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Gerald Flurry

Most people think the crusades are a thing of the started these later Crusades. This “righteous” army marched
past—over forever. But they are wrong. Preparations 3,000 miles to conquer the Holy Land.
are being made for a final crusade, and it will be the Here is an excerpt from the book Crusades, by Terry
bloodiest of all! Jones and Alan Ereira, which became a bbc television series:
“By summoning an army under the banner of the Cross, the

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he Crusades were a series of Roman Catholic “holy” pope was extending the church’s mantle over all
wars to wrest control of the Holy Land from Muslims. Christendom. This was the idea at the very heart
They produced some of the bloodiest battles in history. of the revolutionary papacy; in place of separate local
Did you ever wonder how the Catholics reconcile that churches at the center of discreet communities, there was
“holy” slaughter with the Bible, which states, “Thou shalt not to be one overarching church, ruled by one over-
kill”? Or how they can read the Sermon on the Mount and arching pope. The Crusade was to be its expression and its
still lead the religious world in spilling rivers of blood? instrument” (emphasis mine here and throughout).
They are called the Christian Crusades. That label itself They state that this thinking was at the heart of
is a deception. They were primarily Catholic Crusades. the papacy. The popes wanted to rule any church called
Other Christian religions have their problems, but let’s not Christian. Through the Holy Roman Empire, they also tried
blame them for what the Catholics did—and will do. Some repeatedly to rule the entire world. They have succeeded
background will help us understand. six times and are about to succeed again, for the last time,
according to Bible prophecy. (Request our free booklet
P o p e U r b a n  I I Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.)
The Protestant churches are prophesied to be brought
back into the Catholic Church (Isaiah 47). Mostly this
In a.d. 622, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade will be done through bloodshed. Remember, this wish to
against the Persians and the rule all Christianity is at “the
Jews. Some 60,000 Catholics very heart of the revolution-
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enslaved. The fall of Jerusalem philosophy has motivated them
left the Catholic world shocked for nearly 2,000 years. And
and mourning. they still believe violent and
This war left Catholics bloody crusades are righteous.
bitter against the Jews for the Have they ever truly repented
role they played in the war. of this condemning history?
Much anti-Semitism began The answer is no. The best they
because of it. have managed is some recent
Some historians consider vague apologies.
this the First Crusade. But the History proves the Catholic
Crusades we best remember Church to be one of the most
came later, beginning in the militant institutions ever cre-
11th century. Jerusalem ated. They do not believe in a
Pope Urban II unleashed Pope Urban II hoped that Jerusalem, the spiritual (and therefore democratic philosophy. They
a savage Catholic army and physical) center of the universe, would be directly ruled by the church. have often “converted” people

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by the sword. And yet, this world seems unwilling to hold The real tragedy is that the world, like Pope Urban,
them accountable for their war crimes. still doesn’t understand what he did, and what the Catholic
Modern historians have shown how closely they worked Church continues to do. Their real beliefs surface when they
with the Nazis. It was through the Catholic Church that most gain power. Today, they are building the greatest power they
of the leading Nazis escaped after World War II. We have have ever had. If you understand their history, their future
shown in our Trumpet magazine how well documented that is very predictable—far more than most historians believe.
history is. No one should doubt it. (Read The Unholy Trinity Add Bible prophecy to that equation and you will see that
by Mark Aarons and John Loftus, available at bookstores.) this world faces a frightening specter.
And doesn’t that crime reveal that the Catholics were
deeply involved with the Nazi war machine? Fighting on Both Sides
This subject is too important to let our emotions stand
in the way, because the worst is yet to come!
The last crusade will be the supreme inquisition of all The Crusades created rivers of blood. And it was all done in
history. It is time we the name of God. Of course, the Muslims responded with
understood the bloody massive slaughters against the Crusaders, also in the name
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history of the Crusades of God. Does it make any sense for God to be fighting on
and let it be a warning! both sides? Or are these warring factions just giving our
The world seems God of love a bloody reputation?
almost unaware of these Jerusalem is considered a holy place by both religions.
monstrous crimes. It is indeed considered the “center of the universe” to the
T h e Jon e s a n d Catholics. They believe conquering Jerusalem makes them
Ereira book continues, righteous. That has been their ideology from the beginning.
