New York (AFP) – In New York’s Central Park on Sunday, a field hospital was going up.
Dozens of people worked in a drizzle to erect the facility for an expected
influx of COVID-19 patients at the epicentre of the US coronavirus pandemic.
Samaritan’s Purse, a US-based Christian global relief agency, is setting up
the hospital on the park’s East Meadow lawn, where workers in face masks
unloaded a white tarp and other equipment on the grass. The site is right
across from one of the facilities in the Mount Sinai hospital group.
“There’s lots of cases here in New York and a lot of people that need
help,” said Elliott Tenpenny, a doctor and team leader for Samaritan’s
Purse COVID-19 Response Team.
“The hospitals all over the city are filling up and they need as much
help as they can get. That’s why we’re here.”
He said the charity was working with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mount Sinai, with the aim of receiving
patients within two days.
Unlike other temporary facilities going up in the New York region, this site
will have the equipment and personnel necessary to handle COVID-19 patients.
Tenpenny called it a “respiratory focused field hospital” which will
have a capacity of 68 patients, and the doctors and nurses to treat them.
Samaritan’s Purse has set up a similar temporary hospital in Cremona, Italy,
the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll.
On Sunday Cuomo announced that New York state has more than 59,500 cases and
965 deaths, making it by far the hardest-hit area of the United States. Those
figures give it more than 40 percent of the country’s cases and deaths, data
from Johns Hopkins University show.
New York medical staff are struggling with long hours and a dire need for
hospital-grade masks and other protective gear.
Tenpenny said that although his organization is faith-based, “we
provide care to anybody at anytime without regard to who they are, just if they
The charity has been helping the world’s victims of war, poverty, natural
disasters and other crises since 1970.
“These are usually international after disasters but the US is in
massive need right now and so here we are setting up to help our own
country,” Tenpenny said
The rituals performed by the Roman Catholic church are not found in the New Testament, they are found partially in the Old Testament, as well as in the mystery religions from ancient Babylon and Egypt. Look at the photo at the top, and you will see Pope Francis holding up a golden sunburst device called a ‘monstrance’ which holds the ‘blessed sacrament’ of the Eucharist that they pray to. They call it the ‘adoration of the Blessed Sacrament’, and it is idol worship. You will note that not only is the device in the shape of a golden sun, Pope Francis is also wearing a garment with a golden sun on the back.
Pope Francis held the special Urbi et Orbi on Friday
from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, lifting up the monstrance of the sun
god, and appealing to the Virgin Mary to save us all.
Like a scene from out of the Chick tract, “Why Is Mary Crying?‘,
Pope Francis stood alone in a rain-swept Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, lifted
up the golden Catholic idol of the Sun God called the ‘blessed sacrament’, and
called on the Virgin Mary to ‘save the world’ from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
You will note that none of what Pope Francis did during the
ceremonial ritual so important to Catholics is found anywhere in the Bible,
except in places forbidding such practices.
“The children gather wood,
and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to
make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other
gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the
LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the
confusion of their own faces?” Jeremiah 7:18,19
No one in the New Testament every asked Mary’s advice on anything, in
the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost, she was a silent observer, Peter was
the one in charge. Mary’s help or assistance is never recorded. Yet amazingly,
the Roman Catholic church would like us to believe that not only is she the
channel through which “all graces flow”, that even salvation through Jesus
Christ is not possible unless she intercedes for you.
Wow, talk about a promotion for Mary, and also true, talk about
fantasy. Everything about the Roman Catholic Church comes from paganism, talk a
look at the following.
