By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Sunday Special PART II Continuation of PART I)
When it comes to making it to heaven the two schools in Christendom offer the same exact view with two slightly different takes. While both Catholics and Protestants teach that “believing in Christ” takes one to heaven; the slight difference is that the Catholic school teaches that the word “believe” entails obeying every single instruction Christ commanded.
These guys say that if you fail to obey every single instruction you then must repent or be permanently banned regardless if you remained virgin all your life. It is for this reason why Catholicism is accused of being the religion of works. Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:1-13 stipulates that in order to make it to heaven no Bridegroom should find his virgin napping on her wedding night preferring to have the lights off. To Jesus this was good enough reason to be locked out of paradise, for good.
So why does Christ sound stricter on virgin brides than Islam? How could missing a single instruction (napping with the lights off instead of being wide awake with the lights on) become such a major deal breaker with Bridegroom Jesus?
Well, here is how that goes. If the fall of man began by Eve disobeying a single instruction where God said not to eat of one lousy fruit tree; what makes you think that the church age is any exception? Many fall from grace because they disobey a single instruction from God. Here, let me explain in seven thousand words the real reason and the shocking reality as to why these napping virgins turned the lights off at their wedding night:
THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET THEY NEVER TELL YOU
Ever wonder why at times when you share a clear verse in scripture to most of these virgins they refuse to listen, heed or even pay attention to the verse you are sharing? This is true regardless that the verse is as clear as the sun. They will always respond with this: that all we need is to follow a handful of instructions. They argue that ignoring the rest of the instructions should not effect ones standing with God. In fact you always notice these virgins when they quote the most common verses we all know like John 3:16. You could argue your verse till you are blue at the face, all that virgin is going to do is give you John 3:16 and tell you that that is all you need to know to be saved.
Really? Lets take one instruction they do not share and lets see what happens. Christ said that Pergamum is the “seat of satan” (Revelation 2:12-13). Yet for centuries these rude virgins turned the lights off this one and taught that Rome was the seat of satan instead of Pergamum.
You might think: what’s the big deal?
As the Catholic Encyclopedia questions:
“The Papal-Antichrist theory was gradually developed by three historical bodies: the Albigenses, the Waldenses, and the Fraticelli, between the eleventh and the sixteenth centuries: are these the expositors from whom the Church of Christ is to receive the true interpretation of the prophecies?”
You can look up the Albigenses, the Waldenses, and the Fraticelli to find out how nasty these virgins were. The implications of this one intentional twist alone reverses everything. First of all, to proclaim Rome as the seat of satan would transfer satan’s seat of authority to the Church, which was built by Christ and headquartered in Rome. Christ foreknew that the seat of the Church in Asia Minor will seize and will end up becoming the central headquarters for the devil under Islam’s religious order. In fact, this one issue alone directed interpreters for centuries as to how they viewed eschatology. What you will perhaps find amazing is this: with the exception of only the Catholics who focused on Pergamum; Jews, the Messianic, Evangelicals and even Muslims unanimously agreed to nominate Rome as satan’s headquarters instead of Pergamum (satan’s real headquarters). This goes contrary to Christ’s forewarning, Pergamum remained unexposed for all these centuries by these. This is no small issue to ignore.
So lets examine all views; Catholic, Muslims, Protestant, Jewish to see the serious implications:
THE JEWISH AND THE MESSIANIC ERRORS
Way before Protestantism, the Jews adopted an interpretation switching Edom with Rome. Rabbi David Kimchi writes as follows in Obadiam:
“What the Prophets foretold about the destruction of Edom [Arabia] in the last days was intended for Rome, as Isaiah explains (34.1)… For when Rome is destroyed, Israel shall be redeemed.”
In other words, Edom all of a sudden became an allegory for Rome. This is the replacement theology no one tells you about. This switches the curses intended for Islam to the Christian. Rabbi Abraham in his book Tseror Hammor writes:
“Immediately after Rome is destroyed, we shall be redeemed.”
