Unlike what some have said here, the Roman Catholic Church is still the greatest visible power to be dealt with on earth. It has riches untold, being in an unbroken profit taking situation for nearly 2,000 years. It has impoverished every nation it has ever controlled.
It is in fact the world's most successful business.
It claims absolute divine authority on earth thus usurping God Himself. Mentioned elsewhere on this page is Fox's Book of Martyrs. It should be reading for every person on earth. If Rome ever gets her temporal gloves off, the life of any who oppose won't be worth the pixels we write on.
A major U.S. text book publisher, several years ago, put out a history text in America which listed the main source of revenue for the Vatican as ??
Can you guess?? The answer, taa dah "Tourism and the Sale of Postage Stamps!!! This drivel is being taught to junior high students.
Come on folks. The Vatican has its own bank. It has a Swiss guard from the land of secret bank accounts. It gets special treatment in its sins by the media, courts, other nations (since it has nation status) other religions, the moneyed class,etc.
Long, long ago in heaven started a battle between God and the highest being ever created; a being created to lead the angels in ministering to Adam's race. Heb. 1: 14.
From the day that being was found at fault, the battle has raged over who will be the object of worship and adoration by mankind. That being has set himself up as an angel of light and rules over spiritual darkness in high places.
This being is first and foremost a religious spirit whose principal kingdom on earth is the religious realms of mankind. Among his other kingdoms are fashion, commerce, entertainment, science, education, government, technology, art, music, and we havn't even begun to cover the delivery of death and injustice at the level of courts, law, crime, etc.
All of the above takes place here in Satans Eden. He is the god of this world and God's Word testifies to it. He strokes his worshipers with religion, art, music, education, entertainment and once they are feeling all warm and fuzzy, he stands by death to devour and collect.
Where did it come from? It came from above and was cast to earth. It has been here from the Garden of Eden until now. The difference is that satan has greater kingdoms, better organization, better equipment and more followers, true children of darkness, than ever before.