Joseph Herrin (04-28-2014)
John Paul II Papal Crucifix Falls
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A recent event occurred that even the mainstream media has noted as being highly unusual in its details. That something symbolic has occurred seems apparent, although the meaning of the event will remain as elusive to worldly men as the dreams of Pharaoh and King Nebuchadnezzar were to the wise men of their kingdoms.
In 1998 artist Enrico Job designed a 30 meter (98 foot) wooden curved cross that held a 6 meter (20 foot) sculpture of the crucified Christ that weighed 600 kilograms (1,320 pounds). The huge crucifix was originally created to mark a visit of then Pope John Paul II to the Lombardy region of Northern Italy in 1998.
The giant crucifix was later taken down and the statue of Christ stored.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer
In 2005 the cross and statue were re-erected in Cevo, Italy, which is also in the Lombardy region. It became a nationally renowned shrine that drew many visitors.
John Paul II Papal Crucifix in Cevo, Italy
With the canonization of Pope John Paul II scheduled yesterday, ceremonies were held at the Pope’s crucifix in Cevo in the run-up to the event. Two days before Pope John Paul II was to be canonized, along with Pope John XXIII who held the office from 1958-1963, a group was gathered around the monument. Photos were being taken when the wooden cross suddenly snapped in two. A 21 year old man named Marco Gusmini was killed, and another person injured. News media has remarked on the oddity of some of the details of this event. Not only did this event occur just two day prior to the canonization of these two former popes, but Marco was attending a ceremony for John Paul II and he lived on a street in the town of Lovere that was named after Pope John XXIII (Via Papa Giovanni XXIII). One Italian newspaper described the event as “a tragedy full of disturbing coincidences.”
Canonization is the process by which the Roman Catholic Church declares a person to be a saint. Among the qualifications to be beatified as a saint, the individual must have some miracle attributed to them. In the case of John XXIII, there was a single report of a woman who claimed to have been healed when she prayed to him, whereas with John Paul II there have been reports from two women who say they were healed when they were praying to the Pope. One of the women is Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican who was only given a month to live after her doctors discovered she had a brain aneurysm. Floribeth began praying to Pope John Paul II in 2011, six years after his death. She claims that the Pope appeared before her and told her that she had been healed and she felt a sense of wellness in her body. Her doctors, as well as doctors from the Vatican, verified that she was healed.
Floribeth Mora with Portrait of Pope John Paul II
Mrs. Mora was invited to attend the canonization ceremonies Sunday in Rome as a guest of honor. There is quite reasonably some skepticism as to whether Mrs. Mora was actually healed of a brain aneurysm. Doctors frequently misdiagnose patients, and outcomes are frequently not what health professionals predict. Myriads of people, religious, or otherwise, have surprised family, friends and medical practitioners by living long and healthy lives after being given only a short time to live by doctors. I am led to ask, if a dubious report of healing is used to argue for the beatification of a Pope, should not the life of a young man struck dead at a memorial for the same Pope be an argument against canonization? Perhaps God is testifying that these Popes are not the miraculous life-givers they are reported to be.
Some may answer back that it was a statue of Christ that killed the young man. I trust that the regular readers of this blog understand that God has never sanctioned the building of monuments, statues, and other objects of worship. This is a Roman Catholic practice, and a form of idolatry. The crucifix designed by Enrico Job, a man who also designed the sets and props for numerous immoral movies, is not to be confused with anything that is holy in Yahweh’s sight. It is actually quite abominable that the Roman Catholic Church perpetually portrays the Son of God in his agony of suffering on the cross, when He has now arisen and ascended to heaven where He has sat down at the right hand of God the Father.
Enrico Job was perpetuating a deception when he created a sculpture that revealed Christ on the cross looking down from the heavens upon humanity. This error is as old as Constantine who declared to have seen an image of the cross in heaven and to have heard the words “In this sign conquer.” When man truly catches a glimpse of the ascended Christ in the heavens, they will not see Him on the cross, nor perpetually suffering. The apostle Paul testified:
If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
But [Christ], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.
When questioned by the Jewish leaders just prior to His crucifixion, Yahshua stated,
"From now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God."
Of Stephen, the first martyr, we read the following just before he was stoned to death.
But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Yahshua standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
Brothers and sisters, Christ is no longer on the cross. He does not continue to suffer the agonies of sin and death on behalf of mankind. He offered Himself up, once for all, the just for the unjust. He bled and died and was buried. Three days later He rose again. He has now ascended and received glory, honor, power and authority from His Father. Satan has done a deep work of deception by leading the Roman Catholic Church, as well as a great many Protestants, to embrace the crucifix as the image of Christ they always keep before their minds. Christ is not dead. He is living. He is not suffering the agonies of the cross. They are behind Him. As the apostle Paul testified in another place:
Fixing our eyes on Yahshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
When the Pope’s walk around with a staff in their hand topped with an image of Christ on the cross, they are declaring the death of Christ. In this I perceive the deceit of Satan who would boast that he put the Son of God to death.