Jewish history explains the Jewish view:
So Rome, Edom, and Christianity became, and are, synonymous with Babylon, and therefore is called mystical Babylon;* … We know too, and are certain that all Protestants first separated themselves and CAME OUT FROM ROME, or the Roman Catholics, in the 16th century, at the Reformation, (so called by Martin Luther) So by this we see Protestants are of the seed of Rome … The Great Wise Men and Rabbis Kimchi, Ibn-Ezra, and Maimonides, and Abarbanel, all unite with the foregoing Scripture testimony in saying, that all the Gentile Christians are the seed, or children, of Esau, or Edom, and that “the prophets did not only prophecy against the land of Edom, which is in the neighborhood of the land of Israel, but against the seed of Rome, or Edom …
If anything switching “Edom” to “Rome” is itself the utter sign of confusion. It is done by the Jewish, Muslim and the Protestant sages. Therefore this type of prejudice always leads many to hell.
The Messianic also picked this up when all they are doing is setting themselves for the great deception. St. Bellarmine quotes Jerome, Gregory, Theodoret, St. Cyril and others who forewarned of the revival of Judaising, the restoration of the Sabbath and how all this will be used by Antichrist to argue he is the true Messiah according to scripture and that he wants to restore the sabbath, levite observances and even animal sacrifices.
The messianic today are excited to see such restorations believing that prophecy is being fulfilled. Reality is that what is being fulfilled is them being set up for the Antichrist. Who would have ever imagined a few decades ago that we will today have Messianic Judaism sprout as a huge movement globally claiming to “restore all Jewish ceremonies” “want the Sabbath” attack “divine sacrifices” (Eucharist) “openly assault the name of Christ [insisting we must only use Yeshua] and the Sacraments while introducing Jewish ceremonies” opting to follow more of Judaism instead of what was passed down by the fathers.
And if you think that a Messianic Antichrist is farfetched, here, take a look at this Messianic Antichrist:
THE MESSIANIC ANTICHRIST NO MESSIANIC WANTS TO TALK ABOUT
The Messianic movement is nothing new. History even records them having it their way. These ended up electing a terrible Messianic Antichrist figure. One Messianic who took the helm of Pergamum (Asia Minor) was emperor of the Byzantine Empire named Michael II the Stammerer (770- 829). He was a member of the Athinangoi.
Michael II enforced the Saturday Sabbath on Orthodox Christians, and punished monks and other Church leaders with death and tyranny for doing what he deemed as paganism, that is, having icons and observing Easter.
This is exactly what Messianic movements argue today.
St. Paul warned of this. In fact, the bulk of Galatians 2 deals with such aspiration like the Messianic movement. The utopian Judaizers looks no different than that of the Sharia society of the Muslims.
Judaziers are wont to ceaselessly talk of their fabricated histories, how the Catholic Church murdered “millions” of their people. If they are correct (and they are not), then we would certainly find the utmost of peace and civility under the reign of Judaizing Messianic emperor Michael II.
Whoever doubts what will happen if the Messianic Judaisers took control, they should search the historical record of this man’s rule from primary source accounts like A Synopsis of Byzantine History, by the ancient historian John Skylitzes.
But like all Antichrists, Antiochus Epiphanies (who also ruled Asia Minor), Micahel would mimmic exactly what the Antichrist would do, initiating a false peace treaty. When Michael took power, he promised that he would leave the traditions of the Church, and that he had no intention of changing them. Michael made this statement to the head patriarch, Nikephoros,
Let each one do what seems right and desirable to him, free of punishment and knowing no affliction.
These are all parallels to the coming Antichrist. Michael gave a false sign of peace, and in short time he executed a reign of terror over the Orthodox, killing and imprisoning those who affronted him, and even forbidding children from learning Catholic teachings in order to prevent future generation from condemning his heresies “ordering fasting on Saturdays”, “He ridiculed the feast of salvation-bringing Easter for being celebrated badly and out of season, portraying it as a pagan tradition.” (Skylitzes, A Synopsis of Byzantine History, ch. 3.4, . See also ch. 3.2, )
THE CATHOLIC VIEW
Only the Catholic view was ‘Pergamum focused’ when it came to Antichrist, while the rest switched up everything to focus on Rome instead.
