Departure from the Truth-page 2
Before we look more closely at the history of how the
various unscriptural teachings & practices have been
added over the centuries, let us note the main epoch-
al dates fulfilling Biblical prophecies of the course of
AD33- the beginning of the "in-working" of the apostacy
by heretic Jewish and pagan influences to be re-
vealed after 280 gestative day-years.
AD303- the "birth-pangs" of the harlot woman of the
Apocalypse, about to give birth to the "man
child" Constantine, the champion of Catholics.
Persecution by pagan emperors for 10 day-years.
AD312-324- the wars of Constantine against the pagan
emperors, by which the rulership of the Roman
Empire is changed to apostate "Christianity".
AD312- the beginning of prophecies of 1260 day-years of
persecution of "the remnant of (the woman's)
seed" and dissenters by the Catholics.
AD313- the "birth" of the "man child" marked by his
decree of "toleration"of all religions; which was
also marked by the elevation of the Catholics.
AD324-Constantine assumes total control- the beginning
of the 2nd "in-working" of 280 day-years.
AD330-Constantine in this year lays the foundations for
his Eastern capital upon the soil of the Greek
colony Byzantium. He names it Constantinople.
The old 'St. Peters' in Rome erected.
AD529-535-the laws of Justinian giving authority to the
bishop of Rome over his rivals for power.Beginn-
ing of 1st application of prophecy of 1260 day-
years of persecution by the established apostacy.
AD604-610- the laws of Phocas giving supreme ecclesias-
tical power to the bishop of Rome. The final rev-
elation of the "man of sin"after another 280 day-
years. Beginning of 2nd application of prophecy
of 1260day-years of persecution by the apostacy.
AD1572-the massacre of St.Bartholomew when the apos-
tacy murdered thousands of dissenters, and also
struck a medal in celebration - thus fulfilling the
1260 years of persecution which began in AD312.
AD1789-1795- the French Revolution which began to dis-
member, as prophesied, the temporal (political)
power of the apostate "church". This ended the
1st period of 1260 years from AD529-535.
AD1864-1870- the dissolution of the temporal (political)
power of the apostate Roman "church" by the
taking away of her 3 states by the new Italian
kingdom. This ended the 2ndperiod of 1260 years
beginning AD604-610. Having lost the power to
persecute, the Roman bishop proclaims his own
infallibility. The "man of sin" is now termed
"the false prophet"- i.e.one who can only falsely
claim to be a teacher, having no power to enforce
his dogmas on others. The above also fulfilled the
first period of 1335 years.
It likewise pre-figured future judgments.
2nd Thessalonians 2v1-12;
Revelation 11 &12;13v1-10;16v13,14;17v16.
departures from the Truth-
as they occurred in history
note- dates as accurate as possible
AD37- "And certain men which came down from Judea"-
Acts 15 records the first organized resistance to
the purity of the Faith, which has been shown in
its various forms to persist until the present time.
The first error involved the placing of redundant
laws upon the Gospel, which in its practical effect
nullified salvation by faith- link to 'grace'..
The Truth gradually became further corrupted by
the entrance of pagan philosophies, such as:
"immortal souls" origin=Egypt
"the trinity" origin=Babylon
"a fallen-angel devil" origin=Persia
Holy spirit gifts ceased by the early 2nd century AD-
link to 'spirit'-page 1. Corrupt evil men then began
to usurp power to themselves, becoming "lords over
God's heritage" - link to 'foundation'-pages 1 & 2.
Thus began the unscriptural "clergy"/"laity" divide,
which persists to this day, to the ruin of the Truth.
Contrast Matthew 23v8 -
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master,
even Christ; and all ye are brethren".
AD37-324-we reproduce comments taken from 'Eureka',
an incomparable exposition of The Apocalypse, by
John Thomas, which summarise this period..
"The invention of this lie (i.e. the teaching of the Judaizers
in Acts 15) was the beginning of troubles to the body of
Christ. Its inventors found their advantage in propagating
it in defiance of the apostles. They made proselytes to their
tradition both among the elders and private members of the
flock; and wherever they succeeded in establishing their in-
fluence, there, and to the same extent, the authority of the
apostles was set aside. They became the adversaries of these
holy and self-denying men, and are therefore styled in the
Apocalypse "the Satan", and their "church", "the syna-
gogue of the Satan"...But others arose after these, and added
new elements to "the lie". Truth is fixed, but lies never di-
minish in circulating, but always increase. Pious Jews began
the work of corrupting the faith; and pious Gentiles, who
had been subverted, added some of their "philosophy" and
"gnosis", or "science falsely so called", to the original stock,
and in their combination, produced what Paul styles, in
2 Thess. 2:7, musterion tes anomias, THE MYSTERY OF IN-
IQUITY. This, he says, was "already working"; and in its
working through Judaizing and philosophizing teachers,
gave him all the trouble and mortification he laments in the
several epistles". 'Eureka', 1861.
