Bart; how many times do I have to tell you, I am not charismatic, nor Catholic, nor Pentecostal, nor Kundalini spirit?
You paint me with a broad brush putting me in camps and doctrines I don't agree with.
And the things I do happen to agree with is similar to what SDA doctrines (some of them) agree with the rest of most Christianity.
So what you and others do in associating me with the above organizations is you pigeon hole me with them. It would be like if I associated all of you with Jews because you believe in keeping the Sabbath or worse yet associating you with Satanists who keep the Sabbath Day but do human sacrifices on that day. How would you like if I did that to you?
Before you open your mouth figuratively speaking, meaning write something, you should read my posts and address them, not impose your bias and preconceived idea of what I believe, associated with etc.
What those groups do has nothing to do with me, I am an independent minister of The Gospel. I am not officially affiliated with any church, denomination, sect, etc. I get information from many sources and research it.
The numbers you want me to look at, come on...
I know more about those subjects than most Christians, because I study way more than most, and research much.
Many of you here do not take in what I state. Its as if you can't read, or read and come to a completely different conclusion, mostly based on your inability to grasp, analyze, and understand without your cognitive dissonance interfering with the mental processing of information. Some have what is called blocking spirits, which prevent someone from seeing the truth in something, also involving deceiving spirits.
These can prevent someone from seeing the truth. These spirits are prevalent in all churches and denominations, even if the church is pretty good in its doctrine. Where do you think the demons hang out and want to effect; it is Christians or those wanting to know God. The demons, false teachers, agents provocateurs, infiltrators etc. work every evil work to cause havoc, damage, false beliefs and do cause stealing the Word, or anything else, killing, and destroying meaning not having eternal life.
The way you put me in a novice camp like I was a new Christian is also demeaning. It is disrespectful and unloving which is typical here. When you do that I will correct you whether you like it or not.
Anyone speaking in tounges is charismatic simple as that, you claim to be an expert at it, and you can command the spirit at will. What can be more charismatic than that?
What is the Mark of the Beast
The devil does not want you to understand what is said here! So what is the mark of the beast some think it is a tattooed number, maybe a computer chip under the skin, or is it something subtler? It’s one of the most misinterpreted prophecies in all of the Bible—yet it is vitally important to understand it. In studying the mark of the beast, we must address some sensitive issues, naming names and being specific. This is not a popular thing to do, but we must be firm because God loves His people and wants them to know the truth. This message comes from Jesus in the Book of Revelation . And with eternal death facing those who receive the mark, it would be wrong to not share this message. So please read Revelation 13:1–8, 16–18, and 14:9–12, and pray for the Holy Spirit to grant you an honest and understanding heart before embarking on this study
Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. …. 16 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: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
The Bible tells us of a conflict there is in progress between God and the devil.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. …. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth
The war has raged through the centuries since Lucifer, heaven’s most powerful angel, rebelled against God. With the angels who joined him, he attempted to seize control of the universe. God and the loyal angels had no choice but to eject Lucifer and his angels from heaven. Lucifer, who became known as Satan, was infuriated. His determination to control the universe has only grown since. Amazingly, he has won the support of the majority of earth’s people in his rebellion. The Lord also asks for people’s loyalty and support, but He leaves all free to choose. Soon every person on earth will have aligned with either Satan or God.
The final battle between Satan and God is just ahead, and it is described in the book of Revelation. This prophetic book points out that God has an emblem, a mark, that will identify His people. Satan also has an emblem, a mark, that will identify those who support him. As usual, Satan will work through an earthly power—symbolized in Revelation by a beast—to impose his mark. This post will reveal the beast’s mark, which every lost person of the end time will receive. Unless you know what his mark is, how will you avoid receiving it?
In order to know what the mark of the beast is, we must first identify the Beast. How does the Bible describe it?
A. It rises from the sea Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
B. It is the composite of the four beasts in Daniel chapter 7 and The dragon gives it power and authority Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
C. It receives a deadly wound and Its deadly wound is healed Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
D. It is a strong political power Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
E. It is a strong religious power Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
F. It is guilty of blasphemy Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
G. It wars with and overcomes the saints Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
H. It rules for 42 months Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
I. It has a mysterious number—666 Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The “beast” introduced in Revelation is simply another name for the “antichrist,” we learn from Daniel 7 the points revealing the papacy. Prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation are often presented multiple times, with details added each time to encourage accurate interpretation.
Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. …. 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Now let’s consider some points that describe the beast.
It would rise from the sea (Revelation 13:1). “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” The sea (or water) in prophecy refers to people or a populated area (Revelation 17:15). “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” So the beast—antichrist—would arise amid the established nations of the then known world. The papacy arose in Western Europe, so it fits this point.
In harmony with God’s command to honor all people (1 Peter 2:17), “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” We should recognize the papacy for her many good deeds and activities. Her hospitals, orphanages, care for the poor, homes for unwed mothers, and care for the aged are appreciated universally. She can honestly be lauded for many things. But, like all other organizations, she has also made serious errors. God pinpoints some of these errors in Revelation. The Lord, who blesses and comforts, must sometimes chasten and correct. Please ask His Spirit to speak to you as we continue studying this crucial topic.
It would be a composite of the four beasts of Daniel chapter 7 (Revelation 13:2).
Study the comparison below to see how it all fits together:
Daniel chapter 7 Babylon Lion-like beast (vs. 4) Revelation chapter 13 "Mouth of a lion" (vs. 2)
Dan. 7 Medo-Persia Bearlike beast (vs. 5) Rev. 13 "Feet of a bear" (vs. 2)
Dan. 7 Greece Leopard-like beast (vs. 6) Rev. 13 "Like unto a leopard" (vs. 2)
Dan. 7 Rome Ten-horned beast (vs. 7) Rev. 13 "Having ... ten horns" (vs. 1)
The four beasts of Daniel 7 are depicted as part of Antichrist, or the beast, because the papacy incorporated pagan beliefs and practices from all four empires. She clothed them in spiritual garb and spread them to the world as Christian teachings. Here is one of many supporting statements from history: "In a certain respect, she [the papacy] has copied her organization from that of the Roman Empire, has preserved and made fruitful the philosophical intuitions of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, borrowed from both Barbarians and the Byzantine Roman Empire, but always remains herself, thoroughly digesting all elements drawn from external sources." This point definitely fits the papacy.
The beast must receive its power, seat (capital), and authority from the dragon (Revelation 13:2).
To identify the dragon, we go to Revelation chapter 12, where God's end-time church is pictured as a pure woman. In prophecy, a pure woman represents God's true people or church (Jeremiah 6:2 Isaiah 51:16). The pure woman is portrayed as pregnant and about to deliver. The dragon crouches nearby, hoping to "devour" the baby at birth. However, when the baby is born He evades the dragon, fulfills His mission, and then ascends to heaven. Obviously the baby is Jesus, whom Herod tried to destroy by killing all the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). So the dragon represents pagan Rome, of which Herod was a king. The power behind Herod's plot was, of course, the devil (Revelation 12:7-9). Satan acts through various governments to accomplish his ugly work in this case, pagan Rome.
We quote just two supportive references from history, though there are many: (1) "The Roman Church ... pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation. ...The Pope ... is Caesar's successor." (2) "The mighty Catholic Church was little more than the Roman Empire baptised. Rome was transformed as well as converted. The very capital of the old Empire became the capital of the Christian Empire. The office of Pontifex Maximus was continued in that of Pope." 3 So this point also fits the papacy. She received her capital city and power from pagan Rome.
It would receive a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3). The deadly wound was inflicted when Napoleon's general, Alexander Berthier, entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that at the death of the pope, the papacy would be discontinued. The pope died in France in August of 1799. "Half Europe thought ... that without the Pope the Papacy was dead." So this point also fits the papacy.
The deadly wound would be healed, and the entire world would give homage to the beast (Revelation 13:3). Since its healing, the strength of the papacy has grown. Today she is one of the most powerful religious-political organizations and influence centers in the world.
ABOUT THE POPE:
He is the most well-known person in our world. People of the world see him as a strong moral leader. Thousands of Catholics and non-Catholics throng to him when he visits other countries. In 2015, he spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress for the first time in history.
ABOUT THE PAPACY:
An American ambassador has said the Vatican is unmatched as a “listening post.” Papal structure is already prepared for worldwide control. Clearly, the wound is healing and the eyes of the nations are upon the Vatican, fitting the prophecy of the Bible.
It would become a strong political power (Revelation 13:3, 7).