Lets understand this further. Hippolytus said that Antichrist always imitates Christ:
“Now as our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also God, was prophesied of under the figure of a lion, on account of his royalty and glory, in the same way have the scriptures also beforehand spoken of Antichrist as a lion, on account of his tyranny and violence. For the deceiver seeks to liken himself in all things to the Son of God. Christ is a lion, so Antichrist is also a lion. Christ is a king, so Antichrist is also a king. The Savior was manifested as a lamb, so he too in like manner will appear as a lamb without; within he is a wolf. The Savior came into the world in the circumcision [i.e., the Jewish race], and he will come in the same manner. . . . The Savior raised up and showed his holy flesh like a temple, and he will raise a temple of stone in Jerusalem” (The Antichrist 6 [A.D. 200]).
So in Catholic view, Antichrist will always mimmic Christ. “For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west: so shall the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27). Christ’s kingdom moved like lightening being established from east to west, likewise is His second coming.
Satan also wants to do the same. So he chases after Christ’s seed conquering the Church moving like lightening from east to west. He starts at Pergamum and wants to end up in Rome and is why Christ forewarned that Pergamum will become Satan’s seat. Catholic Rev. FL Gerald’ Culleton in his The Reign of Antichrist states:
The Antichrist would first seize the empire of the East; he would have Jerusalem as his seat and imperial capital. Both the city and the temple were to be rebuilt by him (Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, p. 115).
The “empire of the east” is Constantinople which was conquered first by satan. This is Pergamum not Rome. Did not the Muslim throughout his history say that he will first seize Constantinople and then he will seize Rome”? Behold, Muhammad’s prophecy foretold by one of his disciples:
“Whilst we were around the Prophet (saw) writing he was asked, ‘Which of the two cities will be opened first, Constantinople or Rome?‘ He (the Prophet Muhammad) answered, ‘The city of Heraclius will be opened first!‘ [Constantinople]”
The “city of Heraclius” was Constantinople. That part of the prophecy, in Muslim eyes, has thus been fulfilled. In Christ’s view, this made Asia Minor remain still the seat and headquarters of satan. But there still remains satan’s unfinished business:
The Great Ottoman, Sultan Muhammad Fatih (rh) fulfilled the first part of this prophecy by conquering Constantinople. Thus, remains the second part. Having been forced out of Andalusia [Spain], and more recently, dispersed across the Balkan states, the city of Gaius Julius Caesar (Rome) remains. So let the da’wah [call to Islam] begin …
The Ottomans have been sitting in the “Empire of the East” (Pergamum) for a while and Erdogan’s July coup seized the power structure. Ezekiel speaks of Gog as “of the land of Magog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal”. He is not only from Asia Minor, but the Antichrist is the chief prince of it.
One of the greatest Catholic theologians, St. Bellarmine on his work Antichrist, cites Lactantius, (250 A.D – 325 A.D) who explains:
“The Roman name, which now rules the world (the soul shudders to say it, but I will speak on what is going to come), will be abolished from earth, and the Empire overturned in Asia, and again the East will rule and the West will serve it.”
Only the Catholic has been warning to focus on Pergamum. We have seen the history, and over a millennia after Lactantius, Rome lost the empire in the east (Asia Minor) to Islam. This definitely happened during the first beast, the Ottomans, which will rise again as the second (final) beast.
How can one compare this with the modern prophecy madness, the Jewish and Protestant interpretations to match or even come close to such amazing predictions? This would mean a resurgence in Asia, probably even Asia Minor (Turkey) over Europe. In Book VII Divine Institute Lactantius confirms:
ten kings arise at the same time, who will divide the world, not to govern, but to consume it. These, having increased their armies to an immense extent, and having deserted the cultivation of the fields, which is the beginning of overthrow and disaster, will lay waste and break in pieces and consume all things. Then a most powerful enemy will suddenly arise against him from the extreme boundaries of the northern region [Russia?], who, having destroyed three of that number [from the ten kings] who shall then be in possession of Asia, shall be admitted into alliance by the others, and shall be constituted prince of all.
