The Last Pope
We will review the essence of Daniel 11:37-39 which we studied last week, then proceed to Daniel 12:3.
It is well to note the distinction between Roman Catholicism, which rests upon erroneous theological doctrines, and the Papacy, which entered the civil sphere and aspired to universal monarchy.
In the fatal year 800, when Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Leo III, the Papacy set upon Western Europe a colossal system whose object is the despotic rule of man and society in all spheres, sacred and secular. The Papacy claimed not only to possess the Keys of Heaven but also to rule the earth. The Pope came to be regarded as the sole representative of Deity on earth, and from him the Emperor and kings received their thrones. To such an extent did the Papal pretensions go that Boniface VIII showed himself to a crowd of pilgrims at the Jubilee 1300, seated on the throne of Constantine, with sword and crown and sceptre, shouting, "I am Caesar -- I am Emperor."
It will be interesting to witness the proceedings at Rome's Jubilee 2000.
In its egotistical blindness, and intoxicated with the fumes of sacerdotal conceit, the Papacy set itself in opposition to the spirit of nationality, which in the Middle Ages was beginning to create order out of the disorders caused by the fall of the Roman Empire. Foiled in its endeavors to reign unchecked over rising nationalism the Papacy attempted to rule through monarchs devoted to the Church.
In Revelation 17:12-13 - Part II: The Black Nobility we learnt how the Royal Families of England and Europe (known as the Black Nobility because of their inherent evil) will be honored by Rome from the outset of their New World Order. "The ten horns on the beast are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but will receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."
The "Divine right of kings" stems from the presumed temporal authority of the Pope who is feared by their subjects because of his presumed Spiritual authority as "Vicar of Christ". In return for Papal accreditation Royalty support Rome's edicts militarily. So "ends" justify "means", and one legitimizes the other. History is about to repeat.
To the founders of the Jesuits (which arose from the Illuminati or Alumbrados) it seemed clear that it was necessary not only to combat the Reformed religion but also to oppose the rising spirit of nationality -- a spirit which, if allowed to work unchecked, would bring to naught the Imperial pretensions of the Papacy. What we call a New World Order or one world government today has been a long time in the womb (Matthew 4:8-11; Revelation 12:7).
Those who are wise will see how the Illuminati began to infiltrate and take control of Rome through the Jesuits. Their insignia forms the Great Seal of the United States (approved in 1782), and has appeared on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill since 1933. Ask yourself, who controls the United States?
Without the knowledge or consent of citizens, Illuminatus and Communist U.S. President F.D. Roosevelt signed Senate Document 43, which states, "The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called ownership is only by virtue of government, and use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State." (Before leaving office on March 4, 1933, President Hoover had refused to sign the original draft of this document prepared by the Federal Reserve Board -- NOT Congress -- declaring it "unconstitutional").
Upon taking office the following day, Roosevelt signed it into law by Executive Order 2039 without Congressional approval then on March 9 he convened Congress and bullied them into authorizing what he had already done, declaring it a "national emergency".
What this means to Americans today is that they do not own their car, home, land or any other material object. They merely possess a right or license from the State for its use. And that can be withdrawn by caprice. America is legally already a Communist state and knows it not. (A certain Man prophesied this would occur in the Laodicean Age. Read Revelation 3:17).
What citizens consider personal possessions are collateral for the bankers who call the shots. "Government" has a right to tax anything and everything because "government" owns everything. They call these taxes "licenses" and "permits."
Interestingly, Canon Law states, "The Pope, as Vicar of Christ on earth and universal Pastor of his sheep, has indirectly a certain supreme power for the good estate of the Church, if it be necessary, of judging and disposing of all the temporal goods of all Christians".
As the Seal of Solomon was attached to the Shield of Britannia, and the Judaistic symbol of the Serpent was entwined around her Trident, Roosevelt handed over the gold supply of the USA to the privately-owned tax-exempt Federal Reserve. You should make it a point to learn who owns the shares of the Federal Reserve?