It would become a very powerful religious organization (Revelation 13:3, 8).
It would be guilty of blasphemy (Revelation 13:5, 6). The papacy is guilty of blasphemy because her priests claim to forgive sins and her popes claim to be Christ.
It would war with and persecute the saints (Revelation 13:7). The papacy did persecute and destroy millions of saints during the Dark Ages.
It would reign for 42 months (Revelation 13:5). The papacy reigned for 42 prophetic months, which equals 1,260 years, from A.D. 538-1798. And Times time and half a time also the same time span.
It would have the mysterious number 666 (Revelation 13:18). This verse says, “It is the number of a man,” and Revelation 15:2 refers to “the number of his name.” What man do you think of when you think of the papacy? Naturally, we think of the pope. What is his official name? Here is a Catholic quote: “The title of the pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei” (English: “Vicar of the Son of God”) Malachi Martin, in The Keys of This Blood, uses the same title for the pope on page 114. A footnote for Revelation 13:18 in some Douay versions of the Bible says, “The numeral letters of his name shall make up this number.” Notice the chart at right, which shows what happens when we total up the Roman numeral value of the letters of the name. Again, the papacy fits the identification point. The beast with the “mark” is the papacy. No other power in history could possibly fit these divine descriptive points. Now that we have positively identified the beast, we can discover her mark, or symbol of authority. But first, let’s look at God’s sign of authority.
What is God’s mark, or symbol, of authority? “I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them” (Ezekiel 20:12). “It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth” (Exodus 31:17). “He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also” (Romans 4:11).
In these texts, God is saying that He gave us His Sabbath as a sign of His power to create and His power to sanctify (convert and save) us. In the Bible, the words seal, sign, mark, and token are used interchangeably. God’s sign, the Sabbath, represents His holy power to rule as Creator and Savior. Revelation 7:1–3 says it will be written upon the foreheads (minds—Hebrews 10:16) of His people. It will signify that they are owned by Him and have His character. Hebrews 4:4–10 confirms this by saying that when we enter His rest (receive salvation), we should keep His seventh-day Sabbath holy as a symbol, or mark, of salvation. True Sabbath keeping signifies that a person has surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and is willing to follow wherever Jesus leads. Since the symbol, mark, of God’s authority and power is His holy Sabbath day, it seems likely that the symbol, or mark, of God’s challenger—the beast—might also involve a holy day. Let’s see if it does.
Compare Genesis 17:11 with Romans 4:11 and Revelation 7:3 with Ezekiel 9:4
What does the papacy say is her symbol, or mark, of authority? Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:
“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her—she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”
The papacy is here saying that it “changed” Sabbath to Sunday and that virtually all churches accepted the new holy day. Thus, the papacy claims that Sunday as a holy day is the mark, or symbol, of her power and authority.
Did God predict such an attempted change?
Answer: Yes. In describing the antichrist in Daniel 7:25, God said it would “intend to change times and law.”
How has the papacy tried to change God’s law? In three ways: In her catechisms she has (1) omitted the second commandment against veneration of images, and (2) shortened the fourth (Sabbath) commandment from 94 words to just eight. The Sabbath commandment (Exodus 20:8–11) clearly specifies Sabbath as the seventh day of the week. As changed by the papacy in its catechism, the commandment reads, “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.” Written thus, it can refer to any day. And, finally, she divided the tenth commandment into two commandments.
How has the papacy attempted to change God’s times? In two ways: (1) She attemped to change the time of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day. (2) She also attemped to change God’s “timing” for the beginning and closing hours of the Sabbath. Instead of counting the Sabbath day from sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night as God mandates (Leviticus 23:32), she adopted the pagan Roman custom of counting the day from midnight Saturday night to midnight Sunday night. God predicted these “changes” would be attempted by the beast, or antichrist.
Notice the following section from a Catholic catechism:
"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."
Here is another Catholic statement: "The Church is above the Bible and this transference of Sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is proof positive of that fact."
The papacy is saying in these references that its successful change of Sabbath observance to Sunday worship is proof that its authority is greater, or "above," Scripture.
How could anyone in good conscience attempt to change God’s holy day?
