Islam and the Catholic Church – A Long History of Persecution Against Christians and the Shocking Similarities Between the Two Religions
“The Messiah, Isa [Jesus], son of Miriam [Mary], was no more than Allah’s apostle…so believe in Allah and His apostles and do not say ‘Trinity’…Allah forbid that he should have a son” (Koran).
There were many things Jesus warned us of and prepared us for in the last days. The Bible talks about the mother of all harlots, a prostitute who has been unfaithful to Him. The Catholic Church is what many people think of when they think of Christianity. The Catholic Church is also the absolute mother of all harlots.
Through her, tens of millions have been lead astray, deceived, and even murdered in Christ’s name, for the witness of Christ. Catholics that professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior were persecuting and slaughtering people that professed and believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Why? Because these true followers of Jesus put Him and His testimony above the Catholic Church and the pope. The Bible warned us of this beast clothed in scarlet and purple, the colors cardinals and priests within the Catholic Church adorn themselves in.
“I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication (Revelation 17:4-5).
Over the last several years, several new theories on the Antichrist and final beast kingdom have been gaining discussion. The Vatican has long been the focus, but recently many people have started looking towards Islam. But, let’s face it; until 9-11 not many people were talking about Islam. Is our focus being redirected purposely?
The Holy Roman Catholic Church began its official political reign in 538.
Under the Roman Catholic Church’s reign, more than fifty million Christians were murdered. They were murdered for refusing to acknowledge the pope as God on earth. Foxe’s book of Martyrs gives a barbaric and brutal description of the torture Christians who renounced the pope faced.
The problem, for centuries, has been that the Vatican has taken on the role of being the gatekeepers to Christianity. When people think of Catholicism they automatically think of Christianity, but the two are not the same. While I personally feel that there are Christians attending the Catholic Church, the institution itself is not Christian; if anything, it is anti-Christ. There were many signs given to us by Jesus to recognize who it was that He spoke of.
Matthew 24:24 “For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
Matthew 24:5 tells us “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
Nobody has come more often in Christ’s name than the Catholic Church. The pope is called God on earth often. The papacy throughout history slaughtered Christians for refusing to acknowledge the pope as God on earth.
In 1302 AD, Pope Boniface said this in a letter to the Catholic Church:
“Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.”
In Revelation, God tells His people to come out of her, lest they partake in her judgment.
Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’”
Catholicism began in Pagan Rome under Emperor Constantine. Before a major battle in which he was outnumbered, Constantine saw a vision in the sky that he would prevail against his enemy, Maxentius, in the sign of the cross. The emperor confidently marched to Rome, and his warriors painted crosses on their shields, even though they were pagans.
After he was victorious, to show gratitude to the God of the Christians, the victor immediately decreed that Christian worship be tolerated throughout the Roman Empire. Over 300 years of brutal and barbaric slaughter of Christians under the Roman Empire was over. In 313 AD, Constantine signed an edict that made “Christianity” legal. But the slaughter that ended under Constantine was just a prelude to the real persecution of the saints.
For over 300 years after Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, Rome attempted to wipe out all Christians, but it didn’t work. The more Christians Rome slaughtered, even more became Christians. They could not kill them quickly enough. As Christians were fed to starving lions or burned alive to light Nero’s gardens, they grew in numbers. The Christian movement could not be contained. So what now? If you can’t beat them, join them, and destroy them from within. Jesus warned us and prepared us.
Acts 20:29-30 “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”
The vast majority of the Roman Empire today is Muslim. Constantinople is where the Roman Empire continued on for over 1,000 years after East and West split, until the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople through bloodshed.
There have been many Antichrist Kingdoms throughout history – Rome being one that began a brutal persecution on God’s elect. By 538 AD, the legal supremacy of the pope started when Emperor Justinian made the Bishop of Rome “the Head of all Churches.” This was the Edict of Justinian.
After Constantine legalized Christianity, Christians began to feel safe. They held political office; and under Theodosius, “Christianity” became the the new official religion of the Roman Empire. The Romans brought paganism directly into the church with them, which led to the Roman Catholic Church and its slaughter of the saints (Christians) foretold in the Bible. For 1,260 years, Christians were murdered for not bowing down to papal authority over Jesus Christ. Many popes came in Jesus’s name, and many slaughtered Christians. The Catholic Church has deceived God’s people for over 1,500 years.
“Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
As an Antichrist Kingdom, Constantine began the changing of time and law. Out of all of God’s commandments to both Gentile and Jew, only one begins with REMEMBER – meaning do not forget and do not change, but REMEMBER MY SABBATH day to keep it holy. Jesus never changed the day of the Sabbath.
