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Babylon Mysteries #7

Drunk with the Blood of the Saints!




                            by



                        R. Woodrow





CHAPTER FOURTEEN



THE INHUMAN INQUISITION



     SO OPENLY CORRUPT did the fallen church become in the Middle

Ages, we can readily understand why in many places men rose up in

protest. Many were those noble souls who rejected the false

claims of the Pope, looking instead to the Lord Jesus for

salvation and truth. These were called "heretics" and were

bitterly persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church.

     One of the documents that ordered such persecutions was the

inhuman "Ad exstirpanda" issued by Pope Innocent IV in 1252. This

document stated that heretics were to be "crushed like venomous

snakes." It formally approved the use of torture. Civil

authorities were ordered to burn heretics. 



"The aforesaid Bull 'Ad exstirpanda' remained thenceforth a

fundamental document of the Inquisition, renewed or reinforced by

several Popes, Alexander IV (1254-61), Clement IV (1265-68),

Nicholas IV (1288-92), Boniface VIII (1294-1303), and others. The

civil authorities, therefore, were enjoined by the Popes, under

pain of excommunication to execute the legal sentences that

condemned impenitent heretics to the stake. It is to be noted

that excommunication itself was no trifle, for, if the person

excommunicated did not free himself from the excommunication

within a year, he was held by the legislation of that period to

be a heretic, and incurred all the penalties that affected

heresy."1



     Men pondered long in those days on how they could devise

methods that would produce the most torture and pain. One of the

most popular methods was the use of the rack, a long table on

which the accused was tied by the hands and feet, back down, and

stretched by rope and windlass. This process dislocated joints

and caused great pain.



     Heavy pincers were used to tear out fingernails or were

applied red-hot to sensitive parts of the body. Rollers with

sharp knife blades and spikes were used, over which the heretics

were rolled back and forth. There was the thumbscrew, an

instrument made for disarticulating fingers and "Spanish boots"

which were used to crush the legs and feet. The "iron virgin" was

a hollow instrument the size and figure of a woman. Knives were

arranged in such a way and under such pressure that the accused

were lacerated in its deadly embrace. This torture device was

sprayed with "holy water" and inscribed with the Latin words

meaning, "Glory be only to God" 2



     Victims after being stripped of their clothing had their

arms tied behind their backs with a hard cord. Weights were

attached to their feet. The action of a pulley suspended them in

mid-air or dropped and raised them with a jerk, dislocating

joints of the body. While such torture was being employed,

priests holding up crosses would attempt to get the heretics to 

recant.



     Ridpath's History of the World includes an illustration of

the work of the Inquisition in the Netherlands. Twenty-one

Protestants are hanging from the tree. A man on a ladder is about

to be hanged, below him is a priest holding a cross.3



"In the year 1554 Francis Gamba, a Lombard, of the Protestant

persuasion, was apprehended and condemned to death by the

sentence of Milan. At the place of execution, a monk presented a

cross to him, to whom Gamba said, 'My mind is so full of the real

merits and goodness of Christ that I want not a piece of

senseless stick to put me in mind of Him.' For this expression

his tongue was bored through and he was afterwards burned."4



     Some who rejected the teachings of the Roman church had

molten lead poured into their ears and mouths. Eyes were gouged

out and others were cruelly beaten with whips. Some were forced

to jump from cliffs onto long spikes fixed below, where,

quivering from pain, they slowly died. Others were choked to

death with mangled pieces of their own bodies, with urine, or

excrement. At night, the victims of the Inquisition were chained

closely to the floor or wall where they were a helpless prey to

the rats and vermin that populated those bloody torture chambers.



     The religious intolerance that prompted the Inquisition

caused wars which involved entire cities. In 1209 the city of

Beziers was taken by men who have been promised by the Pope that

by engaging in the crusade against heretics they would at death

bypass purgatory and immediately enter heaven. Sixty thousand, it

is reported, in this city perished by the sword while blood

flowed in the streets. At Lavaur in 1211 the governor was hanged

on a gibbet and his wife thrown into a well and crushed with

stones. Four hundred people in this town were burned alive. The

crusaders attended high mass in the morning, then proceeded to

take other towns of the area. In this siege, it is estimated that

100,000 Albigenses (Protestants) fell in one day. Their bodies

were heaped together and burned.



     At the massacre of Merindol, five hundred women were locked

in a barn which was set on fire. If any leaped from windows, they

were received on the points of spears. Women were openly and

pitifully violated. Children were murdered before their parents

who were powerless to protect them. Some people were hurled from

cliffs or stripped of clothing and dragged through the streets.

Similar methods were used in the massacre of Orange in 1562. The

Italian army was sent by Pope Pius IV and commanded to slay men,

women, and children. The command was carried out with terrible

cruelty, the people being exposed to shame and torture of every

description.



