This article will answer the question of “Apostolic Succession,” what it is, who has claimed it for themselves, and to whom it rightfully belongs.
Jesus warned to watch out for “false prophets/teachers who come to you as wolves in sheep’s clothing.” The Book of Revelation states that the “whole world” has been deceived by a certain religious entity who is the “Mother” of them all. Let’s take a closer look at this and see what it all means.
The Vicar of Christ
We’ll begin by defining some terms:
vicar: one serving as a substitute
vicarious: serving instead of someone
Vicar of Christ: the Roman Catholic pope; “Vicarius Filii Dei” (Latin: vicar or representative of the Son of God)
Divi filius is a Latin phrase meaning “son of god,” a title used by Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus referring to him being the son of Julius Caesar.
Titles of the Roman Catholic pope include Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff (“Pontifex Maximus”) of the Universal Church and Sovereign (“King”) of Vatican City.
Pontifex Maximus is also a title carried by the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar.
The word “pope” is Latin, papa, from the Greek παππας, pappas, a child’s word for “father.” His followers call him “Holy Father,” including kings and presidents. It has been a practice since ancient times for the priests to require their congregants to call them, “Father.”
“Call no man your “Father” upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” -Jesus (Matthew 23:9).
Supersessionism – Displacement of God’s People
Supersessionism is the belief that the New Testament Covenant supersedes the Mosaic Covenant of the Hebrew Bible, and that the ‘Christian Church’ has displaced Israel as God’s chosen people.
“God said to Abraham, Your wife Sarah shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish My Covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” (Genesis 17:19)
“Not as though the Word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel. Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your seed be called.” Romans 9:6-7
The “Christian Church” in this case is meant to include: the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern (Greek) Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican Catholic, Old Catholic and Independent Catholic churches and the Assyrian Church of the East. The bishops belonging to these churches claim to have “apostolic succession,” that is a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles.
“…such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers are also transformed as ministers of righteousness…” -Paul (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Apostolic Succession – Usurpation of Apostolic Authority
In “Christian” thought, the uninterrupted transmission of spiritual authority from the Apostles through successive popes and bishops is taught by the Roman Catholic Church but denied by most Protestants.
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not do righteousness is not of God, neither he that doesn’t love his brother. …as Cain, who was of that Wicked One, and slew his brother…” 1 John 3:10-12
Historically, many popes have launched Crusades and Inquisitions against fellow-Christians, i.e. the Albigensians and Huguenots. In doing so, they destroyed forever any moral authority they might’ve been able to claim. Millions of Christians have been slain by their brother “Christians.”
“If a man says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he’s a liar…” 1 John 4:20
The Foundation of God’s City
In the Book of Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, there is that “great city… having twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel… And the wall of the city has twelve foundations and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb…” Jesus/Y’hoshua said of himself “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation.” So, that Wall is built upon the foundation of Y’hoshua and the Apostles. (Revelation 7,14,21)
“Outside [that city] are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” Revelation 22:15
Not the God of Rome!
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…” Revelation 17:5-6
“I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and do not reverence Me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:5-6)
The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel
“Modern Jews claim lineage from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and partially Levi, since the Ten Northern Tribes were LOST following the Assyrian captivity… It is widely accepted that the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed around 720 BCE, when it was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian Empire” Wikipedia
The Children of Abraham
The Twelve Patriarchs of Israel are the twelve sons of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham. Ten of the tribes (Ephraim and Manasseh (sons of Joseph), Asher, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, and Zebulun) was known as the Northern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was deported into captivity in Assyria around 720BC becoming the Ten Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. The House of Judah, comprised of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, is the Southern Kingdom. The Levites were split between the two houses and not counted because they were the priests.
Simply put: All Jews are Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jews! (Who is Israel? A Case of Stolen Identity!)
A Protestant is: “A member or follower of any of the Western Christian Churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church in accordance with the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran Churches.
All Protestants reject the authority of the papacy, both religious and political, and find authority in the text of the Bible, made available to all in vernacular translation.” Wikipedia
Supersessionism is also known as “replacement theology.” It is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church meant to “replace” Israel and Judah, God’s chosen people, with Roman Catholic people. So, with their doctrines of “Supersessionism” and “Apostolic Succession” they have seated themselves in the place of God’s people, God’s Son, and God Himself.
“As lawlessness increases they shall hate one another and persecute and betray one another. And then the deceiver of the world shall appear as a Son of God, and shall do signs and wonders and the earth shall be given over/delivered into his hands and he shall commit iniquities which have never been since the world began.” Signs of the End
The Jesuit Agenda
“You have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God … I will be like the most High. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see you… and consider you, will say, Is this the man that makes the earth to tremble, that shakes kingdoms?” Isa 14:13-16
“Don’t you consider what these people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD has chosen, He has even cast them off? thus they have despised My people, that they should be no more a nation before them.” Jeremiah 33:24
The Jesuits have long had influence over the governing powers of the earth. They were founded and commissioned to form a Counter-Reformation against Protestants. They take an oath to exterminate them.
Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction
“…To ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle of Protestants and heretics of every class and character… merchant… banker… lawyer… schools and universities… parliaments and legislatures and the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death…
…to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness’ right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they may be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome…
…I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness’ agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America… I shall do my utmost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberal’s doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers…
…I promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly and openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to so, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the earth…”
The European Replacement
It seems like they are accomplishing yet another “succession” or “replacement” of peoples in these very places they have mentioned. Plot to replace Europeans with refugees exposed
The Protestants don’t realize their geographical position in the Northern parts of Europe identifies them with/as those Lost Tribes of Israel. The people of Europe and Britain can be traced from the tribes which escaped over the Caucasus Mountains. From Europe they colonized many other nations including North America, Australia and South Africa.
“Paul had heard in Phoenicia that certain of the children of Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity, had escaped by sea to “The Isles afar off” as spoken by the Prophet [Esdra], and called by the Romans — Britain. And the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far hence …to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.” Acts 29:2-3, 22:18-21
It is completely absurd to say that God has cast away His people, Israel. He says to those who will return to Him, He will pour out a blessing you won’t have room enough to contain. To say God has forsaken His people, Israel, is to call Him a liar. And that would put one in a very bad spot! Remember what He did to Pharaoh!
“What was God’s answer to Elijah? I have reserved to Myself a remnant who have not bowed the knee to idols.” Rom 11:4-5
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, where they are gone… And I will make them one nation …and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 37:21-23
The Mighty One of Israel, by Randy Rothwell