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Could the exposure of Roman Catholicism as the antichrist power pave the way for Israel’s mass acceptance of Jesus as Messiah?
Laymen for Religious
There’s a lot that I have to share with you today, but I’ve boiled it down into a quick, seven minute video that you can watch right here.
For the long story, read on.
Two weeks ago we uploaded our newest clip: Charlie Hebdo And The Pope’s Visit To Congress. In it we began exploring not just the Vatican’s traditional opposition to free speech, but its shamefully (and not surprisingly) under-reported role in the Holocaust.
Years of research and weeks of diligent editing were compressed into this 19 minute presentation.
For those of you who watched it, I don’t need to tell you it’s a stick of dynamite! Should it start resonating with Jews, there’s no telling what might happen!
Having uploaded this clip at YouTube, we’re now being urged in our consciences to go much further. Further into Vatican pronouncements against free speech. Further into her role in the Holocaust.
Two videos are now in the pipeline.
TWO NEW VIDEOS
#1 has already been recorded and will soon be released as a five part series lasting almost two hours. It’s entitled: Defending God's Prophet. Much about the papacy and free speech is included in this sermon.
#2 hasn’t yet been recorded and will be our attempt at connecting several more dots in the Holocaust. In the Charlie Hebdo video we looked at two of these dots, or Vatican fingerprints, as I’d prefer to call them. God sparing our lives, in sermon #2 we’ll look at a few more.
Because the mainstream media won’t!
Because the exposure of the wickedness of the man of sin is a critical part of the loud cry!
What makes it so critical? I’ll tell you.
Years ago it began dawning on me that there’s a side to the loud cry that’s been totally ignored in Adventist literature. In the 42 years that I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist, I’ve never heard or read a word about it. I’m talking about what the mass exposure of the Roman Catholic Church as the antichrist power could mean to the Jew.
If, as we’ve been told in The Great Controversy, page 606, “the sins of Babylon will be laid open” during the loud cry, and if Catholicism’s responsibility for the Holocaust is one of those sins, then what might this mean to the Jew?
Put another way: if the main stumbling block to the acceptance of Jesus as Messiah by the Jews could be removed, then what might this do to the Jewish psyche – in particular, the Jewish attitude toward Christ and Christians?
To what stumbling block do I refer?
The barbarity with which Jews for over 1500 years have been treated by so-called Christians. Has not this barbarity, and the Holocaust in which it culminated, been aptly termed: “the central tragedy of Western Civilization”?
Many moons ago, in an old newsletter, I felt led to write:
“The biggest impediment to the Jews accepting their Messiah is not theology, but the false concept they have of Christianity. Tragically, as permanently as the brand of a hot iron is burned into a cow’s flesh, so permanently have the memories of the Inquisition and the ghettoes and the Holocaust been burned into the Jewish psyche … as the fruit of Christianity.
“For better or for worse, I take this personally. That my Saviour, Jesus Christ, should be associated in the Jewish mind with the likes of Hitler, Goebbels and Barbie – this is a master-stroke of the devil himself and must be undone. This horrible caricature must be removed before the Jews, en masse, will give Christianity a 2nd look.”
I hadn’t arrived at this conclusion by accident. Quotations like the one below ripped open my heart and helped fuel this perspective.
“When I look in the sky, any vision of God I might have is clouded over by the smoke spewed out of Nazi ovens. Any time I think that maybe God exists, that possibility is consumed by the same flames that consumed the tender flesh of trainloads of Jewish children. Where was God when those crying children were torn from their mothers’ arms? Where was this Jesus as they were hurled into pits of fire? Where was the Messiah when Jewish babies’ bones were crushed under black SS boots? If the Messiah were ever going to come, He should have showed up at Auschwitz. He didn’t come then, so who needs him now? For me, God, even the idea of God, is the final victim of the Holocaust.”
The Clifford Goldstein Story, page 59
How sad! Yet if Jews could once wrap their minds around the thought that what happened to them in the Inquisition and Holocaust was not Christianity at work; if they could wrap their minds around the fact that neither the indignities, nor ghettos, nor mass deportations, nor forced baptisms, nor tattoos, nor burned synagogues, nor death camps, nor ovens, nor anything connected to the sadism of the Holocaust was the work of Christianity, but rather that all this was the work of the antichrist; if they could see this tragic history in its true light, then might it not remove their wariness of Christians and pave the way for their wholesale acceptance of Jesus as Messiah?
