Bible Prophecy Speaks of THE PAPACY. Shaun Wilcock. Article shared from Bible Based Ministries.
Updated: Sep 30, 2022
In my book, Satan’s Seat, the following is found in the Introduction: “Bible-believing Christians, although they believe that they understand what is happening in the world, have in fact often been subtly led in the wrong direction. They think that they understand, but they do not... “Many have realised that, according to Bible prophecy, there is a definite plan in Satan’s kingdom to put the world under the control of one organisation. But, having realised this, they have proceeded to go off in many different directions, and have not turned their attention to where the Lord, in His Word, has clearly directed. They have hacked at the branches, without paying attention to the stem. Or, to use biblical language, they have exposed the daughters, without seeing the Mother who not only gave birth to them, but continues to nourish them. “There is indeed a satanic conspiracy to place the world under the control of one organisation. The Bible contains prophecies about this. But, while Communism is being used to bring this to pass, Communism is not the fulfillment of the prophecies. And, while the Illuminati is indeed a part of the system, the Illuminati is not the apex of the pyramid. Nor is Freemasonry the very top of Satan’s hierarchy, although it is under the control of the system as much as the many other organisations and movements which are all part of the conspiracy. “Many Christians have seen that all these groups are aiming for world domination. And each one seems to have a favourite ‘theory’ as to which group fulfills the prophecies of the Bible. “But what they do not know is that all these groups and more, are in reality being manipulated by an ever greater power. They all tie together at the top. People who suspect that something is going on, when they are confronted with ‘evidence’ on one of the many groups, proceed no further, believing that they have discovered all there is to discover. This is precisely what Satan wants; for his masterpiece has been successfully camouflaged behind all the others. “There is, behind all these groups, a far more powerful and sinister organisation, one which is all the more deadly because it appears so beautiful and holy. According to the written Word of God, as well as the historical evidence which perfectly fits the prophetic picture, this is the Roman Catholic institution.”1 I state this categorically, with the full weight of the divinely inspired prophetic Scriptures and the accumulated evidence of many centuries of history behind it: when it comes to the conspiracy for world control, Bible prophecy speaks of the Roman Papacy! – in the book of Daniel, 2 Thessalonians 2, 1 John, and almost the entire book of Revelation. Secret societies like the Illuminati, the Freemasons, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, etc., are nowhere mentioned in God’s Word. Very plainly, God the Holy Spirit has shown the true Church where to focus attention, when it comes to identifying and being warned about the Church’s greatest enemy. The Roman Catholic institution is shown to be, beyond all contradiction, the greatest enemy the Christian Church has ever had, or will ever have. This is not meant to imply that the false teachings and evil deeds of all other wicked institutions and systems must not be exposed in the light of God’s Word! Of course they must, for they are at war with 2 the true and living God, and with His truth. The Bible says we are not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11) – it does not matter in what form they come. Also, they are filled with multitudes of deceived souls, led astray by the father of lies and on the broad way that leads to eternal destruction. But these societies and organisations do not fulfil Bible prophecy – Popery does. Furthermore, none of these others will ever be as great a threat to the true Church of Jesus Christ, or to the world in general, than the false “church” of the Papal Antichrist. And Christians lose sight of these things at their peril. Satan loves to have the Lord’s people, and even many of the people of the world, get all hot under the collar over all kinds of organisations which conspire for world domination, and to focus their attention on these organisations, for this distracts them from his greatest masterpiece. Yes, the Illuminati is real; Freemasonry is real; Communism is real; Islam is real. And yes, all of them wield influence, all of them hate biblical Christianity, all of them are a threat, and all of them desire, and are working for, absolute world control. But as evil and as powerful as they are, Satan is using all them to deflect attention away from Rome, especially from its Jesuits, which enables it to continue with its own agenda without being noticed. And, put simply, that Papal agenda is to rule the whole world. For a long time it was always “the Jewish conspiracy for world domination”, and also “the Illuminati/Freemason conspiracy”. Then, in the twentieth century, “the Communist conspiracy” came to the fore. And today, “the Islamic conspiracy” is the one everyone is focusing on, and getting all worked up over. And Christians, alas, fall for it each and every time
The “Jewish Conspiracy”
A vast literature as arisen, over centuries of European anti-Semitism and encouraged by the Roman Papacy, on what is vaguely, inaccurately and foolishly referred to as “the Jewish conspiracy”. And even though there is accurate and useful information to be found in some of this literature, it is always wrong when it deals with “the Jews”, as a people! If you are surprised, please read on. It is essential, before proceeding, to define what is meant by a Jew. As this is hardly ever adequately done, the Jews as a people have become the scapegoats for a great many conspiracy theorists, who vaguely and incorrectly claim “the Jews” are seeking world domination and the annihilation of Christianity. When these conspiracy theorists deal with what they often call “the Jewish conspiracy”, very few of them ever make a distinction between the racial Jew, the religious Jew – and a minority of influential Jews who belong to powerful secret societies and organisations which are seeking for world domination and the annihilation of Christianity. There are those