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CHAPTER X. THE EUPHRATEAN HORSEMEN.



CHAPTER X.  THE EUPHRATEAN HORSEMEN.  

The Sixth Trumpet.–
The Angels of the Euphrates.–
The Turks.–
The Myriads of Horsemen.–
Gunpowder.–
 
The Power of the Tails.–
 
The Rest Who Repented Not.–
 
Catholic Sorceries, Murders and Thefts.
We have found that four trumpets were separated by the interlude of the woe angel from the remaining three.
We have also found that the events indicated by the first series of four trumpets were all fulfilled in the same part of the, world, viz: The western Roman Empire.
The next two trumpets are blown consecutively without any intervening symbolism. We have reason to believe that they refer to events which transpired in the same portion of the earth, and as we have located the first of these, the fifth trumpet, in the East, I will anticipate that the scene of the sixth trumpet will be the East also.
The first four trumpets proclaimed the march of armies that rushed to the destruction of the western Roman [172] Empire; the fifth trumpet announced the mighty Mahometan movement that so nearly subverted that portion of the Roman Empire which yet survived in the East.
The sixth then, in all probability, would herald another tide of invasion which poured upon that doomed and decaying relic of former greatness. With this probability to direct us we may proceed to examine the passage which describes its work.
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their months issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear; nor walk; neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. 9:13-21.
The student who wishes the meaning of this [173] passage should carefully seek:
 1. The place;
2. the time;
 3. the agency employed; and,
4. the work accomplished, as indicated by the symbolism employed under the sixth trumpet.
Concerning the time it will be sufficient to remark, at present, that whatever historical events are signified must be located after the Saracen movement predicted by the fifth trumpet had expended its force, or after A. D. 782.
Concerning the place from whence the movement should proceed there can be no discussion, as it is pointed out without the obscurity of a figure. When the sixth angel sounded, the apostle heard a voice from the golden altar before God, commanding the sixth angel to loose the four angels, which were bound by the river Euphrates.
The common version of the Scripture reads, “bound in the Euphrates,” but the Greek preposition is not en but epi, which means at, upon, or by. The four angels were not bound in, but at or by the river. They were restrained by it from advancing to do the work assigned to them, until the time appointed by God for them to execute their commission.
The blast of the sixth trumpet is the signal that that time of God had come, and although these angels may be utterly unconscious of the fact, the work that they advance to execute is one that is overruled and directed by the Almighty. [174]
 Though their purposes may be even wicked, yet they are so held in the hands of God as to become “angels” to carry out his will with regard to the inhabitants of the earth. They move at the command that issued “from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God.”
Set at liberty to move by this voice, the four angels were bound to enter upon a work of destruction that was to continue an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year.
The four angels, four messengers to execute the mandates of prophecy, will represent four powers, or one power made up by a combination of four powers, or which develops into four powers, located at and held back by this great river.
This power of the Euphrates, bound for a season, was “prepared” for a work of destruction to continue an hour, a day, a month, and a year. We have already found that, in Revelation, a day is the symbol of a year.
 This period would then be three hundred and sixty-five days, thirty days, one day, and an hour, or three hundred and ninety-six days, and one-twelfth of another day.
This would give a period of three hundred and ninety-six years and one month, or if the year be considered three hundred and sixty-five and one-fourth [175] days long, a period three months longer.{2}
I will now inquire if any power, following in order after the Mahometan or Saracen Empire, also aiding in the destruction of the eastern Roman Empire, may be found that will correspond to this symbolism.

THE BOUND ANGELS.  

A few years before the thousandth year of the Christian era, a fierce Tartar race, formidable by numbers and bravery, left their seats east of the Caspian Sea and moved southwestward, until they rested upon the river Euphrates.
A vast region of country east of that river fell before their arms. Persia became one of their provinces, and India, as far as the ocean, was subjected to their sway. But for two generations they “wore bound by the river Euphrates,” and, lying upon its eastern banks, their armies were restrained by the river from ravaging the countries that lie to the west.
Though originally idolaters, they had accepted the Mahometan religion which they found in the countries which they had conquered in central Asia, and pretended to receive orders from the successor of Mahomet who sat upon [176] the throne at Bagdad, while really undermining his power.
 After being bound on the east of the Euphrates, with the stream for the western limits of their power for a period of half a century, in the year 1055, they occupied the city of Bagdad, and their leader was invested by the feeble Caliph with a commission to cross the Euphrates as his lieutenant, and to wage a religious war, in order to reduce the regions lying, to the northwest to a belief in the Koran.
 This appointment took place in 1057, and in that same year, sixty years after their appearance upon the east bank of that stream, after being bound for two generations, they crossed the Euphrates and marched upon the eastern Roman Empire.
This people were called the Turkomans or Turkmans; we call them the Turks.
It is thus seen that a people who have made a remarkable figure in the history of the last eight hundred years were “bound” at the Euphrates for a half century before they commenced that invasion of western Asia and Europe, which has made them known to Christendom. As yet we have no explanation of the fact that there were four angels.
This would imply, in some way, four powers. It is remarkable that this people were divided into four bodies, which formed four kingdoms, under the [177] four grandsons of the leader who established the empire of the Turks in western Asia.
The prince who was commissioned by the Caliph to attack the Greek Empire was named Togrul, but dying, his son Alp Arslan led the Turks across the Euphrates, and when he was slain in battle, he was succeeded by Malek Shah.
If the reader will open at the 532d page of Gibbon, Vol. V., he will find that the mighty empire of Malek Shah was divided into four principalities, under his four sons, which are described by the historian under the names of Persia, Kerman or India, Syria, Roum or Asia Minor, extending from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean. There are then four angels or messengers of destruction.

