In the beginning when God gave Adam instructions for the administration of His creation in the Garden of Eden, Adam disobeyed God and partook of the forbidden fruit which his wife Eve, enticed him to eat. At the Fall, man broke the priestly relationship with God and man could no longer minister in the Garden (which I will now term The Church, which title is used in over ten books of the Old Testament), God banished he and his wife from the immaculacy of The Church, and set him outside it, because of his enslavement to the devil.
When outside the Garden of Eden, Adam’s first-born Cain, under the influence of the forbidden fruit and Satan, killed his younger brother Abel through Satan’s sin of pride and disobedience. Two forces were now in operation in the world, good and evil. The forces of evil expanded and the forces of good were diminished to the point that God had enough and flooded His earth, saving the only people who were following good, Noah, his wife and three sons and their wives.
When they arrived at the ‘new heavens and the new earth’ in his priestly function, Noah offered sacrifices and praise to God. Shortly after that, one of the sons of Ham mocked God’s commandments and in turn Nimrod of his progeny established a kingdom of pride and evil which caused God to separate good and evil at the Tower of Babel.
Man continued to follow the pride of the devil, and God called Abraham out of the land of Chaldees (now called Iraq) and asked him to leave all behind and follow Him. In absolute faith, Abraham believed in the promises of God, and moved as he was told, and came into the land of Palestine, (also known as present day Israel). Melchizedek, the king of Salem, priest of the most high God, brought forth bread and wine and blessed Abraham (Gn 14:18-20). This Melchizedek is in a sense mysterious, “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continues a priest for ever” (Hb 7:3). Mysterious as he is, we will encounter him again as he is ‘a priest forever.’
Abraham offered sacrifices to the Lord in obedience, faith and love, knowing that he would have offspring as plentiful as the stars of heaven (Gn 15:5). However, Abraham followed the advice of Sarah his wife who at that time was barren, and had relations with her servant Hagar who bore him a son named Ishmael (Gn 16:1-15), born of the flesh and not of the promise. Isaac was born of the promise (Gn 21:5), and because of the conflict between ‘the promise’ and ‘the flesh,’ Ishmael was cast out of The Church.
Isaac had twins, Esau and Jacob, but Esau was smitten by the evil of Satan’s pride and disobedience and separated from The Church. Jacob loved Rebecca and was deceived by her sister Lia whom he unwittingly married, but later was given Rebecca also in marriage. Between them they both gave Jacob twelve sons, who were the twelve tribes of Jacob who was renamed ‘Israel’ by God (Gn 32:28). The first born of the deception, Ruben, committed incest with Bala, his father’s concubine (Gn 35:22). Israel appointed Joseph, the first-born of the promised wife Rebecca, to be the head of the house of Israel. Through jealousy, hatred and pride, the ten tribes sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt. But God was with Joseph and he became ‘the saviour of the world’ and rescued his brothers and father from famine which was raging in the land of Palestine.
Through the protection of Joseph, the tribes of Israel survived and in four hundred years time the tribe of Levy brought forth Moses and Aaron who were appointed priests by God (Ps 98:6). Through them the Levitical Priesthood was established by God, Who gave them laws, written by the finger of God, for the direction of the lives of the ‘chosen people.’ Under the leadership of Moses, God brought all of Israel out of bondage, yet the tribes complained and rebelled against Moses They even convinced Aaron to build a false god to be their inspiration and leader (Ex 32:8). “When he (Moses) came nigh to the camp, he saw the calf, and the dances, and being very angry, he threw the tables out of his hand, and broke them at the foot of the mount” (Ex 32:19). In his anger, man broke the written law of God. But God said to Moses: “Hew you two tables of stone like unto the former, and I will write upon them the words which were in the tables, which you broke” (Ex 34:1).
Because of disobedience to the word of God, Moses and Aaron could not lead Israel into the Promised land, and God appointed faithful Joshua to bring the people across the Jordan (Jos 3:15-17).
