“He has trampled out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored”
From Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Times are a-changing. As a child born and raised in Sweden I always looked forward to advent, Lucia (13 Dec) and of course Christmas. November had been dark and dreary, we didn’t see the sun for a whole month and it was too early for snow. Then came the first Sunday in Advent and in nearly every house the Advent star was prominently displayed, sometimes in every window. At that time they all looked the same, since they were very few choices. The star always pointed upwards, as all 5-pointed stars on the Christmas tree did. This just was so, and nobody ever thought much about it. After emigrating to America I discovered that trees can be decorated many more ways, and the diversity added another dimension to Christmas, but I still longed for the simplicity of the five pointed star, so we continued to have it on the top of our tree (real Fraser Fir, nothing artificial of course).
Then about 25 years ago I saw a five pointed star with two points pointing up and one pointing down. This was in our church bulletin for Christmas Day and the Church had splurged and bought it with a pre-printed color display on the front page. Our son, who at that time was in College wondered why the goat star was in the church bulletin, so we asked our associate pastor why. At first he didn’t understand what difference it made, so we explained it to him. He got upset, and apologized profusely, but he was most upset about the fact that they had bought the folders from a reputable Christian distributor.
So what difference does it make?
The five pointed star is best described as the pentagram. It is from the start a pagan symbol, existing way before Christianity. it existed in two forms, point up and point down.
As point up it is the true pentagram and predates Christianity in at least two forms, the human and the spiritual:
The left symbol shows the human connection, the right shows the four earthly elements and with the Spirit pointing to God. While being of pagan origin it was adopted by Jewish and Greek mysticism, and since the Spirit pointed upward it also became used as a symbol for the early Christians. It can display the five virtues (left), but it is also prominently used in the wiccan cult.
Point down is even more sinister in its origin. To begin with it is the symbol for the goat god of Baphomet. Then there are a number of satanic symbols:(left). This pendant of Satan in the Name of Samael, who was a consort of Lilith, (I refuse to research it further, since it is satanic in origin. )
But it is also a Masonic symbol. The City of Washington D.C. is laid out as an inverted pentagram: The inverted pentagram points to the White House and the Masonic compass symbol has its center point in the Capitol.
This was just a small survey of what the pentagram symbolizes.
To sum up:
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21
Pope Francis has called for a rewriting of the Lord’s Prayer, saying the current translation gives God a bad name and, essentially, does not give the devil his due.
Described in the Bible as a prayer taught by Jesus, the Lord’s Prayer is viewed in the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church as “the summary of the whole gospel.”
In a TV interview this week, Pope Francis said that the line asking God to “Lead us not into temptation,” or in Italian, “non indurci in tentazione,” should be changed.
Jesus spoke in Aramaic and this prayer in the gospel of Matthew is originally written in Greek, and it says:
και μη εισενεγκης ημας εις πειρασμον αλλα ρυσαι ημας απο του πονηρου
and not bring us into temptation(or testing), but rescue us from – evil.
The Roman Catholic church of France has changed the translation of this verse to “and do not let us fall into temptation” and somehow the Pope thinks this would improve on what God has said.
This is Apostasy. What the Lord Jesus has said is consistent with other passages in scripture, starting with the Garden of Eden. In it God had planted the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God also gave man free will, knowing man might make the choice to eat the fruit even if God had specifically forbidden it, since eating from it made man able to make their decisions apart from God. This is what the serpent promised Eve, and she fell for the temptation. Adam on the other hand ate from the fruit willingly, following the advice of Eve. This is why Adam’s sin was worse than Eve’s. The consequence was spiritual death, and the need for a redeemer arose, in due time represented by Jesus.
Jesus too was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted(or tested). There the Devil tested him using scripture taken out of context to try to make Jesus fail the test. Jesus answered back with scripture applied correctly, and so he passed the test.
The Pope seems to want to give the Devil full credit for all temptations, “The Devil make me do it” when in fact we have free will and are perfectly capable to fall for temptations all on our own without the Devil’s input.
The Pope wants to change the world into one with no temptations, no guns, no hard liquor, no illicit drugs, no evil capitalism and no borders.
But it is getting worse: By attributing to the Devil what the Lord is doing when he is testing us and we fall for the temptation, which we do, the Pope is elevating the Devil and diminishing, if not ignoring the final atonement: Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, rendering his resurrection of no value. It would then be all up to us to save ourselves.
There is a special warning in Matthew 12:31-32 when we attribute to the Devil what the Lord is doing through the Holy Spirit: Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
My question is: Who prompted the Pope to want to change the Lord’s prayer?