PART III – THE FALSE PROPHET WILL GO GLOBAL
We’ve looked at how the ‘End Time’s Religion’ will be headed up by the False Prophet and centered on the worship of the Beast. Churchmen, Protestant, Evangelical and Catholic believe that the False Prophet, in the words of Cardinal John O’Conner, “…will be a bishop of the Church (Catholic), and will lead all religions into becoming one.”[i] We considered the role of Mary, – as presented in the phenomena of the worldwide apparitions, could be that uniting force. Finally, we looked at the extra-biblical prophecies of one particular Catholic Saint, Malachy, – who may have identified all of the popes since the 12th century. In this installment we’ll begin to develop the connection with the religion of Mohammed.
Let’s start way back in the 8th century. It was at that time that a militant Islam was racing across wide swaths of territory, conquering in the name of Allah. During this time of conquest on the part of the Religion of Peace, Muslims crossed over from Morocco and took over both Spain and Portugal. The Iberian Peninsula remained a battleground until 1492 when the Islamic Moors were driven out by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. During the course of the interceding century, outside of a Portugese village, a onetime Muslim girl turned Catholic, – named after Mohammed’s honored daughter, Fatima, – married a much beloved prince. After her death, the village was named Fatima. It was at that village in 1917 that the apparitions named after Our Lady of Fatima occurred.[ii] So the fact of the matter is that the most significant and influential manifestation of what many believe is Mary the Mother of God, – is named after Fatima, – the most important woman in Islam. Is it any wonder that thousands of Muslims flock to venerate statues of Mary, – especially Our Lady of Fatima, – both at the shrines and elsewhere?
So let’s review for just a moment. The Mary of Medjuogore, – which claims to be the continuation of the Fatima apparitions; – tells us that all religions are the same before her son. Muslims are already drawn to this Marian connection. Honored Catholic spokesman Bishop Sheen tells us that Mary will be the vehicle that makes spiritual peace with Rome: “Through a summoning of the Muslims to a veneration of the Mother of God.” According to the visions, only a proper relationship with Mary is required. It isn’t even necessary to take on the trappings of Christianity.[iii] This is further reinforced by the Late John Paul’s willingness to pray on equal terms with leaders of the Islamic faith, at such forums as Assisi.
As we have seen, Rome expects that Mary will provide the victory over the forces of the world resulting in a One World Church and society ruled from Rome. Islam too expects to be victorious in a worldwide struggle between good and evil, – as they see it. However, their scenario is a little different. The Islamic scriptures, tell us that the Mahdi, or “Guided One,” will return to lead Muslims in a series of military victories over Christians and Jews as he sets up the seat of a world government in Jerusalem. He will rule for seven years, abetted by the Prophet Jesus, (Issa), who will deny that he is the Son of God and lead the slaughter of the Jews.[iv] At that time, all the people of the Book that remain, – Christians and Jews, – will convert to Islam. It is interesting here, that Muslim tradition talks of a “beast” being the one that will “call people back to Islam” when Jesus appears.[v]
Let’s compare all of this with Biblical prophecy. In Revelation 13 we are told all about the “beast rising up out of the sea,” taking civil and religious control until “all the world marveled and followed the beast… [and].. they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast.” (Revelation 13:1, 3-4) In other words, the forces that succeed in uniting all of the world’s religions are the forces of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. Could these be one and the same as the Mahdi and this Issa (false Jesus) of Islam, perhaps? There is yet another interesting parallel. Islamic writings predict for the Mahdi and Issa to rule together seven years in Jerusalem. That is the exact period of time that Daniel and Revelation give for the Antichrist’s career and the Tribulation.[vi]
Need more? Well here it is. The Koran, (Sura 9:5), teaches mandatory conversion of the unbeliever. Sura 8:11 pronounces the penalty for unbelievers: “Therefore strike off their heads.” The world has already seen this penalty worked time and time again by those who take the Koran seriously. Revelation 13:15 tells us that, “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed,” and Revelation 20:4 talks of “the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast.”
A Secret Deal ?
With all of that in mind, we can look at some very interesting developments in the relations of the Roman Catholic Church, the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority dating back to the 1990s and early 200s. All of these deal with the status of the City of Jerusalem: It’s future role and who will control it in the future. The entire peace process in the Middle East is caught up with this question. Let’s look at some of the highlights before analyzing them.
- 1993 – Then Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres concludes a secret deal with the Vatican to have the Church take over sovereignty of Jerusalem’s Old City. Jerusalem would become “the second Vatican of the world with all three major religions represented.”
