The 2nd Beast of Revelation 13

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Revelation 13:11, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” 

Understanding:

There are three things that we need to look at here. Frist we need to understand what a beast is. Daniel 7:23, "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." So a beast is a nation/kingdom. Remember, that there are leaders that lead these nations or kingdoms. For instance you have the President of the United States. Or you have the Prime Minister of countries that use that title. It is the same as it was for the nation Rome with the Ceasars as it is with the Vatican beast and their Antichrist Pope who claims to be a god on earth.

"Beast coming up out of the earth" - This prophecy chronologically is linked with the Pope's captivity in 1798 AD, and his death in 1799 (Revelation 13:10, "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword."), with an uprising of another beast or nation. Remember, the first beast that came up out of the sea? Sea has water in it. So then what does water mean? 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." Waters means peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. So, if this beast rises up out of the earth then that has to mean that it raised in a not so populated area on the planet. How do we know? The Bible would have said so by using the term sea again. Most of the world's population was in Europe and surrounding areas during the beginning of this earth’s history. But for America we can see that very little human life had inhabited it.

"he had two horns like a lamb" - The first clue we can figure out here is that this beast or nation is describe to have two horns. What does horns represent in Bible prophecy?

Meaning: #1 = POWER AND STRENGTH

Scriptural facts:

Deuteronomy 33:17, "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh."
Zechariah 1:18-19, "Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem."

Meaning: #2 = KING OR KINGDOM

Scriptural facts:

Psalms 89:17; 24, "For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted."
Daniel 8:5,21; 22, "And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power."

So, we can understand that when the Bible talks about horns in prophecy it is referring to power/strength and kings or kingdoms. When we look at America what two powers are like the first beast (Rome)? Answer: Church and State! However, the second beast did right in the beginning when it established the separation of Church and State. Why? The Word of God tells us that these two do not mix. The Word of Truth tells us that we need to not have these two yoked because the Church belongs to God and the State belongs to the world. Where is it in Scripture does it say these two powers are to be separated? Matthew 22:17-21, "Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, [ye] hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose [is] this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." "Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29.

"he spake as a dragon" - This nation would also speak like a dragon. It would look like a Christian, but it would speak like a dragon eventually. America would have a Christian beginning, but would eventually be taken over by the character of the dragon. Matthew 7:16. What does a dragon represent in Bible prophecy?

Symbol: = DRAGON

Meaning: = SATAN OR HIS AGENCY

Scriptural facts:

Psalms 74:13-14, "Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness."

Isaiah 27:1, "In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."


Isaiah 30:6, 
"The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them."


Jeremiah 51:34, "Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out."

Ezekiel 29:3, "Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself."

Revelation 12:7-8, "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven."

Revelation 12:9, "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."


Revelation 20:2, "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,"

So, the dragon is Satan, the Devil. When you see the history of the seven church you can see how they all started out Christlike, but overtime the enemy (Satan) infiltrates everything and takes it over. Just like he did in America. When the Protestants fleed to America to escape religious persicution from the Pope and the Dark Ages, where the Papacy slaughtered millions of God children America started out obeying God, His law and keeping the faith of Jesus that is found only in the Godhead was eventually perswaded by the lies of Rome in SUNday keeping and trinity belief. How did this happen? The Jesuit order of the Vatican infiltrated the pulpits of America, the government, institutions and such to bring the country into the ranks and beliefs of Romanism. In the beginning of America they had laws in place that would prohibit Catholic from partaking in government affairs, jobs and such. They changed it over time because the families that were Catholic were sent over by the Papacy to pose as Protestants. If you remember, Thanksgiving was a celebration that took place with the Indians to give thanks to the God of Heaven for delivering them from the kings of Europe that were under Roman Control. They were very happy that they did not have to worry anymore about the hellish treatment they received from the beast in Rome. But now today, if you take a look America you can see how the Vatican was hard at work. Look at our Government buildings and such. They are of Roman design. Everything is becoming Romanized. The dragon is rebuilding Babylon on a world scale which will soon be destroyed.

The Trinity of Hell

  1. The Dragon (Satan)
  2. The beast rising from the sea (Vatican)
  3. The beast rising from the earth (USA)

"Here is something MANY people miss regarding the Dragon, the Vatican, and the USA.. Satan always mocks the Lord because God's design is perfect and he knows it. So he uses Heavenly structured methods, but of course he does so with satanic wickedness. Notice these three tables that illustrate the actual mockery of the God head by Satan and his cohorts."

The FATHER of the True Godhead

The Dragon of the False Trinity

He gave His Son His power (Rev. 2:27)

He gave the beast from the sea his power (Rev. 13:4)

The Holy Spirit bears his message (2Pet. 1:21)

The beast coming out of the earth bears his message. (Rev. 13:11)

The universe worships Him. (Rev. 5:13,14)

The world worships him. (Rev.13:4)

He sends 3 angels to proclaim a message to the whole world. (Rev 14:6-11)

He sends 3 demons to gather the kings of the whole world. (Rev. 16:14)

His wrath goes against those that follow the dragon. (Rev. 19:15)

His wrath goes against those that follow the Father. (Rev. 12:12,17)

There is no one like Him. (Ex. 8:10)

He wants to be like the Father. (Isaiah 14:14)

He is the Father of Truth. (2John verse 4)

He is the father of lies. (John 8:44)

 The Son of the True Godhead

The Beast from the sea of the False Trinity

He is the image of the Father. (John 14:7-9; Col. 1:15)

He is the image of the dragon. (Compare Rev. 12:3 with 13:1)

He receives authority from the Father. (Rev. 2:27)

He receives authority from the dragon. (Rev.13:4)

He receives authority over all flesh. (John 17:2)

He receives authority over all nations. (Rev. 13:7)

His ministry on earth lasted 42 literal months. (Daniel 9:27)

His ministry on earth lasted 42 prophetic months. (Re. 13:5)

He died on the cross, then He raised from the dead. (Acts 5:30)

He was mortally wounded, then he was healed. (Rev. 13:3)

He sits on His Father's throne. (Rev.3:21)

He sits on the dragon's throne. (Rev.13:2)

The universe worships Him. (Rev. 5:13,14)

The world worships him. (Rev.13:4)

The Holy Spirit of the True Godhead

The Beast from the earth of the False Trinity

He speaks like the Father. (Heb. 10:15,16)

He speaks like the dragon. (Rev. 13:11)

He guides people into all Truth. (John 16:13; 1John 5:6)

He deceives those who dwell on the earth. (Rev. 13:14

He leads people to worship Jesus, He glorifies Him. (John 16:14)

He leads people to worship the beast from the sea. (Rev. 13:14)

He leads people to edify the body of the Son, the Church. (Acts 9:31)

He leads people to make an image to the beast from the sea. (Rev. 13:14)

He performs great signs and wonders. (Acts 19:6; Heb. 2:4)

He performs great signs and wonders. (Rev. 13:13)

