Wednesday, September 1, 2010

William Cooper's Mystery Babylon: Part 07 – Ecumenism

Transcribed by wakingup72 @

Good evening, folks, and once again, welcome to the Hour of the Time. I'm William Cooper.

(opening music: The Great Pretender, performed by The Platters)

Don't forget, folks, don't forget. March 15th, 8pm, Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego. I'll be there...

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Now folks, the Dallas Morning News on October 1st, 1989 published this story: "Anglican Leader Calls For Unity Under Pope." The byline is, "Associated Press - ROME: Anglican leader Archbishop Robert Runcie called Saturday for all Christians to accept the Roman Catholic Pope as a common leader, presiding in love. 'For the Universal Church, I renew the plea,' he said. 'Could not all Christians come to reconsider the kind of primacy the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, exercised within the early church?'" Again, folks, that was the Dallas Morning News, October 1st, 1989.

This story appeared in the Bakersfield Californian, August 27th, 1989: "Baptist and Catholic Theologians Find Common Ground. Associated Press - NEW YORK: Southern Baptists and Roman Catholics, the nation's two largest denominations, generally have been regarded as doctrinally far apart, but their scholars find they basically agree. The 163-page report is seen as the most full scale mutual examination of respective positions of the two traditions. Achieving it was an unprecedented experience for Southern Baptists, commonly averse to accumentical affairs. The talks, sponsored by the Catholic Bishop's Committee on Accumentical and Inter-religious Affairs and the Southern Baptists Department of Interfaith Witness, involved eighteen meetings between 1978 and 1988." Again, that appeared in the Bakersfield Californian, August 27th, 1989.

Now, I want you to listen to me very carefully during this broadcast, for the message tonight is extremely important, and understand that I am not attacking Catholics or anyone else. I am merely giving you the results of our research, and sometimes the results of this research is disturbing. It shows how we've been misled and deceived over hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years. You see, folks, more wars have been fought and more blood has been shed in the name of religion than any other cause - perhaps all other causes. Countless millions have been slaughtered in the name of God, Allah, Buddha, Mohamed, Christ, for thousands of years. Christian killing Jew, Jew hating Muslim, the Muslim against the Hindu, Christian fighting Christian, Shiite versus Suni, Sikh against Hindu. Endless rivers of blood, supposedly shed to rid the world of evil men and make way for peace. And, of course, it never happens.

And that's what they say about this New World Order, that's it going to rid the world of evil men and make way for a thousand years of peace. Well, is it possible for people of varied faiths and cultures to live at peace in this world? When one considers the fragmentation and division, even among Christians, or the neverending conflict between Palestinian and Jew, prospects for peace seem very, very dim. Some, aware of the dark record of history, would abolish all religion. Some would combine all religion, as is the intent in the New World Order, and anyone who refused will simply be exterminated.

Today, something unmatched in history is taking place. Leading statesmen and religious leaders are proposing a New World Order, a plan that many sincerely believe can bring peace on earth. A unity is envisioned that will transcend instinctive barriers that have long separated cultures and religions.

Significant progress toward a New World Order is seen in the spirit of ecumenism, or togetherness, now being urged by prominent religious leaders, and being brought to reality, to fruition, by the World Council of Churches [WCC]. In the ecumenical plan, basic theological or ideological differences are set aside, while emphasis is instead placed upon those elements common to most religions. And I can tell you that the new world religion will be a religion that serves man, because man is to become god in the New World Order. And the religion will change with the needs of man. Could the long, desired universal peace be just around the corner? Could this succeed? Is it actually possible for man to forge a lasting peace on the anvil of compromise? Or could it be that we are naively forging not a New World Order, but rather the one-world order of apocalyptic prophecy? Or is it all an invention of the mind of man throughout the ages to manipulate large masses and populations of people?