who are Jews racially, although they are not (as is frequently believed) of absolutely pure Jewish stock from the people of Judah in biblical times. They are, today, of mixed ancestry, as indeed virtually all people groups, or “races”, in the world are. 2 One’s racial identity is a matter of birth. No one can help being born into a particular “race”, which is why no true Christian ever has any justification to be anti-Semitic, anti-Arab, anti-Afrikaner, anti-Zulu, anti-German, or anti- any other people group, taken as a people group, but must seek to proclaim the Gospel to all. Even so, it is not wrong to state that a nation or “race”, in general, is doing something evil – if it is, and if there is proof! Paul the apostle certainly did this when he wrote, “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true” (Tit. 1:12,13). Did he mean every single Cretian without exception? Of course not. But if it is a large percentage of a people who can be described in a certain way, then we may say so. For example, we say, “The Germans were Nazis during World War II”. It is a generalisation. Not every German was a Nazi – but such is an accepted form of speech when a nation in general, or even its government, behaves in a certain way. 3 There certainly have been, and are today, Jewish organisations which plot for world domination. One which has exercised great influence is B’nai B’rith, a Jewish Masonic society, founded in 1843 in the United States by some German Jews. “Its constitution, District Lodges, Grand Lodges, stamp it as a Jewish Masonic Society. Like most societies, it covers its political activities under the cloak of ‘benevolence and philanthropy.’ From its inception, until the present time, its... chief aim [has been] the establishment of the supremacy of the German Jews in all world affairs through the channel of ‘Internationalism’ [i.e. Communism].”3 Yes, there have been, and are, Jews plotting for world domination; but in this they are no different from Gentiles who are doing precisely the same thing. But where is the evidence that Jews, as a people, have been plotting for world domination? Jewish people, in general, are not part of some “Jewish conspiracy” plotting such a thing. Then there are those who are Jews religiously. They follow some branch of the religion of Judaism. Although Christians are not to be anti-Semitic, i.e. anti- the Jewish “race” (or anti- any other “race” either), Christians certainly reject, as false, all branches of the religion of Judaism, just as they reject as false the religion of Romanism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father (Jn. 14:6; Acts 4:12), which means that all religions of the world are false, not of God but of the devil, leading men astray. Christians preach Christ to the followers of all religions, that the elect among them may be saved and forsake these religions. It is in fact true that there are Jewish secret societies and organisations which seek to place their members above all other people of the world. But note: their members. These Jewish groups do not speak for all religious Jews. They are only interested in the advancement of their own members. In this they are no different from Gentile secret societies. And thus it is very wrong to speak of “the Jewish conspiracy” as if all Jews are involved in one. Let us look briefly at Talmudism, and Cabalism. Talmudism is a major branch of Judaism. “The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia tells us that the Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a break, through the centuries, from the Pharisees. Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important single piece of that literature, and the study of it is essential for any real understanding of Pharisaism.”4 The Talmud contains vile, horrible statements against Christ and against Christians, and it calls for the killing of Gentiles who will not submit, the confiscation of their possessions, etc.5 In this the Talmud is no different from the Koran of Islam! And the Talmud provides ammunition to those who think that religious Jews are seeking world control. But the fact is that not all Jews are Talmudic by religion: “the evil Pharisaism of Bible times became Talmudism and Talmudism needs to be understood in distinction from the beliefs of those Jews who have not been so indoctrinated”6 (emphases added). This fact – that not all Jews are Talmudic in their religious understanding of Judaism – was also pointed out by Chaim Weizmann, leader of the Zionist movement. Describing the Jews in Russia at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, he stated that they were divided: “The first group was that of the Jews which had emancipation as the final aim and it chiefly contained those Jews who, by talent, diligence and fear of Talmudic rule, had escaped from the ghettoes. The remaining mass of Jews in Russia (those that lived in the ghettoes under Talmudic rule) were revolutionary.”7 (emphases added). The point here is that Weizman notes that not all Jews were Talmudists by religion. And what about the Cabala? “The obligations and rules of the rite for the Jewish masses are contained in the Talmud and the Schulchan Aruk, but the esoteric teachings for the higher initiates are to be found in the Cabala.... The practical application of the Cabalist knowledge is manifested in the use made of it, through the ages, by Jews to gain influence both in the higher spheres of Gentile life and over the masses.”8 And: “The Pharisees [whose precepts eventually formed the Talmudic writings] were, as it were, a class whose tendency was to form a kind of intellectual aristocracy among the Jews.... The Pharisees, who, although they professed, as one of their chief tenets, the utmost contempt of the am-haretz or simple people, did not overlook the fact that they needed their mass support for the attainment of their own aim”9 The Cabalistic teachings, therefore, are occultic, preserved only for enabling a minority of initiated Jews (not all Jews) to rise to power. These Cabalistic Jews desire “a material domination to be imposed on the universe by the [Cabalistic] Jews. 4 [Their] awaited Messiah... [is] a temporal king, bloody with battle, who [will] make Israel master of the world and ‘drag all peoples under the wheels of his chariot.’”10 And it is because of the occultic ways of