Is Actually The Pagan ‘Weeping For Tammuz’ Ritual
LENT WAS CREATED BY THE ROMAN
CATHOLIC CHURCH AND TAKEN FROM THE BABYLONIAN PRACTICE OF WEEPING FOR TAMMUZ
The rituals performed by the Roman Catholic church are not found in the New
Testament, they are found partially in the Old Testament, as well as in the
mystery religions from ancient Babylon and Egypt. Look at the photo at the top,
and you will see Pope Francis holding up a golden sunburst device called a
‘monstrance’ which holds the ‘blessed sacrament’ of the Eucharist that they
pray to. They call it the ‘adoration of the Blessed Sacrament’, and it is idol
worship. You will note that not only is the device in the shape of a golden
sun, Pope Francis is also wearing a garment with a golden sun on the back.
Please note the following:
The pagans believe that their Sun god is conceived on
3/21, the Spring Equinox. You can see this played out annually at
the Vatican, when the rising Sun causes the shadow of the Egyptian obelisk
(which is a phallic symbol representing Nimrod, the ‘mighty hunter’) to
fall towards the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica (symbolizing the womb of the
moon goddess Semiramis), representing their annual sexual union.
St. Peter’s Basilica has a huge sun symbol behind the
stage where the Pope sits.
The Eucharist host wafer is round, representing the sun
god, Tammuz. This is why it has a “+” stamped on the front. They hold it
up to worship it.
Then they place it on a crescent moon (representing the
female womb of the moon goddess), which represents their symbolic sexual
union. This symbolically makes the wafer the flesh of their Sun god
Tammuz. This is carried out every day, thousands of times a day throughout
If the apostle Peter, whom the Catholic church says is their ‘first pope’ could
somehow come back and watch Pope Francis performing these rituals, Peter would
know instantly what he was looking at. He’d be looking at idol worship in pagan
Rome, where he was executed by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Neither Peter or any
of the apostles ‘adored the Eucharist’, asked Mary to ‘intercede to Jesus’ on
their behalf, observed Lent, or celebrated Christmas or Easter. These practices
would not be created until the start of the Roman Catholic Church that began in 325 AD.
“And I heard another voice
from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not
partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins
have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4,5 (KJB)
Catholic Archbishop Jan Lenga, the former head of the Diocese of
Karaganda, Khazakhstan and now retired in Poland, was ordered to stop
delivering sermons and speaking with the media because of his frequent
statements that Pope Francis is a “heretic” spreading “untruths
and sins” and “leading the world astray.”
Archbishop Lenga has rejected the order to be silent, issued this month by Polish Bishop Wieslaw Mering, because
no one in the Polish church apparently has the authority to silence him, reported Crux.com.
Lenga belongs to a religious order,
the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and is living as a
guest of the order in Lichen, Poland. He reportedly is only subject to an order
from the Pope.
“Christ gave me authority through
the church to proclaim the truth, and I’ll do so as long as I live,” said
Lenga, 69, as reported by Crux.com. “I won’t yield to degradation
by those whose own statements and actions are entangled with heresy and
“What right do they have to recall
what pertains to the church when they themselves have never upheld it?” he
In a Feb. 25 interview with Gloria
TV, Archbishop Lenga said his critics should “form their own church, rather
than usurping power in the Catholic Church.”
Archbishop Lenga has “co-signed
several letters urging Pope Francis to clarify marriage and family teachings
after the pope’s 2016 encyclical ‘Amoris Laetitia,'” reported Crux.com. “He
also signed a May 2019 ‘Declaration of Truths‘ alongside
U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.”
Cardinal Burke is a member of the
highest court at the Vatican and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of
Malta. Other church leaders who signed the declaration were Cardinal Janis
Pujats, archbishop emeritus of Riga, Tomash Peta, archbishop of the archdiocese
of Saint Mary in Astana, and Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the
archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, Khazakhstan.
In a book-length interview on YouTube,
Archbishop Lenga said he still recognizes Benedict XVI as the Pope;
Benedict resigned in February 2013, the first pope to do so in nearly
600 years. Lenga also stated he does not include the name of
the “usurper and heretic” Francis in his Mass prayer
“Bergoglio [Pope Francis] has
not confirmed himself in the faith and is not passing that faith to others, he
is leading the world astray,” said Archbishop Lenga, as reported in The Tablet.