I make no judgment, and I do not try to answer all of these questions. You must do that in your own mind, but I must ask those questions, for many of you have never even thought to ask them. While controversial, folks, it is not the purpose of this program, the Hour of the Time, to disparage or attack the honest convictions of any sincere persons, whatever their politic or faith, for am I true Constitutionist, and I believe that we each have the right to believe whatever we wish, no matter who likes it or dislikes it, and worship at the altar of whichever god we choose, no matter who likes it or who dislikes it. It happens to be one of the precepts of living in freedom. You must understand that. No one's right to believe what they want or practice the religion that they want can be hindered until the practice of that religion, or the activation of those beliefs, infringe upon the freedom of someone else. Now, I sincerely, in my heart and in my soul, believe this. Without this belief, man cannot live in freedom; it must be subjected to slavery, and any intelligent, free-thinking person can quickly make that connection. That is why, even if you do not like the ravings of the Nazi speaker standing on the street corner, he must be allowed to stand and rave. And if you wish to listen, that is your business. If you wish to close your ears and walk away, that also is your business. But when you shut him up, you shut yourself up, no matter who you are or what it is that you say. For what we do to one, we do to all. Therefore, understand that this is a program bringing you information and, we hope, education. It is not designed to attack anyone, but merely to shine some light in the dark corners of history, where light has not been found before.

You see, our purpose is bring out facts and principles, which have a bearing upon coming events. For those of you who may not realize it, this is not a religious show. This is not a religious show. This is a show that is designed to educate. Illuminate, if you will, and that's very ironic, because we are illuminating those who call themselves, "Illumined," who have been causing us misery for thousands of years. We're trying to reveal the hidden agenda behind the New World Order, and along with it the ecumenical movement that almost no one dares to discuss, which is a part of the bringing about of the New World Order.

But you see, folks, these issues must be freely discussed no matter who you are or what you believe, for those who know history know that history repeats. And those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat the history. As Winston Churchill once observed, folks, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." And that is really the secret why my predictions have been so accurate, so accurate that, at this moment, I am the most successful and accurate prophet on the face of this earth. But I am not really a prophet, I am a messenger. And they're not prophecy that I give you, they're predictions based upon actual study, research, of history, and of the plan of those who call themselves the "Guardians of the Secrets of the Ages," the practicers of that religion called Mystery Babylon. And it is real, and it doesn't matter whether you believe in any of this or not. If the practitioners believe it, it will affect you, especially if they hold powerful positions in the world, and I can assure you that they do. So, this is not a religious program, folks, it just happens to be true that the New World Order is founded upon the religious history of the past. And it is all about religion, as you will soon see.

[Reading from The Great Controversy, written by Ellen White]:

"When Jesus revealed to His disciples the fate of Jerusalem and the scenes of the second advent, He foretold also the experience of His people from the time when He should be taken from them, [until] His return in power and glory for their deliverance."

[William Cooper]: This is what the Bible says.

"In a few brief utterances of awful significance, Jesus foretold the portion which the rulers of this world would mete out to the church of God in Matthew chapter 24, verse 9, verse 21 and verse 22."

[William Cooper]: Now, the reason I am quoting this is because, if what is happening is being brought about by religious history, then we must understand the religious history, and the books, and the chapters, and the verses that this religious history is based upon. For whatever belief is driving the minds of the men that are bringing about the New World Order, and the minds of the men who are fighting the New World Order, it must be understood by all the rest of us who don't understand any of this, or we are surely lost.

"The history of the early church testified to the fulfillment of Jesus' words...[As] the fires of persecution were kindled, Christians were stripped of their possessions and driven from their homes...Great numbers sealed with their testimony in blood. Noble and slave, rich or poor, [it didn't matter] learned and ignorant, were alike slain without mercy."

[William Cooper]: And unless what is coming is stopped, this will repeat itself.

