|The Lord's supper
One of the blessed institutions that the Lord Jesus commanded the Church to follow is that of the Lord's Supper:
Note the simplicity of the Lord's Supper. The partaking of the bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord's broken body and shed blood upon the cross, has been made a blessing by the Holy Spirit to countless believers over the centuries.
In addition to the simplicity of the Lord's Supper, also take note of the following:
Keeping these points in mind, we will now examine how the Church of Rome has perverted the Lord's Supper,
Rather than being a simple remembrance of Christ's suffering on the cross, the Church of Rome has perverted it into a re-enactment of Christ's sacrifice. It is claimed that the Romish Priest actually sacrifices Christ each time on the altar for the sins of those present and those who have died. Let us hear the words of Pope Pius X from the Roman Missal at the introduction to the section in which the ritual of the Mass is described: "The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice dedicated by our Redeemer on the Cross, and is repeated every day on the Altar." The ritual that follows in the Missal is of full of bowing, crossings and genuflexions. This is a far cry from the practice of Jesus or the Apostles.
After a variety of prayers, readings and sung verses, the Missal then says of the Priest: "This being finished, he offers the bread and the wine which, by virtue of the words of consecration, he is going to change into the adorable Body and Blood of Jesus Christ." This supposed change, of bread and wine to the body and blood of Christ, comes after the Priest has pronounced the words of consecration, "For this is my Body." The bread is in fact a wafer, which is called the "Host" after consecration. The Missal then says: "After pronouncing the words of the Consecration, the Priest, kneeling, adores the Sacred Host; rising he elevates It; - Look up at the Sacred Host, with faith, piety and love, saying: "My Lord and my God!" - and then placing it on the corporal, again adores It." The Priest partakes of the "Host" and the "receives all the Precious Blood" (i.e. the wine). "The Holy Communion" is then distributed to the people. However, the people only receive the "Host." This is because the Church of Rome believes it is a complete "Christ," consisting of, body and blood, as well as the soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. The Priest alone drinks the wine and he must drink it all! (Back to Festivals#Hot-cross buns)
The "Host" is received kneeling, which is a strange posture to partake of a supper. However, this is because the "Host" is to be adored by the recipient. The "Host" is also in the form of a thin round wafer, with a cross and the "initials," "IHS" (See Below) graved in it, rather than a broken piece of bread. It must be received after fasting, and it is placed on the recipient's tongue lest he or she should touch it.
This doctrine, of a piece of bread actually changing into Christ's body, is known by the name "transubstantiation."
The poor deceived member of the Church of Rome believes that by partaking the "Host," he receives Christ and the merits of his sacrifice on the cross. However, the Mass blasphemously represents the Lord of Glory, God the Son, as continually suffering on a Roman altar. Moreover, it is a most fearful blasphemy for the Priest to proclaim that he makes Jesus from a wafer, then worships the wafer as if it were God, and finally eats it! One may wonder how such a doctrine could have been derived from the simple Lord's Supper, and the answer lies in the Babylonian Mysteries.
Cakes Offered to the Queen of Heaven
In various versions of the Mysteries, Semiramis was offered an "unbloody sacrifice." Nimrod, on the other hand, was worshiped as a god that delighted in blood. The deified Semiramis was represented as possessing a benign and gentle character; she was seen as a mediator between man and Nimrod, who was frequently depicted, as a child in her arms. This doctrine is seen in some of the names given to Semiramis. For example, she was worshiped as the goddess Aphrodite - the Chaldee word for "Wrath Subduer," which indicates that she pacified her son and interceded with him. In addition, the deified Semiramis bore the title of "Mylitta," which is Chaldee for "Mediatrix" or a feminine mediator.
This is precisely the title given by the Church of Rome to Mary, the mother of Jesus, that depicts Jesus as an angry judge who must be pacified by his mother. Hence, the poor Romanist is exhorted to pray to Mary, that she might intercede with Jesus. All these things show that the doctrines of the Church of Rome are primarily derived from the Mysteries, and not from the Bible that clearly states,
Concerning the "unbloody sacrifices" that were offered: In the Mysteries of Egypt these were in the form of a thin round cake or wafer, which symbolized the sun. Nimrod and Semiramis were worshiped in Egypt under the name of the sun god Osiris (also known as Horus) and the goddess Isis. Hislop states: "When the Osiris, the sun-divinity, became incarnate (in the flesh), and was born, it was not merely that he should give his life as a sacrifice for men, but that he might also be the life and nourishment of the souls of men." However, there is yet a deeper significance to the round cakes from corn that were offered to Isis.
