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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 with Sol Invictus 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 Crusades

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 Second Crusade (1147-1149) was began by Emperor Conrad III and Louis VII of France after the Church of Rome lost Edessa. It was unsuccessful.

The Third Crusade (1189-1192) was launched after Saladin captured Jerusalem 2 years earlier. It was led by Emperor Frederick I, Philip II of France, and Richard I (the "Lion-Hearted"). It failed to recover Jerusalem, but Richard I negotiated a truce in which the Church of Rome was permitted to visit their Holy Sepulcher.

The Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) began in France but was diverted from its original purpose for the benefit of Venice. The Crusaders captured Constantinople instead.

The Children's Crusade (1212) was the most tragic and outrageous. It began when thousands of French children set out for Jerusalem, but most were sold into slavery along the way. Another group, that of German children, also set out, but most of them died of hunger and disease.

The Fifth Crusade (1217-1221) was urged by Pope Innocent III. It was directed primarily at Egypt, but was not successful.

The Sixth Crusade (1228-1229) was led by Emperor Frederick II. He secured a surrender to the holy places, but the peace did not last.

The Seventh Crusade (1244) began after the Church of Rome defeat by the Egyptian Marelukes at Gaza. It was not successful.

The Eighth Crusade (1270) was cut short by the death of King Louis IX of France.

The Ninth Crusade (1271-1272) was led by Prince Edward (later King Edward I) of England. It was abandoned.

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).

The Mediterranean Sea

"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.

11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate [see Abomination of Desolation - Where?]. 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many [see The Path To Glory and The Way To Salvation: Step 1]: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

11:36 And the king [see The Politics Of Rome] shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 11:41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 11:42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans [see Libya In History And Prophecy] and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 11:44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." (Daniel 11:29-45 KJV)

"12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?]. 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." (Daniel 12:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Babylonian/Roman sun worship infest Christianity?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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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.





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