Luke 4:16 “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.”
By 538 AD, the pagan traditions and idols were so firmly rooted within the Catholic Church, that any resemblance of the Christian message Jesus Himself taught was all but gone. And this was all done in the name of Jesus.
Jesus Himself was baptized by submersion. When you submerge yourself, you become a new person, you are born again. The Roman Catholic Church changed this to sprinkling. This is not what Christ taught.
The Catholic Church has deceived people into believing that it’s near impossible to get to heaven, and without the papacy, there is no hope. Millions of Christians died for refusing to accept this. The Roman Catholic Church began a new scheme to scare the masses. Purgatory. There is no biblical foundation for purgatory; it does not exist.
Pope Leo X began a campaign of saving lost souls from the fire of purgatory by works and money. He began selling indulgences to build St. Peter’s Basilica. If you donated, then you could save your dear mother or other loved one from purgatory. This is not what Jesus taught us. You do not get to heaven by works or by money. You are saved through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You are saved by grace.
Pope Leo XXI: “But the supreme teacher in the Church is the Roman Pontiff. Union of minds, therefore, requires, together with a perfect accord in the one faith, complete submission and obedience of will to the Church and to the Roman Pontiff, as to God Himself.”
More recently, Pope John Paul II said: “Have no fear when people call me the “Vicar of Christ,” when they say to me “Holy Father,” or “Your Holiness,” or use titles similar to these, which seem even inimical to the Gospel.”
Jesus told us not to call any man on earth your spiritual father. Yet, in the Catholic Church, every priest is called father, and the pope is called Holy Father. The popes have portrayed themselves as God on earth. They profess Christ while perverting His word.
Jesus said: “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9).
At one time the Catholic Church took the scriptures away from the people, until Martin Luther began the reformation movement. The Roman Catholic Church decided only priests and bishops were able to understand God’s word. If one did try to read God’s word, they were tried as heretics.
Martin Luther said the following of Rome after a visit:
“Rome is a harlot… The Italians mocked us for being pious monks, for they hold Christian’s fools. They say six or seven masses in the time it takes me to say one, for they take money for it and I do not.”
To get an idea of how powerful the pope and the Roman Catholic Church was: on January 28, 1077 AD, King Henry (Holy Roman Emperor) stood outside in the snow for three days begging the pope to forgive him. The King had no power; the pope did. It is referred to as the humiliation at Canossa. The pope made a decree that nobody in the Holy Roman Empire should obey King Henry IV. He was excommunicated by Pope Gregory VII on behalf of God.
Pope Gregory VII made the following pronouncement at Rome:
“…on behalf of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and by your power and authority, I deny to King Henry, son of the Emperor Henry, who with unheard of pride has risen up against your church, the government of the whole kingdom of the Germans and of Italy; I absolve all Christians from the bond of any oath that they have made or shall make to him; and I forbid anyone to serve him as king. For it is fitting that, because he has striven to diminish the honour of your church, he himself should forfeit the honour that he seems to possess.”
The Holy Roman Catholic Church had more power than the king. In 1929, Pope Pious 12th aligned with Japan, Italy and Germany, beginning the head wound heal. The Catholic Church aligned against the countries that were trying to put a stop to Adolf Hitler.
The Vatican aligned against the United States
The Vatican is involved in both political and religious matters. Currently, the Catholic Church has over 1.2 billion members worldwide. Islam currently boasts 1.8 billion.
Pope Francis has prayed for Islam while condemning Christians. He has prayed with Islamic leaders, referring to the religion as peaceful. More surprisingly, he prayed with Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They prayed towards Mecca from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the conquered Constantinople that the Catholic Church once ruled.
All around Istanbul you will see traces of the Roman Catholic Empire, or more commonly known as the Byzantine Empire. The Blue Mosque’s walls are attached to the Hagia Sophia. This was the largest and most beautiful cathedral built in the Byzantine Roman Empire. When the Ottomans conquered Christendom as they saw it, by conquering Constantinople, the first thing they did was change the cathedral into a mosque, something Muslims today still do. Victory over Christendom.
Pope Francis has been on a “religion of peace” tour for most of his papacy. As more Islamic terrorist attacks happen, he speaks louder of tolerance for all things Islamic. Erdogan has recently made statements about Jerusalem being overthrown and the Jews slaughtered over the embassy move announced by President Trump. In December 2017, Erdogan said, “Those who think they own Jerusalem better know that tomorrow they will not even be able to hide behind trees.”
He more recently claimed Jews and Christians were enemies of Turkey. He has claimed his Islamic military is prepared to invade Israel.
