Friday, March 15, 2013

Of popes and kings: Is the pope humble? Does Obama have a cup-bearer?

As the (misplaced) excitement at selecting a new pope dies down, we are left with the litter of conflicting notions of who rules the world, really. The pope claims to be a supreme and infallible authority over every Catholic on the planet and not coincidentally claims that the RCC is the only true church. Infallible means he cannot make mistakes and everything he says is pure gold. He is called 'vicar of Christ'- A title of the pope implying his supreme and universal primacy, both of honour and of jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ. He is the supreme "another Christ" or alter christus. He is not subject to any government, organization or even to his own church. He is a king and more: he claims to be head of the church. (Only Jesus is head of the church, Colossians 1:18). (Above, the new Pope Francis)

The new pope, Francis, is said to be a humble man. This is incorrect. No man can be humble who thinks he is the head of the church, supplanting Jesus, the true head. No man can be humble who seeks and accepts an office where he is an "absolute monarch on earth, answerable to no temporal power, holding the highest administrative office in existence, and managing the largest non-governmental operation in the world. His power is absolutely unlimited save by divine law, and only death or his own will can remove him from office." (Carol Balizet, The Last 7 Years)

No man can be humble who seeks and accepts ruling over "the wealthiest institution on earth and the most prosperous global institution on earth. The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars." (Avro Manhattan, The Vatican Billions).

Pope is a word that comes from 'papa.' The problem comes when we attempt to address these august personalities. What do we call such a 'holy' and distinguished men among men? Father? Holy Father?

However, the bible says there is only one Holy Father and we are not to call anyone else father. "And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven." (Matthew 23:9).

The Jewish people had a hard time with this too. So they decided on apifyor.

"The Catholic Church has a new leader on the Chair of Saint Peter – Pope Francis. But in Hebrew we don't call him "pope" or "papa," but rather apifyor (api-FYOR). Until the 16th century, Jews called the pontiff as their Christian neighbors did: papa, a name that since the 12th century was reserved for the Bishop of Rome but before that referred to any high ranking church official. It derives from the Greek papas - a term of endearment a son gives his father. Apparently some creative soul back in the 16th century thought it was improper for Jews to refer to the pope with such deference and decided to come up with a new term instead. This anonymous Jewish scholar picked the obscure word apifyor from the Talmud and fit it to the task. By the 17th century the word "papa" had all but disappeared from Hebrew."

Yes, there is so much confusion that results when men think they are God. There will be one who will come who WILL call himself God and cause all to worship him. His title is the Beast, or the antichrist. (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Meanwhile this current "holy papa" is an antichrist, a little forerunner to the one who will fulfill prophecy by becoming the man of sin. In the 1600s, Puritan Thomas Manton (1620-1677) preached three sermons about the coming man of sin. This excerpt is from the third sermon: (below, Rev. Thomas Manton)

"Now why did they call Antiochus the man of sin? Because he sought to alter the religion of the people, and by cruelty to introduce a change of worship and idolatry, and such laws as he would set up. Now, according to this pattern, Antichrist is a man of sin; that is, either a man given up to all sin eminently, a sinner addicted unto sin, and a ringleader of others unto sin, either by fraud and violence; or as he giveth encouragements and encitements to sin; or as a special kind of sinner, a usurper and invader of the empire of the Son of God. So was Antiochus. So was Antichrist. Now, how much open sin is practised, allowed, and maintained in the Papacy, I do not wish to proceed into; their own stories speak enough; — the sodomy, blasphemy, incest, adulteries, sorceries, murders, treasons, parricides, which they have authorised and countenanced. Histories witness that hardly hath the world yielded a more abominable sort of men, than have sat in that chair of pestilence. This I am sure of, that a man can sin nowhere at so cheap a rate as in Popery, where, what by dividing their sins into mortal and venial, and these expiated by a little penance, accompanied with a single attrition, and bare grief and trouble, because of the punishment; what by faculties, pardons, licenses, dispensations, indulgences, sin is distinguished out of the conscience."

Thinking one's self as king supreme always leads to destruction. We have a little king problem in the US right now, with Barack Obama.

Did you know that Obama has a cup-bearer?

In the bible a cup bearer is a personal taster to the king and his butler. Pharaoh had a cup-bearer we read in Genesis 40:2. That was the one who told his dream to the incarcerated Joseph. (Genesis 40:1). Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the king of Persia. (Nehemiah 1:11). A cup-bearer, or a taster, had a duty to serve the drinks at the royal table. On account of the constant fear of plots and intrigues, a person must be regarded as thoroughly trustworthy to hold this position. He must guard against poison in the king's cup, and was sometimes required to swallow some of the wine before serving it, or so says Wikipedia. Cup-bearers are mentioned further in 1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chronicles 9:4, where they, among other evidences of royal splendor, are stated to have impressed the Queen of Sheba with Solomon's glory.

In keeping with this royal splendor, we read today that Obama refused to eat of the GOP luncheon because he didn't have his royal cup-bearer taster with him.

Nehemiah the cup-bearer,
bible encyclopedia
Barack Obama agreed to meet with a group of GOP senators yesterday. But, he wouldn’t eat their food.
He didn’t bring along his royal taster. No joke. The Daily Caller reported:
President Obama was offered a feast of Maine treats, including University of Maine lobster salad and Wild Blueberry Pie when he visited Senate Republicans for a Capitol Hill luncheon on Thursday. But he didn’t touch a bite, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters following the 1:30 PM eat n’ greet. That’s because the President didn’t have a food “taster” with him, said Collins, who was responsible for the menu.
Sen. Collins said she told Obama that they were all eating the lobster and pie, and that if it was poisoned they'd all keel over, but Obama refused to bite. Now, to be fair, there does seem to be a regular call for the use of a taster for all US Presidents, or at least, some kind of security detail which monitors food and silverware when the President is off turf. But the image of cup-bearer to the one who has already been called pharaoh, was too much to resist remarking upon.

It is always a problem when kings and popes become too full of themselves. Fortunately we know to whom we owe allegiance as the real king. Though we are called to submit to earthly authorities because God has set them up, (1 Peter 2:13) we know our King is the Righteous One who comes in all glory. On the last day, He will reign supreme in all goodness and perfection.

It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.” (Isaiah 1:2-3)

What a privilege it is to know the REAL Holy Father! The Real King! Our High Priest! Jesus

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