THE FELLOWSHIP OF LIGHT & DARKNESS – “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) A year ago or so a story got out on the internet in which Pope Francis purportedly made a number of pretty crazy statements that included the denial of the reality of hell – and that all religions were really pretty much the same. THAT story was satire. Some people got caught. THIS IS NOT SATIRE. This was reported in the mainstream press. On Sunday, June 8th, 2015 – with the approval of Pope Francis himself, the Vatican became the site of Islamic prayer and readings from the Koran. The Christ-denying religion of Islam was given voice at the center of the Catholic universe. The Washington Times reported that the, “readings and prayer came as Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City, a gathering designed to pray for Middle Eastern peace.”[i]
This is nothing less than the spirit of Antichrist taking seat in Rome. The entire Christian religion is based on the person of Jesus Christ, as the very Son of God. John 14:6 reads: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” 1John 5:12 says: “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” But Islam denies the son-ship of Christ. Quran 10:68 declares: “They say, ‘God has begotten a son.’ God forbid!” The words of Quran 19:88 almost scream that denial. “Those who say: ‘The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,’ preach a monstrous falsehood, at which the very heavens might crack, the earth break asunder, and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should ascribe a son to the Merciful, when it does not become the Lord of Mercy to beget one!” This is affirmed again in Quran 23:91 – (as well as several other places). “Never has God begotten a son, nor is there any other god besides Him.”[ii]But the Scripture is clear on accepting Jesus as anything less than the very Son of God. Here are the words of John 2:22-23. “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.” The Apostle John explains further: “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1John 4:2-3) Islam IS a spirit of Antichrist – and it has been invited into the very halls of the seat of power of the world’s most powerful church. [You may recall that in November of 2014 an Islamic prayer service was held in the Episcopal Church’s National Cathedral in Washington DC.] Branches of institutional Christianity are embracing the legitimacy of the Muslim faith – when it denies the very essence of their own. The Apostle Paul made plain the insanity of this when he admonished the Corinthian Church: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?” (2Corinthians 6:14-15)
There are many scholars, Protestant and Catholic, that believed that an apostate Pope would someday play the role of False Prophet during the Tribulation, serving for a time, as the Antichrist’s right-hand-man, in establishing the One World Government and universal religion that will dominate the globe in that day. These include Pope Leo XIII, St Francis of Assisi, Cardinal O’Conner and the inimitable Bishop Fulton Sheen, who also believed that one day, Islam would be drawn into the orbit of the Roman Church through the worship of Mary. And plans have long been afoot for the Old City of Jerusalem to serve as the seat of that One World Religious System.
WHILE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE POPE…. – Now right up front, I want to say that much of this is speculation – and that, not even my own. There is something strange going on with the Vatican – and it may be prophetic in nature. We’ve already noted in the article above how many Catholic luminaries through the centuries have come to the conclusion that the False Prophet of Revelation will likely be a Prince of the Church, possibly an apostate pope. Then there is the 12th century prophecy of St Malachy, a Catholic Bishop, who numbered and identified all of the popes from his own day – until today – and this pontiff, Francis, is supposed to be the last of them. (Now this is NOT a Biblical prophecy, so we must treat it as less than authoritative – but it has demonstrated an amazing amount of accuracy since it was discovered. We’ve written at length of St Malachy’s list in the past and so I won’t belabor the point here.) So that will serve as background for what follows.Earlier this year Pope Francis told Mexican TV: “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief – four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation. I feel the Lord has placed me here for a short time.”[iv] He’s also made favorable noises about retiring, and praised his predecessor, Pope Benedict for doing so. Hanging over all of this may be the Third Secret of Fatima, which many believe that during a time of tribulation, a pope will be shot by soldiers as we walks with his entourage over and around the dead bodies of his fellow and then-fallen churchmen. Then throw in the fact that there is an Islamic prophecy found in the Hadith, Islam’s second holiest book, which describes an End Times event in which Islam goes to war against Christianity. Investigative / prophecy writer Tom Horn believes that Francis’ talk of a short papacy could be related to a fear of impending assassination. He describes it thus. “This has most recently been raised in my mind between the pope’s reaction to threats by ISIS, who are driven by an apocalyptic vision from a Hadith (collection of teachings and sayings of Muhammad) in which Muhammad allegedly foresaw this end-times caliphate going to war against ‘the armies of Rome. If a coalition army came together and was endorsed by the pope under the Christian rules for just war, they could be seen fighting under Rome’s banner and you could have a literal fulfillment of the Hadith.”[v] The magazine Dabiq, the official arm of ISIS, shows the Islamic flag flying over the center of St Peter’s Square in Rome, the seat of the Vatican. That issue is dedicated to talking about a war against the Crusader armies – and by implication the West’s ultimate defeat at the hands of Islam. That is the destiny Islamic prophecy has promised.
FORMING THE PSALM 83 COALITION – Psalm 83 is a prophecy that describes a Last Days invasion of Israel by very specific forces comprising the inner ring of Arab states / peoples that surround Israel. Scripture of course uses the ancient names – but the modern equivalents of those peoples are right now forming and preparing their military arms to be ready for that action. Much of the preparatory activity is being sponsored and financed by Iran, as they arm and enable their surrogates to take action against the Jewish state that will destroy them. According to the Psalm, their efforts end in their own ignominious defeat at the hands of God’s Chosen People. As Prime Minister Netanyahu told the media: “In Lebanon, the Iranians are inserting the most advanced weapons in the world, and strengthening Hezbollah, so that it can hit any spot in Israel. They are trying to build a second front in the Golan, and of course, in Gaza.” So that involves three of the prophesied participants, Lebanon, the Syrians and the Palestinians.
In a very practical sense, Israel has begun to get ready for this war. They are preparing for a carpet missile attack which the IDF estimates could kill 4,000 Israelis in just the first day. Israeli defenses could be swarmed by as many as 100,000 rockets, more accurate than any they’ve faced before.[vii]
[i] Vatican makes history: Pope allows Islamic prayers, Koran readings, Washington Times, June 9, 2015
[ii] The Qur’an Attacks … Christianity?. Answering Islam, http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Contra/tqachrist.html,
monitored June 10, 2015
[iv] Video Entrevista al Papa Francisco – Noticieros Televisa México – por Valentina Alazraki . Marzo 13/2015
[v] Jerome Corsi, POPE’S ‘FEELING’ ABOUT SHORT PAPACY FUELS SPECULATION, World Net Daily, June 7, 2015
[vii] IDF Rehearsing for Nightmare Scenario: 4,000 Killed in Days, Arutz Sheva, June 7, 2015