The recent hullabaloo surrounding America’s National anthem and whether or not NFL players stand in supposed reverence for the nation’s fallen heroes has caused social and political conflict beyond what any of us might have imagined just a short time ago. No matter what side of the ongoing debate the reader finds himself on, it simply must be acknowledged that things have been taken to almost biblical proportions.
The bible, in the book of Daniel 3:4–6, describes a crisis involving forced, false worship, with capital punishment as the wages of non-compliance. “Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
What’s particularly interesting to note here is that this false worship was to be given to the king at the playing of a particular piece of music. That being the case, does it now seem so far-fetched to link the crisis described in the bible with the one in which NFL players are being compelled to obey and stand (rather than fall down) for the playing of the National anthem in reverence to fallen heroes, at the peril of being called unpatriotic (to say it nicely) by President Trump and even being fired (if Mr. President would have his way)? One might relate The Star-Spangled Banner to the music, and the American flag to the golden image, of Daniel 3:5.
Viewing current developments such as the National anthem protests through a religious lens, we can easily see that the social and political landscape of America—and indeed the whole world—has changed radically since Pope Francis took over the Papal throne. But, rather than to simply cast blame for America’s problems and perplexities on an external actor out of arrogance, let us instead consider a few pertinent facts concerning the relationship between Donald J. Trump, the NFL, and the Vatican.
The last Super Bowl was brought to viewers, in part, by Pope Francis. Near the end of the Roman pontiff’s commercial message, the subtitles read: “May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity to the world.” With scepticism should we consider any signs of peace mentioned by the king of fierce countenance (Daniel 8:23) who “by peace shall destroy many” (Daniel 8:25). Solidarity, for those unfamiliar with the origins of the term, is a Roman Catholic concept linked to the Solidarity movement of Poland in the 1980s, when church and state (under Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, respectively) joined forces to overthrow Communism in the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc.
Since the last Super Bowl, Pope Francis has hosted former NFL stars at the Vatican in seeking a “culture of encounter” and to “combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family.” He has also droned on about inclusion in sports, saying things such as: "As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, she is working in the world of sport to bring the joy of the Gospel, the inclusive and unconditional love of God for all human beings.” Could these statements be dark speeches, with “inclusion” being a euphemism for “solidarity,” or all the people banded together and bending the knee to the pope (or the image to the beast, which is apostate Protestant America)? When the Hegelian dialectic completes its course of thesis giving rise to anti-thesis, the result is synthesis, and this appears to be precisely the pope’s objective in meddling in America’s politics, sports, and virtually every other aspect of life—to create conditions under which “he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16–17)
Finally, Pope Francis entertained President Trump at the Vatican on May 24th of this year, and without speculating as to what the two men discussed during their meeting, it would at least seem plausible that it might have concerned the NFL and the National anthem protests. Just as with the American Civil War of the 1860s, the Jesuits (of which Pope Francis is one) may very well once again be orchestrating the undoing of America. "This [American Civil] war [of 1861–1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits. We owe it to popery that we now see our land reddened with the blood of her noblest sons.” — Abraham Lincoln
When the President of the United States crassly blurts out, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son…. [inflammatory language] off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,’” it’s easy to see how comfortable such a person would feel when issuing orders to round up, torture and imprison those who refuse to worship the beast (or the image of the beast).
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed (Rev 13:15).
Friends, now is not the time to get caught up in passionate debates such as the one concerning the national anthem protests. Instead, let us look forward to singing a different anthem, “a song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand. It is the song of Moses and the Lamb—a song of deliverance.”
4. https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/06/21/pope-seeks-culture-encounter-meeting-nfl- legends/