By Theodore Shoebat
Pope Francis, in a recent interview, just said that he has only a few years left to live, saying:
I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief, 4 or 5 years; I do not know, even 2 or 3… Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation… I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more.
Its possible that Francis knows that his death is coming on account of all the death threats he has been receiving from Islamic fundamentalist such as ISIS.
Pope Francis was recently asked by Father Jose Maria “Pepe” di Paola of the Argentinian news outlet, La Carcova, about “fanatics who want to kill you”, that is, on the death threats made by ISIS towards him, and he responded that he told God that if ISIS does kill him, to please make it a painless death. His quote is:
I have said to the Lord: take care of me. But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favour: that they don’t hurt me… I’m a real scaredy cat when it comes to physical pain
There is actually a prophecy in the Catholic Church, called the prophecy of Fatima, in which the murder of a pope done by the persecutors of the Church is foretold:
And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
The pope here is killed, and then after him clergy and laymen are slaughtered, which signifies a mass persecution of Catholics after the pope’s martyrdom. The pope being killed in the prophecy just could be referring to Pope Francis, but this is only a possibility and not an affirmation.
ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, calling him the “bearer of false truth.” According to an Italian source, ISIS is not only setting their sites on the Vatican, but more specifically, on Pope Francis himself.
Italian authorities have already issued an alert giving warnings on places that our potential targets to terrorist, and one on the list, being very significant, was “places of worship,” which would include the Vatican.
It has been reported that at least 50 people from Italy are now fighting for ISIS, 80% of whom are native Italians who converted to Islam. One of the reasons for their conversion, according to one Italian newspaper, was “distrust in the Catholic Church,” indicating the connection between Islam and anti-Catholicism.
Most interestingly, the goal to force the Vatican to become Muslim was recently stated by an ISIS agent in Italy named Imam Ismar Mesinovic, a Bosnian Muslim who stationed himself in the country to recruit Italian converts to fight for ISIS. He said:
We Muslims believe that one day the whole world will be an Islamic state. Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim. Maybe I will not be able to see it, but that time will come.
Shoebat.com was the first to find a video in which ISIS declared that they are going to take over the Vatican:
The Italians have also restricted airspace above Vatican City, and have even increased security for St. Peter’s Basilica, a place the Muslims would love to sack. In fact, in the year 849, the Muslims did indeed pillage and plunder St. Peter’s Basilica, stealing the altars and the chalices, and spilling Christian blood, but thank God Pope Leo IV drove them out, with God’s intervention.
Speaking on these security measures, interior minister Filippo Bubbico said:
ISIS poses an international and European security threat and we in Italy feel particularly exposed
The alert by Italian authorities came after Italy approved a measure to send weapons to Kurdish fighters combating ISIS. Ships exporting the weapons from Sicily into the Middle East have been under heavy security, as we read from an Italian report:
Italy’s national security authorities last Wednesday issued an alert for possible terrorist attacks on “sensitive targets” after receiving unspecified “threats”. The advisory came after parliament OK’d plans to arm Iraqi Kurds battling an Islamic State (ISIS) fundamentalist offensive in northern Iraq. As a result, authorities are ramping up security at all ports with connections to North Africa and the Middle East, most of which are located in Sicily.
This must be one of the reasons as to why one ISIS jihadist called Obama “the dog of the Romans,” before slaughtering a Kurdish militiaman, since Italy is sending weapons to Kurdish fighters in order to combat ISIS. The video of this can be watched here:
The Muslims want to kill the Pope, they want to conquer Rome and destroy all of the lands of Christianity. This reality brings us to one realization: we are returning back to history, in which Islam arose to invade and conquer Christendom, and to vanquish and obliterate the Vatican.
This leads us to another realization: the Crusades are coming back, and that means a strong Church — which is the true Church — is going to arise from the weak and crumbling ruins of the decayed church of the masses.
So let the Christians of the true Church, that is, the Church that wants to fight, learn some things about the Crusades, and compare it to the current useless fat that we call “church” today.
The Crusades are one major event, made up of smaller events, only to make a whole, very significant, concatenation. Each occurrence is attributed to another event, which soon becomes a series of incidences that ultimately form a part of the great cause we call the Crusades. It is impossible to talk about Islamic expansion and tyranny, and Muhammad’s utopian ideology, without describing the Crusades, since it was they who posed the greatest threat from the eleventh century all the way to the thirteenth century.
You cannot discuss the Crusades without knowing about the conquest of Jerusalem by Umar, nor is there room for efficient dialogue without making mention of the Turkish empowering of the Islamic empire. It is also inadequate to mention Islam’s war with Christianity without giving much attention to the Crusades.
It was the Crusades that hindered the Muslims from accomplishing the world empire they desired in the Middle Ages, and it was in this great struggle, between Christian knights and Muslim cavaliers, that illustrated just how deep, profound, and eternal, this war between the Umma and Christendom clearly is. If Islam arose in the fourteenth century, this is only because the crusading spirit died down. (See Moczar, Seven Lies about Catholic History, ch. iii, p. 70)
But yet, in our frivolous times many people wish to belittle and downplay the Crusades, seeing it only as a mere dark smudge on the annals of Christian history only to wiped away by the murky waters of modern insanity, and some even harbor this vague hatred for the old knights and the Catholic church to the point that they will introduce all kinds of dangerous heresies.
