The Cup of Abominations

by | Oct 17, 2014

Joseph Herrin (10-17-2014)

Pope Francis Holding Chalice

Revelation 17:4
And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality…

The Roman Catholic Church is walking in lockstep with the Satanic rulers of this fallen world system. Even as men like Barack Obama are stridently promoting the normalization of homosexual behavior, and penalizing citizens and nations who agree with Yahweh that homosexual behavior is an abomination, so too are we seeing during Pope Francis’ tenure as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics that homosexuality is being normalized. I had reported on this subject before in the writing at the following link.

This week Pope Francis convened a Synod on the Family at the Vatican. It would be better described as a Synod to Destroy the Family. This synod which lasts for two weeks has been attended by 200 “senior bishops” of the church of Rome, as well as the Pope. A document was published to present the ideas coming forth at this synod. It contained the following words.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home… 

Are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners…

As we strip away the facade of compassion for homosexuals who are described as misunderstood people with good hearts, we find the following views being espoused by the Vatican.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.
Homosexuals should be welcomed by the church.
Homosexuals should be guaranteed a role within the church.
Homosexuals should be accepted by the church and their sexual orientation valued.
The sacrificial nature of homosexual unions should be recognized as being similar to that of traditional marriage.

When all the deceit is stripped away from these words it can be plainly observed that the Vatican is advocating much more than that homosexuals should be treated with dignity. What is being advanced is that homosexuality should be accepted and valued. Such a view is diametrically opposed to the mind of Christ as set forth in the Bible.

Romans 1:25-32
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The Pope and bishops of Rome are doing the very thing the apostle Paul condemns in this passage. They are exchanging the truth of God for a lie. The Roman church has long been plagued by a homosexual spirit as priests have in thousands of occasions abused their office by engaging in homosexual acts with young boys. The discovery of these abominable actions, and their attempted cover-up by senior church officials, has deeply impacted the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades. The church has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements to victims of this rampant pederasty.

Now, rather then continuing to suffer through unending apologies and excuses for the behavior of priests and other officials of the Roman church, the Vatican is taking a new approach. It is redefining homosexuality from an abomination and mortal sin to a sexual orientation that is to be accepted and valued. One can imagine how such a view will be used by the priests of Rome to groom their future victims to engage in sexual behavior that the church says is to be “accepted and valued.”

It is not mere coincidence that the Roman Catholic Church is visually identified with men dressed in purple and scarlet and who hold an ornate cup in their hands.

Pope Francis with Cup of Abominations

The Luciferian controlled global media has given prodigious amounts of space to promoting an image of Pope Francis as a humble man who is full of compassion and a servant to humanity. This is nothing more than the deceit of the adversary. Pope Francis is the first man to hold the office of Pope who is openly known to be a Jesuit, a member of that cunning, deceitful, and immoral sect within the Roman Catholic Church that has a history of assassinations, persecutions, corruption, treachery, sedition, and every form of evil. The Jesuits are masters of the Luciferian principle of outwardly masquerading as servants of righteousness while in truth they are workers of evil.

II Corinthians 11:13-15
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.

You can be sure that homosexuality will be fully accepted and given a special value within the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican masters are swiftly moving in that direction. The global media is in collusion with these aims. Although there are vast numbers of Roman Catholics who oppose the embrace of homosexuality and perceive it to be an attack on the Biblical definition of a family, these voices are already being marginalized. The news media is describing those who oppose the statements of this Synod on the Family as being “ultra-conservative Catholics.”

Satan is a master of using language to alter the thoughts of men and to sway opinion. By labeling those opposed to normalization of homosexuality within the Roman church as “ultra-conservatives,” a stigma is attached to their identity. These are not merely conservative men and women, or defenders of tradition and morality. They are labeled as extremists even as the prefix “ultra” placed in front of the word “conservative” denotes that which is extreme. Immediately, one is informed that resisting the ideas coming forth from this synod is not a normal and mainstream response. It is a radical reaction born out of an unbalanced view of right and wrong.

This is the cunning of the adversary. Satan appoints men and women to positions of power who share his characteristics. They pretend to be champions of humanity when in truth they come only to kill, steal, and destroy.

I find it significant that this Pope now in office has been particularly marked with the image of a cup in his hand, and he is often observed drinking from it. Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina before he was elected to the highest office of Catholicism. One of the traditional drinks of Argentina is mate, or yerba mate. The word yerba means “herb” and mate is a Spanish and Portuguese word for “caffeine.” Mate is a stimulant, and addictive due to its containing caffeine. The media has made much of the Pope’s enjoyment of drinking mate. It is traditionally served in a gourd from which multiple people drink, each person having their own special straw to sip the mate through.