The Egyptian goddess Isis was the origin of the Greek and Roman goddess Ceres, who was worshiped both as the discoverer of corn and as the "Mother of Corn." Corn was a symbol in the Mysteries for "the Son," the child Nimrod. This explained the double meaning of the Chaldee word "bar," which means both "corn" and "son" in English. Precisely the same double meaning occurs in Hebrew (viz. barmitzvah).
Thus, pictures of Ceres holding a piece of corn represented Semiramis holding her son, the child Nimrod! The roundness of the cake or wafer symbolized that Nimrod was also the sun god.(Back to Symbolism#wafer#corn)
The god whom Isis or Ceres brought forth, and who was offered to her under the symbol of the wafer as "the bread of life," was in reality the fierce, scorching Sun, or terrible Molech. Yet, in that offering all his terror was veiled, and everything repulsive was cast in the shade. In the appointed symbol he is offered up to the benign Mother, who tempers judgment with mercy, and to whom all spiritual blessings are ultimately referred; and blessed by that mother, he is given back to be feasted upon, as the staff of life, as the nourishment of the worshippers' souls."
In Egypt, a cake was consecrated by a priest and was supposed to become the flesh of Osiris. This was eaten and wine was taken as part of the rite.
In forms of the Mysteries, fasting was required prior to rituals; likewise the Church of Rome commands fasting before participating in the Mass.
The awful truth, therefore, is that the Mass is simply a version of the Mysteries, except that Mary, the mother of Jesus, takes the place of Isis and Ceres, and Jesus takes the place of Osiris or Horus. Just as the Mysteries set forth Osiris or Horus as a round cake, so in the Mass it is blasphemously claimed that a thin round wafer is changed into Jesus Christ.
Further evidence that the Mass is derived from the Mysteries emerges, when one considers that the consecrated wafer or "Host" is the supposed form of Christ unto which man may approach. It is said that the members of the Church of Rome have no other Savior to whom they can turn than the one made by consecrating the wafer. He is the only Savior that is not angry with them, and who does not require the mediations of virgins or saints to appease His wrath.
The significance of the letters "IHS," on the Romish wafer: According to the Church of Rome, the words stand for Iesus Hominum Salvator," the Latin for "Jesus Savior of man." However, at the time of the Roman Empire there were innumerable worshippers of the Egyptian goddess Isis in Rome. Isis was one person in a perverted trinity; the other two were Horus, who was "the son," and Seb, who was "the Father of the gods." Thus "IHS" stands for "Isis, Horus, Seb," the Egyptian trinity of "the Mother, the Son, and the Father of the gods." (Bach to "initials")
The 31st Article of the 39 Articles of Faith of the Church of England appropriately sums up the Mass by saying, that it consists of "blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits." However, even before the Reformation, John Wycliffe likened the Mass to the rites of the priests of Baal.
The prophet Jeremiah spoke about a form of Mass practiced in the final days of the kingdom of Judah.
"The Queen of Heaven" was the title given to the deified Semiramis. It is therefore no surprise to find that the Church of Rome has bestowed this title upon the "Virgin Mary." (Back to Festivals#Buns)
In the Bible the ordinance of the baptism is a sign of the new birth. We read in numerous places in the New Testament how those who had been wrought upon by the Holy Spirit and had believed on Jesus Christ, were baptized. Baptism is never set forth as a cause of the new birth, but a sign of death to the things of this life and a spiritual resurrection in Jesus Christ. However, the Church of Rome teaches that "Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and members of the Church." Thus it is falsely supposed that the act of baptism regenerates the baptized person.