“Urban’s army would It is still true today. The fruits are there to prove it. The Bible
also rescue Jerusalem, says that “by their fruits you shall know them.” They believe
t he s pi r it u a l (a nd in war as an instrument to achieve their religious goals.
therefore the physical) “The following morning the Crusaders re-entered the
center of the uni- al-Aqsa Mosque and slaughtered every Muslim sheltering
verse. He hoped that there. No one knows how many died; the Muslim chronicler
the redeemed Jerusalem reports 70,000. One of the Crusaders reports picking
would be directly ruled his way through a mess of blood and bodies more than
by the church. knee-deep” (ibid.). This is only one episode of many. Many
“Ever y man who people have seen pictures of this very mosque.
Pope Urban II convinced followers enrolled for the strug- How many Muslims still remember the history of this
to kill heretics for penance. gle must mark himself mosque being knee-deep in Arab blood? And all of this
out by wearing a cross savagery supposedly made Catholics righteous! A warrior
and, most important, vow to continue on his way until he who burned Arab babies in the Crusade was considered
reached Jerusalem. worthy to gain glory for all eternity! Does this really make
“Urban’s method of raising this army was completely sense to a sound mind?
original; as well as pay, he could offer paradise—anyone “But killing, the pope now declared, need not be a sin
who took part had all their sins forgiven. ‘Whoever for devo- after all. It depended on who you killed. In fact, if you killed
tion alone, not to gain honor or money, goes to Jerusalem the enemies of Christ, killing did not require penance—it
to liberate the Church of God can substitute this journey was the penance. Holy slaughter could be as effec-
for all penance.’” tive a devotional activity as prayer, or fasting, or
Any Bible student ought to know that only God can offer pilgrimage. …”
paradise and forgive sins. But that is the big problem with The pope said, “Now we are proposing that you should
most Christians: They don’t believe and obey the Bible! fight wars which contain the glorious reward of martyr-
The whole world, including the religious world, is dom, in which you can gain the title of present and eternal
deceived (Revelation 12:9). Enormous problems like the glory ….”
Crusades will continue until we confront our own decep- “The pope had also pointed out the importance of rescu-
tion. ing Jerusalem from the infidel. He seems to have suggested
Jones and Ereira conclude, “By saying that carrying that ‘rescue’ meant ‘seize and keep’” (ibid.)
out a military/political enterprise would make you a better The pope also said, “Take the road to the Holy Sepulcher,
person, wiping out past sins, Urban had invented a way by rescue that land from a dreadful race and rule over it your-
which every person could internalize papal policy. Fighting selves.”
in the pope’s cause was not only an obligation, it made you Muslim and Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem were
righteous. With that one idea, mass political action was slaughtered like pigs. And all of this was done by Catholics
launched. With that one idea, ideology was born. With that who presumably became more righteous in the process.
one idea, the Crusade was set in motion. Urban did not Were these killers true Christians? A true Christian is
understand what he had done.” one who follows Christ. If we look in the gospels, Christ tells
This pope certainly did not know what he had done. us to love our enemies, even die for them—not kill them!
What he began led to a number of indescribably brutal wars The memory of such horrendous massacres still lives
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Those memories have provoked Arabs and Jews to mas- The world so quickly forgets. And because it does, the
sacre Catholics throughout history in a similar manner—all massive bloodshed continues. The Catholics did these appall-
in the name of religion. ing, despicable deeds before the world. But has anyone heard
them repent before the world?
