repeatedly
refused to distance himself from Duke and the KKK
and initially declined to disavow the support.
Amid mounting pressure to reject the comments,
however, he eventually took to twitter to condemn
Donald Trump's ex-wife once said
Trump kept a book of Hitler's speeches by his bed
According to a 1990 Vanity Fair interview, Ivana
Trump once told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her
husband, real-estate mogul Donald Trump, now a
leading Republican presidential candidate, kept a
book of Hitler's speeches near his bed.
April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism,
Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that
from time to time her husband reads a book of
Hitler's collected speeches, My New Order, which he
keeps in a cabinet by his bed ... Hitler's
speeches, from his earliest days up through the
Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability
as a master propagandist," Marie Brenner wrote.
When Brenner asked Trump about how he came to
possess Hitler's speeches, "Trump hesitated" and
then said, "Who told you that?"
remember," Brenner reportedly replied.
recalled, "Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis
from Paramount who gave me a copy of 'Mein Kampf,'
and he's a Jew."
Brenner added that Davis did
acknowledge that he gave Trump a book about Hitler.
"But it was 'My New Order,' Hitler's speeches, not
'Mein Kampf,'" Davis reportedly said. "I thought he
would find it interesting. I am his friend, but
I'm not Jewish."
After Trump and Brenner changed
topics, Trump returned to the subject and reportedly
said, "If, I had these speeches, and I am not
saying that I do, I would never read them."
the Vanity Fair article, Ivana Trump told a friend
that her husband's cousin, John Walter "clicks his
heels and says, 'Heil Hitler," when visiting
All of the reports above sound a
clear warning about Donald Trump's unfitness for the
presidency of the United States of America by
his character and life experience! He has
demonstrated this by frighteningly reckless speech
since he has burst upon the world stage in his
presidential bid. A sampling is quoted below from:
10 Reckless Donald Trump Statements on Terrorism and
#3: Kill Terrorist Families
Statement: “The other thing with the terrorists is
you have to take out their families, when you get
these terrorists, you have to take out their
families. They care about their lives, don’t kid
yourself. When they say they don’t care about their
lives, you have to take out their families.”
Response: Donald Trump supports killing innocent
people and committing war crimes. Killing the family
members of ISIS would result in the deaths of
innocent women and children. Donald Trump has no
regard for our basic principles or humanitarian
There is a targeted and smart way to hit
ISIS, which is what the Obama Administration is
doing. Donald Trump doesn’t understand the
difference between a reckless strategy, and a smart
Donald Trump’s plan to kill innocent people
will not defeat ISIS. Killing innocent families runs
counter to international law, our principles,
and would enrage the world against the U.S.
Resorting to such barbaric attacks would bring the
U.S. down to the terrorists’ level, hurting our
reputation and leadership role in the world.
Precision bombing and intelligence will effectively
identify and eliminate the threat without incurring
too many civilian casualties. The overkill Trump
suggests is an insult to our military and
Statement: “Torture works. Ok, folks?” You know, I
have these guys – ‘Torture doesn’t work!’ – believe
me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor
form. Some people say it’s not actually torture.
Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the
question, ‘What do you think of waterboarding?’
Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than
Response: U.S. national security
experts, military officials, and the intelligence
community agree that torture does not work.
People who have been tortured have given false
information to make the torture stop. We don’t find
out that information is bad until after we’ve
spent millions of dollars and lost lives chasing
false leads. It doesn’t work and it goes against our
values, which is why the U.S. does not and
should not use torture.
Torture often produces
false information. We get much more reliable
information from standard interrogations conducted
by our experienced career interrogators. Every
time we see an American give a forced confession in
North Korea or at the hands of ISIS before a
beheading, we get absolute proof that torture
Torture fundamentally contradicts
the Constitution and our values. It harms our global
reputation, which is a key component of American
strength. By using torture, the U.S. throws its lot
in with Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Waterboarding inflicts “severe mental pain or
suffering,” which distorts memories and is
unnecessarily cruel. In response to the rhetoric
from Trump on torture, the current CIA director,
John Brennan, has said he wouldn’t allow CIA
officers to waterboard terrorists. Donald Trump’s
thoughtless approach to national security and
support for torture would hurt U.S. interests.