the Cabala, that Cabalistic Jews are also able to be adherents of the Jewish branches of Masonry. In the words of a rabbi named Elie Benamozegh: “What is certain is that Masonic theology corresponds well enough to that of the Kabbala.”11 Note well, however, that although there are specifically Jewish Masonic groups, Jews do not control all Masonry, as many researchers have incorrectly claimed, for much of Masonry is internationalist, and does not promote a specific Cabalistic Jewish purpose. Internationalist Masonry has members from many nations and “races”. But neither the Talmudists nor the Cabalists have actually attained to the position of massively influencing the affairs of the whole world. They desire to, certainly; but it is a sweepingly broad and inaccurate statement to claim they have succeeded, and that the real powers behind the world scene today are Jewish Masonic lodges. In summary: neither Jews by “race” in general, nor Jews by religion in general, are plotting world domination; but there are certain Jewish groups, not representative of all Jews or even the majority, who do seek such power over the Gentiles. But having said the above: There are very powerful Jews in powerful secret societies, such as the Illuminati and its offshoots, and in various Masonic groups, which are not specifically Jewish (there are specifically Jewish ones, as we have seen above; but Masonry, for the most part, is internationalist in purpose, not Jewish); and these powerful Jews are seeking world domination via these secret societies. They are not working to place “the Jews” (as a people in general) above all peoples of the world. The one-world groupings are internationalists, not nationalists. For them it is not a matter of Jew vs. Gentile, but about international power for themselves and other elites. These Jews are in top positions in international finance, business, etc. Some of them are among the wealthiest men in the world. In particular the fabulously wealthy House of Rothschild must be mentioned, an important player in the Illuminati and affiliated organisations. The Rothschilds financed the Jesuit-created Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt – for more about the Illuminati, see below – and they finance various One-World/Illuminati movements to this day. Certainly, some ultra-wealthy Jews are influential players in secret societies and organisations whose objective is world domination and a world government. But two very important points must be made. The first is that such Jews are a very small minority of all Jews worldwide; and in belonging to such societies and organisations and seeking for world domination, this elite Jewish minority is absolutely no different from the always very small, elite minorities of people from various nations and people groups, to be found in these very same secret societies. In other words, there are Jews in these organisations just as there are Gentiles in them! And the second very important point about these Jews is that they are actually under the control of Roman Catholic Jesuit agents. It has been this way for centuries. They are serving the Vatican’s purpose (some knowingly, many unknowingly). They are not doing it for the religion of Judaism, nor for the Jewish “race”; they are doing it for themselves. And those in the know, including some who might be secret Papists by religion, are doing it for the Vatican. Adam Weishaupt, often claimed as the founder of the Illuminati in 1776 although it was in reality founded by Ignatius de Loyola, who was also the founder of the Jesuit Order, was a professor in Ingolstadt University – a Jesuit university. He was not opposed to the Jesuits at all, he was working for them! And the Jesuits have been the real power behind Illuminism ever since (see below). It would be entirely Jesuitical, entirely in keeping with the tactics of the evil Jesuit Order of Rome, to deliberately see to it that prominent Jewish names are always exposed as being at the apex of power within these secret societies of the Illuminati, to make the world think “the Jews” are behind them – whereas the Jesuits are. The Jesuits have used certain Jews through the centuries to achieve Jesuit aims, with the blame conveniently falling on “the Jews”! 5 The Jesuits, not “the Jews”, are at the centre of the conspiracy to rule the world. Rome, the sevenhilled city (Rev. 17:9), is shown by prophetic Scripture to be at the heart of it all
The Illuminati/Freemason Conspiracy
I am well aware that some might split hairs and separate the Illuminati from Freemasonry, while others would want all kinds of other secret societies and movements to be dealt with as well. Yes, there have been for many centuries a huge number of secret societies, organisations and movements working for world control;12 but a great many of these are merely branches, with differing degrees of power and influence, of the Illuminati. And as it is the Jesuits of Rome who are the real power behind the Illuminati, they are the real power behind the majority of the other societies and groups as well. As I wrote in my book, Satan’s Seat: “The evidence... points to the fact that, at a very early stage, the ‘Alumbrados’ (the ‘Illuminati’), in Spain, came under the control of the [newly-established] Jesuits. Loyola [the Jesuit founder] was tried for alleged sympathy with it as early as 1527;13 later, we are informed, its members came especially from the Jesuit Order;14 and two centuries later... they were firmly in control of the Illuminati. The Illuminati was a secret society, the purpose of which was (and still is) to control the world, putting it under the pope.”15 Indeed, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, not only did was it the case that “the Alumbrados came especially from...Jesuits”, but also, it “was organised along Jesuit lines and kept internal discipline and a system of mutual surveillance based on that model.”16 The following is from my book, “Holy War” against South Africa: “Researchers almost invariably point to Adam Weishaupt, a Jew, as the founder of the Illuminati, in 1776. But they do not probe deep enough (or, if they do, they deliberately gloss over certain facts). He established the Illuminati in Bavaria; but as the evidence given above reveals, the Illuminati existed long before 1776. It has many branches; and the term itself can be very broad in meaning, covering all those involved in the internationalist conspiracy, and not merely a single, specific order of men. Certainly Weishaupt established such an order in Bavaria, and there is no reason to doubt that the Illuminati, as an order, still exists; but in addition, the spirit of Illuminism permeates many secret societies and organisations, interlocking and very complex, and all working for the same goals. And in the shadows, behind the Illuminati, are the Jesuits. Not only do we see them controlling the Illuminati of Spain in the sixteenth century, but they created Weishaupt’s Illuminati Order in the eighteenth century. The facts, extremely important, are these: “Weishaupt was professor of canon law at Ingolstadt University in Bavaria. What is the significance? This: Ingolstadt was a Jesuit university, and a centre of the Jesuit Counter-Reformation!17 And Weishaupt was a trained Jesuit, a professor at this Jesuit university! The Encyclopaedia Britannica says that he was ‘A former Jesuit’.18 But no former Jesuit would have been able to continue his professorship at a Jesuit university! The Britannica reveals much, but one has to look deeper. The fingerprints of the Jesuits can be seen all over the creation of the Illuminati. Weishaupt would not have been a former Jesuit, but a Jesuit in good standing. It serves the purposes of the Jesuits if people are convinced that he was a former Jesuit, who founded the Illuminati. For then they will not come to the conclusion that the Illuminati was founded and controlled by the Jesuits. The Jesuits, of course, would not want this fact known. But the evidence reveals it to be so. “The goal of the Illuminati is world control (and this is the Jesuits’ goal): control through politics, economics, religion, etc.”19 Many have claimed that “the Jews” are the real and sole puppet masters behind Freemasonry, and thus of the Illuminati as well. They point to Adam Weishaupt being a Jew, and to other evidences of Jewish influence within these secret movements. But in this they err. Yes, Weishaupt was a Jew by birth, but he was a Jesuit of Rome by religion! The Jesuits want the world to think that “the Jews” are behind the Illuminati and all Freemasonry; but this is a smokescreen. Yes, much of the symbolism, etc., of Masonry is influenced by Jewish Cabalism; but there is much more within Masonry than 6 Cabalistic influence. And yes, as shown above, there are specifically Jewish Masonic groups; but Masonry, in its internationalist character, is not controlled by the Jews. Jews are certainly members of Masonic lodges and Illuminati groups; but so are people of many different nationalities and “races”. The following by Bernard Lazare, a Jewish authority on anti-Semitism, is a good summary: “What then was the connection between these secret societies and the Jews?... It is clear... that the Jews were not the dominant factors in these associations.... It is true, of course, that there were Jews connected with Freemasonry from its birth, students of the Kabbala, as is shown by certain rites which survive. It is very probable, too, that in the years preceding the outbreak of the French Revolution, they entered in greater numbers than ever into the councils of the secret societies, becoming indeed themselves the founders of secret associations. There were Jews in the circle around Weishaupt, and a Jew of Portuguese origin, Martinez de Pasquales, established numerous groups of illuminati in France.... The lodges which Martinez founded were mystic in character, whereas the other orders of Freemasonry were, on the whole, rationalistic in their teachings.... though the Jews might very well have been active participants in the agitation carried on by the secret societies, it was not because they were the founders of such associations, but merely because the doctrines of the secret societies agreed so well with their own.”20 Yes, the Illuminati is very real, very secretive, and very powerful. Many of the world’s richest men and families are part of it, and their money moves the world. The Rothschilds are one such family, wealthy beyond all imagining and with immense power over world affairs. As Baron Nathan Mayer de Rothschild once said: “I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the British Empire on which the sun never sets. The man that controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.”21 The Rockefellers are another such family. In his memoirs published in 2002, David Rockefeller, Sr., stated that his family had been attacked by “ideological extremists” for “more than a century.... Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world government, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”22 There are a great many secret societies, as well as open and known organisations and groups (although secrecy defines the functions and operations even of the known ones), all working for the same objective: world domination. To name just some of these: the Council of Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. They all overlap and interlock in very complex ways, with the Illuminati being above them all, and permeating them all (but with the Jesuits being behind the Illuminati). Just because these groups are not as great a threat as Popery, this does not mean they do not exist, nor that they are of no consequence. They do, and they are. The following, from one researcher who does not see the Jesuits behind the Illuminati and other secret societies, is nevertheless a good summary of the plots of these organisations: “The goal of this handful of men, the members of the wealthiest families on the planet, the Elite globalist Establishment, is a New World Order – a One World Government under their control. Secrecy and anonymity are integral to the operations of the Establishment, as are absolute ruthlessness, deep deception, and the most sordid spying and blackmail. The Establishment turns nations against each other, aims at the destruction of Christianity and other traditional values, creates chaos, deliberately spreads poverty and misery, and then usurps power by placing its hand-picked underlings in place. These families “buy while the blood is still flowing in the streets” (Rothschild’s dictum).”23 “The strategy [of the Illuminati] was to establish and completely control central