He makes fire come down from Heaven on the earth. (Acts. 2:3,4)

He makes fire come down from Heaven on earth. (Rev. 13:13)

He puts a seal on God's people. (Eph. 4:30)

He puts a mark on rebellious men. (Rev. 13:!6)

(Above outline courtesy of Cyberspace Ministry and Taken from RemnantofGod.org)


Revelation 13:12, “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” 

Understanding:

“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him" - As stated, America was taken over by the Jesuit order, which is working for the Pope. America does not demand worship to itself, but it is the Pope who demands worship. American Christianity is designed to lead others back to worshiping the first beast that it once fleed from in the "Dark Ages". The world, the Christian professed world does in fact worship the Pope through SUNday worship. America Christianity is leading the world astray into SUNday exultation as prophesied about. God warns us of this in Revelation 14:9-10, "... If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God...". The Vatican in time past has forced those who would not bow before Baal/Pope. If they did not comply with their decree, they would in time kill them as they did in the "Dark Ages". America is falling in the footsteps of the first beast by doing the same thing. What I mean by this is they already have a law in place for SUNday. It is called the Blue Laws that Kennedy had in place. They just have not enforced it yet. They will in due season. When they do this is where you will see Revelation 20:4 will be fulfilled, Beheaded for the Word of God! By the way, guillotines have arrived in America. http://remnantofgod.org/guillotines.htm

The officials of church and state will unite to bribe those who will not comply with their terms, persuade many with money and high worldly positions, or compel all classes to honor SUNday. The lack of divine authority that is found in the Word of God will be supplied by oppressive enactments of wicked men and women of the world to push for the dargon's goals in deceiving the human race. Political corruption, debase minds of the world are destroying the love of justice and is disregarding the Bible Truths in these last days. It is no longer a free America. The leaders and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will give way to the popular demands for a law to enforce Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, where many lives have been lost for freedom will have been in vain, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected in America or around the world. In the soon-pending conflict that stands before the commandment keeping people who are strive to gain access to the kingdom of God through Christ's power provided, shall fulfill the prophet's words: The dragon (satan) was wroth with the woman (true commandment keeping church of God), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed (last days church who has come after the fall of Laodicea/SDA), which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17. - emphasis supplied

"whose deadly wound was healed.” - In 1798 we saw how the Pope was captured and lead into captivity for killing with the sword. So, how did it end in 1798, which then the 2nd beast came to power after the beast of Rome received a deadly wound? "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword..." Revelation 13:10. The Papacy for 1260 years killed/made war, by the "sword" (military) with the true church of God. And it all ended in 1798AD. Scriptual facts regarding sword: Isaiah 3:25, "Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war."
During the month of February 10th Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798AD did send General Louis Alexandre Berthier and his army into the seat of Satan (Revelation 2:13) Rome, Italy, which did end their rule with this deadly wound. "In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one." -Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition.

The beast received a deadly wound as it says in Revelation 13:3, "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death..."

Pope dies: August 1799:
Fact:
A documented Roman Catholic source plainly states- "Half Europe thought... that with the Pope the Papacy was dead." -Joseph Rickaby "The Modern Papacy" Lectures on the History of Religion, Lecture 24, (London Catholic Truth Society, 1910), p.1.


Revelation 13:13, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” 

Understanding:

For many years all eyes have been on America. One of the major events that took place in this was the when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 with President Reagan at the helm and the Pope hiding behind stage. During this time we also saw the collapse of the Soviet Union Empire with Mikhail Gorbachev. And in the literal since of world events like the wars that American has been a part of, fire has come down "in the sight of men". Once instance in America’s history that no one will forget is when the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 which has been estimated at death toll of half the population of 350,000. This is the American "voice" that "speaks as a dragon". This nation will soon deceive the world as prophesied about with her satanic sway. It is the same way that Hitler was able to do it or as the Vatican was able to do it through the German military. If you carefully study what Germany did, or what the Vatican did through Hitler you will see a successful deception take place in the last days through America to gain complete control over the world. The whore that sits in Rome has learned from her mistakes and does not plan to make anymore mistakes when the decree of Sunday worship takes center stage.


This is a nation that everyone looks up to for money, food, life and even church. Many would claim that America is broke, but the fact is America was prospering for such a long time, but as the Vatican slowly gained access with her infiltration in the halls of DC, things have changed over the years. We are clearly losing money. We lost trillions of dollars when Bush was in office. Where did that all go? The whore of Rome is saving her stolen money from the hard working Americans. When a nation like America or Israel of old was following the Commandments of God they were blessed as a nation, but then when they would give way to the enemy of souls then you have what you see today, a nation of corruption, greed and such. The blessings and protection from above are removed. The Vatican has to take the hard working American dollar away somehow or else, how else is she going to fund the United Nations when the United States calls for Marshall Law, which will be to enforce SUNday worship? The United States is the beast that satan has clearly given power to. Really, can anyone make war with this beast or with the Vatican? Both these nations have been conquering nations for a very long time. Every time a nation has been in trouble it has been America to come save the day. Everyone looks to America for help, for answers and such. Also, this United States has such a military force today that no other nation on the planet can match up to it. The technology is remarkable. The first beast is using this beast to serve her purpose. Satan is using both to serve his hellish purpose.


Revelation 13:14, “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” 

Understanding:

America is the one who gives the first beast life again after her deadly wound in 1798. That image that is of Rome is both political and religious.

"On March 7th 2006 the Bush administration put into law a brand new executive order (# 13397) that REMOVES the separation of church and state and forces all churches (with 501C3 status) to become government agencies. Thing is, ALL church denominations, with the exception of a few small 'wise' churches, have already agreed to the 501C3 status and have officially become an exact image of the Beast in Rome. For those that are unaware. In order to get that 501C3 status, you must incorporate yourchurch with the state. After doing so, like the Roman Catholic church and Vatican state entity, you too become a church and state organization. Or an 'image' of the Roman church. The prophecy is literally fulfilled by your church! Strangely enough, this came almost exactly one year after Pope John Paul II made the following statement…" - br. Nicholas POGMinistries

Pope John Paul II also stated, "Christians will naturally strive to ensure that "civil legislation" respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." (-Section 67, "Dies Domini", July 7, 1998)

"which had the wound by a sword, and did live" - Again, during the month of February 10th Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798AD did send General Louis Alexandre Berthier and his army into the seat of Satan (Revelation 2:13) Rome, Italy, which did end their rule with this deadly wound. "In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one." -Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition. The Papacy received a deadly wound when the Pope was taken from his throne and removed. Checkmate!

