Departure from the Truth-page 2

 

                 SIGNIFICANT DATES

           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

 

                                      the apostacy

      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.

                       Daniel 2v31-33,40;7v19-26;11v36-38;12v5-13;

                       2nd Thessalonians 2v1-12;

                       Revelation 11 &12;13v1-10;16v13,14;17v16.

             MORE- link to 'page 1'-'apocalypse'-'the time of the end'

          

                         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

                             link to page 1-'satan'- 'committees'.

               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 -

                         also link to 'the last "Christ-Mass"' & page 1

                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.

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