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Before we look more closely at the history of how the various unscriptural teachings & practices have been added over the centuries, let us note the main epochal dates fulfilling Biblical prophecies of the course of
AD33 - the beginning of the "in-working" of the apostacy by heretic Jewish and pagan influences to be revealed after 280 gestative day-years.
AD303 - the "birth-pangs" of the harlot woman of the Apocalypse, about to give birth to the "man child" Constantine, the champion of Catholics. Persecution by pagan emperors for 10 day-years.
AD312-324 - the wars of Constantine against the pagan emperors, by which the rulership of the Roman Empire is changed to apostate "Christianity".
AD312 - the beginning of prophecies of 1260 day-years of persecution of "the remnant of (the woman's) seed" and dissenters by the Catholics.
AD313 - the "birth" of the "man child" marked by his decree of "toleration" of all religions; which was also marked by the elevation of the Catholics.
AD324 - Constantine assumes total control - the beginning of the 2nd "in-working" of 280 day-years.
AD330 - Constantine in this year lays the foundations for his Eastern capital upon the soil of the Greek colony Byzantium. He names it Constantinople. The old 'St. Peters' in Rome erected.
AD529-535 - the laws of Justinian giving authority to the bishop of Rome over his rivals for power. Beginning of 1st application of prophecy of 1260 day-years of persecution by the established apostacy. Also the beginning of the 1st application of prophecies of 1290 and 1335 day-years of the desolation of God's land and national people.
AD604-610 - the laws of Phocas giving supreme ecclesiastical power to the bishop of Rome. The final revelation of the "man of sin" after another 280 day-years. Beginning of 2nd application of prophecy of 1260 day-years of persecution by the apostacy. Also the beginning of the 2nd application of prophecies of 1290 &1335 day-years of desolation.
AD1572 - the massacre of St. Bartholomew when the apostacy murdered thousands of dissenters, and also struck a medal in celebration - thus fulfilling the 1260 years of persecution which began in AD312.
AD1789-1795 the French Revolution which began to dismember, asprophesied, the temporal (political) power of the apostate "church". This ended the 1st period of 1260 years from AD529-535.
AD1819-1870- the beginning of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the Roman "church" (see below). The fulfilments of the 1st periods of 1290 & 1335 years, which broke the oppressors' power.
AD1864-1870 - the dissolution of the temporal (political) power of the apostate Roman "church" by the taking away of her 3 states by the new Italian kingdom. This ended the 2nd period of 1260 years beginning AD604-610. Having lost the power to persecute. the Roman bishop proclaims his own infallibility. The "man of sin" is now termed "the false prophet" - i.e. one who can only falsely claim to be a teacher, having no power to enforce his dogmas on others.
AD1894-1945-'The Jewish State' (Theodor Hertzl) - two World Wars, which ended with the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis. The fulfilments of the 2nd periods of 1290 & 1335 years, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel in AD1948.
Daniel 2v31-33,40; 7v19-26; 11v36-38; 12v5-13; Jeremiah 16v14-16; Acts 1v6,7; 2nd Thess.2v1-12; Revelation 11 & 12; 13v1-10; 16v13,14;17v16.
as they occurred in history
note - dates as accurate as
AD37- "And certain men which came down from Judea" - Acts 15 records the first organized resistance to the purity of the Faith, which has been shown in its various forms to persist until the present time. The first error involved the placing of redundant laws upon the Gospel, which in its practical effect nullified salvation by faith -
link to 'grace'..
The Truth gradually became further corrupted by the entrance of pagan philosophies, such as:
"immortal souls" origin=Egypt
"the trinity" origin=Babylon
"a fallen-angel devil" origin=Persia
Thus began the unscriptural "clergy"/"laity" divide, which persists to this day, to the ruin of the Truth.
Contrast Matthew 23v8 -
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren".
AD37-324-we reproduce comments taken from 'Eureka', an incomparable exposition of The Apocalypse, by John Thomas, which summarise this period..
"The invention of this lie (i.e. the teaching of the Judaizers in Acts 15) was the beginning of troubles to the body of Christ. Its inventors found their advantage in propagating it in defiance of the apostles. They made proselytes to their tradition both among the elders and private members of the flock; and wherever they succeeded in establishing their influence, there, and to the same extent, the authority of the apostles was set aside.