In 1933 the U.S. owned 40% of the gold in the world. By 1963, it was said that the Rothschilds (remember that name) had withdrawn all the gold from England and the United States to their coffers in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland.
The ideal of the Papacy at the Reformation was, as it is now, universal dominion, which was seriously threatened by the rise of separate nationalities. To restore the national dominion of the Papacy by making war against the national spirit was the consistent and persistent policy of the Jesuits. The ideal of the founder of the Order was, in the words of Goethe, To "fuse all nations."
When Ezekiel saw God, he saw a wheel in the middle of a wheel (Ezekiel 1:16). Who (under Lucifer) controls the Illuminati, the Jesuits and the Roman Catholic church? Wheels within wheels below.
This Roman Pope (Daniel 11:37-39) will "magnify himself above every god and blaspheme the Lord God." Rome's god is ultimately Lucifer, the power or beast on which the whore is seated (Revelation 17:3). "He will not regard the pagan gods of his fathers but in their place he shall honor the god of conquest or (military) force."
In 1933 God showed Brother Branham a vision wherein a most beautiful but cruel woman arose in America. She held the people in her complete power. He believed "that this was the rise of the Roman Catholic Church. . ." (William Branham, An Exposition of the Seven Church Ages, 322:2). Rome will control America during the tribulation, because she is the image of the beast in the natural realm (as are the Protestants in the Spiritual).
"He shall honor the god of force or conquest with gold and silver, and with precious stones, and expensive things. Claiming his help he shall succeed against the strongest fortresses: honoring those who submit to him with authority in his New World Order, dividing the earth to them as a reward" like the ancient Popes divided the world between their Catholic kings.
Brother Branham said, " . . . the love of money is the root of all evil. I believe that right along in there will start the ball a-rolling."
"Now, the Catholic church back there from charging for mass and so forth, holds the wealth of the world. You remember, the Bible said she was rich, and . . . not only just on one nation, she's rich on every nation there is under heaven. . . . what they don't have, Wall Street has, which is controlled by the Jews."
". . . When Jacob returned . . . and became Israel, he really had the money, but his money wouldn't buy him nothing . . . Esau had it too, see both anti . . ."
(Jacob types the mixed multitude of unconverted "Jews" returning now to the Promised Land, and he feared Esau who had sworn to kill him. When he tried to buy him off he found Esau was as wealthy as himself, so Jacob had to negotiate an agreement -- Genesis 32:13- 23).
Now Jacob is returning to Palestine where he will overcome and God will convert him to Israel. But first he must do a deal with Esau who types the Gentiles, led by Rome, and who will have "come to a place of no more repentance" after the close of their dispensation (Revelation 2:21; 17:8). And as Brother Branham was about to say, "BOTH of them are anti-Christ"!
This agreement will be negotiated following the end of the Gentile dispensation, after the earthquake sinks Los Angeles and 1,500x3-400 miles of California, splits the mount of Olives and demolishes the Dome of the Rock. This will precipitate a very brief World War III wherein Russia will invade the U.S.A. and support a Muslim attack on Jerusalem. Speaking in behalf of all religions, the Pope will restore peace and be installed by the U.N. as leader of the New World Order, ruling from Jerusalem. His agreement will be with the International Jews to refinance the monetary system.
Brother Branham continued, ". . . they might want to consolidate together on the money, and the Roman power take the Jewish power of money, breaking the covenant."
"But look. . . If we're drawing taxes . . . off of the tax money of forty years from now... You see, our gold is . . . We've done spent it. (F.D. Roosevelt saw to that). We're broke. (The Federal Reserve has made sure of this). We don't have any money; and we're only living off of a past reputation."
"That's what the church is doing today: the church (Esau), not the Bride. The church is living off of a past reputation it got back yonder under the ministry of the Lion time. (Under the First Seal -- Revelation 6:1-2). "We are the church, we are the mother church; we started . . ." That's right. See? It's living off a reputation."
