The Catholic Church
in the Old Testament...

"And in the days of those kingdoms the GOD of Heaven will set up a Kingdom THAT SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED, and His Kingdom shall not be delivered up to another people; and it shall break into pieces, and shall consume all these kingdoms, and ITSELF SHALL STAND FOREVER." Dan 2:44

The New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. There is much in the Old Testament which prefigures and prophecies happenings in the New Testament. These prefigurements are called 'types'. The New Testament 'reality' is always greater than the Old Testament 'type'. All of Holy Scripture, including both testaments, is one continuous story. It is the story of GOD's Salvation History.

The Catholic Church can be compared to Noah's Ark. Not one person outside of the ark was saved.
See the file 'Outside of the Catholic Church There is No Salvation', elsewhere on this website.

"And every living thing on the earth was wiped out, from man to beast, from reptile to bird of the air; they were wiped from the earth. Only Noah and those with him in the ark were saved."
Gen 7:23

Catholic Church is a Visible Church. It is the 'City set on a mountain which cannot be hidden' of Matt 5:14. It is the 'Lighted lamp not put under the bushel but on the lampstand in order to light the whole house' of Matt 5:15.

"And in the last days the
Mountain of the House of the Lord shall be prepared on top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow into it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the GOD of Jacob, and He will teach us his ways, and we will walk in His paths, for the law shall come forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Isa 2:2-3

"And it shall come to pass in the last days,
that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared in the top of the mountains, and high above the hills, and many people shall flow to it. And many nations shall come in haste, and say: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the GOD of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths, for the law shall go out of Zion, and the Word of the Lord out of Jerusalem." Mic 4:1-2 (note Mic 4:1-2 and Isa 2:2-3 are almost identical).

"And you shall know that I am the Lord your GOD,
dwelling in Zion my holy mountain; and Jerusalem shall be holy and strangers shall pass through it no more." Joel 3:17

"Thus said the Lord of Hosts: I am returned to Zion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem;
and Jerusalem shall be called THE CITY OF TRUTH, AND THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD OF HOSTS." Zech 8:3

"For thus said the Lord of Hosts: Yet one little while, and I will move the heaven and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land. And I will move all nations,
and the desired of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, said the Lord of Hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, said the Lord of Hosts. Great shall be the glory of this last house more than of the first, said the Lord of Hosts; and in this place I will give peace, said the Lord of Hosts." Hag 2:7-10

"An invisible church is no church at all." St Ignatius of Antioch

Catholic Church has a hierarchy system of authority and leadership, the Papacy and the Magisterium. It is all prefigured in the Old Testament...

The Papacy and the Magisterium:
"Now, listen to me, and I will give you some advice, that GOD may be with you.
Act as the people's representative before GOD, bringing to Him whatever they have to say. Enlighten them in regard to the decisions and regulations showing them how they are to live and what they are to do. But you should also LOOK AMONG ALL THE PEOPLE FOR ABLE AND GOD-FEARING MEN, TRUSTWORTHY MEN WHO HATE DISHONEST GAIN, AND SET THEM AS OFFICERS OVER GROUPS OF THOUSANDS (Cardinals), of hundreds (Archbishops), of fifties (Bishops), and of tens (Priests). Let these people render decisions for the people in all ordinary cases. More important cases they should refer to you (the Pope), but all the lesser cases they can settle themselves. Thus your burden will be lightened, since they will bear it with you. If you do this, when GOD gives you orders you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied." Ex 18:19-23

The authority.
Keys were a symbol of authority in the Old Testament:
"And it came to pass in that day, that I call my servant Eliacim, the son of Helcias, and I will
clothe him with thy robe (the Pope wears a robe), and will strengthen him with thy girdle (a sash, the Pope wears a sash), and will give thy power into his hand (the Vicar of Christ): and he shall be a 'father' (the word 'Pope' means 'father') to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And I will LAY THE KEY OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID UPON HIS SHOULDER; AND HE SHALL OPEN AND NONE SHALL SHUT; AND HE SHALL SHUT, AND NONE SHALL OPEN (binding and loosening. Rome has spoken, the issue is settled)." Isa 22:20-22
Compare these verses to Matt 16:19 where Jesus gave the 'Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven' to Peter only, and also gave him the power of 'binding and loosening'.

See 'The Papacy is Scriptural', found elsewhere on this website, for much more...

Catholic Church is a teaching and a preaching Church...

"Go, then! It is I who will assist you in speaking and I will teach you what you are to say." Ex 4:12

The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and, while you are there,
I will give you the stone tablets, on which I have written the commandments intended for their instruction."
Ex 24:12

"You must
teach the Israelites all the laws that the Lord has given them through Moses." Lev 10:11

"Now, Israel,
hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land in which the Lord, the GOD of your fathers, is giving you." Deut 4:1

Catholic Church is consecrated by a Bishop at its inception. Is your church consecrated?