They became the adversaries of these holy and self-denying men, and are therefore styled in the Apocalypse "the Satan". and their "church", "the synagogue of the Satan"...but others arose after these, and added new elements to "the lie". Truth is fixed, but lies never diminish in circulating, but always increase.
Pious Jews began the work of corrupting the faith; and pious Gentiles, who had been subverted, added some of their "philosophy" and "gnosis", or "science falsely so called", to the original stock, and in their combination produced what Paul styles, in 2Thess. 2:7,
musterion tes anomias,
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
This, he says, was "already working", and in its working through Judaizing and philosophizing, teachers gave him all the trouble and mortification he laments in the several epistles".
Cp Acts 20v17-38;1st Corinthians 15v1-17; 2nd Corinthians 11v12-28; Galatians 2-5; 2nd Timothy 2; 2nd Peter 2v1-3; 1st John 4v1-6; Jude - whole epistle - & also please link to
AD2nd/3rdC "immortal souls" & "a fallen-angel devil"
AD300 prayers for the dead (i.e. their "immortal souls")
AD300 making the sign of the cross**
AD320 wax candles
AD325 teaching that Christ is equal to God
AD325 "Easter"- from 'Astarte'
(goddess of fertility)^^
AD325 priests to refuse marriage after "ordination"^^
AD337 sun-god birthday now "Christ-mass"- Julius I^^
AD375 image-worship, veneration of angels, "dead saints"^^
AD381 personality of holy spirit, its equality with God
AD385 married priests' celibacy after "ordination"^^
AD394 beginning of daily "mass"
AD5thC sun-god birthday fixed as "Christ-mass"^^
AD431 exaltation of Mary as "mother of God"^^
AD451 final form of "the trinity"
AD500 priests begin to dress differently to "laymen"
AD526 beginning of "extreme unction"
AD529 prohibition of work on sun-god birthday ("Christ-mass")^^
AD593 teaching of "purgatory" - Gregory I
AD600 latin used in prayer and worship - Gregory I
AD600 prayers directed to Mary, angels and "dead saints"^^
AD607 universal power to Roman bishop - Boniface III
AD709 kissing the Roman bishop's foot
AD727 Roman bishop called "a God upon earth"
AD750 temporal power of Roman bishop
AD787 veneration of images of Christ, Mary, "dead saints"^^
AD850 "holy water" mixed with salt & blessed by a priest
AD890 worship of "St. Joseph"^^
AD927 beginning of "college of cardinals"
AD965 baptism of bells - John XIII
AD995 "canonization" of "dead saints" as "patron saints" - John XV^^
AD998 fasting on Fridays and during "Lent"^^
AD11thC "mass" proclaimed "a sacrifice", & obligatory
AD1074 pledge of celibacy demanded of trainee-priests^^
AD1090 "the rosary" (= mechanical prayer via beads)
AD1122 concordat of Worms; Roman bishop & emperor
AD1123 nullification of all clerical marriages^^
AD1184 the first "inquisition"-council of Verona##
AD1190 beginning of sale of "indulgences"^^
AD1215 "transubstantiation" proclaimed - Innocent III
AD1215 auricular confession of sins to priests by "laity"
AD1220 adoration of the wafer ("host")
AD1229 Bible forbidden to "laymen"
AD1237 Spanish "inquisition" begins - Gregory IX##
AD1251 scapula invented by English monk
AD1252 torture for "heresy" - bull of Innocent IV##
AD1311 final decree substituting "sprinkling" for baptism
AD1416 cup at "communion" forbidden to "laity"
AD1414-1418 concurrent competing Roman bishops>>
AD1439 "purgatory" proclaimed as dogma
AD1439 doctrine of "seven sacraments"
AD1473 sale of "indulgences" extended to the dead^^
AD1508 the "ave Maria"^^
AD1534 Jesuit order founded by Loyola
AD1545-1563 endorsement of indissolubility of marriage
AD1545 tradition declared as equal to Bible
AD1546 apocryphal books added to Roman Bible
AD1560 Roman "church" creed against "protestants"
AD1572 massacre of Huguenots
AD1748 Mary termed "Queen of heaven and earth" - Benedict XIV^^
AD1854 "immaculate conception" of Mary proclaimed^^
AD1864 "syllabus of errors" condemning freedoms etc.