How Lactantius knew that modernity will move away from farming “deserted the cultivation of the fields” is why we believe this is true prophecy indeed. Antichrist according to Lactantius comes from Asia [Pergamum] and not from Rome. Lactantius even specifically points that Antichrist comes from ancient Syria, which encompassed parts of Asia Minor. Sure Antichrist might rule over Rome, yes, but he does not come from Rome and neither is Rome his seat Pergamum is. The mistake has grave repercussions.
THE MOST AMAZING PROPHECY
Lactantius even describes how the world during the reign of Antichrist will endure the results of what seems like a nuclear winter which is caused by dust thrown up in the air blocking out sunlight. This will starve all the plants and plankton that rely on sunlight, Lactantius amazingly predicted:
For the atmosphere will be tainted, and become corrupt and pestilential— at one time by unseasonable rains, at another by barren drought, now by colds, and now by excessive heats. Nor will the earth give its fruit to man: no field, or tree, or vine will produce anything; but after they have given the greatest hope in the blossom, they will fail in the fruit. Fountains also shall be dried up, together with the rivers; so that there shall not be a sufficient supply for drinking; and waters shall be changed into blood or bitterness. On account of these things, beasts shall fail on the land, and birds in the air, and fishes in the sea. Wonderful prodigies also in heaven shall confound the minds of men with the greatest terrors, and the trains of comets, and the darkness of the sun, and the colour of the moon, and the gliding of the falling stars. Nor, however, will these things take place in the accustomed manner; but there will suddenly appear stars unknown and unseen by the eyes; the sun will be perpetually darkened, so that there will be scarcely any distinction between the night and the day; the moon will now fail, not for three hours only, but overspread with perpetual blood, will go through extraordinary movements, so that it will not be easy for man to ascertain the courses of the heavenly bodies or the system of the times; for there will either be summer in the winter, or winter in the summer. Then the year will be shortened, and the month diminished, and the day contracted into a short space; and stars shall fall in great numbers, so that all the heaven will appear dark without any lights. The loftiest mountains also will fall, and be levelled with the plains; the sea will be rendered unnavigable.
One BBC documentary that just came out called The Coming War With China explains the aftermath of a nuclear exchange:
How could Lactantius know that nuclear smoke will cause the “atmosphere to be tainted” and that smoke blocks the sunlight from reaching the earth causes the “darkness of the sun”. Temperatures go below freezing from one to three years as “now by cold” and “winter in the summer” makes it too cold to grow food crops which could go on for ten years or longer. What Lactantius prophesied is quite remarkable.
The works of Lactantius is authenticated and approved. He focused on Pergamum not Rome.
“THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GENTILE” HAS A LOT TO DO WITH SALVATION
Take any instruction from God and ignore it and see what happens. Go ahead, disobey this instruction “there is neither Jew nor Gentile”. This alone sends entire nations to hell since God is not interested in race and could care less what genetic stock or pedigree you come from. He cares less if you are nordic or if you have the perfect Cohanim DNA. To God all this genealogy He considers fables (1 Timothy 1:4, Titus 3:9) and has nothing to do with the spirit. Yet today, since WWI, we have never seen more focus on race and populism more than now. It all just popped up in the last couple years. Nothing has opened up the gates of hell more than when a nation sees itself superior to others. Superiority goes contrary to “the meek shall inherit the earth”. An unhealthy dose of nationalism can send entire nations to hell. Ever wonder why the whole theme of Ezekiel 28-32 is God tossing entire nations into hell? Even when Christ divides sheep from goat; He is dividing entire nations, separating sheep nations from goat nations (Matthew 25:32).
Plenty will be the patriot flag carrying populist who keep perfect Church attendance yet these will end up with the demons in hell for excessively believing in national pride where they think they are superior to others.
Every story, every verse and every instruction is to be a lesson on how to avoid the pitfalls. David’s son Absalom did not care about the rape of Tamar by Amnon the half brother; he used the argument to foment rebellion against authority wanting to remove both Amnon and king David and to replace them by appointing himself as king. The conspiracy ended up only killing Absalom the traitor who like Judas ended up hanging on a tree by his hair and stabbed to death.
