The Bishop of Rome Assassinated
When the Rebel conquers Rome, just before the world ends, he will send his forces into the Vatican, first subverting a part of the priesthood by directing the installation of priests who will do his bidding there, and finally by force. They will murder the high priest, the Bishop of Rome, together with everyone else they oppose, and set up a rebel headquarters within its walls.
Known as the "Prince of Persia", the Beast will then make the basilica at St. Peters, his palace.
The actions associated with this terrible slaughter will include the abolition of the perpetual sacrifice (which the Bishop of Rome oversees) and the erection of the abomination of desolation, described by Daniel. This disastrous action was confirmed by Jesus in the New Testament.
"So when you see the disastrous abomination, of which the prophet Daniel spoke, set up in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains; if a man is in the fields, he must not turn back to fetch his cloak. Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! Pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on a sabbath. For then there will be great distress such as, until now, since the world began, there never has been, nor ever will be again. And if that time had not been shortened, no one would have survived; but shortened that time shall be, for the sake of those who are chosen." (Mat.24:15-22).
Lucia, the twentieth century prophet of Fatima has forseen the attack on the Bishop. It seems to follow the pattern described in the Greek scriptures in the Book of Maccabees (2 Macc.4:34-38).on Onias, the great Hebrew High Priest which preluded the placement of Antiochus Epiphanes' "desecration" on the altar of the Hebrew sacrifice.
Paul confirmed this when he told the people of Thessalonia that the Great Rebel who was destined to enthrone himself in God's sanctuary at the end of time, could not appear until the Christian leader who guards it had first been 'taken out of the way'. (2 Thes.2:5-7). Since it is this shepherd that God has assigned the duty for holding back the wrath from the earth, none of the final events described by Daniel can happen until this terrible act of violence takes place and the Bishop who guards the Communion Sacrifice (the Eucharist) is removed from his station.
While this event is scheduled to occur in the current time period (ti.e., during the "third day", the third millenium of the Christian era), and very likely in this century, it is not yet (2006) close. Many years must pass before the conditions Daniel specified align themselves into the political reality he foresaw.
There are two major assassinations described in biblical prophecy and only one of them has to do with the world leader of the Christian Church. The other one is political, relating to someone (an Alexander the Great kind of figure) at the pinnacle of leadership iin the western world.
This "Alexander" assassination revolves around the symbolic "Pharaoh of Egypt", and according to Jeremiah is scheduled to be the proof of all the prophecies relating to disaster in Israel. Unlike the Papal event, the "Pharaoh" prophecy is probably very close and, according to Jeremiah will be the conclusive proof offered by God that a coming invasion of Israel by the kings of the East will occur without question and precisely in the manner Jeremiah predicted, i.e., sweeping west and south across the Euphrates river. (See Jer.44:28-30, and related visions in Jeremiah directly preceding and following this verse i.e., chapters 42-47)
The "Alexander" or "Pharaoh" prophecy relates to the rise of Daniel's predicted fourth Persian empire and its overthrow of the western world by the kings of the East. The Papal assassination, on the other hand, relates to the dramatic appearance in public of the "Beast", the horrendous "Madman" who usurps the reigns of the fourth Persian empire and uses this ten-nation confederacy as his mace to end civilization.
The Papal assassination will occur in a way somewhat similar to the history and prophecy surrounding an enormously popular and holy Hebrew high priest named Onias III, killed in 172 B.C. by a priestly cabal friendly to the political madman Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the wretch prophecy teaches to be the precursor to the man Revelation calls "666", the Beast of the last days, . (See 2 Maccabees especially 4:30; Dn. 11:20; 9:25-27; 11:31, etc.).
Directing that cabal in history was the priest, Menalaus.
Supported by the king (Antiochus IV Epiphanes) two turncoat priests, Jason and then Menelaus were named to the high priesthood, one after the other, subverting its selection processes according to the king's directions. These two, especially Jason, re-structured the theology by "Hellenizing" the Jewish religion and its way of life. This, too, can be expected in the future circumstances when much of this may be repeated at the end, with the beast trying to orchestrate the appointment Popes and priests bending to his own wishes. The prophecy shows that God did not go along with the unseating of Onias, proof that neither will He in the future.