Christian America: Another thing, if we study the steps of the Protestant faith you will see also how they are deceiving the world by hiding behind Christianity to cover up their wolf-like true character. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They bring false fire down, which is a false holy ghost movement and false miracles of healing like you see so much on the TV from known people like Benny Hinn. This is also a man of Rome. He has been seen wearing priestly attire along with other Protestant preachers. They are working in unity to fulfill the ways of the dragon in deceiving the masses of the world. The human family needs to get working in preaching the truth to the world or else we will find most of the human family destroyed for not coming to the love of the truth. Last thing, if you look in America or around the rest of the world most religions that profess Jesus as Lord keep SUNday. The stage has been set, the season is right and the end is near. REPENT and turn to the True living God. Obey Him if you love him by keeping that very law most hate that is found in the Ten Commandment. Exodus 20. The Seventh Day Sabbath of the LORD God is soon to come. When you unrepentant sinners see Him it will be too late. Probation time is now. Now is the time to turn to God in obedience which is Ture Faith.


Revelation 13:15, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” 

Understanding:

Again, America will give power unto the image of Rome, the image of the Vatican. Separation of Church and State. The reason or need for this to happen is because the church cannot enforce their beliefs unless the government is under her control. They need the laws of the land to be the church's so that the can use the State/military to make it happen. Just like they did in the "Dark Ages".

SPEAK = LEGISLATION & CAUSE =  ENFORCEMENT

The image of the beast needs to be formed. A  "Christian Coalition" like the one Jesuit Pat Roberts from the 700 club of CBN has started. http://www.remnantofgod.org/nl0508.htm

 "Since March of this year when the 'Christian Coalition' made notice that they were planning a huge meeting with government officials in October of this year, many rumors surfaced regarding "national Sunday laws" being lobbied as a result. Some were so convincing in fact that the 'C.C.' headquarters was contacted for verification. It was of course found they were not planning to lobby Sunday laws at all. At least not yet that is. Fact is, the timing just doesn't fit. What would you consider the prime agenda at this time?

Removing the separation of church and state!

For years the Vatican has been very active in this scheme. In fact, on my "One World Church / Government" series of pages, I have so many articles coming in, that I literally had to shut that section of the site down. I do believe the hundreds of articles on those pages more than adequately prove this point. I see no need to continue adding to the series. I currently have over 200 articles offline on this topic as well. By the way, not all of the articles are coming directly from Rome. A fair portion of them are the direct result of an organization founded by Pat Robertson... The Christian Coalition.

Pat Robertson is what I like to refer to as the prophetic fulfillment / present day leader of the "False Prophet" of Revelation 16:13. He has been VERY instrumental in the last few years alone in bridging the gap between the Vatican and the apostate Protestant churches of today. With the dragon, one can see all three "frogs" are now sitting on the same lily pad. The dragon, which of course is the devil, the beast that has been overwhelmingly defined as the Vatican, and the false prophet that is easily defined as the apostate Protestant churches of today. To give you an idea of just how chummy these three are with each other. Notice the following article..." -source RemnantofGod Ministry.


EVANGELICAL LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN PAPAL MASS 
By David W.Cloud

Pat Robertson and Bill Bright participated in a papal mass in New York's Central Park during John Paul II's October visit to the United States.  According to the Religious News Service, Pat Robertson marched at the head of an ecumenical procession (which included Bright) to the papal altar and was seated with Protestant, Orthodox and other Christian leaders. Robertson is the Charismatic head of the 700 Club and Bright is the head of Campus Crusade for Christ.

The meeting of a large number of "evangelical" leaders with the Pope earlier that same day and the participation of some of them in a papal mass is historic.  (The earlier meeting was reported in the last issue of O Timothy; it included Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries and Don Argue, president, National Association of Evangelicals.)

CHRISTIAN COALITION'S ROAD TO VICTORY CONFERENCE
DRAWS OVER 15,000 SUPPORTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 14, 2002 - The Christian Coalition announced today that over 15,000 people attended the God Bless America - One Nation Under God, Road to Victory 2002 Conference which was held at the Washington Convention Center on October 11 and 12 and co-sponsored by Joyce Meyer Ministries.


(Photo (L-R) Dr. Pat Robertson, Founder and President Emeritus of the Christian Coalition, Roberta Combs, National President of the Christian Coalition, Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert at the "Christian Solidarity with Israel" rally which took place at the Washington Convention Center during Road To Victory.)

Among the speakers at the Road to Victory conference were: Joyce Meyer, President of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition of America, Coalition Founder and President Emeritus Pat Robertson, Rev. James Robison, Dr. E.V. Hill, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Colonel Oliver North, Zig Ziglar, Judge Roy Moore, Pat Boone, David Barton, Armstrong Williams, Don Feder, Phyllis Schlafly, Majority Leader Dick Armey (TX), Majority Whip Tom DeLay (TX), Majority Deputy Whip Roy Blunt (MO), Senator James Inhofe OK), Senator Sam Brownback (KS), Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (VA), Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL), Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA), Congressman Lindsey Graham (SC), Congressman Ernest Istook (OK), Congressman Walter Jones (NC), and Congressman Dave Weldon (FL), and others.

...President George W. Bush sent a videotaped message Friday, greeting the attendees of the conference, and promising to continue advocating Pro-Christian values, anti-abortion activism, low taxes, limited government and judges who don't legislate. He thanked the members of the Christian Coalition for praying for him and his family and concluded his address with "God Bless the Christian Coalition and May God continue to bless the United States of America."

..."We were thrilled with the many expressions of Christian love which we witnessed this weekend, from buses which came in from throughout the United States, where participants joined our conference from countries throughout Europe, the Ukraine, Israel and many other countries, we will continue to serve God and experience political success in ensuring that people who hold elected offices have a fear of God," said Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition of America. "We need to take back our country, especially when kids can't even pray in school, that should tell you that there is something wrong."

"The notion of separating church and state with such policies as disallowing prayer in public schools is a deception from Satan," said Joyce Meyer, President of Joyce Meyer Ministries, this past weekend at the conference. "If God is in fact separated from the government, then we can never possibly have a godly government. There's no way for America to be good if she's not godly." -source taken from POGMinistry.

Simple understanding here is that they need to remove the separation of Church and State so to enforce the Mark of the Beast which is SUNday WORSHIP!

"cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" - How does the Vatican gain worship?

“The Pope is calling for GLOBAL Sunday observance”. -From the Brook, July-Sept 1998 Vol. 4, No. 3

"Christians will naturally strive to ensure that "civil legislation" respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." -Section 67, "Dies Domini", July 7, 1998 - emphasis added.

"This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday laws must be enforced." Quoted- "principles contained in the Constitution" (then called the American Sabbath Union), The Lord's Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6. 

"In the fourth and fifth centuries, Sunday shows and Sunday theaters, it was complained, hindered the "devotion of the faithful," because many of the members attended them in preference to the church services. The church, therefore, demanded that the stateinterfere, and promote Sunday observance by law. "In this way, " Says Neander "the church received help from the state for the furtherance of her ends." This union of church and state served to establish the Papacy in power. A similar course pursued now will produce the same results." -AUGUSTUS NEANDER, General History of the Christian Religion and the Church, Torey translation (3rd American ed.), vol. 2, pp. 300,301.

