Image of a wall fresco inside the Vatican
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)
Last week-end I watched with much interest the unrivaled pomp and circumstance that surrounds the pope in this full version video of Donald Trump’s visit to the Vatican. The rich, golden furnishings and especially the ubiquitous pagan art speak volumes about the wealth, power and belief system of this religious nation state.
I think this painting is highly significant:
To the left is a woman wearing a green shawl and holding up in her left arm what looks like a torture instrument. To the right, the woman in the red shawl is holding up what appears to be an unlit torch. And of course we also find the ever-present keys of the Archbishop of Rome.
The papal mitre in this instance has the form of a large golden crown to symbolize the pope’s kingly power and authority. It’s worn by a cherub that sits atop an evil head and two dragons that are contained within an oval shape. The Bible reveals to us the identity of the dragon: “So the great dragon was cast out (of heaven), that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan”.
The larger of the two is a golden winged dragon that occupies the seat of power and riches. This dragon stands at the bottom of the oval that contains the earth and the smaller dragon, meaning that it has a vaster dominion than just the earth, to include for example the atmosphere (Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2). At the feet of the large dragon, outside the oval, is the head of a young child. If you listened to our podcasts 035 – Prophecy Update: Judgment Is Coming and 036 – Spiritual Wickedness in High Places you might have some idea as to what the head of this child represents.
The smaller winged dragon beast sits on top of the earth wearing a crown, indicating that it has dominion and authority over the earth: “The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2). “And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:7).
Then there’s the evil head that’s posed outside the oval on top just underneath the cherub. I’m not sure if the intended symbolism is the evil trilogy of the Book of Revelation Chapter 13 (the dragon, the beast and the false prophet) or something else. But clearly the iconography says that all this underlies the papal power and authority.
What kind of church would have this type of iconography in its world headquarters? Surely not the Lord’s bride who’s chaste and pure, focused only on heavenly things. But rather a harlot church that fornicates with the kings of the earth to obtain earthly power as described in Revelation 17:1-9:
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet (Note: the colors of the cardinals and bishops), and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.
I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement. But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. … Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits”.
Just in case you didn’t know, Rome is the city of seven mountains. Capiche?