“In This Sign, Conquer!”

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“Constantine looked up to the sun before the battle and saw a cross of light above it, and with it the Greek words “Ἐν Τούτῳ Νίκα” (“by this, win!”, often rendered in the Latin in “hoc signo, vinces”.) ; Constantine commanded his troops to adorn their shields with a Christian symbol (the Chi-Rho), and thereafter they were victorious.”

The Battle at the Milvian Bridge was not just a victory for Constantine but much more a victory for the cross, because when Constantine conquered the empire from Maxentius the sign of the cross is also conquering the world for itself. Although the emperor was gone and that his empire was already crumbled, the battle cry “in hoc signo, vinces!” (in this sign, conquer!) is still ringing upon the four corners of the earth with legions of soldiers under its banners – not the pagan Romans but those people who professed to be followers of Christ. In the Vatican, in fact, Constantine’s battle cry became a welcoming reminders to those world leaders who visited the Pope to pay their respect to him;

The phrase also appears prominently placed as a motto on a ribbon unfurled with a passion cross to its left, beneath a window over the Scala Regia, adjacent to the equestrian statue of Emperor Constantine, in the Vatican. Emperors and other monarchs, having paid respects to the Pope, descended the Scala Regia, and would observe the light shining down through the window, with the motto, reminiscent of Constantine’s vision, and be reminded to follow the Cross. They would thence turn right into the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, ostensibly so inspired. (Wikipedia, “In hoc signo, vinces”)

Both Catholics and Protestants believe that the cross is the sign of the Savior, the emblem of Christianity, and they are using it to

the logo of the World Council of Churches

beautify their churches, altars, and garments. Anywhere we can see the sign of the cross, and was highly regarded by the nominal churches of Christianity. The World Council of Churches states;  “The cross is and will forever be the sign of the church. This is the symbol that we have together, the symbol of what we have together, the symbol of what the churches have to give to the world. From the beginning to the end.”  (Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.) The high regard to the crucifix lies upon the fact that Christ, our Lord, redeemed the world by being crucified. Whenever people see this symbol, it reminds them the love of God that saved them from the bondage of sin and death. For them, the cross is Christ, and Christ is the cross. Hence, many professed Christians does not only looking to it with high respect but even worshiping it as Christ Himself. The Catholic Church states;

The word worship (Saxon weorthscipe, “honour”; from worth, meaning “value”, “dignity”, “price”, and the termination, ship; Latin cultus) in its most general sense is homage paid to a person or a thing. In this sense we may speak of hero-worship, worship of the emperor, of demons, of the angels, even of relics, and especially of the Cross. (Catholic Encyclopedia, art. “Christian Worship”.)

Now, let us try to consider this question: “What if Christ was not executed through the cross“? What if the Roman soldiers executed the Savior by means of “electric chairor by “strangulating chord“? Is it possible that these objects will appear upon the pulpit, the ceiling, or above the roof of many Churches, even in their logos? Is it possible that if the Savior was killed through an electric chair, Christians in this modern age shall also bow down before an electric chair and adore it? That’s ridiculous! Christians are actually looking upon Christ in a wrong manner. They remembering the death of Christ in a way that is ridiculous and very much uncriptural in its principles. The cross represents the horrible punishment of criminals and wicked persons in the  Roman empire just like how Filipinos regarded electric chair or the lethal injection chamber. There were plenty of people during the Roman age that has been killed through this mean! Many criminals and non-pagan people were hanged upon the cross. Can we say that the cross may also represent them just like how Christ represented by this? Therefore, saying that the cross is the symbol of Christ is absolutely wrong. The cross, where our Lord Jesus Christ has been crucified, was nothing but a Roman cross. It is not the cross of Christ which is being taught in the Holy Scriptures. We should not think that the cross of Christ is a wooden cross where criminals are hanged unto death. Rather, the Bible described the true cross of Christ as a soft and a burden that can be carried easily. The Bible said;

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29,30)

The cross or the yoke of Christ is not a wooden object. The true cross of the Bible was made up of sufferings, perseverance and righteous labors that our dear Savior endured until His death. And in order for us to carry this same cross everyday in our lives, as our Lord commanded us to do, we Christians should learn to look  not upon those things that are seen, but upon those things which are unseen. The cross of Christ is not an object that can be literally seen by our naked eyes, but rather a thing that needs our understanding and faith. We don’t need any object to behold the beauty and righteousness of Him who loved and saved us from sins, but as the gospel teaches;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:18)

How horrible to think that the world today was already conquered, not by the real cross of Christ, but by the cross of Romanism. The more they look upon this object as an emblem of salvation, the more they become distant from the true meaning of the biblical “cross of Christ”, for where their eyes rests, that will be also the limit of their comprehension.

