Behind the scenes remarkable events are occurring that confirm without doubt God’s invisible hand upon world events. For almost 2000 years “the man of sin” has exalted himself above all that is called God, sitting in the Temple of God “shewing himself that he is God” whilst weaving in and out of world politics positioning himself and the apostate system he represents for world control.

What is ecumenism?

Ecumenism comes from the Greek word oikoumene, which means the “inhabited world”. It mainly refers to initiatives aimed at greater religious unity or cooperation.

The very first ecumenical council of the ‘Christian Church’ occurred in Nicea in AD 325. It was called by Constantine and created the first uniform Christian doctrine called the Creed of Nicea. With the creation of the creed, a precedent was established for subsequent general ecumenical councils of bishops (synods) to create statements of belief. The intent was to define unity of beliefs for the whole of Christendom. What did it achieve? After a two month period the decision of the 318 bishops present was to confirm the divinity and equality of the Father and Son. It coined the term “God of God, very God of very God” to describe the Son, leaving the position of the Holy Spirit undefined. Later at the ecumenical council of Constantinople in AD 381 a clause was added around the beliefs of Athanasius which addressed the inclusion of the Holy Spirit, and formed the basis for Trinitarian beliefs.

So these were the first great ecumenical gatherings. The other foundation that it laid was anti-semitism. The council appealed for a break from the customs of the Jews, whom they referred to as an odious and detestable people. It was also a complete break from the first century teachings of the apostles and established the foundation for modern Christianity infused with paganism.

The history of the three Romes

Just prior to the Council of Nicea in AD325 the imperial power of Rome was split. Constantine had won the battle of Milvian bridge in AD 312 and established ‘pagan christianity’ as the religion of the empire. But the Imperial power of Rome was divided. One capital was left in Rome, while Constantine’s was created at the Greek seaport of Byzantium in Turkey.

It was originally called Nova Roma and subsequently Roman emperors were crowned there. Later it became Constantinople, and today it is called Istanbul.

Over time, jealousy developed between the two branches of the Empire. In AD 395 Emperor Theodosius drew a line between what we today know as Catholic Croatia and Orthodox Serbia. The two religious spheres of the Empire grew apart. In Rome the development of the Catholic Church took place, followed by the establishment of the Papacy. In the east the Orthodox Church with its eastern influences also developed. In the west, Emperor Justinian gave the bishop of Rome political authority in 538 AD. With political authority Rome was to heavily influence the whole of Europe for 1260 years, particularly in the western portion of the continent.

Interestingly, the 1260 years of Catholic control is referred to in Daniel 7:25 and quoted in Revelation 11:3 and Revelation 12:6. In 1798 Napoleon’s army marched into Rome and took the pope prisoner. Finally in 1870 Garibaldi’s “red shirts” ended the pope’s temporal power. In the east, the eastern leg of the Roman empire was overthrown when the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453. With it the power of the eastern caesars was overthrown and they fled to Kiev and Moscow in the north. Here a third ‘Rome’ was created, and the titles of their rulers were changed from caesars to tsars!! Two ‘Romes’ had fallen and Moscow became the third. The power of the Russian Orthodox Church finally came to an end in the Russian Revolution of 1917. The Romanov dynasty under Tsar Nicholas II was destroyed and state religion was suppressed. At this point both the Catholic Church in the west and the Orthodox Church’s stronghold in Russia had been dealt crushing blows, their power and influence seemingly at an end.

Let us now build the picture surrounding the modern revival of these apostate systems, particularly that of ‘the mother Church’.

In the dark days following the first World War, the fascist movement obtained a foothold in Europe. In 1929 the Roman Catholic Church grasped an opportunity for power and threw in her lot with the fascists, notably Benito Mussolini in Italy. This led to the sovereignty of the pope and the establishment of the independent Vatican City. A base had now been established, a treacherous base for the Catholic push for world spiritual dominion and authority, an authority that in our times has focused its attention on the revival of ecumenism and the unity of the churches, a revival that we will see is clearly anticipated and prophesied in the Bible.

In 1933 the Roman Catholic Church pursued this course, this time signing a concordat with Nazi Germany. This was presided over by Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) and Franz von Papen, vice chancellor, and leader of the Catholic party in Germany.

