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The responsibility of judges

Sep 13, 2018

When Pope Francis decided to say nothing about the pedophilia and its coverup, but instead he chose to compare the accusers with Satan, he triggered an important prophetic event.

It is based on the fact that the Roman church is the main spokesman for King Saul in biblical typology.

When Amalek’s cursed time period came due (414 years after they attacked Israel in Exodus 17:8), it was the 18th year of King Saul. That was when Amalek’s grace period ended with no repentance in sight. King Saul was the one holding the position of God’s judge at the time (1 Samuel 15:2, 3).

Saul was obedient, and Amalek was defeated but Saul spared Agag, the king of Amalek (1 Samuel 15:7, 8, 9). As a judge, Saul could spare (forgive) Agag only if he himself was willing to take on Agag’s liability for the sin of Amalek. This is a basic law of judges. A judge does not have the right to forgive sin. He must justify the innocent and condemn the guilty. Once he has done his job, then the victims are given the right to forgive—if they so choose. But the right to forgive is not given to the judge.

By this principle, when Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world on the cross, He became the greatest Victim of all time. As the Victim, He had the right to forgive or to hold sins against anyone. He chose to forgive (Luke 23:34).

In the case of King Saul, when he chose to forgive Agag, he took upon himself the penalty that Agag was liable to pay. In his case, this was the death penalty, as the prophet told him in 1 Samuel 15:33,

33 But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.

Fortunately for Saul, Samuel carried out the death penalty upon Agag. This act reduced Saul’s liability. I believe that if Agag had not been executed, Saul would have died very soon afterward, taking the Cursed Time penalty for Amalek upon himself. But Samuel’s act reduced Saul’s liability from Cursed Time to Judged Time for late obedience. (I explain these principles of law and judgment in my book, Secrets of Time.)

For this reason, Saul was given another 22 years before the judgment caught up to him, and he died in the 40th year of his reign. Interestingly enough, Saul’s death came 434 years after Israel’s own late obedience, when they believed the evil report of the ten spies and refused to enter the Promised Land in Numbers 14. Israel did enter the land, but only 38 years later (Deuteronomy 2:14). They entered the land, but they were late insofar as the will of God was concerned.

As most of you know, 434 is the number of Judged Time, even as 414 is the number of Cursed Time. Because Saul died 434 years after the people’s refusal to enter the land on the 50th Jubilee from Adam, it shows that Saul was also paying the sin-debt for Israel as a whole—their sin of unbelief when they refused to enter the land at the 50th Jubilee.

Now the point of this is to show that Pope Francis, as head of the Roman church, and as the prime representative of King Saul, has taken upon himself the liability of the sin of pedophilia by refusing to act as a biblical judge. The only way he can lawfully forgive the priests guilty of pedophilia is if he is willing to take the liability for their sin upon himself.

Yes, he has the right to forgive their sins, but it comes at a cost—just as it cost Jesus His life. That is the law of judges. I know that popes claim the right to forgive all sin. Their claims usurp the rights of victims and often absolve sinners against the will of the victims themselves. This is an injustice according to biblical law, an injustice that Jesus Himself refused to do. If Jesus had forgiven the world of its sin without paying its penalty, He would have set aside the law and thereby despised the very character and nature of God.

But Jesus did not do that. Instead, He absolved us by taking upon Himself the liability and penalty for the sin of the world.

The popes have not been willing to do the same. A perfect example of this is being reported in the news today, as Pope Francis compares the victims with Satan, “the great accuser.” He and other popes before him have misused authority in lawless ways. I believe that the present situation is the final opportunity for the Roman church to repent and thereby avert judgment. I do not believe that Pope Francis will submit to the law by repenting for crimes in the church. For this reason, I believe that the church is at the brink of divine judgment.

This judgment will free the Catholics themselves of their oppression at the hands of the church hierarchy. It will be comparable to the Israelites being set free of Saul’s house, so that they can realign themselves with the House of David.

No doubt this will be a traumatic time for many Roman Catholics, but in the long run it will set them free to establish a direct (personal) relationship with God, rather than having to go through a mediator other than Jesus Christ. Right now they are forbidden to approach Christ directly and must go through intermediaries. That is an indirect relationship with Christ, and it is rooted in the Old Covenant.

Centuries ago, when the Roman church claimed to be “the church,” it redefined “church” from the body of Christ to an institution. From there, it was claimed that one had to be a member of the institutional church to be part of the church itself. This, however, was contrary to the biblical definition of “church,” whose membership is enrolled in heaven, not on earth (Hebrews 12:23).

True Christians are not defined by earthly membership in any organization or institution. They are not defined by their faith in the institution, but by their faith in Jesus Christ Himself. Being a member of an earthly organization is secondary, but it may also be harmful if people think that such membership (in good standing) is their ticket to heaven.

The Old Covenant is a system of slavery or bondage. Paul compares it to Hagar, the bondwoman who can only bring forth Ishmael, the child of the flesh (Galatians 4:25, 29, 31). A slave bride does not have the same rights as a free woman who is married. A slave bride is an Old Covenant wife, and so she has no decision-making rights, no input into the decisions of her husband. Only a free woman can have a New Covenant marriage, which is based on agreement, not obedience.

Pope Francis, as head of an Old Covenant church, has denounced a New Covenant relationship with Christ as being “dangerous.”


He perpetuates the centuries-old idea that one cannot be a part of the church without being part of the Roman church. But Francis does not understand how the covenants function, nor does he really know the difference between the Old and New Covenant. That, of course, is not surprising, since very few Christians really know the difference.

See my book, The Two Covenants, or my book on Old and New Covenant Marriage.

The bottom line is that the Roman church is the prophetic fulfillment of the kingdom of Saul, which came to an end and gave way to the kingdom of David. Saul’s refusal to execute King Agag caught up to him in the end after 22 years.

Samuel told Saul that his refusal to execute Agag was “rebellion,” and that this was equivalent to “witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23 KJV). So when the time came for Saul to be judged, he consulted the witch of En-dor the night before he was killed (1 Samuel 28:7). The rebellion in Saul’s heart brought forth the fruit of witchcraft, because the word of the Lord had departed from him (1 Samuel 28:6).

To top it off, an Amalekite mercenary who had fought for the Philistines against Saul took the credit for killing Saul (2 Samuel 1:13, 14). The irony of this is clear. Saul refused to execute the Amalekite, king Agag, so an Amalekite later claimed to execute Saul. In 1993 we saw the death of Saul in the sense of passing authority from the Pentecost church to the Tabernacles church. But the Roman church itself did not end in 1993.

The Roman church is the little horn of the Roman Empire, an extension of Rome. As such, Rome is the final beast empire, which could not end prior to October of 2017. It has now come to a full end, however, and so I believe that we are witnessing the collapse of the Roman church. The timing is right, and so when I look at actual events in the news, I interpret them accordingly.

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Category: God's Law
Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones