On July 4, 2021, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Agartala, located in Northeastern India, together with the government’s forest department observed July 4, as “Green Sunday.” This project is in response to Pope Francis’ call in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, to protect “Mother Earth.” Herald Malaysia reported the following:
“The diocese of Agartala, which covers the entire state of Tripura in northeastern India, observed July 4 as ‘Green Sunday’ in response to Pope Francis’ call to protect environment … Bishop Monteiro said the diocesan celebration aims to preserve, protect and promote the mother earth … The Church observed the Green Sunday in collaboration with the government’s forest department every year.” 
A precedent is being set for the coming tyranny as political powers unite with Rome to commemorate “Green Sunday” in obedience to the Pope’s climate encyclical. One must grasp the magnitude of what is happening before our eyes: the complete surrender of secular governments to the first beast of Revelation 13. For decades, faithful Seventh-day Adventists have been announcing the final developments of world events, and we are only seeing the fulfilment of these trends.
These were the same scenes that transpired during the rise of papal supremacy during the Dark Ages. It was the papacy that determined what was right and wrong. It was the papacy that decided what truth was. There was no higher appeal than the Pope of Rome. The pope was both the spiritual head of the church and he also held temporal powers over the affairs of the state. All political powers bowed to Rome in order to obtain her favor.
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:18.
This prophecy describes the global influence that Babylon would have over the nations of the world. It is happening again. The Bible clearly predicts that Rome would once again seduce and control the kings of the earth to make them carry out her wishes. We can clearly see the fulfillment of these words today. Can we remain indifferent as we witness the accurate fulfillment of prophecy? Are we ready for the storm to break? Shall we fear and tremble or prepare ourselves for the trying hour that is coming upon the whole earth? Soon God’s restraining power will be removed and our world will never be the same again:
“The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones” (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 11).
When world leaders make political commitments to Rome, this will lead to the systematic dismantling of all our freedoms. They are working to revoke the constitutional rights of sovereign nations, and soon all of our freedoms will disappear. The only answer for this unholy alliance of church and state is the everlasting gospel found in Revelation 14:6-12. These great messages have to take priority in the work of the church. These messages which the Lord gave must be taken seriously. Only through the effortless and vigorous work of evangelism can there be hope and salvation to overcome in the days ahead.
“We are coming to a crisis which, more than any previous time since the world began, will demand the entire consecration of every one who has named the name of Christ” (Gospel Workers, p. 323).