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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
for the Day of the Lord comes, it is nigh at hand!"
Joel 2:1


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The Prophetic Church Of Thyatira
by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
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During the months of March, April, and May I wrote to you, in these "End-Times Trumpet" articles about the prophetic significance of the first 3 of the "Seven Churches Of Asia Minor", which, because the letters to those churches are contained in a "Book of Prophecy" (Rev. 1:3 / Rev. 22:19) they are, therefore, prophetic in nature.

As we saw in those articles from March, April, and May, the 1st of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" (of Rev. 2 and 3) — "The Letter To The Church Of Ephesus" — was prophetic of the "Apostolic Era" of Church History. And then we saw that the 2nd of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" (of Rev. 2 and 3) — "The Letter To The Church Of Smyrna" — was prophetic of the "late Apostolic Era and post-Apostolic Era" of Church History. And then we saw in the 3rd of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" — the "Letter To The Church Of Pergamos" — that that letter was prophetic of the "Pre-Catholic Era" of Church History. So now let us look at the next — the 4th — of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" — "The Letter To The Church Of Thyatira" — where we will see that that letter was prophetic of the "Catholic Era" of Church History.

Rev. 2:18 — "And unto the angel" (Pastor) "of the Church in Thyatira write..."

The city of Thyatira was originally named "Pelopia" but it was named "Thyateira" by King Seleucias I Nicator in 290 BC, which name meant "daughter" because he had just learned that his pregnant wife had just given birth to a daughter. The Turkish equivalent of "Thyatiera" ("Thyatira") is "Tepe Mezarligi" which means "hill graveyard" which is typical of the fact that ancient "Thyatira" became a "spiritual graveyard" as the Church there mixed the pagan "Babylonish Cult" religion of Babylon and the "Pagan Religion" of Rome with Christianity. The modern name of "Thyatira" is "Akhiser, Turkey" (which the name "Akhiser" means "White Castle").

"Thyatira" (Akhisar) Turkey is located in the far west of Turkey, south of Istanbul, about 27 miles northwest of the city of Sardis, and due east of Athens, Greece. It is about 50 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.

Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 1. "Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece (Akhisar)" (Illustration/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
All that remains of the ancient Biblical city of Thyatira are a few archeological remains that are located within a fenced off rectangular city block in the midst of the modern city of Akhisar, Turkey.

Among the ruins of ancient Thyatira is a public building (basilica) dating from the 5th or 6th Century AD. One column in it is preserved to a height of 16 ft. There are also columns and arches from an ancient portico (city street) dating from about the 4th Century AD. Several Greek inscriptions also lie among the ruins of ancient Thyatira. Many coins have also been found at the site, from which it is evident that Guilds of bakers, bronze smiths, wool workers, potters, linen weavers, and tanners were active in the city. Such Guilds would often hold banquets which included the eating of food offered to Idols and the participation in immoral sexual acts, to which the Lord referred in this "Letter To The Church Of Thyatira" where He — in Rev. 2:20 — referred to the "teaching of my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to Idols."

Figures 2 through 11 are pictures of ancient Thyatira remains, as well as pictures of coins found among the remains, taken from the Internet site: www.welcometohosanna.com/REVELATION/Thyatira.html article titled "Seven Cities Of Revelation: Thyatira".

Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 2. "Among the ruins are columns and arches from a portico dating from about the 4th century AD." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 3. "Above, remains of a basilica dating from the 5th or 6th century AD. In places it is preserved to a height of 16 feet. Artifacts give no indication that it was ever a church. It is thought to have been a public building with various functions." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 4. "Highly decorated remains at Akhisar." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 5. "Remains of a portico (a covered walkway or porch) which once stood on the west side of a column-lined street." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 6. "Portico arches probably dating to the 4th century AD." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 7. "Colonnade remains; modern streets and buildings surround the archaeological park." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 8. "Coin from Thyatira (c. 2nd-1st centuries BC) with head of Zeus and winged thunderbolt within a wreath" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 9. "Coin from Thyatira with head of Apollo and double-headed battle-axe, similar to those represented on Hittite sculptures." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 10. "Coin from Thyatira (c. 222-235 AD) with bust of the goddess Boreitene-Artemis and an eagle with spread wings." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Thyatira, Ancient City of Greece
Fig. 11. "Coin from Thyatira with a bust of Septimius Severus (r. 193-211 AD) and two standing figures: Asklepios of Pergamum on the left facing Apollo Tyrimnos, the patron god of Thyatira." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.welcometohosanna.com)
Ancient Thyatira was known for it's textiles and dying trade. One such individual who was involved in that industry was a lady by the name of Lydia who was converted to Christianity by the Apostle Paul, Concerning the conversion of Lydia, Acts 16:14-15 says: "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of Purple of the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, heard us, whose heart the Lord opened that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. "And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us saying: 'Come into my house and abide there.' And she constrained us."

The fact that the city of Thyatira was known for the manufacture of "Scarlet and Purple Cloth" is indicative that the "Church Of Thyatira" was prophetic of the rise of the first organized "Christian Religion" — the Roman Catholic Church — which is known for the fact that the vestments of the Popes, Cardinals, and Bishops of the Catholic Church is the colors of "Scarlet and Purple".
Graph 4 — Second Defeat of Muslim Empire
Fig. 12. Left to right: "Cardinal Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna and Cardinal-Priest of San Crisogono"; "Choir dress of a cardinal."; and "Cardinal Sodano, current Dean of the College." (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
"Scarlet and Purple" is also the colors of the vestments of the "Harlot Woman" — "Mystery Babylon" — of Rev. 17 — (which is prophetic of the Roman Catholic Church) — Rev. 17:4 -"And the Woman was arrayed in Purple and Scarlet color..."

Pope Benedict XVI
Fig. 13. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI (Photo Credit: www.vatican.va)
Another thing that is identified with the Harlot — "Mystery Babylon" — of Rev. 17:4 is that she is "decked with gold", and we note that the previous Pope — Pope Benedict XVI — who is now the "Emeritus Pope" — is the fact that he nearly always, while officiating as Pope, would either wear a Papal Robe of Gold, or garments "decked with gold".

Egyptian Coptic-style Rosary
Fig. 14. "An Egyptian Coptic-style Rosary featuring an extra Coptic crucifix." (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
We also note that the "Harlot Woman" — "Mystery Babylon" — wears "precious stones and pearls" (Rev. 17:4), which speaks of the "Rosary Beads", which are of pagan origin, used by Popes, Cardinals, Priests, and other Catholics as an aid in their praying.

Rev. 2:18 — (cont.) — "...these things says the Son of God, who has eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass."

In this statement the Lord Jesus Christ is identifying Himself as the "Son of God", and the fact that He mentions His "eyes of fire" shows that He can see through all of the "robes of religiosity" of the Catholic Church (which is symbolized by the "Harlot Woman" — "Mystery Babylon the Great" of Rev. 17 — and also by the "Church Of Thyatira" of Rev. 2) and the fact of Him having "feet like fine brass" shows that He can and will trample them underfoot in His future judgment of them.

Rev. 2:19 — "I know your works and charity" (love) "and service and faith, and your patience, and your works, and the last to be more then the first."

We notice here that the Lord takes note of the "works" of the Roman Catholic Church in that He mentions the word "works" twice, and then He says "and the last to be more then the first". The reason why He mentions "works" twice and makes note of "and the last to be more then the first" is because the Catholic Church essentially teaches "salvation by works". Rather than teaching "born-again" salvation and "repentance", the Catholic Church teaches "penance" and joining the Catholic Church as the means of salvation. However, it can be said, in honor of the Catholic Church that they have been one of the greatest organizations in the World for "charitable works" and for the health and well- being of people who they have ministered to in their hospitals all around the World, which is the "love" and "service" that the Lord takes note of.

