THE SECOND PLAGUE – THE FROGS
"And Jehovah spake unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Let my people go, that they may serve me And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: and the river shall swarm with frogs, which shall go up and come into thy house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading-troughs: and the frogs shall come up both upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. And Jehovah said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thy hand with thy rod over the rivers, over the streams, and over the pools, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. And the magicians did in like manner with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat Jehovah, that he take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice unto Jehovah. And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Have thou this glory over me: against what time shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, that the frogs be destroyed from thee and thy houses, and remain in the river only? And he said, Against to-morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word; that thou mayest know that there is none like unto Jehovah our God. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only. And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto Jehovah concerning the frogs which he had brought upon Pharaoh. And Jehovah did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courts, and out of the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps; and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them, as Jehovah had spoken."
The frogs' plague began after Aaron stretched forth his hand with Moses' rod over the waters to have pointed out the place from which the frogs will come.
Frogs invasion which struck Egypt as next plague represents activity of various sects and religious organisations. Combination of two fragments of the Scripture: (1) "And I saw [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs: for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world…" (Rev. 16:13,14) and (2) "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1), lets to understand that the expression "unclean spirits" can apply to the all religious organizations which usurp the sole law to the legacy after Christ and Apostles but they lost in themselves Christ's spirit.
Because of the several features the religious sects are similar to frogs:
(1) The large protruding frogs eyes corresponds to efforts of sects to have every appearance of wisdom, to make an impression on others that they comment the Scriptures in the best way, that they are reading in the world's events the fulfillment of prophecies the most accurately, etc.
(2) The frogs' puffing out illustrates suitably pompous pride of sects, their high opinion that they are the most high organized, that they have the best preachers and they are extremely contributing to the glory of Gospel.
(3) Frogs' loud croak resembles religious indoctrination, importunate and forcing its way into ears, being in fact very shallow and devoid of any deeper meaning and true biblical bases.
The frogs, for some time staying in rivers, streams and lakes, they went out as the plague on the land. The sects started to create in Christianity from the time of Reformation, as the result of the protest against errors of teaching and the bestial conduct of the Roman church; from here their name, Protestant. Long time they were not active, being intimidated through the predominant churches in their countries. The situation changed in the last period of history of the Gospel church, represented by Laodicea. From then took place both rapid numerical growth of various sects and the expansion of their activity outside. Civil liberties and the lack of persecutions from the main state churches contributed to this. In result of these circumstances "frogs” went out from "the rivers" beyond the sphere of own organizations and began to haunt the symbolic earth of societies, pushing in all fields of their life.
Ubiquitous frogs have become anguish for Egyptians by their appearing in numerous the least expected places. They came even into bedrooms, ovens and baking-pans.
Similarly the present-day sects. They interfere in every field of the life. Ones tell to celebrate Saturday, they are letting to eat this, and forbidding that; others are forbidding to receive the blood, neither as the food nor as a blood transfusion, they are teasing with their visits devoid tact, etc., etc. Their common feature is the claiming that only their organization assures salvation and the throwing of horrendous threats of eternal extermination or eternal flames of hell for all people staying outside.
From the very beginning, when they came to being, their the main aim of the attack and their common enemy was Roman Catholic Church. Having the knowledge of errors and corruption of this system, which by many centuries was the support of the devilish order of the world, they plagued her in every accessible way. The invasion of sects enfeebled the tight system of the world created by its prince, Satan. From the beginning of the 19th century, the Bible Societies, founded by Protestants, simply flooded the world with millions of cheap Bibles. This circumstance was great encouragement to the reading of the Scriptures and independent thinking. This also gave to the development of sects the great impulse and brought about the great blow in the bases of papacy.
Pharaoh wanting to free oneself from the frogs asked Moses and Aaron to take this plague away. In the result of hearing his request: "the frogs died out of the houses, out of the courts, and out of the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps; and the land stank". This shows the Most High God had permitted to Satan to unite the Protestant sects in one subjected the discipline ecumenical movement which would stopped to tease the Catholic Church at last.
Phenomenon of dying frogs in this pictorial history represents the process of decay among the Protestants of the every spirit of the protest against errors and injustice in ecclesiastic systems. At the cost of principles, conscience and the freedom of speech, the individual sects and organizations began to make concessions, just to adapt oneself to the common interdenominational politics and not cause mutual friction. It is like common move of dead fish flowing with tide of river.
Like dead frogs were gathered in heaps, the Christian churches similarly have been joined gradually in "The World Council of Churches" and from then they are making efforts continually in the direction of the union with the Roman Catholic Church. In such a way the spiritual life in the Protestant section of Christianity also died quite.