Feigning friendship, Menelaus convinced Onias to leave the confines of the sanctuary, and once outside, attacked and killed him.
In Sister Lucia of Fatima's vision, the "man in white" is set upon and killed on his way up a hill strewn with the bodies of other priests and topped by a large cross. Her vision describes a scene astonishingly similar to the yearly Good Friday procession by the Papal entourage through the ancient part of the city of Rome, through the ruins of the coliseum and up the winding road that leads to the cross on top of Palatine hill.
If that is the case, his assassination will occur in relation to that service, symbolically uniting this unthinkable act with the Church's final journey on the path of Christ, bringing a true "Good Friday" to the Church itself. Accompanying this assassination according to Lucia's vision will be a priestly massacre of significant proportions.
(A similar massacre at the time of Antiochus IV Epiphanes occurred 3-4 years after the assassination of Onias, but in Lucia's vision the assassination and massacre seem to be united in time).
Declaring himself the emperor of Rome, the madman will enthrone himself in St. Peter's basilica.
Soon after his attack on the Papal priests (probably the following December), the Beast (also called the "Prince of Persia") will issue his proclamation outlawing the practice of Christianity and Judaism in His empire (along with all other religions and faiths not acceptable to him). That proclamation will free the Christian Church (all denominations of it) from the treaty with Babylon structured by God through the life-saving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Also freed from the great Babylon exile by the Prince of Persia's proclamation will be the Jews. His edict will mark the official end of the Diaspora.
As a part of his proclamation, the madman will instruct his forces to erect on the 25th day of December, the "Abomination of Desolation" on the altar in the Vatican's sanctuary citadel, his declaration of all-out war on Christ and the Christian Church. This is the event in the Book of Daniel that Jesus underscored above in answering His Apostles after they asked when the world would end, i.e., when would be the ultimate destruction.
The Beast's desecration of the Eucharist will cancel God's offer of forgiveness to mankind. It will also bring the divine fire.
After they have been released from the terms of God's peace treaty, those few Vatican priests and holy persons surviving the massacre at Rome will begin a long journey back to Jerusalem a journey that will last throughout the time remaining in the reign of the Beast (prophetically three-and-a-half years). This group will be led by Michael the Archangel (Dn.12:1; Ez.43:1-4, etc.)
Their arrival in Jerusalem (they represent the City of David returning from Babylonian exile) and their welcome there by the Jewish holy communitiy will be the event that reunites the two Houses of Israel, returning sight to the people. Their coded greeting to Michael (Mat. 23:38-39) will immediately trigger the horn of Gabriel to blow, and bring the Return of Jesus Christ to the earth.
As a part of that Return, honor and great glory will be bestowed on all who chose to follow Christ in their lives on earth. At the sound of Christ's voice they will rise from their sleep and inherit eternal life in a kingdom that will never die or pass away, spending their lives free of danger forever afterward in the company of God , Jesus, the Patriarchs, the Apostles and all others God deems of faith.
Isaiah described the Beast's horrendous actions (with its concomitant approval by the people of the world Rev.13:14) as the driving mechanism that brings the apocalyptic fire from heaven at the very end. (Is.24:1+). This fire is in keeping with the terms of the Hebrew Law which states that if the Temple's communion sacrifice is not eaten, it must be burned up and that burning must take place on the "third day" (Lev.19:5-6).
"See how God lays the earth waste, makes it a desert, buckles its surface, scatters its inhabitants, priest and people alike, master and slave, seller and buyer, lender and borrower, creditor and debtor...for they have transgressed the law, violated the precept, broken the everlasting covenant."
"So a curse consumes the earth and its inhabitants suffer the penalty, that is why the inhabitants of the earth are burnt up and few men are left." (Is.24:1-6).
For additional information, see:
'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 25, 'An Anointed One Cut Off'
'The Last Days of Babylon', Chapter 26, 'Fall of the City of David'
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