banks in all European countries, and eventually in America and around the world. These banks would control the economies of their respective countries, and thereby the politics – and hence the governments. Through total control of the money system they could launch and finance wars, and manipulate virtually everything.”24 7 There is a vast literature, from all kinds of sources, dealing with the Illuminati, Freemasonry, and many other related or similar organisations. In some of this literature there is useful researched information – as far as it goes. But the real power behind these groups is almost never acknowledged, either because it is not known or because the authors in certain cases have deliberately wanted to conceal it. That real power is Jesuitism. It is important for Christians to know something about these organisations and societies. Far too many of the Lord’s people remain very ignorant of these devices of the devil. That is one danger, at one end of the spectrum. But there is another danger at the other end: the danger that Christians can become bogged down in the reams of material available on these groups. This is hugely problematic, for at least two reasons. The first being that the Bible speaks of Popery – not of the Illuminati, nor of Freemasonry, etc., except incidentally as God’s Word condemns all false religion (for example). Instead of making the proper understanding of the Roman Catholic institution, as revealed in such places as Revelation 17, the focal point for any research and never deviating from the fact that Holy Scriptures speak of Rome, many professing Christians get bogged down in trying to figure out the seemingly endless ins and outs of the networks of various secret societies, and what they might be doing in the world. This is time-consuming, time-wasting, and quite frankly, frequently of no real profit. Again, it is important to know something about these groups. But it is not important to know every twist and turn, every interconnected thread of the spider’s web. Again from “Holy War” against South Africa: “Every now and then, a fact or two comes to light, which enables us to see behind the curtain a little; but we cannot expect to have, and nor do we need, every single conspiratorial detail. The results of their intrigues are more important to us than the details regarding the intrigues themselves. We find that there is a plan, spawned by Rome; that the Jesuits in particular, and other Papal emissaries in general, are deeply involved; and every now and then, a detail or two comes to light, which provides further confirmation of this. That is sufficient.”25 By all means do some research! By all means, know something about these evil societies and groups! But it is not the main thing. Are you reading sound doctrinal literature, and literature of practical value to your life as a follower of Christ in this world? Are you feeding your soul with the great truths of God’s Word, and great expositions of them by the Lord’s servants? And when it comes to knowing about Satan’s wiles, are you researching and studying about the only one (other than a single chapter on Islam in Revelation 9) which is specifically dealt with in chapter after chapter of God’s own Word – the Roman Papacy?
The Communist Conspiracy
Before examining the international Communist conspiracy, let it be categorically stated that Communism is by no means dead! It did not collapse in the early 1990s as the naive and foolish West was led to believe.26 It is very much alive, still in control in Russia and other former Soviet states, in China, much of Latin America and Africa – and has also now conquered the United States and much of western Europe through the version known as “cultural Marxism”, a fact about which the majorities of the populations of these countries are completely ignorant. The world, in fact, is far more Marxist today than it was during the days of the Soviet Union. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were financed through the Illuminati;27 and as the Illuminati is under the Jesuits, we see that Communism, from its earliest stages, was being used as a Jesuit tool to achieve eventual world domination! This fact is almost completely unknown to the majority of researchers who have exposed something of the international Communist agenda in the world. And yet it is of paramount importance to a proper understanding of Communism. 8 Here are the details, from “Holy War” against South Africa:28 “Communism did not just arise spontaneously. The Illuminati was behind it. John Robison, a Scottish Protestant and professor at the University of Edinburgh, stated, as far back as 1798 in his work, Proofs of a Conspiracy, that Weishaupt’s Illuminati planned to abolish all ordered government, inheritance, private property, patriotism, family, and religion – the very principles found in Communism.29 According to one researcher,30 who, it appears, like many others, unearthed some truth but did not see to the root of it all – the Papacy – the Illuminati in the 1850s were told of a plan to form an Internationale, to be called ‘Communist’. Its purpose would be to frighten the world into accepting the plans for a world government. Other researchers concur with this.31 Two men, Engels and Marx, were financed, by the Illuminati, to write Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto.32 And the Communist Manifesto was based on Weishaupt’s ideas.33 “In 1864, Marx founded the Internationale, for gaining world control, just as the Illuminati wanted. International Communism was funded by the financiers who supported the Illuminati.34 “Such evidence as exists, then, points to the fact that Communism was a creation of the Illuminati. And since the Illuminati was under the control of the Jesuits, Communism was a daughter of the Roman Catholic institution!” Nor is that all. Continuing with the quotation from “Holy War” against South Africa:35 “Further details of the Vatican/Illuminati connection with Communism, though brief, are available. For example, when Lenin returned to Russia from exile, in a sealed train, this was arranged by the German High Command – and the German government at that time was intensely loyal to the Papacy. Trotsky, Lenin’s co-conspirator, was financed by Jacob Schiff, senior partner in Kuhn, Loeb and Co. And other powerful financiers supported