Book review 12: The false state church of the last days – The great harlot of Revelation 17

A co-ordinate institution of Christian Churches in the end-time

grote hoer openbaring 17

The ecumenism of the end-time brought about by the pope

Isa. 4:1, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.”
Already about 700 years before Christ Isaiah predicted of the ecumenism[1], that will be brought about by the pope not before the end-time. In this Bible verse a picture is given of the endeavour of the Christian community of faith, here pictured by 7 women, to strengthen itself by an external union. With this external union they will “eat their own bread”, this is: each will keep their own teachings, and “wear their own apparel”, this is: each will keep their own ceremonial customs, but so nevertheless are able to call themselves the “the Christian Church”
Here follows a vision got by “Muter Deebe” (from Germany) in 1924. In that year she was 23 of age and a witness of God. The following passage was taken and translated out of the German magazine “Mitternachtsruf”, number 134 from the year 1964.

  • “In a vision I saw a long table in a room. Around the table sat 24 men. At the head of the table sat the pope. At his right hand the bishops (leaders) of the Evangelical Church, next to them several men out of Christian Churches. At the left side the bishops out of the Orthodox Church. Further some officers (out of “the Salvation Army”?). The pope spoke: We have come in a time that we have to become united, for Jesus had prayed, that we should be one, shouldn’t we? As men of the Church it is our mission that we should become one. Therefore we have to found an ecumenism. We have to be a Church-union, not several kinds of churches. So we are able to keep our God and our religion, because in the Bible it is written, that there is only one faith and one salvation. Anyone thereby is able to have his own religious conviction; our Church will bind nobody, but that we are members of one and the same Church. This is an advantage for us in this present world. We all are Christians, we want to be Christians, that’s why we want to have a union-Church. The pope spoke much more. The Evangelical bishops then shook hands with him and embraced each other and said: It is well, what the holy father (the pope) said. Also the orthodox bishops did the same. Then they sat down.”

Here an extern unity has been formed, while the Lord Jesus wanted a unity as a result of a divine and glorious inhabitation of our almighty God and His precious Word.
John 17:21-23, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Paul taught us in Eph. 2:19-22, that the Christian Church should be build on the foundation (the teachings) of the apostles and prophets, on the Old and the New Testaments, on the Biblical teachings.
Eph. 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are build together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

The forming – by satan – of the false prophet of the end-time

Revelation 8:10-11 predicted that after the casting down in the sea of the burning meteorite as large as a mountain in Revelation 8:8-9, a great star was cast down from heaven burning as it were a lamp, by which one third of the rivers and the fountains of waters became bitter.
Rev. 8:10-11, “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Clearly not the fall of a natural star here is mentioned and not a natural disaster, but of the fall of a spiritual star is here the question, a great spiritual leader. It is the last pope, who shall fall in the snare of satan, and who then shall teach a false doctrine, by which one third of the believers will become apostate, will become bitter.

By E. van den Worm

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[1] Ecumenism (or oecumenism) = A movement which pursues “the brotherhood”, the fraternization between the different Christian churches.
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