Answer: We ask the papacy, “Did you really change Sabbath to Sunday?” She replies, “Yes, we did. It is our symbol, or mark, of authority and power.” We ask, “How could you even think of doing that?” While it’s a pertinent question, the question the papacy officially asks Protestants is even more pertinent. Please read it carefully:
“You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! But by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the Ten Commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.”
Tragically, both Catholicism and Protestantism stand in error for rejecting God’s Sabbath—His sign of identification.
What solemn warnings has God given regarding His law and His sign, or mark?
Answer: A. God warns religious leaders against causing people to stumble by saying that some commandments do not matter (Malachi 2:7–9). For example, some ministers teach, “It doesn’t matter what day you keep holy.”
B. God warns people who want their ministers to preach smooth fables rather than the truth about His law (Isaiah 30:9, 10).
C. God warns people about hardening their hearts against the truth of His law (Zechariah 7:12).
D. God states that the upheaval, tragedy, problems, and woes of earth come because people refuse to follow His law—and have even tried to change it (Isaiah 24:4–6).
E. God warns religious leaders who refuse to preach the prophecies of the end time (Isaiah 29:10, 11).
F. God warns that leaders who teach there is really no difference between sacred things (such as God’s holy Sabbath) and common things (such as Sunday) will face His indignation (Ezekiel 22:26, 31).
Revelation 13:16 says people will receive the mark of the beast in the forehead or in the hand. What does this mean?
Answer: The forehead represents the mind (Hebrews 10:16). A person will be marked in the forehead by a decision to keep Sunday as a holy day. The hand is a symbol of work (Ecclesiastes 9:10). A person will be marked in the hand by working on God’s holy Sabbath or by going along with Sunday laws for practical reasons (job, family, etc.). The sign, or mark, for either God or the beast will be invisible to people. You will, in essence, mark yourself by accepting either God’s mark—the Sabbath—or the beast’s mark—Sunday. Though invisible to men, God will know who has which mark (2 Timothy 2:19).
According to Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14, what decisive message does God deliver to His people in the last days? “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression. ... If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight ... then you shall delight yourself in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:1, 13, 14).
Answer: He says to tell His people that they are sinning because they are trampling on His holy day, and He asks them to quit breaking the Sabbath so He can bless them. He wants His messenger to speak loudly so the people will hear. Notice that the third angel of Revelation 14:9–12, who brings the message about the mark of the beast, speaks with a loud voice also (verse 9). The message is too important to treat as ordinary. It’s a life-or-death issue! Jesus says His sheep, or people, will follow Him when He calls them (John 10:16, 27).
Do people who worship on Sunday as a holy day have the mark of the beast now?
Answer: Absolutely not! No one will have the mark of the beast until Sunday worship becomes an issue forced by law. At that time, those who decide to follow the false teachings of the beast and worship on Sunday—the beast’s counterfeit holy day—will receive his mark. Those who follow Jesus and obey His truth will keep His Sabbath day holy and receive His mark. Those who expect to refuse the beast’s mark in the future must step under Jesus’ Sabbath banner now. His power is available to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). Without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). With Him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27).
According to the book of Revelation, who did John see in God’s eternal kingdom?
Answer: The answer is threefold and very clear:
A. Those who have God’s mark—sign (His Sabbath)—in their foreheads (Revelation 7:3, 4).
B. Those who refused to identify with the beast or his image and who refused to have his mark or name in their foreheads (Revelation 15:2).
C. The people who—today and for eternity—follow where Jesus leads, trusting Him fully in everything (Revelation 14:4).
What is Jesus saying to people today? “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Answer: What a fantastic promise! If we follow Him, we will not end up in darkness but will, instead, have glorious truth. Further, following Him and keeping His Sabbath will put God’s mark on our foreheads and protect us from the dreadful plagues (Psalm 91:10) that will fall upon the disobedient (Revelation 16). It also marks us as ready for translation at Jesus’ second coming. What blessed protection and assurance God has offered us! Satan has an amazing strategy for deceiving billions.
God is asking you to keep His holy seventh-day Sabbath as a sign that you have accepted His salvation and will follow Him wherever He leads. Will you decide now to begin keeping His Sabbath holy now?
Comments from Churches and Other Authorities About the Sabbath
Baptist: “There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. ... It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week. ... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament—absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual, in a paper read before a New York ministers' conference held Nov. 13, 1893.