The moral of the story is how a controlled opposition starts from within and usurps itself over the authority. Absalom as a controlled opposition was able to convince a huge portion of Israel to follow him instead of King David. This is prophetic in many ways and the story repeats throughout history. Today we have the Cologne sex attacks by Muslims. When we see what happened our natural reaction is to “kill all Muslims”. But most do not think why was this allowed to happen? Over a thousand rapes and the police couldn’t do a thing? This has nothing to do with rape. It was all allowed to happen in order to foment rebellion in Germany to have the populist party rule over the other and by that Germany returns backwards to racism.
In the coming years, pay close attention to God while you shut your windows from this world. Instead of focusing on Jew versus Gentile, focus on why you were not told: Pergamum or Rome, that is the question. Take just this one little itty-bitty piece of information out of a volume of instructions and lets see how much it has to do with salvation.
First of all, this Jesus-style question alone should have us dump five centuries of worthless theological books, sermons and commentaries that promoted an Antichrist agenda leading millions of souls straight to hell. Protestantism falsely focused on Rome as the seat of Satan while it completely ignored Pergamum and in fact aided it. While the protestant school correctly taught that we must be virgins to wed with Jesus, they ignored that the older school taught that “belief'” entails obedience to God’s appointed authority. Belief entails we pay attention not just to the lamp, but the oil and the wick and the spark to ignite it. To say that Rome is the seat of satan is calling Jesus a liar which in itself is an antichrist agenda. Jesus did not say Rome He said Pergamum was the seat of Satan.
And if you don’t think that the majority of Christians are on their way to hell, here answer this other Jesus-style question: Christ said that salvation was a “narrow gate,” why then is “Christendom” the widest gate? Christianity resembles the largest religion in the world today. This would mean that most claiming Christians are on their way to hell or that Jesus lied when He said it is a narrow gate.
Most will end up in hell for ignoring single instructions. If you say “its only a verse” and you disobey and to hell you will go unless you repent. Before Christianity, no one believed in God more than Israel. But Israel had one flaw; they focused more on their national sovereignty wanting independence from Rome rather than being humble in spirit. In the end God favored Rome over Israel.
So as it turned out, God was no respecter of nationalism, to God “there is neither Jew nor Gentile”.
Everything in scripture is given to us for a reason. This includes why Muslims and Protestants hide the “seat of Satan” being “Pergamum” preferring it to be “Rome” instead. This is done for the sole purpose of destroying God’s appointed authority. These are all Absaloms. Controlled oppositions. The grand plan is not to destroy Pergamum or Geneva which the Ottomans (Pergamum) greatly collaborated with, but to destroy Rome’s authority. The results were that both Protestants and Muslims ended up losing at Lepanto thanks to Pope Pius V.
In the end you will see all the anti-Muslim Nazi populists will eventually join the Muslims to kill whatever remnant of Christians that are left on the earth while they invade Jerusalem.
THERE ARE TWO EVIL CENTERS
Ignoring Pergamum while focusing on Rome gave us a mountain of five centuries worth of error from Protestant sources. These were not nice five virgins. They picked on the Vatican claiming it sits on seven hills, while Constantinople, Mecca, Brussels and even Jerusalem are cities built on seven hills were left unscathed while Rome got the brunt of the curses from these commentators.
Where did the seed of Protestantism fall? Was it not on the fertile ground amongst the merchants of Constantinople, Germany and Brussels? And what about Mecca? In the Bible, Babylon has two “fallen”: “Babylon is fallen is fallen” (see Rev 14,18, Isa 28).
So why do we have a double “fallen”?
Did not Zechariah 5 as well warn of two abominable women? There are “two women” (two harlots that comprise this Mystery Babylon) based on “the land of Shinar” “that it may be established, and set there upon its own basis” (v.11)
We really have two babylons stemming from the same source at Haran.
