There are two Roman holidays being celebrated on this day, but where did they come from and what do they mean? The Prophets of God have been warning Israel for a very long time how they provoke God to anger by participating in such “holy days.” Let’s take a look and see why:
Ferr-agosto is a Roman holiday celebrated in Italy on the “ides of August.” It coincides with the major Roman Catholic Religion feast of the “Assumption of the Virgin.” After a 2-week fast, it’s a time for Italians to go to the beach before summer ends.
Ferragosta comes from the Latin, Feriah Augusti (the festivals of the Emperor, Caesar Augustus, 63 BC – 14 AD) which was introduced back in 18 BC.
Augustus’ predecessor, Julius Caesar had been elected Pontifex Maximus in 63 BCE. Augustus inherited the role about the time of Christ. The Pontifex Maximus, or the Roman high priest, was assumed by the Roman Catholic Pontiff.
This year marks the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The founding fathers were fed up with King George of England and his tyrannical way of governing the English colonies from “across the pond.” To declare independence was a treasonous act against George but it proved to be a courageous act for the benefit of America and Liberty and Justice was proclaimed to the captives!
High Cost of Celebration
Since then, the country goes into overdrive to celebrate this day in history with parades, band concerts, bar-b-ques and fireworks. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend more than $7 billion on cookouts and other celebrations. All done without a thought to those who risked their lives for the freedom to do so.
This week’s Prophecy Weekly addresses the abusive false prophets, wars, volcanos and pagan “Holy” days. These events are prophesied in God’s Word. Click each box below to learn more details and see where these events were spoken of long ago!
Prophecy Weekly Highlights
Trump’s Easter message turns to boast of military strength
This week’s Prophecy Weekly covers the false Holy Day called Easter. The true origins of this Holiday are in Ishtar, a pagan religion commanded against by God. To learn more, read the articles about this unholy “holy” day.
Also covered are two lawsuits involving the Catholic Church. A settlement with abuse victims was reached in the US for $25million. Meanwhile, a new lawsuit has erupted in Australia against Cardinal Pell, one of the highest-ranking Vatican officials.
In other news, violence continues around the globe with the deaths of 16 Palestinians at the Gaza border. In addition, the US will continue military drills with South Korea. Click each box below to learn more!
This week’s Prophecy Weekly covers protests throughout the world. In the US and beyond, students are protesting gun violence. Meanwhile, in Poland, people are protesting additional restrictions proposed to abortion laws and France has trade unions protesting against proposed government changes.
“And there shall be… upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring (protests).” Luke 21:25
These protests are all targeting violence and human rights. On the other hand, another group protesting law changes this week stands out from the crowd. The Catholic Church is protesting against laws in New York and Alabama that would allow abuse victims to come forward even though the statute of limitations for the crimes committed against them has expired. The church is worried about their money as well as their continued degradation of their reputation. This organization was written about in Romans 1. You are encouraged to check it out for yourself!
War and Violence
In other news, the Iraq War has reached the 15 year anniversary. This war is still going on, yet it is rarely covered in the news. At the same time, the US annual budget has been approved at $1.5trillin dollars. There is a specific increase in military spending. War and violence are not limited to oversees. Another school shooting occurred in the US in Maryland. God destroyed the earth the first time due to violence!
This week’s Prophecy Weekly is dominated by the snakes and vipers. Who are they?!? Read the two articles regarding St. Patrick’s Day to understand which people are spoken of as snakes. Did St. Patrick drive snakes out of Ireland, or bring them in? Find out for yourself, then consider if there are still snakes deceiving people to eat of the wrong tree!
Wars and rumors of wars did not dominate mainstream media, but they should have! The war in Afghanistan reached 6,000 days on March 11th. It is the longest US war with no end in sight. Meanwhile, firefights continue in Niger and the Syrian war continues to result in significant civilian deaths as well as homelessness. What does God think of all this violence? His actions have been prophesied all the way back in Genesis! Click on each box to learn more!
The story goes that serpents attacked Patrick during a 40 day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill. So, he chased all the serpents of Ireland into the sea with his staff. Of course, all evidence suggests that there were no literal snakes in Ireland long before Patrick arrived in 432AD. This is a weak attempt to connect Patrick with Moses and Aaron’s battle against Pharaoh’s magi in Exo 7:8-13. Many sources interpret this as a metaphor regarding Patrick driving paganism out of Ireland. But let’s consider, what did Patrick really do?
What did Patrick really do?
“Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish.” History.com.
Patrick didn’t drive out paganism but meshed it with Christianity. Just as Pope Gregory I later instructed in 601AD and the Catholic Church has done since it’s inception. For more on the history of “St. Patrick” go here.
Adaptation and Accommodation
“From the beginning the Catholic Church had proved itself adaptable and flexible in its dealings with heathens.” “There was division within the Church over the issue of how far missionaries should compromise with pagan customs in order to win converts; the Jesuits led the movement for accommodation and adaptation. Citing the early Christian and medieval practices of …Gregory I, the Jesuits struggled to win over the rest of the Church.” Early Jesuit Missionaries: A Suggestion for Further Study by PETER DUIGNAN
Jesus refers to the Pharisees as those who look good on the outside but within are full of lies, wickedness and deceit. Just as the Catholic Church since its inception has incorporated paganism into its doctrine while purporting to serve God. They look good on the outside but within are full of the dead, both physically and spiritually.
Matt 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within you are full of deceit and wickedness.
Matt 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Jesus also refers to the Pharisees as serpents and vipers.
Matt 23:29-33 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! … You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Patrick is credited with driving the serpents out of Ireland when in fact he brought them in!
In this week’s Prophecy Weekly it becomes clear who the false prophets are that “appear righteous, but are full of hypocrisy and iniquity”, see Matthew 23:27-28. The Vatican has been called out by an internal whistleblower in New Zealand for wanting to avoid an investigation. Meanwhile, a group of Irish abuse survivors wants to question Francis on why taxpayers paid part of an abuse settlement and not the church. People are starting to gear up for the next Pagan Holiday, Easter. Be sure to watch the video visible when you click the “Passion Play” headline to learn more! Click on each box and magnifying glass below to see details on each subject. You will also learn where these events have been prophesied in God’s Word!
This week’s Prophecy Weekly is overwhelmed with news of ongoing sexual abuse claims, convictions and scandals. From the notorious Catholic priest pedophiles to the Church of England and an Orthodox school in Jerusalem. The abuse of children by “authority figures” is beyond disgusting. A new Bill introduced in Michigan to protect children is being challenged by the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, “Pope” Francis is asking US donors for $25 Million for a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome. All of this while, the Vatican has determined that their own Bank’s Ex-Chief embezzled over $60 Million. It is time to wake up to these wolves in sheep’s clothing!
“…the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord; Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds…”Ezekiel 34:8-10
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15