Diversity is divine, but division is diabolic.” ….. “It’s the glory that glues us together, not the doctrine.” – Anthony Palmer
Above are few excerpts from a message given to the attendees at a Pentecostal conference by Anthony Palmer, bishop and International ecumenical officer for the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. It is then followed by a carefully scripted video message from the Vatican, presented cogently by his long-time friend – the present pope. All these events occurred on a recent (01-21-2014) conference of prosperity-preaching ministers sponsored by Kenneth Copeland. Many theologians have hailed this conference as a significant step towards mutual understanding and unity among the Christian churches. Nevertheless, many, including us, do believe this as the direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy right before our very eyes!
As part of his greetings, the pope chose to highlight two themes; his yearning for Christians to become one and his joy at their desire to pray together for the spirit of Unity and Love.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” – Romans 16:17
” For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
The emphasis is on doctrines and not on the divisions. Christians ought not to be worried about divisions, but be more concerned about false doctrines.
In fact, Jesus predicted those divisions which is to come after His ascension:
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” – Luke 12:51
These events are no doubt indicators of a rapid trend towards a ‘One World Government’, foretold long before in the Book of Revelation. Though, the Scripture does not use the exact phrase “one-world government” or “one-world religion”, however, it does, signals the presence of a Church-State combination that will stand against God’s people in the last days. The proposed coalition is no doubt a step to this impending scenario!
“11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” – Revelation 13: 11-12
“6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” – Revelation 13: 6-7
Scriptures clearly hints that the first beast mentioned here is the Institution of Roman Catholic Church under pope and the second beast is the Protestant America. Long before, it was predicted that they will get united towards the end and will become a threatening power for true Christians. As the prophecies are getting fulfilled, be careful not to be deceived by false teachers like Kenneth Copeland who recants and returns to Catholicism.
The following is an expository video by Pastor Dough Batchelor on the proceedings of this conference:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsF2q-8ez08&w=560&h=315] Our next post will be addressing how the present pope and his election is distinct from all the others. God Bless..