Satan's subtle plan
Divide and conquer!
This is not intended as a polemic against the Roman Catholic Church by itself, but is intended as a demonstration of how the Adversary (Heb. Satan), has very subtle methods which like a disease, starts small and slowly infects the whole body. In this case, the body is that of the believers in the Son of God, Yeshua / Jesus. It may be in the form of worship practices, elements of doctrine, icons or statues or simple gestures.
This essay will focus on how simple little signs
and actions by the Church and its ancient leadership
and heritage has a meaning hidden by the enemy.
A quiet method of mocking God and His Son by walking
or stepping on His followers and believers. Note the
similarities of the current Papal staff and the symbol
of the "Baphomet of Mendes" image, serpents intertwined
on a center staff. The creation of that staff may have come
from good intentions, but as the saying goes;
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions". It's really just born out of ignorance.
Do I think every time the sign is used it is "Satanic", no, that would be absurd and very bigoted. However, when people in power and influence do certain things, it is worthy of examination. I won't stop examining or proposing alternative concepts simply because someone declares "nothing to see here, move on". Maybe there is something to see, let's take a look, just to make sure, there just may be more to this.
I think as mentioned, this was the Adversary, rather brazenly showing his footprint or influence behind the scenes. The Pope may think it's one thing, proclaiming "I love you" but the Adversary is subtle and is showing off his hidden presence. That he is still in the world manipulating things to his advantage. To disgrace and discredit the "Church" is especially desirable to him.
The Roman Church represents hundreds of millions of believing Catholics around the world. Satan will take something innocent and profane it for his own purposes. This can be seen with the hand gestures of the current Pope and the image to the left.
On Other Denominations
Note the Gospel of Mark addresses this;
What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man”. This is echoed in two of the other gospels. It's not what we take in, but what we "put out", what's in our "hearts and minds. (Mark 7:21-23)
These manmade theories include such monumental insanities as “Dianetics or Scientology”, New Age-ism as in “crystals”, “channeling” and “we are all one”. We have “the first Church of Satan” in California started by the circus performer Anton Levay.
Then there’s David Koresh, Jim Jones, Charlie Manson and most destructively Adolph Hitler and his bastardized “Aryan Theology”, which was based on ancient German and Persian mythologies over laid onto a Christian format with socialism and social justice added in, what a mess that turned out to be. I find it odd and a bit bothersome “Catholicism” is included under that motif. I realize and believe there are quite a number of problems Scripturally with their practices and tenants of their denomination. But in response I would like to cite the following passage.
“Now John answered Him, saying; “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your Name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.” But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My Name can soon afterward speak evil of Me; For he who is not against us is on our side. (Mark 9:38)
The Catholic Church still adheres to the basic principles of Jesus is the Son of God; that Christ died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again; and their world wide charities are undeniable. The superfluous fringe tenants will be swept away by the return of our Lord. We should keep this in mind and not back bite among ourselves within our Christian family.
There is a much larger and far more real and present dangerous deception which has reared its head and is here now and does not accept or proclaim Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie”. (2Thess 2:11)
Note the fervor to build the victory mosque at ground zero. At this critical time in history don’t let Satan divide the body of Christ one denomination at a time by tempting us to turn on ourselves and self destruct. “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do”.
Denominations and “sects” can also be seen as a test by God, to the veracity of a person’s true faith and belief in God. It can be seen with each denominational sect or “religion” God steps in at some point and causes a division in the theology.
The believers are then put to the test of their faith. Do you believe God is love and you are to love one another? It is easy to love those who agree with you, but what if they don’t fully agree with you, even on a small aspect of your beliefs? Do you then hate and persecute them because they don’t believe the same way you do? Judaism has many sects, Hasidic, Ashkenaz, Sephardic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed and Messianic just to name a few.
Christianity has a seeming over abundance of
denominations, Catholic, nine Orthodox churches,
Methodist, Episcopalian each of which also has
sub categories. Then there's Protestantism with
Baptists, Presbyterians, Calvinism, Seventh day
Adventists, Jehovah’s Witness, Pentecostals.
