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The Mark of the Beast

The Prophecy says:"And causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in the right hand, or in their foreheads." (Revelation 13:16)

Who, in the last days, has such a power to put a mark on every person in the world? Today, the United States of America is a political superpower. Today, the Papacy with Pope Francis calling for unity, is becoming again the religious superpower of the world, and more than that. In the prophecies of the Bible, these two powers appear as the main players of the last prophetic events which all humans have waited for. (Revelation 13)

Starting with the oldest, the Papacy and the Christian Church, we follow the main points in the line of history. Christ founded the church upon Himself, He is the head of the church and the Rock of Peter confession. (Matthew 16:16-18)

Paul the apostle predicted some dangers ahead: "Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." (Acts 20:30)

At that time, the Jews and the Christians were worshiping the Lord on the seventh day Sabbath according to the fourth commandment: "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy..." and they believed in the sign of belonging: "I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctified them." (Exodus 20:8-11; Ezequiel 20:12, 20)

BUT CHANGES CAME IN

The Edict of Milan on 313AD gave legal status to the Christian Church, and even those in power and the rich wanted to come in, among them those who before were worshiping the Sun god like the pagans on the first day of the week.

On March 7, 321AD, Emperor Constantine the Great made an edict to rest on Sunday: "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed..." (Codex Justinian, lib. 3, tit.12,3)

Open rebellion of the Jews against Rome brought persecution to those keeping the Sabbath: "Opposition to Judaism introduced the particular festival of Sunday very early, indeed, into the places of the Sabbath..." (The History of the Christian Religion and Church. p. 186)

There were no printed Bibles as we have today; the truth vanished in passing from one generation to the next one. Sunday observance gradually replaced the Sabbath of the Lord which older people were keeping. By 364AD the church had grown to power and popularity, and was known as "The Catholic Church", meaning universal church. Those attending the Council of Laodicea dared to go on their own and change the commandment: "Canon 29. Christians shall not Judaize and be iddle on Saturday, (the Sabbath), but shall work on that day... if found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ." (Charles Joseph Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, vol. 2, p. 316)

From that early date, the Catholic Church honestly admits that the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday was their mark of power and authority in religious matters. "Sunday is our mark of authority. The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of the fact." (The Catholic Record of London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 1, 1923)

Those Christians who remained faithful to the doctrines of the Bible, saw these changes dragging the main body away from Christ, and into the apostasy of 2 Thessalonians 2 where they are today.

Looking to the symbols of the last days, the mother church and her daughters appear as a woman sitting "upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns... having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication." (Revelation 17:3-5) In the cup are the many doctrines and rites the counciliarists picked up from tradition and pagan sources, in or out of the Bible, such as the immortality of the soul and that Sunday is sacred.

On 538AD, Emperor Justinian gave to the Bishop of Rome the throne of Rome and great authority to be the corrector of heretics. "And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." (Revelation 13:2) The political power given to the Papacy lasted 1260 years until taken away by General Berthier in February, 1798. "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death..." (Rev. 13:3) The prophet Daniel had made a description of the same power as the little horn in Daniel 7.

But the prophecy says: "and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." (Rev. 13:3) The wound began to be healed in 1929: The Lateran Treaty signed by Mussolini and Cardinal Gasparri restored the Vatican City to the Holy See. Vatican City is an independent nation with the Pope as her King with religious and political power in one hand. They have embasies from almost every country on earth. You see all the world wondering after his power with Pope Francis and his ecumenical embrace during his visit, September 22-27, 2015, to the White House, to speak to Congress and to the United Nations. The immense gathering around the Pope are the fulfilment of the prophecy before our own eyes.

The Second power, the nation coming out of the earth with two horns like a lamb is the one to complete the healing of the wound of the first beast if not already done. "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him." (Rev. 13:12) How? Becoming the image of the beast by enacting and enforcing religious laws upon the people. At that time most people are drunk with the doctrinal wine of the Great Babylon and see the disasters and calamities coming down as God's jugments, not for their sins, but for the desecration of Sunday. They cry out, and the laws for Sunday worship are enforced: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads." (Rev. 13:16)

No one receives the mark of the beast until Sunday worship is enforced by the laws of the land. The mark in the forehead is the conviction in the mind of the person that Sunday is sacred; the mark in the hand is for being on the side of Sunday for the convenience of buying and selling. Serious times ahead; one person comes to God and His Sabbath, and receives the seal of the living God, and another person goes to the beast and Sunday and receives the mark of the beast. The whole human race is divided in two groups by the final decision.

All over the world the message of God comes out with love and mercy, but strong and clear: "Babylon is fallen, is fallen... Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:2-4; 14:6-12)

Whoever, at the close of the Judgment, remains unrepentant worshiping the dragon, the beast, the image, and takes the mark, he becomes a recipient of the seven last plagues and death. (Revelation 16)

Whoever finds the grace provided by the Savior, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12) They are seen victorious on the sea of glass glorifying the Lord. (Rev. 15:2-4)

A word for the last days ...

When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. Maranatha, p. 194.

 

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