THE HORSEMEN  

Before we speak of their work there is another characteristic of these powers which we must not pass by. When the four angels are loosed the apostle sees an innumerable body, of horsemen.
He gives the number as two hundred thousand thousand, or, in the original, two myriads of myriads, which we may interpret as a countless multitude.
The locusts also were a force of horsemen, and we have seen the Arabians rush out of the desert, destitute of [178] infantry forces, all on horseback. Were the Turks likewise an army of cavalry?
Again Gibbon says:
“The myriads of Turkish horse overspread a frontier of six hundred miles, from Tauris to Erzeroum, and the blood of six hundred and thirty thousand Christians was a grateful sacrifice to the Arabian prophet.” Vol. V., page 512. Again, page 515.
“On the report of this bold invasion, which threatened his hereditary dominions, Alp Arslan flew to the scene of action at the head of forty thousand horse.” Again, on page 525. “The valiant Soliman, accompanied by his four brothers, passed the Euphrates.

The Turkish camp was soon seated in the neighborhood of Kataish, in Phrygia, and his flying cavalry laid waste the country as far as the Hellespont and the Black Sea.”
These are a few of the many passages that might be quoted showing that at this period of invasion the Turks were an army of horsemen.
 It is also curious that the Turks counted their cavalry, not by thousands, or regiments, as is customary in European armies, but by “myriads,” using the very same term that John employs to denote the numbers of these Euphratean horsemen.
The apostle notes that these horsemen have breastplates of fire, and jacinth, and brimstone.
These terms may be translated red, blue, and yellow, and I suppose, refer to the attire worn by these Turkish riders. Historians assure us that until the reorganization of the Turkish armies upon the European plan,–within the [179] present generation,–these were the prevalent colors of the Turkish uniform.
The description of the means employed by these strange horsemen to injure and destroy their enemies is remarkable. The heads of the horses appeared to the apostle like the heads of lions, and out of these lion-like mouths went forth fire, and smoke, and brimstone, by which were slain the third part of men. The reader will bear in mind that John saw a picture of coming events and records the series as they appear to him.
 The head and jaws of the lion are mighty to destroy. As the lion springs upon its victim he utters a deafening roar. John says that the instruments of death were the fire, smoke, and brimstone that proceeded out of the mouth of the horses. Evidently then there is a terrific roar like that of the lion, and fire and smoke and brimstone leap forth. These last become a deadly instrument of destruction to men.
If you were to look from a distance upon a cavalry soldier, as he charged, carbine in hand, and fired upon his enemy, the fire and smoke would seem to leap from the horse’s head, the enemy would fall, and the brimstone smell of burning powder would be left behind, for I need not say that sulphur is a chief ingredient of this instrument of death.
 If, indeed, we [180] were to search for a symbol of the use of firearms in war it would be hard for us to find one more appropriate. If gunpowder was used in this Turkish invasion it would certainly correspond with the description.
Gunpowder was unknown to the ancients, was never employed by the northern races that overthrow Rome, was unthought of by the Arab followers of Mahomet who attacked the Eastern Empire. Was it unknown to the Turks?
Again we turn to Gibbon, and we learn that during the period of these Turkish wars a complete revolution took place in modes of warfare. Then, for the first time, upon an extensive scale, gunpowder was used for slaying men.
We quote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. VI., pp. 379-80, and 388-89, in which he speaks of the adoption of artillery by the Turkish Sultan who laid siege to, and took the city of Constantinople, after breaches were battered in its walls by cannon.
Among the implements of destruction he studied with peculiar care the recent and tremendous discovery of the Latins; and his artillery surpassed whatever had yet appeared in the world.

A founder of cannon, a Dane or Hungarian, who had been almost starved in the Greek service, deserted to the Moslems, and was liberally entertained by the Turkish Sultan. Mahomet was satisfied with the answer to his first question, which he eagerly pressed on the artist.

“Am I able to cast a cannon capable of throwing a ball or stone of sufficient size to batter the walls of [181] Constantinople?

I am not ignorant of their strength; but were they more solid than those of Babylon, I could oppose an engine of superior power: the position and management of that engine must be left to your engineers.”

The great cannon of Mahomet has been separately noticed; an important and visible object in the history of the times: but that enormous engine was flanked by two fellows almost of equal magnitude; the long order of the Turkish artillery was pointed against the walls; fourteen batteries thundered, at once on the most accessible places; and of one of these it is ambiguously expressed, that it was mounted with one hundred and thirty balls, or discharged one hundred and thirty bullets.
It is thus seen that gunpowder was employed by the Turks in the overthrow of the Eastern Empire, and was a leading agency by which this conquest was effected.
I now ask the attention of the reader to a very singular statement concerning this army of horsemen that John saw engaged in the work of destruction by means of fire and smoke and brimstone. That statement is that the horses had

POWER IN THEIR TAILS.  

