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The Papacy

Also, check these out: The Abominable Papacy predicted in the Bible

and, Is the Pope the Anti-Christ? – by J. A. Wylie, written in the 19th century before our politically-correct age of post-modern ecumenism.

 

Timeline of the Papacy

 

50-100 – Prediction of  Roman Church by the Apostles

The apostle Paul prophesies of the coming kingdom of Antichrist. The seeds of this kindgom had already been planted, and antichrists had infiltrated the Church even at the time of the apostle. These seeds would eventually germinate and result in the monstrosity of the Papacy, the man of sin, the mystery of iniquity, the Antichrist to come. See especially Rev. 17 where the apostle John is shown a vision of the apostate church.

 313 – The End of Persecution and the Institutializing of the Church

 The persecution of Christians under the Roman Empire officially ends by decree of religious tolerance by Constantine. Paganism and Christianity are allowed to coexist and commingle.

 330 – The Removal of the Emperor from Rome

Paul’s prophecy (2 Thess. 2:7) comes to fruition, as the Emperor Constantine removes the seat of the empire to Constantinople. The vacuum created by the removal of secular authority from Rome allows the temporal authority of the Bishop of Rome to rise up above the other three major bishoprics (Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem).

410 to early 500’s  – Conversion of the Barbarians

Rome is under continual threat from barbarian attacks. Gradually, the “Christian” faith was accepted by the barbarians. The faith had become one bereft of its gospel power, having become filled with rituals and superstitions that were consistent with the pagan beliefs of the barbarians.

 538  – The Decree of Justinian Enhances the Roman Bishopric

 The primacy of the Bishop of Rome is formally declared in the decree of Emperor Justinian I. The decree greatly enhances the power of the bishop of Rome. The papacy has now sprouted into the immature kingdom of Antichrist. The melding of temporal and alleged spiritual authority has occurred.

 610 – Emperor Declares Bishop of Rome to be the “Universal Bishop” 

 The power of the Bishop of Rome is further strengthened when Boniface III obtains a decree from Emperor Phocas that the See of Peter in Rome should be proclaimed the Universal Bishop, the Pontiff Maximus. This ended the attempts by the Bishop of Constantinople to claim universal headship of the church. The dual claims of Petrine headship and universal dominion continue to this day.

 ~754  – Publication of the Donation of Constantine

The “Donation of Constantine” is forged. This document purports that Constantine ceded all imperial power and authority (including title to the city of Rome and the “papal states” of Italy) to Pope Sylvester and his successors. The forgery is referred to for the next 600 years to strengthen the temporal claims of the Papacy.

755  – French Army Secures the Papacy

Threatened by Muslims from the east and Lombards at home, Pope Stephen II asks France for help in securing the safety of Rome. Pepin the Short (father of Charlemagne), who had recently usurped the throne of France, crosses the Alps to defeat the Lombards. Seeking papal approval to secure his kingdom, Pepin cedes the conquered towns to the pope. Papal power is thus advanced.

800 – Charlemagne Crowned by the Pope

Pepin’s son, Charlemagne, again defeats the Lombard uprising, and on Christmas Eve kneels before the pope to receive the crown as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Charlemagne enlarges the landholdings of the papacy. The tables have been turned: Justinian had crowned the Bishop of Rome as “Pontifex Maximus” in 538; now the pope was crowning Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor. The temporal power of the alleged spiritual head of the Church is completed. He reigns over the kings of the earth (Rev.17:18)

 800 to 1000 – Increasing Power Leads to Gross Immorality

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The great power of the papacy leads to gross simony, immorality and power struggles within the papacy.

~850 – Forgeries Created to Support Apostolic Succession to Rome

Documents known as the “False Decretals” are written and attributed to early Popes and the “Church Fathers.” These writings are used to prove the supremacy of the Roman Bishop over the claims of Constantinople.

 872-999 – Infighting Leads to Murder and Intrigue

Power struggles surrounding the papacy lead to many short-lived popes. Stephen VI (896-897), Leo V (903), Benedict VI (973-974), – strangled. Stephen VII/Romanus (897) – mutilated. John XII – murdered by a jealous husband. John XIV (983-984) – starved to death. John VII (872-882), Adrian III (884-885), Gregory V (996-999) – poisoned. John X (914-928) – allegedly suffocated with a pillow.

 928 – The Papacy Captured and Ruled by a Woman

The beautiful and wealthy Marozia seizes Roman power with her husband Guy in a coup d’etat. Pope John X (her former lover) is imprisoned and dies or is murdered. Marozia places the next two popes as her puppets on the chair of Peter. When her son turns 21, she enthrones him as Pope John XI.

1054 – East-West Schism

After centuries of tension, the power struggle between the Bishops of Constantinople and Rome leads to the Great Schism, separating Eastern Orthodoxy from Roman Catholicism.

1073 – Hildebrand Consolidates Power

Pope Gregory VII (a/k/a Hildebrand) consolidates power, terminates the secular election of popes, and declares that the pope is the reign of God on earth. Over the next two centuries, this reign would including the power to depose kings, interdict entire nations, confiscate property, and slaughter “heretics.”

1208 to 1213 – The Use of Spiritual Force to Coerce Kingdoms

Pope Innocent III places England under interdict, preventing the people from receiving the sacraments of the church (except for baptism and confession at time of death) in order to force the submission of King John.

