So sorry folks! A Facebook friend just pointed out to me that there has been no THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL and this article is a hoax. However, I encourager you to read the prophecies mentioned and the wonderful article at the bottom by Jerusalem Watchman!
John’s prophecy in Revelation 13 describes a future global ruler as “a beast coming out of the sea” …
“The dragon [Satan] gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It [or He] opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. it was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life,the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” (Revelation 13:2-8, New International Version 2010)
Then John describes “a second beast coming out of the earth” who is also called “the false prophet” (Rev. 19:20) …
“It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs,even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth.It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword [in Hebrew “machaira” meaning “judicial punishment”] and yet lived.
“The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It [or He] also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
“This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.That number is 666.” (Revelation 13:11-18, NIV)
POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS RACISM AND DECLARES THAT “ALL RELIGIONS ARE TRUE” AT HISTORIC THIRD VATICAN COUNCIL
For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world.
The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledge the divine. Through acts of love and charity the atheist acknowledges God as well, and redeems his own soul, becoming an active participant in the redemption of humanity.”
“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God” Pope Francis declared….
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://diversitychronicle.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/pope-francis-condemns-racism-and-declares-that-all-religions-are-true-at-historic-third-vatican-council/
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I do not want to alienate my Catholic tradition believing friends, so I will make no comments on this. I only point out what prophecy says is yet to come. I would, however, like to share a commentary by STAN GOODENOUGH, a South African Gentile Christian, resident in Israel for 25 years. It’s lengthy, but definitely worthy of the time to read it …
Orpah comes to Bethlehem
by The Jerusalem Watchman, Stan Goodenough
March 9, 2014
Ruth and Naomi – Bible readers love this romantic and moving tale. Set in the time of the Judges (around 1100 BC) before the Israelites became a kingdom, it tells of a woman forced by famine, together with her husband and two boys, to leave her hometown of Bethlehem in the land of Judah and settle east across the Jordan in Moab.
There among the Gentiles the boys marry local girls Orpah and Ruth (tradition says they were princess sisters). But tragedy follows hard on Naomi’s heels, leaving her and her daughters-in-law all widows.
Hearing that the famine is over, the mourning Naomi leaves for home. She is all out of options and has nowhere else to go. Orpah and Ruth follow her, but in her bitterness and pain she thrusts them away. “Go home! Things are far worse for me than for you, for the Lord Himself has raised His fist against me.”
Orpah turns her back on Naomi, choosing to remake a new life for herself among her pagan people. But Ruth won’t leave. Clinging to the anguished Israelite, she speaks some of the most beautifully selfless words in the Book (Ruth 1:16-17):
“Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.”
Her love for Naomi is unconditional on how her mother-in-love reacted or behaved. In response to Naomi’s bitterness, Ruth has only compassion. Tenderness and kindness guide her words and determine her actions. This love, and the way she honours Naomi, will eventually bring healing and joy to the older woman and a wonderful, timeless blessing to the girl.
Where do we find these women today?
We see Naomi in the Jewish people. Driven from their land by God’s ‘fist,’ they have lived among the Gentiles for nearly 2000 years, where they have been dogged by persecution, suffering and death. Today the remnant of what would otherwise have been one of the largest nations on earth has returned – and is returning – home. Outwardly they are an enviable nation – reconstituted, thriving, self-sufficient and successful. But within them lies centuries of accumulated pain.
Ruth represents believing Gentiles who have attached themselves eternally to Naomi’s God, to Naomi’s people, and to the land covenanted to them. They see the Jews through eyes of compassion and unconditional love. Also appreciation: everything they hold dearest in life – God, Messiah, the Bible and all it contains – they have received through the people of Israel. They read in the Scriptures that Israel will always have a national purpose in the purposes of God, that national Israel has a hope-filled, glorious future. In fulfillment of the words of Zechariah (8:23) they have taken hold of the Jews and entreated them: “Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you.”
But what about Orpah? Where is that faithless woman and what is she doing today?
Orpah is ungrateful, Orpah is haughty, Orpah is wise in her own opinion, and Orpah is everywhere (Romans 11:19,25). She disdains her relationship to Naomi. If she was ever tempted to feel compassion for her hurting mother-in-law, and history makes this doubtful, that inclination is long gone.
Orpah today are those rejectionist, apostate Gentiles who, while claiming to be Christians, have chosen to sever themselves from the very foundations of that faith – the Jewish roots. They are adherents of so-called Replacement Theology or Secessionism – believing that the Church has fully replaced Israel in God’s redemptive plan for mankind. On top of that, they have turned on the Jewish people who remain the true focus of these purposes of the Lord – the apple of His eye.
For years, the spirit of Orpah has manifested as covert and explicit anti-Semitism through professing Christian leaders, churches, organizations and groups. Count among them the Roman Catholic Church and the 349 Protestant denominations represented in the World Council of Churches, including the often at the forefront Uniting Church in Australia and Presbyterian Church USA.
Orpah has been and remains the misdirected mainstream of Christendom – it has been this way since the early church became majority Gentile.
Orpah represents those who say that they got their faith and their gift of eternal life through the Jewish people, but that those people have now served their purpose and have lost their significance as a nation.
What’s more, they say, it’s their own fault, for they rejected Jesus.
Orpah’s message to the Jewish people is this: “He is ours, now, your Messiah, thank you very much. We don’t need you any longer and, anyway, you gave Him up when you killed Him. We will live among our own nations and hold to our “New Testament” Christianity and have nothing to do with you – except to point our fingers in criticism and judgment, and threaten you with hell and damnation if you refuse to repent and convert.”…
READ THE ENTIRE COMMENTARY @ http://jerusalemwatchman.org/2014/03/orpah-comes-to-bethlehem/
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Jesus gives this warning to those who are alive at the time this all takes place:
“Whoever has ears, let them hear.
“‘If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.’ [Jeremiah 15:2]
“This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.”
(Revelation 13:9-10, NIV 2010)