“He proclaims untruths and sins, not the tradition which has endured for
“He proclaims the truth of this
world, which is precisely the truth the Devil,” said the archbishop.
In a Jan. 20 interview on Polish
television, according to Crux.com, Archbishop Lenga “said ‘many bishops and
cardinals’ lacked a ‘deep faith’ and had adopted ‘an attitude of
betrayal and destruction’ by seeking to ‘correct Christ’s
teaching,’ adding that current confusion in the church indicated ‘the
Antichrist is here.'”
Bishop Mering, who has ordered
Archbishop Lenga to stop talking to the media, said he would leave the
“final decision” on this controversy with the Pope.
“I’m acting in the name of the
church, which has a hierarchical structure — we cannot tolerate a
situation in which this archbishop omits the Holy Father’s name from the canon
of the Holy Mass,” said Bishop Mering, as reported by Crux.com.
“My request that he stop speaking to
the media is to prevent an evil sensation,” he added. “Some will
praise the archbishop, while others will be scandalized by the divisions he’s
One, God said, “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command
the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If
my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chron. 7:13-14).
Notice the words “no rain,” “locusts” and “pestilence.”
The drought in Australia has caused the smallest harvest ever recorded
there; the locusts are spreading from Africa to the Middle East, India,
Pakistan and China; and the Coronavirus pestilence is spreading from China to
So. Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Italy (notice no rain, locusts and pestilence).
God’s solution is humility, prayer, seeking Him and repentance.
Concerning the Coronavirus, it should not be taken lightly. It is very
dangerous (perhaps more dangerous than we know); the suffering and hardship are
great. But obey God, look up and be thankful because there have been no deaths
in the U.S. at the time of this writing (and 97% or so of the Chinese victims
Remember that the Jews that obeyed God by putting the blood of a lamb on the
side posts and upper posts at the front door of their houses were protected
from the tenth plague, and the 144,000 that will be sealed by God during the
Tribulation Period will be protected from the plagues (Gen. 12:7; Rev. 7).
The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church.
Two, there will be famine and a global economic collapse after the Rapture
It has been reported that the locusts in Africa are devouring enough crops
to feed 35,000 people a day and the Coronavirus has millions of people shut up
in their homes, not working and not able to pay their bills; factories, malls,
restaurants and hotels closed; banks closing or being bailed out, etc.
On Feb. 24, 2020, the Dow Jones Stock Market lost more than 1,000 points.
God may be showing us what plagues can do, that His Word is true and that
the need to accept Jesus is great.
Three, in 2001, Israel decided to build an underground high-speed railroad
from the Ben-Gurion International Airport to downtown Jerusalem.
In 2016, the railroad was almost complete, and Israel decided to extend it
to the Temple Mount and to build a railroad station there to accommodate
In 2017, Israel decided to name the railroad the King David Railroad because
King David made Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Israel also decided that the train station near the Temple Mount will be
called the Donald J. Trump Station because Pres. Trump recognized Jerusalem as
the capital of Israel.
The design work is now complete, and Israel will dig a 1.8-mile long tunnel
under downtown Jerusalem (and the old city of Jerusalem) to the Temple Mount.
(There is no information on how long this is expected to take.)
Four, according to the Bible, Israel will have silver and gold, cattle and
goods in the latter years and latter days (Ezek. 38:8, 12, 16).
Israeli farmers and ranchers have been raising and selling cattle to the
Palestinians. In Sept. 2019, the PA launched a boycott of Israeli beef.
The boycott has been settled and Israel will sell 120,000 head of cattle to
the PA each month (more than 1.4 million head per year).
Five, according to the Bible, Jerusalem will have to be expanded to
accommodate all of the Jews at the end of the age (Zech. 2:1-13).
