8 ¶ And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun. And it was given unto him to afflict men with heat and fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed the name of God, who hath power over these plagues. Neither did they penance to give him glory.
IRENAEUS AGAINST HERESIES -- BOOK V (Chap. XIX to Chap. XXXVI)
CHAP. XXVIII.--THE DISTINCTION TO BE MADE BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED. THE FUTURE APOSTASY IN THE TIME OF ANTI-CHRIST, AND THE END OF THE WORLD.
1. Inasmuch, then, as in this world [world in Greek is “age” - the age of grace is meant] some persons betake themselves to the light, and by faith unite themselves with God, but others shun the light, and separate themselves from God, the Word of God comes preparing a fit habitation for both. For those indeed who are in the light, that they may derive enjoyment from it, and from the good things contained in it; but for those in darkness, that they may partake in its calamities. And on this account He says, that those upon the right hand are called into the kingdom of heaven, but that those on the left He will send into eternal fire for they have deprived themselves of all good.
2. And for this reason the apostle says: "Because they received not the love of God, that they might be saved, therefore God shall also send them the operation of error, that they may believe a lie, that they all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but consented to unrighteousness."(1) For when he (Antichrist) is come, and of his own accord concentrates in his own person the apostasy, and accomplishes whatever he shall do according to his own will and choice, sitting also inthe temple of God, so that his dupes may adore him as the Christ; wherefore also shall he deservedly "be cast into the lake of fire:"(2) [this will happen according to divine appointment], God by His prescience foreseeing all this, and at the proper time sending such a man, "that they may believe a lie, that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but consented to unrighteousness;" whose coming John has thus described in the Apocalypse: "And the beast which I had seen was like unto a leopard, and his feet as of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon conferred his own power upon him, and his throne, and great might. And one of his heads was as it were slain unto death; and his deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon because he gave power to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto this beast, and who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things, and blasphemy and power was given to him during forty and two months. And he opened his mouth for blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. And power was given him over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation. And all who dwell upon the earth worshipped him, [every one] whose name was not written in the book of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any one have ears, let him hear. If any one shall lead into captivity, he shall go into captivity. If any shall slay with the sword, he must be slain with the sword. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints."(3) After this he likewise describes his armour-bearer, whom he also terms a false prophet: "He spake as a dragon, and exercised all the power of the first beast in his sight, and caused the earth, and those that dwell therein, to adore the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he shall perform great wonders, so that he can even cause fire to descend from heaven upon the earth in the sight of men, and he shall lead the inhabitants of the earth astray."(4) Let no one imagine that he performs these wonders by divine power, but by the working of magic. And we must not be surprised if, since the demons and apostate spirits are at his service, he through their means performs wonders, by which he leads the inhabitants of the earth astray. John says further: "And he shall order an image of the beast to be made, and he shall give breath to the image, so that the image shall speak; and he shall cause those to be slain who will not adore it." He says also: "And he will cause a mark [to be put] in the forehead and in the fight hand, that no one may be able to buy or sell, unless he who has the mark of the name of the beast or the number of his name; and the number is six hundred and sixty-six,"(5) that is, six times a hundred, six times ten, and six units. [He gives this] as a summing up of the whole of that apostasy which has taken place during six thousand years. [The ages leading up to Christ is meant. This is all the working of the Devil that Christ cast down at His All Holy Cross. The total recapitulation of all of the evils of the Devil’s former machinations will be let loose upon earth again when the vast majority of men turn away from God and His Christ in the Great Apostasy.]
We are warned of the "operation of error", literally the "energian planes" or energy of delusion. Diabolic delusion is meant. That is made abundantly clear in the Church Fathers. In the ancient pagan world that was always part of idolatry and polytheism.
9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders:
10 And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:
12 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.
During the time of Photius (a Khazar) and the dating of all subsequent Ecumenical Orthodox Church theology, at about the same time as Photius, from the 'victory' of the "theology of the icon", the actual theology of that so-called church has disintegrated into complete paganism. Photius' teaching on Christ is simply an old heresy trying to divide Christ into two persons. The teaching on the hypostasis of the icon as the real presence of Christ the same as in the Eucharist is nothing other than sophist idolatry. The teaching on created energy divinising men is nothing other than polytheism. The idea, present in the Orthodox and the Oriental Churches, that the gods and goddesses of Egypt and Greece are types of the true God and His revelation of Himself is a lie from Satan and complete apostasy from the true God. It was this ‘Orthodox’ Church that originally proposed Ecumenism in the last few centuries, despite a few in their ranks claiming it was the Protestants. This ‘Orthodox’ Church has been the leader of Ecumenism including Demetrios I and his nonsense, on the island of Patmos of all places, provoking the Antipope John Paul II to the kind of nonsense that later with Bartholomew I, John Paul II perpetrated at Assisi. It is the Ecumenical Orthodox Church that claims the ecological Patriarch Bartholomew I (Gaia mother goddess of earth is the patroness of the ecologists). It was the Antipope John Paul II and the Heresiarch Bartholomew I that assembled in Assisi with about forty other Patriarchs and Metropolitans etc. of the Eastern 'Church' and a whole host of Catholic Cardinals and Bishops on January 24, 2002 for the totally apostate synchretist prayer meeting with leaders of every imaginable form of paganism including voodoo witchdoctors. It was Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, who dared to call the apostasy of the Assisi offence against God, "blessed are the peacemakers". It is the Ecumenical Orthodox 'Church' that is the self willed source of the energy of diabolic delusion that is marking men with the image of the beast.
In opposition to the traditional Catholic and Orthodox Churches, this folks, is Ecumenism, an invention of Judeo-Freemasonry and Byzantine/Phanariot/Venetian/Swiss banking and with the full apostate complicity of the Novus Ordo pseudo church of the Antipope Benediktos.
Jesus WARNED us of false prophets like Benedict XVI who promise peace but mean apostasy.
BEWARE. BENEDICT WOULD HAVE US RECEIVE THE MARK AND HAVE THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST STAMPED UPON US.
LET US BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR: THE PSEUDO-JEWISH ZIONIST FREEMASON ECUMENICAL SYNTHESIS OF ALL APOSTATE PAGAN RELIGIONS AND THE WORLD WIDE GOVERNMENT MOVEMENT IS TOTALLY THE WORSHIP OF THE DEVIL AND IS THE ANTICHRIST AND SATAN AND IS DAMNED WITH ALL THOSE WHO GO ALONG WITH IT.
Theurgy, claiming that men can forgive sins by commanding God to do so; this is a most heinous sin since the willfulness of it is to totally abrogate God’s absolute dominion over all which He has created.
The Novus Ordo false Church of Rome since Vatican II ('the synagogue of Satan', see Revelation 2:9 and 3:9) is part of the cover up for the Antichrist activities of the Zionist thugs. A doctrine, which was never embraced by traditional Catholicism, has been concocted by Vatican II that men can command God to forgive whatever sins these men command. This is part of the theurgy of the false-prophet which goes before the Antichrist to pave the way for people to be deceived by the Antichrist.
View Wesley's Notes for Revelation 16:8
16:8 The fourth poured out his phial upon the sun - Which was likewise affected by the fourth trumpet. There is also a plain resemblance between the first, second, and third phials, and the first, second, and third trumpet. And it was given him - The angel. To scorch the men - Who had the mark of the beast. With fire - As well as with the beams of the sun. So these four phials affected earth, water, fire, and air.
See: four elements