Pro and Con 1502

Posted 7-11-09

Unusual picture, a bat about to get a snack

"Rapture of the Christian Church" A "vision" from God given to me, By Jane McCauley

http://www.janemccauleyartist.com/Rapture_of_the_Church.html

This is a true story. It is a "vision" given to me from God in November of 2001. It was given in the form of a dream repeated three times in one night. Only it was not like a regular dream, but "real"! I believe the Lord meant for me to share it with as many people as possible....Please feel free to copy and send this page to anyone you feel may be interested or benefit from it. Thank you and may God bless.

"Three times one night the Lord gave me the same exact "dream", for lack of a better word. But it wasn't like any other dream I've ever had in 50 years! It was "REAL"! And I mean REAL! So, please don't think I'm nuts just yet. I woke up sobbing, and Sonny asked me what was wrong? It took a while to regain my composure. Then I told him I'd just seen the Lord!!! He didn't look like any of the typical paintings of Jesus, ex. 'holding a lamb', or a 'child', or any other similar position you've seen in art, or the church. He wasn't smiling, sweet or humble. Not like the Jesus you have read about in the Bible. This was the Jesus to come! A King of Kings, and Lord of Lords! Powerful! Totally in control of everything! All seeing and all knowing! Alpha and Omega! The Christ of the Revelation! He gave ma a glimpse of the 'Rapture', or 'taking away', of His Church, the 'born-again', Christian believers. Not the buildings or religions. Just the people, the souls of the 'saved', those who believe Jesus it the Messiah, and have accepted Him as their Savior. I have to try and describe this in 'human' terms, as I don't have any other way to do it. I feel inadequate for the task. Perhaps the Lord let me see this vision because of the 'pictures' He lets me see in my head for my artwork, for His glory. Maybe He thought I could describe what He showed me in the vision since I am an artist and remember details.

At first I heard a loud noise, maybe the 'trump of God'! Then I was lifted up to a 'cloud' that covered at least half of the earth. The cloud was much like a normal cloud in looks....from the earth, anyhow! But on the 'top' side, where I was, it was a crystalline, gossamer-type of sparky 'stuff', with amazing colors I've never seen before on earth! It was translucent, but turned transparent later! The Lord let me, 'see myself as I experienced things', like you'd see yourself in an actual dream. At other times He let me see thins in a 'normal' way. It was much like the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. I now know how John felt trying to describe things that were really beyond his frame of reference! I appeared much the same as I do now. Could this mean that the Rapture is close to happening? I believe it to be true.

I was standing on the topside of the cloud when suddenly the Lord Jesus appeared just slightly to the back of my right side. His robes were the brightest white, like the sun shining off of a metallic surface and a tremendous glare that blinds you! They 'glowed', they 'shone'! His facial features could not be made out because His face shone like the sun in brightness! (As it says in the Book of Revelation: '...there is no need for the sun and moon for light, because Jesus will be the light.' This describes Him perfectly!) But, the brightness didn't hurt my eyes to look upon Him! However, as soon as I did my legs were, 'knocked out from under me', and I fell on my knees then my face all the way down! All I could say, as I lay there sobbing was, 'My Lord and my God!' I felt the overwhelming, awesomeness of Him, like a physical force! His total perfection penetrated my soul, and I felt my own unworthiness to be in His presence. I could 'feel' His love for me, and H set me on my feet. He didn't have to speak audibly. His thought and wishes were immediately, 'put into my head'! I could speak to ask Him things, or just think it, and He would answer, as He knew my thoughts! I remember I asked stupid things. For instance, when I knelt down on my hands and knees on the cloud, I asked Him, 'why I didn't fall through? What was holding me up?' Jesus let me know that everything was perfectly safe, that He was in control, and wouldn't let anything hurt me. Then I relaxed and started to observe.