"These persecutions, beginning under Nero the emperor of Rome, A.D. 55 to 68, about the time of martyrdom of Paul, continued with greater or less fury for centuries. Christians were falsely accused of the most dreadful crimes, and declared to be the cause of all the calamities--famine, pestilence, and earthquake...They were condemned as rebels against the empire as enemies of religion and pests to society. Great numbers were thrown to wild beasts or burned alive in the amphitheaters. Some were crucified; others were covered with the skins of wild animals and thrust into the arena to be torn by dogs...Vast multitudes assembled to enjoy these sights and greeted their dying agonies with laughter and applause."

[William Cooper]: For, in that day, it was known as the great Roman Circus [Maximus] -- the football, the Super Bowl of that era.

"[Because they] were hunted like beasts of prey, [the early Christians were] forced to seek concealment in desolate and solitary places...Beneath the hills outside the city of Rome, long galleries were tunneled through earth and rock; the dark and intricate network of passages extended for miles beyond the city walls. In these underground retreats the followers of Christ buried their dead...When the Life-giver shall [return to] awaken those who fought the good fight, many a martyr for Christ's sake will come forth from those gloomy [catacombs].

[William Cooper]: In vain were Satan's, or Lucifer's efforts to destroy the church of Christ by violence. You see, God's workmen were slain, but his work went steadily forward. Said a Christian, "You may torment, afflict and vex us. The more we are mowed down, the more we spring up again. The blood of Christians is seed [Tertullian, in his Apology, paragraph 50]."

"Thousands were imprisoned and slained, but others sprang up to fill their place...[Now the] Great Adversary [who Christians believe is Satan, also known as Lucifer, but whom the Mystery Schools believe is Jehovah or Yahweh, through adversary] endeavored to gain by artifice what he had failed to secure by force. Persecution ceased, and in its [place] were substituted the dangerous allurements and temporal prosperity and worldly honor."

[William Cooper]: For if it they could not stamp out the Christians by violence, by killing them, by crucifying them, by throwing them to the lions and to the dogs and to the gladiators...if they could not get rid of them in that manner, and if the empire was threatened by them, then there had to be a way to save the Roman Empire, to save the emperor from that pestilence known as Christianity.

"Idolaters were led to receive a part of the Christian faith, while they rejected other essential truths. They professed to accept Jesus as the Son of God and to believe in His death and resurrection, but they had no conviction of sin and felt no need of repentance or of a change of heart. [And] with some concessions on their part, they proposed that Christians should make concessions, that all might unite on the platform of belief in Christ.

"Now, the church was in fearful peril. Prison, torture, fire and sword were blessings in comparison with this. Some of the Christians stood firm, declaring that they could make no compromise. Others were in favor of yielding or modifying some features of their faith and uniting with those who accepted a part of Christianity, urging that this might be the means of their full conversion...[And] that was a time of deep anguish [for] the faithful followers of Christ [William Cooper: according to the written history of the Christian religion]...

"...This compromise between Paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of 'the man of sin', foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God...

"The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power. He declared that the day of Christ should not come, 'except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.'"

[William Cooper]: 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 3 and 4, and that prophecy has come true. As man stands in the temple of the body today and declares himself to be God. And furthermore, the apostle warned his brethren, that the mystery of iniquity doth already worked. And what is the mystery of iniquity? It is the Mystery Religion of Babylon, the worship of the heavens, the Osirian cycle, of which the sun is the symbol of the intellect.

"Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of...[that] gigantic system of false religion, a masterpiece of Satan's power--a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne and rule the earth according to his will...

"...The nominal conversion of [the Roman emperor] Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. Paganism, while appearing the be vanquished, became the conqueror...[Pagan doctrine], ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Christ."

[William Cooper]: And the ten commandments were changed to permit idols in the church, and other changes were made. You see, the day of rest was changed from the seventh day to the first day. Why? Because the first day was the date that the pagan religion worshiped the Sun: Osiris, the Light, Lucifer, the intellect. And so, the pure and simple teachings of Christ were corrupted beyond recognition.