This doctrine of baptismal regeneration became widespread in the Church in the latter part of the 4th century, precisely coinciding with the period in which paganism was merged into the Roman Church. It is therefore not surprising to find that baptismal regeneration was itself of Babylonish origin. In the Chaldean Mysteries, before instruction could be received, it was first required that the person to be initiated submits to baptism as a token of blind and implicit obedience. There is evidence that the form of the baptism was of a very formidable nature, and that not all survived the rite! Those that did were admitted to the knowledge of the Mysteries.
Baptismal regeneration in the Babylonian Mysteries originated in the commemoration of the flood, of the ark, and the grand events in the life of Noah, was mingled with the worship of the Queen of Heaven and her son. Noah, having lived in two worlds, both before and after the flood, was called "Dipheus," or "twice-born," and was represented as a god with two heads looking in opposite directions.(See Babylon-Rome#Noah)
Those initiated into the Mysteries, believed that if they passed through the baptismal waters, and the penances therewith connected, that of itself would make them like the second father of mankind, "Dipheus," "twice-born," or "regenerate," would entitle them to all the privileges of "righteous" Noah, and give them that "new birth." The papacy operates on exactly the same principle, and from this very source, the doctrine of Baptismal regeneration was derived.
Justification by works
Despite all these so-called privileges, the poor Romanist still has to perform good works to earn salvation. It was against this that Marten Luther labored. He explained the vanity of trying to earn salvation by following either the Law of Moses or the laws of the Church of Rome. Viz.
Connected to the teaching on good works, there is the requirement of the Church of Rome that its members should confess their sins to a Priest, and then ask for absolution from him. In this the Roman Priest takes the place that rightly belongs to God. See more in the Jesuits confessional practices (See Jesuit#Confessional)
The Babylonian origin of the confessional and good works: The Chaldean doctrine was that that it was by works and merits of men themselves that they must be justified and accepted by God. The scales of justice supposedly committed to the Egyptian god Anubis also illustrated this. Good and bad deeds of the deceased were weighed up separately, and a distinct record made of each, so that when both were summed up and the balance struck, judgment was pronounced accordingly. This found its way into the legends of the Church of Rome; instead of the scales of Anubis, it was the scales of St. Michael the Archangel that weighed up the balance of merits and demerits of the departed.
When one considers the Babylonish belief in the scales of justice at death, the force of God's condemnation of Belshazzar by writing on the wall is seen "TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and thou art found wanting." (Dan 5:27) The Chaldee word "tekel" is "weighed" in English and this showed to Belshazzar his impending doom. (Back to Islam#justification by works)
The priests of Anubis also took confessions from devotees, and in the course of the confessional they claimed that they could anticipate the operation of the scales of Anubis. These priests would perform a rehearsal of the dreaded weighing of good and bad deeds in front of the penitents. The priest in judgment derived power from the dread of the penitents, and they abused the system by making sure that the scale would turn in the wrong direction so as to extract more "good deeds" out of the people; "a Balance to be settled" not only by the penitent, but also by his heirs. The priests of Rome have copied these practices of the pagan priests of Anubis in the confessional.
The Church of Rome teaches their members that they don't go to heaven, but that they will go to purgatory. This they say, is a place where souls suffer for a time after death on account of their sins. Furthermore, it is taught that "We are in Communion with the souls in purgatory by helping them with our prayers and good works." It is a place where souls are supposedly purified by fire after death. Prayers can shorten the time in purgatory. However, these prayers need to be offered by priest, at appropriate payments by the deceased person's relatives. Thus, many priests in the Church of Rome have, like the Pharisees, devoured widow's houses. (Back to Israel#fire purification)
Once again, these practices originate from Babylonish religions. The connection, of course, with purgatory, is the fire worship surrounding Nimrod. The fires of Baal and Molech were supposed to purify; and many the Romans widely believed that it was a form of purgatory. This is also reflected by the name Tammuz, given to the reincarnate Nimrod, which in Chaldee means, "perfecting fire."
It is a most solemn deception from Satan to believe that fire will purify after death. The Bible shows that hell is the place of fire viz.
What a mercy it is for reborn believers in Jesus Christ, to know that they are cleansed by his blood shed on the cross at Calvary. Viz. the repentant thief who was crucified with Jesus:
There is no purgatory, JUST HEAVEN or