Islam too has Sunni and Shi-ite, Dervishes and
In all these cases, God is testing us to see if we can get along with each other despite our differences. God also wants us to be who we are as individuals and not cookie cutter drones, and yet at the same time to be able to get along with each one another as separate and distinctly different individuals. However, it must be understood, that within this framework of denominations still lies the problem with idol worship, the worship of false gods and inappropriate worship as detailed within the Scriptures. But that is a discussion which will come later in another chapter. As mentioned, when the Messiah returns, all these divisions will be swept away as He takes His throne and finally brings unity of humanity to the earth.
In the words of John Owen, “I am persuaded that some have scarce any better or more forcible argument to satisfy their own minds that they are in the right in religion than the inclination they find in themselves to hate and persecute them whom they suppose to be in the wrong.”
"If I, being what I am can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?" C.S.Lewis "The Screwtape Letters"
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about Torah, for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 Dismiss a quarrelsome person after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a person is twisted and is sinning—he is self-condemned. (Titus 3:9 TLV)
Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! 11 Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. 13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, 15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom. 16 Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. 17 And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; 18 as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people. (Ephesians 6:10)
“Pay attention! I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, so be as prudent as snakes and as
harmless as doves. 17 Be on guard, for there will be people who will hand you over to the local Sanhedrins and flog you in their synagogues. (MT 10:16)
Stay sober, stay alert! Your enemy, the Adversary, stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1Peter 5:8)
“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Ephesus, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs: 2 “I know what you have been doing, how hard you have worked, how you have persevered, and how you can’t stand wicked people; so you tested those who call themselves emissaries but aren’t — and you found them to be liars. 3 You are persevering, and you have suffered for my sake without growing weary. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place — if you don’t turn from your sin! 6 But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do — I hate it too. 7 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden.”’ (Revelation 2)
“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Sardis, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know what you are doing — you have a reputation for being alive, but in fact you are dead! 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains, before it dies too! For I have found what you are doing incomplete in the sight of my God. 3 So remember what you received and heard, and obey it, and turn from your sin! For if you don’t wake up, I will come like a thief; and you don’t know at what moment I will come upon you. 4 Nevertheless, you do have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; and they will walk with me, clothed in white, because they are worthy. 5 He who wins the victory will, like them, be dressed in white clothing; and I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life; in fact, I will acknowledge him individually before my Father and before his angels. 6 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.”’ (Revelation 3:1)
“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Laodicea, write: ‘Here is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God’s creation: 15 “I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! 17 For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked! 18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. 19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins! 20 Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me. 21 I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.”’” (Revelation 3:14)
The Adversary is subtle, here he co-opts a symbol of "I love you", this is a perfect example of what I am saying. In doing so, he shows himself as he places hisfootprint in all the areas he has infected. Doing even a short study on who and where this sign "creeps" up shows there is more meaning behind this gesture than just the simple "I love you". Need I go into the Biblical examples of how Scriptures makes the comparison of the adversary's influence to disease?
It is NOT an untruth this sign is used as a Satanic greeting. Personally I believe, to minimize such subtleties is what is misleading and incorrect. Do I think he is using it deliberately as a Satanic greeting? No, of course not, (which regretfully is only an assumption), still I do not believe that was his inherent intention or that he knew what he was doing at that moment. Sadly, that would be a level of ignorance on his part.
By having a high ranking person within the "church", (and there is no one of higher ranking ~symbolically speaking~, than the Pope); Satan is able to mock God, Christ and the "church". Granted the Pope and the Papacy itself are not the voice or the leadership of the entire church, the person and the role are and have been "symbolic" of "Christianity"; the "church" for over 1500 years.
Again, I need to stress they are not the sole authority of the "church" or the true "ecclesia", but are strictly symbolic.
Just as our national leaders shortly after 9-11 declared the Biblical curse of defiance without knowing it, Isaiah 9:10, (ref: "The Harbinger") so too this Pope may be doing something subtle and something he is totally unaware of and himself a victim of outside influences. In this way Satan is mocking the Roman Church and Christianity as a whole.
Denominations, religiously speaking, are man’s assorted and in many cases distorted inventions, machinations and theories.