The Bible tells us that in the last days Jerusalem will be a cup of trembling. It also says that in the last days those in Judea and Samaria will have to suddenly run for their lives; they will be overtaken and overtaken quickly. Where are Judea and Samaria? Judea and Samaria are known in the international community as the West Bank, and the West Bank is a majority Palestinian Muslim area. This has been a hotbed of violence for decades and has been used by the international community to establish anti- Israel bias.
Muslims all over the world are looking for the next Caliphate, and nobody in the Islamic faith talks about reviving the Ottoman Empire more often than President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not only that, but the Ottoman Empire originated in Turkey. When Islam conquered Constantinople, in their eyes they essentially conquered Christendom. Who is the President of Turkey right now? Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Martin Luther is well known for his speaking against the Catholic Church. In regards to Islam, specifically the Ottomans, he said: “The Turk is the rod of the wrath of the Lord our God… If the Turk’s god, the devil, is not beaten first, there is reason to fear that the Turk will not be so easy to beat… Christian weapons and power must do it.”
The Palestinian peace process may very well be used to set up this false peace that Israel will soon have. I think this peace treaty will be signed by many Islamic nations, not just Israel and the Palestinian people. What better need is there for a peace treaty than in time of war? The Middle East is a tinderbox right now. Iran is in Syria. Turkey is in Syria. Russia is in Syria. The U.S. is in Syria. More countries are getting involved as time goes on. Israel’s tiny country is right in the middle, surrounded. Who better to help this peace process along than the pope?
The final Antichrist Kingdom is going to try to fool some of the very elect; that means Christians. The only way you will be deceived is if you are weak in your faith and lacking in God’s word. If you know Him and His word, you will not be deceived. When Jesus said every eye will see Him coming on the clouds of heaven in glory, that is how He is returning! The same way He departed. You’re not going to miss Him and hear about it on Facebook later; everyone will see Him. Jesus told us specifically.
Jesus warned us of this false religion and false teachers. The Catholic Church is filled with false teachers and prophets.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:15-21).
We have the Ottomans and we have the Roman Catholic Church. While Muslims have murdered millions of Christians to date, the Roman Catholic Church has murdered tens of millions during a specific time frame given. Each of these kingdoms has tried to destroy not only the Jewish people, but also Christians and the state of Israel.
The Ottoman Empire ended less than 100 years ago, but are they the Empire in Revelation? There are men still alive today from the oldest generation that had fathers and grandfathers that were part of the Ottoman Empire. Their fathers and grandfathers fought for the Ottoman Empire and slaughtered millions of Armenian and Greek Christians. Some of these men from the oldest generation heard stories from their fathers and grandfathers of their own memories of this great empire, its decline and ultimate defeat.
Islam has a long history of violence against Christians, and that violence is on the rise once again. In fact, it has increased every year for the last three years. So why would the pope, who claims to represent Christianity, be so blatant in his praise of Islam? The Vatican has not given up on ruling over Jerusalem. The Muslims want Jerusalem, so why not use their might and power to gain it?
The Vatican owns Christian landmarks in Jerusalem. In end times, it seems one of these beasts is the might and muscle and the other is the lamb deceiving the multitudes. What is Satan’s ultimate goal? To deceive you. To deceive and destroy Christianity, Gods elect. The Bible tells us that this first beast makes war with the saints.
Who is making war with the saints right now across the world? Islam. But Pope Francis is acting like what can only be described as a False Prophet and is doing nothing to help Christians. If anything, he is busy condemning the very core of Christianity while praising Islam. Our focus is being diverted.
“For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached…or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough” (2 Cor 11: 4).
Muslims acknowledge Jesus; they even give him the status of being a prophet. There will always be truth mixed with lies to deceive. That’s why it’s so important to read God’s word for yourself. Don’t depend on someone else interpreting His word for you. Muslims deny the very thing that makes Jesus who He is, the Son of God—the Savior of the world.
Islam teaches that Jesus was secretly replaced while on the cross. Islam teaches that God has no son. Not only do they say He has no son but it’s engraved over every single mosque. The Shahada is engraved on every mosque, which is blasphemy. “There is no god but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger.”
The Koran says:
“People of the Book, do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about Allah except the truth: the Messiah, Isa [Jesus], son of Miriam [Mary], was nothing more than a messenger of Allah, His word, directed to Miriam [Mary], a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers and do not speak of a ‘Trinity’—stop, that is better for you—Allah is only one Allah, He is far above having a son, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him and He is the best one to trust.
— Qur’an, sura 4 (An-Nisa), ayat 171.
But Jesus said “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:22-23).
