I am certain at this point that the Roman Catholic institution will play a significant role in these last days. It is still my personal
speculation however, that this role will be that of the False Prophet of the Biblical Book of Revelation, legitimizing the worship of a female deity
of through the guise of Catholic catechism. My journey to this conclusion is as follows:
We are told of the Antichrist:
36 Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of
gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God of his
fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. 38 But in their place he shall honor a god of
fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things
As I've already related in a previous post in another thread, the god of fortresses (also regarded as the god of strongholds or forces) is the
Babylonian/Sumerian female deity which goes by a myriad of titles (Ishtar, Semiramis, Astarte, Ashtart) not only in ancient Babylon, but also Canaan
(Ashtoreth), Greece (Artemis) and Rome (Diana).
"Ishtar-- goddess of the Tower/ the goddess/ or "Mother of Harlots," as she is called in Revelation 17:5-- is found throughout Biblical scripture.
She is the Canaanite Ashtoreth, she is the "Queen of Heaven" as referenced in Jeremiah 7:18, and she is also the "Diana of the Ephesians" of Acts
19:28. Though her identity changes, her purpose never does. She is the great 'virgin queen' who gives birth to an immortal redeemer.
The Babylonian Semiramis, under the name of Astarte, was known as "the tower goddess."
The name of "Asht-tart," just means ‘The woman that made towers.’ Thus, in the Hebrew, this is the meaning of the goddess Ashtoreth.
In the Greek, she was known as Artemis, as "tart" becomes "turis", the root of which renders the translation ‘The woman that made the
Ancient statuettes of this goddess of "towers" or "surrounding fortifications" were cast with the figure of a tower upon their heads, with the
intent to be an attribute of their power to protect a city or empire. Their image much resembling the Statue of Liberty of the United States of
What may seem like an obscure reference to the "fortress" goddess in Daniel 11:38, can now be seen as the hidden jewel of prophetic revelation to
Believers in Christ, that it actually is.
The Daniel prophecy, well-known among Biblical enthusiasts, conveys a detailed synopsis of the ultimate antichrist who is to rise from the ashes of
Antiochus IV Epiphanes, one of the infamous models of the ultimate antichrist.
An alternate translation from Daniel’s prophecy:
"But in his estate, shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious
stones, and pleasant things."
Some Jewish expositors translate this verse:
"But he will honor the god of the fortress in his place; and a god whom his ancestors knew not, he will honor with gold, silver, precious stones,
and desirable things."
The word "fortress" is from maozim, meaning "fortresses." The same word is used in verse 39:
"Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with with glory: and he shall cause them to
rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."
In the Hebrew, this sentence literally begins, "He will develop strong fortresses with a strange god…"
Even the Jewish Temple was referred to as a fortress. In Daniel 11:31, we find the phrase, "the sanctuary of strength,"
that used the same
Hebrew word in the singular to infer that the Temple is an impregnable stronghold. Something that could easily be used to describe the Vatican (or
even the land area of the United States of America).
Whatever the name of this deity in each culture around the globe, the Babylonian Ishtar was known as the "goddess of the Tower", whom is also
referred to as the "mother of harlots"
in Revelation 17:5. Throughout Biblical scripture she is also referred to as the Canaanite Ashtoreth,
the "Queen of Heaven"
in Jeremiah. And although her identity is ever-changing, her purpose never will-- which is a mockery of God's
ultimate plan of redemption for mankind.
Jesus is the only Truth, for He states Himself He is the "Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me."
He either is Who He said He is, or you believe Him to be a liar. We were told from the judgment declared upon all men at exile from the Garden how
the salvation of mankind would play itself out. Some even posit that the universe itself tells the story through the arrangement of stars that make
up our constellations. I will leave that up to the reader to decide for themselves, but I will quote Genesis 3:15 here:
"I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will crush your head,
while you strike at his heel."
Therefore, all of creation has been aware of this prophetic moment since the time of its utterance. Even the very Enemy of mankind, who, for all
intents and purposes, is ultimately responsible for what led to our fall. And, as our Enemy is no doubt clever and deceitful, he is also a great
imitator of that which he covets-- which is to hijack God's creation of an eternal resting place for Himself through mankind, and to ultimately
usurp God Himself.
Jesus tells us that our Enemy was, "a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he
speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
Therefore, Believers in Christ see the fraudulent attempts by the Enemy to imitate God's prophetic plan for the redemption of mankind for what it is.
All such fraudulent attempts which include the mother/son pairings of: Isis and Horus, Cybele and Attis, Myrrha and Adonis, Maya and Buddha, Ishtar
and Tammuz, and so on and so forth.
It is well known that the Emperor Constantine simultaneously built pagan temples and Christian churches, from 312 A.D. until his death in 337 A.D.
During this process, the reins of his pagan priesthood were gradually being turned over to the Bishop of Rome.
Among the Church's inheritance from Emperor Constantine, was the title Roman emperors bore as head of the pagan priesthood-- 'Pontifex Maximus',
and Constantine's titles as the self-appointed civil head of the church – 'Summus Pontifex' or 'Vicar of Christ and Bishop of Bishops'.
At this point, the Enemy of God's Kingdom had well slithered his way into the first formal institution whose intended purpose was to ensure the
carrying-out of Christ's great commision to spread the Good News of His Gospel Message of the salvation and redemption of mankind through grace.
Therefore, the battle wisdom of Sun Tzu seems particularly applicable in this regard:
“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”
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