the Bolsheviks as well,36 including one Lord Alfred Milner, who paid over 21 million roubles towards the financing of the Russian revolution. Milner was at one time the leader of the secret Round Table organisation, which was supported by the house of Rothschild... “These international bankers (Schiff, Warburg, Morgan, Rockefeller, Rothschild) had connections with the Illuminati, and thus (whether all of them were fully aware of it or not) were being manipulated by the Jesuits. A not insignificant piece of information is that the house of Rothschild had been lending money to the Vatican since 1831.37 “For Rome, there were at least two advantages to the creation of Bolshevism: the promotion of its centuries-old desire for world domination, as we have seen; and the crushing of its centuries-old rival, the Russian Orthodox institution.38 Rome believed it had nothing to lose in establishing, via its Illuminati, the Bolshevik movement that came to power in Russia.” Yes, the Jesuits have used, and are continuing to use, Communism to achieve their purposes around the world. They experience setbacks from time to time. The Russian Communist movement in its early years, for example, rebelled against them. But occasional setbacks notwithstanding, they have managed to harness the might of Communism all over the world to advance the one-world, onegovernment agenda they have always pushed. Apart from their deep involvement in the original Communist revolution – the Bolshevik revolution – they have made use of what is known as “liberation theology” (essentially violent “Catholic Communism”) in Latin America and Africa to achieve their aims,39 and they are making use of what is known as “cultural Communism” to take over America and various other western countries.40 Over many decades a vast literature has arisen exposing Communism – and rightly so. And yet almost all researchers, both professedly Christian and secular, have failed to see beyond it to the real power: Roman Catholicism, via the Jesuit Order! Just as with those researching the Illuminati or other secret societies, so the researches of those exposing Communism are useful as far as they go, but they simply do not delve far enough. Today, in the minds of millions though not in truth, the global Communist threat has receded, even been extinguished, for two main reasons. Firstly, the world was hoodwinked into believing the 9 deceptive Communist propaganda that “Communism collapsed” in the early 1990s.41 And secondly, the rise to international prominence of violent Islam has pushed what little remained of antiCommunist warnings into the background. But this is a monumental mistake, with devastating consequences for a huge portion of the human population. Communism is not dead, and in truth, Islam’s meteoric rise to prominence has been very much the work of international Communism, and of the Vatican/Jesuit manipulators behind the scenes. We ignore or play down the Marxist menace at our peril. In its various manifestations, it has succeeded in conquering much of the world. Yes, Communism must be exposed, constantly and in detail. It is ruthless, deadly, utterly antiChristian. Yes, it is seeking world domination and is well on the way to achieving it. Over a hundred million people have been the victims of this monstrous ideology since its inception!42 But it is a tool, albeit an extremely powerful and global tool, in the hands of Rome’s Jesuits.
The Islamic Conspiracy
Today, almost all we hear, on every side, whether from true Christians, professing Christians, or secular sources – is “Islam! - Islam! - Islam!” It is the topic of conversation for multiplied thousands, indeed millions, of people, the subject of innumerable books, movies and internet sites and discussions. For centuries Protestants were crystal-clear about the threat of Roman Catholicism and its place in biblical prophecy. As explained above, there were always those who tried to make the case for Christians to focus on secret societies, or on Communism (and we must never deny or downplay just how evil these actually are); but until the rise of the ecumenical movement, Protestants still understood and accepted that Roman Catholicism was the greatest enemy of the Church of Christ, and of the peace and welfare of the world, in existence. Then, as ecumenism advanced to the point where Roman Catholicism became accepted and embraced, so wrongly, as a Christian church, and at the same time as Communism spread around the world, the focus shifted to the international Communist conspiracy as being the greatest danger to the Church and the world, and even as being in some way the fulfilment of biblical prophecy. Innumerable books were written, with “prophecy experts” claiming to have found evidence of Russia and Communism in various biblical prophecies. But after many decades of this particular smokescreen, and following the orchestrated and fake “collapse of Communism” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the rapid spread of militant, fanatical Islam worldwide, a change began to occur. Suddenly it was as if all the dire warnings about Communism evaporated virtually overnight, with Islam replacing Communism and being hailed as the greatest threat to Christianity and to the world in existence. Books appeared, documentaries were produced, seminars were held, the internet was abuzz, and “prophecy experts” now quit falsely accusing Communism of being the fulfilment of prophecies relating to the Beast, the Antichrist, Babylon the Great, etc., and began to falsely accuse Islam of being the fulfilment of these things! And again – just as had happened when Communism was given prominence, so now as Islam was given prominence – Rome faded far into the background, if it was even in the picture at all as far as most professing Christians were concerned. Many professing Christians are now well-informed about the teachings, past history, and present activities of Islam and the threat it poses – but these same professing Christians know nothing, or next to nothing, about Roman Catholicism! They do not discern the interference of the Vatican and its Jesuits in religious and political events; they have been taught to reject the historic Protestant understanding of how biblical prophecy deals with the Papacy; and they feel there is no need to know anything about it, because