Jezebel
Fig. 15. "Jezebel from "Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum" (Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Rev. 2:20 — "Notwithstanding, I have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a Prophetess, to teach, and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to Idols."

This verse identifies for us the period of "Church History" that is signified by the Prophetic Letter to the Prophetic Church of Thyatira: which is the Roman Catholic Era. We know this because of the reference to "Jezebel", who was the adulteress wife of King Ahab in the Old Testament in I Kings 18, who introduced Idolatry and the worship of Baal (who was the "Sun god", modeled after Nimrod — the founder and builder of the Tower of Babel — of ancient Babylon, who his wife Semiramis claimed that after his death he ascended into the Sun to become the "Sun god" [see my lesson on "The Prophetic Church Of Pergamos"].) Interestingly the Old Testament Nation of Israel picked up and practiced this worship of the "Sun god" as we read in Ezek. 8:16 — "And He brought me into the Inner Court of the Lord's House, and behold at the door of the Temple of the Lord, between the Porch and the Altar, were about five and twenty men with their backs toward the Temple of the Lord and their faces toward the East and they worshipped the Sun toward the East."

Chair of St. Peter
Fig. 16. "Chair of Saint Peter" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
The Roman Catholic Church also identifies with this worship of the "Sun god", not that they teach or promote the worship of the Sun god", but they do promote the "Sun Image" in their worship. This is seen by the fact that the "Chair Of St. Peter" in "St. Peter's Basillica" in the Vatican in Rome features a giant "Sun Image" over and as the backdrop to the "Chair Of St. Peter". This is also seen by the fact that many times Popes, in the "Communion Service" (which they call the "Eucharist") will used a "Sun Image" called the "Monstrance" to hold the "host" (a large wafer) in.

Pope John Paul II holding Monstrance
Fig. 17. "Pope John Paul II holding what is called a Monstrance or Ostensorium. It is used to display a round wafer of bread, called the host, which is used in what is called the Mass, Lord's Supper, Communion or Eucharistic meal. " (Photo/Caption Credit: aloha.net)
As pictured in Figure 17, Pope John Paul II in serving the Eucharist (Communion) uses the "Monstrance" (Sun Image).

Tammuz statue
Fig. 18. "Tammuz, statue by Imre Schrammel, National Theatre of Miskolc, Hungary." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
"Jezebel" of the "Church Of Thyatira" also connects with the "Harlot Woman" — "Mystery Babylon" — of Rev. 17. In the study of the "Prophetic Church Of Pergamos" we saw that in the ancient city of Babylon (connected with "Mystery Babylon" of Rev. 17) that Semiramis — the wife of Nimrod (the builder of the Tower Of Babel) gave birth to a son after the death of Nimrod, who she claimed was Nimrod reincarnated and she named him Tammuz. When Tammuz was 40 years old he was out hunting and was attacked and killed by a wild Boar which the Babylonians, under the direction of his concubine lover, the sexy Ishtar, mourned his death for 40 days (which became the origin of the 40-day "Lent" season in Catholicism) at which time Ishtar held a big
Queen of Night relief
Fig. 19. "Old Babylonian period Queen of Night relief, often considered to represent an aspect of Ishtar." (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
feast called the "Feast Of Ishtar" ("Ishtar" is the name from which the name "Easter" comes) in which she proclaimed that it had been revealed to her — the "Queen Of Heaven", which was the name that Tammuz gave her, because she wore on her head a "Tower Of Babel" hat/crown (which the Tower Of Babel was supposed to reach to Heaven) — that Tammuz would rise from the dead and come back to them.

The Israelites picked up this "40-day mourning" for Tammuz, which the Lord condemned in Ezek. 8:14 — "Then He brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's House" (the Temple) "which was towards the North and behold there sat women weeping for Tammuz." Interestingly, even today the Israeli's honor Tammuz in that they have a month on their calendar — the month of Tammuz — which is the 10th month of the civil year and the 4th month of the ecclesiastical year. It is a summer month of 29 days, which occurs on the Gregorian calendar around June-July.