The cloud rose high above the earth, and I could look down at the beautiful blue and green ball of the earth. It looked much like the photos and videos sent back by the astronauts in space. But, as I looked down, suddenly, tiny 'points of light', like fireflies in the night, started to rise up! They swirled from all over the earth, going around, and around as they rose. Jesus let me know that they were actually moving too fast for my eyes to follow, so He had 'slowed them down', so I could see what was really happening! The lights rose up to the cloud with us, filling the heavens with light! It was very beautiful! I saw them as lights, but Jesus let me know they were actually the 'souls' of all the 'Saints', His born-again believers, the 'Raptured Church'! As I watched the lights swirl up from the earth, as each place the lights left, the earth darkened! It was very, very scary as it got darker and darker! The Lord made me to know that even if someone only believed a tiny bit in Him, 'a mustard-seed's worth of faith'...He would take them and they would be saved! No one was forgotten that believed in Him!

The earth proceeded to darken until the light totally went out! That was the most frightening thing I have ever seen, or felt! Even the Holy Spirit had left! All that was remaining was darkness. Real darkness! The once beautiful earth was now a horrible, dark, 'thing'! Like a piece of coal! The dark earth actually looked like it had 'sunken' into the space it occupied, as well as the atmosphere around it! It 'felt' like the darkness was 'evil'! It was a physical, tangible thing! Too horrible to behold! Whoever was left down on the earth was in that darkness! Probably some people we know or love! They were now controlled by evil and darkness, with no Holy Spirit to hold it back!

The cloud with the Raptured Church of God rose up to Heaven, and disappeared from the earth.

Then the Lord let me wake up after He had repeated the vision three times in a row! I believe He was trying to make a point, don't you? Time is very, very short! Many people will be lost in the darkness unless they accept Jesus as their Savior! We must tell everyone we can about Jesus! Please take this seriously! Pass it on to whomever you want. I pray it helps. Even so, many will be lost forever in the darkness when they refuse to believe in Jesus as their Savior. I love you all in Christ. May God bless you. Jane

Incoming e-mail, Re: HIGH DAY SABBATHS//IT IS THE LORD'S PASSOVER

Nope...........the 14th of Nisan was Not a day of Commanded Assembly.

Read Lev. 23.....is Specifically identifies which days are for Sacred Assembly----- You are merely reading the 'title' to the below passages in Lev. 23. It was a general statement. If you continue to read the entire chapter it Specifies exactly/precisely which days are commanded assemblies.........on which no work was to be done......and since Nisan 14 is the day the Lambs were killed and prepared for the meal that began the night of the 15th.....then the 14th was ''work day''.

Think......see the entire picture.......don't let some of the terminology confuse you. Think of the ''Lord's passover'' as the Lamb of the Lord and it will help you.

My reply

> > You are merely reading the 'title' to the below passages in Lev. 23. It was a general statement. If you continue to read the entire chapter it Specifies exactly/precisely which days are commanded assemblies

Let's see. Maybe we can make a list of which feasts are HOLY GATHERINGS and which are not.

The whole chapter of Lev 23 (LITV) is below. My comments are in parentheses. Headings and emphasis are mine.

THE SPEAKER: JEHOVAH

1 "And JEHOVAH spoke to Moses, saying,

THE SUBJECT: THE APPOINTED FEASTS, WHICH ARE HOLY GATHERINGS, SHALL BE THESE

2 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, THE APPOINTED FEASTS of Jehovah which you shall proclaim, HOLY GATHERINGS, SHALL BE THESE: THESE ARE MY APPOINTED SEASONS;"

THE SABBATH: EXAMPLE OF HOW TO KEEP SABBATHS AND HOLY GATHERINGS

3 "Work is to be done six days, and in the SEVENTH DAY shall be a SABBATH OF REST, A HOLY GATHERING; you shall DO NO WORK; it is a SABBATH to Jehovah in all your dwellings.