[reading from The Present Truth, written by Bishop Stephen D. Lewis]:

"[As Christians] consented to lower their standards, a union was formed between Christianity and paganism. Though the worshipers of idols professed to be converted, [they] united with the church [still clinging] to their idolatry, only changing the objects of their worship to images of Jesus, and even of Mary and the saints."

[William Cooper]: But they still worshiped the same gods, and they always have. If you look at an aerial view of the Vatican, you will see that the outer courtyard is a round temple of the sun, exactly as the druids and the Celts built. And that in the center of this temple to the sun, to Osiris, stands the symbol of the Lost Word of Freemasonry: the phallus, the generative force, the penis of Osiris, the obelisk. You see, folks, the Roman Empire never fell. It just became the Catholic church. And the Roman emperor merely changed his name from "emperor" to "pope". Now, for those of you who may think that I'm crazy and that I have lost my mind, I'm going to read you verbatim from a book, entitled Dungeon, Fire and Sword. It is the complete history of the Knights Templar and the Crusades, written by John J. Robinson, author of Born in Blood. And I'm going to start at the second -- third paragraph on page 414, in the chapter entitled, Jesus Wept (1292-1305). That's a date -- those are dates, folks.

"In London, Edward sent for the master of the Knights Templar in England, Brian De Jaye. He told the master of his plans to chastise the upstart William Wallace in Scotland and ask that the Templar Knights go with him to fight for England. The temple master saw no barrier to committing his knights to a totally secular war that had nothing to do with religion or the true cross. It had been years since the fighting men of the temple had had anyone to fight. The calls for men and money no longer came from the headquarters in the east. They had no need for them. No monarch they knew in Europe was going to go on a Crusade, even if the Pope should call it, which he wouldn't, because the Pope had something much more important on his mind. Boniface VIII had came up with a way to increase the papal treasury, a way that could only come up once in a hundred years. The following year of 1299 marked the turn of a century, and Boniface would turn the usual secular celebration into a jubilee of joy for all Christians. Now there would be new pathways to the total remission of sins, much easier than going off on Crusades. Full absolution was offered to any pilgrim who would come to Rome for fifteen days with his offering for the church, and thus he could fill his coffers.

"Even at his most optimistic, the Pope had not foreseen the flood of pilgrims that would bring new prosperity to Rome. The local merchants and innkeepers were delighted with the business generated by almost two million pilgrims. Two priests stood all day and night behind the altar at the church of St. Paul, using rakes to drag away the steady stream of gold and silver offerings placed there by pilgrims who pushed their way through the mob to leave their gifts.

"Boniface VIII was ecstatic He remembered the words said to him as the papal crown had been placed on his head: 'Take the tiara, and know that thou art the father of princes and kings, the ruler of the world, the vicar on earth of our savior, Jesus Christ.' Now, he indeed felt like the ruler of the world as he staged a regal pageant He put on the dress and the insignia of the ancient Roman emperors and went out into the streets with two swords, held high in front of him, indicating his supreme authority over both the secular and the spiritual worlds, with heralds crying out, 'Behold! I am Caesar!'"

[William Cooper]: And this is just one example, because all through history, the Popes have, on occasion, made public admittance of the fact that Rome just became the church. Displayed on the walls of the Vatican is the double-headed eagle, the insignia of only one man who has ever lived: the emperor of Rome. Now so I may not be accused of invention, folks, everything that I am giving you in this broadcast is coming right out of the writings of the historians of the Catholic church, of the Protestant church, of the Roman Empire, of the Knights Templar, and many others. You see, I'm not inventing any of this; it happens to be historical fact. And if you have eyes and can see, the emperor, now the Pope, to gain converts from heathenism, unsounded doctrine, superstitious rites, and the adoration of images and relics, were gradually introduced into Christendom worship.