The Israeli's also honored and worshipped Ishtar as the "Queen Of Heaven", which God condemned in Jer. 7:18 — "The children gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire and the women knead dough to make cakes to the Queen Of Heaven and to pour out drink offerings to other gods that they may provoke Me to anger."

Isis
Fig. 20. Left: "Roman Isis holding a sistrum and oinochoe and wearing a garment tied with a characteristic knot, from the time of Hadrian (117–138 CE)"; Right: "Isis portrayed as a woman, wearing a headdress shaped like a throne and with an Ankh in her hand" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
This pagan worship of Ishtar as the "Queen Of Heaven" and the 40-day mourning for the death of Tammuz, where the people prayed to Tammuz by making the "Sign Of The Tau" ("T") to stand for "Tammuz" upon themselves, which today is used in Roman Catholicism as the "Sign Of The Cross", and the worship of Nimrod as the "Sun god" (later called "Baal") continued in Babylon (Iraq) until the year 487 BC when Xerxes the King of Persia (Iran) invaded Babylon and forced the Priests of Bel ("Bel" — "Baal" -means "the confounded" as God "confounded" the languages at the Tower Of Babel) to flee to avoid being killed, so they fled to the city of Pergamos and re-established their religious headquarters there, which is why in the "Letter To Pergamos" God told the believers there: "I know where you dwell, even where Satan's Seat is". This worship of the "Sun god" and of Tammuz and of Ishtar as the "Queen Of Heaven" continued in Pergamos until eventually the title "Queen Of Heaven" was assigned to another "goddess" — the "goddess" Isis — which originated in Egypt but then was also adopted by the Romans as the "Queen Of Heaven" until the year 133 BC at which time King Attalus III — the last King of Pergamos — who had no interest in ruling Pergamos but instead devoted his time to studying medicine, Botany, gardening, and other pursuits, made out his "Last Will and Testament" leaving his Kingdom to the Roman Republic, at which time (the time of his death) because Pergamos was declining in size and position in the ancient world while Rome was rising to prominence, the Priests Of Bel — the Etruscans — took their leave of Pergamos and relocated in Rome where what had originally been the "Babylonian Cult" (that had relocated to Pergamos) then became the "Imperial (Pagan) Cult" of Rome headed up by the Roman Emperors who took the title of "Pontifex Maximus" (Supreme High Priest/Pontiff), which is the origin of Popes being called "Pontiffs".

Victoria Statue
Fig. 21. "Victoria on top of the Berlin Victory Column (Goldelse)" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Nike
Fig. 22. "Stone carving of the goddess Nike at the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
The title of "Queen Of Heaven" then was conferred upon another "goddess" — the "goddess" "Victory" — (also called "Victoria") (worshipped in Ephesus as the Greek "goddess" "Nike") and her statue was placed in the Roman Senate House.

Emperor Julius Caesar was the first of the Roman Caesars to hold the title of "Pontifex Maximus" (Supreme Pontiff of the Imperial Pagan Cult) and all of the Emperors after him also held that title until the rise to power of Emperor Gratian who reigned as Emperor of the Roman Empire
Nike
Fig. 24. "Augustus as Pontifex Maximus" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
from 367-383 AD. Emperor Gratian had a Christian background and when he became Emperor he refused to attire himself in the robes of the "Pontifex Maximus". Describing this, Funk And Wagnalls New Encyclopedia — Vol. 12 — under: "Gratian, full name FLAVIUS GRATIANUS (359-383) Western Emperor (367-383) states:
Denarius depicting Julius Caesar as Pontifex Maximus
Fig. 23. "Denarius depicting Julius Caesar as Pontifex Maximus" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
"The eldest son of the Western Emperor Valentinan I, Gratian became co-Emperor with his father in 367, and after the latter's death in 375, ruled jointly with his young half-brother Valentinian II. A firm supporter of the Christian Church, he began disassociating the Roman State from the old Pagan Religion. Refusing the title of Pontifex Maximus, traditionally held by the
Gratian coin
Fig. 25. "Gratian Solidus" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Emperors, he ordered that the shrine of the goddess Victory be removed from the Senate House and he ended financial support for the Pagan Cult."

