The Last Countdown

About a year ago, God began to take us through some unique experiences. Apparently His intention was for our experiences to serve as a pattern for what was yet to come, Color Key although we did not know that at first. In this article, I’d like to take you quickly through the highlights of our  2012  pattern-like experiences to show you how they are being visibly fulfilled on the world stage in  2013. What we experienced with God in relative obscurity is now being reenacted before billions of onlookers around the globe.

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 4:21-23)

We had insight into what was going on in the heavenly sanctuary last year through our personal experiences. In a sense, we saw what was going on in Mt. Zion (in the Orion nebula) through faith, just like how Moses saw the heavenly sanctuary while he was atop Mt. Sinai. Then the Lord commanded him to build the tabernacle “according to the pattern” which he had seen. In a similar way, I’ll try to frame the basic structure of last-day events on earth according to the pattern that was shown us.

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. (Hebrews 8:1-5)

The above quote from Hebrews 8 affirms the existence of the sanctuary in heaven where Jesus officiates as our intercessor. This doctrine is unique to the Seventh-day Adventist Church even though it is right there in the scriptures as plain as day. Unfortunately, most Adventists do not even appreciate it sufficiently.

While speaking with a long-time Adventist the other day, I was horrified to hear him say that the Millerites were wrong and that they should have done their homework better so they wouldn’t have had to apologize for the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844 by inventing the sanctuary doctrine. The sour taste of shame and ridicule toward our pioneers that is reflected in that statement is taught by the denomination itself in their schools and in their churches. It’s no wonder that the average member parrots it.

The shame they try to put upon our pioneers is ultimately against God, because God was leading in the Millerite movement.

They had done the will of God in following the guidance of His Spirit and His word; yet they could not understand His purpose in their past experience, nor could they discern the pathway before them, and they were tempted to doubt whether God had indeed been leading them. At this time the words were applicable: “Now the just shall live by faith.” {GC 408}

But does God lead us into disappointment? I’d rather return the question: Who ever said that disappointment was not a part of the Christian experience?

Our pioneers have nothing to be ashamed of. The Millerites were correct in setting the date of October 22, 1844, and their faith through the disappointment that night was rewarded the very next morning (the same Jewish day) when Hiram Edson was permitted a glimpse into the heavenly sanctuary. His vision led to more study. They went forward in God’s light encouraged with new understanding, but those who denied that God had been leading them were left in darkness.

This subject is very applicable to us. We went through our own series of little disappointments and mini-revelations last year. Many who had heard our warnings denied that God was leading us after “nothing happened,” but those who continued to “live by faith” have been blessed with a greater understanding of the activity in the heavenly sanctuary.

God does not invite our minds to comprehend the heavenly sanctuary as a mere curiosity. He wants to teach us something. He wants to teach us how to navigate these last days. When the wicked seem to be in the ascendency, when the righteous are oppressed, where will they turn for help? To their God, who does not live in a house made by man. Solomon prayed:

If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be; What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house: Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;) (1 Kings 8:37-39)

That prayer is a reminder that Jesus is in heaven in Orion desiring to help us in our time of trouble. God affirmed this special prayer, which Solomon offered at the temple dedication. The glory of the Lord filled the temple. It just so happens that the glory of the Lord filled the house exactly half-way between October 27, 4037 BC and October 24, 2016 to the very month recorded in scripture. We know this from the continuous chronology we established in 7 Steps to Eternity, and that little harmony is just one more reminder that God is leading this unique ministry, and that the events of the heavenly sanctuary which I will explore in this article are true.

As the time of trouble looms, let us not hesitate to make our supplications and prayers known to God now. Let us not hesitate to follow the counsel He gives us. Solomon’s whole prayer has great import today. Let us turn our hearts toward the heavenly sanctuary now and see what lessons we can learn to help navigate through present-day events.

In the Heavenly Sanctuary

After our little disappointment on  February 27, 2012, we realized that an important change had taken place in the heavenly sanctuary. The Father, who had served as the Supreme Judge in the great controversy up to that time, had stepped down from the bench and left the court proceedings in the hands of His Son, Jesus Christ. This was a necessary preparation for the Father’s trial. As we explained in Our High Calling, it is God the Father who is ultimately on trial in the great controversy. For obvious reasons, He could not be tried at the same time He was serving as Supreme Judge.