Trump made these statements during his rise to
become the nominee for President of the Republican
Party. His present slide in the polls is not
directly related. Even if it becomes increasingly
unlikely that he wins the election, it is
astonishing that majorities of the Republican
electorate in the State primaries were untroubled by
them. This is a clear sign of what can and will
happen in the not too distant future. Economic
conditions are unlikely to be greatly improved.
Financial hardship and the fear of jihadist
terrorism could provoke an extremist backlash in the
body politic. If there is a dramatic change in
Trump's prospects by election day and he wins
the presidency, he seems to promise an
administration wholly in tune with the end-time
despotism prophesied for the United States.
The Donald Trump candidacy has opened up a huge
fissure in a Republican Party already divided by a struggle
between the Establishment and Religious Right
extremists, which can be laid directly at the
feet of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
The division also reflects a contest within the Roman Catholic
Church that has existed ever since Leo XIII's
encyclical Rerum Novarum, albeit by
intellectual argumentation rather than virulent
controversy as is now raging within the Republican
Party (Cf. Learning From Catholicism’s
The right-wing Roman
Catholic ideologues who have reigned supreme in the
United States for decades are hoisted on their
An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics
In recent decades, the Republican party has been a
vehicle — imperfect, like all human institutions,
but serviceable — for promoting causes at the
center of Catholic social concern in the United
States: (1) providing legal protection for unborn
children, the physically disabled and
cognitively handicapped, the frail elderly, and
other victims of what Saint John Paul II branded
“the culture of death”; (2) defending religious
freedom in the face of unprecedented assaults by
officials at every level of government who have
made themselves the enemies of conscience; (3)
rebuilding our marriage culture, based on a
sound understanding of marriage as the conjugal
union of husband and wife; and (4) re-establishing
constitutional and limited government, according
to the core Catholic social-ethical principle of
subsidiarity. There have been frustrations along the
way, to be sure; no political party perfectly
embodies Catholic social doctrine. But there have
also been successes, and at the beginning of the
current presidential electoral cycle, it seemed
possible that further progress in defending and
advancing these noble causes was possible
through the instrument of the Republican party.
That possibility is now in grave danger. And so are
those causes. . ."
The signatories are revealing, the two most
prominent being Robert P.
George and George Weigel. Before Donald Trump
burst on the US presidential election scene, the
Republican Party under the domination of the Church
of Rome's Religious Right surrogates was clearly
on course to establishing the end of time theocracy
prophesied in Rev. 13:14-17:
candidates appeal to religious conservatives
From opposition to abortion and gay marriage, to
support for Israel and the fight against the Islamic
State, Carson and other Republican candidates --
Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and
Mike Huckabee -- drew repeated ovations at the
event co-sponsored by the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
"I believe 2016 is going to be a religious liberty
election," said Cruz, a Texas senator who had many
backers at the mega-church; Fiorina, a
businesswoman, told the crowd that "people of faith
make better leaders."Bush, the son and brother
of previous presidents, talked about a "faith
journey" that has included a conversion to
Catholicism, "a partnership with Jesus Christ" and a
commitment to a "culture of life."
former Pennsylvania senator who rode religious
support to a narrow win in the 2012 Iowa caucuses,
touted his long-time support from evangelical
groups, while former Arkansas governor and Baptist
preacher Huckabee denounced abortion as
"uncivilized savagery for which we must repent."
Each of the Republican candidates is seeking to
appeal to a constituency that has major influence in
early delegate contest states such as Iowa,
South Carolina and Texas.
The idea is to "connect
candidates and their messages with people of faith
who are potential voters," said Timothy Head,
executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
"The conservative Christian vote still remains the
largest political constituency in all of
Among the issues that
surfaced during the forum: Abortion, the role of
faith in political life, attempts to end federal
funding for Planned Parenthood and religious
liberty in the wake of the Supreme Court sanctioning
2016 race: Why a Tea Party
president is a real possibility
When the Tea
Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart
of the movement couldn’t have predicted how it would
permanently alter America’s political landscape.