On Feb. 19, 2020, Prime Min. Netanyahu announced that he has approved
permits to build 6,200 housing units in two suburbs of Jerusalem.
Six, some are teaching that we are in the Tribulation Period.
God may be giving us a glimpse of the Tribulation Period, but we
are not in the Tribulation Period.
The Church is still here, the world government and world religion do not yet
exist, the covenant with many does not exist, people are not being forced to
take the Mark, etc.
We are seeing a convergence of the signs, and they are a reminder that we
are getting close.
Seven, many readers of Rapture Ready know who Jan Markel, J.D. Farag and
Amir Tsarfati are.
Jan reported that she learned from Brent Miller, Jr., the producer of the
movie, that a Lifeway Research study found that “98% of the church will not talk
about the glorious news that Jesus will return any moment.”
Think about that: according to the Bible, the Rapture is our blessed hope
and 98% of those that call themselves Christians don’t talk about it (Titus
Perhaps that is why it will come upon the world like a snare, and so many
Christians think prophecy teachers are fanatics.
The news outlets today are wondering if we are experiencing the Revelation judgments right now, and of course, the answer to that question is an emphatic “no”. Where are we right now, as of the writing of the this article, on the end times timeline in Revelation? We are smack dab at the end of Revelation 3, at the end of the Laodicean church age. The next event on the timeline will be the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as we see John experience in type in Revelation 4:1,2 (KJB). All of the major judgments in Revelation do not begin until the opening of the Seals in Revelation 6. The church will not be here for any of that.
The earth is experience birth pangs, the warm-up act
if you will, for what’s coming. Jesus tells us that these things come before
the Revelation judgments, and that is what we are seeing right now.
Social media is blowing up at the moment, and perhaps rightly so, with
people coming to the realization that our planet Earth is being absolutely
bombarded by multiple plagues, famines, pestilence and earthquakes, along with
really extreme weather. So much so that various articles are coming across the
NTEB end times desk asking if we are witnessing the judgments mentioned in
Revelation. I will say that I cannot recall another year in recent memory that
had so much happening all at the same time as we see now in 2020.
“But when ye shall hear of
wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to
pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation
shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes
shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and
great signs shall there be from heaven.”
Tells Us That All These Things Must Happen Before Revelation Judgment
The news outlets today are wondering if we are experiencing the Revelation
judgments right now, and of course, the answer to that question is an emphatic
“no”. Where are we right now, as of the writing of the this article, on the end
times timeline in Revelation? We are smack dab at the end of Revelation 3, at
the end of the Laodicean church age. The next event on the timeline will be the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, as we see John experience in type in Revelation
4:1,2 (KJB). All of the major judgments
in Revelation do not begin until the opening of the Seals in Revelation 6. The
church will not be here for any of that.
“For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not
only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22,23 (KJB)
So what are we to make of the current spate of earthquakes, plagues,
pestilence and famine? The earth is experience birth pangs, the warm-up act if
you will, for what’s coming. Jesus tells us that these things come before the
Revelation judgments, and that is what we are seeing right now. Take a look at
some of what’s going on if you don’t already know:
As you can see, there is a whole lot of crazy stuff happening, but then, we
told you back in 2019 that this would be a crazy year, remember? But there is a
huge difference between birth pangs and the very specific prophetical judgments
mentioned in Revelation, those things are not, I repeat, are not taking
place right now. If they were happening right now, you would be running
for cover as the world proceeded to fall apart around you, the water would be
blood, green grass burnt up and water becoming wormwood. That is not happening
Catastrophic Sign of the Times: Pastor Charles Lawson
Largely Overlooked But Powerfully
Significant Means by Which Satan is Moving to Obliterate the Image of God in
Man: Transgenderism, Designer Babies, and Parentless Children. Reference to the
Article by Henry T. Greely, ” The End of Sex and the Future of Human
Reproduction.” How Long Will God Let Them Go Before He Sends His Son Again?
