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Thursday, October 27 2011
Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy
Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus, more popularly known as Constantine I, or Constantine the Great, was the King of the Roman Empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome) from 306 to 337. As a king (see The Politics Of Rome), Constantine was obviously political - but his legacy is, by far in place and time, religious. Constantine was the primary creator of the Roman Catholic and Protestant "churches" of today - and their antichrist doctrines (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?, Antichristians and Friends Of Jesus).
Constantine's religion was that of Babylonian and Roman paganism - much of which was based on idolatrous sun worship. The gold medallion in the illustration shows Constantine with the mythical Sol Invictus, or "invincible sun god" of the Romans. In March 321, Constantine decreed everyone to observe "the venerable day of the sun," or Sun Day, as the official day of rest and ceasing of business activity for the Roman Empire - the basis of Roman Catholic and Protestant Sunday worship to this day (see the Fact Finder question below).
In 325, Constantine presided over the First Council of Nicaea that established all of the fundamental doctrines of the Church of Rome today - and of the "Protestant" churches that centuries later rejected the Church of Rome's leadership, but kept all of the Church of Rome's core doctrines (e.g. Constantine's "Nicene Creed," named after Constantine's Council of Nicaea, is accepted as much by Protestants as Roman Catholics). There was no "pope" in Constantine's time - the Emperor was the head of the "church" that he created (the Emperor Constantine, not any mere city bishop, claimed the title of Pontifex Maximus, which means the highest priest); Constantine's local bishop, in Rome, was only one of nearly 2,000 such bishops throughout the Roman Empire. It was only after Constantine empowered his local bishop, to be a mere spokesman for the Emperor, that the "Papacy" was born. When the political empire of Rome fell, the Papacy continued on, merely by means of the power that it had been given by Constantine - a reality that has been lost to most people ever since (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
Why did a sun-worshiping Roman Emperor want to create a "Christian" church for himself? On October 27/28 312, Constantine won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (a bridge over the Tiber River in Rome) in which Constantine claimed to have seen a Latin "cross" in the sky, along with a message of "in this sign conquer." The reality problem with the claim (assuming that Constantine saw anything at all) is that Jesus Christ was not crucified on a Latin cross - the Messiah was crucified on a "T" (like an uppercase T) shaped cross (see Crossing The T). The alleged incident nevertheless was accepted and formed the supposed justification for the later wars known as the "Crusades" - "crusade" is from a Latin word meaning a Latin cross - a Roman cross that Christ was not crucified on.
The Origin and Future Of "The King Of The North" and "The King Of The South"
The so-called "Crusades" were a series of military expeditions by Roman Catholic Europeans through the 11th to 14th centuries. The campaigns began in France when Pope Urban II, at the Council of Clermont in 1095, called upon his Church to retake Jerusalem from the Islamic people who then occupied it. The Crusades were a contest between the antichrist Church of Rome from the north and the Christ-rejecting Muslim people of the south.
The First Crusade (1095-1099), also known as "The People's Crusade" began with a mass of German and French peasants. After a disastrous beginning, they conquered Jerusalem in 1099. It was followed by the so-called Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem which lasted for a short time.
The term "crusade" was also used for a number of other expeditions at various times, proclaimed by Popes, against supposed "heretics and heathens." Most were simply a struggle to obtain, or keep, political power. True Christians don't use the term "crusade" because they realize that the Messiah was not crucified on a Latin cross - it's a false symbol and portrayal of Christ (see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?).
The End-Time "King Of The North" and "King Of The South"
Prophecy plainly describes, one final "Crusade" of the Roman Catholic world, headquartered in the "north," in Rome and central Europe (the Church of Rome remained headquartered in Rome, but the "Holy Roman Empire" that succeeded the original Roman Empire was in Germany - see The Holy Roman Empire and Emperors and Popes) against the Muslim world of the "south" - for control of the Middle East (i.e. oil) and Jerusalem (the "holy place"). It will occur just before Christ's Return (see How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?, What And Where Is Babylon Today? and The Tabernacles Celebration After The Fall Of Babylon).
"11:29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. 11:30 For the ships of Chittim [an ancient name for the Mediterranean Sea island of Cyprus; see also From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?] shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
Fact Finder: How did Babylonian/Roman sun worship infest Christianity?
This Day In History, October 27
97: To placate the Praetorians of Germany, Nerva of Rome adopted Trajan (see New Testament Roman Emperors and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?), the governor of lower Germany. The "German connection" to the later "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (its official title) was established very early (see The Holy Roman Empire).
312: Constantine the Great claimed to see his "vision of the Cross" (the topic of this study; Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
939: Athelstan died. He was the first Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England (Saxons were from Saxony in Germany; the Anglo-Saxons were a tribe of the Saxons).
1275: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
1492: Christopher Columbus "discovered" Cuba (it was no "discovery" for the people who were already there).
1553: Spanish reformer theologian and physician Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy.
1644: The Battle of Newbury; 9,000 royalists under English King Charles I held out against the parliamentary army of 17,500.
1662: Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres.
1795: Pinckney's Treaty between the U.S. and Spain established the U.S. southern boundary at the 31st parallel and gave the U.S. the right to ship down the Mississippi without having to pay duty to Spain.
1806: Napoleon's troops entered Berlin.
1808: The Treaty of Fontainebleau was signed by Napoleon and Charles IV of Spain, divided Portugal into 3 parts.
1809: U.S. President James Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of Florida after Spanish settlers there rebelled against the Spanish authorities (the U.S. was actually created from four rebellions against those who had established the colonies in the wilderness i.e. England in the northeast, Spain in Florida, France in Louisiana and Mexico/Spain in Texas). President Madison later started the War of 1812 (1812-1814) with the stated intention to annex ("take territory by conquest") Canada.
1871: The diamond fields of Kimberley in South Africa were annexed by Britain.
1936: Wallis Simpson was granted a divorce in her native U.S. She later married Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who gave up the throne of England for her.
1942: During the Second World War, an indecisive 2-day air and sea battle around the Solomon Islands ended with substantial damage to both the U.S. and Japanese fleets.
1971: Republic of The Congo name changed to Zaire. The country was earlier ruled by Belgium.
1978: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994: The U.S. prison population exceeded 1 million people.