Bergoglio with Mate

The Pope Visits Argentina and Sips Mate

Pope Drinking from Chalice-Like Mate Cup

Pope Drinking Mate in Argentina

It is significant that mate is sipped from a communal cup. This reveals the communal nature of the cup of abominations that the Pope holds in his hands and offers to all Catholics. He is inviting all the world’s Catholics (and all the Protestants who will join with them) to embrace homosexual orientation as something to be valued. He is drinking from this cup of abominations, and would tell the world what a delightful beverage it is.

The Pope was even given a mate cup as a gift from Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Interestingly, the cup was given to him on the 18th day of March (6+6+6). The origin of the name Kirchner provides additional food for thought. “Kirchner originated as an occupational surname for a church worker, such as a priest, church assistant or a church property administrator.” (Source: Wikipedia) Add to this her first name of Christina and she symbolizes one who is a Christian church worker. Interestingly, this same woman has been described as a harlot, and has confessed herself that others see her as a prostitute.

“Mainly I am referred to as a prostitute, liar, thief and pirate, other words I really wouldn’t like to mention.

She did not keep such emails, she said. “I read and delete immediately because it’s not something you want to keep as a souvenir, but one said ‘Die you decadence (sic) whore…’”

It is not difficult to draw a comparison to this prostitute Christian church worker presenting a cup to the Pope of Rome to drink from and the description in Revelation of the Harlot with a cup of abominations in her hand. It is not surprising that under Pope Francis’ influence the Roman church is moving steadily to embrace that which Yahweh declares to be an abomination, and to asserting that an immorally debauched lifestyle is in fact a sexual orientation to be “valued.”

On a related note, the lesbian mayor of the city of Houston, America’s fourth largest metropolitan area, has done what many American Christians have long feared. She has subpoenaed a number of pastors from Houston area churches, demanding that they turn over their sermon notes and even provide information on their personal communications with others. This is in relation to the Christian community’s opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that was promoted by the Mayor. Part of the ordinance stipulates that transgender individuals can use whatever sex’s public restroom facilities they identify with.

This resulted in a ballot initiative to repeal HERO. More than 50,000 signatures were collected, nearly three times the number needed to put the matter to a public vote. The Mayor’s office disavowed the majority of the signatures, claiming there were irregularities with them. The City Attorney declared that there were not enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot referendum. In turn, a lawsuit was filed against the Mayor’s office and City Attorney to force them to recognize the legitimacy of the ballot initiative. The Mayor then subpoenaed a number of pastors, demanding that they provide documentation relating to any mention of herself, HERO, or the ballot initiative. An outcry resulted as protests of a violation of the Second Amendment guarantee of free speech was being impinged.

This political and legal attack against pastors is just the warning shot over the bow. America is heading quickly toward suppression of all speech that is contrary to the goals of government leaders. Christians need to begin to count the cost of being lights in a swiftly darkening world. It will not be possible to avoid persecution much longer for those who walk in the light and truth of Christ.

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  1. John

    Blessings Joseph.

    When I started reading your teaching, the word "synod" jumped out at me.
    "This week Pope Francis convened a Synod on the Family at the Vatican. It would be better described as a Synod to Destroy the Family."
    It was as if the Holy Spirit was saying that this word meant "sin," and "nod." In other words, a group of church leaders gathering to shake their heads in agreement to sin. This led me to research this word and its elements.

    Synod: noun
    1. an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council.
    2. any council.

    syn- Word Origin
    1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, having the same function as co- (synthesis; synoptic); used, with the meaning “with,” “together,” in the formation of compound words ( synsepalous) or “synthetic” in such compounds ( syngas).

    I wasn't too surprised to discover that the word "sin" was derived from the old English word "syn."
    sin – History of the term
    The word derives from "Old English syn(n), for original *sunjō… The stem may be related to that of Latin sons, sont-is guilty. In Old English there are examples of the original general sense, ‘offence, wrong-doing, misdeed'".[11] The Biblical terms that have been translated from Greek and Hebrew as “sin” or "syn" originate in archery and literally refer to missing the "gold" at the centre of a target, but hitting the target, i.e. error.[12] In archery, not hitting the target at all is referred to as a "miss".

    The first use of the word "sin," in Scripture is in relationship to Cain.
    Gen 4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
    Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

    The word "nod," occurs only once in Scripture. And again with a reference to Cain.
    Gen 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
    Nod = ""wandering"
    land to which Cain fled or wandered after the murder of Abel
    (Blue Letter Bible).

    The Hebrew word for "wandering," is also associated with the concept of "sin."
    Strong's H8582 – ta`ah
    to err, wander, go astray, stagger

    It appears to me that any type of "Synod," would be the coming together of some church group for the purpose of agreeing on sin.

    I thank you Joseph for all of your work and faithfulness in this ministry, that the Lord has given you.

    Shalom, John

  2. John

    News has it that the Pope did not get a two thirds consensus vote from the, "nod regarding sin," conference. Not that any Pope has ever needed a vote or consensus to change God's Law. Is anyone surprised that they were striving for a 66.6% consensus? But as the news articles state, "they are not finished yet."



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