After the defeat of his rivals, (allegedly because of a divine intervention), Constantine still refused to be converted into the religion of Christ, but rather choose to remain pagan at heart and mind. Not even a little change happened in the life of the pagan emperor. Like him, the world also recognized the image of the cross with very high respect and adoration, but the fact remains that the state of human morality becomes more worse than ever. The true badge of Christianity is not an outward sign. Not the wearing of a cross or a crown, but the willingness of the heart to follow the steps of Christ. Peter says;

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (I Peter 4:13-16)

Today, the nominal churches of Christianity is continuing to spread the image of Constantine’s battle cry. By all means, they subjecting the entire world under the alleged symbol of Christ. Christians should be aware about those objects that has been used to replace the genuine religion of Christ. When Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippine archipelago in 1521 and when the cross was planted upon its soil, my beloved country began to experience a form of Christianity that brings darkness upon every soul. A kind of Christianity that for 500 years enslaved the Filipino people by errors and corrupted standard of morality. A kind of Christianity that rich in rituals and outward form of holiness, but devoid of the power from the gospel.

Birds of the Same Feathers

These pictures will show you what kind of Christianity that the world embraced today. Let’s begin with the so-called “Mother and Child” deity.

 

Mother and Son Idolatry

1) Ankh Nes Meryre and Son Pepi. 2) Cyprus. 3)Madonna Guanyin, Goddess of mercy 4) Matrika from Tanesara of India 5) Yasoda and Krishna. 6) Mother and son 2000-1850 B.C. 7) Mexico, Jalisco 200 B.C.- 500 A.D. 8. Maya. 9) Mexico, Colima 200 B.C.- 500A.D. 10) Mykene, Greece 11) Sun Goddess, Arinna. 12) Virgin Mary (thi is not the real Virgin Mary)

The evolution of sun-worship

From the top left: Symbol of the pagan sun-god Shamash; the sun-god Apollo; Mithra, the sol invictus; From Bottom left: Symbol of pagan at the papal palace hall; Sun image in Baldocchino; The golden child in the Vatican treasury.

 

Pagan origin of mitre

From top left: the fish god Dagon; ancient goddess of fertility name Astarte; ancient Egyptian mitre; Stone relief on temple laver from Assyria, in the Pergamum Museum of Berlin.; bishop’s mitre.

 

The Tiara

Babylonian god wearing the triple crown; Assyrian winged-bull cherubim; Krishna with tiara.; Pope wears tiara.

 

The peacock procession

In ancient times the representatives of Horus would be carried. As you can see to the right, they had fans which were made out of pecock feathers (hay that looks like a news station logo) the fan is made to look like an eye. This eye is the all seeing eye of Horus/Osiris. To the left, the Papacy has the same ritual.

 

From Serpent gods to Vatican serpents

The Egyptian serpent god; Roman serpent; bishop’s serpent crosier; Mayan serpent god; Serpent door handle, new St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, California; Dragon on a large papal crest.

 

Christianized Tridents

Assyrian trident, symbol of female and male organ; Neptune holds trident; Vatican Cross with Hindu tridents; The trident projecting from the head of Jesus on a Roman Catholic Madonna.

The pagan spirited door of the Church

The golden door in the chapel of St. Ignatius in San Francisco, uses several symbols identifying the wafer god. The Unicorn, Peacock, and Phoenix are all well known symbols in the occult for the sun, Lucifer, or Satan.

 

Sun god in monstance

Assyrian- style relief of King BarRaqqah from Syria, 8th century, B.C… This solar deity is  BAAL HADAD. As you can see the sun is entering the moon (womb). This is a symbol of  Horus(Nimrod) or Osiris being reborn. The wafer or sun is placed into the monstrance.

 

Catholic Mary and pagan Zeus

Mary and Zeus hold the lightning bolt.

 

The Origin of the mysterious hand-sign

The pagan origin of the papal hand-sign.

 

The Halo

Halo of Neptune

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Pagan priests used an upright stone, pillar, obelisk, or slender tower to represent the male sex organ. Even today, a stylized union of male and female genitals is found in many cultures.

