THE CHILLING SIGNIFICANCE OF
POPE JOHN PAUL'S RECENT ADDRESS

 

"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 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," (Revelation 18:8-9)

 

"Pope Says We May Descend From Monkeys"

The Catholic population of Italy stared in unbelief at the bold headline appearing On the front page of their conservative newspaper Ii Giornale. Another member of the Italian press, La Repubblica, said the pope has "made peace with Darwin." At the same time, Americans were reading an October 24, 1996 Reuters News release datelined Vatican City. Under the title. "Pope Accepts Theory of Evolution," the article stated:

"Pope John Paul has lent his support to the theory of evolution, proclaiming it compatible with Christian faith in a step welcomed by scientists but likely to raise howls from the religious right. The Pope's recognition came in a written message he sent... to a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.... It broke new ground by acknowledging that the theory of the physical evolution of man and other species through natural selection and hereditary adaptation appeared to be valid...."

The news has left the diminishing ranks of Roman Catholic faithful throughout the world dismayed, appalled and dazed. Nevertheless, their reaction has come swiftly. Already horrified and aghast at radical changes following the 1963-65 Vatican II Council, Pope John Paul's remaining sheep are showing signs of open revolt.

The Remnant is a National Catholic publication in St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1967 to strengthen the position of conservative Catholics, the paper appears bi-weekly. Its editor, Michael Matt, wrote the following in the October 31, 1996 issue:

Who among us does not feel the knotting, sinking feeling of apprehension each time he unfolds his daily newspaper? Whether it he a story telling how our political leaders have sanctioned the newest and most grotesque abortion technique, or one gloating over the fact that the Pope is now bowing to madmen like Darwin, the news wires never cease to Operate an assembly line of depression, sewage, and despair into our living rooms and across our breakfast tables. The world is becoming a depressing arena, and our dearly beloved catholic Church begins to resemble the clown who entertains the crowd by irrationally and playfully sparring with the bull of Modernism, rather than ever trying to strike the mortal blow.

WHY THE CONTROVERSY?

A storm is whirling about the topic of how mankind began. Did God create literally according to Genesis, the first book in the Bible and as later confirmed by Christ in the New Testament? Strongly opposed to this is the theory of evolution. It claims that man, animals, plant life, creatures of the sea and all to be seen throughout the universe was not the work of God. Originally propounded by Lamarck in 1809, the theory was spelled out in 1859 by Darwin's book. Origin of the Species.

Evolution became the pillar of atheism - there is no God. Both are primary features ot International Socialism or Communism, the gospel of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Their followers held rigidly to evolution and atheism during the past and present centuries. Equally so today, the former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Cuba's Fidel Castro and countless other proponents of today's emerging New World Order, are atheists and hold to evolution.

Fifty years ago saw Pope Pius XII engaged in mortal combat with Communism and its evolution and atheism. On July 28, 1949, the Holy Office of the Church listed groups of Catholics who would be excommunicated. Among them would be members of the Communist Party. Anyone making propaganda for its candidates, those who wrote for the Communist Press and specifically, "Whosoever confesses the materialistic and anti Christian teaching of atheist Communism."

Then came August 12. 1950 and the Popes encyclical Humani Generis. It was written to warn of the encroaching theory of evolution and its presentation of the Bible's Genesis account of mans biological beginning to be "on a par with myths or other such things, which are the product of an extravagant imagination..."

THE WEIRD HASTE FOR RECONCILIATION

But suddenly on October 23, 1996, Pope John Paul launched an attempt to reconcile his Church with the evolution of atheism. As expressed by the Catholic publication, The Remnant, the attempt "seems to concern Pope John Paul even more than the worldwide loss of faith and the auto-destruction of the Catholic Church."

The strange conduct of the Pope becomes even more pronounced with his false claim of "new knowledge." This time, the Catholic Remnant of October 31. 1996 actually points the rod of accusation at John Paul. It states:

"What new knowledge is he speaking of? Since the time of Pius XII, the theory of evolution has been discredited more times than it has been supported by legitimate scientists. There is no new knowledge - let alone any real proof - to suggest that man did, in fact, evolve from a monkey. This statement of John Paul's is, we are saddened and distressed to say, nothing short of a dangerous misinterpretation and extrapolation of the sentiments expressed in Humani Generis. It is also a bow to Teihardian theology and it represents a very serious setback for the creationists, who, by the way, have amassed more proof in support of Creationism than ever has been gathered in support of the theory of evolution.

