On the morning of August 24, the Dow Jones plunged 1000 points to further heighten fears of a possible global economic crisis ahead. Economists and other observers have cited, among others, these causes for their concerns: China’s market volatility; the fall of oil prices from $100 per barrel last summer to below $50; the struggling price of copper—often regarded as the benchmark of the global economy; and the continuing increase of individual, institutional, and national debt around the world. Expect the pope, during his visit to the United States this month, to “challenge the world’s leading capitalist power.”
It’s not just the economy; there is also a refugee/immigrant crisis. Knowing that a large section of U.S. Catholics is Hispanic, Pope Francis is likely to address the immigration crisis by capitalizing on the recent events in Europe where 71 bodies were found in a truck on the Austrian highway and Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, drowned in an immigration attempt and his body washed up on the coast of Turkey.
Pope Francis has been called “a moral leader in word and deed” by the U.S. president, Barack Obama, and the pope’s historic visit to the US is likely to leave no stone unturned. The pope has already brokered a diplomacy deal between the U.S. and Cuba, written an encyclical addressing climate change, and even allowed priests to forgive the sin of abortion.
In Revelation 13 and 18, the Bible predicts a massive global economic, humanitarian, and moral crisis where the Catholic Church will play a vital role. Expect the pope’s influence to increase as the world situation deteriorates. Expect a global Catholic Church dominance, not only in the religious realm but also in the political and economic spheres.
The Seventh-day Adventist Response
The Adventist Church will continue to respond to these turbulent times by preparing the world to meet its Creator. Hundreds of thousands of Great Controversy books have flooded the city of Philadelphia in preparation for the pope’s visit. Adventists understand that “for earth’s sin and misery the gospel is the only antidote” (The Ministry of Healing, 141). Yes, the gospel of Christ, not the pope and the Catholic Church, is the only cure for the world’s problems.
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