The Holy Father
by Wayne Blank
The Title "Holy Father" Belongs To God Alone
Where is the Father? Is His Name hallowed (hallowed means sacred, or set apart for exclusive use)?
"Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name." (Matthew 6:9 RSV)
What is the Third Commandment? Does it say not to use God's Name in vain (from vain comes the word vanity - from the perspective of the Third Commandment, using God's Name for personal human egotism and exaltation)?
"You shall not take The Name of The Lord your God in vain; for The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain." (Exodus 20:7 RSV)
The Beast and The Great False Prophet
Will the end-time "beast" (a great political leader and his allied great religious leader - see Revelation 13) blaspheme God's Name (as their predecessors have been doing for centuries)?
"And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name" (Revelation 13:5-6 RSV)
Just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, will the antichrist, a mere human, set himself up in the Temple of God, actually claiming to be God? Will someone also actually falsely claim to be Christ (see False Christs)?
"he takes his seat in the Temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4 RSV)
Do both Old and New Testament Scriptures prophesy that the great false church (primarily through its own members while they remain deceived, but also by their "ecumenical" Protestant sympathizers while they too remain deceived i.e. as Jesus Christ warned, "the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God" John 16:2 RSV) will reject, hate, persecute and even kill God's true servants in an attempt to stop them from preaching the Truth?
"Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the Commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus" (Revelation 12:17 RSV)
Fact Finder: What is the coming fate of the beast and the great false prophet? What is Jesus Christ going to do to them?
Important Note: The author of this study was raised a Roman Catholic (including attending a Catholic school for 4 years), and although he personally has now had absolutely no association with the Church of Rome in over 25 years, most of his relatives remain practicing Roman Catholics (including his niece for whom he was her "godfather" at her Catholic baptism in the early 1970s). This study is concerned solely with presenting the Truth; it is not an attack on Roman Catholics, most of whom are good, well-meaning, Christian-professing people - who, thank God, are going to one day be set free from the deception that now imprisons them:
"they and the beast will hate the harlot; they will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and giving over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:16-17 RSV)