Of course it’s not so simple, is it? Notwithstanding the heroism of Corrie ten Boom and other Christians (and non-Christians too, we should add) who risked their lives during World War II to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis, and who earned the honorific, ‘Righteous Among the Nations,’ by the State of Israel, surely the Protestant churches by their widespread silence must bear some responsibility for the Holocaust too.
Can we not see ourselves in the following story?
SING A LITTLE LOUDER"
by Penny Lea
“I lived in Germany during the Nazi holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended Church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews, but like most people today in this country, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it?
"A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from the distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews. They were like cattle in those cars!
"Week after week that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We could do nothing to help these poor miserable people, yet their screams tormented us. We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow, and we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. By the time the train came rumbling past the church yard, we were singing at the top of our voices. If some of the screams reached our ears, we'd just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more.
Years passed and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene."
Friend, God knows I never intended to go quite so long in this newsletter, but please humor me. If you’ve stayed with me this far, then let’s carry this one step further.
Consider this too, please.
Is it possible that God has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church the very message intended to awaken the Jews? In short, are Revelation 18 and the loud cry as much for the sons and daughters of Jacob as they are for the inhabitants of Babylon?
What will it do to the Jews when that cry emanating from millions of Christian lips – i.e., the cry that Roman Catholicism is no part whatsoever of the bride of Christ – begins to sound across the globe?
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” Romans 11: 25.
What Paul is plainly stating in this verse is that Israel’s blindness is only for a season. In short, the day is coming when there will yet be a revival among the Jews, and they will turn to their Messiah.
“Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?” v. 12.
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” V.26.Pull back the curtain a bit more and the inevitable question follows: could the burden on my heart to expose before the world the Roman Catholic Church’s responsibility for theHolocaust be but a prelude to the mass awakening of the Jews?
Did God take me to Argentina in 1993 … for such a time as this?
These are questions only God can answer. One thing I do know: as I said in our Charlie Hebdo video, connecting these dots, these Vatican fingerprints, in such a public forum as YouTube, is risky business, but it’s got to be done.
- All right, so what are our needs as far as these two sermons are concerned? Our biggest need right now is for the protection of Almighty God – protection which you can’t give us, but to which you can contribute by your prayers.
- Our second need is for funds sufficient to complete these sermons. With that in mind, let’s recap. Below are the editing expenses incurred for our most recent videos.
- Adventist Crime Scenes: $12,725.00.
- This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Great Controversy: $3,785.00.
- Charlie Hebdo And The Pope’s Visit To Congress: Not yet invoiced.
- Defending God's Prophet: Not yet invoiced.
Of this total, we’ve paid out $11,725.00. Our zeal is a bit in advance of our pocketbook, but we’ve been encouraged by recent e-mail (and a small but steady stream of fresh, new, internet offerings) to continue going forward by faith.
As I type these lines, I can think of only one scene in the first video that poses a problem. It’s a scene that I’d really, really like to amplify. I’d like to do for this scene what we did in Argentina – i.e., I’d like to take cameras and crew to a location that will bring this entire section alive.
If you’ve watched our Charlie Hebdo clip, then I’m sure you’ll agree – those 19 minutes wouldn’t have been nearly as powerful without our having first gone to Argentina and filmed some of those formerly top secret World War II files for ourselves. That trip brought this video alive! That’s precisely what I’d like to do for the sermon being produced even now: Defending God's Prophet.
What’s really providential about the location to which I’d like to go is that it’s in a country slated to be visited by our team as we secure new photographs for the revised edition of The (New, illustrated) Great Controversy. In short, going there now eliminates the need to go later.
Three of us – our video producer, an assistant, and I – could fly, film, and return to the U.S. within a week. In fact, I’m pretty sure we could have this entire video edited and uploaded by mid April.
For those of you who know of our determination to return to Israel to shoot God’s challenge to Islam, let me hasten to add that the shoot we’re contemplating now will NOT be in Israel. That will come later. Filming God’s challenge to Islam with Jerusalem’sDome of the Rock as a backdrop will involve jib, teleprompter, and at least three cameras. It promises to be a much more complicated and expensive undertaking than this one, which, because it involves a drone, won't be a piece of cake either. Our budget is $10,000.
Please prayerfully consider what you can do to get the three of us on that aircraft and over to that as yet unnamed country. I desperately want to go. The scenes filmed there will open a multitude of eyes, especially Catholic ones.
“Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation.” Romans 15:20.