     Ten thousand Huguenots (Protestants) were killed in the

bloody massacre in Paris on "St.Bartholomew's Day", 1572. The

French king went to mass to return solemn thanks that so many

heretics were slain. The papal court received the news with great

rejoicing and Pope Gregory XIII, in grand procession, went to the

Church of St.Louis to give thanks! He ordered the papal mint to

make coins commemorating this event. The coins showed an angel

with sword in one hand and a cross in the other, before whom a

band of Huguenots, with horror on their faces, were fleeing. The

words 'Ugonottorum Stranges 1572' which signify "The slaughter of

the Huguenots, 1572", appeared on the coins.

     An illustration from Ridpath's History of the World, shows

the work of the Inquisition in Holland. A Protestant man is

hanging by his feet in stocks. The fire is heating a poker to

brand him and blind his eyes.5



     Some of the Popes that today are acclaimed as "great" by the

Romish church lived and thrived during those days. Why didn't

they open the dungeon doors and quench the murderous fires that

blackened the skies of Europe for centuries? If the selling of

indulgences, or people worshipping statues as idols, or Popes

living in immorality can be explained as "abuses" or excused

because these things were done contrary to the official laws of

the church, what can be said about the Inquisition? It cannot be

explained away as easily, for though sometimes torture was

carried out beyond what was actually prescribed, the fact remains

that the Inquisition was ordered by papal decree and confirmed by

Pope after Pope! Can any believe that such actions were

representative of Him who said to turn the cheek, to forgive our

enemies, and to do good to them that despitefully use us?



CHAPTER FIFTEEN



"LORD'S OVER GOD'S HERITAGE"



     THE HIGHEST RANKING men of the Roman Catholic Church, next

to the Pope, are a group of "cardinals." The Bible says that

Christ placed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and

teachers in his church (Eph. 4:11). But we never find any

indication that he ordained a group of cardinals. To the

contrary, the original cardinals were a group of leading priests

in the ancient pagan religion of Rome - long before the Christian

Era. A booklet published by the Knights of Columbus, "This is the

Catholic Church," explains: "In ancient times the cardinals were

the chief clergy of Rome - the word is derived from the Latin

word 'cardo,' - 'hinge', and thus referred to those who were the

pivotal members of the clergy."1



     But why were these priests of ancient Rome linked with the

word "hinge"? They were, evidently, the priests of Janus, the

pagan god of doors and hinges! Janus was referred to as "the god

of beginnings" - thus January, the beginning month of our Roman

calendar, comes from his name. As god of doors, he was their

protector or caretaker. Even today, the keeper of the doors is

called a janitor, a word from the name Janus!

     Janus was known as "the opener and shutter."2 

     Because he was worshipped as such in Asia Minor, we can

better understand the words of Jesus to the church at

Philadelphia: "These things saith he that is holy, he that is

true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and no man

shutteth: and shutteth, and no man openeth ... I have set before

you an open door" (Rev. 3:7,8). The pagan god Janus was a

counterfeit; Jesus was the true opener and shutter!



"The college of Cardinals, with the Pope at its head", writes

Hislop, "is just the counterpart of the pagan college of

Pontiffs, with its Pontifex Maximus, or Sovereign Pontiff, which

is known to have been framed on the model of the grand original

Council of Pontiffs at Babylon!"3 



     When paganism and Christianity were mixed together, the

cardinals, priests of the hinge, that had served in pagan Rome,

eventually found a place in papal Rome.



     The garments worn by the cardinals of the Catholic Church

are red. Cardinal birds, cardinal flowers, and cardinal priests

are all linked together by the color red. The Bible mentions

certain princes of Babylon who dressed in red garments: "...men

portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed

with vermillion" - bright red - "girded with girdles upon the

loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them

princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of

Chaldea" (Ezekiel 23:14,15). 



     The harlot symbolizing Babylonish religion was dressed in

scarlet - red garments (Rev. 17:4). From ancient times, the color

red or scarlet has been associated with sin. Isaiah, in his day,

said: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as

snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool"

(Isaiah 1:18). Adultery is sometimes referred to as the scarlet

sin. The color red is associated with prostitution, as in the

expression "red-light district."



     In view of these things, it does not seem unfair to question

why red would be used for the garments of the highest ranking men

in the Romish church. We are not saying it is wrong to wear red,

yet does it not seem like a curious custom for cardinals? Are we

to suppose such garments were worn by the apostles? Or is it more

likely that the red garments of the cardinals were copied from

those worn by priests of pagan Rome?