Just six years later, it’s undeniably at the heart
of American politics in spite of countless
attacks from the political establishment and from
the national media. Because of the Tea Party’s
strength and influence, candidates who call
themselves conservative must prove their bona fides
to successfully court any grassroots support at
all. . .America’s political landscape has been
forever changed, and it’s a testament to the health
and vibrancy of our democracy. The Washington
establishment can bristle, smirk and even curse all
they want, but a Tea Party president is now a very
So much for what might have been! Nevertheless, the
statement that "America’s political landscape has
been forever changed" is an undeniable fact.
Moreover, the Democrats are not willing to cede
religion in politics to the Republicans. President
Obama has been greatly influenced by Roman Catholic
activism, and has a Roman Catholic
vice-president. He has contributed to the erosion of
the wall of separation between Church and State by the
faith-based initiatives of his Administration.
Hillary Clinton is likely to outdo Obama:
Religion and the 2016 Presidential Election: How
Important is Faith to Candidates?
of church and state is expressed in the First
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, yet most
Americans believe the two must intertwine when
it comes to the presidency. Candidates answer
questions about their faith both on the campaign
trail and during presidential debates. They pander
to specific religious denominations, depending on
which part of the country they're visiting.
Come Election Day, faith may decide who unseats
President Obama. . .
Clinton, a self-described
Methodist, told a New Hampshire crowd last Wednesday
that she keeps a group of faith advisors closer
by and fights to separate political ambitions from
"I get a scripture lesson every
morning from a minister that I have a really close
personal relationship with," Clinton said. "And,
you know, it just gets me grounded. He gets up
really early to send it to me. So, you know, there
it is in my in box at 5:00 a.m."
friends who are rabbis who send me notes, give me
readings that are going to be discussed in services.
So I really appreciate all that incoming."
Hillary Clinton has chosen Jesuit-trained Roman
Catholic Tim Kaine, said to resemble Pope Francis,
as her running mate. The nation cannot escape
from Roman Catholic, and Jesuit, influence. If
Clinton wins the presidency it remains to be
seen whether or not the progression of the nation
towards theocracy will be much slower than under a
dark, authoritarian Donald Trump administration.
In any event the handwriting can clearly be seen on
Pope Francis speaks out about a world at war, and
insists it is not a war of religions; but can
religious strife be discounted?:-
Pope Francis: ‘The World Is At War’
In a brief address aboard the papal plane en route
to Krakow for World Youth Day, Pope Francis
expressed his conviction that the world is at war,
but it is not a religious war, since every religion
The Pope told journalists traveling with him that
the world is not only insecure, it is at war. “But
it’s a real war, not a religious war,” Francis said.
“It’s a war of interests, a war for money. A war for
natural resources and for the dominion of the
peoples. Some might say it’s a religious war. Every
religion wants peace. The war is wanted by the
others. Understood?” he said.
Of course the Pope is reluctant to admit that
religious conflict is manifest, not only in the
Middle East but also is other parts of the world.
This is an obstacle in the way of the urgent quest
of the papacy for ecumenical union.
Pope Francis: ‘The world is at war, but it is not a
war of religions’
The world is at war, but it is not a war of
religions, Pope Francis has said as he traveled to
Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern
Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in
The killing of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy
church on Tuesday added to security fears
surrounding Francis’s five-day visit for the World
Youth Day celebrations, which were already high due
to a string of violent attacks in France and
Germany. Polish officials say they have deployed
tens of thousands of security officials to cover the
Francis spoke to reporters on the papal plane en
route from Rome to Poland. Asked about the slaying
of the priest, Francis replied: “It’s war, we don’t
have to be afraid to say this.”
After greeting reporters on his papal plane he
returned to the topic to clarify that when he speaks
of war, he is speaking of “a war of interests, for
money, resources. … I am not speaking of a war of
religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want
war.” . . .
Meanwhile, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican
secretary of state, sent a message of condolence to
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen after the
killing of Fr Hamel, Catholic News Service reports.
The cardinal said Pope Francis was “particularly
upset that this act of violence took place in a
church during Mass, the liturgical act that implores
God’s peace for the world.”
In the latest event of violence, the cardinal said,
the Pope prayed God would “inspire in all thoughts
of reconciliation and brotherhood.”
Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, was
another church leader in Krakow for World Youth Day.
He told Catholic News Service the attack in France
reminded him of the 2010 massacred in Baghdad’s
Church of Our Lady of Deliverance “when they held
the people inside the church” during Sunday evening
Mass “and killed two priests and then started
killing the rest.” A total of 48 people were killed
and more than 100 were injured.
