French President Offers To Work With Vatican!

By Garner Ted Armstrong

The vast majority of the French people are Roman Catholic. French President Jacques Chirac is working hard to restore France to what he believes is its rightful place as the leader of Europe, and, for that matter, a position of leadership in the world.

For one thing, he is working on launching the French response to both the BBC and CNN, to be called “CNN a la Francaise.” Citing the huge audiences of the British and American cable news networks, Chirac, who believes the world should speak French, intends to create a French language network which would “get our message across.”

Chirac knows that CNN claims it is viewed by over 160 million people in 200 different countries, and that the BBC claims even more – 253 million in 200 countries. To counter this English-language monopoly on news and propaganda, Chirac wants to broadcast the French message in the French language to the whole world. A major part of that message is that “American power must be restrained.”

As I have reported in previous commentaries, not all of Mr. Chirac’s concerns are based merely upon French revanchism [of which Germany has been aware], desire for hegemony, or historical greatness. There are many major French firms which have been doing lucrative business with Saddam Hussein, along with two giants in the energy business, Elf Aquitaine and Total, who were hopeful Hans Blix and company would somehow manage to stave off the US and Britain, give Saddam a clean bill of health, lift US sanctions, and let all that Iraqi oil begin to flow with those two French firms in on the ground floor.

The move to create a global French-language cable news network comes at the same time that Chirac has made overtures to the Vatican and the pope!

According to a leading British daily, the French President is now turning to the pope in Rome in his attempt to further emphasize what he calls the illegitimacy of the war against Iraq.

Chirac is basking in the afterglow of being labeled by the French media as a “Warrior for Peace.” Working hard to undermine the American and British-led coalition now engaged in battle, Chirac is offering to work with the pope to ensure that what he calls the “primacy of law” prevails in the future.

In a letter to the Vatican, he wrote, “I profoundly regret the launch of military operations, while hoping that they end as quickly as possible and with the least loss of human life . . . It is essential that the international community rediscovers its unity around the most fundamental human values, starting with respect for one another and tolerance. Because they share very similar views on all these subjects, the Holy See and France must work together so that law, justice, and dialogue between peoples prevail.”

How strange that a nominal Christian leader – a Roman Catholic – should seemingly take the part of Islamic nations against nominal Christian nations, and should solicit the aid of the pope of Rome in doing so!

The French President is smarting under his failure to prevent the war from commencing; his having to sit on the sidelines while he watches a client country, and countless millions of francs in military hardware and infrastructure being destroyed. He is smarting because he sees France being shrugged off (to use a typical French gesture and characteristic); isolated internationally.

Bible Prophecy shows that the final coalition of ten nations comprising the “Beast” power will be in collusion with a great false church. That church is called the “mother” church, who has daughters. “I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

“And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

“Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

“But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments” (Isaiah 47:6-9). If those who comprise the “daughters” of the lady of kingdoms knew who they were, they would be very concerned, indeed!

There is one great nation which is called the “Fatherland.” There is one great religious organization which calls itself “the mother church.” A German protestor, many centuries ago, began a process whereby “daughters” came out of the great mother church; daughters which adopted practically all of her creeds and doctrines, but which eschewed her granting of indulgences and procedural abuses, while retaining much of her liturgy, many of her rites, and her refusal to obey God’s Sabbath and holy days, along with her sun worship, idolatry, and pagan holidays such as “Ishtar” (silent “h,” pronounced “Easter” today).

This “Lady of the kingdoms” is characterized as a great whore; a licentious old “mother of harlots” who has concourse with the heads of state of the world: “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters [symbol of many nations]:

“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication [her false doctrines and political agendas].

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [scarlet is the color of the College of Cardinals], full of names of blasphemy [they call themselves “holy”], having seven heads and ten horns.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:1-5).

Of this great false church, Halley’s Bible Handbook says, “This description of Babylon the Great Harlot, seated on the seven-headed ten-horned beast, while it may have ultimate reference to a situation yet to appear, exactly fits Papal Rome.  Nothing else in world history does fit.

“The desire for worldly power began to manifest itself in the church, on a broad scale, in the 4th century, when the Roman Empire ceased its persecutions and made Christianity the State Religion. The spirit of Imperial Rome passed into the church. The church gradually developed itself into the pattern of the empire it had conquered. ... The Vatican is where the palace of the Caesars was. The popes have claimed all the authority the Caesars claimed, and more. The Papal Palace, throughout the centuries, has been among the most luxurious in the world. Popes have lived in pomp and splendor unsurpassed by earthly kings. ... ‘Full of names of blasphemy,’ Popes claim to hold on earth the place of God, to have supreme authority over the human conscience, to forgive sin, grant indulgences, and that obedience to them is necessary to salvation. How could anything be more blasphemous?

“‘Scarlet’ [is] the color of the Beast and the Harlot, and also of the Dragon [Rev. 12:3], [and] is the color of the Papacy. The Cardinal’s hats and robes are scarlet.” (Halley’s, pp. 731,732).

One need not wonder about the interpretation of the ten horns, nor about the location or identity of the great harlot who rides the Beast.

John was told, “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast [the power of a king is absolute; the power of his economy and his military]. These have one mind [one policy; one agenda; they are in complete agreement], and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them [this DATES the prophecy insofar as the sequence of events; it is the FINAL economic/military coalition prior to Christ’s return!]: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire [Study the 18th chapter of Revelation].

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:12-18).

To which great world capital city do the heads of state go? To whom do they appeal? To the Dalai Llama? To a representative of Islam, or Buddha? No, they go to the pope in Rome! It is this city, more than any other which has “reigned over the kings of the earth.” Over the centuries, Rome has crowned them, or taken away their crowns.

The most revered human religious leader in the world today is the pope. He issues statements about the wars of the world; about the Mideast; about politics and religion.

It is not strange in the least, in the light of Bible prophecy, to see the head of the great nation of France, which will be one of the final ten nations of the Beast, calling upon the Pope for his help. It will be very interesting to see which one of the Cardinals, which includes a German, a Black from Africa, and even a Jew, will be the successor to Pope John Paul II.

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