"Take the anointing oil and anoint the dwelling and everything in it, consecrating it and all its furnishings, so that it will be sacred." Ex 40:9

Catholic Church has a Sanctuary. Does your church have a sanctuary?

"They shall make a
Sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell in their midst." Ex 25:8

A sanctuary lamp is required, to burn continuously, to show the presence of the Living GOD. Every
Catholic Church has a sanctuary lamp which burns continuously when Christ is present in the tabernacle. Does your church have a sanctuary lamp?

The Lord said to Moses, "Order the Israelites to bring you clear oil of crushed olives for the light, so that you may keep lamps burning regularly. In the meeting Tent, outside the veil that hangs in front of the Commandments, Aaron shall set up the lamps to burn before the Lord regularly, from evening til morning. Thus by
a perpetual statute for you and your descendants, the lamps shall be set up on the pure gold lampstand, to burn regularly before the Lord." Lev 24:1-4

Catholic Church has a Tabernacle, the dwelling place of GOD in the Church. Does your church have a Tabernacle?

Tabernacle and all its furnishings you shall make exactly according to the pattern I will now show you." Ex 25:9

you shall make the Tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen..." Ex 26:1

Catholic Church has an Altar. Does your church have an Altar?

"You shall
make an Altar..." Ex 27:1

Catholic Churches have Priests. Does your church have Priests?

"From among the Israelites have your brother Aaron, together with his sons...brought to you, that
they may be My Priests." Ex 28:1

Catholic Church ordains new Priests and Bishops. Does your Church ordain new Priests?

See Lev chapters 8 and 9, for details of the
Ordination of Aaron, the High Priest, and of his sons.

Priests of the
Catholic Church wear vestments...

See Ex 28 for the details of the various vestments required of the priests of the time of Moses, and of the High Priest Aaron. Aaron's vestments are amazingly like those which are worn by
Catholic Bishops and the Pope today.

The Pope wears a
Miter, as did Aaron, the High Priest. See Ex 28:4, 28:37-39, 29:6, 39:28-31, and Lev 8:9, 16:4, and Zech 3:5 for details of how it looked.

Moses carried the
Rod of Aaron to symbolize his authority. Ex 7:8-13 and 17:4-6
Catholic Bishop carries a rod, or Crosier as a symbol of his pastoral office.

The sacrifice of the Mass was prefigured in Mal 1:11...

"For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, My Name is great among the Gentiles,
and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to My Name A CLEAN OBLATION, for My Name is great among the Gentiles."

Catholic Church holds Counsel and Councils. The first one was the Council of Jerusalem, convened shortly after the Church was founded. It is documented in Acts 15. The most recent was Vatican Council II in 1962.

"Where there is no governor, the people shall fall, but there is safety
where there is much Counsel."
Prov 11:14

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes;
but he that is wise hearkens unto Counsels." Prov 12:15

"Designs are brought to nothing
where there is no Counsel; but where there are many Counsellors, they are established." Prov 15:22

"Now the
Counsel of Achitopel, which he gave in those days, was as if a man should consult GOD." 2Sam 16:23

Counsel, gather a Council; make thy shadow as the night of the midday;..." Isa 16:3

Catholic Church is 'Universal', as its name implies...

"I will make a great nation of you. I will bless you and make your name great, so that you shall be a blessing. I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you.
In you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." Gen 12:2-3

"Day to day pours forth this Word, night to night sends out this knowledge. There is no speech and no utterance whose sound may not be heard:
into all the earth their sound goes forth, and unto the ends of the world their tidings." Psa 19:3-5

All you inhabitants of the world, who dwell on the earth, when the sign shall be lifted up on the mountains, you shall see, and you shall hear the sound of the trumpet." Isa 18:3

"Come near, you Gentiles, and hear, and hearken you people.
Let the earth hear, and all that is therein, the world, and everything that comes forth of it." Isa 34:1

In all eight chapters of the 'Song of Songs' or 'Canticles', married love is symbolic of the
love of GOD for His Church.

For much more detail of the Catholic Church in Scripture, please refer to these other writings, all of which are to be found on this website:

Are We Born as Adults, or as
Fr. Damen's Timeless Homily About the
The Catholic Church in the New
The Book of Acts, the Catholic Church
The Family of
The Papacy is
The Thread of the Catholic Church as it is Woven Through
Types and
How do we know the
Catholic Church
is the Church which Jesus Christ founded?

Written by Bob Stanley, September 13, 1999
Updated February 4, 2001

"Have I then become your enemy, because I told you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16

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