"Methodist is living off of their reputation. Baptist is living off of their reputation, and Pentecost is living off of theirs, "Glory to God. A long time ago when the saints used to dance in the Spirit, and . . . all past reputations . . ."
"This nation is living off of a past reputation of what the forefathers were (Daniel 11:38; Revelation 12:6), and that's the reason we think we'll be saved. God never respected Israel on what they . . . had been; what they was then."
". . .I believe the time will come when we're forced to make the issue. And when it will be, that instead of us changing the currency . . . What would that do to the Philip Morris? What would that do to the whiskey companies? What would that do to the steel industry? What would that do to all the commerce? . . . It would break them. They'd be broke. But if we can borrow that money . . . See how smart he is?"
"Then the nation sells out to the church and then church and state is united again, and there she comes. That's it" (William Branham, The Revelation of the Seven Seals, 504:Q28).
Jesus said, "There shall be wars and rumors of wars". Throughout history the papacy has used war, both literal and spiritual, to accomplish its ends, bestowing favor on those who acknowledge the Pope. Rome is the last Gentile empire to oppress Israel. World War I was the beginning of Israel's sorrows which will culminate in the mourning of their Atonement when they recognize Messiah in the time of "Jacob's trouble" (Zechariah 12:10; 13:6) following which the 144,000 will be martyred by Rome.
Under the three Woes in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Seals, and the Sixth Trumpet, Israel has been driven back to the Homeland where God will reveal their Seven Trumpet mysteries to the 144,000 elect through the ministry of two prophets during Daniel's Seventieth Week. Simultaneously Communism was raised up in Russia and brought into military equilibrium with the United States, then contained until it is time to destroy Rome and her U.S. image. This is particularly interesting when we consider that Communism, like Nazism, was funded and equipped by bankers from Wall Street and the City of London. Again I ask who (under Lucifer) is in control?
Once world trade and commerce is returned to prosperity, Rome will break her agreement with the "Jews" and force the mark of the beast, which is Catholicism, upon all. The Black Nobility (who are themselves Khazar "Jews") will then desert Rome and side with Communism, the golem (Heb. monster) of Talmudic Judaism, bombing the Vatican and North America off the face of the globe. That is God's purpose for the king of the north: to destroy the false church and its image, then gather the world to Armageddon.
Revelation 1:7 says, "Behold, He comes 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."
Now this is not speaking of the physical return of the glorified Jesus because when He comes back to earth for the Millennium, the glorified saints of all Ages will return with Him, stepping upon the ashes of the wicked who will have been destroyed together with all life in the atomic holocaust of Armageddon (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12; Revelation 19:20-21; 20:5, 10). God's shoa business will be real, not the psychological and mercenary extortion racket the "Jews" attempted without success following World War I, but to their everlasting disgrace, they have managed to pull-off since World War II.
These clouds are not atmospheric but clouds of glory, the Shekinah that led Israel across the wilderness and appeared to the Israelitish high priest in the Holy of Holies as a Pillar of Fire on the day of Atonement. This is the Sign of Christ's (parousia) Coming, recognized only by the eyes of faith in His elect.
Revelation 1:7 distinguishes three distinct groups of people at three different points in time:
"Every eye" speaks of the wise virgin or elect who recognize THEIR day and ITS Message and see the sign of His parousia to them (Daniel 7:9; Matthew 24:3; Revelation 10:1). We have photographs of its physical manifestation.
Over three and a half years AFTER the Bride is translated to the Wedding Supper, ". . .they also which pierced Him", 144,000 elect Israelites, see the sign of His parousia and are born-again in one day (Daniel 7:9; Matthew 24:3, 30).
Some time later, "all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him". The foolish virgin who did not understand His parousia, will see in hindsight that they have missed the full atonement or new birth, and the first resurrection, and must be martyred in order to retain their names on the Book of Life.
