by John Greene
The Antichrist That Trades in Souls
“And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.” – Revelation 18:11-13, NKJV
“. . . the Pope, in the plenitude of his power, assumes the right of wielding the lightnings of Jehovah [Elohim, YHWH], and of blasting by his “fulminations” whoever offends him. Kings, and whole nations, believing in this power, have trembled and bowed before him, through fear of being scathed by his spiritual thunders. The priests of Paganism assumed the very same power; and, to enforce the belief of their spiritual power, they even attempted to bring down the literal lightnings from heaven; . . .” – The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop
When you are willing to examine the history of the Roman Empire at its roots, you find that there is a strange balance between type and antitype. Through Constantine, paganism was forcibly introduced into a State Christianity, ordaining a pagan title of pontiff into a fully man-made faith. All things ‘Christian’ came to be fully corrupted, as is evident today.
“Take heed that you separate yourselves from false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravening wolves. You will know to mark them by their fruit. Does anyone gather grapes from a thorn, or a fig from a brier? In this way, all beneficial trees bear honest fruit, but a worthless tree bears harmful fruit. A beneficial tree cannot bear harmful fruit, neither a worthless tree bear honest fruit. All trees that do not bear honest fruit are cut down and cast into fire. In this manner, by their fruit you will know them.” – Matthew 7:15-20, direct translation
Even before Constantine, the sanctified disciples of the Messiah had become corrupted, riddled with spiritual ruin. The clergy became a corporate body unto themselves, truly in the Roman sense with two divisions: a secular clergy answering to the powers of the beast, combining both earthly and ‘spiritual’ authority. The bishops (and later cardinals) were ordained as heads of these clergy, with enormous earthly authority, some time before the pope took the earthly crown of this corrupted institution. They became independent of the people, a hierarchy of directing force, as the ruled became more and more ignorant.
Before the fifth century, the clergy had not only become distinct from, but independent of the people. “The Christian clergy had moreover another and very different source of influence. The bishops and priests became the principal municipal magistrates…”
As you read the historians Theodosius or Justinian, you will find numerous regulations which give municipal affairs to the clergy and the bishops. “With respect to the yearly affairs of cities, whether they concern the ordinary revenues of the city, either from funds arising from the property of the city, or from private gifts or legacies, or from any other source; whether public works, or depots of provisions or aqueducts, or the maintenance of baths or ports, or the construction of walls or towers, or the repairing of bridges or roads, or trials, in which the city may be engaged in reference to public or private interests, we ordain as follows: the very pious bishop, and three notables, chosen from among the first men of the city, shall meet together; they shall each year examine the works done; they shall take care that those who conduct them, or who have conducted them, shall regulate them with precision, render their accounts, and show that they have duly performed their engagements in the administration, whether of the public monuments, or of the sums appointed for provisions or baths, or of expenses in the maintenance of roads, aqueducts, or any other work.”- Justinian
None of these matters has anything to do with the Bible or spiritual matters of the Christian assembly. After Constantine, ‘the Christian Church’ gained all the authority than pagan orders had through their temples, bringing the teachings of Babylon and Egypt into greater bearing. This new religion also added all the authority of all matters of the State. All of this was ultimately incorporated into a ‘Catholic’ or universal institution of man. With all this power, history provides evidence of a great corruption in all things. Christianity was perverted into a tool of national rulership, perpetuating the very crime they pretended to prevent. The rule of Christianity became a perversion of lawlessness, (2 Thessalonians 2:8) as well as the head of the Roman system that had been in place. ‘Ministers of Christ’ were rulers that sought after their own prosperity and power. (Daniel 7:8) The papacy is the universal bishop from the throne on seven hills in Rome organized a clever system of confession, enforcing religious and secular dominion.
All the papal clergy who have participated in this Catholic immorality will come to mourn, however briefly, the fall of this false prophet. This has happened with the rise and fall of power over the ages, but will be felt globally in these rare times in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The charred remains of all perverse Christianity are already evident to the remnant of those that seek the truth of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah today. These elect of the Messiah no longer buy the perverted salvation or seek to prosper its denominations and institutions. The spirit of the antichrist has engulfed the earth, not only through a professed Christianity, but through all false paganism that denies Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah.
