From Centumcellae to the Garigliano
A partial history of what occurred and led up to the crusades

Recently this partial history came into my hands, once again confirming many things that we have seen by the spirit and heard of the Lord concerning the current rise of the fouth beast of Daniel and its attempt to overthrow all of the church and the Vatican.

We will have an article out shortly on the Prophet Jeremiah and the End Times that will delve in greater measure into these matters and we will speak more as to what the Lord has shown in dream and vision as to what is to come to pass shortly.

In IX century the Arabs, who had already taken possession of the whole North-Africa and of Spain but who had had a standstill in France at Poitiers, attacked Italy.

The attack initially turned toward the coastal zones and the islands and then went up again toward the internal places.

Sicily resisted for many decades to the armies of the invaders, but finally had to surrender and was completely overcome by the arrival of hundreds of thousand of Muslim immigrants who destroyed a civilization that from the VIII century before Christ had contributed to the creation of the identity of the West.

Then the Arabs attacked the Center (Ponza, Gaeta, Ancona, Ascoli, Civitavecchia, etc.) and the South (Salerno, Naples, Bari, Brindisi, Taranto, etc.) and they resolutely headed for Rome to strike to the heart the Christianity.

The infidels profaned St. Peter but the Aurelian walls resisted to the assault and Rome was safe.

Pope John X, to an army's guide constituted by Italians of various origin (Romans, Greeks, Longobards, Franks, etc.), but of an only faith and culture, defeated and sent away from Lazio and Campania the Arabs, who had even tried to constitute a Muslim state near the Garigliano.

Place: Italy

Epoch: from 813 to 916 AD


The Arabs to the assault of the coasts and the Italian islands (813)

In 813 the Arabs attacked by surprise Centumcellae (Civitavecchia).

Ischia and Lampedusa were devastated. They had besides some attacks to Sardinia and Corsica.

The Arabs conquer Sicily with a long war (827-965)

In 805 the Byzantine governor of Sicily stipulated an essay with the aghlabidi rulers of Tunisia.

In 813 the Byzantine governor of Sicily signed a decennial truce with the Arabs.

In 827 the Byzantine admiral Euphemius rebelled, killed the governor of Sicily, conquered Syracuse and proclaimed himself emperor. The troops faithful to Byzantium, led by the Armenian general Palata, resumed the control. Euphemius ran away to Africa.

Then Euphemius proposed to the aghlabide emir of Kairuan, Ziyadat Allah I, to conquer Sicily and to make it tributary province. In exchange he asked to be recognized governor with the title of emperor.

On June 17 th 827 the general Asad ibn al-Furat with an army of 10.000 soldiers and 7.000 cavalrymen disembarked at Mazara del Vallo. The general Theodorus stopped the Arabic army before it reached Syracuse. A new army was sent in help of the Arabs who decided to head for Palermo rather than Syracuse.

On September 11 th 831 Palermo fell.

In 835 the Arabs took Pantelleria and in 843 Messina.

Enna and Cefalù fought for years before being conquered, razed to the ground and burnt. Cefalù fell in 858. Enna fell in 859 for treason. Then it was the turn of Malta.

Syracuse was conquered only in 878. The Arabs massacred the whole population. The Greek language was replaced by the Arab. Christianity was replaced by the Islamism. The sword of the Islam dominated from Palermo new capital. Sicily was lost.

Syracuse didn't get back anymore the role, that had had for 1500 years, of first city of Sicily.

The glorious history of ancient Sicily finished in the blood.

Some hotbeds of resistance kept on surviving. Taormina resisted up to 902, then was burnt and all its inhabitants killed. Rometta, on the mountains west of Messina, was the last to fall in 965.

An African army in 938-940 devastated wide zones of the southwest of Sicily, but at that point there was nothing more to be plundered.

In the cities that had opposed resistance all the were killed and the women and the boys reduced in slavery. The women and the most beautiful boys were sent to Africa for the pleasure of the conquerors and their co-religionists.

The inhabitants of the Sicilian cities that had surrendered without fighting could keep on practicing the Christian religion but:

- they had to bring identification marks on their suits and on their houses; (These were a yellow cross for Christian’s and a yellow star for Jews and these yellow crosses and stars were also worn on their clothing as well.)

