It is no other than the Speaker of the House of the United States himself, Rep. John Boehner, who extended the invitation to Pope Francis to attend the Joint Meeting and address the lawmakers of the United States of America.
This is the very first time to happen in the history of the United States of America.
Why Is This Significant?
The roles of the Papacy and the United States in the last days were prophesied in the chapters of Daniel 7 and 8, and Revelation 12-13.
Here is a short study of the Papacy fulfilling the role of the Little Horn in Bible prophecy.
The Papacy was the oppressing power against the saints of God and His truths for 1,260 years (Daniel 7:8, 7:20-25, 8:9-12). It started in 538 AD after the Little Horn successfully “plucked out” three kingdoms among the ten divided kingdoms (Daniel 7:24). At the end of its 1,260 years of supremacy it experienced a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3). But the deadly wound was healed and it became more stronger so that the whole world is now following and marveling after the Papacy. The Papacy cannot be destroyed by any human efforts. Only God can finish his reign when the kingdom of God is establish by Jesus Himself (Daniel 8:25, 7:26). This means that the role and works of the Little Horn or the Papacy will stay until the end of this world.
Looking at the activities and characteristics of the “beast from the sea” (Revelation 13) and the “little horn” (Daniel 7-8), we can conclude that “the beast from the sea where on one of its horn received deadly wound” and the “little horn” pertain to the same entity: the Papacy.
America, back then, was the place of refuge for those who were persecuted during the papal supremacy as prophesied in Revelation 12:6. Revelation 12:6 called the place as “wilderness”–meaning uninhabited place. That great country was considered then a “Protestant America”. But it will not stay as a “protestant” forever. In Revelation 13, a “lamb-dragon beast” will “rise from the earth”. The “earth” is opposite to where the little horn arose which is from “the sea”. The “sea” is considered as “multitudes, tongues, nations”–meaning inhabited place. Thus, the “earth” is again the “wilderness”. This Lamb-Dragon beast is no other than the United States of America. This is only a few of the reasons why USA perfectly fits the Lamb-Dragon beast.
What Will The USA Do?
“It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.” Revelation 13:12
The United States of America will cause the earth to agree with the policies and stands of the “Babylon”, and ultimately worship the Little Horn.
“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had the power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Revelation 13:14
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15
The Lamb-Dragon beast will cause the earth to make an “image to the beast from the sea”. The Lamb-Dragon beast will give life to this “image of the beast”. This “image of the beast from the sea” is no other than the Apostate Protestantism (Revelation 13:14-15). Apostate Protestantism is now calling everyone to rally with the Pope for the unity of the Christendom.
What Is The Ultimate Goal?
Revelation 13:15 “…that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Revelation 13:16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”
Revelation 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
We can clearly see from God’s prophetic words that these powers (USA and Apostate Protestantism) are helping the Papacy to impose the Papacy’s authority (or mark) to all nations. That those who will not receive the mark will be persecuted particularly through monetary means.
We have already seen how this financial persecution works. If there is a country (African countries for example) who will not join the caravan of putting the man-instituted marriage into a law that country will get less financial support or no monetary support at all. (There are violations of human rights for homosexuals in countries in Africa and that should be addressed as well. Everyone should be treated fairly and responsibly. But that is not the topic of this post.) What we are saying is this: looking at the top view of this issue, we can see a man-made law which goes against God’s law, and enforcing it to nations, and those who will not follow will suffer consequences. That is the pattern. In the very near future, there will be another law to be imposed to all nations. A law that is instituted by the Little Horn, backed-up, cherished, and preached by Apostate Protestantism, and will be promoted by the USA.
Last February 25, 2014 we reported a very significant event in Bible prophecy where Pope Francis asked church leaders from Protestant Evangelicals to join him in uniting the whole Christianity under the Pope’s leadership once again–and the response is highly favorable to the Little Horn. These ecumenical movements and its efforts have been working for years now and are gaining support from various Christian leaders.
Problem With Their ‘Chrisunity’
The problem with this “Chrisunity” is that it undermines and continue to trample God’s foundational truths. The doctrines of men (such as the disregarding of God’s Ten Commandments, Theistic Evolution, Sunday-keeping instead of God’s holy Sabbath day, Immortality of the Soul, Man-instituted Marriage, Worship of Graven Images, etc.) are still cherished and propagated instead of the doctrines of God. The children of God should be faithful to the voice of their Shepherd. They should not listen to the ‘other shepherds’ who adulterated the pure and holy doctrines of God (Daniel 8:12).
Worship is a matter of obedience. Whose voice are we going to follow? This false revival leads the followers to worship the Image of the Beast, the Little Horn, and the Dragon instead of the true God. Many will be deceived since the banners of these earthly powers are issues favoring the welfare of humanity: family, equality, helping poor nations, etc. Millions will follow them. After all they are doing ‘good deeds’. Yes, the religious leaders and their followers will use Jesus and God’s name in their activities. The Bible predicted that as well:
Matthew 7:22-23 “When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’ Then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!'”. GNB
That’s strange! They were preaching God’s words and doing good deeds and yet Jesus called them ‘wicked people’. Why? Other translation of Matthew 7:23 says like this:
“And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'” ESV
Lawlessness means “without the law”. But for sure these earthly powers are good followers of laws. They even enact laws. But are the laws they are making and following do not violate God’s laws? Think for example their law on man-instituted marriage–same-sex marriage.
And now the Speaker of the House of the USA is inviting the Pope to address the lawmakers of the Lamb-Dragon beast. Why lawmakers? Because USA will be ‘requested’ to make laws again–laws that will hasten the authority of the Little Horn.
We can only speculate on the details of what will happen next with regards to this invitation to the Pope. But God already foretold us the significant events that will take place. Indeed, Bible prophecies are fulfilling. It is happening in our midst.
Here is what Ellen White wrote more than a hundred year ago with regards to this prophetic event:
“By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.”
EGW, Testimonies for the Church Vol. 5 page 451
Again, nothing personal here. The battle between good and evil forces in the last days is not against personalities.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“These Words Are Faithful And True”
The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One who sits on the throne told John the Revelator to “Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5). If we believe God and ask favors from Him everyday, would it be fair to Him to read His “love letters” to us especially in these last days? The best time to study God’s prophetic words is now!
Acts 17:11 “These were more noble… in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Hebrews 3:15 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”
John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.”
Focus On Jesus
Indeed, these fulfillment of Bible prophecies give us assurance that God’s Word can be trusted. But our main focus is not with the ‘other shepherds’ and the earthly powers, but to our coming Savior and King!
Daniel 7:9 “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.”
Revelation 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to continue to inspire us to work with Him in transforming our characters fitted to be eternal resident of the new heavens and new earth. Amen!
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