After a period of 2 years went by with no leader for the "Pagan Cult" of Rome which resulted in the "Pagan Cult" (originally the "Babylonian Cult" of Babylon)
Portrait of Pope Saint Damasus I
Fig. 26. 19th-century imagined portrait of Pope Saint Damasus I (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
beginning to fall apart, the Pagan Roman Priests decided that they needed to elect a new "Pontifex Maximus" since Emperor Gratian would not accept the title or office. An election was then conducted to fill that position and a man by the name of Damasus, who was also the Pastor/Bishop of the Christian Church of Rome, was elected as the new "Pontifex Maximus" since Christianity under the reign of Emperor Gratian had become popular in the Roman Empire, just as it had previously been during the reign of a former Emperor: Emperor Constantine I "the Great".

Vatican Gate
Fig. 27. "Gate to the Vatican inscribed Benedictus XVI Pont[ifex] Max[imus] Anno Domini MMV Pont[ificatus] I ("Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff, in the year of Our Lord 2005, in the first year of his pontificate")" (Photo/Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
When Bishop Damasus I was elected to fill the position of "Pontifex Maximus" he then began giving Christian meanings to all of the previous Pagan Roman practices so that the Romans would feel comfortable with Christianity and the fact that the Christian Bishop of Rome was now the "Pontifex Maximus", which title all of the
Pope Clement XI Engraving
Fig. 28. "Engraving by Christoph Weigel the Elder of Pope Clement XI, giving him the title Pontifex Maximus" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
"Bishop Of Rome"/Popes after him has also held.

The title "Queen Of Heaven" that had originally been held by Ishtar of Babylon,
Statue of the Assumption of Mary
Fig. 29. Statue of the Assumption of Mary, typically crowned with 12 stars. (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
and then by Isis of Egypt, and then by Diana and Nike of Ephesus, and by the Roman "goddess" Victory/Victoria was now assigned to Mary the earthly mother of Jesus. The "Sun god" (called in the old Roman Empire "Sol Invictus") (see my teaching on "The Prophetic Church Of Pergamos") became a symbol of Jesus Christ as the "Sun/Son Of Righteousness" which became the "Monstrance" Sun symbol used by Popes in the
Silver disc of Sol Invictus
Fig. 30. "Roman Imperial repoussé silver disc of Sol Invictus (3rd century), found at Pessinus (British Museum)" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
"Eucharist". The "40 Days Of Mourning" for the death of Tammuz became in
Roman Virgo
Fig. 31. "Roman depiction of the Virgo Vestalis Maxima" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Catholicism the "40 Days of Lent", the "Sign Of The Tau" ("T") in praying to Tammuz became the "Sign Of The Cross", the "Vestal Virgins" who kept the hearth of the "goddess" Vesta became the "holy order of women" known as Nuns. All of the "gods" and "goddesses" of the "Pagan Cult" were given Christian names as "Saints", confession of sins to a Priest and the sprinkling of "holy water" (part of the Babylonian and Roman Pagan Cults) now became part of the Christian/Catholic Religion. All of this, then, is why the Lord — in Rev. 17 — calls the Roman Catholic Church — the religion of Rome — by the name of "Mystery Babylon" because many of its religious practices actually originated in ancient Babylon as the "Babylonish Cult" of Babylon and then migrated to Rome as the "Imperial Pagan Cult" of the Roman Empire and has now been "Christianized" and incorporated into Roman Catholicism (the 1st "organized" version of Christianity).