"As to Pope John Paul's reference to 'new scientific knowledge, ' we hasten to add that there is no teal scientific knowledge of proof involved with the theory of Evolution. It is a collection of imaginative rantings, initially supported by atheists, who refused to accept that God had created the universe and everything in it.

THE PREMONITION OF APPROACHING DOOM

Obviously, something of immense proportion and degree of significance has been observed approaching and a decision has been made to take evasive action. The ocean liner Titanic, likewise faced an awful threat on the night of April 14, 1912 and watchmen in the crowsnest were obliged to make a rapid decision. The huge mass looming in the mist and darkness became quickly visible; it was a gigantic iceberg directly in the path of the rapidly approaching passenger ship. Immediately, evasive action was taken but in vain.

In sharp contrast to the story of the Titanic with a sudden realization of an imminent collision, the Vatican has been aware of the threat from evolution and atheism for over a century. Both religious and political machinery had been put in motion by the Church to provide the most accurate information. These have been described by two highly qualified authors. One is Baron Avro Manhattan. Born in Italy of Italo-Swiss-Brazilian-American extraction, he supervised Radio Freedom during World War II and served as a political commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Among his many books about the Church of Rome, Manhattan's "The Vatican in World Politics" is outstanding. First written in 1949, the 440-page documentary passed through 47 editions and was published in multiple languages. In the U.S.A., the volume was twice named Book of the Month and
twice chosen Best Non-fiction Book of the Year. The opening pages state the following:

"The Catholic Church, seemingly pre-occupied only with its religions tasks, is feverishly engaged in a race for the spiritual conquest of the world (p. 9).... There is no continent where the Pope cannot influence, to a greater or less degree, the social and political life of the community.... The mastermind directing the moves of these various Catholic organizations and parties in the field of regional, national, and international social and political struggle, naturally resides in the centre of Catholicism - namely, the Vatican (pp. 18-19)."

AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR'S REPORT

The second author is journalist and public official Paul Blanchard. Under Mayor La Guardia, he was head of New York City's Department of Investigations and Accounts. Blanchard attracted national attention with his exposure of graft. One of his many classics on the topic of the Vatican is entitled American Freedom and Catholic Power. Blanchard states this in the Prologue of his 1949 volume:

"There is no doubt that the American Catholic hierarchy has entered the political arena, and that it is becoming more and more aggressive in extending the frontiers of Catholic authority into the fields of medicine, education and foreign policy.... As we shall see in this book, the Catholic hierarchy in this country has great power as a pressure group, and no editor, politician, publisher, merchant or motion-picture producer can express defiance openly - or publicize documented facts - without risking his future" (p. 4).

The volumes by Manhattan and Blanchard have swung the doors open for the world to observe the Vatican watchmen at their work. The Titanic's crew in those early years was using limited equipment in their effort to determine what lay ahead in the darkness. Today however, all nations including the Vatican, enjoy the most sophisticated technology to assist in viewing financial, political and religious trends and events around the globe.

In addition, the Church has developed a diplomatic system that is the envy of all countries on earth. No government can point to centuries of experience in seeking, obtaining and compiling information such as the Vatican. The records of history (including those in her own library vaults at Rome) point out the steps by which the Roman Catholic Church slowly evolved to arrive at the present structure and function. Only in 963 A.D., however, did the struggle for independence from the control of Roman emperors partially succeed.

THE PAST 900 YEARS

The new politico-religious system soon experienced a power struggle. It caused the Great Schism of 1054 A.D. and the formation of two churches. The first remained centered at Rome while the Eastern or Orthodox Church retained Constantinople as its base of operation.