I will again quote the remarkable statement, “their power is in their mouth and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents and had heads, and with them they do hurt.”
The fire, smoke, and brimstone vomited from their mouths explain the first part of this strange statement. Some have supposed that [182] the second part refers to the terrible desolation left behind the Turks in their destroying path and the blighting effects of their rule after they had effected a conquest.
 I believe, however, that the explanation is found in the fact that the tail of the horse is a badge of power on the part of Turkish officials. If the reader were to visit the Turkish armies, instead of a flag, he would see over the tents of their generals, horses’ tails flung to the breeze.
Every leading pasha flings out a banner of three horses’ tails, inferior pashas, banners of two horses’ tails, while a bey or regiment commander is only allowed one tail. The tail is then an emblem of power; the number of tails indicates the degree of power. There is “power in horses’ tails.”{3}
 These strange banners flung to the breeze have signified to many a subject people that a power blasting as a Simoon and venomous as the serpent, had been sent to curse them by its baleful presence. The provinces of the Turkish Empire are under the rule of the pashas, and it is especially fitting that the symbol of their power should be likened to a serpent.
Never [183] was there a more deadly, poisonous, wasting, desolating rule than that of these horse-tail chieftains, who lorded it over the subjected provinces of the ancient Roman Empire.
 In order that the reader may see its terrible brutality I will mention two occurrences of this century, the desolation of the Greek island of Scio in 1822, and the Bulgarian massacres a few years ago. Scio, a beautiful island of the Archipelago, had, at that date, a population of one hundred and four thousand, mostly Greeks and professing Christians.
 Being suspected of sympathy with the uprising in Greece, the Turkish pasha turned his myrmidons upon them, and in two months butchered twenty-three thousand and sold forty-seven thousand more into slavery.
In a few weeks the Christian population was reduced by these measures and by flight to two thousand persons. The horrible atrocities in Bulgaria, which led to the late Turko-Russian war, are too recent occurrences to require a description in these pages. These two examples are fair illustrations of what has occurred in many instances under the rule of the pashas.
Rapacious, licentious, bloodthirsty, brutal, educated by their religion to believe that all unbelievers are fit subjects for spoil, or death, each pasha an absolute lord in his own province, their rule has [184] been one of the most grinding and intolerable ever borne by man.
Thus far there is a remarkable correspondence. I have identified the Turkish invaders of the Empire, by the following remarkable facts: The Turks were “bound” by the river Euphrates for sixty years.
As there were four angels bound, the Turkish power was divided into four kingdoms under the four sons of Malek Shah. They were an army of horsemen. The colors of blue, and red, and yellow were seen in the Turkish uniform. Fire, and smoke, and brimstone, or gunpowder, were instruments of death, and first employed upon a large scale in the Turkish wars.
 The tail of the horse was an emblem of power among the Turks. It remains for us to examine the time indicated by the prophet as that in which they would accomplish their work of destruction, and to see whether it corresponds with the facts of Turkish history.

THE TIME.  

It has been already shown that the prophetic period is three hundred and ninety-six years and four months, and it must evidently begin at the time when the angels were “loosed” in order to commence their work. It was in the year 1057, that the Turkish armies crossed the [185] river and assailed the Empire.
By the beginning of the next century their conquests extended to the Hellespont, and embraced all that portion of the world now portrayed upon the maps as Turkey in Asia. Then came the mighty uprising of Europe in the Crusades, which for the time beat back the torrent of Moslem invasion and recovered a portion of Asia.
 Between Europe and Asia the contest continued for two centuries, when Europe, weary of the fruitless struggle, abandoned the attempt, and the Turkish Empire, re-organized with the Ottoman Turks in power, passed over into Europe.
The Eastern Empire was soon shorn of all its territories and reduced to the city of Constantinople. In the year 1453, assailed by two hundred thousand Turks, its walls battered down by the first cannon ever used in a siege, one hundred thousand of its citizens lying dead upon the ramparts, it was stormed by the Turks, and the last relic of the mighty empire which had existed for two thousand two hundred years was swept away forever.
 The work was done. The Empire fell in 1453. In 1057 the work began by the passage of the Euphrates. The interval between is three hundred and ninety-six years!
This remarkable prophecy is still more exact. The reader cannot fail to note the [186] particularity of its language. The four angels were prepared for a work that was to last an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, or as we have found, a period of three hundred and ninety-six years and four months. Early in January 1057, the Turks marched out of Bagdad on their career of conquest.
 On the 29th day of May, 1453, they stormed Constantinople and ended the Empire, or three hundred and ninety-six years and four months, lacking a few days, from the time when they entered upon their work and crossed the Euphrates! Who can note this exact correspondence of the time with that predicted by the prophet and yet remain in doubt?
It is affirmed that during this period they should slay by means of fire, smoke, and brimstone a third part of men.
It has been shown (page 136) that, for a thousand years extending to the time when the Turks overthrew the Eastern or Greek Empire, the races of men were spoken of as under three divisions; that the Goths and Vandals subverted one “third part” of the world then known, or the Western Roman Empire, described prophetically under the first four trumpets; that the Saracens conquered a second “third part,” known from that time as the empire of the Caliphs, or Saracens, and that the third “third part” was the Eastern Empire, generally called from the language [187] which was spoken,–the Greek.
This Empire, the remnant of the old Roman Empire, embracing one of the three divisions of men as described by writers in that day, was destroyed and passed out of existence forever through means of the artillery of the Turks.