Scripture: Genesis 3:15
But just because we are not experiencing the Revelation judgments does not
mean that time is not short for the born again Church, because time is crazy
short right now. In my estimation, the birth pangs began right around the start
of WWI, a war that was so shocking that many said it was the end of the world,
but it only got a lot worse from there. WWII was many times more intense and
deadly, and not only that, you had a perfect type of Antichrist – Adolf Hitler – calling for a thousand year Nazi reign. Not only that,
but Israel became a nation again after 2,000 years. Man, that was news just
leaping off the pages of the Bible with the ink still wet! And yet,
here we are in 2020, over a hundred years later, and still not quite there yet.
‘The Gospel is what is really being ‘banned’ from these venues’
By WND Staff
Published February 17, 2020 at 8:28pm
We know now why LGBT activists in the United Kingdom have been campaigning
for venues there to censor the speech of Franklin Graham, chief of the
worldwide Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse.
At least a possible reason.
Graham had planned a series of events across the U.K. later this year, but
in just recent weeks many of those venues have simply breached their contracts
and canceled his plans.
He’s announced that he’ll be doing the series of meetings anyway, sometimes
at nearby, larger venues.
But in a social-media statement over the weekend, he
explained what he thinks might be going on, with the LGBT opposition to his
biblical stance on homosexuality and marriage.
“Opposition to the Gospel shouldn’t really surprise us. Jesus warned
that it would come,” he said. “As you may know, my eight-city
evangelistic tour across the U.K. has been met with resistance by LGBTQ
activists who inaccurately claim that I am homophobic, Islamophobic, and say
that I speak hate.
“Anyone who knows me or has heard me speak knows that this really isn’t
true – but, I DO preach the TRUTH of the Gospel. Could it be, rather, that
these folks are truthophobic or free-speech-ophobic?”
He quoted Australia commentator Martyn Iles who wrote about whether society
has become so “‘tolerant’ that it is now “intolerant of mainstream
“Those in opposition are okay if their opinion divides, but they don’t
want to hear anyone who disagrees with them,” Graham said. “This is
really a fight for truth, and the Gospel is what is really being ‘banned’ from
these venues. It really boils down to the fact that they disagree with the
“One person commented, ‘How is Christianity a
hatred speech, when you’re trying to save people from HELL? I call it a love
speech.’ He’s right,” Graham said.
In a recent interview with Premier Christian, he said that not only will his tour go
on, he likely will end up in venues bigger than the ones originally planned.
And it’s not impossible that there might be legal action over the contracts
he had with the various venues that they then breached.
reported that all of the venues in the United Kingdom scheduled to host
Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, canceled their agreements to hold his
events because of the evangelist’s Bible-based views on human sexuality and
“Pastor Graham peddles controversial, repulsive
views about LGBT people which are in direct conflict with the values we hold
dear in Newcastle,” Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes told the
local Chronicle Live after the city’s Utilita Arena became the latest venue to
Previously, Graham events were canceled in Birmingham, Newport, Glasgow,
Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Liverpool, according to a Pink News report cited by Breitbart News.
Franklin Graham told Premier that his views are like most Christians.
“I believe the Bible teaches that marriage is
between a man and a woman,” he said. “That’s the Church of England’s
position. I think Her Majesty the Queen, that’s her position and it’s the
position of the church, pretty much worldwide. This is what the Bible teaches
and that’s what I believe.”
See the interview:
“This is a religious freedom issue and it’s also a free speech issue. It
doesn’t just affect me. There are churches that meet in public arenas for
Sunday services; schools and so forth. If a small group of people can force a
cancellation of an event where thousands of Christians are participating, I
think there is no question about the danger in the future to others,”
Graham said then.
“We did have a contract signed with these venues
and they have breached that contract. I haven’t broken any laws and I’m not
guilty of anything. We just have to look at what our options are but even
though we can assign other venues, which we will do, I’m thinking of the church
in the future,” he said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed his faith in Jesus while
attending The Send, a huge Christian worship event held in Brazil last weekend.