Well known church planter enthusiast and contemporary thinking Christian Darrel Whiteman, writes that:
one can enter the kingdom of God and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior without necessarily changing one’s religion. At first blush this may sound scandalous to us consecrative Evangelical Christians. Nevertheless, many Muslims today are attracted to Jesus but turned off to Christianity, which for them conjures up negative images of the Crusades, colonialism, a foreign religion, and the ‘Christian’ West where we eat pork, drink alcohol, and watch R-rated movies. (Darrell L. Whiteman, Response to Paul G. Hierbert, in MissionShift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millennium, ed. David John Hesselgrave and Ed Stetzer ch. 10, p. 123 (2010))
This deception on the Crusades and favoring to Islam can go back to Protestant propaganda against the Catholic Church. The seventeenth century historian Thomas Fuller went so far as to write that perhaps God granted the Muslims with the right to hold the Holy Land, since they had lived there for so long a time. (Moczar, Seven Lies about Catholic History, ch. iii, p. 55)
Famous pastor (and I don’t write this as a compliment) Andy Stanley, whose jejune, vague, and empty books and sermons have overran the souls of the nation, has also given his wisdom on the Crusades, as though he has exhaustively studied the subject:
Religious authorities have been misusing the name of God to serve their own ends for centuries, often resulting in the most appalling atrocities in history. The crusades. The Inquisition. Ethnic Cleansing. Terrorism. Abortion clinic bombings. (Andy Stanley, The Grace of God, ch. 4, p. 61 (2010))
If Stanley had done any in depth study on the subject, he would of at least mentioned the massacres done by the Turks, be they Seljuk or Ottoman, if he wanted to really list an example of “the most appalling atrocities in history.” It does not surprise me that the name of the book in which these ridiculous words are written is called “The Grace of God”, since so many today have isolated “grace” to mean tolerance, and thats exactly what the modern church elite is using to create a useless and compliant church which will recline as the world gets inundated by evil, and sit comfortably to talk trivially about “love” and focus ever so much on that words which they have into an idol: grace. This obsession on grace, and I will affirm this without apology, is the most pernicious thing that has seeped into the church.
They have made grace from meaning God’s salvation, into loving all, never showing anger before wickedness, discernment before deception. The modern church tells us to spurn affronting the dark and sinister forces which have so creeped into our sanctuaries, and like pestiferous germs in the fresh fruit of a well rooted tree, it has beguiled men into believing that decay is better than preservation.
Islam is at our gates, the modern Christian says “do not mention this since it will make Christianity look intolerant.” Heretics abound saying that Islam can be adapted with Christianity, the modern Christian responds, “say nothing of it, those heretics are men of God, how dare you question a brother in Christ.”
Another example of this current fragile church is Philip Yancey, the perfect prophet for today’s cult of tolerance and worship of grace. He writes that “to our everlasting shame, the watching world judges God by a church whose history also includes the Crusades, the Inquisition, anti-Semitism, suppression of women, and support of the slave trade.” (Philip Yancey, Grace Notes: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim, May 6, p. 158, Someone Cares Charitable Trust (2009))
It is not coincidence that the book which carries this pathetic statement is similar to that of Andy Stanley: “Grace Notes.” Again, this is all for the goal of neutralizing the Church, enabling Islam (whether directly or indirectly, it does not matter) to rise. The power of Islam grows stronger as the Church grows weaker.
The Church was not weak in the time of the Crusades, but strong and influential. And some today may bring the common objection that it is not the purpose of the Church to start wars, that the secular monarchs of Europe should have been the ones behind the wars against the Muslims, and that the Emperor Alexius should not have appealed to Pope Urban II, but the kings of the West. But such a protest is lunacy. Alexius had no other choice but to appeal to the Pope, since the ones who cared and still care the least are politicians. When Nicholas V urged a crusade long before the fall of Constantinople, the Christian princes ignored him.
After Constantinople was conquered, it was Pope Calixtus III who raised an army and commenced the crusade against Mehmet II. Pius II too tried to start a crusade only to receive the apathy of kings. When it comes to fighting evil, the biggest hinderances are politicians, and so truly the failure to war with Islam came from the monarchs, not the popes. (See Belloc, How the Reformation Happened, info, p. 57)
Certainly there were monarch who attempted crusades, and just look how they turned out. King Philip IV of France attempted a crusade in 1313, but died before it could occur. Henry V of England expressed his desire for a crusade but wasted all of his time fighting fellow Christians, the French. Philip VI of France endeavored to do a crusade, but it never happened. (Jonathan Harris, The Ottoman Threat, in Thomas F. Madden’s Crusades, part 8, p. 175)
The Church, being the light of the world, was the greatest enemy to Islam; no institution has fought against the Muslims more than the Catholic Church. Therefore, if we had the modern Christian mindset alive and well in the old days of Christendom, and affirmed that it wasn’t the Church’s part to start wars against heretics, then we would have allowed Islam to overrun much of the Christian world, and there would have been no war until the last moment when the barbarians would be at are doors.
This new worship of uselessness is much more appealing than direct and open blasphemy; it looks delightful to the eyes of most men, and obviously evil to the eyes of a few. It does not say, “worship Satan,” but that “we should not focus on Satan.” It does not say, “Christ is not God,” but, “the Trinity is a non-issue.” It does not unmask its ugly face and reveal its true intentions, and say, “the church should be useless,” but that “the church should stop criticizing other cultures, and being judgmental on others of different faiths.” The Church, to today’s contemporary heretics, should just focus on “love” and turn away from the command of Saint Paul to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)
The Church, to the modern Christian, should stop being the Church. You cannot talk about Christianity without talking about the Crusades. In every debate, every discourse, every discussion, on Christianity, the Crusades are brought up. It is time for Christians to stop being ashamed of the Crusades, and to start exclaiming with honor and confidence, that they are a part of the Christian spirit. The Crusades are of the Christian Faith, and if one does not want to accept this, then he should simply leave the Christian Faith.
The militant spirit of Christianity is what I strive to spread. This is why I wrote a book on Christian militancy, which will be the most extensive and exhaustive study on the subject of Holy War, and it will be coming out within this year (a release date has not been determined yet).
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