Nine centuries of constant change have brought the Church of Rome to its present form as a religion and to its political status as a global power. Author Manhattan described this period of development in his 510-page documentary Catholic Imperialism and World Freedom. First published in 1950, the book analyzes the present religious and political atmosphere of the world: also described and with prophetic accuracy is Pope John Paul II's present and fearful dilemma. This unique and distinguished author states the following concerning religious evolution and its destiny:

"The great world faiths have all followed such an evolution.... Unlike at the time of the rise of the great religions, now the world is truly one and is becoming increasingly so.... 41 present all great contemporary civilizations are on the verge of collapse. Hence the universal void (and) the desire of a new revolutionary conception of life and of man 's place in society. This, having produced radical economic and social doctrines, has finally been sublimated into a kind of lay religion.

"This new religion is Communism... now the new philosophy, owing to its inner essence and to the shrinking of the globe, has become universal.., the planet is split into two colossal ideological battlefields: that of organized religions and that of a revolutionary philosophy.... World revolution is striding the globe with the steps of a giant.

"Yet organized religion, although menaced by imminent ruin, continues to ignore the harsh realities of a world in transition.... Organized religion, by identifying itself with a crumbling civilization, is courting its doom.... indeed, as if eager to accelerate still further its rapid decline, it chooses to ride with the least enlightened forces of a society which the masses of the world are increasingly rejecting (pp. 6-9)."

THE MOMENT OF IMMINENT DESTRUCTION

Pope John Paul is keenly aware of "the harsh realities of a world in transition." The Vatican watchmen have carefully informed the Church of the approaching Communist menace.

FINAL ROLE: A MARXIST CHURCH

Avro Manhattan, famous author of some 60 books, was born in Italy with a Swiss/Dutch father and an American mother. Starting his education in Switzerland. Avro attended the Sorbonne in Paris and the London School of Economnics, a Marxist training center: Renowned as a world authority on politics in religion, in general, but especially the Catholic Church in that arena, Manhattan has been described as the greatest historian of the Vatican.

The Baron was made a Knight of Malta for having operated Radio Freedom whose broadcast covered occupied Europe during WWII. Avro was also a Knight of the House of Savoy, a Knights Templar and a Knight of Order of Mercedes. He wrote 20 books on Roman Catholicism... Before he died in 1990, Manhattan wrote: "By adopting Catholicised Marxism, the Catholic Church has launched into the contemporary world the most insiduously destructive religio-idological imponderable, the like of which has never been seen since the emergence of Bolshevism or Fascism... The deadliest opponent of the Catholic Church, until yesterday was Communism. Today the power elite of the same Communist system have become her allies.

" Communism and Catholicism have come boldly to the fore to met the demands of the masses. They believe they have given the answer in their dangerous new partnership. Whether the combination will succeed or not, no one at this point in history can tell."

PLANNING ECUMENICAl, STRATEGY

To many evangelist Billy Graham is an enigma, a mystery, baffling and a puzzle. Is he Roman Catholic? At the Vatican's Belmont Abbey College N.C. he said: "The gospel that built this school and the gospel that brings me here tonight is still the way to salvation." (Gastonian Gazette, Nov. 22, 1967) Opening his ecumenical North American Key 73 Crusade, Graham commented on a biography of Pope XXIII. Speaking of the book's presentation of the Pope's devotion to Mary and the saints, the evangelist called this "a classic of devotion."

In Milwaukee on Oct. 21, 1973 Graham said, "This past week I preached in a great Catholic Cathedral... and as I sat there going through the funeral Mass that was a very beautiful thing and certainly straight and clear in the gospel I believe..." A picture taken at the famous Polish Shrine of the Black Madonna in 1978 shows Graham welcoming pilgrims to worship their Virgin (Decision, Feb/79). A six-page report of the evangelist's Sept. 8-13, 1969 United States Congress on Evangelism in Minneapolis states, "I can say no less than that the Billy Graham Association is one of the strongest forces aiding the ecumenical 'One World Church ' movement today. It is doing what no other organization has been able to do - bring evangelicals into the ecumenical orbit" (Dr. Merle Hull, editor of the G.A.R.B.C. Bulletin, p. 22 "Evangelism: The Trojan Horse of the 1990s)

[Speaking of Billy Graham, he was advertised in the early days of Internet by a Masonic website as one their famous, celebrated members. His sermons are repeated daily on TBN. I have an audio tape where he stated off stage that "we all need to be arm in arm", admitting his ecumenical stand. He originally founded an ecumenical movement in Switzerland hidden from the American believers. The cue was 'come as you are', what you believed didn't matter, after the sermons people were sent back to their own churches. There were a number of ecumenical organizations where evangelical were invited to join and they did. I was shocked to see Lutherans begging the Pope to grant them full membership. The Mormons were trying to join but were refused. Little did they know that the Catholic Church and the Jesuits were behind these organizations since their name was not published.]