This also includes the fact that the current Pope Francis uses as a symbol on his official "Papal Coat Of Arms" the Sun Image"
Pope Francis' Coat of Arms
Fig. 32. Pope Francis' coat of arms (Illustration Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
of the Jesuits, of which he is a member, and the "Sun god" Image originated with the Babylonians who regarded Nimrod, the Founder of he Tower Of Babel, as the "Sun god", which next became a representation of the "god" "Baal" (Bel) — the "Sun god" of the Old Testament — whose image Jezebel — the pagan wife of King Ahab promoted, and then which next became the "Sun god" "Sol Invictus" of the Pagan Cult of the Roman Empire. And the fact that Pope Francis also uses the "Sun Image" on his "Papal Coat Of Arms" therefore connects him with the "Babylonian Cult" religion of ancient Babylon and the "Imperial Pagan Cult" of the Roman Empire.

The fact that "Mystery Babylon" is indeed the "Religion of Rome" is seen by the fact that Rev. 17:18 says: "and the Woman" ("Mystery Babylon") "which you saw is that GREAT CITY which reigns over the Kings of the Earth", and the "Great City" that was "reigning" "over the Kings of the Earth" at the time that John wrote the Book of Revelation was the city of Rome as the Capitol of the Roman Empire and today is the Capitol city of Roman Catholicism who still exerts great influence over "all the Kings of the Earth".

Pope Francis
Fig. 33. Pope Francis (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
It is also to be noted that the "Harlot Woman" — "Mystery Babylon" — is associated with the Antichrist at the beginning of his reign in that in Rev. 17 she is seen "riding the Antichrist Beast", and the rise of the Anti christ is described in the 13th Chapter of Revelation and it is also to be noted that the current Pope Francis began his reign on the 13th day of March 201_3, and thus this could indicate that he will be the Pope that will make the Alliance with Antichrist at the beginning of Antichrist's reign (not realizing that he is the Antichrist).

This "Mystery Babylon" — Catholic version of Christianity — is a mixture of Christianity and Babylonianism which is what is indicated by the "Jezebel" in the "Letter To Thyatira" in that Queen Jezebel — the wife of King Ahab — taught the people of Israel to worship pagan gods, particularly the "Sun god" Baal, and in comparison the Roman Catholic Church teaches her people to pray to and direct worship to the "Virgin Mary", "Saints", Angels, Images, and Idols, which is the "spiritual fornication" that Rev. 2:20 makes reference to that God commanded the "Church Of Thyatira" (the "Thyatira Church Age") to repent of.

Rev. 2:21 — "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not."

Martin Luther
Fig. 34. Martin Luther (1533) by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Illustration Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
This was a prophetic forecast of the rising up of the German Roman Catholic Priest Martin Luther to lead a "protest" against the paganism of Roman Catholicism, which he did after going to Rome to climb a set of steps in St. Peter's Basilica on his knees, saying his "Hail Marys" and "crossing himself at every step and over and over repeating the "Lord's Prayer" in an effort to get his Grandfather out of Purgatory (which is another false doctrine invented by the Catholic Church) in the year 1514, when God spoke to him, saying: "Who knows if this is right?" And then God brought to his mind the Scripture "The Just shall live by Faith", which caused him to get up from his "Penance" and go out and begin leading a "protest" against the paganism in Roman Catholicism. He even wrote a Thesis against the Babylonish practices in the Catholic Church called "The Babylonian Captivity Of The Church", but rather than repenting and changing its ways, the Roman Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Leo X, "excommunicated" Martin Luther. This was God's way of giving the Church "space to repent" and "she repented not"!

Because Luther was leading a "protest" against the paganism of Catholicism his followers became known as "protest-ants" or "Protestants".

Rev. 2:22 — "Behold I will cast her into a bed and those that commit adultery with her into Great Tribulation except they repent of their deeds."

We see, in Rev. 17, that in the case of "Mystery Babylon" (the Roman Catholic Church) they will indeed go into the time of the "Great Tribulation" (Matt. 24:21) as the "Harlot" — "Mystery Babylon" — is seen "riding the Beast" and the "Beast" is a symbol of the Antichrist and his Kingdom, and the fact that "Mystery Babylon" (the Catholic Church) is seen "riding the Beast" indicates that the Catholic Church will come into an "Alliance" with the Antichrist, not realizing that he is the Antichrist, at the beginning of his reign, as they will be trying to influence him and his Kingdom for their Roman Catholic version of Christianity.