Thou [God the Father] hast put all things in subjection under his [Jesus'] feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him... (Hebrews 2:8)

The movements of the Father were prophesied in symbolic form in Ezekiel 9. We thoroughly explained in our The 1335 Days article how the Father had to symbolically traverse 40 cubits or steps, which translate to 40 days, to go from the Most Holy Place (the judgment room) across the Holy Place to the threshold of the temple.

And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house… (Ezekiel 9:3)

At the same time as the Father’s departure, our little company of believers went the same 40 cubits in the opposite direction by faith from the temple threshold to the Most Holy Place. While the Father was headed out for His trial, we were headed toward the witness stand.

After our second little disappointment on day 40 or  April 6, 2012, we realized that another important event had taken place. Our little group had taken away the mystery of the “daily” in three ways, just like Jesus did, and we had figuratively appeared at the threshold of the Most Holy Place in answer to the call to be witnesses for the Father. Our experiences were intimately connected to the heavenly sanctuary. These happenings are detailed in our 1290 Days article.

We soon realized that our little group had forgotten one very important detail. In all of our concern, we forgot to make a special effort to confess our faults one to another. We were still too dirty to enter the courtroom. Not being ready in time, we called for a second Lord’s Supper according to the pattern of Hezekiah.

For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month. (2 Chronicles 30:2)

After our third little disappointment on  May 6, 2012, we realized once again that a very important event had taken place. The judgment of the living had begun. We had made ourselves clean in the blood of the Lamb and had appeared in the courtroom to take the witness stand for the Father. We were the first witnesses to open the new court proceedings.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)

Our 1260 Days article tells the story of our experience at that time. Friends, we are living in serious times. We have present duties, and “time is of the essence” in more ways than one.

That was a brief summary of the events of early 2012, which took place in the heavenly sanctuary and were reflected in our own experience in our own little earthly sanctuary. It is necessary for God’s people to understand the invisible events in the heavenly sanctuary, just like October 22, 1844, in order to ascertain what their present duty is.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Now I will show you how these events explain what is happening on the world stage right before our very eyes.

An Overview of Last Day EventsFigure 1 – An Overview of Last Day Events

The Father’s Departure

The Christian world received a shock when the news spread about Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign. Such a thing hadn’t happened in over 600 years. The reason for his resignation was that he was losing his strength, but that seemed to be an odd excuse for the immediate successor of Pope John Paul II, who had continued his duties until his death at age 85 in spite of his diminished physical strength. In any case, Benedict XVI’s farewell address on  February 27, 2013  filled St. Peter’s Square with crowds to witness this historic event.

Think about what happened in the heavenly sanctuary exactly one year earlier, to the day. God the Father left His position of Supreme Judge in the Most Holy Place. Now, exactly one year later Pope Benedict XVI, the so-called “Holy Father” left his position of supreme pontiff in the Vatican. Do you begin to see how the counterfeit resembles the genuine?

But there is more to it.

The technically-minded have repeatedly questioned why God pointed to the 27th instead of the pope’s actual resignation date of the 28th. One reason was that the big event that drew the world’s attention was not on the 28th, but on the 27th, as we already noticed. The second and more important reason is that Pope Benedict XVI blessed his people on the 27th. That might not seem very significant at first glance, but when you understand that God also blessed His people on the same day, it begins to make sense.

Seven people walked by faith from  February 27 of 2012  to  February 27 of 2013. They kept the faith of Jesus even though there were no visible events to accompany their experience. They endured a whole year, 365 days, through faith. It was a year of agonizing and heart-searching. They wrestled with God with their faith. At the end of that year, on the morning of the 27th, we realized that we had actually reached the first visible event. We had reached the beginning of the 1335 days until the Lord’s return. We had reached it by faith, and now we saw the first visible confirmation of our studies by a world-wide event of historic proportions.

Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. (Daniel 12:12)

God blessed us that morning by revealing a special little reward to us for “waiting” in faith until “coming” (or touching) the beginning of the 1335 days. The 144,000, who will go through the year of plagues and must similarly endure by faith until the very end, will also receive their special blessing for “waiting” and “coming” to the end of the 1335 days to see Jesus return with their own eyes.

Ponder for a moment what might have happened if we had given up half-way through the year. What if we had given in to the anti-time-setters or the many other accusers that continually reject our message? We wouldn’t be here today, and our entire mission (and yours) would have met failure almost before it started. Those who understand our high calling know what “failure of our mission” really means. It is our love for our God that has enabled us to endure (and even that comes from Him).

Think about the comparison once more. God blessed us on the very same day that the pope blessed his followers. Which blessing would you rather have? Would you like to receive a blessing from God? Or would you prefer the empty blessing of a man who pretends to be God? The choice is simple.

There is one more comparison between counterfeit and genuine to note regarding Benedict’s resignation. In his resignation statement, he said:

“…let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ…”

The so-called “Holy Church” of the pope was not entrusted to the same Jesus Christ that we know from the Bible. Neither was the Jesus Christ referenced by Benedict the same Jesus Christ who God the Father entrusted with the role of Supreme Judge in the heavenly sanctuary one year earlier. The genuine government of God is in heaven. The counterfeit kingdom is here on earth.

The Abomination of Desolation

It’s time to buckle your seatbelts and get ready for a fast and furious (and dangerous) ride. That applies not only to the times ahead, but also to the rest of this article. We have a lot of ground to cover.

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (Daniel 12:11)

Note that the above verse links the 1290 days with both the taking away of the daily and with the setting up of the abomination. We dug a little deeper into the grammar of the verse in the 1290 Days article and found that the two events are distinct and do not occur at the same time. Nevertheless, this verse associates the 1290 days with both events.

We took away the mystery of the daily last year on  April 6, 2012  through our heavenly sanctuary experiences, but the visible abomination hadn’t been set up yet. Now that the visible events have begun to unfold here in  2013, we need to understand what the abomination of desolation actually is in order to recognize its fulfillment.

Let’s start with the words of our Lord and Savior, who stressed the importance of this subject:

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (Matthew 24:14-16)

The prophetic understanding that Jesus shares with us and bids us to understand has a double application. It refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 as well as the end of time.

After speaking of the end of the world, Jesus comes back to Jerusalem, the city then sitting in pride and arrogance, and saying, “I sit a queen, and shall see no sorrow” (see Revelation 18:7). As his prophetic eye rests upon Jerusalem, he sees that as she was given up to destruction, the world will be given up to its doom. The scenes that transpired at the destruction of Jerusalem will be repeated at the great and terrible day of the Lord, but in a more fearful manner.... {3SM 417.1}

Because of the relationship between the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world, we need to take a careful look at what happened during the former event in order to lay the foundation for understanding what is happening today. In particular, we need to identify what the abomination of desolation represented in AD 70. Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible gives a clear answer:

The abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel—This abomination of desolation, St. Luke, (Luke 21:20, Luke 21:21), refers to the Roman army; and this abomination standing in the holy place is the Roman army besieging Jerusalem; this, our Lord says, is what was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, in the ninth and eleventh chapters of his prophecy; and so let every one who reads these prophecies understand them; and in reference to this very event they are understood by the rabbins. The Roman army is called an abomination, for its ensigns and images, which were so to the Jews. Josephus says, (War, b. vi. chap. 6), the Romans brought their ensigns into the temple, and placed them over against the eastern gate, and sacrificed to them there. The Roman army is therefore fitly called the abomination, and the abomination which maketh desolate, as it was to desolate and lay waste Jerusalem; and this army besieging Jerusalem is called by St. Mark, Mark 13:14, standing where it ought not, that is, as in the text here, the holy place; as not only the city, but a considerable compass of ground about it, was deemed holy, and consequently no profane persons should stand on it. (Clarke’s Commentary on Matthew 24:15)

Ellen G. White approves of that understanding in Great Controversy, p. 26, so we can take that as a reliable answer. During the Jewish-Roman conflict from AD 66 to 70, the abomination was the Roman army. In the first siege, the head of that army was Cestius. His presence on the holy ground around Jerusalem was the abomination of desolation that signaled to the Christians that it was time to flee the city (3½ years before its destruction, incidentally).