- they had to pay more taxes; (Among them was a tax for being a non-believer)

- Christians and Jews in occupied  zones could not occupy positions that entailed authority over the Muslims;

- they could not marry a Muslim (but a Muslim could marry a Christian);

- they could not build new churches;

- they could not ring the bells;

- they could not make processions;

- they could not read the Bible within the radius of the hearing of a Muslim;

- they could not drink wine in public;

- they had to get up (Out of respect) when a Muslim (Superior) entered the room; (This could be a woman a child or even a muslim slave)

- they had to stop and stand to the side to let the Muslims pass first in the public road;

- they could not bring weapons;

- they could not ride; on vehicles

- they could not saddle their mules;

- they could not build great houses as those of the Muslims.

The Christian women could not have access to the baths when Muslim women were there.

Hundreds of thousand of Muslims immigrated to Sicily. The juridical advantages granted to them, (Sharia Law) the availability of lands seized from the Christians, the possibility to have labour at low cost (Christians driven to hunger because of their being legally plundered.), the abundance of slaves (Christian and Jewish girls and boys) constituted an irresistible attraction for people who lived in the desolation of the desert. The Africans found in Sicily a terrestrial heaven, the Christians the hell.

The Arabs at Centumcellae (829)

In 829 the Arabs destroyed Centumcellae.

The Arabs at Naples (836)

In 836 the Longobards of the dukedom of Benevento laid siege to Naples, Byzantine city. The Neapolitans asked help to Ziyadat Allah I, aghlabide emir of Tunisia. Ziyadat sent a fleet that forced the Longobards to interrupt the siege.

The Arabs at Subiaco (840)

In 840 the Arabs devastated the monastery of Subiaco.

The Arabs conquer Bari (840-871)

In 840 the Longobard Radelchi, duke of Benevento, asked help to the Arabs to fight against the rival Siconolfo. The Arabs intervened and they took advantage for conquering Bari.

In 871 the Carolingian emperor Ludovico II succeeded in freeing the city.

The Arabs at Ponza and Capo Miseno (845)

In 845 the Arabs took possession of Capo Miseno, in the gulf of Naples, and of Ponza, to make of them bases in view of an attack against Rome.

The Arabs at Brindisi and Taranto (846-880)

In 846 the Arabs ransacked Brindisi and conquered Taranto.

In 880 the Byzantine emperor Basil I the Macedonian succeeded in freeing Taranto.

The Arabs attack Rome (846)

On August 10 th 846 the marquis Adalbertus of Tuscany, who watches over Corsica, writes to the pope to warn him of a near attack of the Arabs. But it is too late.

On August 28 th 846 the Arabs arrived at the mouth of the river Tiber and they sailed towards Rome.

From Civitavecchia an army started the descent by land in direction of Rome.

Another army began the march from Portus and Ostia.

The Arabs didn't succeed in entering the enclosing walls of the Vatican, valiantly defended by the Romans, but the churches of St. Peter and St. Paul, outside the boundaries, were violated by the Arabs.

Uselessly Saxons, Longobards, Frisians and Franks defended St. Peter up to the last man. The Arabs brought away all the treasures of St. Peter, they tore the silver leaves of the doors, the gold foils of the floor of the confession, devastated the bronzy crypt of the apostle, took the gold cross that stood on the grave of Peter. They laid waste all the churches of the district Suburb.The marquis Guy of Spoleto, arrived to help Rome, succeeded in defeating the Arabs who withdrew partly towards Civitavecchia and partly towards Fondi, following the Appian Way.

The Lord by revelation has brought this event to my attention about nine months ago having never any account of these events – Formerly the Roman Catholic Church from the days of Augustine on took a view that all sex in marriage was evil and perverse and Augustine proposed “married celibacy” we have only read his original treatise on the subject about a month ago. The effect of this doctrine of demons was devastating to the whole of Christiandom as it took greater and greater hold – and the population of believers began to falter and then go into free fall – the effect was that in much of Europe these Christian nations were no longer able to raise a standing army to defend their nations. So in the course of the rise of the beast of Islam it literally came to the doors of the Vatican and the pope and his cardinals peered out of their windows with terror as much of Rome was sacked burned and the inhabitants were slain or taken as slaves.