After the people were settled in their assigned areas, the land was ruled by judges. The sons of Eli, Ophni and Phinees, were appointed priests, but in fact were children of Belial, not knowing the Lord (1K 2:12), and the people murmured. “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every one did that which seemed right to himself” (Jg 17:6; 21:24). God gave them the prophet Samuel to rule over them, and when he was old, his sons walked not in the ways of the Lord, and so they demanded a king to rule over them (1K 8:6). God said: “I will give thee a king in My wrath, and will take him away in My indignation” (Ho 13:11).
God anointed Saul king of Israel, but he disobeyed God. The Lord took away the Ark of the Covenant from Israel: “Go ye to My place in Silo, where My Name dwelt from the beginning and see what I did to it for the wickedness of My people Israel” (Jr 7:12). Saul was replaced by David. David committed adultery and murder and was succeeded by his son Solomon, who built the Temple to the Lord, but “he had seven hundred wives as queens, and three hundred concubines, and the women turned away his heart” (3K 11:3). His sons divided the kingdom in two with ten tribes in the north (called Israel) and two tribes in the south (called Judea). There were 19 kings in the north who followed idiolatry and not one did right in the eyes of the Lord. There were 20 kings in the south of whom only 8 did right in the eyes of the Lord.
After all the disobedience and pride of the Israelites, the Lord removed the Ark of the Covenant altogether from the land of Israel and hid it in Mount Nebo where it will remain until the ‘time of mercy’ (2M 2:4,7).
Finally God sent His only begotten Son Jesus the Christ, to redeem mankind from the disobedience and pride of Satan, the prince of darkness. He said to His apostles and disciples: “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (Jn 13:34). After having established His Church of the New Testament with His Blood (Mt 26:28), the rulers of the Jews crucified Him because they loved their positions of honour and prestige given them by Satan.
Jesus gave to the Apostle Peter the authority over His Church: “I will give to thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven” (Mt 16:19). The Primacy of Peter was accepted until pride and disobedience took hold and the house of Christianity splintered and broke into four divisions, each calling themselves Catholic and Christian, and so we have now Roman, Coptic, Orthodox and Protestant Catholic Christian churches. Jesus had said: “Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Mt 12:25). So it has happened in Christianity.
The Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy is the direct lineage of Saint Peter. There is no other. Throughout the ages, the office of the Papacy has been held by some very undesirable ‘popes.’ History shows that the office was obtained by murder, nepotism, debauchery, kidnaping and a host of other grievous offences against God. The final departure from Jesus Christ happened in the 1960’s when the Second Vatican Council was held in which they changed the Law of God as given in Holy Scripture, and the warning of Jesus was not heeded when He said: ‘whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven.’ The Roman church ‘loosed’ itself from Heaven and joined the thousands of other erring sects in eating the forbidden fruit.
God has rejected the Vatican II and all who promote it. Arrogance of man, his disobedience and pride, has led to the disorder which is seen in the Vatican and in the world today. As the “chief priests and ancients of the people…consulted together that by subtilty they might apprehend Jesus and put Him to death” (Mt 26:3,4; Lk 19:47), so too the leaders of the Roman church have joined with the other divided houses in rejecting the teachings of Jesus Christ. Saint Peter said to the Jews: “And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance, as did also your rulers” (Ac 3:17).
Since the Vatican II Council, morality in the world has degenerated into an abyss in which the depths of sin seem to have no end. Immorality, divorce, abortion, homosexuality, contraception, wars, insurrections, genocide, spying, have increased with no end in sight, and there is no leader to put a stop to all of this. Man still eats the forbidden fruit.
Technology has advanced to such a degree that cloning of human beings and manufacturing of human robots and weapons of mass destruction, exceeds the efforts of the Tower of Babel. Where will this end?
What must be done to correct all the errors and divisions and evil technology?
It is obvious that God must make all things new.