American gods

And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

Columbia/Liberty/Freedom

Columbia, a personification of the United States (much like Britannia for the UK and Marianne for France), is a face of a demon, as are female representations of Liberty and Freedom.  Columbia is the feminine personification of America, who first appears in the poetry of African-American Phillis Wheatley in 1776 in a letter to George Washington during the revolutionary war. Throughout the Revolution, the image of Columbia was used all over the new America: cities were named for her, songs were sung about her, and her image can be seen throughout the architecture and art of the period. 

Until 1932, the United States had a Goddess depicted on nearly every coin minted; the Goddess of Liberty. She was the focus of the Morgan Dollar, the Peace Dollar, the Seated Liberty dollar…the dime that people refer to as a “Mercury Dime,” was actually a “Goddess of Free Thought,” designed by Mint designer Adolf Weinman. 

Osiris 

Osiris (Asir) was the first son of Geb and Nut and the brother of SetHorus (the elder)Isis and NephthysOsiris was considered to be the king of the underworld, and is the only deity who is referred to simply as “god”.

George Washington as the Roman god Zeus

Artist’s impression of the statue of Zeus in the Temple of Zeus

Roman Empire Eagle

Nazi Empire Eagle

Iranian Royal standard Eagle

2 Kings 23 Faith Reform 

Prophecy in   BC

1 Kings 13

1And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: 

and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 

2And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said: 

O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; 

  • and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, 
  • and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee. 

3And he gave a sign the same day, saying: 

This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold

  • the altar shall be rent, 
  • and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

 4And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 

And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 

2And the king went up into the house of the LORD

  • and all the men of Judah 
  • and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, 
  • and the priests, 
  • and the prophets, 
  • and all the people, both small and great: 

and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. 

3And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with alltheir heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

Josiah Destroys Idolatry

(2 Chronicles 34:3-7)

4And the king commanded 

  • Hilkiah the high priest, 
  • and the priests of the second order, 
  • and the keepers of the door, 

to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel

5And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 6And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.7And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates thatwere in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, whichwere on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city. 9Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. 10And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. 11And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 12And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.13And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 14And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

15Moreover the altar that was at Bethel,and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove. 16And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. 17Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel. 18And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. 19And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel. 20And he slew all the priests of the high places that werethere upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

Josiah Restores the Passover

(2 Chronicles 35:1-19)

21And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant. 22Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; 23But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah,wherein this passover was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.

24Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD. 25And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

26Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. 27And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

Josiah’s Death

(2 Chronicles 35:20-24)

28Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 29In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him. 30And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father’s stead.

Jehoahaz Succeeds Josiah

(2 Chronicles 36:1-4)

31Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. 33And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.

34And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.35And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaohnechoh.

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2 Chronicles 35:18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem.

Samuel The Prophet

2830 – 28 Iyar 2884 (931 – 877 BCE)

Radical Reformers

Martin Luther 

2 Kings 22

Cup of Salvation or Cup of Wrath? 

1 Corinthians 10 : 21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of Devils. 

Psalm 75:8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup

  • and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same:
  •  but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

Cup of Salvation 

Psalm 116 :12What shall I render unto the LORD forall his benefits toward me?13I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

Mark 10 : 38But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 

Mark 14 : 23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

The Cup of Wrath

Isaiah 51 : 17Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out….22Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of tremblingeven the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again

Jeremiah 51 : 7Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad

Thus were their names 

  • Samaria is Aholah
  • Jerusalem Aholibah.

The heathen are:

  • Chaldean
  • Babylonian
  • Assyrian 
  • Egyptian 

    Ezekial 23 :. 30I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. 31Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.32Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister’s cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.33Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.34Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

    Revelation 14 : 8And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication9And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb

    Revelation 17 :… I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:… 

    Old Babylon 

    History of Babylon as a city:

    Key Dates

    The so-called Weidner Chronicle states that Sargon of Akkad( 2300 BC)  had built Babylon “in front of Akkad“.  Another later chronicle likewise states that Sargon “dug up the dirt of the pit of Babylon, and made a counterpart of Babylon next to Akkad“. Ctesias, quoted by Diodorus Siculus and inGeorge Syncellus‘s Chronographia, claimed to have access to manuscripts from Babylonian archives, which date the founding of Babylon to 2286 BC, under the reign of its first king,Belus.

    1900BC: Babylon becomes chief city of the Amorites.

    The Amorite king Hammurabi conquered the whole of Mesopotamia, which then became known as Babylonia.

    1792-1750BC: Reign of King Hammurabi, law-giver and conqueror of Mesopotamia.

    King Hammurabi decided to unify the laws, which were inscribed on a stone stela, or tablet, of black basalt rock. They include laws about money, property, the family and the rights of slaves. The phrase “an eye for an eye and a tooth from a tooth” comes from Hammurabi’s laws.

