5.7 The fall of religion as we know it today

The destruction of Rome and the ransacking of the Vatican Library are again mentioned by the following quatrain, referred to as «lightening striking inside the closed temple»:

Within the closed temple the lightning will enter,
the citizens within their fort injured:
Horses, cattle, men, the wave will touch the wall,
through famine, drought, under the weakest armed. (ΙΙΙ-6)

Another thing he will do in the process of all this destruction is to ransack the Vatican totally to the ground and destroy the library. He will do this mainly to undermine the authority and break up into little pieces the Catholic Church …

The great ruin of the clergy is not far off,
Provence, Naples, Sicily Sees and Pons.
In Germany at the Rhine and Cologne,
vexed to death by those of Maine. (V-43)

… For that will be a major obstacle in his plans. One way he will do this is by revealing all the controversial things he finds that are hidden away in the Vatican Library. Things the church had declared people should not read for it would be threatening to their faith. He will be sure that these things are distributed about. It will cause much dissension with the church. Theologians and priests and students will turn one against the other, each with their own theories and interpretations concerning this new information. And all will be confusion. That way the Catholic Church will no longer pose the obstacle that it did before for this man and his plans.

Magonce» or Mainz is a city in West Germany, the home of Johann Gutenberg, the first printer of moveable type and the Bible. Through his activities, Mainz became the center of printing during the late 1400s. In this context it makes perfect sense in this quatrain as a symbolism of education and learning).
At first the Catholic Church will try peaceful means to accommodate him, not realizing he is the Anti-Christ.

The royal priest bowing too low,
a great flow of blood will come out of his mouth.
The Anglican reign, a realm breathing,
for a long time dead as a stump, living in Tunis. (Χ-56)

«The blood coming out of his mouth» is the Anti-Christ striking at the church anyway and taking advantage of their weakness. Much of the downfall will take place behind the scenes with the powers of whispers and secrets – «a realm breathing». The Anti-Christ will befoul and then destroy anything people revere or hold to be holy.

Of the church men the blood will be poured
forth as abundant as water in (amount);
for a long time it will not be restrained,
woe, woe, for the clery ruin and grief. (VΙΙΙ-98)

When the Catholic Church does collapse it will go all the way and there will be no trace of it left. It will be as if it had been swallowed up by the waves. That is because unfortunately the way the structure is set up it has been rotting from the inside out for quite some time. The Catholic church likes to put itself forward as being the torch of western civilization and deny that the source of western civilization and knowledge originated from Greece:

From the land of Attica,
source of all wisdom which at the present is the rose of the world:
The Pont(iff) ruined, its great pre-eminence
will be subjected and wrecked beneath the waves. (V-31)

During the time of troubles, during the earth changes, in all the countries, the fundamentalist sects of the various religions will become very powerful, claiming to offer people the comfort they need to get through the hard times.

He does not care what religion these sects are affiliated with, be it Muslim of Christian or Shinto or what-have-you. These fundamentalist sects always suppress learning and education so there will be great censorship of books and such.

Alas! What a great loss there will be to learning
before the cycle of the Moon is completed.
Fire, great floods, by more ignorant rulers;
how long the centuries until it is seen to be restored. (Ι-62)

The sacking of the Vatican Library by the Anti-Christ will bring to light information and facts and knowledge that have been suppressed for several centuries. Ironically, in a way the Anti-Christ will be doing a good thing by ransacking the Vatican Library because later on that knowledge, which has been suppressed for centuries, will be open to the whole world and available for everyone to use. Even though the Anti-Christ goes about it the wrong way and uses violence to accomplish his ends,the fact that he does release this knowledge to the world will help him by starting the beginning of the cycle of his working off this karma, and working towards a higher level of karma.

Instead of a bride the girls are slaughtered,
murder with such wickedness, there will be no survivors.
The vestals are drowned in the wells,
and the bride killed by a draught of Aconite. (IV-71)

This quatrain deals with a worldwide rise in fundamentalism. Various major religions of the world will become more fanatical, and as a result will lose touch with wisdom, which is «the drowning of the vestals in the wells». If they lose touch with their spiritual source, then they will lose touch with what they consider to be deity, or God. They will no longer be religions; they will be gross parodies of religion.

The men in positions of authority in these various religions became power hungry, and started being abusing their position – «the drought of aconite». That’s what all the references to murder mean.

Their eyes closed, open to the old fantasy,
the habit of priests will be abolished.
The great monarch will punish their frenzy,
stealing the treasure in front of the temples. (II-12)

The «great monarch» is referring to the Anti-Christ plus it is referring to the pope who is the Anti-Christ’s tool because the pope is the great monarch of the church. They will be robbing the church blind, so to speak.Because the Anti-Christ, in addition to taking over the material possessions of the church to help fund his armies, will also be desecrating and raiding the Vatican Library. Humanity will discover that Vatican formed its own hierarchy to control and manipulate man by inventing rules and words of God which they were not. People no longer will stand for it because they’ve uncovered the power, the wealth, the hypocrisy, the lies to humankind.  The Vatican will fall:

O great Rome your ruin draws near,
not of your walls but of your blood and substance;
the harsh one in letters will make so horrid a notch,
pointed steel wounding all up to the sleeve. (Χ-65)

There will be a person that will come with spoken word, with written word, with documented proof, and make this public, so that it cannot be hidden any longer. That’s what it means by «so horrid a notch» and «pointed steel The truth of these words will be a part of the unification of the universal citizen.

The Church of God will be persecuted,
and the holy temples will be pillaged;
the mother will put out the child, naked in a shift.
The Arabs will ally with the Poles. (V-73)

This is the fall of religion as we know it today. As Rome is not really of Christ and the Arabs are not really of Mohammed’s teachings, so they will eventually fall. Both of these teachings were trying to make a philosophy of God’s love and universal law. Man has changed all of these religions and teachings for his own greed, control and manipulation.