Haran was the source of everything from the father of Wahhabism, Ibn Tayymiya, Jewish Cabalism, Muslim Sufism, Masonic Lodge, Indonesia’s Ilmu Khodam, the Thule Society of the German Nazi occultist organization that sparked the Nazi Party causing WWII. This was all brought from Turkey as we explained here. In other words, it all moved and travelled making its way to the West from Pergamum.
God was not addressing pagans in Zechariah 5 “the house of the thief, and to the house of him that swear falsely by my name“.
This was speaking of cults (not pagans) that swore falsely by God’s true name.
Muhammad, Calvin and Luther swore by God’s name. And weren’t all these thieves likened in that prophecy to “the woman [harlot] sitting in the midst of the vessel”? This is why in Zechariah 5 God promised “every thief shall be judged as is there written”. Even Haydock affirms that Zachariah 5 includes the Protestants:
“Protestants, “resemblance. [v.6]” (Haydock) — This is their picture.” In like. Protestants, “shall cut off as on that side standing to it. [v.3]” (Haydock)
And who are greater heresiarchs in history, greater than Muhammad, Protestant John Calvin and Protestant Martin Luther who swore in God’s name, complemented the Jews to only condemn them all to death in the end when Luther wrote “The Jews And Their Lies” which became the main tract spread by the Nazis?
Should I cut off my tongue for the sake of reconciliation to appease the Calvinist and expose not their collaboration when they spiritually bent over in prostration to make it easy for Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire to copulate with them before God sank them all; Turk and Calvinist at Lepanto during the era of St. Pope Pius V?
The whole theme of 2 Thessalonians II is Paul forewarning that if anyone prematurely announces the Antichrist are “deceivers”:
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”
“Let no man deceive you” and “by any means”. Paul warns that Antichrist will not come UNTIL “there come a revolt first”. Yet Luther and Calvin prematurely announced the Pope in Rome as Antichrist. This alone debunks all ‘reformers’ as ‘deceivers’.
A CHALLENGE TO ALL ANTI-SEMITES
While we read many things the Jews did, many develop hatred against all Jews and also against all Muslims. These type of people argue by example saying that the Jewish Talmud has so much anti-Christian writings. They say that Lenin and Marx the founders of communism were Jews and the the Jews caused the death of the Tzar. Soros too they argue is a Jew. Many can even give you a list of evils from Jewish bankers to Jews who conspired against Christianity.
The Jesus-style question to all these is this: how are you able to find all these bad Jews while failing to find equally or more bad gentiles?
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile” covers the whole history of the church whether they do good or do evil.
If someone can name bad Jews while they fail to name bad gentiles is a sign of a troubled soul on its way to hell. You either obey “there is neither Jew nor Gentile” or become a Hitler prostitute without salvation. The good virgins see things this way: everywhere in scripture where you read “thus says the Lord” is essential to our salvation. The bad virgins see things this way: I only need the verses that pertain to salvation. I will memorize them and quote them no matter what verse anyone shares.
You have also these anti-holocaust arguments supposedly debunking Hitler’s crematoria and the death camps. The Jesus-style question to all Hitler’s hookers is this: do they also want to deny the death of millions of Polish Catholics murdered by Hitler? Why then aren’t they busy denying the Polish holocaust while only picking on the Jewish holocaust?
A troubled soul is easy to spot.
The devil hates all people. There are no exceptions. Bad virgins are known because they are selective. They insist their prince come riding on the finest white horse. God however says no. He comes looking like the average Joe riding on an average donkey. He dumps the pretty virgins that are picky choosy and looks only for five homely virgins who cared about everything. He knows what inside beauty is all about:
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ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ AND ALWAYS ASK FOR THE SOURCE
Some Catholics strictly follow what they read on the internet from websites that claim to quote seers who never made the claims in the first place and mostly their commentaries were taken as prophecy. One Catholic brother objects on our conclusions that Turkey and Asia are the center of Antichrist:
“The Catholic Church has been very clear in the nature of The Anti-Christ and the Catholic seers extremely clear. There is no room for ambiguity there.” He continues: “Is Shoebat appearing to pick and choose prophecy to ‘pin’ the label of The AntiChrist on Erdogan?”