Catholic: “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which [Catholics] never sanctify.” James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, 93rd edition, 1917, p. 58.
Church of Christ: “Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’ From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for man ... that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men.” Robert Milligan, Scheme of Redemption, (St. Louis, The Bethany Press, 1962), p. 165.
Congregationalist: “The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath.” Dwight's Theology, Vol. 4, p. 401.
Episcopal: “Sunday (Dies Solis, of the Roman calendar, ‘day of the sun,’ because dedicated to the sun), the first day of the week, was adopted by the early Christians as a day of worship. ... No regulations for its observance are laid down in the New Testament, nor, indeed, is its observance even enjoined.” "Sunday," A Religious Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, (New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1883) p. 2259.
Lutheran: “The observance of the Lord’s day [Sunday] is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the church.” Augsburg Confession of Faith, quoted in Catholic Sabbath Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.
Methodist: “Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.” Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942.
Moody Bible Institute: “The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p. 47.
Presbyterian: “Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand. ... The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.” T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474, 475.
Pentecostal: “ ‘Why do we worship on Sunday? Doesn’t the Bible teach us that Saturday should be the Lord’s Day?’ ... Apparently we will have to seek the answer from some other source than the New Testament” David A. Womack, "Is Sunday the Lord's Day?" The Pentecostal Evangel, Aug. 9, 1959, No. 2361, p. 3.
Encyclopedia: “Sunday was a name given by the heathens to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshipped the sun. ... The seventh day was blessed and hallowed by God himself, and ... he requires His creatures to keep it holy to Hhm. This commandment is of universal and perpetual obligation.”Eadie's Biblical Cyclopedia, 1890 ed., p. 561.
First of all, you have to understand that the term beast refers to a system of control and authority.
These systems as we find them in the bible are (described in the book of Daniel and Revelation; specifically, the forth beast who Daniel focused on intently.
Daniel in speaking of the little horn also called it a beast, notice 7:11
11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain (the beast in this case is the horn) and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
The beast here is referring to the horn that was speaking boastfully. To make this clear see Revelation 17:16
16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
The term prostitute is another reference of the horn Daniel spoke of.
So, in the book of Daniel and Revelation, there are two beasts or two system of control that are historically linked as explained to Daniel.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
The first beast of Revelation had seven heads and ten horns. This system was in authority in the time of Christ and before. It was this beast system which crucified Jesus and persecuted the saints before the Edict of Milan which was a proclamation that permanently established religious toleration for Christianity within the Roman Empire in 313 AD
It was the fourth beast of Daniel and the first beast in Revelation which head received a deadly wound.
Revelation 13:3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
One of the first beast head received what appeared to be a deadly wound, this happened in 476 AD at the seemly fall of western portion of the Roman Empire. That wound healed as the bible stated because by 554 AD the Gothic wars ended the Roman empire had defeated all foreign invaders and the cry went out.
“Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
In 554 a proclamation was issued called the pragmatic Sanction of Justinian. It was at this time the bishops of Italy were given authority to govern.
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.
The beast (the first beast) will continue to operate for 42 months through this mouth piece as you made mention.
We quote just two supportive references from history, though there are many: (1) "The Roman Church ... pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation.
Next Revelation 13:11 shows us how this beast, the second beast would come about.
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
Horns denote the power of an animal, this beast had two as you have well noted.
It would become a strong political power (Revelation 13:3, 7).
It would become a very powerful religious organization (Revelation 13:3, 8).
This is the second beast, it would continue the Roman Empire’s authority for 1260 years (42 months) under its own authority of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Holy Roman Empire had survived over a thousand years when it was finally destroyed by Napoleon and the French in 1806.
1260 years from 554 AD bring us to 1814. The first beast existed in some form up until that period.
In 1804 In Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years. Pope Pius VII handed Napoleon the crown that the 35-year-old conqueror of Europe placed on his own head.
Napoleon is now emperor of the Roman Empire.
"I wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a European judiciary: there would be but one people in Europe," declared Napoleon nearly 200 years before Europe finally unifies under the new currency of the European Union.
The dream of a strong Europe in which the French, Spanish, Italians, and Germans coexist peacefully as a single united body is being realized today, but it is a dream that was held by Napoleon, based on his vast knowledge of history, and hoped for by many great men after him. Finally at the end of this century this dream is beginning to become a reality.