Bolsonaro was not formally invited to the event but still decided to attend.
He addressed the crowd in one of the huge stadiums full of Christians declaring
that he “believes in Jesus as his savior and that Brazil belongs to
God,” ChurchLeaders.com reports.
The Send is a campaign to activate every believer into a lifestyle of
Christ-like action. Major ministries have come together for the celebration,
praying and believing that the world will turn to Jesus Christ.
The event in Brazil took place at the Brasilia National Stadium on February
8 where more than 140,000 people responded to the powerful presence of God.
One pastor tweeted, “I keep receiving news about the last Saturday:
4,877 decisions, 7,890 youth enrolled and committed to bring revival to their
schools, 6,457 enrolled to care for orphans, healings, people receiving the
Holy Spirit while watching on YouTube.”
Nearly 200 evangelical leaders spoke at the event, including Daniel Kolenda,
Christine Caine, Francis Chan and Michael Koulianos.
Koulianos wrote on Instagram, “Jesus loves Brasil! Yesterday, thousands
gave their lives to Jesus, received healing, and made the choice to be SENT to
the Nations. He is worthy of our YES!”
The energetic audience welcomed Bolsonaro with applause after he came out on
stage to speak to the crowd.
Often referred to as the Trump of the Tropics, Bolsonaro has called himself
a God-fearing man.
An assassination attempt by a knife-wielding attacker a month before
Brazil’s election almost cost Bolsonaro his life. He says it is nothing short
of a miracle that he’s alive today.
“Doctors who attended to me said that for every 100 stabbings of the
kind I endured, only one person survives. So, I am a survivor and owe my life
to God. It was His will for me to live.”
The attack became a turning point in his campaign as the populist candidate
went on to win, promising to tackle Brazil’s rampant corruption and violence
after taking office in 2019.
On his first official day as the country’s 38th president, Bolsonaro
promised to make Judeo-Christian principles a top priority in his
Bolsonaro’s motto is: “Brazil above everything, God above all.” He
believes it is a powerful statement about the importance of truth in politics.
The “Control Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds. All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the “Religious Affairs” office for their approval. In other words, without the permission of the authorities, you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.
China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines celebrating Xi Jinping,
China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the walls, his recorded voice
booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his “Thought” — not Buddha’s — that
the monks are now required to meditate upon.
because of the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God,
then the destruction of religion is a good thing. After all, religion is man’s
attempt to understand God, and it is doomed to failure. Preaching of the cross
destroys religion, but in the best possible way. But to destroy religion –
Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist – and replace it with another religion of man, then
that is a bad thing. This is exactly what is happening in China right now, as
their deluded leader has decided he is a god.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it
is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing
the understanding of the prudent.” 1 Corinthians 1:18,19
All dictators suffer from little god syndrome, come to
think of it, so do a
lot of Charismatic preachers, but I digress. Adolf Hitler demanded the
German people worship him as a god, and they did, right up to the moment when
he nearly destroyed the entire country. China is in deep, deep trouble, so deep
in fact that it’s starting to look like God’s hand of end times judgment is
upon them. We will keep following this story for you and see how bad it’s going
How Deluded China Leader Xi Jinping
Destroyed Religion Making Himself A God To The People
FROM THE NY POST: Catholic churches torn down or denuded of
their crosses and statues. Images of the Madonna and Child replaced with pictures of “People’s Leader” Xi Jinping. Signs posted outside
evangelical churches forbidding anyone under the age of 18 from entering. The
Ten Commandments painted over with quotes from Xi.
These are just some of the ways that the Chinese Communist Party is
persecuting Christians in China.
But it’s not just Catholics. In China’s Far West, over a
million Muslims languish in concentration camps — Beijing cutely calls them
“vocational training centers” — while mosques are being torn down, religious
signs removed and ancient cemeteries leveled.