APOSTATES ASSAILED.  

The nation that “died” of these plagues, or was overthrown, was the Greek Empire. It was composed of a people who called themselves Christians, but had apostatized from the true faith. “The rest,” that is, others who partook of the apostasy, but were not overthrown by the Turks, “repented not.” There can be no doubt that this refers to the Catholic world.
 All central and western Europe was then under the dominion of the Roman superstition and was never subjected to destruction by the Turkish power. Of these, “the rest of the men, who were not killed of the, plagues,” it is affirmed that they remained impenitent. The character of their misdeeds is delineated.
They were demon and idol worshipers. They engaged in murders, sorceries, fornication and thefts. Had the Christendom, assailed by the Arabian and Turkish armies, apostatized and relapsed into such heathenish sins? I will ask [188] in succession questions concerning the various sins alleged, and answer them in detail.
1. Did they worship demons?
A demon, as all critics concede, is the spirit of a departed man. The saint worship of the great Apostasy is demon worship. For the evidence of its existence at this period we quote Gibbon, Vol. V., p. 2:
The first introduction of a symbolic worship was in the veneration of the cross, and of relics. The saints and martyrs, whose intercession was implored, were seated on the right hand of God; but the gracious and often supernatural favors, which, in the popular belief, were showered round their tomb, conveyed an unquestionable sanction of the devout pilgrims, who visited, and touched, and kissed these lifeless remains, the memorials of their merits and sufferings.

But a memorial, more interesting than the skull or the sandals of a departed worthy, is the faithful copy of his person and features, delineated by the arts of painting or sculpture.
2. Did they worship images, or engage in idolatry?
Upon page 37, Vol. V., will be found a record of the, proceedings of the second General Council of Nice, held in 787, from which we quote the following passage:
They unanimously pronounced, that the worship of images is agreeable to Scripture and reason, to the fathers and councils of the Church; but they hesitate whether that worship be relative or direct; whether the Godhead, and the figure of Christ, be entitled to the same adoration.
3. Did they engage in murders?
I need only speak of the crusade against the Albigenses, [189] those Christians who rejected the abominations of Rome, begun in 1250, in which it is supposed that one million persons were put to death. The history of the great Apostasy is a history of blood.
4. Did they engage in sorcery?
 What is a sorcerer? One who deceives by tricks. Simon, the Sorcerer, passed himself off on the Samaritans as a being of supernatural power by means of his magical arts. The Papacy in every age has palmed off upon the credulous pretended miracles. Statues of the Virgin weep; the blood of a saint liquefies; children see apparitions; miraculous cures are performed. Hardly a month passes but the press records some pretended miracle. True, when examined, they are found to be the tricks of monks and nuns, but the superstitious masses receive them with unquestioning faith.
5. The next count against the survivors is Fornication.
Is this true of the pretended Christians who survived the scourge of the sixth trumpet? Ah! who shall tell of the libertinism of the priests of Rome!
Where the confessional robs woman of her native modesty, virtue is likely to become an empty name. I call attention to well-known and acknowledged facts. No priest can remain within the Romish church if he marry. No priest is unfitted [190] for his work by keeping concubines.{4}
 I quote once more from Gibbon. He records the meeting of a great Catholic council, recognized as one of the General Councils of the church, and of the disposal of a question that came before it. We quote from Vol. V., p. 38:
“I shall only notice the judgment of the bishops on the comparative merit of image-worship and morality. A monk had concluded a truce with the dæmon of fornication, on condition of interrupting his daily prayers to a picture that hung in his cell.

His scruples prompted him to consult the abbot. ‘Rather than abstain from adoring Christ and his Mother in their holy images, it would be better for you,’ replied the casuist, ‘to enter every brothel, and visit every prostitute, in the city.'”
6. The last charge made against the impenitent people is thefts.
 Every dollar that a spurious religion has extorted from the people by false pretences is a theft. We need no further proof that the disasters of 1453 did not produce penitence, than the fact that in 1516 the Dominican friar, Tetzel, was peddling Catholic indulgences to commit sin through the cities of Germany. Nor is further proof required than the knowledge that every confessional is a means of extorting money from the masses, through the delusion that thus they may purchase the pardon of sins. [191]


{2} The term here used for year is not Kairos, the prophetic year of twelve months, or 360 days, but eniautos, the regular solar year of 365 ¼ days. Hence the period named in the text would be 365 ¼ plus 30 plus 1 plus 1-12 equals 396 4-12 days, or in years, 306 years and four months.
{3} The origin of this singular badge of power among the Turks is said to be that in one of their early battles their banner was captured by a charge of the enemy, whereupon their leader out off the tail of his horse, hoisted in on a spear, and called on all to follow that banner into the conflict. Under this banner they fought and won this battle.

