by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
China’s Communist “Party will frame the deal as the Vatican’s seal of approval to the state-run Catholic Church, at a time when Christian believers are facing a severe crackdown on their beliefs and practises.
A few weeks ago we brought you the story of how China has begun a campaign of persecution of the estimated 67 million Chinese christians in its country. The vast majority of these professing Christians are Protestants and Bible believers, with roughly 12 million being Catholics.
Today the Vatican made the announcement that they have “worked out a deal” for the Chinese government to control how Catholic bishops are chosen, thus ensuring that the government is able to monitor and control everything that is said and done within the worship service, the bible studies, all of it. Why would the Vatican and Pope Francis do this? The following verses should clear that up for you right away.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:5,6 (KJV)
FROM THE AFP: The Vatican on Saturday announced an historic accord with China on the appointment of bishops in the Communist country in what could pave the way for the normalisation of ties between the Catholic Church and the world’s most populous country.
The preliminary agreement with China “has been agreed following a long process of careful negotiation and foresees the possibility of periodic reviews of its application,” the Vatican said in a statement issued as Pope Francis began a visit to the Baltic states.
“It concerns the nomination of Bishops, a question of great importance for the life of the Church, and creates the conditions for greater collaboration at the bilateral level,” it said. Analysts warn that Beijing could use the accord to further crackdown on Catholic faithful in China.
According to the expert, China’s Communist “Party will frame the deal as the Vatican’s seal of approval to the state-run Catholic Church, at a time when Christian believers are facing a severe crackdown on their beliefs and practises. Ultimately, the Party would like to subsume all forms of worship under state organs that make it easier to manage and ensure that everyone’s primary loyalty is to the state,” Sullivan told AFP. READ MORE
Now, when you read even deeper into the reasons for this “historic deal” between the Catholic Church and China, you quickly find out that the real purpose of the deal is a political one. It has very little to do with the Catholic Church, which is why Pope Francis can abandon his Chineses followers so easily. People forget that Vatican City is a country over which the Pope of the Catholic Church also presides as its king.
The announcement today went on to say that “China said the ‘provisional’ agreement was signed in Beijing by vice foreign minister Wang Chao and a Vatican delegation headed by the under secretary for relations with state, Antoine Camilleri and added that the two sides “will continue to maintain communication and push forward the improvement of bilateral relations.” The Vatican is one of only 17 countries around the world that recognises Taipei instead of Beijing but Pope Francis has sought to improve ties with China since he took office in 2013.”
A lot of people get confused with Revelation 17 because it shows you a ‘harlot’ who is also a ‘mystery’. It shows you what appears to be a religious organization that is also a political kingdom, and it shows you a ‘pope’ who is also a ‘king’. To many people it is very hard to reconcile the two, yet, is this not exactly what the Vatican-Catholic system truly is? It’s not one or the other, it’s both!
You just read for yourself in the announcement from the Vatican today that looked like it started out talking about the church and its bishops, but very quickly showed you Vatican secretaries of state negotiating a ‘bilateral agreement’ with the Chinese government. That’s not what churches do, that’s what nations and political leaders do. Francis used his authority over the Catholic Church to sell out his followers so that he could make a deal as the ruler of Vatican City with the nation of China.