The Grand Empire of Napoleon replaced the ailing Holy Roman Empire which was basically a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire. Napoleon had crowned himself emperor of the French in 1804 and in 1806, he ended the Holy Roman Empire once and for all by replacing it with the Confederation of the Rhine, a French protectorate. An admirer of Alexander the Great, Napoleon created a new system in Europe that in some ways mimicked the ancient Macedonian Empire. Just as Alexander was king of Macedon, hegemon of the Corinthian League, great king of Persia, and pharaoh of Egypt, Napoleon was emperor of France, king of Italy, mediator of the Swiss Confederation, and protector of the Confederation of the Rhine. It is also possible, had he succeeded in Russia, that he would have been protector of a Northern Confederation composed of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (a possible precursor to a new Polish kingdom), Sweden, and Denmark.
In 1814 Napoleon was exiled:
in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders in history, abdicates the throne, and, in the Treaty of Fontainebleau, is banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba.
The first beast and the power behind the second beast is no longer, and all we see at the time is the second beast.
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.
Revelation tells us that this first beast will return and when it does the second beast will once again speak like a dragon.
Revelation 17: 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Everything that the second beast does is in an effort to please the first beast.
Watch out for the coming of the beast that was. The present political conditions in the United States has open the door for this the come about.
Because these beast powers are systems of authority that will impact the masses, it is questionable to me that it will be about Sunday worship. Perhaps if we are just speaking of western civilization. A system of control in a cashless society with some type of wireless device that would allow the controlling of the masses is possible. People can be tracked by their credit card use, Amazon has a system which allows you to shop completely cashless.
So it is a chip then?
I don’t know if it’s a chip, it’s possible that people will be require to have some type of identification in the future that will allow the to do daily commerce. Let’s say it not a chip and let’s say it will be Sunday worship. There still would have to be some type of method to validate which category one falls in; something to indicate that you are out of compliance with the beast system.
When I look at world religions of other cultures this is somewhat of a question. I mean people will have to abandon their own cultural religions for another. If we are only talking about western civilization; this is where the beast comes out of, yeah maybe.
We don’t know how things will evolve. Global warming that some people don’t believe may cause food shortages as the climate changes, the world’s financial markets may collapse leading to world wide panic forcing the implementation of strict control a new government system.
12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast….
This is the first beast, verse 16 tells us.
16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute.
The prostitute is just another word for harlot; this is papacy.
3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.
The woman sits on the beast; she controls and directs the beast.
Gene you do not seem to have any conviction about what it is. The bible to me is quite clear it's a mark there is the Mark of God and there is the counterfeit mark of the beast. If you read Rev. 13 you see the word worship mentioned many times compare with Dan. 3
Satan has raised up in history those that he intended to form the one world order by all means possible. These are Emperors such as Rome, various leaders of countries that conquer other nations or infiltrate etc.and create war as inspired by Lucifer; Hitler, Stalin, Napolean, The two Bush Presidents, Obama, Mohamed, etc.
This Luciferian dream goes all the way back to the fall of Lucifer that he can be like the most high, take the place of God along with his fellow fallen angels. Then inspired Nimrod and the Tower of Babel the first attempt at a one world government under Lucifer ultimately.
Decades ago, in the 1980's the giant computer center in Brussels processed all financial transactions of Europe at the time, and it was called "The Beast." The computing power now is incredible and gaining every day, now they have quantum computing.
The Globalist also think they can obtain eternal life through Lucifer directly as they think they will rule with him (big lie, he is destined to the Lake of Fire), and or transhumanism; the insane idea that computer, genetic, robotic systems can be used to obtain the transformation of the elite to "gods." They think that they can get their mind uplinked to a system. There is also the Hive one-world brain which I have already mentioned in previous posts elsewhere. These things sound and are insane because the Luciferians are what I call Luciferian lunatics or Satanic Insanity. The practice of witchcraft causes mental as well as spiritual illness as well as potentially leading to eternal death.
Seems to me you are telling us the obvious, Satan is smarter than that he will be so subtle that if you are not grounded in the truths of the Bible you will be deceived. I know you think yourself very smart what is your IQ level? 500 well Satan is lots smarter than that.
You can never be saved by what you do, you can only be saved by whom you believe.
1Jn 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.