Pope John Paul II with Crozier
Is it not revelatory of the Roman Catholic view of Christ that they will pray to Mary and to many saints, but they do not pray to Christ? Christ is either depicted as a baby in Mary’s arms, or dead or dying on a cross. The Roman Church avoids images of the resurrected, ascended, glorified Son of God who has triumphed over Satan and death. It is an indictment that Catholics will pray to past Popes for healing, but they will not pray to the Son of God. (Christ said that after He ascended that man would not need any intermediary, but would pray directly to God the Father. John 16:26-27 Paul also affirmed that we can come boldly to God’s throne of grace.)
On Sunday an estimated million people showed up in Rome to witness the canonization of two men whom the present Pope Francis, a Jesuit deceiver, has said can now be prayed to as saints.
There was an inscription at the base of the papal crucifix that collapsed and killed Marco Gusmini. It read “Stat Crux Dum Vulvitur Orbis.” This Latin expression, adopted as the motto for the Carthusian Order of hermits and monks, has been translated into English in various ways.
The Cross Stands While the World Turns.
The Cross Stands While the World Changes.
The Cross is Steady While the World is Changing.
Whatever the specific translation, the inscription proved to be a lie. The cross designed by Enrico Job to honor Pope John Paul II is neither steady nor standing. It has collapsed into a pile of rubble, and it killed and injured those who were gathered in veneration of the man it was dedicated to.
This idol of the Roman Catholic Church has been cast down. The massive beam snapped like a dry twig.
We live in an hour when many Protestant churches are returning to the whore of Babylon. They are being allured by images of pomp, and power while being deceived by a message of tolerance, and love that is divorced from truth. They are embracing idols and idolatry, while imbibing doctrines of demons. There is nothing in Roman Catholicism that vaguely resembles the gospel of Christ and His apostles, or the spiritual life of the original church. All has become corrupted, polluted, and defiled. Roman Catholicism is a cult that remembers a dead savior while encouraging veneration, devotion, and prayer to the Queen of Heaven. It has substituted the word of Pope’s and prelates for the voice of God revealed by the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
A sister in Christ (thank you Lucy) wrote to me to remark about the similarity between this event and the Biblical account recorded in I Samuel chapter 5. That was another time when there was a mixing of the holy and the profane, and Yahweh brought judgment. The Philistines had defeated Israel in battle and had taken the Ark of the Covenant. They placed it into the temple of Dagon, the part man/part fish god that they worshiped. In this passage we read:
I Samuel 5:2-5
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of Yahweh. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon's house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
In the images of the fallen crucifix, you will observe that the hands, the feet, and the head are all broken off of this idol. Yahweh has cast the image of the Roman Catholic god to the ground. People of God, do not be deceived. It is not Yahshua, the resurrected, ascended, glorified Son of God that the Catholics worship. They worship an abomination. Through the practice of syncretism they have merged the holy and the profane. They have mixed truth with deception and falsehood. If you are not familiar with the extraordinary manner in which Roman Catholicism has introduced pagan belief, practices, and symbols into the worship of Christ, I encourage you to read the series titled Syncretism.
In that writing I wrote somewhat on the merging of the worship of Dagon, the fish God of the Philistines, into the religion of Rome. Following is an excerpt.
It is not hard to understand that numerous other corruptions were arrived at through the Catholic practice of syncretism. The fish symbol had long been employed in pagan religions. It was a symbol of Venus as well as Bacchus. In The Two Babylons, Alexander Hyslop writes, "Icthus, or the Fish, was one of the names of Bacchus." Bacchus was another name for Tammuz, the Sun-deity.
The worship of the fish deity is found in Scripture as we read of Dagon, the fish god of the Philistines.
The priests of Dagon wore fish shaped hats.
It is from this that the Catholics obtained the Mitre. Note that this priest of Dagon is sprinkling water, just like the Catholics do in their rituals.
Catholic Adoption of the Mitre of Dagon
Pope Benedict XVI with fish god Mitre on his head.
Bust of Pope John Paul II
Did you ever stop to question where the Catholic Church gets all of its costumes and symbols? The Catholics say they trace the lineage of the Popes back to Peter. Did you ever read of Peter dressing up in such garb? I tell you the answer is NO! Peter would not have dressed in the clothes of a pagan priest in order to declare the gospel of Christ.
These things are abominations. God clearly told His people to not form images to represent Him.
So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day Yahweh spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth.
Regarding the introduction of the Ichthus symbol in Christianity, Alexander Hyslop writes:
About the very time that the Bishop of Rome was invested with the pagan title of Pontifex, the Savior began to be called Ichthys, or “the Fish,” thereby identifying Him with Dagon, or the fish-god; and that, ever since, advancing step by step, as circumstances would permit, what has gone under the name of the worship of Christ, has just been the worship of that same Babylonian divinity, with all its rites and pomp and ceremonies, precisely as in ancient Babylon.