THE APPOINTED FEASTS: SABBATHS, HOLY GATHERINGS

4 "THESE ARE APPOINTED SEASONS OF JEHOVAH, HOLY GATHERINGS which you shall proclaim in their appointed seasons:

FIRST FEAST: PASSOVER, NISAN 14

5 "In the first month, ON THE FOURTEENTH OF THE MONTH, BETWEEN THE EVENINGS (i.e., 6 PM Nisan 13 to 6 PM Nisan 14) IS THE PASSOVER TO JEHOVAH.

SECOND FEAST: UNLEAVENED BREAD, NISAN 15 - 21

6 "And AND ON THE FIFTEENTH OF THIS MONTH IS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD to Jehovah; you shall eat unleavened things seven days.

7 "On the first day (Nisan 15) you shall have a HOLY GATHERING; you shall do no work of service;

8 "and you shall bring near a fire offering to Jehovah seven days and the SEVENTH DAY SHALL BE A HOLY GATHERING; you shall do no work of service.

9 "And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

10 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, When you come in to the land which I am giving to you, and have reaped its harvest, and have brought in the sheaf, or the beginning of your harvest, to the priest,

THIRD FEAST, FIRSTFRUITS, NISAN 16

11 "then he shall wave the sheaf before Jehovah for your acceptance; ON THE MORROW OF THE SABBATH (i.e., of Unleavened Bread) the priest shall wave it.

12 "And you shall prepare a lamb in the day you WAVE THE SHEAF, one without blemish, a son of a year, for a burnt offering to Jehovah.

13 "And its food offering shall be two tenths part of flour mixed with oil, a fire offering to Jehovah, a sweet fragrance; and its drink offering, a fourth of a hin of wine.

14 "And you shall not eat bread, nor roasted grain, nor fresh ears, until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God; IT IS A NEVER ENDING STATUTE throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

FOURTH FEAST: PENTECOST

15 "And you shall number to you from the next day after the sabbath, from the day you bring in the sheaf of the wave offering (Nisan 16, day one of the omer); they shall be seven complete sabbaths (i.e., 7 weeks);

16 "the next day (i.e., Sivan 6) after the seventh sabbath (the 49th day), you shall number FIFTY DAYS (i.e., the meaning of Pentecost); and you shall bring near a new food offering to Jehovah;

17 "you shall bring in bread out of your dwellings for a wave offering, two loaves; they shall be of two tenth ephah of flour; they shall be baked with leaven; firstfruits to Jehovah

18 "And besides the bread, you shall offer seven lambs, without blemish, sons of a year, and one bull, a son of the herd, and two rams; they are a burnt offering to Jehovah, with their food offering and their drink offerings, a fire offering of soothing fragrance to Jehovah.

19 "And you shall offer one he-goat for a sin offering, and two lambs, sons of a year, for a sacrifice of peace offerings.

20 "And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the firstfruits, a wave offering before Jehovah, besides the two lambs; they are holy to Jehovah for the priest.

21 "And you shall make a proclamation on this same day; IT IS A HOLY GATHERING to you. You shall do no work of service. It is a never ending statute in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

22 "And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not completely reap the corner of your field, nor shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor, and for the alien: I am Jehovah your God.

23 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

FIFTH FEAST: FEAST OF TRUMPETS, TISHRI 1

24 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the SEVENTH MONTH, on the first of the month, A SABBATH shall be to you, a call to a memorial, A HOLY GATHERING.

25 "You shall do no work of service and you shall bring a fire offering to Jehovah.
26 "And Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,

SIXTH FEAST: DAY OF ATONEMENT, TISHRI 10

27 "Also, on the tenth of this seventh month shall be a DAY OF ATONEMENT; there shall be A HOLY GATHERING, and you shall humble your souls and shall bring a fire offering to Jehovah.

28 "And you shall do no work in this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to atone for you before Jehovah your God.

29 "For any person who is not humbled in this same day shall be cut off from his people.

30 "And any person who does any work in this same day, I shall even destroy that person from the midst of his people.

31 "You shall DO NO WORK; it is a never ending statute throughout your generations, in all your dwellings.

