Friday, April 23, 2010
Is the World about to End? - Part 6 Saturday 24th April, 2010 St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, M
Is the World about to End? - Part 6
Are we living through the Apocalypse? by Brother Peter Dimond of the Most Holy Family Monastery.
A continuation of the series transcriptions from the video of the Apocalypse by Bro. Peter Dimond
Bro. Peter Dimond,
"And then it goes on in Apocalypse 13:11, to talk about another beast, coming up out of the earth, and it says that this beast has two horns, like a lamb, and it spoke like a dragon.
By reference to the two horns like a lamb, most commentators understand the second beast, to represent a false religious leader, a false Christian teacher, because of the reference to "like a lamb."
And what's interesting about this, is that it says that this beast executed all the power of the former beast in his presence, or in his sight.
Well, Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, was the Prefect for the Congregation of the Dotrine of the Faith - He was John Paul II's main man for almost his entire reign. He executed all of the power under him, and it says that this second beast, "caused the earth and them that dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whose wound to death was healed." Apocalypse 13:10.
Benedict XVI, wants to "canonize" John Paul II, that's what they are moving toward - John Paul II, who committed almost every abomination one could commit - first antipope to go to a synagogue; first antipope to go to a mosque; created new martyrs; taught that man is Christ; brought in pagan Assissi gatherings - all these were revolutionary things; broke down every barrier of Catholic teaching, or tried to - who couldn't have been more evil !
Benedict XVI wants to "canonize" him!
And, what's so fascinating, is that the word here in Greek, in Apocalypse 13:12, which is sometimes translated "worship" or "adore" as in the "second beast causes people to worship or adore the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed" - that word in Greek, is "proskuneo."
That word does not necessarily mean "worship" as a God. It can mean to show homage or to bow to in reverence.
In fact, it's the exact same word used by the Second Council of Nicea (787 A.D.), the seventh ecumenical council of the Catholic Church. The word they used in Greek to talk about the veneration of Saints, was "proskuneo," the exact same word.
That is very interesting and important because it's telling us that this worship, which the second beast causes people to offer to the first beast, "whose deadly wound was healed," involves the veneration of Saints, and in fact, even in old English books, you will see the veneration of Saints described as the worship of saints, even though, typically in modern English, we understand by worship, worship as a God.
It doesn't always necessarily mean worship of God in terms of "latria" or true adoration, which is reserved for God, alone.
The veneration of Saints - which is not worship as a God - has been historically described as a "kind of worship, and so, the same word that is used to describe the veneration of Saints, is used to describe what the second beast is causing people to give to the first beast.
If Benedict XVI "canonizes" John Paul II, he will have fulfilled this precisely - he will will be causing people to worship him, in the sense that this word was used by the seventh ecumenical council of the Catholic Church in 787 A.D. for the worship or veneration of saints.
And, it's said that the second beast did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men." Apocalypse 13:13.
Well, here's the picture, during the reign of antipope Benedict XVI, two years after the death of John Paul II, to the day!
People saw John Paul II's figure appear in fire, and this was all over the news - a miraculous image, they thought, which confirmed that he was influencing things from "heaven" - this occurrd in Poland,and it caused a great stir.
So, this fits exactly what is said here, and it said , " he seduced them that dwell on the earth, for the signs which were given him to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make the image of the beast, which had the wound by the sword and lived." Apocalypse 13:14.
So we read, that "the beast that had the wound by the sword and lived," but in Apocalypse 13:3, we read that one of the heads of the beast, who is also a king over the seven hilled city, had the wound by the sword and lived.
So we see that the head of the beast, the king is identified as the beast, because, as we explained earlier, the head or king belongs to the beast.
And so, that which is said of him, is said of the beast.
And so, the beast refers to the EU, the empire and also the emperor reigning, when the beast is in existence, king six and seven.
And that's true of the Roman Empire as well, because the Roman Empire was the beast that Daniel saw and prophesized.
But, the Roman Emperors also demanded divine honors - people had to set up an image or a statue for the emperor, and worship it and incense it.
What we see happening here, is the reincarnation of the pagan Roman Empire and the worship of the pagan emperor figure.
So we can see the beast, which was, and is not, returning into a new pagan empire, causing people to worship the pagan emperor who led the people into paganism, the acceptance of false religions.
And this is much more precise than most people imagined, because John Paul II, claimed to be Jesus Christ. We proved that in our DVD, "John Paul II preached the Gospel of the Antichrist" - he defined Christianity as the amazement of man; he said that man is the Christ of Matthew 16 - and on and on!
So when people offer worship to him, if Benedict XVI "canonizes" him, they will be worshiping a pagan emperor figure who claimed to be Jesus Christ.
For example, in around 80 A.D. the Emperor Domitian, claimed to be "Dominus et Deus" - Lord and God - and caused people to worship his image.
And so, we can see the beast that was, and is not, coming back in a different kind of form.
Additionally, just as the pagan Roman Empire caused people to worship devils or false gods, not only the emperor figure, but also various false gods they worshipped - the new pagan Roman Empire causes people to do that as well, by having them accept false ecumenism, and therefore the worship of false gods, putting them on the same level with the true faith.
It says, " he seduced them that dwell on the earth, for the signs that were given him to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on earth, that they should make an image of the beast, which had the wound by the sword and lived." Apocalypse 13:14.
So it's saying that the way the second beast gets people to make an image of the first beast, is by the signs which are done in the sight of the first beast - and we see all these reports of so - called "miracles attributed to John Paul II, and these occur during the reign of antipope Benedict XVI, the second beast.
And it's worth noting, that Poland is part of the EU, so that when this "miraculous" sighting of John Paul II in fire occurred, it was in the sight of the beast.
So the second beast could have been performing this false miracle in the sight of the empire, in the sight of Poland, which is part of the beast, because as we discussed, the beast is sometimes described, by St. John, as the empire coming out of the sea, and sometimes as the head which belongs to the empire coming out of the sea.
And that point is important to remember, especially when considering certain verses, such as the one I did not get to in the last part - for example Apocalypse 13:4 - where in the midst of discussing the beast out of the sea and the head of the beast, the king,who was wounded - it says, "they were saying: who is like the beast? And who shall be able to fight with him?
Well, does that refer to the head of the beast who was wounded, or does it refer to the empire?
It could refer to either one, because both are truly said of the beast. But I believe that this particular statement they were saying, "who is like the beast? Who shall be able to fight with him?" - refers to the empire, the EU.
The member states can't really argue with it, they can't really disagree with it, only to a point. Ultimately, no one can fight with it.
And so, I believe that fits exactly with the empire - and so it can say things truly about the beast, whether it's the empire doing it, or the head who belongs to the empire, the head of the beast doing it.
An analogy might be, if you imagine this beast ploughing through a field, and it's knocking things down with its torso, and it's knocking things over with its head, and someone is describing what it's doing - well, he could be saying, "the beast knocked down this tree and it destroyed this barn."
Even though the beast might be doing one thing with his head and another thing with another part of his body, someone who is describing that could say, "the beast is doing all of this, truly, whether it's the head of the beast doing it , or whether he's striking it with his arm or whatever ."