(continuing from The Great Controversy, written by Ellen White):

"The decree of a general council [the second council of Nice, A.D. 787] finally established this system of [Christian] idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to [erase] the second commandment forbidding image worship [from the law of God], and to divide the tenth preserve the number..."

"[According to Christian historians and the Protestant church] Satan...tampered with the fourth commandment also, and [purposed] to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and sanctified [in Genesis, chapter 2, verse 2 and 3], and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as 'the venerable day of the sun.' This change was not at first attempted openly. In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians. They were jealous for the honor of God, and...they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts. But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object."

[William Cooper]: Now don't go away folks, we've got to take a short break. We'll be right back after this short pause.

(break music: Ain't No Sunshine, written by Bill Withers)

[continuing from The Great Controversy, written by Ellen White]:

"[Early in] the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity [to save the Roman Empire]. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who...perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and [the] heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church."

(reading from Is the Virgin Mary Dead or Alive):

"But while [most] Christians were gradually regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, [some] still held the true Sabbath...holy [and they continued to observe] it in obedience to the fourth commandment...

"[Now, they believe that] Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Christ, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden...[He casts] contempt upon it as a Jewish institution...[until finally the pagan Sunday came] to be honored as a divine institution...While the Bible [Sabbath] was pronounced as a relic of Judaism, and its observers were [at last] declared to be accursed."

[William Cooper]: And the outcome of this, is that the Jews had been persecuted throughout history. They had become the scapegoat that you learned about in an earlier broadcast.

"The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven's authority."

(reading from The Great Controversy):

"[The visible head of the church, the pope] came to be almost universally acknowledged as the [vicegerent] of God on earth, [and he was] endowed with authority over church and state...More than this, the pope [appropriated] the very titles of Deity. [He styled himself] 'Lord God the Pope,' [assumed infallibility, and demanded that all men pay him homage]...

"...Faith was transferred from Christ, the true foundation [of the Christian church], to the pope of Rome. Instead of trusting in [Christ] for forgiveness of sins and for eternal salvation, people looked to the pope, and to the priests and prelates to whom he delegated authority. They were taught that the pope was their earthly mediator and that none could approach God except through him; and, further, that he stood in the place of God to them and was therefore to be implicitly obeyed. A deviation from his requirements was [sufficient] cause for the severest punishment to be visited upon the bodies and souls of the offenders. [Through this error] the people were turned from God to fallible,"

[William Cooper]: Blasphemous titles claimed for the Pope had embellished and enlarged over the centuries, but a few of these boastful claims appear in an ecclesiastical Roman Catholic dictionary. I'm taking this right out of a Roman Catholic dictionary by Lucius Ferraris, entitled Prompta Bibliothecca Canonica, volume 6, pages 438 and 442, article, Pope, the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1813 edition, volume 6, page 48, speaks of this book as "a veritable encyclopedia of religious knowledge and a precious mine of information." Those are the words of the Vatican. "The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were, God and the vicar of God." Remember, the Roman emperors were deified. "Hence, the pope is crowned with a triple crown as King of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions." That is an exact word-for-word description of Osiris. "So that if it were possible that the angels might err in the faith or think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the pope."

[William Cooper]: "The pope is, as it were, God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief King of Kings, having plenitude of power to whom has been entrusted by the omnipotent God direction, not only of the earthly, but also of the heavenly kingdom." If that's not blasphemy, according to the definition, then I don't know what is, folks.

[William Cooper]: "The Pope can modify divine law, as since his power is not of man, but of God." The Pope can modify divine law? Well, you see that he did. He changed the day of rest dictated by God from the seventh day to the first day, and he changed the ten commandments to allow the worship of idols. But the doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of any scripture that I am able to find. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve." That's in Luke, chapter 4, verse 8. God has never given a hint in His word that He appointed any man but Christ to be the head of the church. The bible exalts God, and places finite man in their true position. The Pope has no power over Christ's church except by usurpation, and that's true only if you are a Christian. If you are Jew, if you are a Muslim, if you are a Buddhist, none of that is true, is it?