Elsewhere in China, Buddhist temples are being turned into shrines
celebrating Xi Jinping, China’s President For Life. His picture adorns the
walls, his recorded voice booms out of the loudspeakers, and it is his
“Thought” — not Buddha’s — that the monks are now required to meditate upon.
Not even the Taoists, China’s ancient folk religion, have
escaped this new Cultural Revolution. Temples that have stood for over 1,000
years have been closed and ancient statues smashed, all on the orders of
“Religious Affairs” officials.
Perhaps some of those who are concerned about protecting cultural
sites in Iran could spare a thought for the daily demolition derby now going on
in China. A demolition derby that is about to get worse, a lot worse.
On Feb. 1, 2020, new restrictions on all
forms of religious activity came into force.
Measures for Religious Groups,” as the 41 new rules are called, deal
with everything from the holding of rites and rituals, to the selection of
leaders and annual meetings, to the hiring of staff and the handling of funds.
All of these must be reported — in advance, no less — to the comrades at the
“Religious Affairs” office for their approval.
DELUDED DICTATORS WANTED TO BE CALLED A GOD IS
In other words, without the permission of the authorities,
you can’t organize a Bible study. And if you do get permission, you’d better
hold it in a Party-approved religious venue, at a Party-approved time, with a
Party-approved leader and using the new Party-approved Bible, which contains
quotations from Confucius and, of course, Xi Jinping.
No Communist directive would be complete without a Catch-22
and the “Control Measures” contain a doozy: “Religious groups must also report
to the appropriate government authorities any and all other matters that should
Translation: We can shut you down at any time for any reason.
The “Control Measures” are part of Xi Jinping’s New Cultural
Revolution, one goal of which is to stamp out all religious groups that the
Communist Party cannot co-opt and control. “A religious group cannot carry out
any activities,” warns the new rules, “without registration with the Civil
Affairs office and the approval of the Religious Affairs office of the people’s
A conservative United Methodist Church leader has stated his support for a
proposal that allows UMC churches to leave the denomination over LGBT issues.
The Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo, member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association
Council, said that while he used to support staying with the UMC to “contend
for the faith once delivered to the saints,” he stated that “I no longer
believe that is possible.”
If approved, the protocol would allocate $25 million for conservative
Methodists to vote to leave the UMC and create their own Church, tentatively
labeled “traditionalist Methodist.”
DiPaolo argued in a column Friday that the UMC is “irretrievably
broken” due to the debate over homosexuality.
“Progressive clergy, churches and conferences stepped up their campaign of
resistance, through defiance of our disciplinary covenant,” he wrote.
“Many bishops have been complicit, either through overt support, or by
failing to exercise any meaningful accountability toward those who break their
He called the proposal for separation “the doorway” to “a
vibrant, renewed and global Wesleyan movement.”
The UMC Book of Discipline currently states that homosexuality is
“incompatible with Christian teaching” and prohibits clergy from blessing or
being involved in same-sex marriages.
Nevertheless, many conservatives within the denomination have talked of
leaving the denomination due to the endless debate and refusal on the part of
liberals to enforce the rules.
While the protocol remains a proposal, the measure has garnered great
attention since many prominent church leaders across the theological spectrum
have expressed support for it.
In addition to the WCA, the theologically liberal UMC advocacy group
Reconciling Ministries Network is also backing the protocol.
“RMN supports efforts for broad reform in The United Methodist Church so
that the Church can begin to repent of its anti-LGBTQ past and present and so
that it can begin a new way of being the Church unpredicated on its
U.S.-centric origins,” stated RMN earlier this month.
“In addition, the Church’s inflexible governance processes and structures
may have proved adequate in an earlier era, but they are insufficient for the
ministry needs of the world today.”
The UMC will hold its next General Conference, where legislative proposals
regarding a possible schism will be entertained, in Minneapolis on May 5-15.
