The Papacy—Past, Present, and Future.
Does God know the future? Has He revealed His plans to us? If He has, then where to can we find them? These are vital questions. Yes, God does know the future of all things. He is Omniscient—all knowing. And His plans for us are recorded in His Word. He declares:
"Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none besides me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else." Isaiah 45:21, 22
"Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed." 1 Samuel 2:3
"Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?" Job 37:16
God has set a "time there for every purpose and for every work." (Acts 15:18; Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17) And because of His great love for us, He has pledged Himself to "do nothing" that vitally concerns our world, but that He first "revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." (John 15:14, 15; Psalm 25:14; Amos 3:7). Beforehand, He holds His servant responsible to record His warnings to the world (Ezekiel 33:1-8). The Bible depicts them as watchmen on the walls of Zion. Men and women who read the signs on God's prophetic time piece, so they can give the time and warning before the hour of crisis arrives (Isaiah 21:11, 12; 2 Peter 1:19; Romans 13:11; Matthew 16:2, 3). When that hour strikes, God has His agencies ready to carry forward the needed message to the world.
Ancient Heralding Messages
- Prior to the destruction of the earth by a world-wide, catastrophic flood, Noah earnestly preached and warned the inhabitants of the earth for on-hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3-13, 22; 2 Peter 2:5).
- And before the destruction of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot was allowed to give his message of warning. (Genesis 19:12-14).
- Before Christ's first advent, the wilderness evangelist, John the Baptist, heralded the Messiah's humble entrance into a sin-sick world. (Luke 1:13-17).
Should not we see in Scripture the same warning for an all important event; Christ's second coming?
In ages past, the earth's inhabitants, as a whole, have never warmly received any of God's warning messages. Jesus declares this to be true of His future prophecies. (Luke 17:26-30). Yet, does this mean that these vital messages are to be neglected? No! They are to go forth even though many will reject them. Recorded below are a few of Christ's introductory messages for us in these last days:
"I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches." Revelation 22:16
"Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." Revelation 22:7
Here, dear reader, Jesus reveals, that the message to be given just before His second coming, is found in His "book"; The Revelation of Jesus Christ. All of this "book" is a message directly from the throne of God from His Son. Imagine that! A specific message is especially revealed for us in chapter 14, verses 6-14. Here is presented before the world, the everlasting gospel, connected with the warning that "the hour of His judgment is come," and a loving appeal for a reformation—a return to the loyal worship of the Creator, combined with a warning against the worship of the "beast and his image," and against taking "his mark." (More on all this later.) What's interesting is that those who actually receive this message are identified by two very important characteristics; one being that they "keep the commandments of God,' and second, that they have "the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:6-13. The very next scene in this amazing prophecy is Jesus coming in a cloud of heavenly angels to reap the ripe harvest of souls who love the Lord with all their hearts—"the harvest is the end of the world." (Revelation 14:14-16 and Matthew 13:39.)
Wouldn't it be important, for those who are supposed to give this last message to a dying world, that they properly know what is meant by "the beast," "his image," and "his mark." So much out there on the Internet, is misinformation, disinformation, and really, borders the absurd. In this section, we will let the Holy Bible be its own interpreter and check it with world history. Brace yourselves! What you may learn for the first time may shock you, but this is not my intent. While you discover, very plainly, what is presented in Revelation 13, consider prayerfully each point and continue to study.
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