This spirit of the antichrist (antimessiah) fills the world and judgment must come on it soon. You can read on as Revelation 18 details the end time affairs that must befall Rome and its Empire. This same secular Rome has branched out through banking, finance and the almighty corporations of the world. Many speak and wonder about the Muslims, since the uprising of Islamic power has become an obvious global authority. The reality is that this empire has been firmly in place as a dual counterpart to the Roman authority of the age. (“The Continuation of the Empires Until the End“; “Interfaith: Image of the Beast & the False Prophet“)
Bible Vision has been reviewing recent ‘interfaith‘ efforts in progress, headed up by the papacy, which we have noted in news articles on this website for your information apart from our regular ministry. (“Religion, Power & Financial Corruption“; ) I have chronicled the common attitude of Islamic authority, which seeks agreement and keeps that agreement for a time. However, behind the scenes, the authority behind the agreement is in reality a great deceiver who plans to come against the agreement, supplanting the authority of any agreement made or against any dominating leader should opportunity present itself. A global Muslim power is in fact possible, notably through current interfaith efforts, as the papacy of Rome is subverted. While this may seem ridiculous or impossible to many, times change, sometimes very quickly. Of course, all agreements of mankind are often broken, but the possibility of Rome being supplanted by Mecca is truly possible in this age, without compromising Bible prophecy one iota! In that event, Rome would be ruled by Mecca, through an Islamic global empire for a short season. However, Bible Vision has noted that the 10 nation kingdom of the end times is already in place, but not through the European Union, but through the international banking system of Rome. (“Trading for the Myth of Peace & Security“; “The Reality of the Antichrist“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)
For almost the entirety of this age as Christians have read the Book of Revelation and in Ezekiel regarding the souls of men:
“Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of goods; they exchanged silver, iron, tin and lead for your merchandise. Greece, Tubal and Meshek did business with you; they traded human beings and articles of bronze for your wares.” – Ezekiel 27:12-13, NKJV
These merchants are said to trade in the persons of men. Some have said the popes over the centuries have sold themselves and other men to the devil, as they assume authority over men and women through their false message of salvation. However, there is a more pervasive reality that has been foisted upon mankind in the secular world that fulfills Bible prophecy. (2 Peter 2:3; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “The Man of Lawlessness“; “Foundation of Salvation“)
Disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the Almighty YHWH must not be unduly disturbed that myriads of desperate fellow humans have been abused so abundantly as an abusive ‘false Christ’ has filled its coffers with the sweat and labor of mankind through a now global monopoly of power. This banking and corporate cartel now reigns along with a ‘universal church’ that rules subjected nations through deception on a massive scale. In the past, they’ve sold indulgences and mandated the ‘knowledge of God’ in the world. They have added the commerce of the world to their complete sphere of influence, as the most successful trading element in global history. They no longer hold their wealth in complete secrecy. (“Millenniums of Exploitation“; “The Power Behind the New World Order“)
This isn’t all about Rome either, as all false religion, whether in Salt Lake City, New York City, Jerusalem or Mecca, has joined in subjecting mankind. Still, the power of Rome is the largest financial juggernaut of mankind, ruling Wall Street and all corporate interests through the almighty dollar and the corporate personhood of the United States, over whom President Obama is a talking head. The world is now subject to Antichrist, Incorporated. You don’t need to wait because the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is already in place. Trading in human souls, both physically and spiritually, is what these institutions, as elements of Satan’s Beast, are all about. Satan truly believes that he rules the world. He does rule the current kingdom of man. (“Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“; “News: Wall Street Greed Creates Hunger“; “The Magi of this Age“)
Most elements of leadership in this antichrist society parade themselves as champions of human liberty, rulers of peace and security over mankind. They may champion ‘Christ,’ but prove false to His power. (2 Timothy 3:1-17) They may even use His title and bequeath that title to someone else. The reality is war, terrorism and the destruction of human freedom and peace. They aren’t interested in truly helping the needy of the world, but seek to subvert and destroy them, along with all that don’t fulfill their private agendas. Profit is king. (“Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“)
Satan and his Beast seeks to rob mankind on all levels, bankrupting men, women and children on all levels of life, making them slaves. This is done to perpetuate false systems of weights and balances that stand against the face of YHWH, the Most High and Righteous One.
The corruption and distortion of Christianity is nothing new, with substantial ties to Constantine in the 3rd century through the machinations of politics and the Roman Catholic Church. Knowing the role that the Roman Empire played in this corruption is important for the beginning of real understanding in identifying false religion and its practices. The sad news is that mainstream Christianity has done little to actually correct these practices beyond establishing new denominations, further fracturing and dividing mankind and the witness of Christianity, to the delight of Satan and his demon hordes that seek to deny the power of YHWH. (see article below video)
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A Profession Of Faith From The Church Of Constantinople in the year 325 Under The Emperor Constantine:
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms. unleavened breads & sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspersions, purifications, sanctifications and propitiations and fasts, and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants and observances and Synagogues, and the food and drink of the Hebrews; in one word, I renounce everything Jewish, every law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with The Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be anathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.”
Source: Parks, James The Conflict Of The Church And The Synagogue Athenaeum, New York, 1974, p. 397-398.
With this, Christianity was recreated by the Emperor Constantine with the idea of separating that Christianity from its Jewish past and origins, into a religion of his own making.
You don’t have long to make a decision about your life and lifestyle, and then to begin to press that decision into real action. You and I are in the tribulation times. If you continue to follow traditions of men and do not listen to the Word of YHWH, you have a major problem. (Deuteronomy 12:30-32; Matthew 15:3, 8-10; 2 Peter 3:3-4; Acts 13:41; Matthew 24:12-15)