AD1870 Roman bishop proclaims own infallibility
AD1908 "inquisition" re-named "holy office"
AD1930 public schools denounced by Roman "church"
AD1933 Pius XI signs concordat with Hitler
AD1941-45 Pius XII does not condemn the Holocaust
AD1945 on - many top Nazis flee Europe with Vatican assistance
AD1950 "assumption" (bodily ascent) of Mary - Pius XII^^
AD1954 "the feast of Mary's Queenship" instituted - Pius XII^^
AD1962 Rome "welcomes (protestants) as a mother"==
The above is only a selection of the abominations which have been committed..more details may be obtained from
'Vicars of Christ' by Peter de Rosa, first published 1988.
**this clearly identifies Rome with the apostacy - cp ^^ - link to page 1 re the "mark" and the "number" of the apostacy - compare Revelation 13v15-18. The symbol of a cross was associated with sun-god worship - cp ^^ - the sign of the cross is simply neo-pagan superstition, by which the apostacy rules over its followers..however the Greek 'stauros' signifies "a stake or post" cp the Hebrew 'nec' translated "pole" Numbers 21v8 - also consider that Galatians 3v13 refers to "a tree" - and to venerate a pagan symbol is far worse than what Israel did with "the brasen serpent", at which time Hezekiah destroyed it - 2nd Kings 18v1-6. See 'the Yahweh-Nissi altar' which displays the "fiery serpent...of brass" on the "pole" (and not a "cross") as the pattern of salvation - cp Numbers 21v8,9 & John 3v14,15.
- the sign of the cross is theorized to line up with the pre-supposed triad of "the trinity" (see the above time-line) by this abominable action which is there for all to see
and without which it is taught that there is no salvation - but as we can easily discern, the opposite is true!
- the "crucifixes" are akin to the "figurines"(cp below)
^^a further identification with the Roman apostacy - link to page 1 re 1st Timothy 4v1-3, Daniel 11v38,39.
- concerning"the gestative period of the harlot "Mar-Dec* - the "knead(ed) cakes" offered to "the queen of heaven" (Ishtar-Astarte-Mary)* Jer. 7v18;44v15-19 - now the "hot cross buns" of "Easter" with the apostate "mark" cp** - a pagan "church" substitute for the Jewish passover
note pagan fertility associations with the egg & rabbit -
*see further page 1
& the sun-god "tree" has a pagan origin - Jer. 10v1-4 - also link to
*known also as 'Ashtoreth'-as in 1st Kings 11v33. Josiah destroyed all vestiges of this pagan worship, including the 'groves' (orig. 'asherim') i.e. figurines of the goddess - see 2nd Kings 23v13,14. There is an application today.
>>termed by Catholic bishops -"an intolerable scandal and a running sore" - 'pastoral letter' re 1962 Ecum. Council..similar schisms have happened on many occasions.
== identifies Rome as "the mother of harlots" Revelation17v1-5...cp "The Roman Church is the Mother and Mistress of all the churches" - "Council of Trent' 1545-1563, page 1.
Note we refuse to refer to the Roman bishop by his more common title, see Matthew 23v9..we also will not allocate to any mortal the reverence due to God alone, Psalm 111v9.
WE HAVE THE CHOICE AS TO WHICH OF THE TWO 'WOMEN' WE SHALL BELONG LET US CONSIDER:
will it be "the great whore..having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication..drunken with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus" -
or will it be "a chaste virgin to Christ.. a glorious ecclesia, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing..holy and without blemish..the wife..of the Lamb (who) hath made herself ready"?
Rev.17v1,4,6; 2nd Cor.11v2; Eph.5v27; Rev.19v7. - link to 'proverbs' - p.2 where this theme is expanded.
TODAY WE HAVE THAT CHOICE.
Tomorrow it may be too late.