True to its name, Roman Catholicism is indeed universal. But not satisfied with its current status, Roman Catholicism is pursing an insatiable quest to receive greater and still greater power until it regains world dominance and reclaims the power it once wielded. Using every possible means, Pope Francis and Roman Catholicism are not only spreading their messages and influence solely through religious and political avenues but are using popular culture, the media, to rapidly and effectively disseminate their agenda. In fact the issues of climate change and immigration have been given credibility in the minds of many because of Pope Francis’ leading voice and public stance and awareness that he has brought to the issues. Even the common person who, generally would have no interest in such issues, has been won to his various causes by the constant media bombardment and agitation of these and other issues. We cannot doubt then, that the same principle applies to the movement to enforce Sunday as a day of rest.
March 11, CNN began a six-part series concerning Roman Catholicism, specifically the Pope. It is called, “Pope, the most powerful man.”1 Even the world can see that the man who holds the position of Pope, is the most powerful person, as he has been given authority to rule the affairs of both religions and nations separately and unitedly (church and state), not even considering the wealth of the institution that he heads. The following sentence on CNN’s website says it all “Go inside the Vatican to reveal how popes have used their power to shape the course of world history.”2 Students of Bible prophecy understand that Roman Catholicism ruled the world for 1260 years, from 538 A.D. -1798 A.D. (see Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:6 and 14 and Revelation 13:5), and that she will regain her power, revive her tyranny and persecute God’s people once her deadly wound is healed. The current status and popularity of Roman Catholicism is a precise indicator that that time is not far distant.
Interestingly, following the airing of the six episodes through March and most of April, Pope Francis will star in a movie about himself titled, “Pope Francis—A Man of His Word,” which will be released May 18. A brief synopsis of the movie reads: “The film’s direct-to-camera visual and narrative concepts place the audience face-to-face with the Pope, creating a dialogue between him and the world. Pope Francis responds to the questions of farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates… This ‘symphony of questions’ provides the backbone for the film, which also shows the Holy Father on his many journeys around the world. It features footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the Congress of the United States, and mourning with those gathered at Ground Zero and at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. He speaks to prisoners in correctional facilities and to refugees in Mediterranean camps. Throughout the film, Pope Francis shares his vision of the Church and his deep concern for the poor, his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, and his call for peace in areas of conflict and between world religions. There is
also a presence of Saint Francis in the film, connecting back to the Pope’s namesake, through accounts of legendary moments in the Saint’s own life as a reformer and ecologist.”3
Again the title of this movie, “Pope Francis-A man of his word” is not at all coincidental or inconsequential, but is very telling and even prophetic. Those studying prophecy, which as a people, we are called individually to be students of prophecy, understand that this title is in no way referring to Francis’ trustworthiness, honesty or integrity, but is rather referring to his commitment to his vows, his oath that he has taken as a Roman Catholic in general, a Pope and more specifically a Jesuit. Consider the following concerning the vow that Jesuits must take in order to be initiated into the organization. “Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy.”4 This one sentence indicates what the Jesuit Pope Francis’ objectives are and why it is that he has taken on such a seemingly humble persona, and why this movie was created—namely to reestablish Popery and to undo Protestantism and all the advancements that it has made. Is this not what the Jesuit oath is all about?
Consider the following lines from the Jesuit oath: “I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus…5
A significant line in the movie trailer that also serves as the thematic principle running throughout the movie states that the Pope’s words unite. This statement could not be more accurate. It is at the words of Popery that religions, denominations and even nations will unite with one common purpose, to fight against those who maintain the protest and reject Papal supremacy (labeled as extremists and fundamentalists), those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. His words will be instrumental in healing Popery’s deadly wound, which at the same time will kill those who oppose her authority. Everywhere in scripture that Popery and her words are brought to view (though employed by different depictions), they are always connected
with two things, her speaking blasphemously against God and her persecution of God’s commandment-keeping people. Consider the following scriptures:
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” Daniel 7:25. “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” Revelation 13:5-7.
Pope Francis and the Jesuits have a message that they want communicated to the inhabitants of the world and are utilizing the media to proclaim that message loud and clear. The people of God, to whom were committed the proclamation of the first, second and third angels’ messages, have a life and death message, the final message, the most fearful and solemn message ever committed to mortals, to be given at this time with a loud voice and expediency. Let us warn the world by pen and by voice, using every possible means available that “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird… Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
4 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), 234