    Claiming to be the successor of the more ancient Sumero-Akkadian city of Eridu, Babylon eclipsed Nippur as the “holy city” of Mesopotamia around the time Amorite king Hammurabi created the first short lived Babylonian Empire in the 18th century BC. 

    1595-1155BC: The Kassites rule the city of Babylon.

    The Kassites were members of a small military aristocracy but were efficient rulers and not locally unpopular. Their 500-year reign laid an essential groundwork for the development of subsequent Babylonian culture

    900BC: The Chaldeans take over Babylon and begin to rebuild it.  Marduk is made the chief deity of the city. 

    The symbol of the chief Babylonian-Assyrian god Marduk was the dragon

    In the 7th century BC the Assyrians, under Sennacherib, overwhelm the BabyloniansSennacherib appals many in Mesopotamia by his brutal destruction, in 689, of the ancient city of Babylon.

    605-562BC: Reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. He builds the great Hanging Gardens as well as the ziggurat to worship Marduk. Babylon is the most sophisticated city in the Near East.

    The Hanging Gardens were described as a remarkable feat of engineering: an ascending series of tiered gardens containing all manner of trees, shrubs, and vines. The gardens were said to have looked like a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks.

    The Etemenanki Ziggurat (ziggurat meaning “house of the frontier between heaven and earth”) was built in dedication to Marduk, a god descending from the sun deity and literally meaning “solar calf.” 

    The gate of Ishtar was the eight gate to the inner city of Babylon

    1In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him… 6So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead….10At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 11And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it. 12And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign… 17And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah1Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem …4And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about…. 

    9Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him. 10And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 

    Jeremiah 52:11 

    Then he put out Zedekiah‘s eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon, where he put him in prison till the day of his death.  

    2 Chronicles 36:6 

    Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon attacked him and bound him with bronze shackles to take him to Babylon 

    The Temple and the City Burned

    12Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 13And burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire: 

    Ezra 5:12  

    But because our ancestors angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hands
    of Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean, king of Babylon, who destroyed this temple and  


    539 — 331 BC: The Persians conquered Babylon through Cyrus the great.   

    Cyrus the great

    Jeremiah 28:3 

    Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the LORD’s
    house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon  

    Babylonian Exile, also called Babylonian Captivity, the forced detention of Jews in Babylonia following the latter’s conquest of the kingdom of Judah in 598/7 and 587/6 bce. The exile formally ended in 538 bce, when the Persian conqueror of Babylonia, Cyrus the Great, gave the Jews permission to return to Palestine.

    331- 323 BC: The Greeks conquered Babylon through Alexander the great. After his death the city virtually ran empty due to fighting. 

    Alexander the great

    A tablet dated 275 BC states that the inhabitants of Babylon were transported to Seleucia, where a palace and a temple (Esagila) were built.

    Jeremiah 51:44 

    I will punish Bel in Babylon and make him spew out what he has swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him. And the wall of Babylon will fall.  

    The remains of the city are in present-day HillahBabil GovernorateIraq, about 85 kilometres (53 mi) south of Baghdad, comprising a large tell of broken mud-brick buildings and debris.

    Hell vs Heaven

    In hell you have no strength.  Act 17 :28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 

    In hell you have no hope.  18For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

    No blood or water in hell. Levitikus 17 : 11For the life of the flesh is in the blood

    Isaiah 57 : 21There is no peace, saith my lord to the wicked….  But 

    Isaiah 32 : 17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.18And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places

    6Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempestthis shall be the portion of their cup.

    Ecclesiastic 6 : 4For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness (no one will know him ever again) 

    James 1 : .17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning

    Isaiah 42 : 5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein

    Revelation 14 : 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name

    Psalm 127 : 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: forso he giveth his beloved sleep.

    Hebrew 9 : 22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

    Idol shepherd? 

    It’s always important not to base prophetic understanding upon visions outside of the Bible, even when they come from godly individuals. Our prophetic understanding must come from the revelation of the Biblical prophets. 

    On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict shocked the world by announcing his intention to resign from the papacy. This was the first resignation of a pope while in office in over 600 years. Benedict said that, at the age of 85, he no longer had the strength to execute the duties of leading the Roman Catholic Church.

    Lightning struck the Vatican the night Pope Benedict resigned.

    It was time to elect the 112th pope foretold in the vision of St. Malachy!The prophecies of the Irish Saint Malachy, the 12th century bishop of Armagh, have thrilled and dismayed readers for centuries.  The final prediction in full is:

     “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.” 

    The prophecy of St. Malachy contains five elements:

    1. There is going to be a final pope.
    2. During his reign, the Roman Catholic Church will be judged.
    3. During his papacy, Rome, the city of seven hills, will be destroyed.
    4. The last pope will be the 112th pope from 1139 AD.
    5. The clue to his identity is “Peter the Roman”.
    6. https://www.endtime.com/endtime-magazine-articles/pope-francis-false-prophet/

    He has stated there would be only one more pope after Benedict. 