And the Lord spoke that at that time the pope had a revelation – concerning what the Lord has deemed Commandment 00001 – that is to say the first Commandment that God gave unto all men and then again and again to the seed of the righteous – To be fruitful and multiply. And in this revelation the pope rescinded the erroneous teachings of St. Augustine regarding marriage and sexual relations and designated that every believer had a solemn duty before God and the church to have large families and that was abided with in Catholicism until the late 1960’s.

Now on the other hand in the so-called protestant revival Luther and Calvin were Augustinian monks and as such were sworn to seek that their order and the teachings of Augustine again become pre-eminent through out the Roman Catholic Church. We also need to mention that both Luther and Calvin were Doctors of Roman Catholic Law and Catholic university professors that had prepared men for the priesthood. – In the reformation they sought to reform Rome and rollback its decrees and doctrines to the 6th century – The whole of bible believing Christianity today is completely deceived as to what these two men’s plans and purposes were.

Both are worshipped and given honors for things that they never did and never believed. For example Luther’s doctrine of Justification by faith when read as he preached it – was a license to sin to commit unlimited fornication unlimited murder and unlimited drunken revelry – and these were eternally secure and immune from any punishment or chastisement of such acts from God and from the church and civil authorities. 

Calvin himself a perverse and evil man also preached this Justification by faith but emphasized only the eternal security side and predestination and taught that men were predestined to either be saved or to be destroyed as brute beasts –if one were predestined to be saved as he and Luther (Calvin called Luther his Father and this was in the full Roman Catholic sense of the word) So that he could sin all he wanted and never have to look back – it was his right as “a predestined or chosen” child of the king – he however did not afford such liberties to his followers and instead preached the austere and prudishness that has fondly been associated with Calvinists for the last 450 or so years.  And those doctrines are noted particularly in the loveless marriages of necessity where true Calvinists live in Augustinian “Married Celibacy” because other than reproducing only what is necessary to sustain the church – So showing any affection or care to each other was also deemed as sin as it might lead to hot bloodedness and the rise of desire between husband and wife in an unholy way so that they might **shudder** gratify their natural desires.

The result has been that the families of bible believing Christians – with their Calvinistic leanings have had smaller families than Roman Catholics – so that except by the means of revival bible believing Christianity would not have kept pace with world population growth. These beliefs have all been exacerbated in westernized society with the coming of the book the population bomb – in which the world and church have taken a one child and two child at max family child view since that time and the church has languished and dwindled as all of western society – which was the precursor to the Muslims in the 8th and 9th century overthrowing almost the whole of Europe.

And if you read this it was by enlarge the French that turned back the invasion and defended Rome and the Vatican from being completely overthrown.

Islam is a strongly historically based religion – and there has been a cold fury festering in their clerics about their defeat in Europe in the 9th Century and then the Christians taking the battle to them in the crusades. So the master plan has been all along to irradiate that which formerly defeated them – and thus we see their colonization of France and the whole of the EU – for they fully intend this time to destroy Rome and the whole of Christianity and Judaism – and to do so they must first take out that which held them back the first time.

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

And so they are in the midst of taking away “He that Letteth” or upholdeth will uphold – until he be taken out of the way

So that irregardless of Europe’s broken and corrupt state making it impossible for them muter the will to defend much less to respond to such an overthrow of the Catholic church and the Vatican  -- Islam will not be denied at their second coming – and so will not leave anything to chance.

We might mention that Islam does not produce any farmers or any of these kinds of things they live off what western nations grow and produce when they shall overthrow Europe this time it shall bring about mass shortages, famine and – the final solution of Christians and Jews alike with the dwindling supply of food and services needed to sustain a population in the hundreds of millions.

We speak these things in warning of what is shortly to come.

Now is the time of salvation – now is the time to sellout to the Lord and follow him –now is the time to preach in Europe to the lost and to Muslims as never before. And these things do not change one iota God’s first commandment that the church is duty bound to raise a righteous seed in the earth – to preach the gospel in that day and to defend their respective nations as part of its standing army against the coming of that day.

Because the night cometh when no man shall be able to work – and then the end.   

The Arabs' passage, in flight, provoked ruin and devastation in all the Roman country.