“This is the sort of world we are living in,”
Archbishop Warda said. “We pray for the priest and
everyone who was shocked and horrified.”
At the same time, “we pray for all of ISIS so they
could really wake up and know the God of mercy,” he
said. “We know that it is going to be harder and
harder because the more you push them, they come up
with more terrifying stories and events.”
“It’s shocking, it’s sad, really sad” to know they
could “enter a church, a place of prayer” and commit
such violence, the archbishop said. “Imagine you
enter a mosque and start killing people — but that’s
ISIS. That’s the way they act. Unfortunately this is
the way they’ve been trained.”
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky,
president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops, expressed gratitude for “the unforgettable
witness of the faithful” in the church attack.
The total context of the Pope's statements suggests
that he made a candid acknowledgement at first that
the world is indeed in a religious war; but then on
reflection found it necessary to tone this down in
the interest of ecumenical union of denominations
and religions. Nevertheless, Jidahist attacks in
Europe are central in all the reports of the Pope's
Pope Francis warns world 'is at war' after Europe
Pope Francis has warned that a recent wave of
jihadist attacks in Europe is proof that "the world
is at war".
However, he stressed he did not mean a war of
religions, but rather a conflict over "interests,
He was speaking ahead of his visit to Poland to
reporters seeking his comments on the murder of a
Catholic priest by French jihadists on Tuesday.
Father Jacques Hamel was killed at a morning mass in
his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, northern
The killing was the latest of a spate of attacks
carried out in France and Germany over the past few
days and weeks, many of them attributed to Islamist
"The word we hear a lot is insecurity, but the real
word is war," the pontiff said.
"We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world
is at war because it has lost peace.
"When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests,
money, resources, not religion. All religions want
peace, it's the others who want war," Pope Francis
added. . .
In Krakow, the Pope met Polish President Andrzej
Duda in the Wawel Castle before retiring for a
closed question-and-answer session with the
country's bishops in the city's cathedral.
Much of Poland's conservative Catholic establishment
is uncomfortable with Pope Francis's push for a more
flexible and compassionate church.
Growing anti-Muslim sentiment is clearly a factor in
the Pope's denial that the jidahist conflict is a
Pope Francis Says World Is at War, but It’s Not a
As he began his first official visit to Poland,
Pope Francis on Wednesday said “the world is at
war,” and he challenged the conservative governments
of Central and Eastern Europe to soften their
resistance to migrants seeking refuge.
The pope’s visit to the southern Polish city of
Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, a major event
on the Roman Catholic calendar, began just a day
after the horrific killing of a priest in France.
The priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, was
celebrating Mass in a small town in Normandy when
two men with knives entered the church and slit his
throat. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for
Francis, 79, was clearly shaken by the attack, and
he appeared solemn and pensive as he headed to
Poland, the first stop on a trip to Central and
“The world is at war,” he told reporters on his
plane from Rome to Krakow. “We don’t need to be
afraid to say this.”
But with anti-Muslim sentiment growing after the
recent Islamic State-inspired terrorist attacks in
France and Germany, Pope Francis emphasized that he
did not see a religious conflict. “I am not speaking
of a war of religions,” he said. “Religions don’t
want war. The others want war.”
He said he was referring to “a war of interests” and
a war for money, resources and the “domination of
Three days before the pope’s arrival in Poland, the
Vatican issued a statement reprimanding Polish
officials who “artificially created fear of
Now, does all of this have special prophetic
In one respect, definitely.
The signs are
difficult to read in another respect;
but watchfulness may be appropriate (Note that the
physical war against ISIS is now expanded to include
Libya, once a part of the Ptolemaic Empire of
Egypt.) In the context of Dan. 11:40-44 the "King of
the South" makes the first move against "the King."
If there is possible validity in regarding
references to the "King of the South' and the "King
of the North" as identifying locations rather than
nations, is it worthy of consideration that
ideology of al-Qaeda originated in Egypt, and
influential leaders such as Ayman al-Zawahiri are
Egyptian? Is it possible that Dan. 11:40-44 is
being fulfilled by al-Qaeda and ISIS, unnoticed?
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FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2016