Merchandise of Tyre
Ezekiel 27:33 -
When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.
On my trip to Mangalore I met an ex-Catholic priest (who was removed from the Catholic Church), he is a very well-known preacher, a person more inclined to the Word of God and excellent music evangelist. In his desperation to win the crowds of late I saw him showing his dedication to Mary and more so I was really surprised to see him start retailing oil and water, in small bottles. Although he knows the Truth (somewhat), yet like others he too gives excuse of doing these things to attract the crowd. He knows if he does not do this the masses (Catholics) will not come and that would make it difficult for him to run his religious business center (ministry).
The Catholic Church since ages has been running a retail empire of selling religious objects. They directly or indirectly profit from the sales of these objects. This has made it the richest religious institute in the world.
Why am I talking of the Catholic Church in today's message?
Today's message is about Tyre. The Hebrew word Tyre means small stone or moveable stone and the same in Aramaic is Cephas / Kephas and in Greek is Petros translated in English as Peter (the word rock in Aramaic is Shua and in Greek Petra). The Catholic Church claims to be founded on Peter - not the real Apostle Simon Peter but a factious Peter like their factious Mary. The real Simon Peter as per the Bible was commissioned to lead the circumcised (Jewish Christians) and Paul the uncircumcised. That is why we see Simon Peter (Cephas) was mostly operating from Jerusalem the Jewish religious center. Also Peter was never sole in charge (administrative in charge) of the Church; he along with John and James overlooked the operations of the Church and were later joined by Paul and Barnabas. So we see the Catholic Church is founded on a factious Peter, but this is not just an imaginary being. The OT says the Prince of Tyre (another name for the Beast who imitates Lucifer and runs the operations in his absences - note the name Satan / Devil is plural) heads this empire (Lucifer is called the King of Tyre). It is this Prince of Tyre who desires to be god over the people therefore fools them to think they are worshipping God and makes them worship him. The book of Revelation says this institute (church) is the seat of the Devil and makes them do things in the name of religion but all that angers God. Ezekiel states the riches of this empire is run by ships of Tarshish which is a yellow jasper symbolizing false righteousness while Heaven is symbolized as founded on red jasper also called 'blood stone' which symbolizes righteousness of the Lord.
Today's message talks of the retail empire of this church crumbling down and its people leaving it in large numbers. That means some will come to know the Lord, some with be taken by vultures - that is they will believe in some vain religions and others may just stop believing in God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, over a long time this institute has been destroying your people and also martyred your saints. But as per your Word You have allowed it a due time to change. Like You bought the King of Babylon to take captive the people of Israel when they disobeyed You, so also You allowed this church. But when the King of Babylon make a golden image of itself You bought him down, the very person You lifted up You punished him such that he became a testimony for your glory. Lord, we pray You be glorified as the time of fall of this church is at hand...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Galatians 2:9 - and when they perceived the grace that was given unto me, James and Cephas and John, they who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision;
Acts 22:21 - And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee forth far hence unto the Gentiles.
Galatians 2: 8 - (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
15 But I write the more boldly unto you in some measure, as putting you again in remembrance, because of the grace that was given me of God,
16 that I should be a minister of Christ Jesus unto the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be made acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like unto a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the authority of the first beast in his sight. And he maketh the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose death-stroke was healed.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains [Europe], on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 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.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Revelation 21:19 - And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
Cardinal Sarto, who became Pope Pius X, said:
The Pope represents Jesus Christ Himself...
In 1512 Christopher Marcellus said this to Pope Julius II:
Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath which thou hast given us, for thou art our shepherd, thou art our physician, thou art our governor, thou art our husbandman, thou art finally another God on earth
The Gloss of Extravagantes of Pope John XXII says:
But to believe that our Lord God the Pope the establisher of said decretal, and of this, could not decree, as he did decree, should be accounted heretical.
Pope Leo XIII said these things about the role of the Papacy and the Roman Church:
Our thoughts went out towards the immense multitude of those who are strangers to the gladness that filled all Catholic hearts: some because they lie in absolute ignorance of the Gospel; others because they dissent from the Catholic belief, though they bear the name of Christians.
This thought has been, and is, a source of deep concern to Us; for it is impossible to think of such a large portion of mankind deviating, as it were, from the right path, as they move away from Us, and not experience a sentiment of innermost grief. But since We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty...
6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Revelation 2:8-10 [the second stage of the Church when the Roman Catholic Church was formed – known as the dark ages, it killed the maximum Christians]
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 2:12-16 [The present Catholic Church around 1500AD onwards]
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them [her] with the sword of my mouth [Word of God].
Revelation 16:19 - And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Revelation 17:1 - 18:21
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