The ancient Roman church split in two more than a millennium ago, yet current events are bringing about a “reunion” of sorts. “The Syriac Orthodox bishop of the Iraqi city of Mosul has told a French publication that ISIS attacks have helped forge bonds of unity with Catholics. The Syriac Orthodox Church is among the Oriental Orthodox churches that ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451” (Catholic World News, June 2, 2016). Said an Iraqi archbishop, “This tragedy made us walk towards unity… Today in Iraq, we are working as one Christian church” (ibid.).
Bible prophecy predicts this type of event, although on a much larger scale. Revelation 17:4-5 records the following sobering observation: “The woman [church] was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Many of the Catholic “daughters” will return to the “mother church” before the end of the age and we are starting to see this process begin. For more insight into this important prophecy, read our article “Who Is the Harlot of Revelation 17?”