Egyptian obelisk; Mayan obelisk; Vatican obelisk

 

from pagan Cone to papal cone

Once again the Mexican god holds the pine cone and the fur tree, symbols of reburth and the sun; Hindu god holds cone; the pine cone staff, symbol of Osiris; Assyrian winged god with pine cone; Bacchus, Roman-Greek god of drunkeness and revelry, with pine cone staff; Papal cone; The largest pine cone in the world, in the Court of the Pine Cone, at the Vatican, Rome.

 

The pagan origin of piazza

Symbol of the pagan sun-god Shamash; a pagan sun wheel in the temple at Kararak India, which is associated with occultism and astrology; plaza at the Vatican, also known as St. Peter’s square.

The root of "Christian" fish symbol.

The fish-god, Dagon; This is a symbol of Dagon and the symbol of the bull which represents the sun (Isis/Horus); the Hindu fish; the aerial view of Vatican; the symbol of Catholic fish.

 

The Pallium

Notice what the pagan deity and the pope wear.

 

the symbol of power

Athena holding her crook; the Egyptian divine-king holding his crook; Osiris holding his crook; Catholic bishop holding his crook; a Catholic serpent-crook.

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“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

Revelations 17:2

 

 

 

If Not December 25, When?

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If we will talk about what is the happiest day in the country, everybody will say that’s Christmas. In fact, there was a saying that “Christmas in the Philippines cannot be compared with other country”, because in this day, Filipino families are gathering together, children run to and fro to have their gifts, friends are gathering for parties, games and programs can be seen anywhere, and most of all, pockets were filled. Hence, many overseas workers try to do anything just to come home and spend their Christmas here in the country.  But in this coming season, the environment looks very different. While the media are doing their countdown to the coming Christmas, joy and excitement seem lacking among people.  There is a clear difference between previous holiday and the coming one. As the climate gradually turning cold, the society itself is turning gloomy. I can’t find those dancing lights and beautiful lanterns in the street but scattered mutterings saying “Christmas is only for rich.”

Poverty affects Christmas, but this is only for people who think this season is all about money. As Christmas is approaching, people are becoming more desperate to generate some money. In fact, Christmas has the highest rate of violence and theft throughout the year. For them, Christmas will never be happy without new clothes, new shoes, brand new gadgets, parties and gifts. They often say that Christmas happens only once in a year so they must have everything.

The annual celebration of the Savior’s birth was derived from a pagan tradition dates back from the early pagan period. December 25 is the birthday, not of our dear Savior, but of the pagan deity named Mithra. During his birthday, pagan people are giving gifts and making celebrations like what we seen today. It was testified by the Catholic Church itself.

Sunday was kept holy in honour of Mithra, and the sixteenth of each month was sacred to him as mediator. The 25 December was observed as his birthday, the natalis invicti, the rebirth of the winter-sun, unconquered by the rigours of the season.” SOURCE

“The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebrations.” [The World Book Encyclopedia, Chicago: World Book, 1995. p528.]

Consequently, people celebrate Christmas to observe an ancient tradition, not of the early Christian church, but of the pagans.

The date of birth is a very important thing in one’s life. But we all know that the Bible is silent about the birth date of its most important character – Jesus Christ. The Bible is a book of numbers and exactness, yet it never recorded the Savior’s birth date. Why? Because it has no such importance. The prophet Micah declared;

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)

The reason why the Bible did not mention the Savior’s birth date is that it gives much emphasis to Christ pre-existence since time immemorial than His beginning in the flesh. The advent of Christ is the most important event happened to humanity, but to celebrate it is not to imitate how the world celebrates its heathen god. When Christ came into the world, He said in Luke 4:18;

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Christ never gave an instruction to celebrate His birthday in the flesh. What He emphasized is that He came to proclaim the “acceptable year of the Lord”, and that this is the time we have to celebrate.  But how and when? The Bible says;

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (II Corinthians 6:2)

“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: ” (Hebrews 3: 7,8)

“Today”, says the Holy Bible, if anyone heard His voice let him not harden his heart, because for this reason, Christ came to the world.

When the angels came to the shepherds during the night of the Savior’s birth, they said; “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” The acceptable year of the Lord is the advent of peace on earth. Mankind was so degraded by sin and everyone come short of the glory of God, thus Christ came to the world and again brought humanity into God and reconciled us to His Father – this is the day of peace, the acceptable year of the Lord.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (II Corinthians 5:18)

To celebrate the coming of Christ is to reconcile ourselves to the Father by obeying the words of Christ and changing our lives from sinfulness to a Christ-like living.