At Gaeta the Longobard army clashed again with the Arabs. Guy of Spoleto found himself in serious difficulties, but the Byzantine troops of Cesarius, son of Sergius, magister militum in Naples, arrived in time.

In November of 846 a storm provoked numerous damages to the ships of the Arabs, some of which were shipwrecked on the coast.

The pope Leo IV, in consequence of the attack against St. Peter, in 848 undertook the construction of the Civitas Leonina to protect the Vatican hill. The enclosing walls were completed in June 27 th 852.

The Arabs at Ancona (848)

In 848 the Arabs ransacked Ancona.

The Arabs defeated in the naval battle of Ostia (849)

In 849 it was rumoured of the organization of a great Arabic fleet that would have attacked Rome from Sardinia.

A league was constituted among the maritime cities of the South: Amalfi, Gaeta and Naples gathered their fleets to the mouth of the river Tiber near Ostia.

When the Arabic ships appeared on the horizon the Italian fleet, led by Cesarius, attacked. The Arabs were defeated. The survivors were made prisoners and they contributed with their work to the reconstruction of what they had destroyed three years before.

In consequence of the attacks of the Arabs the population abandoned Ostia, where there were created some fortifications. Portus still survived thanks to a Corsican colony.

The Arabs at Canosa (856)

In 856 the Arabs attacked and destroyed Canosa in Puglia.

The Arabs against Ascoli (861)

In 861 the Arabs occupied Ascoli in Marche.

The Arabs besiege Salerno (872)

In 872 the emperor Ludovicus II freed Salerno from the siege of the Arabs.

The Arabs in Latium and in Umbria (876)

In 876 the Arabs entered again the territory of Rome. The villages were ransacked, the farmers slaughtered, the constructions knocked down. The Roman country turned into an unhealthy desert.

John VIII fitted out a fleet and led it to the victory against the Arabs at Circeo. 18 vessels were captured and were freed 600 Christian slaves. But the Arabs will continue to devastate Latium both on the coast and in the inside.

Subiaco will be destroyed for the second time.

At that time near Tivoli it erected the castle of Saracinesco and in Sabina that of Ciciliano.

Narni, Nepi, Orte, the countries of the Tiburtino, the valley of the Sacco, the lands of Tuscia, the Argentario mountain fell in the hands of the infidels. As the reporter Benedict of Saint Andrea of the Soratte wrote: "regnaverunt Agareni in romano regno".

The Arabs in Campania (881)

In 881 the Bishop of Naples Athanasius welcomed the Arabs, his allies against Rome and against Byzantium. The Arabs established at the feet of Vesuvius and at Agropoli, near Paestum.

Docibile, the duke of Gaeta, enemy of the pope, granted to the Arabs to settle themselves near Itri, then on the right bank of Garigliano near Minturno. The Arabs built a castle, from which their raids departed. The monasteries of Montecassino and St.Vincenzo were set on fire.

The Arabs at Farfa (890)

In 890 the Arabic troops set the siege to the Abbey of Farfa, in Sabina. The abbot Peter resisted for six months then he had to surrender. The Arabs made of Farfa their base in Sabina.

The Arabs expelled from Latium and from Garigliano (916)

In the X century the Kingdom of Italy was reconstituted. In December of 915 Berengarius was crowned by the pope John X.

In the spring of 916 the struggle against the Arabs had a new impulse. Berengarius put at disposal the Tuscan troops of the marquis Adalbertus and those Umbrian of the marquis Albericus of Spoleto. The Byzantine emperor Constantine sent his own fleet to the orders of the strategist Nicolaus Picingli. Landulf, prince of Capua and Benevento, Gaimar, prince of Salerno, and the dukes of Gaeta and Naples entered the alliance. Pope John X personally put himself to the head of the land troops.

The Longobards of Rieti, led by Agiprandus, advanced in Sabina. The troops of Sutri and Nepi defeated the Arabs near Baccano on the Cassian Way. Pope John X carried off another victory between Tivoli and Vicovaro. The Arabs withdrew on the Garigliano, their fortress.

In June 916 the attack was launched. For three months the Arabs resisted waiting for helps from Sicily. Then they tried to run away on the mountains, but they were reached and defeated by the Italian troops. Italy had rejected the assault of the Arabs. Sicily was still prisoner of the infidels.