K i n g P e t e r’s C ru s a de There is good news: Jesus Christ will personally stop the
next crusade! Sadly, however, that will only occur after the
King Peter launched his crusade from the little Mediterranean worst suffering ever on this Earth (Daniel 12:1; Matthew
island of Cyprus, which was captured by Catholic Crusaders 24:21-22).
during the Third Crusade. Here is what Steven Runciman
wrote about King Peter’s Crusade in A History of the Cyprus
Crusades: “King Peter arrived at Rhodes early in the month,
and on the 25th the whole Cypriot fleet sailed into the harbor, More than one crusade has been launched from Cyprus.
108 vessels in all, galleys, transports, merchant ships and Will we see the last crusade launched from there as well? Is
light skiffs. With the great galleys of the Venetians and those history about to repeat itself?
provided by the Hospital, the armada numbered 165 ships. Turkey, just north of Cyprus, has been a strong member
They carried a full complement of men, with ample horses, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato) for many
provisions and arms. Not since the Third Crusade had a years. Yet, a German-led European Union (EU) rejected it
proportionate expedition set out for the Holy War. … from joining the EU—even though it has been applying
“During the Friday night there was a fierce Muslim since 1963, when there were only six members!
counterattack through one of the southern gates, which Cyprus, on the other hand, was accepted as an EU
the Christians in their excitement had burned down. It was member in May 2004.
beaten off; and by the Saturday afternoon, all Alexandria Why, then, has the EU consistently rejected Turkey? Is
was in the Crusaders’ hands. it because Turkey is predominantly Islamic?
“The victory was celebrated with unparalleled The EUis prophesied to be ultimately comprised of 10
savagery. Two and a half centuries of holy warfare nations, or groups of nations, dominated by Catholicism.
had taught the Crusaders nothing of humanity. The Already the EU is being called the Holy Roman Empire. It
massacres were only equalled by those of Jerusalem in 1099 has traditionally been the enemy of the Muslims.
and Constantinople in 1204. The Muslims had not been so And why did the EU want tiny Cyprus to be a member?
ferocious at Antioch or at Acre. Alexandria’s wealth had Is the EU already thinking about Cyprus as a launching pad
been phenomenal; and the victors were maddened at the from which to protect its Jerusalem interests?
sight of so much booty. They spared no one. The native You can be certain that the EU is thinking about how to
Christians and the Jews suffered as much as the Muslims; protect the holy places in and around Jerusalem. Catholic
and even the European merchants settled in the city saw their Europe has thought like this for almost 2,000 years!
factories and storehouses ruthlessly looted. Mosques and There is a real crisis in Cyprus today. Some people fear
tombs were raided and their ornaments stolen or destroyed; a war between Greece and Turkey, who share the rule of this
churches too were sacked, though a gallant crippled Coptic island. Greece became the tenth member state of the EU in
lady managed to save some of the treasures of her sect at the 1981, and Russia has already sold missiles to Greece, whose
sacrifice of her private fortune. Houses were entered, and intention is to bully Turkey with them.
householders who did not immediately hand over At a conference in Cyprus in July 2001, Dr. Osman Metin
all their possessions were slaughtered with their Ozturk explained that while EU membership of Cyprus
families. Some 5,000 prisoners, Christians and Jews as well would support the interests of Greece and the EU, it would
as Muslims, were taken to be sold as slaves. A long line of stall U.S. and nato interests.
horses, asses and camels carried the loot to the ships in the Here is what Christopher Lockwood, diplomatic editor
in Nicosia, wrote in the
Daily Telegraph, March
30, 1998: “The EU has
The Crusades created rivers of blood—on both sides. And it maneuvered itself into
was all done in the name of God. Does it make sense for God a position where it may
to be fighting on both sides? Or are these warring factions soon have to take a bit-
terly divided island, with
just giving our God of love a bloody reputation? a propensity for violence
and even war, into its
bosom.
harbor and there having performed their task were killed. “It has poisoned relations with Turkey, a crucial nato
The whole city stank with the odor of human and ally; made a solution to the Cyprus problem harder to
animal corpses.” achieve than ever ….”