they have been indoctrinated into believing that it is not a threat, it is not the fulfilment of biblical prophecy, it is not even a false religion, but is an actual part of the Christian Church itself! Lest I am misunderstood: Islam is a false religion, a violent, fanatical and extremely dangerous 10 religio-political movement, with millions of its followers prepared to kill for their god and their prophet. It is a threat to the world. It needs to be understood and exposed. But again, as with so many of those who have researched and exposed Communism, the Illuminati, Freemasonry, etc., the vast majority of the researchers into Islam have only gone so far. They have not delved deeply enough. And knowingly or not, they are misleading people. They are speaking and writing so much about Islam, but their lips are sealed as far as Popery is concerned! It is like a guide in a game park, drawing the attention of his guests to an angry, hissing, raised cobra with hood flaring and striking out, while unaware of (or ignoring) the python slithering silently and unobserved through the grass, which quietly coils itself around its prey and suffocates it. Islam is a deadly cobra: hissing, vicious, threatening, spitting mad, striking out. Romanism is a python, which, while everyone’s attention is on the cobra, is busy choking the life out of its religious and political foes. The demons which threw men into fire and water and made them cry out and foam at the mouth were powerful and terrible (Mk. 9:14-29); whereas when Satan entered into Judas (Lk. 22:3), there was no outward change in his behaviour. He appeared just as he had before. He was “the son of perdition” (Jn. 17:12), and the pope of Rome is “the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3), and he and his fanatical henchmen behave as Judas did; whereas Islam’s foam-flecked fanatics, those who use bombs and cause riots and slit the throats of those who do not agree with them, behave as uncontrolled wild men. Satan is behind both, yet in truth, which is the more dangerous? In my pamphlet, The “Islamic Antichrist” Deception, I wrote: “As brutal and anti-Christian as Islam is, it is not the greatest threat to true Christians in the world. Yes, Muslims worldwide are committing terrible atrocities against true Christians, professing Christians, and multitudes of others. No one can deny that it is a terrible threat indeed, and all believers should pray for their brethren in Christ in various Muslim countries who are facing such a monstrous foe. They should also pray that if it is the Lord’s will, such terrible persecution of Christians would come to an end. We must not downplay the danger of Islam to the true Church of God. “But when your enemy comes at you with a sword in his hand, you can recognise him. He will not deceive you. His true character is not hidden. When, however, he comes as a Judas, pretending to be your friend and pretending indeed to be a follower of Christ, this is the far greater danger. This is why Paul wrote, just before describing the Papal Antichrist, ‘Let no man deceive you by any means’ (2 Thess. 2:3). This is why the Lord Jesus said, just before his discourse on prophetic events, ‘Take heed that no man deceive you’ (Matt. 24:4). An enemy appearing in the guise of a friend is far more deadly than an open enemy. A fanatical Muslim rushes at you with his sword held high over his head, screaming that infidels should die, and you will have no doubt about his intentions. But a Roman Catholic priest (or just an adherent of that religion) comes to you with outstretched hand, a smile on his face, and calling you ‘brother’, and unless you are well-grounded in the Word of God, you may be deceived. And for this reason the Roman Catholic institution will always be the far more dangerous enemy of true Christians. It is a wolf disguised as a sheep. “Today, Rome is making use of the ecumenical movement to deceive Protestants. The Great Whore wears a smile on her face and prefers not to let the blood of her persecution of Protestants through the centuries show. She leaves the bloody work, for the most part, to Islam. She is advancing through subtlety, deceit, pretence, lies, smiles. And she is succeeding as never before. Islam’s brutality repulses; Rome’s apparent sweetness entices. Islam is most definitely anti-Christian, in that it hates Christ and the true Church; but the Papacy is not only anti-Christian, the Roman pope is the biblical Antichrist. The Papacy is the greatest enemy of the Christ of God, His true Church, and His Word, that has ever existed on the face of the earth, or ever will.”43 And the following is from my article, The Global Roman Catholic and Muslim Populations: “By no means are we downplaying the serious threat which Islam is in the world. For Christians living in Islamic countries, that threat is very real, and it is deadly. For Christians living even in nonIslamic countries where Islamic influence is growing at a phenomenal rate, that threat is real as well. It 11 is described in Bible prophecy as a religion from the bottomless pit. It has from its very beginnings been a religion of cruelty and bloodshed, and Islam is described in God’s prophetic Word in Revelation 9, as it existed centuries ago but with lessons which are still applicable today. But the Popish religion is described in chapter after chapter of Revelation, and in the prophecies of Daniel, and in 2 Thess. 