{4} It is taught authoritatively in the works of canonized Romish Saints, works accepted as of canonical authority, that if a priest marry he shall be excommunicated. but that if he keeps a concubine he shall only be fined.–Works of St. Liguori, Doc. Mor. p. 444.
[VOTA 172-191]

What Is Wrong With That Statue?

Daniel 2:
 
 Contains the vision of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar saw. The purpose was to foretell the future of the world system that Nebuchadnezzar had started. History should look like a statue and be proportionate to the statue or it will not look like a statue.
 
 
In the picture at right is a standard Futurist interpretation of the vision. The grotesque caricature itself should indicate that there is something wrong with the interpretation. For the approximate historical times of 70 years for the head, 200 for the chest 200 plus for the loins and over 500 years for the legs and feet. But the Futurist believes the little stone has not hit the feet as yet. Consequently the toes are over 1500 years long and still growing. The system has to be wrong.
 
 
To be fair, the artist has pictured here a statue that has toes that are only seven years long though in actual fact those toes began to grow at the time of the fall of Rome in 476. Thus, most of the church age is left out of the chart as unimportant!
 
The grotesqueness of the chart resulting from this position is obviously strained and should cause the artist himself to see that something has to be wrong. If the proper proportions were used it would take at least another page to draw the toes, even if the artist’s view of history were used!
 
 
Other charts that illustrate the same position use the same lateral position. Since the toes are so deformed that standing is impossible, the statue is shown lying down. I have seen the same lateral position in other charts, due to the feet being cut off the statue and moved away from the ankles, down the chart in an attempt to be proportionate. In that case, history looks like a statue with his feet cut off, instead of solving the problem by making long toes.
 
 
 These forced attempts make the interpreters mistake clear. Others who leave out the statue and use graphs are seen to be just as disproportionate.
 
They give the proper proportions for the four empires, using one third of the chart for the four empires but then leave out the church age or give one eighth inch to the two thousand years of church history and the rest of the two thirds of the chart for the last seven years of the world, during which, according to them, all the symbols of seals, trumpets, and bowls, in the book of Revelation, are to be fulfilled!
 
 Yes it is true! All the symbols, according to them, depict seven years!
 
 
The position of the Futurist has to be wrong simply because the figures and symbols that are given in the prophecies are so grotesquely destroyed. The figures in the prophecies fit naturally and proportionately when the church is seen as the kingdom of God and the church age is seen in conjunction with the progression of the prophetic symbols.
 
 
The symbol in Daniel two is one of a statue predicting future history, not a statue with deformed toes! The interpretation of this statue is covered in the second chapter of this book.
 
 
 
 



COME OUT FROM FALSE WORSHIP MY PEOPLE and touch not the unclean thing! “TALKING TO THE DEAD” A religious practice of dead religion FORBIDDEN BY God!

There are two major players in the prophetic realm today to stay clear of but only one is the true Beast of Revelation.

Ultimately the true Beast is Islam, but the other Beast is the Roman Catholic Church

Come out of her, my people.

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“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities’” (Revelation 18:4,5).
Babylon (or Babel) was the capital of an ancient empire. The name means “confusion” and originates from the confusion of languages which halted the building of the tower of Babel.

Symbolically, Babylon represents the confusion of idolatry and false religion. “And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen! And he answered and said, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground’” (Isaiah 21:9).
  “Declare among the nations, Proclaim, and set up a standard; Proclaim, and do not conceal it — Say, ‘Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; Her idols are humiliated, Her images are broken in pieces’” (Jeremiah 50:2). 
“And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:5). Harlotry represents unfaithfulness to the true God through the worship of idols (Exodus 34:15,16; Leviticus 20:5; Deuteronomy 31:16; Psalm 73:27; Judges 2:17; 8:33; Jeremiah 2:20; 3:1; Ezekiel 16:15-17). 
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Israel was carried away into Babylonian captivity as punishment for its apostasy and idolatry and even today is “Politically” Deceived by the Harlots lies as is the WHOLE WORLD!

Flee from Babylon! THIS IS GOD’S CRY TOWARD HIS OWN PEOPLE IN ALL THE WORLD WHO ARE DECEIVED BY THE FALSE RELIGION THAT PROMISES PEACE AND SAFETY IN IT’S ARMS,WHILE FORCING US TO DRINK FROM IT’S “CUP OF INIQUITY” the Church today has made an alliance with the “MURDERER OF THE SAINTS OF THE PAST” A CONCORDAT OF DEATH with the Master of death. 

THE PITCHER PLANT IN NATURE IS THE PERFECT REPRESENTATION OF THE VATICAN’S AND ISLAM’S TRUE INTENTIONS REGARDING THE SAINTS OF GOD WITHIN IT’S GRASP TODAY,DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY IT’S BEAUTY.
 Pitcher Plant Blossom


The Pitcher-plant is a carnivorous plant, a meat eater. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1935071122&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrCarnivorous plants usually live in nitrogen poor soils. They have ‘learned’ to augment the inadequate nitrogen available in the soil by capturing and consuming insects!

The inside of the tubular shaped leaf is lined with downward pointing hairs. These hairs block an insect from climbing up the tube and escaping. The fluid in the bottom of the tube contains digestive juices that will consume the insect prey.