     The priests of the hinge in pagan days were known as the

"flamens." The word is taken from 'flare,' meaning one who blows

or kindles the sacred fire.4 

     They were the keepers of the holy flame which they fanned

with the mystic fan of Bacchus. Like the color of the fire they

tended, their garments were flame color - red. They were servants

of the pontifex maximus in pagan days and the cardinals today are

the servants of the Pope who also claims the title pontifex

maximus. The flamens were divided into three distinct groups and

so are the cardinals - Cardinal-bishops, Cardinal-priests, and

Cardinal-deacons.



     Next in authority under the Pope and the cardinals are the

bishops of the Catholic Church. Unlike the titles "pope" and

"cardinal", the Bible does mention bishops. Like the word

"saints", however, the word "bishop" has been commonly

misunderstood. Many think of a bishop as a minister of superior

rank, having authority over a group of other ministers and

churches. This idea is reflected in the word "cathedral", which

comes from cathedra, meaning "throne." A cathedral, unlike other

churches, is the one in which the throne of the bishop is

located.

     But turning to the Bible, all ministers are called bishops -

not just ministers of certain cities. Paul instructed Titus to

"ordain elders in every city" (Titus 1:5), and then went on to

speak of these elders as bishops (verse 7). When Paul instructed

"the elders" of Ephesus, he said: "Take heed unto yourselves, and

to the flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers

(bishops), to feed (pastor) the church of God" (Acts 20:17,28).

The word translated "overseers" is the same word that is

elsewhere translated bishops. The word "feed" means the same as

the word translated pastor. These ministers were referred to as

elders, bishops, overseers, and pastors - all of these

expressions referring to exactly the same office. Plainly enough,

a bishop - in the Scriptures was not a minister of a large city

who sat on a throne and exercised authority over a group of other

ministers. Each church had its elders and these elders were

bishops! This was understood by Martin Luther. "But as for the

bishops that we now have", he remarked, "of these the Scriptures

know nothing; they were instituted ... so that one might rule

over many ministers."5



     Even before the New Testament was completed, it was needful

to give warnings about the doctrine of the Nicolaitines (Rev.

2:6). According to Scofield, the word "Nicolaitines" comes from

'nikao,' "to conquer", and 'laos,' "laity", which, if correct,

"refers to the earliest form of the notion of a priestly order,

or 'clergy', which later divided an equal brotherhood (Mt. 23:8),

into 'priests' and 'laity'."6



     The word "priest" in a very real sense belongs to every

Christian believer - not just ecclesiastical leaders. Peter

instructed ministers not to be "lords over God's heritage" (1

Peter 5:1-3). The word translated "heritage" is 'kleeron' and

means "clergy"! As The Matthew Henry Commentary explains, all the

children of God are given the "title of God's heritage or clergy

... the word is never restrained in the New Testament to the

ministers of religion only."



     In rejecting an artificial division between "clergy" and

"laity", this is not to say that ministers should not receive

proper respect and honor, "especially they who labor in the word"

(1 Tim.5:17). But because of this division, too often people of a

congregation are prone to place all responsibility for the work

of God upon the minister. Actually God has a ministry for all of

his people. This is not to say that all have a pulpit ministry! -

but even giving a cup of cold water is not without its purpose

and reward (Matt.10:42). It would be well for each of us to

pray,"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:6). 



          In the New Testament, the full work of a church was not

placed on one individual. Churches were commonly pastored by a

plurality of elders, as numerous scriptures show. "They ordained

elders (plural) in every church" (Acts 14:19-23) and in "every

city" (Titus 1:5). Expressions such as "the elders (plural) of

the church" are commonly used (Acts 20:17; James 5:14).

All who have been washed from their sins by the blood of Christ

are "priests unto God" and are "a royal priesthood" (Rev. 1:6; 1

Peter 2:9). The priesthood of all believers is clearly the New

Testament position. But as men exalted themselves as "lords over

God's heritage", people were taught that they needed a priest to

whom they could tell their sins, a priest must sprinkle them, a

priest must give them the last rites, a priest must say masses

for them, etc. They were taught to depend upon a human priest,

while the true high priest, the Lord Jesus, was obscured from

their view by a dark cloud of man-made traditions.



     Unlike Elihu who did not want to "give flattering titles

unto man" (Job 32:21), those who exalted themselves as "lords"

over the people began to take unto themselves titles which were

unscriptural, and - in some cases - titles that should belong

only to God! As a warning against this practice, Jesus said,

"Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father

which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your

Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be

your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased;

and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Matt.

23:9-12).