32 "It is a SABBATH of rest to you, and you shall humble your souls IN THE NINTH OF THE MONTH AT EVENING; FROM EVENING UNTIL EVENING (i.e., from 6 PM on Tishri 9 to 6 PM on Tishri 10) you shall keep your SABBATH.

33 "And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

SEVENTH FEAST: TABERNACLES, TISHRI 15-22

34 "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the FIFTEENTH day of this seventh month shall be a Feast of Booths (also called Tabernacles) seven days to Jehovah.

35 "On the first day shall be A HOLY GATHERING; you shall do no work of service.

36 Seven days you shall bring a fire offering to Jehovah; on the eighth day you shall have A HOLY GATHERING; and you shall bring the fire offering to Jehovah; it is A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY; you shall do no work of service.

SET FEASTS, HOLY GATHERINGS

37 "These are THE SET FEASTS of Jehovah which you shall proclaim, HOLY GATHERINGS, to bring a fire offering to Jehovah, a burnt offering, and a food offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, the thing of a day on its own day;

38 "besides the sabbaths of Jehovah, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you shall give to Jehovah.

39 "Also, in the FIFTEENTH day of the seventh month, when you gather the increase of the land, you shall keep the FEAST of Jehovah seven days; on THE FIRST DAY A SABBATH, AND ON THE EIGHTH DAY A SABBATH.

40 "And you shall take to yourselves on the first day the fruit of majestic trees, palm branches, and boughs of oak trees, and willows of the valley, and shall rejoice before Jehovah your God seven days.

41 "And you shall KEEP A FEAST to Jehovah, SEVEN DAYS IN A YEAR, A NEVER ENDING STATUTE throughout your generations; in the seventh month you shall keep it.

42 "You shall LIVE IN BOOTHS SEVEN DAYS; all who are native in Israel shall live in booths,

43 "so that your generations shall know that I caused the sons of Israel to live in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am Jehovah your God.

SEVEN APPOINTED FEASTS

44 "And Moses proclaimed THE APPOINTED FEASTS of Jehovah to the sons of Israel."

All seven appointed feasts are set feasts, sabbaths and holy gatherings.

> > since Nisan 14 is the day the Lambs were killed and prepared for the meal that began the night of the 15th.....then the 14th was ''work day''.

Sacrifices were to be made every day, continually. On feast days, the required sacrifices had to be made, including Nisan 14 and 15. The work that is not permitted is like on every Sabbath. Don't do house work, go to work at your job, or take a walk farther than from the Temple to the Mt. of Olives. Agape

Pope calls for 'God-centered' global economy

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
Pope Benedict XVI today called for reforming the United Nations and establishing a "true world political authority" with "REAL TEETH" to manage the global economy with God-centered ethics."

THE KINGDOM WITH GREAT IRON TEETH

By Marilyn Agee

The Pope wants to reform the UN and give the concept of the family of nations "real teeth."

In his Encyclical Letter CARITAS IN VERITATE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF, No. 67 says, "In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a REFORM OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION, AND LIKEWISE OF ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, SO THAT THE CONCEPT OF THE FAMILY OF NATIONS CAN ACQUIRE REAL TEETH."

Dan 7:7 mentions "IRON TEETH." Iron stands for Rome in Dan. 2:40 and Dan. 7:7. Here it says, "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and IT HAD GREAT IRON TEETH: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; AND IT HAD TEN HORNS," as in Rev. 13.

Dan 7:19-27 says, "Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast (i.e., Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and then Rome), which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, WHOSE TEETH WERE OF IRON, and his nails of brass (symbol of a curse); which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the TEN HORNS (i.e., of Rev. 13) that were in his head, and of the other (i.e., the False Prophet; Rev. 13:11) which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth (i.e., Rome), WHICH SHALL BE DIVERSE FROM ALL KINGDOMS, AND SHALL DEVOUR THE WHOLE EARTH, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces (i.e., the 10 regions). And the TEN HORNS OUT OF THIS KINGDOM ARE TEN KINGS THAT SHALL ARISE: and another (i.e., the False Prophet) shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (3.5 years). But the judgment shall sit (i.e., the Judgment Seat of Christ on the Feast of Trumpets), and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end (i.e., of the next 7 months). And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given (probably on Nisan 1, 5776; April 9, 2016) to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."