The Antichrist Church has ONLY one REASON FOR DECEIVING THE SAINTS AND THAT IS TO CONSUME THEIR LIFE FROM THE EARTH, SO DO NOT LET THE “HAIRS” of UNITY BLOCK YOU FROM ESCAPE, FOR THE “FLUID” of DESTRUCTION AWAITS THE SAINTS WHO GO TO FAR INTO IT’S DOCTRINAL ABYSS!
 
There is also this to realize, the Roman Church is also diverting http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1456490168&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrattention from the true Beast of Islam in her quest to take over the World

“Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim ‘The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob!’” (Isaiah 48:20). See verses 12-22.

“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD” (Isaiah 52:11). See verses 7-12.

“‘In those days and in that time,’ says the Lord, ‘The children of Israel shall come, They and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, And seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, With their faces toward it, saying, “Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord In a perpetual covenant That will not be forgotten”‘” (Jeremiah 50:4,5).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1599160927&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the land of the Chaldeans; And be like the rams before the flocks” (Jeremiah 50:8). “Flee from the midst of Babylon, And every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, For this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He shall recompense her” (Jeremiah 51:6).

“We would have Healed Babylon (The common EXCUSE FROM CATHOLICS WHO ARE “Born Again” is that they are working from within to bring change), But she is not healed (Some have come out and that’s good BUT GOD SAYS COME OUT OR SHARE IN HER DESTRUCTION). 

Forsake her, and (HER DOCTRINES OF DEVILS) let us go everyone to his own country; For her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies. The Lord has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 51:9,10).

“My people, go out of the midst of her! And let everyone deliver himself from the fierce anger of the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:45). See chapters 50 and 51.

“Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (Zechariah 2:7).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1599795310&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIn addition to Babylon, we also find Sodom, Jerusalem and Rome used as symbols of apostasy, corruption and idolatry (Revelation 11:8; 17:18). 
The expression “great city” is used in Scripture to designate idolatrous and evil cities: Nineveh (Genesis 10:11; Jonah 1:2; 3:2,3; 4:11); Gibeon (Joshua 10:1); Jerusalem (Jeremiah 22:8; Revelation 11:8); Sodom (Revelation 11:8); Babylon (Revelation 16:19; 18:10); Rome (Revelation 17:18).
If you compare the passages in Revelation, you will discover that Jerusalem, Sodom, Babylon and Rome are all referring to the same city! This is the city of the false prophet, the city of the Antichrist, the city which represents all rebellion to God.


We too must flee

In our time as well, God’s people are commanded to depart from Babylon. We ARE COMMANDED BY GOD not to participate in the false religion that surrounds us. God calls us out of Babylon and tells us to return to Zion:GOD’S KINGDOM “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1928660320&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrof her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities’” (Revelation 18:4,5).

How can God’s people be in Babylon? Referring to certain people who had not yet heard the Gospel, Jesus said: “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9,10). These were people who were searching for God and whose attitude was such that they would accept the Gospel. Through the preaching of Paul they were given an opportunity to repent and be saved, to escape from Babylon.

In His prayer to the Father, Jesus said: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word” (John 17:6).

Cornelius is also a good example. He prayed regularly to God and did good deeds (Acts 10:4,31). Because God appreciated this, He provided Cornelius with an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Just through his prayer and good works, however, Cornelius was not yet saved! He was commanded: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved” (Acts 11:13,14).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0970861117&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrWhy must we depart from Babylon? “Lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

What does it mean to depart from Babylon? “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). “Belial” means “the worthless one” or “the lawless one”.

“Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17). “Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Read 2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:1.

Some people think they can compromise with a false religion. They try to serve Christ in the camp of the Antichrist! They think they can serve God inwardly although they remain in a denomination that deviates from the doctrine of Christ.

They are mistaken. If they remain in Babylon, they will perish with Babylon. “Whoever http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414104405&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrtransgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11). 

“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch” (Matthew 15:13,14).

God warns us

“Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees!” (Isaiah 48:20).

“Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD” (Isaiah 52:11).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0977102181&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“Move from the midst of Babylon, Go out of the land of the Chaldeans” (Jeremiah 50:8).

“Flee from the midst of Babylon, And every one save his life! Do not be cut off in her iniquity, For this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He shall recompense her” (Jeremiah 51:6).

“We would have healed Babylon, But she is not healed. Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country” (Jeremiah 51:9).

“My people, go out of the midst of her! And let everyone deliver himself from the fierce anger of the Lord” (Jeremiah 51:45).

“Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon” (Zechariah 2:7).

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=9628139908&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrWhat is the Catholic sacrament of Holy Eucharist? What is the Catholic definition of celebrating Holy Eucharist?

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000H2M928&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“TALKING TO THE DEAD” A religious practice of dead religion FORBIDDEN BY God!

I am coming at this problem from an angle that I personally am familiar with as a former black witch in the Occult for 8 years. You may be asking…”Is there such as thing as a sixth sense?
Is it possible to communicate with the spirit world?

Popular television shows like Ghost Whisperer, Medium and John Edward Cross Country all seem to suggest that talking to the dead and communicating with spirits is quite possible and even normal, most of the time these shows are well made and entertaining. I personally like to watch these shows for the pure entertainment value ALONE with THE exception of John Edwards whom I believe is a fake Medium at best AND A REALLY GOOD GUESSER But what does the Bible say about talking to the dead?

