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Petrus Romanus

Thomas Horn

Cris Putnam

Defender

Crane, MO

Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here

Defender

Crane, MO 65633

©2012 by Thomas Horn

A collaborative work by Thomas Horn and Cris Putnam.

All rights reserved. Published 2012.

Printed in the United States of America.

ISBN 13: 9780984825615

A CIP catalog record of this book is available from the Library of Congress.

Cover illustration and design by Daniel Wright.

All Scripture quotations from the King James Version; in cases of academic comparison, those instances are noted.

Acknowledgements We wish to acknowledge the following people, without whose friendship, inspiration, assistance, and research this book would have been difficult to finish on time: our lovely wives Shelley Putnam and Nita Horn, Sue Bradley, Gary Stearman, J. R. Church, Christian Pinto, Mike Bennett, Mike Tatar Jr., Brian and Sonya Hedrick, Chris White, Majel Hyers, Pastor John MacArthur for his excellent teaching series on Roman Catholicism, and to Daniel Wright for a superior cover design. Of course editor, Donna Howell, must be shown gratitude for making us sound better than we are, and typesetter Pamela McGrew, whose world-class interior designs are constantly unparalleled. Finally, to the many thousands of friends who visit our websites and constantly express their love and support, please know how much your affection lifts us up in these critical times.

Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Timing is Everything

SECTION ONE: PROPHECY AT OUR DOORSTEP

Chapter One: A Vision on Janiculum Hill Chapter Two: Prophecy of the Popes and the Year 2012 Chapter Three: Antichrist and the False Prophet Chapter Four: Rosemary’s Baby (Petrus) and the Priests Who Were Dying to See Him Chapter Five: Mysticism and the Guardians of the Hidden Knowledge Chapter Six: Domes, Obelisks, Grimoires, and Magic Squares: The Dark Secret behind Washington, DC and the Vatican City

SECTION TWO: ESSENTIAL HISTORY OF THE PAPACY

Chapter Seven: The Petrine Myth of Apostolic Succession Chapter Eight: From Peter to Constantine Chapter Nine: Donation of Constantine and the Road to Hell Chapter Ten: Mystery Babylon Meets Dante’s Inferno Chapter Eleven: The Pope as Antichrist Chapter Twelve: Historicism: Back to the Future

SECTION THREE: DOCTRINES, DOGMAS, SUPERNATURALISM, AND THE END

TIMES Chapter Thirteen: Priestcraft, Sacraments, and Sorcery Chapter Fourteen: The Occult Queen of Heaven Chapter Fifteen: The Woman Clothed with the Sun and the Red Dragon Chapter Sixteen: The Burdensome Stone

SECTION FOUR: THE FINAL CONCLAVE

Chapter Seventeen: The United States, the Vatican, the New World Order, and the Coming of the Antichrist Chapter Eighteen: Mystery Babylon: The Mother of Harlots Gives Birth Again Chapter Nineteen: Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here Preface A book about a medieval prophecy is necessarily a book of history. The papacy is arguably the most ancient institution in existence today. While we seek to define the historical context of the matters at hand, the scope is enormous. Accordingly, we must paint in broad brush strokes and will inevitably fail to present events with a balance acceptable to all readers. First, we offer the big picture. The papacy is an outgrowth from the early Christian Church, which sprung up from the events of the first century centered on Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in the ancient collection of documents known as the New Testament. There were certainly some great and godly men associated with Catholicism over the years, but we believe Rome became a juggernaut intoxicated by its own power. Our standard of truth is the Bible. Christianity is defined by the New Testament and all claimants to the title “Christian” are necessarily evaluated by it.

The formation of the New Testament cannon (rule of faith) was more organic that organized and largely in response to an onslaught of heretical books falsely attributed to the apostles. Scholars detect that the cannon was in evidence long before it was declared by any magisterial council. For instance, John Barton used data on the number of times the Early Church fathers quoted the various books and there is a clear distinction in frequency of usage between the New Testament books and [1] the non-canonical works. Also Christians adopted the codex instead of the scroll and the earliest examples predominantly attest to the same twenty-seven New Testament documents being bound [2] together. Hence, the argument that the formation of the cannon was a spiritual work of God by his providential authentication gains credence over the brute authority of magisterial councils.

Historically, the New Testament is an utterly unique and revolutionary collection of ancient documents. Unlike other so-called holy books, it explicitly claims divine inspiration: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Ti 3:16). While some may wish to debate the intricacies of this, it is not the purpose of this book to argue that case, rather it is presupposed. Another revolutionary aspect of the New Testament which is often overlooked is its utterly unique socio-political worldview.





Contrary to every other religious system, the New Testament documents present an inimitable picture of a composite society. We mean this in the sense that the world is defined as being made up of two groups of people as to the Gospel: believers and unbelievers. Believers are charged to do the work of ambassadors entering into hostile territory, peacefully appealing to the unbeliever to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). This is to be done by humble example and persuasion, never by threats or coercion. Jesus’ greatest opponents were the religious leaders; you might even think of them as the popes, bishops, and cardinals of first-century Judaism.