1209-1255 – Crusade Against the Albigensian Christians

Pope Innocent III turns the crusaders inward to annihilate the Albigensians of southern France. Indulgences were offered by the pope, as were the temporal goods of those slaughterred. These simple Christians, who had worshiped apart from the tyranny of Rome for centuries, were brutally murdered for their faith. The crusade began with the slaughter of the entire town of Beziers.

1252 – The 600 Year Reign of Terror Begins

Pope Innocent IV authorizes the Holy Office of the Inquistion. For over 600 years, this office would be responsible for the murder, torture, and confiscation of goods of alleged heretics. One estimate places the number killed by the Papacy at 50 million souls. Rev. 17:6 is fulfilled: the papacy was made drunk on the blood of the saints.

 1302 – Submission to the Pope Necessary for Salvation

Pope Boniface VII issues the bull Unum Sanctum. In it, he declares that every human creature must entirely submit to the Pope in order to be saved.

1309-1377 – Roman Catholic Church become French Catholic Church

Disputes between the pope and the king of France lead to the election of a French pope, who moves the papacy to France. This period is known as the Babylonian Captivity of the Church.

1378-1415 – The Western Schism – Will the Real Pope Please Stand Up!

After the papacy is returned to Rome, several claimants to the papal chair arise. When Gregory XI dies, the Romans riot to demand that one of their own be elected pope. The cardinals elect an Italian pope, Urban VI. This pope succumbs to the power of the chair and becomes a stench to the cardinals. They elect a new pope, the Frenchman Clement VII. who returns the papacy to Avignon. These two separate lines of popes continued until 1408 when the cardinals elected a third pope to replace the other two. The problem of multiple popes was finally resolved in 1414 at the Council of Constance – all three popes were removed and replaced by a fourth pope,  Martin V.

1415 – The Execution of Jan Hus Leads to the Bohemian Wars

After being promised safe passage, the popular church reformer Jan Hus is condemned by the Council of Constance and burned at the stake. This  outraged his fellow Bohemians who split from the Roman Church to follow the teachings of Hus. Martin V responded in 1420 by ordering a crusade to slaughter the tiny group of Bohemians. Amazingly, the small army of the Hussites used superior tactics to soundly defeat the combined forces of the Empire. [While being burned alive, a joyful Hus prophesied  “In 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” That man was Martin Luther].

1517 to 1521 – From Wittenburg to Worms – Attempts to Quash Luther

The Papists attempt to suppress the teachings of Martin Luther – using their historical weapons of coercion, force and persecution. Unable to overcome Luther’s arguments in debates, Luther is ordered to recant of his teachings and submit to Rome.

1521-1527 – God Protects the Reformation from Papal Annihilation

The small band of reformers is protected by the hand of God. With their very existence threatened by both the Papacy and the Empire, God uses first the invading Turks and then conflict between the Pope and Emperor Charles V to protect His people.

1527 – Rome is Sacked by Imperial Forces – Pope Pays Ransom

Fearing the increasing power of the Emperor, Pope Clement VII allies himself (League of Cognac) with the French and English kings against Charles V. The Imperial Army descends upon Rome, and Clement barely escapes with his life through a secret tunnel. Rome is sacked, and the pope is forced to pay a ransom to the Emperor.

1529 – Diet of Spires – An Attempt to Enforce Submission to Rome

At the Diet of Worms (where Luther refused to recant), the Emperor enacted the Edict of Worms – calling for the murder of Luther and his followers. But persecution only led to the spread of the gospel in Germany, even to the Princes. The Diet of Spires was an attempt by the Emperor and the Papacy to overturn religious freedom in Germany and return to the standards of the Edict of Worms – allowing official persecution of Protestants. In an incredible act of courage, the German princes refused to submit, thus following in the steps of Luther.

1540 – The Jesuits are Formed to Protect the Church: White is Black

Pope Paul III formally establishes the Society of Jesus, a group that requires absolute submission to the Pope, and that will be responsible for many political intrigues of the counter reformation. A quote from its founder, Ignatius of Loyola: “”I will believe that the white that I see is black if the hierarchical Church so defines it.”

 1545-1563 – The Council of Trent Anathemizes the Protestants

After attempts to quash the Protestant movement have failed, the doctrines of Justification by Faith Alone and the Sufficiency of Scripture are formally condemned.

1572 – The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of the Huguenots

It seemed the more the French Protestants were persecuted, the more their evangelical faith was spreading in France. Failing to eradicate the Huguenots by persecution, they were destroyed through the means of a false peace followed by a bloody slaughter.

1798 – The Removal of the Pope by Napoleon (Papacy Wounded)

Napoleon’s Army captures Rome. Pope Pius IV is removed from the papal throne. 1,260 years after the establishment of the papacy under the decree of Justinian, the false church is dealt a serious blow – a “wound” that would not be healed until the Lateran treaty with Mussolini in 1929.

1854 – Immaculate Conception of Mary defined as Dogma

The Pope solemnly pronounces that Mary was born without original sin in the womb of her mother Anna. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation (December 8). Willful failure to attend Mass on the feast day is a mortal sin.

 1870 – Pius IX Foists the Dogma of Infallibility

In a council filled with intrigue and secrecy, the office of the pope is declared to be infallible in all matters of faith and morals at Vatican I. If anyone disagrees with this declaration, they are accursed to hell.

1950 – The First Infallible Decree: The Assumption of Mary

Pius XII declares that the body and soul of Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was assumed to heaven where she reigns as Queen.

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