If not Erdogan perhaps someone after him, no one yet knows for sure. But the issue is Pergamum. If it is not Pergamum whom ‘the monarch’ (and I say seven monarchs for that matter) who mainly combat Antichrist, who is it then? And speaking of unanimous agreement, here are prophecies whom our Catholic friend himself has more confidence in than I do:
“The Great Monarch … will conquer the (Middle) East.” (Pareus, 17th Century)
“Cyprus, the Turks and Barbarians he will subdue.”(Cataldus, 5th Century)
“The Eagle will also invade the Mohammedan countries.” (St. Bridget, 14th Century)
“He shall destroy the Jewish and Mohammedan sects.” (St. Bridget)
“He shall destroy the Mohammedan sect and the rest of the infidels.” (St. Francis of Paola, 15th Century)
“The Empire of the Mohammedans will be broken up (by him).” (Ven. Holzhauser, 17th Century)
“He shall subdue to his dominion the Mohammedan Empire” (Gekner, 17th Century)
“He shall reign over the House of Agar, and shall possess Jerusalem.” (Isidore of Seville, 7th Century)
With brother Louis Rocco we find:
Terrible wars will rage all over Europe. God has long been patient with the corruption of morals; half of mankind He will destroy. Russia will witness many outrages. Great cities and small towns alike will be destroyed in a bloody revolution that will cause the death of half the population. In Istanbul (Constantinople) the Cross will replace the half-moon of Islamism, and Jerusalem will be the seat of a King. The southern Slavs will form a great Catholic Empire and drive out of Europe the Turks (Mohammedans), who will withdraw to North Africa and subsequently embrace the Catholic faith. (Dupont, p.76)
And I, the doubting Thomas, somewhat agree with these predictions, while I shed doubt on their authenticity as prophecies. However, our Catholic brother would put more stock into these prophecies because he believes much of what he reads out there. I do believe these came as a result of interpretations, yet I tend to agree with much of these conclusions but we need to be cautious.
Why do I reserve some doubt? It is here why I said reader beware. Okay, here is an example. One can read The Christian Trumpet (1873) and find several prophecies in it. But this work was published without formal approbation of ecclesiastical authority. It does not have the stamp of approval. In the Christian Trumpet, we have the seven letters of St. Francis di Paola to a certain Simeon de Limena. None of this can be verified. In one letter attributed to St. Francis Di Paola it states:
Four hundred years shall not pass when his Divine Majesty shall visit the world with a new religious order much needed, which shall effect more good among men than all other religious institutions combined. This religious order shall be the last and the best in the Church; it shall proceed with arms, with prayer, and with hospitality. Woe to tyrants, to heretics, and to infidels, to whom no pity shall be shown, because such is the will of the Most High! An infinite number of wicked men shall perish through the hands of the Cross-bearers, the true servants, of Jesus Christ. They shall act like good husbandmen when they extirpate noxious weeds and prickly thistles from the wheat-field. These holy servants of God shall purify the earth with the deaths of innumerable wicked men. The head and captain of these holy servants of God shall be one of your posterity, and he shall be the great re-former of the Church of God. (Francis di Paola. From Spezzano, 13th of January, 1489)
The Christian Trumpet in my view will not pass the approbation of ecclesiastical authority. How can it be confirmed that Di Paola wrote this? And how can we expect to believe that such a religious order has come to pass especially that 400 years has passed with no fulfillment? 1480 + 400 = 1889. We have no such religious order popping up that fulfilled any of this in 1889 continuing until now to show such militarism and zeal. These days you have a better chance finding such a high quality priesthood to be “made in China” than the Western brand. Faith in the west has deteriorated. Most have become sleeping virgins with oilless lamps, swordless, unconcerned with detail, more loving towards sodomites and more critical of any real zeal. Many are the priests who have become fatty, without sackcloth, they disregard the sacrifice, shepherds who bolt after the service as soon as they see the hungry sheep. These care less about spending time in the confession booth preparing sheep to be “Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
However, the focus on the Ottomans by Catholics stems from an interpretation etched in tradition. This interpretation is missing in all other religions from modern Judaism, Protestantism and Islam. But caution should be observed to always find the original sources. For example:
“After the birth of Antichrist the people of the world will be very wicked and godless [exactly what we see today]. People of real virtue will be very scarce [exactly what we see today]. Pastors in many places will neglect the service of God [exactly what we see today], and will live with women….In every period of tribulation God aids His Church, and He will do it in the time before the coming of Antichrist. From the midst of His Church He will raise up a Christian ruler who will perform most remarkable deeds. With divine assistance this ruler will not only lead erring souls back to the true Faith but also deal a heavy blow to the foes of the empire; the Turks, to take away their empire and restore it to Christianity (Connor p.84).