Similarly, the church and state are considered separate and Christians are commanded to live peacefully even within hostile governments (cf. Rom 13). Consider that, prior to Jesus Christ, this concept of a composite society was unheard of in all of human experience. In all previous societies, religion and the state were a unified magisterium. Even in the Old Testament, the church and state were one as a theocratic and then monarchial system and priesthood. While there was a separation between the duties and rights of the priest and the king, the Jewish nation was a unified sacral society. The New Testament discarded the sequestered priesthood for the universal priesthood of the believer under Jesus Christ. Nowhere are church leaders called “priests.” They are called elders or overseers and are encouraged by Peter to act, “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Pe 5:3).

Today, Islam is an obvious illustration of a sacral system with its system of sharia law. In countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Yemen, religious laws are enforced by the state and you risk your life if you accept the Gospel. Similarly, in China or North Korea, the atheistic state cult will jail, torture, and execute Christians as political dissidents. In Hinduism, the caste system mandates your position in society. This is the darkness of non-Christian religions. It also reveals the distinctiveness of the kingdom instituted by Christ. Jesus announced the “kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15), but simultaneously that this kingdom is “not of this world” (John 18:36). In addition, Satan’s temptation of Christ involved a shortcut to possess all the kingdoms of this world which he rejected (cf. Mat 4:9). Accordingly, we believe that the separation of church and temporal power is essential to pure Christianity. The New Testament is the only religious book that endorses a composite society over a sacral society. Accordingly, there has never been a true “Christian nation” or “Christendom” and there will not be one until Christ returns. We believe this teaching is vigorously attacked and obfuscated by Satan. It was virtually lost for most of history and it took the Protestant reformation to begin bringing it back to light.

It is because of that reformation that America is also a composite society in that it advocates the separation of church and state. This was largely from the plight of Puritans and others who fled the state-mandated religions of England and Rome. Of course, in America it was originally conceived to keep churches free from the state more than keeping prayer out of schools and other such distortions. The original motivation was freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. That being said, what made America great was its Christian roots and New-Testament worldview. The Bible teaches us to be model citizens. It extols the virtues of hard work, loving your neighbor (even your enemies), and paying your taxes. Jesus illustrated the composite worldview perfectly when he taught, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21). When considering the weight of that teaching, it is important to remember how utterly opposed to Christ the Roman government was. Even so, believers were taught to live in this church-state/world dichotomy as His ambassadors. However, there is a very real enemy working against us and we are in a state of war.

The New Testament also proclaims that “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19);

even the Roman Catholic translation confirms “the whole world is under the power of the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19). (Note however, for comparison, the NAB translation: “…is under the power of the evil [3] one.”). Of course, we are talking about Satan who Jesus referred to as “the prince of this world” (John 12:31. 14:30). The apostle Paul called him “the ruler of the kingdom of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and taught that “the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Co 4:4).

So the whole evil world system is energized by Satan through a mystery of iniquity which is working around the clock opposing God (2 Thessalonians 2:7). The “world” system or kosmos is the evil sphere of influence through which Satan works. Accordingly, the Christian is taught to, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15a). A major thesis of this book is that much of protestant Christianity as well as the Church of Rome started well, but abandoned the New Testament bifurcation and has been absorbed into the world system. Accordingly, we are not attempting to present a balanced picture of institutionalized church history, but rather to provide evidence for our overarching thesis.

False religion invariably involves some sort of ritualistic system designed to appease the wrath of, or win the favor of, a deity. In this limited sense, true Christianity is not a religious system because it does not offer a means for people to approach God. Rather, in Christianity, God approaches man. Jesus made it clear that God makes the first move when He said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (Jn 6:44). In non-Christian systems, salvation is earned and maintained, but in the New Testament, grace through faith is offered as the means of salvation. Salvation is accomplished by God, not humans. Rather than a system, the New Testament presents a Savior and all that is required is faith in His atoning death and resurrection, the life-changing Gospel. As an example, we offer the

introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who

raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:1–5) This brief passage contains seven essentials of Christian faith: 1) God as Father (v.1); 2) Jesus as Lord (vv.1, 3); 3) the resurrection (v. 1); 4) Grace from God the Father (v. 3); 5) Jesus uniquely gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from evil (v. 4); 6) Jesus’ death was the Father’s will (v. 4);

7) God alone is worthy of glory (v. 5). It follows that any system which deviates from these essentials is no longer Christian. In the interest of transparency, we also affirm the five theological distinctives of the reformers: 1) Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”); 2) Sola fide (“by faith alone”); 3) Sola gratia (“by grace alone”); 4) Solus Christus (“through Christ alone”); and 5) Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”). We offer this upfront as later argumentation is based on this presupposed foundation. Our hope is that the reader will leave religious rites and rituals behind to embrace the historic faith of the New Testament.

We believe God created humans in his image and likeness to live in relationship with Himself in community. Relationship entails connection and communication. Although this is how it began in the garden, the biblical record is clear that by rebellion man fell and compromised that relationship (Gen 3 ff.). In due course, God incarnated as a man in Christ to definitively provide the means of restoration for mankind. Jesus also came to bring meaning and purpose and to model the value system of heaven for us. Because of his redemptive sacrifice, God indwells believers by the Holy Spirit in intimate relationship. God makes His appeal to fallen men through redeemed believers by the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are his ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20) and the Spirit draws the unbeliever (Jn. 6:44). Only by justification and sanctification can man be restored to a right

relationship with God. The ticket to the Kingdom is through the elegant simplicity of the Gospel:



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