Short Review about the False Prophets and their followers
From our recent studies, we learned that Christ gave us the description of the false prophets so that we can identify them. The false prophets according to Christ wear the clothing similar to his clothing when he was still here on earth, and they teach their followers the teachings of demons. These two descriptions of the false prophets are all found in the Catholic Priests. The Catholic Priests wear the clothing of Christ and they also upheld the teachings of demons which are (1) Forbidding to Marry; and (2) commanding to abstain from eating meat. (see the article, “The False Prophets”)
We also learned that members of the Catholic Church who are called Catholics are the people who are deceived by the false prophets because the description given by the Bible of the people deceived by the false prophets is found in the Catholics. According to the Bible, the people deceived by the false prophets received the mark on their forehead. This is true to Catholics because they received the mark of the cross on their forehead during the baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick, and every year during the Ash Wednesday. (see the article, “The Followers of the False Prophets”)
And on the recent article, we learned that the description of the Second Beast mentioned in Revelation 13:11 are all found in the Catholic Pope. The Second Beast is said to have two horns which means power or authority, looks like the lamb, and speaks like the dragon. These descriptions are true to the Catholic Pope because he has two power or authority as head of the state and head of the church; he also looks like the lamb or Christ because he is wearing the clothing of Christ and the position of the Pope to the Catholic Church is similar to the position of Christ to the Church of Christ; and then he also speaks like the dragon or devil or demon because he teaches the teachings of demon that the Catholics and Priests upheld. (see the article, “The Second Beast, The False Prophet”)
The Time the False Prophets started to Exist
Now, that we already identified who are the false prophets that are said to be wearing the clothing of Christ but inwardly are ravenous wolves, and they are the Catholic Priests including the Pope, then we already know that they already existed not just these recent centuries but for a long time already. What is the particular time that these false prophets started to exist?
In book of Acts of the Apostles, this is what has been written:
29 “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. (Acts 20:29, NKJV)
Apostle Paul said that after his departure savage wolves will come in to the flock. But what does Apostle Paul mean when he mentioned “his departure”? To understand this, let us consider these verses:
25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of god, will see my face no more.
37 Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him,
38 sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship. (Acts 20:25, 37-38, NKJV)
When Apostle Paul bid farewell to his brethren in the Church of Christ, the brethren wept and became sorrow. The mentioned departure that Apostle Paul was talking about is a kind of departure that his brethren will see his face no more. In his letter to Timothy, Apostle Paul clarified it:
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (II Timothy 4:6-8, NKJV)
The said departure is Apostle Paul’s death, because he mentioned the race which had finished already and that he was expecting of the crown of righteousness that the Lord will give him on the day of Salvation.
Since, Apostle Paul revealed that the ravenous wolves will come in to the Church of Christ after his departure, and then the said departure is his own death, therefore, the ravenous wolves will come in to the Church of Christ after the death of Apostle Paul.
Who are the ravenous wolves that Apostle Paul was referring to in Acts 20:29? Apostle Paul was Christ’s Apostle. In other words, the teachings of Apostle Paul were the teachings of Christ. So according to Christ, who are the ravenous wolves? This is what Christ said about the ravenous wolves:
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:15-20, NKJV)
According to Christ, the ravenous wolves are the false prophets who are wearing the sheep’s clothing. And we already know from our previous studies that the false prophets referred to are the Catholic Priests; therefore, the Catholic Priests started to exist after the death of the Apostles.
So, no wonder why the Catholic Church, the church of the Catholic Priests is already old and it seems that it is the oldest church that exists. Now it is clear that the Catholic Church started to exist just after the death of the Apostles.
The Catholic Church’ existence
Lots of people are deceived by the Catholic Priests and they are made to believe that the Catholic Church is the church built by Christ. The Catholic Priests used the age of the Catholic Church as proof in deceiving the people to believe about the said doctrine. These people are lazy enough to examine the Bible if the Catholic Church is really the church built by Christ.
Why should we examine the Bible to verify the genuineness of the Catholic Church? It is because, the Bible contains the writings of the true members of the first century Church of Christ which talked about the true first century church built by Christ.
Since the Catholic Priests claim that the Catholic Church is the first century church built by Christ, then we should ask this: is the Bible testifying about it? No! If we will examine the Bible, Christ built his own church not the Roman Catholic Church. And we couldn’t read any verse of the Bible that would point us to the Catholic Church as the first century Church of Christ. And the Catholic Church couldn’t give us any proof that it is indeed the church built by Christ. The only thing that the Catholic Church can give us to back up his claim is its age.
But now that we already know why the Catholic Church seems the oldest church that exists today then we can’t be deceived by the Catholic Priests just like what happened to the Catholics.
And it is clear to us that the time when the Catholic Priests (the False Prophets) started to exist seems to be the time the Catholic Church started to exist. That time was just after the death of the Apostles.
Our next topic
On our next article, we will examine the Bible about the truth on who would become the first members of the Catholic Church.