Illustration of Mystery Babylon the Great
Fig. 35. Illustration of "Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth" from Solving The Mystery Of Babylon The Great by Texe Marrs (Illustration Credit: www.texemarrs.com)
However, after the Antichrist receives a "mortal wound" in the head (Rev. 13:3) and then miraculously recovers, at which time he will decide that he is "God", and will start announcing to the World that he is "God" (II Thess. 2:4) and will then demand that he be worshipped as "God", the Catholic Church and the Pope will then turn against him and will break their ties with him and will begin denouncing him and reminding him and the World that "God is God", that "Jesus Christ is the Son of God", and that (as they believe) "Mary is the mother of God", and when they do that then the Antichrist will turn against the Catholic Church and become it's enemy and will invade Rome and take possession of it for the political head quarters of his "Revived Roman Empire" (as the "Babylon The Great" of Rev. 18) just as it was originally the political headquarters of the original Roman Empire, and will, at the same time burn and destroy the Vatican in Rome and try to put an end to the Roman Catholic Church:

Rev. 17:16 — "And the ten horns" (10 Nations/Kings of Antichrist's Kingdom) "which you saw upon the Beast" (the Antichrist) "these shall hate the Whore" ("Mystery Babylon" — the Roman Catholic Church) "and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire."

Illustration of Pope Leo XII-Woman with Roman cup medal
Fig. 36. Illustration of medal with Pope Leo XII on the front and a Woman with cup from Rome on the reverse. (Illustration Credit: www.texemarrs.com)
Rev. 2:23 — "And I will kill her children" (those religious organizations that have sprang off of Roman Catholicism but are still very much like the Catholic Church — like the "Orthodox Church" — in that Rev. 17:5 says that she — "Mystery Babylon" — is "the mother of harlots and abominations of the Earth") "with death, and all the churches shall know that I Am He who searches the reigns and hearts, and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."

Here Christ is saying that "whatsoever a man sows that he will also reap" (Gal. 6:7). In the "Inquisition" (instituted by the Catholic Church following the "Protestant Reformation" led by Martin Luther) the Roman Catholic Church put many Protestants and Jews to death (as is indicated by Rev. 17:4 where the "Harlot" — "Mystery Babylon" — "has a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her" (spiritual) "fornication" [Image/Idol/Mary Worship] and also by Rev. 17:6 where the "woman is drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus Christ") and during the future reign of the Antichrist (in the time of the "Great Tribulation"), the Antichrist will put many of the Catholics — Priests, Cardinals, Nuns, regular Catholic laypeople, and perhaps even the Pope — to death, once they turn against him and begin denouncing him after he announces to the World that he is "God" (II Thess. 2:4) which will include the fact that Antichrist will also kill those of other religions who oppose him as well.

This future attempted destruction of the Roman Catholic Church by the armies of the Antichrist was also foretold by Pope Pius X, who was given to "visions" in that in the year 1909, while granting an audience, he leaned back in his chair, closed his eyes, and seemed to go into a momentary "trance" in which he saw a "vision" of the destruction of the Vatican by the Antichrist during the future "Great Tribulation", and then opening his eyes he sat up and said: "What I see is terrifying! Will it be myself? Or will it be one of the my successors? What is certain is that the Pope will have to quit Rome, and in leaving the Vatican will have to walk over the dead bodies of the Priests!" (see my article "Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI — A Sign Of The End? — Papal Prophecies Part 4").