This is quotations from the religious press the portraying mutual courtship:
"A gentle invitation" of Roman Catholic Church:
"An Ecumenical Council (61) This fond hope compelled Us to make public Our intention to hold an Ecumenical Council. Bishops from every part of the world will gather there to discuss serious religious topics. They will consider, in particular, the growth of the Catholic faith, the restoration of sound morals among the Christian flock, and appropriate adaptation of Church discipline to the needs and conditions of our times. (62) This event will be a wonderful spectacle of truth, unity, and charity. For those who behold it but are not one with this Apostolic See, We hope that it will be a gentle invitation to seek and find that unity for which Jesus Christ prayed so ardently to His Father in heaven." Encyclical of pope John XXIII "Ad Petri Cathedram" June 29, 1959
"We also hope that this teaching of the church will meet with the friendly and favourable opinion of Christians brethren, yet from us seperated. We want that this teaching, having been presented in full light in Schemata on ecumenism [Unitatis Redintegratio; the official view on Protestant and Eastern Orthodox "separated brethren"], confirmed by the Council, had in their souls the strength of love leaven, that they would went through their thoughts and the positions again, and that they would more approached to our community. At last if God wants they might to unite within this community with him." From John XXIII speech ending the third session of Vatican Council II.
Expression "separated brethren" was first used officially by the Roman Catholic Church in the Unitatis Redintegratio and it refers to baptized members of other Christian traditions. The term is more often used about Protestants and Anglicans. Before the Second Vatican Council the Roman Catholic Church officially referred to Protestants as "heretics" having no hope of salvation outside of the Church of Rome. After the Second Vatican Council, however, that habit pretty much died out.
The answer of the "separated brethren" being united in "The World Council of Churches":
"In 1964 Donald Gillies spoke for the majority when he said: 'The ecumenical movement is an affront to the Truth. It is a blatant repudiation of the faith of the Reformers and a shameless indictment of their action ... Let evangelical Protestantism be faithful unto death rather than enter into an allegiance with the idolatry of Eastern Orthodoxy and Romanism, and the unbelief of liberalism.'" Unity in the Dark, published by the Banner of Truth Trust.
"We should see the Churches of England, Sweden and United States and others countries, bound together in one body. If pope would like to preside this body we all should to greet this with the acknowledgement." Lucas Fischer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the first chairman of WCC, "The Bulwark" May 1962
"However – despite denials of some persons – it seems little probable that the union with Rome might not to be the final aim of the ecumenical movement, thus as this is shaping in the minds of majority its leaders. Rome is the final aim of the ecumenical movement. It is difficult indeed to check at present in what degree one can deny this." Donald Gillies "Unity in the Dark" p. 22
"Dr Carey says that although some are – 'trapped in a time warp of the Reformation, still fighting old baffles and mouthing old shibboleths' – organic union with Rome is now a distinct possibility. 'The old barriers of suspicion topple as evangelicals recognise the Christian in the Catholic, and hopefully, vice versa.'" Emmanuel Church Salisbury
"If we however did not enter this road it testified that it were we, the non-Roman churches, which put obstacles, because the Roman church is entirely decided on an ecumenical dialogue and it would be difficult to get the explanation of this cardinal instruction of Catholics if we do not take it seriously and if we do not answer on it." Lucas Fischer "Znaki Czasu" (Signs of the Time) Polish edition No. 4/65
This is one of the paragraphs from the common resolution of "First Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission – Authority in the Church" – 1976 Venice:
"23. If God's will for the unity in love and truth of the whole Christian community is to be fulfilled, this general pattern of the complementary primatial and conciliar aspects of episcope serving the koinonia of the churches needs to be realised at the universal level. The only see which makes any claim to universal primacy and which has exercised and still exercises such episcope is the see of Rome, the city where Peter and Paul died.
It seems appropriate that in any future union a universal primacy such as has been described should be held by that see."
These several statements of prominent personalities of the ecumenical movement, quoted above, they show that Protestantism getting rid of the Reformation benefits quickly dies spiritually.
After the plague abated the frogs remained only in the river (Exod. 8:11). In a such way it was showed by pictorial event that the teachings and the opinions of sects uniting in ecumenical movement stayed intact. Each of them can keep its own religious belief inside denomination, but in the ecumenical acting outside, each must to speak only this, what causes union, but not this, what causes division.
The earth stank from the heaps of gathered dead frogs. It is illustration of the conditions among Protestant societies. The spirit of the compromise in principal matters brought about the great fall of the morale of Protestant denominations. Departure from the spirit of Reformation, social scandals caused by pastors, ordinations the women on ministers in spite of Bible, the sanctions of the marriages of the same sex – all this produces the disgusting "stench," from which chapels and the churches become deserted.
Martin Luther, respected by Protestants reformer named (1520) the dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church "monstrous opinions to be found in the Roman dunghill of decretals." About what does this testify that Protestants want to come back to such "dunghill"?
The end of this unusual event, the gathering the dead frogs in the rotting heaps, it is showed in our Lord's parable about wheat and tares as tying the tares in bundles. The parable also shows the preparation to the symbolic burning of all these ecumenical unions in the fire of the great tribulation, anarchy.
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