This author said, “The Crusades were the pope’s Why would Europe risk such serious problems, even
work.” The Crusade philosophy has made Catholic popes warfare, over this tiny island?
the bloodiest religious leaders ever! Even the people building the EU don’t fully understand
Still, most people try to hide from this frightening reality. what is happening. There is a spirit and force behind these
That is the main reason why the worst Catholic crusade is yet to events that the world does not see. “And I saw one of his
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was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And doubt about this. From Iran’s support for subversion in
they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto Bahrain, through its improving ties with Egypt, its support
the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is for Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamist revolutionaries
like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And in Khartoum, to its close strategic alliance with Moscow,
there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and everything has the same ultimate purpose: the liberation
blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue of Jerusalem from under the Zionist yoke.”
forty and two months” (Revelation 13:3-5). The U.S. has tried to isolate Iran. Almost no other
If the people of the world truly understood what is hap- nation supports America. This attempt has failed. The U.S.
pening in Europe, they would be trembling in fear. is fighting against Bible prophecy.
Does this great evil spirit being, Satan the devil, have Here is what the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
plans for Cyprus? Is there a final crusade planned to be said in 1996: “We know but one word: struggle, struggle.
launched into the Middle East from there? This evil spirit Jihad, jihad, jihad. When we stop our intifada, when we stop
being knows Bible prophecy and what the future holds. our revolution, we go to the greater jihad, the jihad of the
The beast will hold power for 31/2 years, and then Christ independent Palestinian state with its capital Jerusalem.”
will destroy that evil empire forever! We are entering the Jihad is the Arab cry for holy war. They will get their
worst times ever, but they will lead into the best news we war. But it will not be holy. It will lead to the worst suffering
could ever receive! this planet has ever experienced!
“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south
Final Crusade Prophesied push at him: and the king of the north shall come against
him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen,
One of the main tourist attractions in Jordan is the Crusader and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries,
castles. The Catholics built most of them to war against and shall overflow and pass over” (Daniel 11:40). This king
the Muslims and control Jerusalem. These castles are of the south is undoubtedly the Iran-led radical Muslims.
stark reminders of the bloody past—and a far more bloody They are strong and are pushing others around in the
future! Middle East.
The Jews have Jerusalem now. But not for long. Both Soon they will push at the king of the north, the so-
Muslims and Catholics have designs for Jerusalem. These called Holy Roman Empire—the same religious power that
two great powers are about to clash again—go head-to-head was behind the Crusades. And that push will surely revolve
in the final crusade over Jerusalem! around Jerusalem.
In 1997, Iran conducted major war games code-named Just 20 years ago, nobody could have even imagined two
“Road to Jerusalem.” Between 150,000 and 500,000 soldiers world powers coming out of the Middle East and Europe.
participated. But God knew exactly what would happen. Nobody but
What could be more provocative? Iran is advertising its God could have inspired these prophecies. Everybody can
strategy to the world. Few people understand this Muslim see these two great powers today.
passion for Jerusalem and its holy sites! It is the kind of Just look at what is happening in Europe—and has been
passion that causes war! for years. Pope John Paul II worked feverishly before his
Iran will undoubtedly lead what the Bible calls “the king death to revive the Holy Roman Empire. Early in his pontifi-
of the south” (Daniel 11:40). This power will be comprised cate, in Spain, November 9, 1981, he said this: “It can be said
of the radical Islamic movement. Iran is working fiercely that the European identity is not understandable without
to lead this radically militant religion. Christianity and that it is precisely in Christianity that are
Iran has virtually destroyed the peace process single- found those common roots by which the Continent has seen
handedly. But still, the world continues to talk about peace. its civilization mature: its culture, its dynamism, its activity,
Iran and radical Islam don’t want peace, and words won’t its capacity for constructive expansion in other continents
deter them. as well; in a word, all that makes up its glory. …
Joseph de Courcy once wrote this in the Islamic Affairs “Find yourself again. Be yourself. Discover your origins,
Analyst: “Subscribers should be in absolutely no revive your roots. Return to those
authentic values which made your
A Bloody Past The ruins of history a glorious one and
Shobak Castle in Jordan. your presence so beneficent in
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During the Inquisition, over 50 million innocent Muslims. We have seen that happen before our eyes, just as
people were killed in the name of “Christianity”! God prophesied it would!