Heb. 10:25 says that we are to comfort one another: and so much the more, as we see the day approaching.

The new GLOBAL POLITICAL AUTHORITY that is coming is bad news for the world, but good news for the Bride of Christ. The Rapture is approaching.

I have been expecting something like this news, because I think the first beast of Revelation 13 has to be someone who has "THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY" that has been held by the leaders of the five past world empires of Rev. 17:10.

Rev. 17 is parenthetic. The time it takes place is revealed in verse 14. It says, "the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and THEY THAT ARE WITH HIM ARE CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL." The Rapture has just taken place.

At that time, there are 10 kings that have not yet received their kingdom. I think they will be the leaders over the 10 regions into which this world has been divided. Rev 17:12 says, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, WHICH HAVE RECEIVED NO KINGDOM AS YET; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast."

About the 7 kings, Rev. 17: 10 says, "there are seven kings: five are fallen, and ONE IS, and the other is not yet come." The 7 empires that have fallen are Babel, Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece and the Holy Roman Empire. The empire that is in power at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture is the Ecclesiastical Roman Empire headed up by the Pope.

All 7 empires are affiliated with the Mystery Religion of Babylon. Of the woman, Rev 17:5 says, "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

I feel sure that the one that is in power at the time of the Rapture is the Pope, the head of the revived Roman Empire. One of the heads was "as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed" (v. 3). The last Roman Emperor is dead, the Roman Ecclesiastical leader takes his place, and the deadly wound to the Roman Empire is healed. A Roman Ecclesiastical Empire now exists. To me, as the former Roman Empire was a world empire, the last Roman Empire will be a world empire. The word Catholic means universal.

GLOBAL POLITICAL AUTHORITY AND FINANCIAL ORDER

I expect the Pope will be chosen to head up this GLOBAL POLITICAL AUTHORITY AND FINANCIAL ORDER at the beginning of the Tribulation. During the Tribulation, the Pope's headquarters will be moved from Vatican City to literal Babylon in Iraq.

In Rev. 17:18, the city is Vatican City in Rome. It says, "And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." However, in Rev. 18, we see that Vatican City has been moved to literal Babylon.

Rev. 18:2-5 says, And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (i.e., joining together), and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (Here is the Pre-Wrath Rapture.) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKERS OF HER SINS, AND THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."

That day will be the Day of God's Wrath (Rev. 6:17; 7:9,14). The Tribulation saints will be pulled out before the Asteroids of Rev. 8:8-11 fall on Earth.

At the beginning of the Tribulation, Rev. 6:1,2 says, "I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow (toxon, plain fabric, i.e., a man of the cloth, a religious leader); and A CROWN WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer."

THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY

Rev 13:1-8 says, "I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (i.e., the great red dragon) rise up out of the sea (nations, people (Rev. 17:15), and probably the Holy See, out of which the Pope is chosen), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads (all 7) THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard (Greece, Dan. 7:6), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Media-Persia, Dan. 7:5), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (Babylon, Dan. 7:4): and the dragon (Lucifer, god of the Masons, Satan, Rev. 12:9) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads (i.e., the Holy Roman Empire) as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed (i.e., it became the Holy Ecclesiastical Roman Empire): and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon (i.e., Lucifer) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? (the Pope) who is able to make war with him? (none) And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (the first half of the Tribulation). And HE OPENED HIS MOUTH IN BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD, TO BLASPHEME HIS NAME, AND HIS TABERNACLE, AND THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN (i.e., the Pre-Trib Rapture has just taken place). And it was GIVEN UNTO HIM TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS (i.e., the Tribulation saints), AND TO OVERCOME THEM: AND POWER WAS GIVEN HIM OVER ALL KINDREDS, AND TONGUES, AND NATIONS. And ALL THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP HIM, WHOSE NAMES ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. If any man have an ear, let him hear."

"THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY" that was upon the leaders of Babel (Nimrod), Babylon II, Media-Persia and the Holy Roman Empire is PONTIFIX MAXIMUS, the title of the Supreme High Priest.

I found the following interesting information about Pontifex Maximus on the Internet (http://www.livius.org/pn-po/pontifex/maximus.html). It shows when the Popes could have obtained the title.

"Julius Caesar was elected pontifex maximus in 63 BCE and kept the office until his death. The house where he spent the night before he was killed, was the domus publica. After his death, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus became pontifex maximus (44-12 BCE); when he died, the emperor Augustus became responsible for the state cult. He also put an end to the election of the pontifices. From then on, a position in the college of pontifices was a sign of special imperial favor, comparable to a decoration in our age.

"The word pontifex is sometimes explained as 'bridge builder', but is in fact related to the Etruscan word pont, 'road', and means something like 'preparer of the road'. The pope still calls himself pontifex maximus....

"In 381, the Roman emperor Gratian was the first to decline to use the title of pontifex maximus. It was accepted by the pope."

POPE BENEDICT'S RECENT ENCYCLICAL IS CALLED THE "ENCYCLICAL LETTER CARITAS IN VERITATE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI"
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html

BY "THE UNIVERSAL CITY OF GOD...THE EARTHLY CITY," DOES THE POPE MEAN VATICAN CITY OR BABYLON?

After mentioning GLOBALIZED SOCIETY: JUSTICE AND THE COMMON GOOD in 6, in 7, the Pope said, "MAN'S EARTHLY ACTIVITY, WHEN INSPIRED AND SUSTAINED BY CHARITY, CONTRIBUTES TO THE BUILDING OF THE UNIVERSAL CITY OF GOD, WHICH IS THE GOAL OF THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN FAMILY, THAT IS TO SAY, THE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLES AND NATIONS[5], IN SUCH A WAY AS TO SHAPE THE EARTHLY CITY IN UNITY AND PEACE, RENDERING IT TO SOME DEGREE AN ANTICIPATION AND A PREFIGURATION OF THE UNDIVIDED CITY OF GOD."

The Pope also sounds like he is against RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM and for uniting with THE FOLLOWERS OF OTHER RELIGIONS AND WITH NON-BELIEVERS.

However, 2Cor 6:14 says, "BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

In 57, the Pope said. "For believers, the world derives neither from blind chance nor from strict necessity, but from God's plan. This is what gives rise to the DUTY OF BELIEVERS TO UNITE THEIR EFFORTS WITH THOSE OF ALL MEN AND WOMEN OF GOOD WILL, WITH THE FOLLOWERS OF OTHER RELIGIONS AND WITH NON-BELIEVERS, so that this world of ours may effectively correspond to the divine plan: living as a family under the Creator's watchful eye. A particular manifestation of charity and a guiding criterion for fraternal cooperation between believers and non-believers is undoubtedly the principle of subsidiarity[137], an expression of inalienable human freedom."

The Pope wants to reform the UN and give "THE FAMILY OF NATIONS...real teeth." In 67, he said, "In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a REFORM OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION, AND LIKEWISE OF ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, SO THAT THE CONCEPT OF THE FAMILY OF NATIONS CAN ACQUIRE REAL TEETH."

I thought he was going to say real peace, but no, he said, "REAL TEETH." Other excerpts are below. Emphasis is mine.

6. “Caritas in veritate” is the principle around which the Church's social doctrine turns, a principle that takes on practical form in the criteria that govern moral action. I would like to consider two of these in particular, of special relevance to the commitment to development in an increasingly GLOBALIZED SOCIETY: JUSTICE AND THE COMMON GOOD....