2, and in 1 John! It is not Islam, but Popery, that is the religion of Antichrist. It is not the Ayatollah of Iran, but the Pope of Rome (and each and every Pope of Rome), who is the biblical Antichrist himself. It is not Mecca, but Rome, which is the city on seven hills, described for us in Revelation 17, the nerve centre of Satan’s operations on earth.... “Roman Catholicism and Islam: the world’s two largest religions. Both of them intolerant, cruel, ruthless, deceptive, born in the bottomless pit, driven by the ambition to rule the world. Between them, they control about two fifths of the world’s population. Both are massive mission fields, the largest in the world. But it is Romanism which, from the standpoint of Bible prophecy, must be the Bible believer’s primary focus. And it is Romanism which is Satan’s chief instrument in the world to deceive men, for although Islam is a devilish religion, it is not counterfeit ‘Christianity’. Roman Catholicism is counterfeit ‘Christianity’. It has its own counterfeit ‘christs’ (the mass-wafer, the supposed images of Christ, the pope himself, the priesthood), it is a counterfeit ‘Church’, it preaches a counterfeit ‘Gospel’. And there is nothing more deadly than a false religion masquerading as the true Church of Jesus Christ. Islam is one form in which the devil walks abroad in daylight; but Popery is the form in which the devil walks in the twilight, with fair speech and flattering lips (see Prov. 7:6-27). Be not deceived!”44 Islam must never be under-estimated. But it must not be over-estimated either! Yet this is what is happening. Islam is not Babylon the Great,45 the Antichrist is not a Muslim and will not be a Muslim,46 and as dangerous and fanatical as Islam undoubtedly is, the fact remains that the Roman Papacy remains the Christian Church’s, and the world’s, greatest threat! Read that last sentence again. Bible prophecy speaks of Popery. Christians – do not be sidetracked! Even as fanatical Muslim terrorists plant bombs in public places, drive vehicles into crowds or fly planes into buildings – the Roman Papacy remains the Christian Church’s, and the world’s, greatest threat! How is this so? It is so, because God’s very Word says it is so – and let God be true and every man a liar. God’s Word is true even when our eyes behold the horrific collapse of the Twin Towers, or the hate-filled mobs chanting “Allah is great!” in one violent street revolution after another, or the mad mullahs inciting their followers to a jihad against the West. For it is not what the physical eyes see, but what is going on in that realm where the physical eyes cannot penetrate. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12). The wiles of the devil include many weapons, and without question he uses physical violence and bloodshed; but his greater and more deadly weapons are spiritual, not physical. It is not the enemy you can easily see, with his angry face and blood-curdling chants, who is the most dangerous. It is the enemy you cannot see, the one who, Judas-like, pretends to be your friend, who shows you a smiling fact while he conceals the weapon beneath his cloak, who is far, far more dangerous. “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords” (Psa. 55:21). This is Judas. This is the Papacy. This is the Jesuit. Beware the upraised, spitting, hissing cobra. But beware, far more, the silent, slithering snake in the grass. Besides, even though Christians are to receive the testimony of God’s own Word even if they do not have all the factual evidence to support it at their fingertips – for His Word is true regardless of what any individual believer may or may not know about a particular subject – the Lord has graciously provided His people with all the evidence needed, to fully support what His Word declares regarding the Roman Papacy. The evidence is there, and it is comprehensive and utterly convincing. The problem is simply that the devil has men looking everywhere else except where the Lord directs us to look, in His Word! 12 The world’s Muslims are being used. Oh, certainly, Islam conspires for world domination. No question about that. But Muslims are being used to promote two other conspiracies for world domination: that of international Communism, and far more importantly – Roman Catholicism! The following is from my article, The Arab World Explodes, written in 2011: “Make no mistake about it: these Islamic revolutions are being controlled behind the scenes by international Socialists/Communists. The very same people who brought Barack Obama to power in the United States. For a long time now, the international Communist movement has made use of Islamic fanatics to do its dirty work. While the world thinks that Communism is dead, it is very much alive and working behind the scenes, pulling the strings which make the Islamists dance.”47 Russia has been using fanatical Muslims for a very long time, but this manipulation increased greatly with the Arab revolutions, the so-called “Arab spring”, and thereafter with the endless waves of Muslim migrants, falsely termed “refugees” by the world’s liberal/Communist media. Russia is doing this to destabilise Europe and the United States – and it is working.48 But even more sinister, the Jesuit/Vatican institution is using fanatical Muslims for its own agenda to increase its power over Europe and the United States. This is a huge subject, too detailed to go into here, but for further information I refer the reader to my article, Why is Francis Encouraging Muslim Immigration into Europe?
Just because, in the present ecumenical climate, the Roman Papacy is not usually using the openly violent tactics it used for hundreds of years, does not mean it has now repented, reformed, and somehow gone from being the great whore to the virgin bride of Christ merely by putting on some nice, new clothes! It is the same old harlot described in the Scriptures. Nowhere are we told in Scripture that Rome will ever change for the better, and truly the evidence from around the world demonstrates this beyond all doubt. What Muslim and Communist fanatics are doing in the world today, and have been doing for a long time, is what Papist fanatics did for century after long century. More recently, in Croatia, Rwanda and Mexico, Papists did the same things. Islam kills in the name of its god; Communism kills in the name of no god; but Popery has done the same thing for centuries. The Illuminati, Communism, Islam and others all want to take over the world; but Popery has desired this for its entire existence and still does. At present, for its own purposes the Papacy has changed tactics for the most part, and presents a smiling face to the world (even though the discerning can still see blood on the harlot’s lips); but a change of tactics does not mean a change of heart. Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns, the Roman Papacy will be the greatest enemy of Christ, His Church and His Gospel in the whole world. Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher. He runs Bible Based Ministries. This pamphlet was first published in 2018. For other pamphlets (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, articles, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, please send your details.