That’s right—50 million! And you can add many millions
more as victims of the Holy Roman Empire. Shouldn’t the Th e G o od Ne ws
whole world fear a pope who would say, “Discover your
origins, revive your roots. Return to those authen- At that point in prophecy, the Holy Roman Empire will face
tic values which made your history a glorious one”? disaster. “But tidings out of the east and out of the north
Those “origins” and “roots” and that “history” caused many shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury
millions of people to die! to destroy, and utterly to make away many” (verse 44). The
In Revelation 17, God paints a vivid picture of a great Russians and Chinese will prepare for war with Europe. The
church as a lavishly dressed harlot, holding sway over the Europeans will see it happening and strike first. They will,
nations. God sees things as they truly are! Let’s look at God’s however, be defeated.
view: “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the “And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between
saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come
I saw her, I wondered with great admiration” (Revelation to his end, and none shall help him” (verse 45). Notice, the
17:6). God sees this whore “drunken” on the blood of the religious leader will move his headquarters to Jerusalem—
saints! Is killing God’s saints “glorious”? and not just for protection. He could go to many other
The Holy Roman Empire will come at the king of the cities that would be safer. But this will be a religious act of
south like a whirlwind. Will there be a surprise attack from faith. Jerusalem is considered to be his most holy place on
Cyprus? Will we see the final crusade launched from there? Earth—the “center of the universe.” Still, he will come to a
A whirlwind comes suddenly. So it doesn’t appear the attack most ignominious end. Nobody will be there to help him.
will be launched from Europe. There should be no chapter break between Daniel 11 and
We must understand the Holy Roman Empire and the 12. The story flow continues to illustrate that this religious
Crusades to understand the Catholic passion for Jerusalem. They war will trigger a nuclear World War III.
have a long history of spilling rivers of blood over Jerusalem. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince
Notice what their first action is after they are victori- which standeth for the children of thy people: and there
ous. “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was
countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people
of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in
children of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41). They “enter” into the the book” (Daniel 12:1). There has never before been trouble
glorious land, or the Holy Land. The Hebrew indicates this like this. God promises to protect His people physically.
is a peaceful entry—not forced. Otherwise, they would perish in a nuclear nightmare.
The Jews appear to invite them in as peacekeepers. But it As bad as this news is, it leads to the best news
leads to a great double-cross, prophesied in Ezekiel chapter this world has ever heard! “And from the time that
23. (Request our free booklets The Ezekiel Watchman and the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomina-
Hosea.) tion that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand
This betrayal will lead to a disaster where no stone is two hundred and ninety days” (verse 11). The daily sacri-
left on top of another stone at the Wailing Wall (Matthew fice is referring to God’s Work. That Work will be taken
24:1-3). Those are Christ’s own words! away—removed when God takes His people to a place of
The Jews should remember the history of the violence safety (Matthew 24:15-16; Luke 21:20-21). That must hap-
and bloodshed by the Crusaders. Then perhaps they would pen because the abomination of desolation, or the king of
choose differently. the north, is going to conquer America and Britain—unless
“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: they repent. But when that happens, you will be able to start
and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have counting days to the return of Jesus Christ. He will end these
power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over “holy wars” forever.
all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Any child should understand that the fruits of these
Ethiopians shall be at his steps” (Daniel 11:42-43). Other “holy wars” have been diabolical! There is no excuse for
countries are going to fall to this great power too. America and Britain not knowing the truth. God has been
Twice it mentions that Egypt will not escape. For over sending His message in power for over 60 years! They have
two decades, Egypt has been the most moderate nation rejected it repeatedly. That is why they now must suffer so
in the Middle East. Iran has pushed it toward its camp. intensely. Finally, God will get their attention and lead them
That is because Egypt fears terrorism and its own radical to peace, full joy and abundance. ■

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