Clarke informs us of the success of the Christian flight from Jerusalem:

Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains - This counsel was remembered and wisely followed by the Christians afterwards. Eusebius and Epiphanius say, that at this juncture, after Cestius Gallus had raised the siege, and Vespasian was approaching with his army, all who believed in Christ left Jerusalem and fled to Pella, and other places beyond the river Jordan; and so they all marvellously escaped the general shipwreck of their country: not one of them perished. See on Matthew 24:13 (note). (Clarke’s Commentary on Matthew 24:16)

That first siege of Jerusalem was a type for the near-passing of the Sunday law in 1888. The Roman banner, sun worship, or Sunday-worship, was standing in the U.S. Senate in the form of a bill. It had all of the needed votes to be passed until A.T. Jones’ presentation changed the mind of one senator, whose change of vote defeated the bill.

After Cestius raised the siege and the Christians escaped from Jerusalem, the Roman army returned and the city was finally destroyed under the leadership of Titus, the Roman general, who later became Emperor.  The second siege and sacking of the city under Titus serves as a type for our day.

The Roman Army of Today

The Council of Trent from 1545 to 1563 was an important council in the history of Christianity. It was convened to reform the church institution. It condemned the Protestant Reformation and instigated the Counter-Reformation. Wikipedia provides some succinct facts:

New religious orders were a fundamental part of the reforms. Orders such as the Capuchins, Ursulines, Theatines, Discalced Carmelites, the Barnabites, and especially the Jesuits worked in rural parishes, and set examples of Catholic renewal.... The Jesuits were the most effective of the new Catholic orders. An heir to the devotional, observantine, and legalist traditions, the Jesuits organized along military lines. (Wikipedia)

Note that the Jesuits organized along military lines. They even call their leaders “Generals”. Their official name, the Society of Jesus, actually means “Company” of Jesus (in the military sense) in the original language. What we have here is a military organization founded for the express purpose of conquering the enemies of the Roman Church.

Jesuit LogoAnyone worthy of the name “Protestant” should be on high alert at this point. Read the Jesuit oath sometime if you want a gory picture of what these soldiers will do in obedience to their superiors.

The logo of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) is a sun with the letters IHS inside. Here is a succinct interpretation of it:

Canonum De Ius Rex
Canons of Sovereign Law

II. Sovereign
2.7 Iudaean Law Form
Article 82 - Trigram (I.H.S.)

Canon 5989

The Trigram based on the Macedonian-Spartan symbol of the Sun and the three Latin letters “I.H.S.” at its centre is the official standard and motto of the Roman Empire first introduced by Vespasian under the official imperial cult of Iudaeism (Judaism) from 70 CE to 117 CE.

Canon 5990

The Trigram represents not only the official motto of the Roman Cult, but the personification of the official Roman Cult of Iudaeism (Judaism):

(i) The Macedonian and Spartan Symbol of the Sun that was emblazoned on the Royal Shield signifies Sol Invictus or the “unconquerable Sun” – hence the choice of the Macedonian and Spartan symbolism on account of the legendary courage, strength and victories; and

(ii) I.H.S. stands for the Latin phrase Invictus Hoc Signo meaning “By this sign (we are) unconquerable” in reference to the symbol of the sun as well as the three (3) letters themselves.

Canon 5991

The Trigram was also frequently represented in ancient Rome combined with the symbol of “Oculus Omni” or the “All Seeing Eye of Lucifer” at the top.

Canon 5992

The Trigram fell out of favor upon the dissolution of Iudaeism (Judaism) as the official cult of the Roman Empire from 117 CE in favor of Gnosticism as the true origin of the “Stoic” revival and the restoration of the motto “S.P.Q.R.”

Canon 5993

The Trigram was resurrected by the Venetian - Magyar in the 16th Century as the official sign of the Society of Jesus, also known as the “Jesuits” on the feast day of Lucifer being 15th August 1534. Two (2) new elements were also added being:

(i)The three (3) nails symbolizing the suffering of Jesus and the three (3) open vows of “poverty, chastity and absolute obedience”; and

(ii)The dagger cross piercing the “H” symbolizes the Jesuits as a Christian military order as well as the ancient occult symbolism of the “H” as the heart to denote being sworn to absolutely secrecy as the final “hidden fourth vow”.