ASSISI: FIRST CALL FOR A GLOBAL CHURCH
ECUMENISM FAR ADVANCED BY 1986

Pope John XXIII opened his ecumenical Council in October 1962. Speaking of its aim to promote global unity... even among those who are outside the fold." Strategy shows Pope John Paul II welcoming 160 leaders (including evangelicals) of world religions to Assissi, Italy.

This November 1986 even at St Francis Basilica was a historic step in achieving the global unity of ecumenism. However, that unity was not what other Popes had in mind.

Their dogmas, encyclicals and councils had restricted such unity to an acceptance of Church teaching by all concerned. A refusal to conform to this had caused religous wars and matyrdom of millions across the previous 900 years. But the advance of atheistic Marxism obliged the 'unchangeable' Vatican to make radical modifications. To the horror of the Catholic faithful. Assissi 1986, revealed 'separated brethren' to mean all members of the world's religion.

 

During the days in October 1996, more than 400 representatives from the religious of the world gathered together in Rome. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Shintos, Japanese cultists, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, evangelicals and many others mingled together in "Interreligious dialogue, with each religion firmly maintaining its own faith and characteristics." These meetings included 28 round table conferences and 70 prayer meetings in Roman churches with parisheners and spokesmen for major world religions." Also participating were Director Generals of United Nations organizations and Amnesty International, presidents of the International, Red Cross and European Union Commission. "There is no such thing as a holy war. Only peace is holy. Peace is God's name. May religion never be a pretext for hate." This theme was repeatedly pronounced and "followed by an interreligious prayer for peace, a fraternal embrace and the final processional."

Pope John Paul II delivered a message on the closing day. As shown in the photo, participants were assembled in front of Rome's St Mary's church at Trastevere's Square. He said, "On this 10-year path, believers have learned to better know each, to use a language of love, to spread the message of peace where they live. In this world, like a global village, we desire that every religious tradition be like a fountain of peace. Now it is so, in medieval convents, Barogue palaces and other buildings througout the city. Cardinal Edward Cassidy, head of the Vatican's Ecumenical Ministry' discussed future celebrations. "One will be held this June when the One World Church will be named the United Religions Organization. Collaborating on details are the Communist Gorbachev Foundation, Catholic leaders and the interreligious World Conference on Religion and Peace."

[Comment: I listened to an interview with the previous Black Pope on Catholic News TV who was describing this ecumenical church by stating that people did not have to give up their beliefs to participate. He stated that Jesuits should learn about these religions and respect them. Where did I hear about the "Global Village" before, Hillary was telling us that our children needed to be raised in a "global village".]

THE RELIGIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM OF REVELATION 13

VATICAN, UKRAINE CLERICS MEET IN MOSCOW

After 40 years of bitter religious suppression in the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, 'a superb actor', appeared as leader. His 'perestoika' (restructuring) called for a strategy of religious infiltration for global, socialist control. Soviet Gromyko met Pope John Paul II in 1986 and Poland's Jaruzelski followed in January 1987. Gorbachev then instructed Orthodox Patriarch Filaret (a Communist) "to invite the leaders of all the world religions to Moscow." The theatrial stunt aimed to skyrocket both Vatican ecumenism and global socialism, took place at Moscow's Balshoi Theater on November 5, 1988. Gobachev's wife Raisa is there with Orthodox prelates (KGB and Communist agents)... Evangelist Billy Graham spoke at that phony and staged performance. Top Vatican ecumenists Cardinal Casaroli and Willebrands were present with others and refused to talk about the meeting while the Orthodox clergy cancelled a news conference. A discerning observer will understand the double role being played by a motivated evangelist Billy Graham. On July 14, 1966 he told the World Council of Churches he was "a man with an evangelical message and an ecumenical heart!"