"The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, History of the Sabbath, p. 802

"Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But 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 we never sanctify." -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73.

What is the Mark of the Beast (Rome)? - "Sunday is our MARK of authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.

Do they boast more over this? - "Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things." H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.

ROME MOCKS THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM:

"Not the Creator of Universe, in Genesis 2:1-3,-but the Catholic Church can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days."-S. C. Mosna, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pp. 366-367.

"The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws... The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth." -Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, "Papa," art. 2, translated.

"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate (CHANGE) laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense withthe command of Christ."Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.)Ferraris' Ecclesiastical Dictionary

"This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday laws must be enforced." -Quoted as"principles contained in the Constitution" of the original orginization (then called the American Sabbath Union), cited in The Lord's Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6.

ROME MOCKS EARTHLY KINGDOMS:

In the book Confusion Twice Confounded, Monsignor Joseph H. Brady states that the U.S. Supreme Court is wrong in decisions regarding "seperation of Church and State." He says: "A sound view of the Constitution in its relation to religion probably awaits a change in personnel in our highest tribunal." -The Register, Jan. 23, 1955. 

"But Constitutions can be changed, and non-Catholic sects may decline to such a point that the political proscription [ban] of them may become feasible and expedientWhat protection would they have against a Catholic state?" -The State and the Church, pp.38,39, by Miller and Ryan, imprimatur of Cardinal Hayes.

"The Catholic Church in this nation must live on to accomplish her work, even though our Republican form of government disappears." -The Catholic World, April, 1935, p.12. "

They [Catholics] must penetrate wherever possible in the administration of civil affairs... all Catholics should do all in their power to cause the constitution of states, and legislation to be modeled on the principles of the true Church." -Encyclical of Leo XIII.

Under the influence of Germanic customs and concepts, torture was little used from the 9th to the 12th centuries, but with the revival of Roman law the practice was reestablished in the 12th century... In 1252 (Pope) Innocent IV sanctioned the infliction of torture by the civil authorities upon heretics, and torture came to have a recognized place in the procedure of the inquisitional courts-New Catholic Encyclopedia, arts. "Inquisition", "Auto-da-Fe'," and "Massacre of St Bartholomew's Day."

Do they plan to enforce Sunday Law?  

"...Sunday laws must be enforced." -Quoted as"principles contained in the Constitution" of the original orginization (then called the American Sabbath Union), cited in The Lord's Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6.

What about the United States?

In the U.S., Sunday is not only a religious holiday but is also the only common-law holiday -"Holiday," Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall's.
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blue law:- One of a body of laws in colonial New England designed to enforce certain moral standards. 2.Law designed to regulate Sunday activitiesAmerican Heritage Dictionary & Electronic Thesaurus .

"Some have suffered torture because they would not rest when others kept Sunday, for they declared it to be the holiday and law of Antichrist." - Sebastian Frank, AD 1536.

"Ever since 1888, there has been a continual push (in the USA) for Sunday to be the official day of rest. Especially in 1961, when the Supreme Court Chief Justice--Earl Warren, upheld Sunday laws as being Constitutional in the United States, not just one time, but FOUR times!" -#207. Margaret M. McGowan vs State of Maryland, 366 U.S. 420, docket #: 8 (May 29,1961); Gallagher vs Crown Kosher Super Market of Massachusetts, 366 U.S. 617, docket #: 11 (May 29, 1961); Two Guys from Harrison Allentown (Pennsyvania), Inc. vs McGinley, 366 U.S. 582, docket #: 36 (May 29, 1961); Braunfeld vs Brown, 366 U.S. 599, docket #: 67 (May 29, 1961); also see Dateline Sunday, p 42, by Warren Johns.

Do they plan on kill those who will not bow to Baal, the Pope and break the Commandments of God?

"..should be killed' - Revelation 20:4, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."

Pope John Paul II Revives Inquisition 
The thought of a revived Holy Office of the Inquisition would pacify some and offend others. Nevertheless, the "Holy Office" still exists. Only it's name has been changed. Pope John Paul II has been instrumental in its revival. One may argue that thisRatzinger run agency is merely an attempt by the Catholic Church to root out communism or backslidden priests and their practices. However, with John Paul II's objective to implement "God's mandate" by creating a global church-state which will administer from traditional Roman Catholic theology, is enough cause for alarm. Malachi Martin has already stated in his book, "The Keys of this Blood," that the pope will not tolerate any belief systems that oppose his, not on a civil or church level. In John Paul II the world will behold a tyrant who will coldly execute direct orders against those whom he deems are heretics or immoral. Moreover, like his papal predecessors, John Paul II will carry out his "Godly mandate" in the name of Christ, or perhaps Mary. May God help us all. -By Kathleen R. Hayes Feb 1991, NRI Trumpet Page 3.


Revelation 13:16-17, “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. 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.” 

Understanding:

When the United States takes their position in enforcing Sunday Worship they will then cause almost everyone to receive the Mark of the Beast in the right hand or in their foreheads. How can the beast force you to receive the Mark of the Beast in your hand? In the Bible the hand is a symbol of work.


Scriptural facts:


Ecclesiastes 9:10, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."


Deuteronomy 30:9, "And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:"


2 Kings 22:5, "And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,"


Nehemiah 4:17, "They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon."


Job 37:7, "He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work."


Micah 2:1, "Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand."


So, as prophecy says, they will stop us from participating in the global economy, or buying and selling. How would they be able to make this happen or implement it? Take a look at your credit card. Don’t you think that in a moment the credit card company that you are with could shut your account down? How about your bank? Your work will be notified by the state that you’re a criminal and this will stop you. The Word of God says they will do this. It does not matter what man thinks. The Word of God is faith and true. It will come to pass. Don’t let them force you. Move to a country living outside, far from the city. Grow your own veggies and such. Live off the land. If you obey God your bread and water is sure for a child of God. Now how can you receive the Mark of the Beast in the forehead? What is in our forehead? Answer: Our brain. We have the free will choice to either serve God and worship Him on the Seventh Day Sabbath or satan on his counterfeit day of worship Sunday, which is the Mark of the Beast.


Scriptural facts:


Romans 7:25, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."


Ezekiel 3:8-9, "Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house."


Heaven is a choice and if we expect to make it to heaven we need to keep the commandments of God. How do I know? The Bible does tell us to not worship the Beast or the wrath of God is coming for us. Revelation 14:9-10.


Who are they that do not receive the Mark of the Beast?

Revelation 14:12 says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


Think about this for a moment will you? Is it really that hard to say no to Sunday worship? It is really that hard to follow God, which is the unpopular way of the world like it was in the days of Noah? Everyone needs to understand that the wages of sin is death! Romans 6:23. We need to strive, fight the Good FIGHT of faith and lay hold on eternal life. We fight by being obedient to God. Satan is trying to get us to break the law of God. We must repent from sin, for the kingdom of God is at hand. Heaven is a choice and it is yours to make. The way to heaven is narrow and a few find it because they don’t want to fight and overcome sin. This is not love for God. Only the strong will make it to heaven. Only the warriors for God will survive. But you can be that child if you truly die to self and give way to God the Holy Spirit which He will teach you to become Christlike. He will lead you into all truth.   