Canon 5994

The claim that I.H.S. stands for three (3) Egyptian gods “Isis, Horus and Set” is deliberate disinformation spread by agents supporting the status quo and keep people in ignorance.

Canon 5995

The claim that I.H.S. is a common ancient Christogram based on the first three (3) letters of “Jesus” in Greek being ΙΗΣΟΥΣ then “Latinized” to IHSOVS is one of the clumsiest frauds in history, given the deliberately corrupted bi-cameral alphabetic set of modern Greek did not appear until the Jesuits were formed and therefore after their sign was presented.

(Canons of Sovereign Law)

You can see from the above quote that the logo of the Jesuits connects them directly to the ancient Roman army which conquered Jerusalem in AD 70, and that date is even specifically mentioned in connection with the introduction of the symbolism. Their modern-day goal is to conquer the people of God (figurative Jerusalem) with equal success.

The Jesuits have been at work all these years pulling strings behind the scenes to achieve their designs, but the signal of the abomination of desolation is their presence on the holy ground. This happened when for the first time ever, the world witnessed on  March 13, 2013  the election of a Jesuit pope, namely Pope Francis. Do you see what is happening? The new General Titus has appeared on the world stage in the person of Pope Francis. With his army of fellow Jesuits, he stands atop his “Holy Roman Church” surrounding God’s people on every side. The abomination is in place.

The popular media is good about playing down the pope’s Jesuit involvement and smoothing things over to make him appear to be nothing more than a harmless little old man with one lung who couldn’t hurt a flea. But there’s far more going on than meets the eye.

In doing some internet research the day of the election, we happened upon some websites with far from innocent information about the man. Those websites were gone the very next day! There is a decided effort to erase his dark past.

For example, many Argentines are furious that the man who betrayed his own Jesuit brethren to the torture of the military dictatorship is now pope. Like other repugnant parts of his past, recent news is painting over this to make Pope Francis look better than he really is.

The Last Pope in the Bible

John sees a vision of the great whore riding the red beast, and wonders. Then the angel explains the vision.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (Revelation 17:8)

First the angel informs us that the beast existed in the past, had ceased to exist, would ascend out of the bottomless pit, and would finally be destroyed. A beast represents a nation or political power.

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. (Revelation 17:9)

Verse 9 associates the woman with Rome, the city of seven hills. The woman sits on the hills just like she sits on the beast. That means the beast represents specifically the Roman power.

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. (Revelation 17:10)

This verse gives a chronology. To understand it, we must know when it applies. This is easy to determine from the introduction to this vision:

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: (Revelation 17:1)

Let me ask you a question: When is the judgment of the great whore? Is it before 1844, or after?

The great judgment in heaven started on October 22, 1844, so the judgment of the great whore (i.e. this whole scene) must come sometime after that. The beast that the whore rides is the same beast whose deadly wound was healed.

The healing of the deadly wound began on February 11, 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Treaty. That event established Vatican City State. That should be common knowledge among Adventists. (Incidentally, it marks the half-way point in the middle of the judgment of the dead.) From 1798 to 1929, the popes did not have a civil “kingdom” to rule over. Therefore, the kings mentioned in Revelation 17:10 must be kings who reigned after 1929. To understand the chronology of that verse, all we have to do is list the popes who reigned over the newly-formed Vatican state:

1.Pius XI(fallen)
2.Pius XII(fallen)
3.John XXIII(fallen)
4.Paul VI(fallen)
5.John Paul I(fallen)
6.John Paul II(is)
7.Benedict XVI(not yet come, must continue a short space)

John the Revelator is taken in vision to the time of John Paul II, when the pivotal changes began to take place. It was John Paul II that elevated Bergoglio (later Pope Francis) to the cardinalate, and he made many other preparations for the world-domination of Rome. Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was one of his closest associates. He is especially known for his efforts to unite the world in the cause of peace, which is really a disguised plan to unite the world under the Roman dictatorship. From this perspective, the Revelator sees five of the kings having died in the past, one (John Paul II) alive, and one yet to come (Benedict) who would continue only a short while. In comparison to John Paul II, Benedict’s reign of 7 years was indeed short, but it was also shortened on account of his resignation.

