Opinion: Long time readers will know that chip implants are practically old news. For the past two years, we’ve posted a dozen times on Sweden and a US company called Three Square that has chip-implant parties with employees lining up for the wonderful convenience the chips provide.
What is particularly curious about this post is that it is from Fox News, better known as the Catholic channel. Catholics are not clear about end time prophecy and think they will go through the tribulation and be victorious.
From Catholic.com: “The aim of the Apocalypse, the most difficult book of the Bible to interpret, is eminently practical. It contains a series of warnings addressed to people of all epochs, for it views from an eternal perspective the dangers, internal and external, which affect the Church in all epochs.”
Right there is a problem. The apocalypse is only difficult to understand if we fail to ‘rightly divide the word’ (2 Timothy 2:15).
Rev. 1-3: Jesus judges 7 distinct churches chronologically. Here are the first four:
Ephesus means darling, or beloved. Ephesus represents the 1st century church. The church worked to uphold the Gospel but became too involved in works and neglected its first love, Jesus.
Smyrna means crushed. Smyrna is the 2nd-3rd century persecuted church under the Caesars of Rome. The Smyrna church began allegorizing Scripture and corresponds to the beginning of Replacement Theology, or transferring the blessings of Israel to the church.
Pergamum means mixed marriage, the mix of pagan and Christian beliefs corresponding with the 4th century when it became the official religion of Rome.
Thyatira (4th-5th century) means continual sacrifice that keeps Christ on the cross corresponding to the Catholic church. It is the first church whose members are divided into two categories: the saved and the unsaved.
That same period corresponds with the teachings of Augustine and Chysostom when the popes began to rule and Bible prophecy was allegorized almost out of existence. The Church, they said, replaced Israel in God’s plan.
From Catholic.com “In the Apocalypse John, inspired by God, tries to answer this question. The first thing which God has given him to “see” is that the Redeemer is indeed triumphant and that the faithful are victors with him. But he also points out that the Church will be persecuted throughout its pilgrim way on earth, and the faithful will suffer the same lot, if they stay united to the Lamb.”
Post-tribulation rapture is a belief that Christ comes at the end of the tribulation. That the church will suffer along with unbelievers. What the Catholic pontiffs ignore is that the tribulation is the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” (and Gentiles who rejected Christ), and that God will use that time to reach out to the Jewish people and bring them to salvation.
Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7
The church (body of believers that accept the pardon for sins that the cross of Jesus Christ provides) is told that before the apocalypse begins they would be kept from (Greek ek, out of) the trial:
Only one church, Philadelphia, corresponding with the Evangelical church of the 1800’s, the one that supported Israel’s rebirth, is shown an ‘open door’.
See more on the 7 churches of Revelation 1-3 here