The Old Testament warns against consulting (And this means in ANY FORM DIRECTLY or http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0883687356&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrINDIRECTLY ) with mediums and psychics in several instances. These practices are considered detestable to the Lord.WHY?
 
Because God knows that in doing this we are really “Communicating with Demons” NOT WITH THE PEOPLE WE HAVE LOST!
You may be thinking…What does this have to do with the Church..both Catholic & Protestant? According to a recent study by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, 20 percent of Americans believe that the living can communicate with the dead. In an on line survey of 10,000 Beliefnet members, 77 percent said they’d felt the presence of a spirit, angel or dead soul. 
Both the survey results and the TV statistics indicate that women are more likely to believe it’s possible to interact with the spirit world. Forty-six percent of women surveyed believed that “the souls of the dead protect the living as spirit guides,” compared with 27 percent of men. Women were also more likely than men to believe that “the dead can hear our prayers or intercede with God on our behalf.” 
Most interesting, people tend to view these spirits as protectors who may intervene to help in their daily lives. Forty-two percent in the Beliefnet survey said the souls protect the living by acting as guardian angels or spirit guides. Can you communicate with the dead only if you’re a http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=088419454X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrpsychic—or a TV star? Thirty-six percent of Beliefnet poll respondents believed that talking to the dead is “something that everyone has potential for.” 
All this interest in communicating with the dead comes despite the fact that Jews and Christians have prohibitions against it. The Bible says, “There shall not be found among you any one that consults a ghost or familiar spirit, or a necromancer” (Deut. 18:10). 
One respondent captured a common Christian view when he said the appearance of a loved one is “the Devil in disguise.” These spirits are “simply a way to try to move us away from our close relationship with God.”

The Old Testament term for communicating with the dead is “necromancy.” (Deuteronomy 18:11, also read verse 10) It is forbidden by God: “There shall not be found among you… For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord” (an “abomination,” KJV). 

Also see: 1 Samuel 28:3-20; 2 Chronicles 10:13, 14; Isaiah 8:19-22. The punishment for contacting the dead is very severe, if not repented of. 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004FN2B5U&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThis must also include what Roman Catholicism claims is praying to the “saints” — the deceased who have been beatified, canonized, or placed in a position of spiritual superiority by the hierarchy. (Scripture refers to all believers as “saints.”) The real force at work in such “apparitions” (appearances of the deceased) is deception: demonic activity, evil spirits.
I am a personal witness to these deceptive beings “Pretending ” to be humans who once lived on earth,it does happen for Satan disguises himself as “an angel of light,” it says in 2 Corinthians 11:14. (He doesn’t approach us saying, “Boo!” or we’d run & hide.) 
When prophecies or visions fail to come to pass, we know they’re not of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22). But even if a vision or prophecy DOES COME TO PASS (and Satan can & does have the power to make THINGS COME TO PASS AS HE SAID THEY WOULD,AS LONG AS THAT THING IS WITHIN THE PLAN OF GOD;SO DON’T BE FOOLED, scripture says, we are still instructed to discern the source: if it doesn’t glorify Jesus — if it glorifies any other person, living or dead — it’s not of God. examine or

When someone claims to have received a “vision” of the dead, it’s really a deception of the enemy — demon forces at work. 
Luke chapter 16 contains excellent instruction on the state of the dead, referring to an impassable separation between the after-life and this world. Those in the next world, saved or otherwise, simply do not return to deliver messages to the living: 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1413715397&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“[Lazarus] died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom,” and the rich man died and suffered torment in Hades. A “great gulf” separated the two and was “fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” (Luke 16:19-31)
Another example is the instance in which, at the death of his son, David testified: “I shall go to him, but he shall not return unto me.” (2 Samuel 12:15-23) 
Not all miracles are of God. Satan performs lying signs and wonders (Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7, 17-19; Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13-14, 16:14; 19:20) The magicians in the times of Moses and Daniel could perform some magic (Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7; Daniel 1:20) … but their power is limited (Exodus 8:17-19; Daniel 2:2, 10, 27; 4:7; 5:7-8, 15). 
Many Roman Catholics and others, lacking discernment* and knowledge of the Scriptures (“My people perish for lack of knowledge”) — and trusting the hierarchy of man — fail to “test the spirits and see whether they be of God” (1 John 4:1). They assume the priests do that for them! Some of the primary points relative to this issue include: 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=117707818X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIf a sign or wonder predicted comes to pass, but the person is enticed to follow after another god, we are to reject it. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5) Also, if the message delivered is contrary to Scripture, it’s not from God (Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16). Some religious messages don’t glorify Jesus at all; rather, the “vision” is glorified and, repeated again and again, perpetuated by tradition. 
The Roman Catholic practice of praying to and for the dead can be traced in part to the Old Testament apocryphal books (2 Maccabees 12:46 “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”) These books, rejected from the canon (“rule,” or “standard”) of Scripture, contain historical and geographical errors, and many teachings inconsistent with the rest of scripture: salvation by almsgiving; suicide; magic; angelic intercession; etc. Definitely nothing sturdy upon which to base one’s eternal destiny. 
Matthew 24:23-27 (KJV)
”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” 
Colossians 2:18 (KJV)” Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1414102356&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrworshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ” Isaiah 8:19-20 (KJV)”And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 
Now here is a direct reference to a Lying spirit telling us he goes into men to Lie and mislead,but in this case God is using this Demon to his advantage to bring his plan into being for Israel. 
1 Kings 22:21-23 (KJV)”And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. “
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1857924142&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe Catholic Teaching of Praying to Saints and the virgin Mary HAVE WITCHCRAFT WRITTEN ALL OVER IT!
If you are a Roman Catholic, it would be very wise to be concerned as to why the Catholic Church teaches some things that are totally contrary to God’s word? One of these things the Bible clearly teaches us is that we are not to have or pray to graven images (statues).
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God”, Exodus 20:4-5a THIS GOES FOR ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE PICTURES OF JESUS OR CROSSES AROUND THEIR NECKS AS WELL!
 