The future destruction of the Vatican and perhaps even the assassination of the Pope was also foretold in the "Lady of Fatima" Visions of Lucia Santos (who later in life became a Nun) and her two cousins in a "vision" they supposed witnessed in the year!917 in an "appearance" of "Our Lady" (the Virgin Mary). Describing this "vision" Sis. Lucia Santos said: "We saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his hand that gave out flames as though it would set the World on fire. Pointing to the Earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out with a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance'" ("Repent, Repent, Repent!") "And then we saw, in an immense Light that is God.. .a Bishop" (Pope) "dressed in white" (like the all white robes worn by Pope Francis) "and we had the impression that it was the Holy Father" (Pope)." Other Bishops, Priests, men and women religious, were going up a steep mountain at the top of which there was a big Cross.. .before reaching there the Holy Father" (Pope) "passed through a big city" (Rome) "half in rains" (the "ruins" of the Vatican) "and half trembling with halting steps, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way.

Having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross, he was killed by a group of soldiers" (Antichrist's soldiers) "who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way died one after another Bishops, Priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross were two Angels, each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the martyrs." (see my article "Is Pope Francis The Last Pope? — Papal Prophecies Part 5").

Another Catholic Prophecy that also foretells the destruction of the Vatican and the attempted destruction of the Roman Catholic Church by the Antichrist during the time of the "Great Tribulation" is the 113th "Papal Prophecy" of "The Papal Prophecies Of St. Malachy" which says: "During the last persecution of the Holy Roman Church there shall set Peter of Rome who will nourish his sheep amidst many Tribulations, and when these shall have passed the City of Seven Hills" (Rome) "shall be utterly destroyed and then the Dreadful Judge" (Jesus Christ) (will return and) "will judge the people." (see my article "Is Pope Francis The Last Pope? — Papal Prophecies Part 5").

Rev. 2:24-25 — "But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira" (those who are Roman Catholic) "as many as have not this Doctrine" (those who are "born-again" "Roman Catholics" by religion but who do not engage in all the pagan practices of Roman Catholicism) "and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak" (who do not engage in sinful activities and Image/Idol worship) "I will put upon you no other burden.

"But that which you have" (the "born-again" salvation experience) "hold fast until I come."

Here we see that there will be some in the ranks of Roman Catholicism who are actually "born-again" believers — those who are genuinely "saved" and who are living for the Lord — and the message of the Lord to those "born-again" Catholic "believers" is: "hold on to what you've got because I am coming soon!" This shows us that even in the ranks of Roman Catholicism there are some true "born-again" "believers" who will also "be Raptured" with the other "believers" at the time of the "Rapture of the Church", because it is not church membership in any church — not even the Catholic Church — that gets a person ready for Heaven, but rather it is a true "born-again" experience of knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior that prepares you for the coming of the Lord!

Rev. 2:26-29 — "And he that overcomes and keeps My works unto the End, to him will I give power over the Nations.
       "And he will rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken in shivers, even as I received of My Father.
       "And I will give him the Morning Star.
       "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches."

Here are two promises given to the "Overcomers" by the Lord, which are:

(1) They will rule and reign over cities on the Earth with the Lord during His future 1000-year "Millennial Reign" (which will take place at His "Glorious Second Coming", at which time He will return to the Earth to defeat the Antichrist and set up His 1000-year "Millennial Kingdom" upon the Earth).

(2) They are also promised the event of "The Rapture" — I Thess. 4:14-17 — which like "the Morning Star" which proceeds the rising of the Sun — will proceed Christ's "Second Coming" by a period of 7 years, and thus in the event of "the Rapture" Christ comes as "the Morning Star" and in the event of the "Second Coming" Christ comes as the "Sun of Righteousness" (Mal. 4:2).


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Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell has written a book documenting the fulfillment of each of the Papal Prophecies (written by St. Malachy) entitled Asleep At Midnight, which sells for $25.00. It may be ordered at the address given below. He has also written a 441-page book giving a verse-by-verse analysis/explanation of the Book of Revelation called The Apocalypse Unveiled that sells for $45.00 and may also be ordered at the following address. There is no cost for shipping. Cash and checks are accepted.

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