God redeems His Bride as individuals over two thousand years before He can redeem the elect Israelites as a nation in one day. Therefore "the time of the end" for Daniel's people is not quite the same "time of the end" for the Bride.
Both Daniel and John were told to "seal up" the mystery of their visions until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4, 9; Revelation 10:4-7). For Gentiles, the end-time commenced when the mystery of the voices of the Seven Thunders hidden under the Seven Seals since John wrote the Book of Revelation were revealed through the Message of the angel to the Laodicean Church Age, William Branham. After Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5 and 10:1-7 "every eye" in the true Church made up of Israelites and Gentiles sees the Cloud Sign of Christ's parousia.
But "blindness is happened to the non-elect part of Israel, 'those which pierced Him', until the Gentile dispensation is fulfilled. Thereafter all 144,000 elect Israelites shall be saved: as it is written, 'There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer (through the ministry of Israel's two witnesses), and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob' (when they recognize Christ's parousia to them)" (Romans 11:25-26).
Israel's "time of the end . . ." comes after the going-away of the Bride when two prophets with the anointings that were upon Moses and Elijah start to reveal the Seven Trumpet mysteries to them in Daniel's Seventieth Week.
The Seventh Trumpet will announce Israel's "time of the end" and the end of the Gentile dispensation with a massive earthquake that sinks Los Angeles, splits the Mount of Olives, and initiates the sifting and refining of Daniel's people (Daniel 11:39-40; Zechariah 13:8-9; Malachi 3:2-18; Revelation 16:18-19). Jerusalem will explode with violence and World War III will erupt between Islam (the king of the south) and the political Zionists.
Jerusalem will become the center of the world for the political Zionists (and the genuine Hebrews) who occupy Palestine; to Palestinians who claim Jerusalem as their State capital; for Moslems throughout the world who regard the Temple mount as their second most holy site; for the Vatican who want to establish their world rule in Jerusalem, and to Russia who covet the mineral wealth of the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 5:5; Ezekiel 38:1-12).
Satan made himself a great kingdom in the north which is Russia, the kingdom of the Edomite Jews, with the Red Flag of the House of Rothschild and the Yellow Star or pentagram of Solomon, and the hammer and sickle to beat and cut the world into submission. Brother Branham told us to keep our eyes on the king of the North which he said will grasp the moment to sweep down and claim Israel for the mineral wealth of the Dead Sea (Isaiah 60:5).
Calling upon the hard work of Pope John Paul II's long papacy, the Vatican will unite "Christians", and all religions, to restore peace and establish Roman dominion over a New World Order ruling from the International City of Jerusalem. This may well involve President Clinton's "United Nations Rapid Deployment Police and Security Force". It will involve NATO or military support from the European Union which is transformed into the revived Holy Roman Empire through this emergency. But having started on a campaign of defense, he shall follow it with a campaign of conquering any countries that happen to lie in his path, and any individual who refuses to worship according to his will or serve his system (Revelation 13:11-18).
"Edom, Moab and the chief of the Ammonites" were the bitter enemies of Israel. Edom meaning "red" was the name given to Esau after he traded his birthright to his brother, Jacob, for a pot of stew (Genesis 25:30). Moab meaning "of my father" was a son of Lot by incestuous union with his older daughter. And Ammon which means "kinsman", was Lot's son by his younger daughter. When therefore Israel again occupies its place, the bounds of the peoples will be restored according to their divine and original determination, for their judgment.
Libya and Ethiopia describe the empire of the kingdom of the south, Egypt. The major world power, as she was in Daniel's time, will come completely under Rome's control. "And the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be compelled to follow him" -- ostensibly to defeat communism.