But we have no way to confirm how Connor or Culleton or Dupont obtained their sources (they copy from one another) claiming prophecies to originate from Dionysias of Luxemberg. These provide supposed quotes from Holzhauser and others. So while the conclusions are plausible they are difficult to confirm and perhaps came from interpretations rather than direct predictions. For example, the Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser is quoted as prophesying:
All heresies shall be banished…the Turkish Empire shall be broken up, and all nations shall come to and worship their God in the true Catholic and Roman faith (Rossi, p. 121)
But fact is, Holzhauser was writing a commentary (he was not making a prophecy) on the Apocalypse (Interpretation on the Apocalypse, Latin addition of Bamburg, 1784, Tom. I. Page 184, and Tom.II. Page 6.)
In modern times many bloggers and writers are taking the commentaries and claiming them as prophecies. This is an error. However, this does not undermine the veracity of these interpretations which correctly conclude certain outcomes.
They do the same with St. Francis Di Paola (see Letters of St. Francis Di Paola to Simeon de Limena, Lord of Montalto, The Christian Trumpet pg 158). Di Paola’s letters are alleged to include both prophecy and his commentary on the Apocalypse predicting the rise of thisChristian Holy Militia. Di Paola died in 1508 and in 1562, his haters the Calvinists took his incorruptible body, desecrated it and dragged it throughout the street (pg. 160). Di Paola allegedly wrote:
He shall destroy the sect of Mahomet, extirpate all tyrants and heresies. He shall bring the world to a holy mode of life. There will be one fold and one Shepherd. He shall reign until the end of time. On the whole Earth there shall be only twelve kings, one emperor, and one pope.
The same goes for claims made to have been written by the Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser considered one of the enlightened commentators of the Apocalypse. He interpreted a seven-fold division on the seven churches of Asia, the seven candlesticks, the seven stars, the seven seals, seven spirits, seven trumpets, seven plagues of the Apocalypse and also on the seven days of creation mentioned in the first chapter of Genesis.
According to his statement, the first age or special epoch of the Church begins from Jesus Christ and lasts until the first persecution under the cruel pagan emperor, Nero; the second, from Nero to Constantino the Great ; the third, from Constantino till Charlemagne; the fourth, from Charlemagne to Charles V., the pontificate of Leo X., and the heresy of Martin Luther; the fifth age, from Luther to the Great Pope, Papa Angelicus, and the Great Monarch; the sixth will open at the death of these two great men, and shall last till the last persecution of Antichrist.
So far so good, so we, according to Holzhauser are living in the fifth epoch, then he concludes:
“At the sixth epoch of the Church, all unexpectedly shall, through the all-powerful hand of God, be effected such a wonderful change as to surpass all human imagination and expectation. There will be a great and holy pope, and a powerful monarch, who will come as the envoy of God to put an end to disorder. He will subject everything to his power, and will manifest a great zeal for the welfare of the true Church of Jesus Christ. All heresies shall be banished to hell, whence they issued; the Turkish Empire shall be broken up, and all nations shall come to and worship their God in the true Catholic and Roman faith. Then true love, concord, peace, and perfect happiness will reign supreme upon earth”
But the Turkish Empire if we follow the epochs suggested by Holzhauser was broken up during the fifth epoch, unless he is speaking of the revived neo-Ottomans. But to link and predict the fall of the Ottomans is quite remarkable still. It is for this reason I take this work as a commentary, an excellent one at that, but to state this as a prophecy would be an error.