"Charity goes beyond justice, because to love is to give, to offer what is “mine” to the other; but it never lacks justice, which prompts us to give the other what is “his”, what is due to him by reason of his being or his acting. I CANNOT “GIVE” WHAT IS MINE TO THE OTHER, WITHOUT FIRST GIVING HIM WHAT PERTAINS TO HIM IN JUSTICE....

20. ..."Moreover, Populorum Progressio repeatedly underlines THE URGENT NEED FOR REFORM[54], and in the face of great problems of injustice in the development of peoples, it calls for courageous action to be taken without delay....

"The urgency is inscribed not only in things, it is not derived solely from the rapid succession of events and problems, but also from THE VERY MATTER THAT IS AT STAKE: THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AUTHENTIC FRATERNITY.

21. ..."Profit is useful if it serves as a means towards an end that provides a sense both of how to produce it and how to make good use of it. Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as its ultimate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty....

"The complexity and gravity of the present economic situation rightly cause us concern, but we must adopt a realistic attitude AS WE TAKE UP WITH CONFIDENCE AND HOPE THE NEW RESPONSIBILITIES TO WHICH WE ARE CALLED BY THE PROSPECT OF A WORLD IN NEED OF PROFOUND CULTURAL RENEWAL, a world that needs to rediscover fundamental values on which to build a better future. The current crisis obliges us to re-plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones. THE CRISIS THUS BECOMES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCERNMENT, IN WHICH TO SHAPE A NEW VISION FOR THE FUTURE....

29. ..."Violence puts the brakes on authentic development and impedes the evolution of peoples towards greater socio-economic and spiritual well-being. This applies especially to terrorism motivated by FUNDAMENTALISM[69], which generates grief, destruction and death, obstructs dialogue between nations and diverts extensive resources from their peaceful and civil uses...."

THERE IS URGENT NEED OF A TRUE WORLD POLITICAL AUTHORITY

67.... "One also senses the urgent need to find innovative ways of implementing the principle of the responsibility to protect[146] and of giving poorer nations an effective voice in shared decision-making. This seems necessary in order to arrive at a political, juridical and economic order which can increase and give direction to international cooperation for the development of all peoples in solidarity. To manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result; TO BRING ABOUT INTEGRAL AND TIMELY DISARMAMENT, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, THERE IS URGENT NEED OF A TRUE WORLD POLITICAL AUTHORITY, as my predecessor Blessed John XXIII indicated some years ago. Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, to seek to establish the common good[147], and to make a commitment to securing authentic integral human development inspired by the values of charity in truth. Furthermore, SUCH AN AUTHORITY WOULD NEED TO BE UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AND TO BE VESTED WITH THE EFFECTIVE POWER TO ENSURE SECURITY FOR ALL, REGARD FOR JUSTICE, AND RESPECT FOR RIGHTS[148]. Obviously IT WOULD HAVE TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH ITS DECISIONS FROM ALL PARTIES, AND ALSO WITH THE COORDINATED MEASURES ADOPTED IN VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL FORUMS. WITHOUT THIS, DESPITE THE GREAT PROGRESS ACCOMPLISHED IN VARIOUS SECTORS, INTERNATIONAL LAW WOULD RISK BEING CONDITIONED BY THE BALANCE OF POWER AMONG THE STRONGEST NATIONS. THE INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLES AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION REQUIRE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GREATER DEGREE OF INTERNATIONAL ORDERING, MARKED BY SUBSIDIARITY, FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF GLOBALIZATION[149]. THEY ALSO REQUIRE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOCIAL ORDER THAT AT LAST CONFORMS TO THE MORAL ORDER, TO THE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN MORAL AND SOCIAL SPHERES, AND TO THE LINK BETWEEN POLITICS AND THE ECONOMIC AND CIVIL SPHERES, AS ENVISAGED BY THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS."

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