Catholicism and Paganism

A large part of the book of Revelation is written about the apostasy and the false prophet and this is particularly so in Rev 16 – 18.

Why does Revelation show how much God and Christ are repulsed by the apostate church? To name a few reasons –

  • pagan like worship
  • its history of child sexual abuse
  • money laundering
  • the politicization of religion

Pagan traditions

Catholic Church makes tradition above or equal to Scripture, but in actuality many of its traditions stem from pagan sun worship. Its teachings, beliefs and practices come from Mithraism—a form of paganism that existed in Babylonian times.

These pagan practices are symbols of apostasy against God. Of this, the Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism says the following:

The missionary history of the [Catholic] Church clearly shows her adaptability to all races, all continents, all nations. In her liturgy and her art, in her tradition and the forming of her doctrine, naturally enough she includes Jewish elements, but also elements that are of pagan origin. In certain respects, she has copied her organization from that of the Roman Empire, has preserved and made fruitful the philosophical intuitions of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, borrowed from both Barbarians and the Byzantine Roman Empire—but always remains herself, thoroughly digesting all elements drawn from external sources…In her laws, her ceremonies, her festivals and her devotions, she makes use of local customs after purifying them and “baptizing” them.

The Papacy claims that its system of worship has been handed down through tradition. They are absolutely correct. But these are not the teachings of Jesus, but rather the traditions of Babylon.

Roman Catholic doctrines such as infant baptism, sprinkling during baptism, teachings on death and immortality, tonsured and celibate priests with power over the dead, prayers to the dead and to relics, repetitive prayers with the use of beads, doctrines on forgiveness of sins, teachings on hell, the mass, and Sunday worship are doctrines actually derived directly from ancient Babylon, not the Bible.

Doctrine Date
The Trinity and the Sunday Sabbath 321-364 AD – Council of Laodicea
Relic Worship 337 AD
Rosary 366 AD
Mass 394 AD
Eternal Torment 590 AD
Indulgences 799 AD
Mary Worship 850 AD
Confessional 1198 AD
Bible Forbidden 1299 AD
Infant Baptism 1311 AD
Tradition Above Scripture 1563 AD

When Constantine married paganism and Christianity, the door was opened for false doctrines to creep into the early Christian Church, and they were gradually introduced into the system. The Church became divided into the Catholic Church who accepted the pagan doctrines, and those who resisted Constantine’s indoctrination.

Like the successive strata of the earth covering one another, so layer after layer of forgeries and fabrications were piled up in the Church.

The church historian Philip Schaff says, “No church or sect in Christendom ever sank so low as the Latin church in the tenth century.”

This article is adapted from Truth Matters by Professor Walter J. Veith

The Last Sign before the Return of Christ

We often look to places like Ezekiel 38 for signs, but the reality is that the 6th Vial in Revelation 16 describes perhaps the most important sign for our generation because it is the very last sign to directly portend the return of Christ.

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

In verse 13, the primary emphasis is on the unclean spirits – not the frogs, which are only intended to help describe the unclean spirits. The unclean spirits represent teachings which are detestable to God. The detestability of humanism has been a constant since Adam and Eve, and today’s human nature and sin is no better or worse than it was in the time of Nimrod or the Tower of Babel. What is more detestable to God today, is the global influence wielded by the anti-Christ and the harlot-church.

The meaning behind the symbol of the Frog can be found in both the Exodus and Psalms which speak of the pervasiveness of the Frogs during the Egyptian plagues and how they were so omnipresent that they even entered the kings bed chambers – Psa 105:30. This pervasive influence is one that comes from three entities; the mouths of the Dragon (Russia), Beast (Europe) and False Prophet (the Papacy).

However verse 14 has strong links back to other sections of scripture which give us more information about this pervasive policy, and it is not just any policy; these verses describe the apostate doctrines of the False prophet in the last days suggesting that what verse fourteen is describing, is not so much a political ideology, but a blasphemous ecclesiastical policy or teaching. Such a hypothesis would not be against the grain of the broader narrative of Revelation which includes the history of the rise and fall of the apostate system.

Both Europe and Russia are components of the former Roman and Byzantine Empires which indulged the teachings of their respective apostate churches – Catholicism, and Orthodoxy.  Today, with the help of social and news media, the teachings are louder, more pervasive, and perhaps more blasphemous – and they are indulged by both the European leaders and the Russian state.

“Unclean Spirits”

The biblical term “spirits” refers to doctrines & teachings:

1 John 4:1 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world

“The Spirits of Devils”

1 Tim 4:1 – Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

“Working Miracles”

Matt 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

“Kings of the Earth”

Revelation 17 (the harlot riding the beast) – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Pope Francis: “We can accomplish Miraculous things”

Only a few weeks ago, Pope Francis made the following comment;

We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”
 Pope Francis.

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The Pope is seeking to unify Europe

Daniel 2: The Roman Catholic Iron beginning to unify the European Clay in Daniels Image:

“Europe is the only continent that can bring some sort of unity to the world,” Pope Francis said in a March 2 meeting with a small group of Christian socialists from France.

In a wide-ranging discussion of Christian involvement in politics, the Pope said that Europe has “a universal role” to serve the cause of world unity. To serve that cause, however, the Pope went on to say that Europe must “rediscover its cultural roots.” He added that Europe’s future is endangered by its falling birth rates.

The Pope remarked that today there is talk of an “Arab invasion” of Europe, because of the influx of migrants. But he argued that nationalists are wrong to take an anti-immigrant stand. The problem, he suggested, is the absence of a unifying spirit in Europe– an absence that creates a vacuum that is now being filled by immigration. Throughout history, the Pope argued, a stronger Europe has absorbed contacts with new groups, and found ways to use them as ways to open exchanges between cultures.

Speaking to his visitors about the political situation in France, the Pope said that the country’s emphasis on secularism is “incomplete.” He argued that France needs a “healthy secularism,” one that does not seek to exclude spiritual and religious dimension.

Article by CatholicNews.Org