who held the rank of Grand Inquisitor was a villain created for the animated television series Star Wars Rebels, and he made his on-screen debut in the 2014 television film Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. "This particular visit has, of course, nothing to do with the promised Advent, when, according to the programme, 'after the tribulation of those days He will appear 'coming in the clouds of heaven.' For, that 'coming of the Son of Man as we are informed. Because He did not, the church has now had to assume such power for the benefit of man. They will search for us catacombs, as we shall once more be persecuted and martyred-and they will begin crying unto us: "Feed us, for they who promised us the fire from heaven have deceived us!" It is then that we will finish building their tower. Because it will save them from the great anxiety and terrible agony they endure at present in making a free decision for themselves." The church will even allow certain people to sin so long as they are obedient and submissive.
"In it, it is Christ who appears on the scene. As Grand Inquisitor, he reported. We will prove to them their own weakness and make them humble again, whilst with Thee they have learnt but pride, for Thou hast made more of them than they ever were worth. We had, and still have, our saints credited with performing the most miraculous cures; and, if we can believe their biographers, there have been those among them who have been personally visited by the Queen of Heaven. Who knows but that terrible old man, loving humanity so stubbornly and in such an original way, exists even in our days in the shape of a whole host of such solitary exceptions, whose existence is not due to mere chance, but to a well-defined. The Grand Inquisitor enters the darkened cell and begins a severe reprimand of Christ for appearing again and hindering the work of the church. Hast Thou again forgotten that to man rest and even death are preferable to a free choice between the knowledge of Good and Evil? Through Ivan, he builds up a case of condemnation against the Roman Catholic Church.
Can he ever do that which Thou art said to have accomplished? Thou didst refuse to accept the offer for fear of depriving men of their free choice; for where is there freedom of choice where men are bribed with bread? The church, however, is now correcting His errors and aiding man by removing their awful burden of freedom. In these three offers we find, blended into one and foretold to us, the complete subsequent history of man; we are shown three images, so to say, uniting in them all the future axiomatic, insoluble problems and contradictions of human nature, the world over. Here the church has established its plan for the universal happiness of man. That a time would surely come when men would exclaim that Truth and Light cannot be in Thee, for no one could have left them in a greater perplexity and mental suffering than Thou has done, lading them with so many cares and insoluble problems. Thou couldst accept the glaive of Caesar Thyself; why didst Thou reject the offer? Apart from such plays, the world was overflooded with mystical writings, 'verses'-the heroes of which were always selected from the ranks of angels, saints and other heavenly citizens answering to the devotional purposes of the age.
It is that instinctive need of having a worship in common that is the chief suffering of every man, the chief concern of mankind from the beginning of times. Know then, that now, and only now, Thy people feel fully sure and satisfied of their freedom; and that only since they have themselves and of their own free will delivered that freedom unto our hands by placing it submissively at our feet. Creating gods unto themselves, they forwith began appealing to each other: "Abandon your deities, come and bow down to ours, or death to ye and your idols!" And so will they do till the end of this world; they will do so even then, when. Fifteen centuries have elapsed since He left the world with the distinct promise to return 'with power and great glory fifteen long centuries since His prophet cried, 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!' since He Himself had foretold, while yet on earth, 'Of that.