Muslims teach that only the Koran is the true word of their god Allah – that the Bible has been corrupted and changed. Yet the Bible tells us:
“Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear, from the Law until everything has been accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).
In Revelation 13 we read about two beasts. One of these beasts appears as a lamb, but speaks as a dragon. Islam cannot be mistaken for a lamb, but the Roman Catholic Church can be. The Catholic Church appears as the true Christian church to the world, following Jesus Christ.
Throughout history, we see the kingdoms of Antichrist that tried destroying God’s people, both Jew and Christian – from Egypt to Rome, to the Holy Roman Empire and then the Ottomans. The Holy Roman Empire was by far the most powerful, and it is personally responsible for the slaughter of millions of Christians, and their end did not go unnoticed.
David Simpson (1745-1799) theologian and religious writer, educated at St. Johns College, Cambridge, a Methodist, wrote:
“Is it not extremely remarkable, and a powerful confirmation of the truth of Scripture prophecy, that just 1,260 years ago from the present 1798, in the very beginning of the year 538, Belisarius put an end to the empire of the Goths at Rome, leaving no power therein but the Bishop of that Metropolis?”
In 1798, the papacy ended. It suffered a mortal head wound. Under the Roman Catholic Church from 538-1798, Christians were persecuted and murdered. That is exactly 1,260 years, the same number of years Daniel said Christians would be persecuted. Pope Pius was taken prisoner after he refused to give up his papacy power. This happened under Napoleon. The Christian slaughter ended on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, but had also been picked up centuries before by Islam.
Daniel 7.25 “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
A Time = 1 year
Times = 2 years
Dividing of Times = 1/2 year
“And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”
In 1929, something miraculous happened. The Papacy was given political control again.
“On February 11th, 1929, a historic treaty was signed between the Italian Government and the Vatican, re-establishing the political power and diplomatic standing of the Catholic Church which had been lost when Italy seized Rome in 1798, the last of the Papal States, on September 20th, 1870.”
Headlines of this historic treaty made news all over the world. Many headlines titled “head wound healed.”
“The Pope is again an independent sovereign ruler, as he was throughout the Middle Ages, though his temporal realm, established today, is the most microscopic independent State in the world, and probably the smallest in all history.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES, Tuesday, February 12, 1929.
Since that time, Vatican City has been established as a sovereign country, with full political recognition from other countries. In fact, many world leaders meet with the pope on political issues. The pope, for the first time in history, spoke before the United States Congress. He is heavily involved in political matters, especially the Middle East. Catholics around the world call him “the people’s pope.” It’s very evident to see how people worship him. Imagine him suddenly performing miracles and standing in the holy place?
In May, the United States is supposed to officially open the embassy in Jerusalem, just in time for the 70thanniversary of Israel’s rebirth. The announcement made in December has sparked outrage from Muslims all over the world, especially those in Israel. I firmly believe that the Jewish temple will be rebuilt. I do not think the original temple is where the Temple Mount stands today. If some major proof were to be found to prove the temple was actually near the Gihon Spring, there is nothing to stop the Jewish people from building their temple.
Jews do not think the Messiah can come until this temple is rebuilt. It will never be built on the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is just as the Bible described, the outer court of the Gentiles. It was the 10th Roman Legion’s fortress. It was called Aelia Capitolina. There were 10,000 Roman soldiers and personnel in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was not some tiny village with a few huts and caves.
Herod’s rebuilt temple was said to be the most beautiful building in the world. The Roman Empire considered itself superior to all, and they certainly wouldn’t let the Jews and their temple “grandstand” their own fortress, which was the Temple Mount. The abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel also takes place in the third temple. The pope considers himself God on earth; who better to stand in the holy place as described in the Bible?
The Roman Empire was a nation of many people and tongues. The Roman Empire and then the Byzantine Holy Roman Empire once ruled the vast land that Muslims own today, and beyond. Through the pope, we will have a united religion. Both Islam and the Catholic Church recognize Jesus; both recognize Mary as having a virgin birth. Both have pagan worship; both use prayer beads. Women covered in the hijab are dressed as nuns centuries ago.
Both Islam and Catholicism have a similar form of church government where the seat of authority resides in one person: the pope in Catholicism and Muhammad in Islam. The pope is for Catholics what Muhammad is for the Muslims. Both the Catholics and Muslims share the same “salvation by good works” doctrine.
“To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward” (Surah 5:9).
“Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, they will be successful. But those whose balance is light will be those who have lost their souls; in hell will they abide” (Surah 23:102-103).
Both have pilgrimages – one to Mecca for the Muslims and Rome for the Catholics. It is necessary if you are able to do so.