An unholy alliance had been born. We should not be surprised, because most of the Nazi party’s leadership was Catholic. Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler were all Catholic, ensuring that the national socialist government was the most Catholic Germany ever had.

The propaganda methods employed by Goebbels, Hitler’s most trusted confidant in the war, were borrowed from the Jesuits. He had been brought up in a Jesuit college and was a seminarist before devoting himself to literature and politics. Edmond Paris, author of the Secret History of the Jesuits, wrote that the SS Organisation had been constituted by Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuits’ order. Their regulations, and the spiritual exercises prescribed by Ignatious Loyola were the model Himmler tried to copy. The whole structure of the direction was a close imitation of the Catholic Church’s hierarchical order. Hitler himself wrote, “I see Himmler as our Ignatious Loyola.”

And so today we have a former Hitler youth, a Nazi-saluting German, as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Of course, he plays down his role in Hitler youth, and to some degree he was probably heavily influenced and pressured at a young age. That said, it was rife throughout a Church that unashamedly aligned itself with the fascists. However, Ratzinger finds it hard to quell the dissenters because documents prove that Pope Pius XII was by far the greatest Nazi smuggler at the end of World War II. The former Cardinal Pacelli, co-signer of the Nazi-Vatican concordat, is currently headed for canonization by Pope Benedict XVI himself.

The ‘ratlines’, as they were called, were responsible for smuggling tens of high ranking Nazi officials out of Germany. The chief character in the smuggling operation was Bishop Alois Hudal in Rome, ably supported by Cardinal Theodore Innitzer, primate of the Austrian Church. Hudal is credited with smuggling out the architect of the death camps Adolf Eichmann, commandant of the extermination camp at Treblinka, Franz Stangl, Dr Josef Mengele (‘Dr Death’), and the Croatian ‘butcher’ Ante Pavelic, to name a few.

The Church kept a low profile immediately after the war, as we can imagine. However, most of Europe’s leaders were then, as they are now, Catholic, and behind the scenes they were working feverishly to find a foothold for power. The first step in this direction was the formation of the Common Market in 1957. With the foundation for political power established, it was time to turn to spiritual reunification.

Modern ecumenism

In 1960 Pope John XXIII created the secretariat for the promotion of Christian unity. As the Pope stated, “the Council’s aim is to seek renewal of the Church itself, which would serve for those separated from the See of Rome as a gentle invitation to seek and find unity”. Notice – “those separated from Rome”!! The following are key dates in the modern revival of ecumenism.

1964 – the estrangement of 900 years between the Roman Church and the Orthodox Church was ended when Pope Paul VI met Orthodox Patriarch Athanagoras II in Jerusalem. (The Bull of Anathema, the excommunication imposed on the Eastern Orthodox Church by the Roman Catholic Church in 1054, was lifted).
1983 – Canon law. Catholic Church allows Orthodox members to share in Catholic sacraments. Whilst the Orthodox Church would not extend that to the Catholics, dialogue is continuing to overcome this.
Pope John Paul II created councils for promoting Christian unity and inter-religious dialogue.
1995 – “Ut Unum Sint”, Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, is released. It was his perspective on unity and crucially contained the following words: “When the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually overcome, ALL Christians will at last … be gathered into the one and only Church in that unity which Christ bestowed on His Church from the beginning. We believe that this unity subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose.” His aim all along was that “the two lungs of Europe will breathe as one”.
The staggering thing is the degree of change the Church has been prepared to allow for unity’s sake. As Daniel prophesies: “… 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” (7:25).

This is clearly seen in a raft of articles contained within the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“The living transmission, accomplished in the Holy Spirit, is called Tradition since it is distinct from Sacred Scripture, though closely connected to it.” “The Church … does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence”.

“The task of interpreting the word of God [Scripture and tradition] authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops” (Articles 78,82,85,100 April 1995) .

The Catholic Church in the 20th Century had as its major aims reunification with the Orthodox Church, Protestant Church, Anglican Church, Lutherans and the evangelical movement. If this could be achieved, other movements would fall in line. In our next and final article entitled The Future of Modern Ecumenism we will see how Yahweh will combat the ecumenical movement, combat the universal Church’s compromise of truth and faith, and establish one law, one faith, and one Kingdom ruled over by His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.