Revelation 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.” 

Understanding:

The Antichrist

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There were 265 Popes that have existed. The 266th pope that is currently sitting in Vatican city is none other than the infamous Mr. Ratzinger from Germany. This so called god on earth was a soldier in Germany where he played his evil part in the Nazi holocaust. If you don’t know what the holocaust was, it was an attempt by the Roman Catholic Church through the military power of the country Germany to exterminate the Literal Jewish folks from the face of the earth. It was this same type of method that Rome used to persecute the saints of God for 1260 years during the Dark Ages or better known as the crusades. We can see how this was prophesied about in Rev 12:6 & 13:7 where the woman (true Church Revelation 21:2) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days (1260years) because it was given unto him (Pope) to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him (Pope) over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (1260 days = 1260 years. Ezekiel 4:6 I have appointed thee each day for a year).

This is where we can find in a “catholic news service article# ze00030709 in the Vatican information service dated march 12, 2000 we find for the first time in history, John Paul II confessed the sins committed in the service of truth intolerance and violence against dissidents: religious wars: violence and abuse of the crusades, and violent methods of the inquisition.” Millions of God’s precious children (saints) had been murdered for not doing as the Pope demanded between the years of 538 A.D.-1798 A.D.

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Is this the true church of God? God forbid!!! My King James Bible tells me that we are to be like Christ, to conform to His Image, to love our neighbor, and to love our ENEMY.

1. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

2. Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Christ did not say to kill your enemies or to hate your neighbor. This is the spirit of antichrist (666).

1.Revelation 13:17-18“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. 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.” antichristpic3

2. Daniel 7:25, "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."

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Proof # 1: The Ten Commandments of the Bible total 295 words in length. However, the Roman Catholic ten commandments are a total of only 77 words. This is an open attempt to change the Law of God, regardless of the fact that Jesus Christ Himself declared in Matthew 5:18, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law…“ The Catholic church has removed 218 jots and tittles from the Law of God just as Daniel stated they would in Daniel 7:25. www.RemnantofGod.org

Proof # 2: ”We confess that the Pope has power of changing Scripture and of adding to it, and taking from it, according to his will.” Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article XI, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.

ANSWER FROM OUR BIBLE: Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. (Plagues are found in Revelation 16)

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3. Daniel 7:8 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

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“We confess that whatever new thing the Pope ordains, rather it be in Scriptures or not in Scripture, and whatever he commands is true, divine and salvific; and therefore ought to be held by Lay People in greater esteem than the living God.” Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article IV, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.

4. 2 Thessalonians 2:4, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."

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The pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God… ” The Pope alone is called most holy… ”Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of hell.”Moreover the superiority and the power of the Roman Pontiff by no means pertains only to heavenly things, but also earthly things, and to things under the earth, and even over the angels, whom he his greater than.

So that if it were possible that the angels might err in the faith, or might think contrary to the faith, they could be judged and excommunicated by the Pope…

” the Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power. “Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #1, 5, 13-15, 18, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.

“[Pope] PIUS XI, Pontifex Maximus.” Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos (The Promotion of True Religious Unity), Encyclical promulgated on January 6, 1928

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1. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

Answer:
a. Matthew
7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

b. Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

We are to be wise!!! You gain wisdom from reading your KING JAMES BIBLE.

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Revelation 1:1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass. The message is here for you to understand what is going on today. The antichrist has just been revealed to you with all the proof one needs. It is up to you as one who claims to loves Jesus to allow the Holy Ghost to work with you and let this truth sink into your heart before probation closes.

For an in-depth study please go to RemnantofGod.org

What does Spirit of Prophecy reveal to us and what did Martin Luther have to say:

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Luther was as yet but partially converted from the errors of Romanism. But as he compared the Holy Oracles with the papal decrees and constitutions, he was filled with wonder. “I am reading,” he wrote, “the decretals of the popes, and . . . . I know not whether the pope is antichrist himself, or whether he is his apostle; so misrepresented and even crucified does Christ appear in them.” Yet at this time Luther was still a supporter of the Roman Church, and had no thought that he would ever separate from her communion.


The reformer's writings and his doctrine were extending to every nation in Christendom. The work spread to Switzerland and Holland. Copies of his writings found their way to France and Spain. In England his teachings were received as the word of life. To Belgium and Italy also the truth had extended. Thousands were awakening from their death-like stupor to the joy and hope of a life of faith.


Rome became more and more exasperated by the attacks of Luther, and it was declared by some of his fanatical opponents, even by doctors in Catholic universities, that he who should kill the rebellious monk would be without sin. One day a stranger, with a pistol hidden under his cloak, approached the reformer, and inquired why he went thus alone. “I am in the hands of God,” answered Luther. “He is my help and my shield. What can man do unto me?” Upon hearing these words, the stranger turned pale, and fled away, as from the presence of the angels of Heaven.


Rome was bent upon the destruction of Luther; but God was his defense. His doctrines were heard everywhere,—in convents, in cottages, in the castles of the nobles, in the universities, in the palaces of kings; and noble men were rising on every hand to sustain his efforts.


It was about this time that Luther, reading the works of Huss, found that the great truth of justification by faith, which he himself was seeking to uphold and teach, had been held by the Bohemian reformer. “We have all,” said Luther, “Paul, Augustine, and myself, been Hussites without knowing it.” “God will surely visit it upon the world,” he continued, “that the truth was preached to it a century ago, and burned.”


In an appeal to the emperor and nobility of Germany in behalf of the Reformation of Christianity, Luther wrote concerning the pope: “It is monstrous to see him who is called the vicar of Christ, displaying a magnificence unrivaled by that of any emperor. Is this to represent the poor and lowly Jesus or the humble St. Peter? The pope, say they, is the lord of the world! But Christ, whose vicar he boasts of being, said, `My kingdom is not of this world.’ Can the dominions of a vicar extend beyond those of his superior?”


He wrote thus of the universities: “I fear much that the universities will be found to be great gates leading down to hell, unless they take diligent care to explain the Holy Scriptures, and to engrave them in the hearts of our youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Holy Scriptures are not regarded as the rule of life. Every institution where the Word of God is not diligently studied, must become corrupt.”


This appeal was rapidly circulated throughout Germany, and exerted a powerful influence upon the people. The whole nation was stirred, and multitudes were roused to rally around the standard of reform. Luther's opponents, burning with a desire for revenge, urged the pope to take decisive measures against him. It was decreed that his doctrines should be immediately condemned. Sixty days were granted the reformer and his adherents, after which, if they did not recant, they were all to be excommunicated.


