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Pope Ushers in Ecumenical Summer. Harvest Time Soon To Come

 

Summertime for many, including myself, engender nostalgia along with fond childhood  memories of the outdoors, water fun, relaxation, family vacations and intense heat. Summertime however in the Bible, does not bring to view a time of peace and happiness for all, but rather it  signifies harvest time, the end of the world, a time in which  probation closes and souls are lost. Consider the following texts, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” Jeremiah 8:20. “And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more” Amos 8:2.  Summer is linked with harvest; and the reality is, based on the reception or rejection of the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14:6-12, individuals will either be harvested for heaven, or for destruction--the lake of fire and the second death (see Revelation 14:14-16).  While many individuals who profess to believe in the Three Angels’ Messages are fast asleep to the times we are living in, Satan knows that he has but a short time and one of his chief agents in these last days, the Pope of Rome, recognizes that summer has come, the ecumenical summer which ushers in the Mark of the Beast crisis. 

 

For years, talk of an ecumenical winter between Roman Catholics and Protestants (signifying division, mistrust and suspicion)  giving way to an ecumenical spring has been sought for from both groups.  Consider the following headlines, “The Prague Ecumenical Spring,”[1] “Ecumenical Spring is already here,”[2] “U.S. Christians hope for an ‘ecumenical spring,’”[3] “Ecumenical Spring With the Russian Orthodox Church?”[4] “An ecumenical spring is coming,”[5] “An Ecumenical Spring: That We May Be One,"[6] “World Council of Churches official sees ‘ecumenical spring’ under Pope Francis,”[7] “Pilgrim’s progress: Papal trip to Geneva marks ‘new spring’ in ecumenism.”[8]  However, Pope Francis himself is now announcing that spring is over and an ecumenical summer has begun. “The Catholic Church works with the council in several ways, though not yet as a full member...He highlighted two important ways to achieve unity. First, he [Pope Francis] said, ‘what is really needed is a new evangelical outreach.’ He told them: ‘I am personally convinced that an increased missionary impulse will lead us to greater unity. Just as in the early days, preaching marked the springtime of the church, so evangelization will mark the flowering of a new ecumenical summer...’Francis indicated that a second important way to achieve unity is for the W.C.C. and the Catholic Church to work together in every way possible in concrete loving service to a suffering and divided humanity.”[9]

 

In the Pope’s words, “evangelization will mark the flowering of a new ecumenical summer.” Understand that when Pope Francis or any other Roman Catholic is speaking of evangelization in the context of ecumenism, they are not talking about evangelizing unbelievers or atheists, they are referring to winning “protestants” over to Catholicism, though not always in name but always in principle, doctrine and practice.  That is what Vatican II and the ecumenical movement are all about, redeeming the daughters back to the mother, Roman Catholicism. 

 

The second chapter of Daniel portrays the successive rise and fall of kingdoms from Babylon all the way down to the close of earth’s history, depicted by a great image composed of various metals, which ends with Christ’s kingdom, symbolized as a stone hitting the image at its toes, overtaking the earthly kingdoms, bringing them to a fall.  Before Christ’s everlasting kingdom brings an end to all earthly kingdoms, the Bible is clear that earth has reached its summer. “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” Daniel 2:35. Just prior to the smiting of the image at its feet, something significant will be happening in the toes which are made up of iron and miry clay--they will be mingling among themselves and also with the seeds of men (See Daniel 2:42-44).  The Papacy, which is seen in the toes is indeed mingling with the various religions and denominations along with civil leaders--churchcraft and   statecraft.

 

“We have come to a time when God's sacred work is represented by the feet of the image in which the iron was mixed with the miry clay. God has a people, a chosen people, whose discernment must be sanctified, who must not become unholy by laying upon the foundation wood, hay, and stubble. Every soul who is loyal to the commandments of God will see that the distinguishing feature of our faith is the seventh-day Sabbath. If the government would honor the Sabbath as God has commanded, it would stand in the strength of God and in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints. But statesmen will uphold the spurious sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations. The mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is represented by the iron and the clay. This union is weakening all the power of the churches. This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. Men have almost passed the point of God's forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy. But the time will come when God will punish those who have made void His law, and their evil work will recoil upon themselves.”[10]

 

Pope Francis has the unmitigated gall to define what he term “true” statecraft is in his encyclical Laudato Si: “True statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high [Roman Catholic] principles and think of the long-term common good.”[11] The common good of course is a Roman Catholic social teaching that demands that individual rights be dispensed with in order to promote the “good” of society (as defined by papists), of which the death penalty can also be carried out to support. The common good is also linked to the government enforcing Sunday observance. That truly is statecraft!

 

Just as verily as the summer season commenced June 21, 2018, the very day that Pope Francis was in Geneva, mingling with the World Council of Churches ,further cementing the death of Protestantism, we know most assuredly that earth has reached summertime and then the harvest, which is the end of the world (Matthew 13:39).  God is saying to each one of us, “And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” (Luke 21:29-31).


[1] https://www.cirkev.cz/archiv/071001-the-prague-ecumenical-spring

[2] https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2007/13-april/comment/ecumenical-spring-is-already-here

[3]  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/us-christians-hope-for-an-ecumenical-spring/2012/03/12/gIQAV4K27R_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c77a311f71de

[4] http://www.ncregister.com/blog/andrea-gagliarducci/ecumenical-spring-with-the-russian-orthodox-church

[5] https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/faithmatters/2018/02/15/news/an-ecumenical-spring-is-coming-1254613/

[6] https://www.scross.co.za/2017/11/an-ecumenical-spring-that-we-may-be-one/

[7] https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=37142

[8] ”http://catholicphilly.com/2018/06/news/world-news/pilgrims-progress-papal-trip-to-geneva-marks-new-spring-in-ecumenism/

[9] https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/06/21/pope-francis-calls-concrete-action-promote-christian-unity

[10] White, Ellen.  SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 4 (1955), page 1168

[11] http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

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