The Last Pope, the Temple, and the Bride
Pope Francis has been prophesied as the last pope. His popularity is unquestionable, and his overtures of ecumenism are commendable, but only within Christianity. Instead, he has gone too far, encouraging interfaith unity by opening St. Peter’s Basilica to entertain Hindu, Buddhist and even Islamic prayers. Together with Paul, I ask:
What fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).
Many believe the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon, from Revelation 17. Certainly, Jesus died for Catholics, and there are many precious Catholic believers. But the institution is deeply flawed, and has been since it was conceived in a political move by Constantine. Christianity hadn’t disappeared after three centuries if persecution. The emperor didn’t want to execute his mother, who had put her faith in Jesus, so if you can’t beat those pesky Christians, you might as well join them—better yet, take them over!—and that’s exactly what he did. He legalized Christianity and put it under government control. In a completely anti-Semitic move, he changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and made it illegal to celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday.
Now what is the Vatican doing? They’re watching the skies through a powerful binocular telescope called Lucifer. They have stated that they’re ready to welcome aliens, and to baptize (or be baptized by) them. The Lucifer telescope is at the Mount Graham Observatory in Arizona. Mount Graham is well-known among indigenous American tribes as being the location of a portal. With what we’ve already explored about demons, fallen angels, the tower of Babel, and Cern, this portal can’t be a good thing.
I believe that all the fallen angels that come through Mount Graham and Cern and other places (there are said to be 12 in all, throughout the earth) will once again incite people to war. But this time it will be war on the Christians that have been left behind and the new converts that they will make.
The fallen angels will claim to be from another planet in another dimension. They will claim to have seeded our planet, and will blame all the evils of the world on Christians and Christianity. They will claim that the Rapture was actually the “Mother ship” or whatever that beamed us up and took us to the home world for “re-education” because of all the evil that we had done. I don’t know how they’re going to explain the empty graves. That will be something to see. But they will probably blame us for the missing children—a last notorious act.
During the Tribulation period there will be a Jewish Temple, with Temple sacrifices (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11; Matthew 24:15; and Mark 13:14). There is currently no Temple. Without a Temple, there can be no sacrifices. But the Temple Institute is ready to set up a new Temple as soon as there is the possibility. They have made all the Temple furnishings and utensils in preparation, and have been conducting practice sacrifices.
Now a red heifer has been born. This is especially significant because a red heifer (without a single hair of another color) is the only proper sacrifice to make the water of purification to purify the Temple (or Tabernacle in Moses’ day) in order to entertain the Holy Presence of God (Numbers 19:1-10). In fact, the birth of a purely red heifer is so rare that this sacrifice has only been performed nine times in all of history:
- Moses and Eleazar
- Simon the Righteous
- Simon the Righteous
- Hanamel, the Egyptian
- Yishmael, son of Piabi in AD 15
The Jewish Rabbis have a tradition that says that the tenth red heifer will be offered by Messiah, Himself. Of course, Jesus, Himself, was the tenth red heifer. He purified the Temple once and for all—that Temple being our human bodies, which now entertain the Holy Presence of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Nevertheless, the existence of a pure red heifer certainly paves the way for the building of the Tribulation Temple.
And now the possibility to build a new Temple has never been so close to being realized because there is compelling Biblical and archaeological evidence that the Temple wasn’t on the so-called Temple Mount, but was most likely in the City of David. The Temple Mount was probably the site of the Roman fortress of King Herod’s day. I encourage you to follow that link and see for yourself. There is literally nothing standing in the way of building a new Temple (nothing but the mindset that puts it on the Temple Mount).
Israel is also welcome returning Jews to their homeland, enjoying relative peace and prosperity.
The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape, (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, emphasis mine).
The Tribulation is called the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), in other words, a troubled and terrible time for the Jews. But that passage from 1 Thessalonians above continues with this encouragement:
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11, emphasis mine).
Jesus has clearly give us The Signs of the End of The Age because He expects us to know the time frame. He told us over and over again to watch (Matthew 24:4, 24:42-43, 25:13; Mark 13:4-37; Luke 21:7-36; and 1 Corinthians 1:7). What would we be watching for, if not for His return to Rapture us (His Bride) away? We are supposed to stay alert because of the coming Great Deception, but we’re to watch for His return.
More prophecies are being fulfilled in now than at any time since Jesus walked among us. And these things are not for believers to fear. Yes, there are fearful things coming upon the earth as never before. But to us Jesus says:
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near, (Luke 21:28).
We should be eagerly anticipating Jesus’ return for His Bride—our wedding day! And what a fantastic day that will be when we marry our Royal Heavenly Bridegroom!
Waiting doesn’t mean sitting around, all starry-eyed, dreaming of our wedding day. No, waiting is a time to prepare for our wedding. We are instructed: “Occupy till I come,” (Luke 19:13, KJV). What does that mean, occupy? This is in the context of the Parable of the Ten Minas, which is essentially the same story as the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25. All of Matthew chapters 24 and 25 has to do with the End Times, the Tribulation, and the Rapture, and comes in response to the Disciples’ question: “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the End of the Age?” (Matthew 24:3). In Luke, Jesus launches into this story after Zacchaeus pledges to give back four times what he had stolen and Jesus declares that salvation has come to his house. Occupy means that we should be about our Master’s business of bringing salvation to those around us.
So we are to watch and wait, while keeping busy winning souls. The time is very short now. But even those who work at the very end of the harvest will get the same reward as those who have dedicated most of their lives to winning souls (see Matthew 20, The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard). So don’t be discouraged if you’re starting late in life, or just late in the End Time Harvest period. God doesn’t award us based on how many souls we bring in or how hard we’ve worked. Instead, we’re rewarded for faithfulness. So, just start now, wherever you are or wherever God has called you. But don’t delay because the time really is very short. God is good!