Pope Francis speaks before record crowd in Philippines–where is this leading?

Ariel view of outdoor mass attendees in Philippines


Pope Francis apparently broke a record today:

January 18, 2015

An estimated 6 million Filipino faithful were present, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father on the final day of his apostolic visit to the Philippines.Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the attendance at the Mass was the largest in papal history.  http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-each-child-is-a-gift-to-be-welcomed

January 18, 2015

Pope Francis delivered Mass for millions of Filipinos gathered under a steady rain in Manila’s Rizal Park and surrounding areas on Sunday – the final day of his four-day visit to the Philippines.

Authorities say some six million people waited for the pope’s motorcade to pass near the park and attended the Mass, surpassing the five million record set by Pope John Paul the Second at the same park in 1995. …

During his homily, Francis urged Filipinos to reject “social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption,” a theme he stressed when he spoke to President Benigno Aquino and other officials on Friday. http://www.voanews.com/content/pope-delivers-mass-to-millions-in-philippines/2603265.html

January 18, 2015
Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the office of the president told the Vatican that between six and seven million attended the Mass in Manila’s Rizal Park and surrounding areas.

“We are not able to count all these people, obviously, or to verify this, but in any case, we have seen so many people that we believe that it is possible,” Lombardi told a briefing.

“If this is true, and we think it is, this is the largest event in the history of the popes,” he said, noting that Pope John Paul drew some five million to the same area in 1995.

The 78-year-old pope, wearing a transparent yellow poncho over his white cassock, was driven through the ecstatic crowd in a “popemobile” modified from a jeepney, the most popular mode of transport in the Philippines which is based on a U.S. military vehicle used in World War II.

He stopped often along the route to kiss children and bless religious statues on the day the Philippines celebrates the feast of the infant Jesus.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/vatican-popes-mass-in-manila-draw-record-crowd-of-6-7-million/article22510158/

Notice the portion I bolded above.  Pope Francis is encouraging and promoting idolatry.

Additionally, Pope Francis supports a false ecumenical and interfaith agenda which attempts to pretend that doctrinal and biblical truths are not as important as his Babylonian form of unity–a unity that the Bible warns against (Revelation 18:1-8; Zechariah 2:6-7).

Pope Francis claims to be a successor to the apostles.  Now notice what the longest living apostle, John, wrote as a warning, at the end of his first epistle:

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)

Pope Francis is doing the opposite.  He is encouraging people to get closer to idols, which are what the ‘blessed statues’ essentially are.  Notice also what the Apostle Peter wrote:

18 … knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers (1 Peter 1:18).

The Apostle Peter wrote against traditions involving corruptible things–many idols have some silver and/or gold.

Yet, millions flocked to here Pope Francis.

So where is this leading?

Pope Francis has increased the popularity of the Vatican.  He has also been involved in political issues (like Cuba).  He recently again came out in support of efforts to deal with ‘climate change.’  He pushes an ecumenical and interfaith agenda.  He keeps pushing for economic changes.

The Bible warns of an ecumenical faith that rises up in the time of the end (Revelation 13:4,8).  It warns people to flee from it (Revelation 18:1-4; Zechariah 2:6-7).  The Bible warns that a powerful city of seven hills (Revelation 17:4-7) has/will improperly influence the world (Revelation 17:18).  The Bible warns that one with religious and secular authority (called the two-horned beast) will cause people to engage in false worship and be part of a changed economic system (Revelation 13:11-18).

While Pope Francis may or may not (his age is a factor against) be the final two-horned beast of Revelation 13:11, he has some of its characteristics.  Notice:

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. (Revelation 13:11)

While Pope Francis may look like a lamb to many, many of his words and actions are those of Satan the dragon (Revelation 12:9).  Pope Francis should stand against idolatry and not encourage it as he regularly does, and as he did today.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

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