Papal Call to Arms

Pope John Paul II threw down the gauntlet in Mexico in the greatest challenge yet to recover his lost sheep. This is but a sample of things to come.
From the March-April 1999 Trumpet Print Edition

Rivaling the 1968 Olympics or the previous World Cup soccer games held in Mexico, the Pope’s farewell ceremony, following a tumultuous five-day visit to that country, was a pop-media extravaganza. Merging giant images on huge video screens with loud musical accompaniment, the release of hundreds of white “doves of peace,” a march-past of national flag bearers from all countries of the continent, the spectacle took on the flavor of a multi-national, pop-religious festival. The Catholic Church has always been expert in melding local culture, religion and tradition with its message as it has sought to globalize Roman Catholicism.

However, not until this Polish pope, Karol Wojtyla, have we seen a Vatican head so effectively exploit the popular media in its high-tech sense.

This first pontiff to ever visit Mexico makes his debut this month with the release of a compact disc merging recordings of his prayers, sermons and chants set to the beat of contemporary music. Titled “Abba Pater,” the disc will contain the pope’s prayers, homilies and religious chants in five languages. This man captivates his global audience by identifying readily with their cultural roots, and now seeks to use the medium of mass entertainment to move vast audiences into the spiritual fold of the Roman church.

The fourth, and possibly final, visit of Pope John Paul II to Mexico far surpassed, in its great finale at Mexico City’s gargantuan Azteca soccer stadium, any of the events which have surrounded his visits all over this planet.

This most traveled pope in history had a timely and powerful message to deliver to the many nations of Latin America represented at his colorful farewell in Mexico. The message was a call to arms! The Vatican is worried at the penetration of its flock by fundamentalist evangelical sects. Karol Wojtyla sought to rally his troops. The million faithful who packed the Mexico City racetrack the previous Sunday heard his rallying cry in an appeal to stem the flow of Catholic adherents bleeding into these evangelical groups. This second-largest Catholic nation in the world heard the Pope challenge them to meet the enemy of evangelicals drawing away the Catholic faithful head on! John Paul cried out to his audiences in Mexico to spurn the seduction of what he termed “untruthful ideologies” and to take to the streets to spread the word of Catholicism and combat the inroads made by evangelical Protestantism.

This was a Pope on the warpath! He looks frail in his stooped appearance. But his iron will is set to accomplish a great jubilee for his church in the year 2000—a year which celebrates 2,000 years of its checkered and often very bloody history. Always careful to choose his words, John Paul’s true intent should not be missed when he stated to the Mexican faithful, “You, as children of the church, must work to ensure that the coming ‘global society’ will not be spiritually indigent [needy]….” In this pope’s mind those words refer specifically to a “global society” desirably under the hegemony of the Roman Catholic faith.

Intriguing to students of current Vatican history was the real reason why Pope John Paul visited the U.S. immediately following his Mexican tour. Hardly reported in the press were the words of Tad Szulc, the Pope’s official biographer. Questioned over National Public Radio as to why the Pope was visiting the U.S., Szulc replied, in no uncertain terms, “To rebuke the President for bombing Iraq and to seek the lifting of sanctions imposed on that country.”

President Clinton was tight-lipped as to what was specifically discussed in his private audience with the Pope, yet he said enough to indicate that the Pope’s words had stung. Questioned in the White House corridors by the press, the President replied that the Pope had been “clear, forceful and sharp” during their private discussions in St. Louis.

Even more intriguing is the fact that the senior Vatican theologian, Cardinal Ratzinger, visited the U.S. between February 9 and 12. Ratzinger heads the Vatican’s office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the old office of the Inquisition. This man’s power is feared by church liberals. Hard on the heels of the Pope speaking out against liberalism in the U.S., the Vatican’s protector of doctrinal purity headed to San Francisco to discuss the subjects of homosexuality, feminism and abortion with senior Catholic officials from the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries from Oceania. Ratzinger has defrocked more than one senior Catholic clergyman for preaching against the declared doctrines of Catholicism.

The Vatican is on a four-pronged campaign in advance of its coming jubilee in the year 2000. This campaign involves a public relations effort to show repentance for its past sins (the Inquisition and moral depravity of numerous popes) and reconcile with the Jews. It is also mounting a considerable global effort to campaign against evangelical Protestantism in addition to arresting and correcting doctrinal dissidence from within.

The Vatican sees itself as having met the first two goals and is now concentrating on stemming the flow of Roman Catholic adherents towards evangelical Protestantism and moving more aggressively to eliminate dissident teaching. The days of the liberal Catholic theologians are numbered!

Watch for the correction of church liberals in the wake of Ratzinger’s visit to the U.S. Watch for the Vatican to campaign against evangelical Protestantism by using the evangelicals’ own tools—pop-hype multi-media rallies and the exploitation of mass media, particularly television.

The Pope has announced the year 2000 not only as a great Catholic jubilee, but also as a great year of evangelizing the world! Big business will be willingly recruited into and exploited in those efforts. Not for nothing did the Pope award media high-flyer Rupert Murdoch a medal of honor for his media exploits!

Remember, the merchants of the world will rejoice at the coming Catholic beast power in Europe and worship before the feet of its ruling spiritual hierarchy (Rev. 18:15, 23). Big business is notoriously amoral. Remember how they changed in mid-stream from backing the home government in South Africa to kowtowing to Nelson Mandela’s ANC/Communist rule!

When it comes to religion, it’s the sound of money that big business worships! The European Union has gone global with the world’s newest international currency in competition with sterling, the dollar and the yen. World business is going global in a mad rush to dominate world markets and limit competition. The Vatican has globalist plans for its business, the spiritual dominance of the minds of the masses. All three great globalist movements will soon come to a confluence in the near-future fulfillment of God’s prophecies in the book of Revelation. “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication” (Rev. 17:3-4).

Students of Bible prophecy recognize this woman as a great fallen church. She is shown as sitting “on many waters,” connoting a globalist reign, and consorting with the merchants of the earth, big business, in Revelation 18:3: “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

The fulfillment of these events is almost upon us. It is but a time and a season away. When it comes, the world will stand in awe. Yet it will last but a short time, this ruling hegemony of European dominance, under a great church, funded largely by the giants of global business. And when it fails, all its major planners will stand aghast at the suddenness and might of its crushing demise.

“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more…. And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!” (Rev. 18:9-11, 16-18).

The fall of this beast power now rising before our eyes will be the forerunner of the greatest era of peace this world has ever known. “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her…. And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God” (Rev. 18:20; 19:1).

Then will come the only ruler who has the power and authority to put down all rebellion, all false religion, all tyrannical rule, all amoral business, to impose, yes impose,peace on a world which will have literally run out of all human options at its disposal for peaceful coexistence. Pray for that day, for God will have the victory then!

But watch, daily; watch as these fantastic events prophesied in your Bible come to a grand smashing climax at the close of this dreadful age of man and the dawning of the true new world order, the order of God’s government of ultimate peace, justice and mercy on all mankind.

You need to keep reading this magazine in order to be apprised of these prophesied events as they are happening! Many write to us and ask, “How do you do it? How come you know the news and publicize it often before it happens, often before the media gets the story?”

The answer is in your Bible. The Spirit that inspires the insight in this magazine that you now hold in your hands is simply revealed in your Bible. “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). That’s what makes the difference. That’s the Spirit which is behind this great Work, preached and published by this magazine. We are simply your early-warning service. Will you heed the warning?