"[By the] sixth century [folks] the papacy [was] firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be head over the entire church...[William Cooper: Pagan Rome had given place to the papal Rome]...The accession of the Roman church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness of superstition and error deepened...

"Those were days of peril for the church of Christ. Faithful standard-bearers were times it seemed that error and superstition would wholly prevail, and true religion would be banished from the earth. The gospel was lost sight of, but the forms of religion were multiplied...

"[People] were taught not only to look to the pope as their mediator, but to trust to works of their own for sin. Long pilgrimages, acts of penance, the worship of relics, the erection of churches, shrines, and altars, the payment of large sums to the church--these and many similar acts were enjoined to appease the wrath of God or to secure His favor; as if God were like men, to be angered at trifles, or pacified by gifts or acts of penance!"

[William Cooper]: And even then, the church still worshiped the old gods. For in dismantling churches for renovation throughout Europe, throughout Europe, without exception, and the older the church, the more likely it was to be true. Enshrined within the altar, out of sight of the priests and the worshipers, were found stone penises, symbols of the Lost Word of Freemasonry, the phallus of Osiris, the generative force of the pagan religion of the worship of the sun, the light, Lucifer, the intellect. This is historic fact. This is not invention, but fact.

"About the close of the 8th century, papists put forth the claim that in the first ages of the church the bishops of Rome had possessed the same spiritual power which they now assumed. To establish this claim...Ancient writings were forged by monks [William Cooper: and it has been proven they were forged]. Decrees of councils before unheard of were discovered, establishing the universal supremacy of the pope from the earliest times. And a church that had rejected the truth greedily accepted these deceptions...

"...Another step in papal assumption was taken, when, in the eleventh century, Pope Gregory VII proclaimed the perfection of the Roman church. Among the propositions which he put forth was one declaring that the church had never erred, nor would it ever err, according to the Scriptures."

[William Cooper]: But I wonder what they told Galileo when they imprisoned him for being right that the Earth revolved around the sun, and that the Earth was not the center of the universe, and that the universe did not revolve around the Earth. I wonder what they told Galileo. How did they justify being right, when they were obviously wrong? And not only with Galileo, but Giordano Bruno and many others. Many, many others as a matter of fact, many of whom were burned at the stake for daring to disagree with was then considered to be politically correct. For many of them had discovered scientific truths, and when they espouse these truths, were declared to be heretics, and were burned at the stake because the pope declared these truths to be falsehoods. And that, folks, was the birth of the doctrine known as "political correctness." And you see it reappearing now, where truths are again declared to be false, because they are not politically correct. What are you going to accept in this world?

[William Cooper]: Now, once again, I want to tell you: we're not attacking anyone. I care not what you believe. I care not what altar you worship at, for I am a true Constitutionist. It makes no difference to any of you what my religion is, although I will freely tell you that I attempt in my daily life to follow the true words of Christ, not the doctrine or the preachings of any church or any evangelist or any book, but those words attributed to Christ and only to Christ. And, as the rock upon which those words stand, the ten commandments as given to Moses by God. That is the sum total of my religion, of my beliefs, of what I practice in my daily life. I'm not asking you to do that at all, but I am asking everyone to quit accepting what they are told. To begin an honest, individual, personal search for the truth.