THE MALACHI MARTIN EXPOSURE

BOOKS BY HIM: THE JESUITS
THE FINAL CONCLAVE
THE KEYS OF THIS BLOOD
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN CHURCH
The Jesuit Order from 1620 to 1750 and from 1850 to 1968. ITS PRE5TIGE AND INFLUENCE PRESERVED THE CHURCH OF ROME. NOW IT PREDICTS
THE SUDDEN RAZING AND DEVASTATING ANNIHILATION OF THE VATICAN AND ALL RELATING TO IT. THE CHANGE POPE JOHN XXIII INAUGURATED WAS A LIBERALISM THAT EVENTUALLY DESTROYED THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH AND THE MORALITY OF THE PEOPLE. JESUIT MALACHI MARTIN STATES, "AFTER POPE JOHN'S DEATH, HUNDREDS OF THEOLOGIANS AND BISHOPS ABANDONED BELIEF IN ORIGINAL SIN, IN THE DEVIL, AND IN MANY OTHER FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES." THIS HAS HURLED THE CHURCH OF ROME INTO THE ARMS OF COMMUNISM.

A former Jesuit and professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Martin was a close associate of Jesuit Cardinal Augustin Bea and Pope John XXIII. He has written 15 books on Vatican affairs, many being best sellers. A passage from his 1987 work, 'The Jesuits,' describes the wrecking of traditional Catholicism in these words: "An entire traditional way of religious life and practice was seemingly killed off... suddenly without warning. A centuries -old mentality was flushed out in a hurricane of change... A certain world of thought, feeling, attitude ceased to exist." The conclusion of his 1981 book, 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church,' is that "John Paul, then is and can be nothing more than a pope of transition, a pope caught between the end of the era and the edgy beginnings of another. He cannot fit into the new era. He must preside over the decline and fall of his churchly organization."
Jesuit Martin predicted what this booklet now views as reality. His conclusion was based upon decades of information from Vatican sources.However, the Apostle John was shown these events 1,900 ago and recorded them in the Bible's Book of Revelation.

 

FUTILE, VAIN STEPS AND DOOMED TO FAIL

Pope John Paul II knows Mikhail Gorbachev, Fidel Castro and other world leaders of like persuasion are hardcore Leninists. They all believe that religion is "the opium of the people" and must be abolished from the face of the earth. Before meeting John Paul on December 1, 1989. Gorbachev said publicly, I am a Communist, a convinced Communist.. We (Marxists) do not conceal our attitude toward the religious mind. We look down upon it as nonmaterialistic and unscientific." The Pope is facing reality and sees no chance for survival unless he leads his Church in several steps. One is to maintain a highly public profile through papal visits and appearances. Again, the gathering of all religions under his leadership and thirdly perhaps, a long-lasting compromise with these Marxist enemies, might be achieved through diplomatic channels and dialogue. But all these steps are vain, futile and doomed to fail. Why?

Lenin said, "Religion is a kind of spiritual gin in which the slaves of capital drown their human shape and their claims to any decent human life." Stalin wrote, "Have we suppressed the reactionary clergy? Yes we have. The unfortunate thing is that it has not been completely liquidated."

[Comment, the reason for atheism in Stalin's case is mass murders, executions by the thousands, death camps from harsh treatments and starvation. Wikipedia has collected much information. Before the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, researchers who attempted to count the number of people killed under Stalin's regime produced estimates ranging from 3 to 60 million. After the Soviet Union dissolved, evidence from the Soviet archives also became available, containing official records of 799,455 executions (1921 - 1953), around 1.7 million deaths in the Gulag and some 390,000 deaths during kulak forced resettlement with a total of about 2.9 million officially recorded victims in these categories.

The official Soviet archival records do not contain comprehensive figures for some categories of victims, such as those of ethnic deportations or of German population transfers in the aftermath of World War II. Eric D. Weitz wrote, "By 1948, according to Nicolas Werth, the mortality rate of the 600,000 people deported from the Caucasus between 1943 and 1944 had reached 25%." Other notable exclusions from NKVD data on repression deaths include the Katyn massacre, other killings in the newly occupied areas, and the mass shootings of Red Army personnel (deserters and so-called deserters) in 1941. The Soviets executed 158,000 soldiers for desertion during the war, and the "blocking detachments" of the NKVD shot thousands more. Also, the official statistics on Gulag mortality exclude deaths of prisoners taking place shortly after their release but which resulted from the harsh treatment in the camps.]

THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF ALL:
"JESUS CHRIST IS NOT KNOWN AND THEREFORE LOVED"
(PUBLIC STATEMENT BY POPE JOHN PAUL II ON MARCH 30, 1979)

Gradually over the past 900 years canonized saints and the Virgin Mary replaced Christ within Roman Catholicism. The absolute preeminence He received in early Christianity, became lost. He is now seen as helpless infant, dead on a cross or not shown at all. The substitution is prominent in church building, shrines, holy places, publications, furnishings and worship.

The alert began when the voice of Lenin sounded from the midst of time; it was a message to future Communists that religion was 'the opium of the people and must he destroyed.' That time has now come.

Visibly shaken as they await the looming, momentary and fatal collision of their Church with International Socialism, the papal watchmen have sent a last message to their pope - either reconcile or perish! In a desperate attempt to achieve an entente with the Marxist-Engel, Leninist-Stalin monster about to strike, Pope John Paul has expressed his acceptance of evolution; it is the basic foundation of atheistic Communism.

His horrified followers are mystified. Among them is Quebec's dwindling flock: those still practicing their faith are now reduced to eight percent of the population (1997). The Remnant, a group of conservative Roman Catholics, published the following, two weeks after the Pope's announcement:

"Nevertheless and leaving all of this aside, even if the Pope personally believes in the unprovahle theory of Evolution, why in God's holy name would he choose now of all moments in history to proclaim his opinion to the world? In a day and age which sees humanity besieged by atheism, nihilism, apathy and indifferentism, why would the head of the Catholic Church on earth decide that now is the time to cast Revelation even further into the realm of myth and legend, by stating that Creationism is only a theory, and Evolution is 'more than just a theory?' Why? Why indeed?"

Cal Thomas, the Detroit Free Press' star columnist, added this vital question. "With his statement about evolution, the pope has caught up to the times. In doing so, he has accepted a philosophy that stands at the core of Communism. Why would he want to accept the heart of a worldview that he spent his life opposing?"

THE FUTILITY OF ACCEPTING EVOLUTION

Baron Avro Manhattan was not one of God's prophets but he did possess great discernment. Never expressing personal adherence to a political group or ideology, his conviction of the Vatican's future came from decades of mingling with ease among the personnel of foreign embassies. Avro closed his 510 - page documentary with these words:

"The West is decaying.... The fixed star of the Catholic Church shall fall from the sky of the West with thunder. That most formidable breeder of monsters, the Catholic Church, will be made to tumble with the greatest ignominy of all the the tide of her past misdeeds recoilng upon her.

"The blood of the unjustly slain, which has flowed like an ever-widening river through the sombre valleys of history, has already run too deep for man to suffer any longer the earth to be empurpled with it anew.... Catholic arrogance will be humbled, and its granitic imperviousness will be turned to dust by the great whirlwind which is about to shake the earth" (pp. 484-485).

But a greater voice has spoken and it is possible that John Paul II is tragically unaware of God's own pronouncement concerning the Church of Rome. This was recorded in the New Testament's Book of Revelation and at the close of the first century.

A CONTRAST: TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH

The aging Apostle John wrote prophetically in great detail about a future politico-religious system symbolized by a woman. She would exercise control over many nations and would be "drunken with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17.6).

At the close of John's chapter 17, the Apostle was told that the nations would hate the system "and shall make her desolate and naked and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire." The entire following chapter 18 is a narrative of "How much she hath glorified herself and lived deliciously" (v.7)

Then would "her plagues come in one day, death and mourning, and famine; and she shall he utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.. that great city, that was clothed in fine linen and purple, and scarlet and decked with gold and precious stones, and pearls!" (18:8,16). Then would her merchandise of "bodies and souls of men" (18:13) come to an end, "For in one hour so great riches is come to nought" (v.17).

For strong is the Lord God who judgeth her! The pages of history have recorded those centuries of persecution imposed by the Church of Rome upon true Christians. Yet there was triumph for each of God's suffering children. The Apostle John was shown millions of martyrs, and he wrote the following concerning them:

"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled" (Rev. 6:9-11)

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