    On March 13, 2013, overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the announcement was made that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina had been elected pope.The shock lies in the fact that Jorge picked the name, Pope Francis, whose real name is, Giovanni di Pietro [or Peter]. Not only that but the word “Roman” implies that the pope must be of Italian decent. His father was an Italian who moved to Argentina.  He was 76 years of age when elected pope and chose to take the name Pope Francis for his papal name. Francis is the first non-European pope and the first pope ever elected from the Jesuit order.One of the original purposes of the Jesuits was to stem the tide of the reformation. Pope Francis is a strong proponent of “social justice”, which is simply a politically correct term for socialism.

    If you type “is Pope Francis antichrist” into Google, you’ll get about 425,000 results in .37 seconds. By way of comparison, if you ask Google the same question about Pope Benedict you only get 137,000 and it takes a little longer—.47 seconds.  In no way do I propose that the Pope is the antichrist,  yet I do propose that he is the False prophet.  Here is why: 

    Francis has been vocal about the evils of capitalism while backing off conservative views about homosexuals, asking, “Who am I to judge?” He’s even called for a New World Order more than once. Some predict he will usher in this New World Order on Sept. 25, just 10 days after the end of the Shemitah year, which has a swirl of speculation about economic collapse around it.

    Meanwhile, Francis has warmed up to Islam like no other pope before him. In a historic first, Francis opened the door to Muslim prayers and Quran readings at the Vatican last year. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres joined the pontiff in the Vatican gardens for a prayer meeting.(http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/50752-why-so-many-people-think-pope-francis-is-the-antichrist

    2014/Year of Peace

    The two doves released by the Pope Francis on 26 January 2014,  a year after Pope Benediction fiasco, were Both attacked.  One by a seagull and the other by a black crow! 

    Levitikus 11 : Avoid the Unclean

          13‘These, moreover, you shall detest among the birds; they are abhorrent, not to be eaten: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard, 14and the kite and the falcon in its kind, 15every raven (crow,  rook etc in its kind, 16and the ostrich and the owl and the sea gull and the hawk in its kind,17and the little owl and the cormorant and the great owl, 18and the white owl and the pelican and the carrion vulture,19and the stork, the heron in its kinds, and the hoopoe, and the bat.

    2015/Year of Light (Light-bearer?)

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com lucifer%2Bproject_2.jpg

    The Vatican made front news earlier this month when José Gabriel Funes, an Argentine Jesuit priest and astronomer, and the current director of the Vatican Observatory, sponsored a major conference in collaboration with NASA entitled The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignatures & Instruments and announced the purchase of a new 2 M$ lens for its Lucifer 2 Large Binocular Telescope.

    The Vatican participated in another 2014 conference in Arizona which again talked about the implications on mankind when we discover life exists in the universe other than Earth. We’ve come a long way from the days of Galileo’s persecution.  They’ve been one of the first religions to embrace the future possibility.

    It seems minor, but – the actual term used in the Greek Septuagint version of Isaiah 14:12 (given that there is no ONE way of accurately transliterating) is Eo(u)s phoros, morning star/DAWN god of lightt

    The actual name, “Lucifer,” goes back to the Greeks, before the Romans. Socrates and Plato talk about this”god of light”; surprisingly, not in the context of Eos (god of Dawn), but — as a morning star — juxtaposed with the sun (Helios) and Hermes. This information can be found in Plato’sTimaeus (38e) and in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology.”author of The Polytheism Of The Bible And The Mystery Of Lucifer, F.T. DeAngelis

    Part of a prayer called theExsultet, prayed each year at the Easter Vigil to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During the lighting of the Easter candle, the popes pray:

    Latin

    Flammas eius lúcifer matutínus invéniat:
    ille, inquam, lúcifer, qui nescit occásum.
    Christus Fílius tuus,
    qui, regréssus ab ínferis, humáno géneri serénus illúxit,
    et vivit et regnat in sæcula sæculórum.

    2016/Year of Mercy

    2017/Year of Ecumenical World Unity

    Revelation  13 : 16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name

    Revelation  18 :2And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. 3“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”

    The Beast from the Earth

        Revelation 13  11Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.

     12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. 

    • And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed
    • 13He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
    •  14And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 
    • 15And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak 
    • and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed
    • 16And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 
    • 17and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

    ZECHARIAH 17Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

    Matthew 7 : A Tree and its Fruit

    15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 

    16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 

    17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neithercan a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 

    22Many will say to me in that day, 

    • Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? 
    • and in thy name have cast out devils? 
    • and in thy name done many wonderful works? 

    And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    Luke 6 :A Tree and its Fruit

    43For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.