The "tents of his palaces" refers to the full strength of Rome's luxury and power. Oriental monarchs often took luxuriously appointed tents, almost like palaces, with them on their warlike expeditions. Rome's headquarters will be relocated to Jerusalem, and fortuitously, for Russia will bomb the Vatican City State off the globe after she breaks her agreement with the "Jews".
God says, "In that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." At this time Jerusalem will not be the city of peace, which is what "Jerusalem" means, but a burden (Zechariah 12:3)!
Zechariah 14:1-2, "Behold, the day of the Lord comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the midst of you. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city."
This prophecy, says that Jerusalem will be divided in two. Right now Israel controls the entire city because of its conquests during the 1967 war against the Arabs. But according to Zechariah, Israel will lose East Jerusalem -- the half it acquired in the 1967 War. This was the subject of discussions this week at the Camp David meetings in America between Israel and Palestine.
The Roman "king" of Daniel 11:36 will be received by the whole apostate mass of humanity -- Jews and Gentiles. He will deceive them by uniting all religions into an image to Rome, forcing honor or subservience, a form of worship, to Rome -- and "shall prosper until the indignation is accomplished" (Revelation 13:8,12; 17:8.)
The king of the north and the king of the south are the same two forces that were pitted against each other during the Crusades -- Catholic Europe and the nations of Islam! History will repeat! The Bible says Islamic forces will aggressively "push" at the revived Holy Roman Empire.
I am guided by the expositions of the Prophet William Branham in my understanding of Scripture. His Message to the Bride of Christ concentrates more on Spiritual than political matters which may be revealed in greater detail by Israel's two prophets. I suspect Daniel 11:21-35 which we considered last week might also relate to dealings between the Vatican and Islam from the days of Mohammed although I have not sought out the secrets behind this history.
As the blind instrument of God's will, Rome may overcome all the forces brought against him, enrich himself with the treasures of Egypt and thus be the executor of God's judgment upon that country. But, his work done, he will return and "scatter the power of the holy people" (Daniel 12:7; Revelation 6:11; 13:7).
Breaking his covenant he will force the mark of the beast and slay Israel's two prophets. The 144,000 will receive the revelation of Messiah. God will annul their covenant with death, and the nation will be born-again in one day (Isaiah 28:14-22; 66:7-8).
At the height of his success, and worshiped by "all whose names are not on the Lamb's Book of Life" (Revelation 13:8), the conqueror will suddenly be recalled, like Sennacharib before him (Isaiah 37:7-38), by bad news from the opposite side of his New World Order empire. "Tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many" (Daniel 11:44; Revelation 17:16; 16:12). Like a trapped animal he rages against all he meets, exterminating them, but the oppressor will find himself without allies.
Since this is the judgment of God, "he shall come to his end, and none shall help him". God will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle (Ezekiel 39:4; Joel 3:2; Zechariah 14:2).
Daniel 12:1-3 belong to and follow on from 11:45. The three and a half years of ministry wherein God reconfirmed the New Covenant through his two witnesses to Israel is fulfilled. And since Daniel's people, the 144,000, are redeemed, having recognized Messiah, He can "stand up" or commence His reign. His first act is to console His elect servants with the assurance that although they will all be martyred by Rome, they are sealed to the day of their redemption and have their part in the first resurrection, the Bride having fulfilled her part three and a half years previously.
The following verse pertains to the second or general resurrection wherein others will be granted into eternal Life at the White Throne Judgment, while others will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
"At that time" refers to the time leading up to and culminating in the destruction of the oppressor of Daniel 11:45 in Armageddon, Michael reigns, bringing consolation to His people, and fighting for His holy city, Jerusalem.
The Battle is the Lord's. It is the manifested Word of Revelation 19:11-21 which defeats his enemies. And I dare say that whilst Christ's parousia is a revelation to the 144,000 elect Israelites, it may be a terrifying visual reality to his foes whose end will be the lake of Fire.
Perhaps the Lord will open these things more perfectly to our understanding but the history will never be written because no witnesses will survive. bb000723.htm