That was a terrible crisis for the Reformation. For centuries Rome's sentence of excommunication had struck terror to powerful monarchs; it had filled mighty empires with woe and desolation. Those upon whom its condemnation fell, were universally regarded with dread and horror; they were cut off from intercourse with their fellows, and treated as outlaws, to be hunted to extermination. Luther was not blind to the tempest about to burst upon him; but he stood firm, trusting in Christ to be his support and shield. With a martyr's faith and courage he wrote: “What is about to happen I know not, and I care not to know.” “Wherever the blow may reach me. I fear not. Not so much as a leaf falls without the will of our Father; how much rather will he care for us! It is a light matter to die for the Word, since this Word, that was made flesh for us, hath himself died. If we die with him, we shall live with him; and, passing through that which he has passed through before us, we shall be where he is, and dwell with him forever.”


When the papal bull reached Luther, he said: “I despise it, and resist it, as impious and false. . . . It is Christ himself who is condemned therein.” “I glory in the prospect of suffering for the best of causes. Already I feel greater liberty; for I know now that the pope is antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself.”


Yet the mandate of Rome was not without effect. Prison, torture, and sword were weapons potent to enforce obedience. The weak and superstitious trembled before the decree of the pope, and while there was general sympathy for Luther, many felt that life was too dear to be risked in the cause of reform. Everything seemed to indicate that the reformer's work was about to close.


But Luther was fearless still. Rome had hurled her anathemas against him, and the world looked on, nothing doubting that he would perish or be forced to yield. But with terrible power he flung back upon herself the sentence of condemnation, and publicly declared his determination to abandon her forever. In the presence of a crowd of students, doctors, and citizens of all ranks, Luther burned the pope's bull, with the canon laws, the decretals, and certain writings sustaining the papal power. “My enemies have been able by burning my books,” he said, “to injure the cause of truth in the minds of some, and to destroy souls; for this reason I consume their books in return. A serious struggle has just commenced. Hitherto I have been playing with the pope; now I wage open war. I began this work in God's name; it will be ended without me, and by his might.”


To the reproaches of his enemies, who taunted him with the weakness of his cause, Luther answered: “Who knows if God has not chosen and called me to perform this needed work, and if these babblers ought not to fear that by despising me, they despise God himself? They say I am alone; no, for Jehovah is with me. In their sense, Moses was alone at the departure from Egypt; Elijah was alone in the reign of King Ahab; Isaiah was alone in Jerusalem; Ezekiel was alone in Babylon. Hear this, O Rome: God never selected as a prophet either the high priest or any great personage; but rather, he chose low and despised men, once even the shepherd Amos. In every age the saints have been compelled to rebuke kings, princes, recreant priests, and wise men at the peril of their lives.” “I do not say that I also am a prophet; but I do say that they ought to fear precisely because I am alone, while on the side of the oppressor are numbers, caste, wealth, and mocking letters. Yes, I am alone; but I stand serene, because side by side with me is the Word of God; and with all their boasted numbers, this, the greatest of powers, is not with them.”


Yet it was not without a terrible struggle with himself that Luther decided upon a final separation from the church. It was about this time that he wrote: “I feel more and more every day how difficult it is to lay aside the scruples which one has imbibed in childhood. Oh, how much pain it cost me, though I had the Scriptures on my side, to justify it to myself that I should dare to make a stand alone against the pope, and hold him forth as antichrist! What have the tribulations of my heart not been! How many times have I asked myself with bitterness that question which was so frequent on the lips of the papist: “Art thou alone wise? Can every one else be mistaken? How will it be, if, after all, it is thyself who art wrong, and who art involving in thy error so many souls, who will then be eternally damned?” “Twas so I fought with myself and with Satan, till Christ, by his infallible Word, fortified my heart against these doubts.”


The pope had threatened Luther with excommunication if he did not recant, and the threat was now fulfilled. A new bull appeared, declaring the reformer's final separation from the Romish Church, denouncing him as accursed of Heaven, and including in the same condemnation all who should receive his doctrines. The great contest had been fully entered upon.


Opposition is the lot of all whom God employs to present truths specially applicable to their time. There was a present truth in the days of Luther,—a truth at that time of special importance; there is a present truth for the church today. He who does all things according to the counsel of his will, has been pleased to place men under various circumstances, and to enjoin upon them duties peculiar to the times in which they live, and the conditions under which they are placed. If they would prize the light given them, broader views of truth would be opened before them. But truth is no more desired by the majority today than it was by the papists who opposed Luther. There is the same disposition to accept the theories and traditions of men instead of the Word of God as in former ages. Those who present the truth for this time should not expect to be received with greater favor than were earlier reformers. The great controversy between truth and error, between Christ and Satan, is to increase in intensity to the close of this world's history.


Said Jesus to his disciples: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” [John 15:19, 20.] And on the other hand our Lord declared plainly: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. [Luke 6:26.] The spirit of the world is no more in harmony with the Spirit of Christ today than in earlier times; and those who preach the Word of God in its purity will be received with no greater favor now than then. The forms of opposition to the truth may change, the enmity may be less open because it is more subtle; but the same antagonism still exists, and will be manifested to the end of time. {Great Controversy 1888 pg.144 par.1}


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Addtional Information:

In the book of revelation we see two beasts. The first beast is Rome who has for so long come against the Lord’s truth. The second beast looks, acts like and carries out the same work as the first beast and causes all of them on the earth in the last days to worship the first beast, Rome, the Antichrist pope. Who is this beast or nation that causes the world to worship the first beast? First we need to understand that the Vatican has changed the day of worship to the day of the Sun, hence SUNday the first day of the week. God had ordained a special day in creation week, the seventh day Sabbath. Exodus 20:8-11. When God ended His work He rested on the Seventh Day Sabbath which He blessed. When Elohim blesses something or a day no man can change it, not even God Himself will change it. The law is His unchangeable character.Numbers 23:20, Malachi 3:6.

What does the Bible have to say about a beast?

Symbol: = BEAST

Meaning: = KINGDOM, GOVERNMENT, POLITICAL POWER

Scriptural facts:

Daniel 7:23, "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."

Proof the Vatican changed the Sabbath:

There is no such law in the Bible "Nowhere" in the bible do we find that Jesus or the apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is, the Seventh day of the week, Saturday. Today, all Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman] church outside the Bible." Catholic Virginian, Oct. 3, 1947 

"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 we never sanctified." James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp.72,73 

"If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church." Albert Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the cardinal in a letter of Feb. 10, 1920. 

"Have you not any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?" 
"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" Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed. p. 174 

How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holydays? 
By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church." Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine (1833 approbation), p.58 (Same statement in Manual of Christian Doctrine, ed. by Daniel Ferris [1916 ed.], p.67) 

"The Catholic Church,... by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. 
"The Catholic Mirror, official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893. 

"Is Saturday the 7th day according to the Bible and the 10 Commandments?" 
"I answer yes". 
"Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the 7th day, Saturday, for Sunday, the 1st day?" 
"I answer yes". 
"Did Christ change the day?" 
"I answer no!" Faithfully yours, "J. Cardinal Gibbons" Gibbons' autograph letter. 

Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the NEW LAW, that he himself has explicitly substituted Sunday for the Sabbath. 

But this theory is entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as holy days. The church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days." 
John Laux A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies 1936, vol.1 p.51 

Which is the Sabbath day?
 
Saturday is the Sabbath day. 
Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? 
We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemity from Saturday to Sunday." 
Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1946 ed.), p.50. Geiermann received the "apostolic blessing" of Pope Pius X on his labors, January 25, 1910. 

"The Catholic Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant, claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. 


"The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church." Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213 

Exodus 20: 8-11, 
(8) Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. (9) Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: (10) But the Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (11) For in six days the Lord made the heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the Seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. 

Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." 

What power has claimed authority to change God's law? 
The pope in Rome who is working through the papacy says, 
"The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even Divine Laws...The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth." Translated from Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca (Ready Library), "Papa", art. 2. 

What part of the law of God has the papacy thought to change?
 
The 4th Commandment,
"Catholics alledge the change of the Sabbath into the Lord's day, contrary, as it seemeth, to the Decalogue; and they have no example more in their mouth than the change of the Sabbath. They will needs have to be very great, because it hath dispensed with a precept of the Decalogue." The Augsburg Confession (Lutheran), part 2, art. 7, in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom (Harper), vol. 3, p. 64. 

"It [the Roman Catholic Church] reversed the Fourth Commandment by doing away with the Sabbath of God's word and instituting Sunday as a holiday." N. Summerbell, History of the Christian Church (1873), p. 415. 

Does the Vatican acknowledge and accept that they made the change of the seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week, SUNday?
It does. 
The Catechismus Romanus was commanded by the Council of Trent and published by the Vatican Press, by order of Pope Pius V, in 1566. This catechism for priests says: "It pleased the church of God, that the religious celebration of the Sabbath day should be transferred to 'the Lord's day. Sunday.'" Catechism of the Council of Trent (Donovan's translation, 1867), part 3, chap. 4, p. 345. The same in slightly different wording, is in the McHugh and Callan translation (1937 ed.), p. 402. 

Do the Vatican also acknowledge that there is no command in the bible for the sanctification of Sunday as the day of rest which they say they made the change in honor of the Lord’s resurrection? 

"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 we never sanctify." James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72,73. 

Who first pushed for SUNday to be the day of worship?

"The earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday as a legal duty is a constitution of Constantine in 321 A.D., enacting that all courts of justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday (venerabili die solis), with an exception in favor of those engaged in agricultural labor." Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., art. "Sunday". 


What does God say to those who choose to keep SUNday as the day of worhsip? 
Matthew 15:9, "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men." 


Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions about Sunday
The vast majority of Christian churches today teach the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, as a time for rest and worship. Yet it is generally known and freely admitted that the early Christians observed the seventh day as the Sabbath. How did this change come about?
History reveals that it was decades after the death of the apostles that a politico-religious system repudiated the Sabbath of Scripture and substituted the observance of the first day of the week. The following quotations, all from Roman Catholic sources, freely acknowledge that there is no Biblical authority for the observance of Sunday, that it was the Roman Church that changed the Sabbath to the first day of the week.
In the second portion of this booklet are quotations from Protestants. Undoubtedly all of these noted clergymen, scholars, and writers kept Sunday, but they all frankly admit that there is no Biblical authority for a first-day sabbath.

Roman Catholic Confessions
James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.
"But 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 we never sanctify."
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174.
"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."
John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies (1 936), vol. 1, P. 51.
"Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days."
Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), p.67.
"Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
"Answer. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.'
James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter.
"Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day -Saturday - for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes . Did Christ change the day'? I answer no!
"Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons"
The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.
"The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday."
Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. "To Tell You the Truth."
"For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the[Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible."
Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), p. 50.
"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."
Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About (1927),p. 136.
"Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday .... Now the Church ... instituted, by God's authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday."
Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975),Chicago, Illinois.
"Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
"1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
"2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
"It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible."
T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884.
"I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says: 'No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.' And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church."

Protestant Confessions
Protestant theologians and preachers from a wide spectrum of denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical authority for observing Sunday as a sabbath.

Anglican/Episcopal
Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism , vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
"And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day .... The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it."
Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments , pp. 52, 63, 65.
"There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday .... into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters.... The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday."
Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday .
We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church."

Baptist
Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers' conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner , Nov.16, 1893.
"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.
"To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated.
"Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!"
William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in Our Day , p. 49.
"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance."

Presbyterian
T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.
"The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue - the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . . 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."

Lutheran
The Sunday Problem , a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
"We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both."
Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.
"They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!"
Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.
"The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday."
John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday , pp. 15, 16.
"But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel .... These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect."

Congregationalist
Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.
" . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath - . . 'Me Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday .... There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday."
Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
" . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath."

Disciples of Christ
Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.
"'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh to the first day.' Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives' fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio - I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.'
First Day Observance , pp. 17, 19.
"The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change."

Dwight L. Moody
D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
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?"

Methodist
Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
"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."
John Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.
"But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken .... Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other."
Protestant America has taken over the nation and has led the world down the path to observing SUNday as the day of worship. This is the false prophet apostate fallen Protestantism at work in our day who has for many year fallen from the grace of God. They are Babylon and are leading the world astray with his lies. The nation America is the second beast who is taking the same path as did the nation Rome did. The USA is no working side by side with satan to carry out his last days agenda. The military power of this nation is planning to enforce SUNday laws as the Vatican has been pushing for over the years.

What does the Vatican have to say about this?

"Christians will naturally strive to ensure that "civil legislation" respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." -Section 67, "Dies Domini", July 7, 1998 - emphasis added.
"The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, History of the Sabbath, p. 802


"Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But 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 we never sanctify." -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73.
"Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things." H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.


"Sunday is our MARK of authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.


"The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority." Canon and Tradition, p. 263 

"It was the Catholic church by the authority of Jesus Christ, which has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the Catholic church.- Mgr, Segur Plain Talk about Protestantism of today page 213


"Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles .... From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.)

Now what does America have to do with all this?

"He deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast." Revelation 13:14.

In the book of the Revelation, under the symbols of a great red dragon, a leopard-like beast, and a beast with lamb-like horns, [Revelation 12 AND 13.] are brought to view those earthly governments which are especially engaged in trampling upon God's law and persecuting his people. Their war is carried forward to the close of time. The people of God, symbolized by a holy woman and her children, are greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant exists. John speaks of them as those that "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." [Revelation 12:17.]

Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of Spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.--The Great Controversy, p. 588.

The Last Act in the Drama

The substitution of the laws of men for the law of God, the exaltation, by merely human authority, of Sunday in place of the Bible Sabbath, is the last act in the drama. When this substitution becomes universal, God will reveal Himself. He will arise in His majesty to shake terribly the earth. He will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the world for their iniquity, and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. --Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 141.