[William Cooper]: For we can no longer live in deception, we can no longer live the lies of the past. Great change lies ahead of us, folks. Change will come, whether we want it or not, for that is the way of the world and the way of the universe. And if we are still living in lies and deceptions and manipulations, then that change will be for the bad, just as it has as always been throughout the history of the world. And blood with flow and people will suffer all in the name, once again, of religion. And I, for one, am sick of it. Sick of it! We must discover the truth and we must lead our lives by the truth, and we must take the truth into the future, and we must determine the future from the truth, and nothing else. Nothing else. For if we do not, those who have decided that they are the only truly mature minds and, thus, the only ones capable of rule because the rest of us do not use our intelligence and, thus, are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent -- no better than animals who do not have intelligence...they have determined that they are going to shackle us, once again, in slavery because we cannot control ourselves, or rule ourselves, or live by the truth. This is what they have determined, right or wrong, whether you believe them or whether you believe that they know what they claim that they know, or not. It is what they have determined and, I assure you, they are in control right now. Right now, right this moment. And in this country, their headquarters is in a temple without windows exactly thirteen blocks from the White House: the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

"[Now, when the pope declared] that the church never erred, nor would it ever err according to the scriptures...the [Scriptural] proofs did not accompany the assertion. [Next, the] proud pontiff also claimed the power to depose emperors, and declared that no sentence which he pronounced could be reversed by anyone, but that it was his prerogative to reverse the decisions of all others...

"...The advancing centuries witnessed a constant increase of error in the doctrines put forth from Rome. Even before the establishment of the papacy the teachings of heathen philosophers had received attention and exerted an influence in the church...Prominent among these was the belief in man's natural immortality and his consciousness in death. This doctrine laid the foundation upon which Rome established the invocation of saints and the adoration of the Virgin Mary. From this sprang also the heresy of eternal torment for the finally impenitent, which was early incorporated into the papal faith."

[William Cooper]: And thus, once again, the worship of Osiris, and Mary, and the child, Horus, disguised under different names, emerged as a religion from the veil out into the open. The only thing that has changed is the names.

"Then the way was prepared for the introduction of still another invention of paganism, which Rome named purgatory, and employed to terrify the credulous and superstitious multitudes. By this heresy is affirmed the existence of a place of torment, in which the souls of such as have not merited eternal damnation are to suffer punishment for their sins, and from which, when freed from impurity, they are admitted to heaven...

"...The Scriptural ordinance of the Lord's Supper had been supplanted by the idolatrous sacrifice of the mass. Papal priests pretended, by their senseless mummery, to convert the simple bread and wine into the actual 'body and blood of Christ.' [William Cooper: And those are the exact words, 'body and blood of Christ,' written by Cardinal Wiseman], The Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Eucharist, Proved From Scripture, lecture 8, sec. 3, par. 26."

[William Cooper]: But no scripture is quoted.

"With blasphemous presumption, they openly claimed the power of creating God, the Creator of all things. [All] Christians were required, on pain of death, to avow their faith in this horrible, Heaven-insulting heresy. Multitudes who refused were given to the flames [were burned at the stake]..."

[William Cooper]: Is it any wonder that the invisible college, the, worshipers of Mystery Babylon, those who call themselves the "Guardians of the Secrets of the Ages," hate Christianity?

"...Still another fabrication was needed to enable Rome to profit by the fears and the vices of her adherents. This was supplied by the doctrine of indulgences. Full remission of sins, past, present, and future, and release from all the pains and penalties incurred, were promised to all who would enlist in the pontiff's wars to extend his temporal dominion, to punish his enemies, or to exterminate those who dared deny his spiritual supremacy. The people were also taught that by the payment of money to the church they might free themselves from sin, and [also] release the souls of their deceased friends who were confined in the tormenting flames. By such means [did] Rome fill her coffers and sustain the magnificence, luxury, and vice of the pretended representatives of Him who had not where to lay His head."

[William Cooper]: And the old Roman Empire flourished under the guise of the Vatican, the papacy, the Catholic church.

"...In the thirteenth century was established that most terrible of all the engines of the papacy--the Inquisition. The prince of darkness wrought with the leaders of the papal hierarchy. In their secret councils Satan and his angels controlled the minds of evil men [who invented tortures] too horrible to appear to human eyes. 'Babylon the great' was 'drunken with the blood of the saints.' The mangled forms of millions of martyrs cried to God for vengeance upon that apostate power."