Worship is a tricky thing and can be done sometimes without knowing it with Charms that we think ARE HARMLESS!
We all need to study God’s word daily so we can understand His truth. Another big difference and concern is, why do Catholics pray to saints when the Bible teaches very clearly to only pray to God?
If you are praying to Mary or a saint; you are also practicing necromancy. Necromancy is http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1163047325&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrcommunicating with those who are dead. It is a hideous sin that is an abomination to a holy God.
Deut. 8:10-12 “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. “
Abomination is one of the strongest words used by God for something He utterly detests. ARE THE SAINTS DEAD? HAS MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS DIED? Remember Mary did not EVER get raised from the dead in the same way as Christ did so she like all human beings is DEAD TO THIS PLAIN OF EXISTENCE unlike Jesus who can come and go as he pleases because he was raised in a spiritual body unlike those in Heaven.

THE ANSWER IS …YES! THEY ARE ALL DEAD,THEREFORE WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO TALK TO THEM OR ASK FOR ADVICE FROM THEM! 

The usual argument that this a spiritual exercise to bring us closer to God does NOT WORK BECAUSE OF THIS SPECIFIC WARNING!

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1171143206&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIn fact, you will be totally shocked and appalled to know that there is only one place recorded in the Bible where a person prayed to a saint. It was from the fiery depths of hell! Spoken from the very mouth of Jesus Himself of how a wicked man prayed in hell to a saint. Let us read the whole parable that Jesus spoke, so you cannot miss it:
 

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:
the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1564764885&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhe said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:19-31).
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This man prayed to and called Abraham his father, and this was very wrong. We all know that Abraham was a righteous man in scripture.
He was a great man of faith. If he wasn’t to be prayed to, then no other saints are to be prayed to either. If you are praying to Mary or any other saint you will also be where this rich man was one day. Jesus tells us to call no man Father except God in heaven. 
Why are priests called Father?

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” Matthew 23:9.
As he prayed to Abraham he knew where he had gone wrong. He had not repented while he had been alive. Now it was to late! But he still had mercy on his brothers, but unfortunately he was indoctrinated into believing that Abraham could help them.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0937958107&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe rich man in hell was telling a saint what would happen if those who rose from the dead would go to his brothers. Just like in his former life, the rich man obviously thought he knew what was best, but where did it get him? A place called hell! We need to trust in God’s word’s, not any priest’s, not our own heart; nothing… but the word of God!
Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His atoning blood so we could be forgiven of our sins. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;”
Hebrews 9:28.
There is absolutely no other sacrifice needed! Jesus paid our debt of sin in full!. Jesus said: “repent ye, and believe the gospel” Mark 1:15. 

All He wants us to do is repent and believe His Gospel. 

Now that we know what repent means, what does it mean to believe the Gospel? 
This does not just mean to believe in God and believe what he did. Most people already believe http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0829409300&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrin God or a higher power that they call god. Believing the Gospel is much more than this. It is to believe that much in the Lord Jesus Christ that it causes a change of heart. 

You become born again and set aside for God’s purposes. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”: John 1:12.

  Dear Catholic friend, ask yourself the most important question; do you trust in God’s word or in man’s?

As you have seen, the Bible and Catholic teachings appear to be completely different on what really matters most. Which way will you turn?

Will you trust in the living and the risen savior? 

The One who rose from the dead so you can live again?

Or will you continue to trust in man’s word which will not be able to do anything for you when you stand at the judgment seat of Christ. 

Are you still determined to pray to any dead saint or idol?

What can they possibly do for you once you are in hell?

Why not put your trust in Jesus Christ, the living Lord and Savior the only one who can save you http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1594483353&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfrom death and hell. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” Revelation 1:18.

PRAY TO GOD ALONE

Now is the time to repent and pray to God the Father in heaven who is the only one that can save you from hell by His Son Jesus Christ. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28
HERE ARE OTHER LINKS TO MP3 DOWNLOADS ON BIBLE PROHESY : Conference on Christianity and Roman Catholicism (9 lectures) THESE ARE FREE DOWNLOADS! 
You can now listen to Trinity Foundation lectures on your computer using an MP3 Player such as Windows Media Player, Quicktime or Winamp. Just RIGHT CLICK over the desired file and choose SAVE TARGET AS from the drop down menu. 
 

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