The Pontiff has not yet announced any plans to step down, but a journalist
working with the Vatican has claimed that it could happen as early as next
A centuries-old apocryphal prophecy foretells the end of times after the
last pope. The same text says Pope Francis could be that last one.
The Prophecy of the Popes is a list of 112 popes and antipopes in
succession. It was first published in 1595 by monk Arnold Wion in Lignum
Vitæ, a book on the history of the Benedictine order.
Wion attributed it to Saint Malachy, the 12th-century Irish saint and
Archbishop of Amragh. According to a later account, the manuscript with Malachy
prophecy was stored in the Vatican archives but was forgotten until its
rediscovery in 1590.
The text contains (often metaphoric) mottos/descriptions of pontiffs; the
first description on the list is widely believed to be attached to Pope
Celestine II (1143-1144). If those descriptions are matched one by one with the
list of his successors, Pope Francis would be the last, 112th pope. According
to the prophecy, the last pope is identified as ‘Peter the Roman’.
This is what it says of his papacy: “Peter the Roman, who
will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are
finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge
will judge his people. The End.”
The penultimate pope on the list is described as ‘glory of the olive’.
Proponents of the prophecy view it as a reference to Benedict XVI, Francis’s
predecessor, who chose his papal name after Saint Benedict of Nursia. The
latter was the founder of the Benedictine order, which comprises the Olivetans.
As for Francis himself, there is a far-fetched theory that ‘Peter the Roman’
has a connection with Saint Francis of Assisi, whose father was named Pietro
Is this prophecy to be believed?
There is no historical consensus on the veracity of the text, but several
researchers have pointed to the fact that the verses referring to popes who
reigned up until around 1590 are very accurate (they often refer to papal
heraldry), but the descriptions for the popes that follow are rather vague.
This means the prophecy was likely forged around the time it was published,
which could explain the rapid decline in accuracy.
Malachy’s biographer and contemporary, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, has left
no mention of the prophecy. An Irish priest named O’Brien, who wrote an 1880
monograph on the text, believed that it was based on a 1557 list of popes that
included their heraldry.
O’Brien said: “It is impossible to attribute such absurd
triflings … to any holy source. Those who have written in defence of the
prophecy … have brought forward scarcely an argument in their favour. Their attempts
at explaining the prophecies after 1590 are, I say with all respect, the
Why would Pope Francis want to resign?
Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) took the Catholic Church in 2013,
following the resignation of Benedict XVI, then 86 years of age, due to
declining health. Roman popes typically reign from election until death, with
Benedict becoming the first pontiff to relinquish the office in around 600
Francis, now 83, has not given any word so far on whether he would ever
resign. However, Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, who authored Pope Francis’
biography, claimed in 2015 that Pope could step down as early as next year.
He said in a TV interview: “I don’t think there’s ever been
any doubt that that’s what he’s gonna do (resign in 2020).”
“He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s act as a
prophetic act of great humility and he would have absolutely no problem in
doing the same.”
“What was interesting was that he said to Mexican television [in 2014] that
he believed that he would have a short papacy he thought of about five years.
“But what I’m hearing now from people close to him is that he’s going to
need seven years to achieve his five-year plan and that, of course, would mean
staying on until 2020.”
Pope Francis also faced calls to resign last year in the wake of massive sex
scandals that have rocked the Church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote an open letter claiming that he had informed Pope
Francis about sexual assault allegations against Theodore McCarrick, the former
archbishop of Washington, but the Pope turned a blind eye to them.
“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal
Church,” Vigano wrote, “[Pope Francis] must acknowledge his mistakes and,
in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must
be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up
McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them.”
Several senior figures in the Catholic Church criticised Vigano’s
accusations as unsubstantiated, while Pope Francis maintained that he “knew
nothing” about McCarrick’s crimes. “I don’t remember if [Vigano] told me about
this,” he said. “If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick,
I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?”
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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