- 1994 – French intellectual, Marek Halter reveals to the Israeli press that he helped arrange a deal between Israel and the Vatican that would create a Palestinian State and make East Jerusalem an international city.
- 2000 – Arafat publicly signs on to the deal of Vatican control of Jerusalem.
- 2000 – Rome declares that it is “essential that religious leaders” control Jerusalem’s Holy sites.[vii]
- 2015 – In July of that year, the Vatican signed an agreement with the “State of Palestine.”
So, what’s that all about? Since the time of the Crusades, Rome has been seeking control of Jerusalem. You see, the Vatican holds to something called ‘Replacement Theology’, wherein the Catholic Church has become the New Israel in God’s economy. The problem with that is that Israel’s very physical existence in fulfillment of dozens of Biblical prophecies, – not to mention their control over Jerusalem presents a very real problem to that deal.[viii] Remember it was Pope John Paul’s dream and prediction that he or a soon future pope would rule over a One World Religion. The Pope was somehow blinded to the significance of his personal prophecy. It does line up with Bible, – however not in the way he thought. It is the Antichrist that puts together that coalition of religions in the End of Days. The resulting Super Religion is the religion of the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
Now Pope John Paul, you remember predicted that the Church’s ascendance would follow a great worldwide apparition of Mary that would call all of mankind into the Catholic Church under the aegis of the then Pope. But Scripture tells us that the Antichrist will rise using massive deception. “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.” (2Thessalonians 2:9) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24) Great “signs and wonders” in the sky! Sounds possibly like some miracles witnessed by those that flock to the Marian apparitions at places like Medjugore.
In addition, over the years, the Vatican has actively inserted themselves into the Middle East peace process, – taking to a large degree the side of the Palestinians, – and against the Biblical borders laid out by God in the Old Testament. It is interesting that the Papal solution would have the Temple Mount divided among Jews, Christians and Muslims, – but remaining under Vatican control. All of this, it seems was part of a secret deal that bypassed Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.[ix] It is perhaps even more interesting that a combined Temple has already been designed that would serve all three of the great monotheistic faiths.[x] Sketches of this new Temple had been available on the Internet, and in fact one such artist’s rendering can still be found in the archived files of David Bay’s Cutting Edge News. It shows a building with several large pyramidal wings, formed into the shape of the Star of David. The Temple, – a part of the Illuminati originated New Jerusalem Covenant Project, – is designed as a “combination Temple/Church/Mosque.”[xi] According to Lambert’s lecture, the creation of this combined house of worship is all part of that political solution for the New Jerusalem.
It would sound loony-bin crazy to me too, – if it did not line up so well with Biblical prophecy. First, Revelation 11:1-2 says: “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” That speaks of the End Times reconstruction of the Temple and an area built solely for the Gentiles. Now Perry Stone reveals that Jewish scholarship shows that it would take exactly 42 months to fulfill the ceremonial requirements from the turning of the first shovel to the dedication of the Temple.[xii] Daniel 9:27 tells us that Antichrist shall “confirm a covenant with many for one week.” That’s referring to a seven year treaty, – 84 months. But verse 27 goes on, “But in the middle of the week, he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.” Catch that: “on a wing of the temple?” 2Thesslonians 2:3-4 explains that “abomination that causes desolation” going on to reveal that when “the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition….he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
But notice the timing; – “in the middle of the week,” – half of 84 months is 42 months, – the exact time needed to dedicate the new Temple. It is also the exact time “given unto the Gentiles” to “tread under foot” “the holy city.” Interesting indeed!
[i] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 59
[ii] Fr Ladis J. Cizik, OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN’S PEACE PLAN, Soul Magazine, September / October 2001
[iii] Quote taken from: Dr Joe Van Koevering, From a lecture entitled: The Pope, The Prophecy and The Promise,
given at the International Prophecy Conference 2007
[iv] Jerry Robinson, Calling Al Mahdi, Understanding The Antichrist – Part II, WIR
[v] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 68
[vi] The Hadith as quoted by Jerry Robinson, Calling Al Mahdi, Understanding The Antichrist – Part II, WIR
[vii] Joel Bainerman, The Vatican Agenda
[viii] Joel Bainerman, The Vatican Agenda
[ix] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 88-89
[x] David Bay, Cutting Edge Ministries # 1052
[xi] Bill Lambert, the Director of the New England branch of the House of Theosophy, as quoted in an August 1991 lecture titled Possible and Probable Events in the Future, as recorded and by David Bay of Cutting Edge Ministries in several of his Cutting Edge News Updates.
[xii] Perry Stone, The Pope, The Eagle And The Iron Sickle, Voice of Evangelism, 2006, pg 127