Whore of BabylonThe next verse explains Pope Francis:

And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Revelation 17:11)

This verse informs us that the eighth king embodies more than the other seven kings. He represents not only a ruler but also the beast itself. This beast is often interpreted to be the papacy, but that is not quite correct. The papacy represents a religion or church, not a national power, and therefore it cannot be the beast. A church is represented as a woman in the Bible, and the papacy is represented as the whore that rides the beast, and not the beast itself.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit—he represents the military power of Rome as well as the head of the church and state. That is why he (the eighth king) is described as being the beast (the Roman state complete with its presumably unconquerable army) as well as one of the papal kings. His ascension completely fulfills the combined image of the woman riding the Roman beast. This has not been the case since the mortal wound of 1798.

The military strength of Rome has always been represented by iron in the Bible. With a Jesuit pope, we see the iron of Rome showing itself in the toes of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The next verse also ties the toes of the statue with Pope Francis:

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)

The ten horns represent all the kingdoms of the world, just like the ten toes represent all the kingdoms of the world. The heads of state around the globe will receive power with the beast and will give their power to the beast.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14)

In verse 14, the motive finally emerges. The beast, and the nations of the world which will help it, will make war with the people of God. The Jesuits do not normally show their true colors. Instead, they mingle and infiltrate. They instigate conflicts. They fuel both sides of a war. Those are the kinds of methods they use to accomplish their goals.

Peter the Roman

The Prophecy of the Popes seems to be coming true as well. We already saw “the labor of the sun” fulfilled in the work of Pope John Paul II, who labored extensively during his long tenure to prepare the way for the “invincible sun” of Rome to return to full intensity. The “glory of the olive” has come true in the experience of Pope Benedict XVI, who is the “blessed one” among the popes to have directly paved the way for the return of the Roman power through his resignation, while still living to see the fruit of his efforts. Garlands made of olive branches were awarded as a token crown of victory in ancient Greece and Rome. It was Benedict’s resignation that brought Pope Francis to the throne, and you will soon see the significance of this crowning victory.

Even the unusual interjection between “glory of the olive” and “Petrus Romanus” has come true:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit. [Latin: “In perſecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit.”]

As we discovered earlier, the woman (Holy Roman Church) has now fully ascended the throne and “sits” on the beast of Rome in time for the final persecution exactly as the prophecy foretold.

According to the prophecy, the new Pope Francis would be the very last pope. He is referred to as follows:

Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End. (Wikipedia)

We’ve already seen why he is called the Roman. It is because he is a Jesuit. The Jesuit logo with the letters IHS is a reference to the Rome that conquered Jerusalem. As we read earlier, Rome reverted to the letters S.P.Q.R. to identify itself, and those are the same initials that Rome uses today:

SPQR is an initialism from a Latin phrase, Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (“The Senate and People of Rome”, see translation), referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic, and used as an official emblem of the modern day comune (municipality) of Rome. (Wikipedia)

Pope Francis is not only a Roman, but he is also sitting on the throne of Peter. But who is Peter?

Any seasoned Adventist could tell you that the statue of St. Peter in Rome was originally the statue of Jupiter from the Pantheon. The supposed halo over his head is really a sun disk. So, when we talk about the Chair of St. Peter, we are really talking about the throne of Jupiter.

Wikipedia informs us of who Jupiter was to the Romans:

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Jupiter…is the king of the gods… (Wikipedia)

Now it becomes clear why the throne of St. Peter is so important. To the Romans, it represents the throne of the highest god of all. As a Roman, the humble old Francis has actually ascended to the throne above all other thrones!

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14)

The sun disk on Jupiter’s head is the same sun disk in the Jesuit logo. It represents Rome’s claim to be “unconquerable” like the sun.