Compare Acts 20v17-38; 1st Corinthians 15v1-17; 2nd Cor-
inthians 11v12-28; Galatians 2-5; 2nd Timothy 2; 2nd Peter
2v1-3; 1st John 4v1-6; Jude - whole epistle - & also please
AD300 prayers for the dead
AD300 making the sign of the cross**
AD320 wax candles
AD325 teaching that Christ is equal to God
AD325 "Easter"- from 'Astarte' (goddess of fertility)^^
AD325 priests to refuse marriage after "ordination"^^
AD337 sun-god birthday now "Christ-mass"- Julius I^^
AD375 image-worship, veneration of angels, "dead saints"^^
AD381 personality of holy spirit, its equality with God
AD385 married priests' celibacy after "ordination"^^
AD394 beginning of daily "mass"
AD5thC sun-god birthday fixed as "Christ-mass"^^
AD431 exaltation of Mary as "mother of God"^^
AD451 final form of "the trinity"
AD500 priests begin to dress differently to "laymen"
AD526 beginning of "extreme unction"
AD529 prohibition of work on sun-god birthday("Christ-mass")^^
AD593 teaching of "purgatory" - Gregory I
AD600 latin used in prayer and worship - Gregory I
AD600 prayers directed to Mary, angels and "dead saints"^^
AD607 universal power to Roman bishop - Boniface III
AD709 kissing the Roman bishop's foot
AD727 Roman bishop called "a God upon earth"
AD750 temporal power of Roman bishop
AD787 veneration of images of Christ, Mary, "dead saints"^^
AD850 "holy water" mixed with salt & blessed by a priest
AD890 worship of "St. Joseph"^^
AD927 beginning of "college of cardinals"
AD965 baptism of bells - John XIII
AD995 "canonization" of "dead saints" as "patron saints" - John XV^^
AD998 fasting on Fridays and during "Lent"^^
AD11thC "mass" proclaimed "a sacrifice", & obligatory
AD1074 pledge of celibacy demanded of trainee-priests^^
AD1090 "the rosary" (= mechanical prayer via beads)
AD1122 concordat of Worms; Roman bishop & emperor
AD1123 nullification of all clerical marriages^^
AD1184 the first "inquisition"-council of Verona##
AD1190 beginning of sale of "indulgences"^^
AD1215 transubstantiation proclaimed - Innocent III
AD1215 auricular confession of sins to priests by "laity"
AD1220 adoration of the wafer ("host")
AD1229 Bible forbidden to "laymen"
AD1237 Spanish "inquisition" begins - Gregory IX##
AD1251 scapula invented by English monk
AD1252 torture for "heresy" - bull of Innocent IV##
AD1311 final decree substituting "sprinkling" for baptism
AD1416 cup at "communion" forbidden to laity
AD1414-1418 concurrent competing Roman bishops>>
AD1439 "purgatory" proclaimed as dogma
AD1439 doctrine of "seven sacraments"
AD1473 sale of "indulgences" extended to the dead^^
AD1508 the "ave Maria"^^
AD1534 Jesuit order founded by Loyola
AD1545 tradition declared as equal to Bible
AD1546 apocryphal books added to Roman Bible
AD1572 massacre of Huguenots
AD1560 Roman "church" creed against "protestants"
AD1748 Mary termed "Queen of heaven and earth" - Benedict XIV^^
AD1854 "immaculate conception" of Mary proclaimed^^
AD1864 "syllabus of errors" condemning freedoms etc.
AD1870 Roman bishop proclaims own infallibility
AD1908 "inquisition" re-named "holy office"
AD1930 public schools denounced by Roman "church"
AD1941-45 Roman bishop does not condemn holocaust
AD1950 "assumption" (bodily ascent) of Mary - Pius XII^^
AD1954 "the feast of Mary's Queenship" instituted - Pius XII^^
AD1962 Rome "welcomes (protestants) as a mother"==
The above is only a selection of the abominations which
have been committed..more details may be obtained from
'Vicars of Christ' by Peter de Rosa, first published 1988.
**this clearly identifies Rome with the apostacy - cp ^^
- link to page 1 re the "mark" and the "number" of the
apostacy - compare Revelation 13v15-18. The symbol
of a cross was associated with sun-god worship - cp ^^
^^a further identification with the Roman apostacy - link
to page 1 re 1st Timothy 4v1-3, Daniel 11v38,39 -
concerning"the gestative period of the harlot"Mar-Dec,
the "knead(ed) cakes"offered to "the queen of heaven"
(Ishtar-Astarte-Mary)* Jer. 7v18;44v15-19-now the "hot
cross buns" of "Easter" with the apostate "mark"cp **
- & the sun-god "tree" has a pagan origin - Jer. 10v1-4.
* known also as 'Ashtoreth'-as in 1st Kings 11v33.Josiah
destroyed all vestiges of this pagan worship, including
the 'groves'(orig. 'asherim') i.e. figurines of the goddess
- see 2nd Kings 23v13,14.There is an application today.
##cp Revelation 13v7,10,15; 17v6; 18v24.
>>termed by Catholic bishops -"an intolerable scandal and
a running sore"- 'pastoral letter' re 1962 Ecum.Council..
similar schisms have happened on many occasions.
== identifies Rome as"the mother of harlots"Revelation17v1-5
cp "The Roman Church is the Mother and Mistress of all
the churches" - 'Council of Trent' 1545-1563 & page 1
Note – we refuse to refer to the Roman bishop by his more
common title, see Matthew 23v9..we also will not allocate
to any mortal the reverence due to God alone, Psalm 111v9.
WE HAVE THE CHOICE AS TO WHICH OF THE TWO
'WOMEN' WE SHALL BELONG – LET US CONSIDER:
will it be "the great whore..having a golden cup in her hand
full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication..drunk-
en with the blood of the saints and the martyrs of Jesus"-
or will it be "a chaste virgin to Christ…..a glorious ecclesia,
not having spot,or wrinkle, or any such thing..holy and with-
out blemish..the wife..of the Lamb (who) hath made herself
ready"? Rev.17v1,4,6; 2nd Cor.11v2; Eph.5v27; Rev.19v7.
- link to 'proverbs' - p.2 where this theme is expanded
TODAY WE HAVE THAT CHOICE.
Tomorrow it may be too late.