     It is difficult to understand how a church claiming to have

Christ as its founder - after a few centuries - would begin to

use the very titles that he said NOT to use! Nevertheless, the

bishop of Rome began to be called by the title "pope", which is

only a variation of the word "father." The priests of Catholicism

are called "father." We will remember that one of the leading

branches of the "Mysteries" that came to Rome in the early days

was Mithraism. In this religion, those who presided over the

sacred ceremonies were called "fathers."7 



     An article on Mithraism in The Catholic Encyclopedia says,

"The fathers (used here as a religious title) conducted the

worship. The chief of the fathers, a sort of pope, who always

lived at Rome, was called 'Pater Patrum'."8 

     Now if the pagans in Rome called their priests by the title

"father", and if Christ said to call no man "father", from what

source did the Roman Catholic custom of calling a priest by this

title come - from Christ or paganism?



     Even the Bible gives an example of a pagan priest being

called "father." A man by the name of Micah said to a young

Levite, "Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest"

(Judges 17:10). Micah was a grown man with a son of his own; the

Levite was "a young man." The title "father" was obviously used

in a religious sense, as a priestly designation. Micah wanted him

to be a father - priest in his "house of gods." This was a type

of Catholicism, for while the young priest claimed to speak the

word of the "LORD" (Judges 18:6), the worship was clearly mixed

with idols and paganism.



     The Roman Catholic Church uses the title "Monsignor" which

means "My Lord." It is somewhat of a general title, The Catholic

Encyclopedia explains, and can be properly used in addressing

several of the higher church leaders. "Instead of addressing

patriarchs as 'Vostra Beautitudine', archbishops as 'Your Grace',

bishops as 'My Lord', abbots as 'Gracious Lord', one may without

any breach of etiquette salute all equally as Monsignor."9



     One of the meanings of "arch" is master. Using titles such

as arch-priest, arch-bishop, arch-deacon, is like saying master-

priest, etc. The superior of the order of Dominicans is called

"master general." We need only to cite, again, the words of

Christ which are in contrast to such titles: "Neither be ye

called masters: for one is your master, even Christ."

     Even the title "Reverend", Biblically speaking, is applied

only to God. It appears one time in the Bible: "Holy and reverend

is his name" (Psalms 111:9). The word "reverend" comes from the

Latin 'revere' and was first applied to the English clergy as a

title of respect during the fifteenth century. Variations of this

title are these: The Reverend, The Very Reverend, The Most

Reverend, and The Right Reverend.

     When Jesus spoke against flattering titles, the basic

thought was that of humility and equality among his disciples.

Should we not, then, reject the supposed authority of those high

offices in which men seek to make themselves "lords over God's

heritage"? And instead of men receiving glory, should not all the

glory be given to God?



CHAPTER FOURTEEN



1. The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.8, p.34. 

2. Smith, 'Man and His Gods,' p.286.

3. Ridpath's History of the World, vol.5, p.304. 

4. Fox's Book of Martyrs, p.103.

5. Ridpath's History of the World, vol.5, p.297.



CHAPTER FIFTEEN



1. Ritter, 'This is the Catholic Church,' booklet 50, p.38. 

2. Hislop, 'The Two Babylons,' p.210.

3. Ibid., p.206.

4. Harper's Dictionary of Classical Literature p.675.

5. Luther, 'To the German Nobility,' p.317.

6. Scofield, Scofield Reference Bible, p.1332. 

7. Cumont, 'The Mysteries of Mithra,' p.167.

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.10, p.403, art. "Mithraism."

9. Ibid., p.510, art. "Monsignor."



                            ..................



Truly the "Dark Ages" were named the Dark Ages correctly, not

only was there dark evil practices sanctioned and perpetrated by

the Roman Catholic church, but many of its theological teachings

and ideas (like a flat earth) were taught as the truths of God.

Even in this so-called enlightened age the main part of the

Catholic church and its Pope and high ranking leaders, stood by

while Hitler and his demonic ideas were brought into reality

before and during World-War Two.



No wonder God calls the Babylon Whore Woman in Revelation as

being DRUNK on the BLOOD of the saints.



One day her and her daughters and political governments will face

the anger and revenge of Almighty God. His saints who cry out in

symbolic form, for revenge (Revelation 6:9-11) will be speedily

granted their wish, but not before this scarlet Whore who rides

the end-time Beast under the power of Satan the Devil, AGAIN,

takes the lives of millions and drinks their blood so to speak.



You need to study the studies on this Website devoted to Bible

Prophecy and come to see what is going to take place on this

earth (if the nations do not repent - and there is little chance

of that happening) in the last THREE and ONE HALF years of this

age.



It is NOT at all pleasant, but if you make your calling and

election SURE, if you endure to the END as Jesus and Peter

taught, THEN you can be in the resurrection at the coming of

Jesus, and with Him, bring salvation and truth, joy, peace, and

happiness, to all nations on earth for one thousand years.



We continue to pray, "THY KINGDOM come, Thy WILL be DONE on earth

as it is in heaven" - Keith Hunt



TO BE CONTINUED




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