Both believe in purgatory, a temporal punishment for sins. This negates Jesus Christ and his taking on our sins Himself.
Works do not get you to heaven; belief in and receiving Jesus Christ does. All good people will not go to heaven. I say this not to upset people; I say it because it’s the truth. They both teach an eternal burning in hellfire, but the Bible says Christians will walk on the ashes of those sinners thrown into hellfire. The Bible tells us not to fear those who can destroy the body, but fear Him that can destroy the body AND SOUL. These that perish are destroyed by God through this fire. The flame and smoke are eternal.
Jesus tells us His people will have eternal life; the rest will perish.
John 10:28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Islam and the Roman Catholic Church have created this awful terrible God that will punish and torment you forever, and you can randomly lose salvation to hell; but they can get you out, for a price.
One of the most important similarities is the crescent and star. The Roman Empire used the crescent and star in their pagan worship. The Muslims later adopted it; it is now the universal symbol for Islam. It’s over every mosque in the world.
But Rome used it first, over 1,500 years before Islam even existed.
“In Byzantium, the symbol became associated with its patron goddess Artemis/Hecate, and it is used as a representation of Moon goddesses (Selene/Luna or Artemis/Diana) in the Roman era. Ancient depictions of the symbol always show the crescent with horns pointing upward and with the star (often with eight rays) placed inside the crescent. This arrangement is also found on Sassanid coins beginning in the 5th or 6th century CE.”
Both of these religions will easily worship this false Christ, especially after he brings peace and performs miracles. The religions are so similar at the foundation, that they will easily be deceived, because they do not know God’s word.
Both use their prayer beads, using vain repetition for forgiveness of sins. Muslims call this Tasbih, while Catholics call them Rosary beads. But Jesus tells us:
“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7).
The Bible tells us the false prophet is going to be the most famous and the most well-liked religious leader on the planet. Who does this sound like? While Erdogan might be reviving the Ottoman Empire and is well liked by Muslims across the Middle East, I have a hard time believing he will be worshipped by people across the world. I find it harder to believe Christians will possibly be deceived by him.
The similarities in these two religions are striking. And it’s very easy to see how they could unite and worship under a one-world religion, and then begin the end-times slaughter of God’s people. They are both Antichrist in nature, but only one has the power of the pope with the people behind him! Only the pope fits who the Antichrist as a man is.
If people are so focused on one end of the spectrum, they may be caught by surprise, because they ignored the other end.
We are experiencing a great falling away in the West. During the first Ottoman Empire, Islam tried ending Christianity throughout Europe by the sword. Christians refused to bow to this beast and were killed. They fled throughout Europe, eventually coming to the new land, later to be America. Now that very Antichrist system is reviving, the Ottoman Empire, but Europe isn’t fighting; they are inviting. When the final Antichrist as a man does appear, it’s plain to see how easily it will be for millions to be deceived.
It’s a very easy thing to be deceived when you don’t know the truth or care enough to find out.
Islamic teaching is incompatible with Christianity. Roman Catholicism is incompatible with Christianity. They cannot coexist, because Islam wants you to convert or die; the Roman Catholic Church wants you to worship the pope, call him Father and bow to him as Christ on earth.
Pope Francis and Erdogan together in the Middle East is a very real scenario. Never at any time in history have the end-times nations mentioned in the Bible come against Israel, until now.
Israel is indeed a cup of trembling. Don’t take your eyes off of what Jesus told you.
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (Matthew 24:23-28).
The Roman Catholic Church has control over the “upper rooms” in Jerusalem. Jesus told us to stay away from these rooms, because HE IS NOT THERE. He then warned us do not go to the desert believing He is there. He also is not in the desert. What holy place is in the desert? Mecca. Both represent Catholicism and Islam. Again, Jesus told us how He is coming back, on the clouds of heaven, the same way He left.
Both Islam and Catholicism are Antichrist, but only one is the end-time beast spoken of in Revelation. Only one fits every description given by Jesus. The Catholic Church.
Christians disagree on many things, but we do not disagree that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ, who took the sins of the world upon himself, who died for your sins and rose, who sits on the right hand of the Father. So look up, your redemption is close.
ead His word; don’t be deceived. Put the whole armor of God on; defend Him. Share His word. If you are attacked or hated for sharing His word, consider yourself blessed. Jesus was persecuted first. They hate you because of Him, because they do not know Him. Pray for them, but wipe the dust from your feet and move on. For if one doesn’t want to hear God’s word, find another that does.
Jesus says, “And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them” (Mark 6:11).
In closing, I leave you with Ephesians 6:10-20.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”