[William Cooper]: This is word to word [sic] from history, folks.

"Popery had become the world's despot. Kings and emperors bowed to the decrees of the Roman pontiff. The destinies of men, both for time and for eternity, seemed under his control. For hundreds of years the doctrines of Rome had been extensively and implicitly received, its rites reverently performed, [and] its festivals generally observed. Its clergy were honored and liberally sustained...But 'the noon of the papacy was the midnight of the world.' [That was written by] J. A. Wylie, The History of Protestantism[, b. 1, ch. 4.]"

[William Cooper]: Now, Protestantism is not lily-white, either. I use that term, "lily-white," because throughout history it's been used to describe good, when in fact, in many instances, there's nothing good about it whatsoever. Protestantism, folks, began in the Reformation, when Martin Luther rebelled against the Pope. But did you know that Martin Luther used, as his personal seal, the rose and the cross? Revealing that he, himself, he himself was an initiate of the Mystery School, the ancient religion of Babylon. You see, I'm not attacking anyone, and I'm not putting anyone on a pedestal I'm not tearing down the Vatican in order to build up the Protestant church, for they are equally guilty. Protestantism has fractured the teachings of Christ into thousands of sects and cults and little groups, all of them professing to know the truth. None of them really do.

"The Holy Scriptures were almost unknown, not only to the people, but to the priests...God's law, the standard of righteousness [in those days], having been removed, [papist leaders] exercised power without limit, and practiced vice without restraint. Fraud, avarice, and profligacy prevailed. Men shrank from no crime by which they could gain wealth or position. The palaces of popes and prelates were scenes of the vilest debauchery. Some of the reigning pontiffs were guilty of crimes so revolting that secular rulers endeavored to depose these dignitaries of the church as monsters too vile to be tolerated. For centuries Europe had made no progress in learning, arts, or civilization. A moral and intellectual paralysis had fallen upon [the world]."

[William Cooper]: "The noon of the papacy," according to history, "was the midnight of the world."

"...Foremost among those who were called to lead the church from the darkness of popery into the light of a purer faith, stood Martin Luther."

[William Cooper]: And this is what people believe, but Martin Luther himself was an initiate of the Mystery Schools, a follower of the faith of Mystery Babylon, as was the Pope and the hierarchy of the Catholic church. You see, but they were vying for the rulership of the world, and up until not too long ago, have always had throughout history. For the Vatican practices the corrupted worship of Mystery Babylon, the combination of Christianity and the worship of Mystery Babylon, whereas the Mystery Schools retained the pure form of Mystery Babylon. And this is the only difference between the two, folks, and they have been vying throughout history for the rulership of the world: Mystery Babylon attempting to destroy the Pope and Christianity, and the Pope attempting to persecute and burn away the followers, the initiates of Mystery Babylon. And it has always been the goal of worshipers of Mystery Babylon to seat one of their own upon the throne of the Vatican, and they have succeeded. They have succeeded, folks, and now you are seeing the beginning of the combination of all religions into one-world religion. And while the world and the New Age movement may be waiting for the emergence of Maitreya, I tell you now here -- and remember that I have been the most accurate in making predictions about future world events then anyone in the history of the world -- based upon study and knowledge, not psychic ability, not any gift from God, although I am a messenger, I can assure you of that. I tell you that, in the New World Order, the one-world charismatic and religious leader will be seated upon the throne of Rome. Mark my words. And for those of you who do not understand yet, the Protestant religion was created by the Mystery Schools to bring down, bring down the authority of the Pope, just as this nation, the United States of America was created by the Mystery Schools to topple the monarchs, the kings and queens from their thrones.

[William Cooper]: You see, whatever you want to believe even, folks, is OK with me. Let's just believe from a position of knowing the truth.

Good night, and God bless each and every one of you.

(closing music: That Old Black Magic, music by Harold Allen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, performed by unknown artist)

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