Bible Prophecy foretells in Revelation chapters 13, 17 and 18 that Roman Catholicism will reemerge to world dominance beginning in the United States and spreading throughout the world. Certainly the ever-growing popularity of Roman Catholicism in mainstream society attests that the time is not far distant for “all the world to wonder after the beast” [a depiction of Roman Catholicism based on Revelation 13:1-10]. Consider the following statement which shows the extent and influence even today of Roman Catholicism: “The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications throughout the world, forms one vast organization under the control, and designed to serve the interests, of the papal see. Its millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope. Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard the authority of the church as above all other. Though they may take the oath pledging their loyalty to the state, yet back of this lies the vow of obedience to Rome, absolving them from every pledge inimical to her interests.” It is therefore not surprising that the theme for Met Gala 2018 was 1 “officially the Eucharist, but better summed up by the title of the Costume Institute’s new exhibit, ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.’”2
According to Vogue magazine, “The Met Ball or Met Gala is the fashion world equivalent of the Oscars, an evening when designers, models, and Hollywood stars convene in the year’s most over-the-top looks...On the first Monday in May, everyone who is anyone comes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual fundraising gala celebrating the Costume Institute’s magnificent new exhibition on a changing theme.” In order to 3 become relevant and remain current, the Roman Catholic Church has infiltrated and exploited popular culture in the attempt to convey to the world that the church today is not the church that it was centuries ago when it mercilessly butchered Protestants and others who rejected its assumption of authority. The Papacy today is using celebrities of every ilk to influence culture and the mindset of society so that she is no longer looked upon with fear, suspicion or disdain. For example, Katy Perry was at the Vatican the last week of April, Leonardo Dicaprio met Pope Francis at the Vatican and is echoing his 4 message on climate change and Beyonce just recently conducted a Mass at a San 5 Francisco Catholic Church.
While the masses are admiring and marveling after the celebrities so fancily dressed at the Met Gala, those celebrities were wondering after the Beast, the Papacy, also denoted in scripture as the Great Whore and “Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots” (Revelation 17:1-5). At the Gala, not surprising, a woman (which in prophecy, represents a church) was crowned Pope. “Rihanna, one of the co-chairs of the gala... appointed herself the head of the couture congregation, wearing an ornate, beaded white Margiela corset dress with a matching jacket, clutch, and mitre—also known as the hat that the Pope wears. On Twitter, she was immediately crowned a nouveau papess.” This is quite significant, highlighting the juxtaposition between Roman 7 Catholicism, a religion, with secular pop culture; as well as that of Rihanna, a victim of physical abuse dressing as the head of a church who has perpetrated and inflicted the most severe abuse not only against women but against all who would dare question or oppose her authority. This fusion of Roman Catholicism with the arts and entertainment underscores a commonality between the two, paganism, ritualism and secret societies. “The Roman Catholic Church, uniting the forms of paganism and Christianity, and, like paganism, misrepresenting the character of God, has resorted to practices no less cruel and revolting...Dignitaries of the church studied, under Satan their master, to invent means to cause the greatest possible torture and not end the life of the victim. In many cases the infernal process was repeated to the utmost limit of human endurance.”8
Even the very theme of the Gala, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” connects paganism with Roman Catholicism in that the heavenly bodies here referred to are in relation to astrology/horoscopy. In the great controversy, nothing happens by accident; God is trying to get the attention of His people so that they can awaken to the ever fulfilling signs of the last days. Interestingly the phrase “Catholic imagination” is a part of the theme and an article from the New Yorker was entitled, “Pope Rihanna and other Revelations from the Catholic-Themed 2018 Met Gala.” Note 9 the word revelation, which is the title of the very book that brings to view Roman Catholicism in the last days. The root word of imagination is image, and the book of Revelation speaks about the United States, (apostate Protestants of the U.S. more specifically), which will form an image to Roman Catholicism and will cause all the earth to worship Roman Catholicism and receive her mark (see Revelation 13:11-18).
It is no coincidence that this year’s Met Gala had a Roman Catholic theme; this is the same year that CNN aired a 6-part series titled, “Pope, The Most Powerful Man in History,” in addition to Pope Francis’ movie that is coming out this summer. 10 11 At this point, some may be wondering whether the Catholic Church has condemned the 2018 Met Gala as blasphemous or sacrilegious. To the contrary, Papal leaders have actually praised it, were instrumental in organizing it and are using it as a tool for evangelism (besides, how could this power even dare cry blasphemy, when on its head is the very name blasphemy, see Revelation 13:1). “Cardinal Timothy Dolan has defended the controversial 2018 Met Gala as ‘a celebration of what we call the evangelization of culture.’ ‘I did not find the spirit of the evening to be offensive or blasphemous at all,’ the cardinal told Crux.” From another report, “The Catholic 12 Church itself is a partner in the Met’s exhibition, lending more than forty papal vestments from the Vatican (a first for the notoriously secretive archive). Cardinal Timothy Dolan agreed not only to sanction the gala but to attend it...many of the featured designers in the show, such as Gianni Versace, John Galliano, and Christian Lacroix, were raised in the Church.”13
The Bible delineates Roman Catholicism as Babylon, who is not only herself a decadent fashionista, noted for her dress, but also as having control over the respective art, entertainment and fashion industries. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls.” Revelation 17: 4. “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her [Babylon]; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet...Revelation 18:11 and 12. Vogue confirms, ”The display of these extraordinary ecclesiastical pieces will highlight the enduring influence of religion and liturgical vestments on fashion...By placing fashion within ‘the broader context of religious artistic production’ (like paintings and architecture).”14
Now that one of the purposes of the Catholic-themed Met Gala has been uncovered, which is evangelism, let us look at another purpose for the event, which really leads back to the first purpose--evangelism, to cause all to admire and wonder after Roman Catholicism. Again, from the New Yorker, “It is clear, walking through the darkened hallways of the Byzantine gallery as chamber music swells overhead, that the purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the beauty of Catholicism, its lavish adornments, the dazzling enchantments that its devotees enjoy. ”15
Consider the following regarding the glamour of Roman Catholicism and the purpose of its captivating displays: “Many Protestants suppose that the Catholic religion is unattractive and that its worship is a dull, meaningless round of ceremony. Here they mistake. While Romanism is based upon deception, it is not a coarse and clumsy imposture. The religious service of the Roman Church is a most impressive ceremonial. Its gorgeous display and solemn rites fascinate the senses of the people and silence the voice of reason and of conscience. The eye is charmed. Magnificent churches, imposing processions, golden altars, jeweled shrines, choice paintings, and exquisite sculpture appeal to the love of beauty...This outward splendor, pomp, and ceremony, that only mocks the longings of the sin-sick soul, is an evidence of inward corruption... Brilliancy of style is not necessarily an index of pure, elevated thought. High conceptions of art, delicate refinement of taste, often exist in minds that are earthly and sensual. They are often employed by Satan to lead men to forget the necessities of the soul, to lose sight of the future, immortal life, to turn away from their infinite Helper, and to live for this world alone. A religion of externals is attractive to the unrenewed heart. The pomp and ceremony of the Catholic worship has a seductive, bewitching power, by which many are deceived; and they come to look upon the Roman Church as the very gate of heaven. None but those who have planted their feet firmly upon the foundation of truth, and whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God, are proof against her influence. Thousands who have not an experimental knowledge of Christ will be led to accept the forms of godliness without the power. Such a religion is just what the multitudes desire.”16
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), 580
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-and-off-the-avenue/pope-rihanna-and-other-revelations-from-the- 7 catholic-themed-2018-met-gala
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), 569
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 566 and 567