Now you can see what the prophecy “Peter the Roman” really means:

Peter = the last pope

Roman = Jesuit

Together: The last pope will be a Jesuit

In other words, the prophecy says that in the last tribulation a Jesuit pope will sit on the beast of the Roman Empire

Friends, the devil is serious about this. He does not claim the throne above all other thrones in vain. He expects to win. Do you really understand what is at stake in this war? Are you personally taking your high calling seriously? I urge you to count the cost and take your stand.

The Time of Trouble

The Prophecy of the Popes speaks of the last pope leading his flock through the time of trouble. The time of trouble is a real, visible experience in varying degrees across the whole world. To understand the visible events, we need to look at the heavenly sanctuary.

The judgment of the living, which began on  May 6, 2012, is the new phase of the heavenly court proceedings that we are living under right now. Decisions are being weighed in the balances, and many people’s actions are found wanting. This is no time to be distracted by worldly things, or to take a spiritual nap. It is no time to delay when you hear God’s call.

Two of the three major time periods of Daniel 12 that happened in the heavenly sanctuary last year have found their fulfillment this year as I explained in this article.

The third major event will mark the beginning of the time of trouble. It is the counterpart to the judgment of the living. The beginning of the 1290 days on  March 13, 2013  fixes it 30 days later to  April 13, 2013. The election of Pope Francis has confirmed the beginning of the visible 1290- and 1260-day periods. These are the 1260 days of Roman persecution of God’s people until Rome will finally be destroyed on September 24, 2016.

 April 13, 2013  also happens to be only the second day and the first Sabbath of the  2013  Jewish year according to the biblical calendar explained in the Gethsemane articles, and comes shortly before the beginning of the 2013, 2014, 2015 triplet of years in the Vessel of Time which is the time of the loud cry! Now everything is set up for the desolation which will be caused by the abomination.

I don’t think it is mere coincidence that the beginning of the time of Roman persecution falls during the three-day annual spring business meeting of the world divisions of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Could it be that decisions will be made or events will happen at that meeting that will visibly mark the time of trouble in the eyes of the on-looking world? What rapid events do you think could happen between now and then to set the stage? Furthermore, the venue for the meeting is Battle Creek. That location calls to mind the sobering visions and warnings of Ellen G. White before the disastrous fires of 1902:

Three nights before the Review office burned, I was in an agony that words cannot describe. I could not sleep. I walked the room, praying to God to have mercy upon His people. Then I seemed to be in the Review office, with the men who have the management of the institution. I was trying to speak to them and thus to help them. One of authority arose and said, “You say, The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we; therefore we have authority to do this thing and that thing and the other thing. But the word of God forbids many of the things that you propose to do.” At His first advent, Christ cleansed the temple. Prior to His second advent, He will again cleanse the temple. Why? Because commercial work has been brought in, [the church has become a business] and God has been forgotten. With hurry here and hurry there somewhere else, there was no time to think of heaven. The principles of God’s law were presented, and I heard the question asked, “How much of the law have you obeyed?” Then the word was spoken, “God will cleanse and purify His temple in His displeasure.”

In the visions of the night, I saw a sword of fire hung out over Battle Creek.

Brethren, God is in earnest with us. I want to tell you that if after the warnings given in these burnings, the leaders of our people go right on, just as they have done in the past, exalting themselves, God will take the bodies next. Just as surely as He lives, He will speak to them in language that they cannot fail to understand.

God is watching us to see if we will humble ourselves before Him as little children. I speak these words now that we may come to Him in humility and contrition, and find out what He requires of us. {4MR 367.1–368.2}

The last events are happening rapidly. Tribulation and persecution are one of the ways that God purifies His people. God will cleanse His church. Unfortunately, the counsel above was not heeded by the leadership of the organized church.

The mercy of God was mingled with judgment to spare the lives of the workers, that they might do the work which they had neglected to do, and which it seemed impossible to make them see and understand.—The General Conference Bulletin, April 6, 1903, p. 85.

When those historic fires of judgment destroyed the denomination’s buildings, God’s mercy spared the workers. Those fires were to serve as a warning, that if the leaders of our day do not heed, “God will take the bodies next.”

Brethren, God is in earnest with us. It is my prayer that you will be among those who have come to Him in humility and contrition to find out what He requires of you.

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 33:11)

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