[Source: The Two Babylons, page 370]
Is it not remarkable that the Catholic church eats fish every Friday? Where did this custom come from? It is not hard to discover. The Romans worshiped Aphrodite Salacia. As we observed already, Freya was the Scandinavian equivalent of Aphrodite. Aphrodite Salacia was a fertility goddess. The worshipers of Aphrodite ate fish on Fridays and engaged in orgies. Fish is considered an “aphrodisiac.” Also from the name of Aphrodite Salacia we get the word “salacious,” which is defined as “intended to arouse people sexually.”
The Catholics, with their practice of syncretism, have simply absorbed all of the practices of pagan religions. They often seek to give the pagan practices some “Christian” justification, but God is appalled at the mixing of the holy and the profane together. His Spirit cries out, “Come out of her My people, lest you participate in her sins and partake of her plagues.”
People of God, I ask you whether there is not some connection to the papal crucifix of John Paul II falling at a time when a memorial was being held in the run-up to his canonization as a saint, an endorsement by the present Pope and all the church of Rome to pray to this man as if he had the power to grant miracles? Is it only random coincidence that this statue fell on a young man who lived on a street named for the second Pope being canonized along with John Paul II; that the hands, feet, and head were broken off of the idol even as occurred with the idol of Dagon; that both Pope’s wore the mitre that was borrowed from the worship of Dagon.
Pope John XXIII Wearing Mitre
No matter how much Catholics may protest, there is nothing vaguely reminiscent of true Christianity in the image above. What you see is an image of an abomination. It is deception masquerading as truth. It is pagan idolatry calling itself Christianity.
In this hour we are seeing the daughters of the harlot of Babylon returning to that which they once protested. In 2010, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and head of the Church of England, gave a message where he stated the following.
Stat crux dum volvitur orbis: 'The cross stands while the world turns' - The motto of the Carthusian Order, familiar to many people in this Chapel this evening, and a phrase which has many levels of meaning, many levels which, as we reflect on the meanings of martyrdom, we may begin to penetrate more deeply.
The cross stands while the world turns. So long as the world turns the cross is there. In the words of Pascal "Jesus will be in agony until the end of the world, we must not sleep during that time." As long as the world is here, there is suffering, there is injustice, there is butchery... And faced with that awareness that Jesus will be in agony until the end of the world, it is a very strong spirit that is not at some level alarmed, even cowed.
Rowan Williams has been described as an Anglican/Catholic. He attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II, being the first Anglican Prelate to do so since Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church. Williams also attended the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI. Recently we have seen Pope Francis send an emissary with a personal message to Kenneth Copeland and hundreds of evangelical ministers gathered for a conference. Not surprisingly, the message was sent by the hands of a man who is an Anglican Priest. The Anglicans are being used to bridge the divide between Protestant and Catholic. Tony Palmer, the Anglican minister who presented the Pope’s message to the ministers at Kenneth Copeland’s conference, assured them that there was no longer anything to protest. Catholic doctrine and theology was declared to be perfectly compatible with Protestant doctrine. He further asserted that the church should set its focus on loving people, and accepting one another, rather than on divisive things (like truth and doctrinal beliefs).
As I have shared before, love without truth is apostasy. It is apostasy that Satan is seeking to draw all of the people of God into in this late hour. Many, even the majority, will fall for this deception. The time is late, and we need to heed the warning of the apostle Paul who stated:
II Thessalonians 2:1-3
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Yahshua Christ, and our gathering together to Him, that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first.
(Apostasy is defined as a great falling away from truth: Literally, “a divorcement from truth.”)
Are you imbibing the lies of the adversary? Are you beginning to look upon Rome as a friend of Christ, and a champion of Christianity? Do not be deceived! Heed the warning of God as recorded by the apostle John in the book of Revelation. Having been shown the Great Harlot, Mystery Babylon, John wrote:
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.' For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong.
Pope John Paul II presided over the Roman Catholic Church during a time when it was revealed that there was a worldwide and pervasive pattern of Roman Catholic priests corrupting and sexually abusing children, frequently engaging in homosexual acts with minors. The Pope’s actions reveal that the church was more interested in covering up the debacle than in repenting and reforming its ranks. With the inauguration of Pope Francis, there has been an announcement of a shift away from issues that divide. Pope Francis has indicated that his focus will not be to decry the evil of abortion or homosexuality. He has said that he cannot judge priests that are homosexual.
People of God, we live in an hour when deception is increasing. If you are not pressing in to a deeper abiding in Christ; if you are not surrendering your life to obedience to Him on a daily basis, you are in great danger of being swept away by the tidal wave of confusion, lies, and error that is being poured forth from the mouth of the dragon. Do not be deceived!
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