When our nation shall so abjure the principles of its government as to enact a Sunday law, Protestantism will in this act join hands with popery; it will be nothing else than giving life to the tyranny which has long been eagerly watching its opportunity to spring again into active despotism. --Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 712.


By the decree of enforcing the institution of the Papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near.--Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 451.


The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation, in the decree enforcing the papal sabbath, will be a warning to us. It will then be time to leave the large cities, preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes in secluded places among the mountains.--Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 464, 465.


Through the great powers controlled by paganism and the papacy, symbolized by the dragon and the leopard-like beast, Satan for many centuries destroyed God's faithful witnesses. Under the dominion of Rome, they were tortured and slain for more than a thousand years; but the papacy was at last deprived of its strength, and forced to desist from persecution. [Revelation 13:3, 10.] At that time the prophet beheld a new power coming up, represented by the beast with lamb-like horns. The appearance of this beast and the manner of its rise seem to indicate that the power which it represents is unlike those brought to view under the preceding symbols. The great kingdoms that have ruled the world obtained their dominion by conquest and revolution, and they were presented to the prophet Daniel as beasts of prey, rising when the "four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea." [Daniel 7:2.] But the beast with horns like a lamb is seen "coming up out of the earth;" [Revelation 13:11.] signifying that instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, the nation thus represented arose in territory previously unoccupied, and grew up gradually and peacefully.


Here is a striking figure of the rise and growth of our own nation. And the lamb-like horns, emblems of innocence and gentleness, well represent the character of our government, as expressed in its two fundamental principles, Republicanism and Protestantism. The Christian exiles who first fled to America, sought an asylum from royal oppression and priestly intolerance, and they determined to establish a government upon the broad foundation of civil and religious liberty. These principles are the secret of our power and prosperity as a nation. Millions from other lands have sought our shores, and the United States has risen to a place among the most powerful nations of the earth.


But the stern tracings of the prophetic pencil reveal a change in this peaceful scene. The beast with lamb-like horns speaks with the voice of a dragon, and "exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him." The spirit of persecution manifested by paganism and the papacy is again to be revealed. Prophecy declares that this power will say "to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast." [Revelation 13:14.] The image is made to the first or leopard-like beast, which is the one brought to view in the third angel's message. By this first beast is represented the Roman Church, an ecclesiastical body clothed with civil power, having authority to punish all dissenters. The image to the beast represents another religious body clothed with similar power. The formation of this image is the work of that beast whose peaceful rise and mild professions render it so striking a symbol of the United States. Here is to be found an image of the papacy. When the churches of our land, uniting upon such points of faith as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and sustain their institutions, then will Protestant America have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy. Then the true church will be assailed by persecution, as were God's ancient people. Almost every century furnishes examples of what bigotry and malice can do under a plea of serving God by protecting the rights of Church and State. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. In the seventeenth century thousands of non-conformist ministers suffered under the rule of the Church of England. Persecution always follows religious favoritism on the part of secular governments.

The beast with lamb-like horns commands "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads; 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." [Revelation 13:16, 17.] This is the mark concerning which the third angel utters his warning. It is the mark of the first beast, or the papacy, and is therefore to be sought among the distinguishing characteristics of that power. The prophet Daniel declared that the Roman Church, symbolized by the little horn, was to think to change times and laws, [Daniel 7:25.] while Paul styled it the man of sin [2Thessalonians 2:3, 4.] who was to exalt himself above God. Only by changing God's law could the papacy exalt itself above God; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of God.


The papacy has attempted to change the law of God. The second commandment, forbidding image worship, has been dropped from the law, and the fourth commandment has been so changed as to authorize the observance of the first instead of the seventh day as the Sabbath. But papists urge as a reason for omitting the second commandment, that it is unnecessary, being included in the first, and that they are giving the law exactly as God designed it to be understood. This cannot be the change foretold by the prophet. An intentional, deliberate change is brought to view: "He shall think to change times and laws." The change in the fourth commandment exactly fulfills the prophecy. For this change the only authority claimed is that of the church. Here the papal power openly sets itself above God.


The claim so often put forth, that Christ changed the Sabbath, is disproved by his own words. In his sermon on the mount he declared: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven." [Matthew 5:17-19.]


Roman Catholics acknowledge that the change of the Sabbath was made by their church; and they cite this change as evidence of the authority of the church to legislate in divine things, and declare that Protestants, by observing the Sabbath as thus changed, are recognizing her power. The Roman Church has not relinquished her claim to supremacy; and when the world and the Protestant churches accept a Sabbath of her creating, while they reject the Bible Sabbath, they virtually admit this assumption. They may claim the authority of apostles and Fathers for the change; but in so doing they ignore the very principle which separates them from Rome,--that "the Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants." The papist can see that they are deceiving themselves, willingly closing their eyes to the facts in the case. As the Sunday institution gains favor, he rejoices, feeling assured that it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome.


The fourth commandment, which Rome has endeavored to set aside, is the only precept of the decalogue that points to God as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus distinguishes the true God from all false gods. The Sabbath was instituted to commemorate the work of creation, and thus to direct the minds of men to the true and living God. The fact of his creative power is cited throughout the Scriptures as proof that the God of Israel is superior to heathen deities. Had the Sabbath always been kept, man's thoughts and affections would have been led to his Maker as the object of reverence and worship, and there would never have been an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel.


That institution which points to God as the Creator is a sign of his rightful authority over the beings he has made. The change of the Sabbath is the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Romish Church. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false in place of the true Sabbath, are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. The change in the fourth commandment is the change pointed out in the prophecy, and the keeping of the counterfeit Sabbath is the reception of the mark. But Christians of past generations observed the first day, supposing that they were keeping the Bible Sabbath, and there are in the churches of today many who honestly believe that Sunday is the Sabbath of divine appointment. None of these have received the mark of the beast. There are true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion. The test upon this question does not come until Sunday observance is enforced by law, and the world is enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath. Not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, will those who continue in transgression receive the mark of the beast.


The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel's message. That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of God unmingled with mercy. Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of God's judgments, that all may know why they are to be inflicted, and have opportunity to escape them.


In the issue of the great contest, two distinct, opposite classes are developed. One class "worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark," and thus bring upon themselves the awful judgments threatened by the third angel. The other class, in marked contrast to the world, "keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." [Revelation 14:9, 12.] Though the powers of earth summon their forces to compel "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive the mark of the beast, yet the people of God do not receive it. The prophet of Patmos beholds "them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God," [Revelation 15:2.] and singing the song of Moses and the Lamb.


Such were the momentous truths that opened before those who received the third angel's message. As they reviewed their experience from the first proclamation of the second advent to the passing of the time in 1844, they saw their disappointment explained, and hope and joy again animated their hearts. Light from the sanctuary illuminated the past, the present, and the future, and they knew that God had led them by his unerring providence. Now with new courage and firmer faith, they joined in giving the warning of the third angel.


The work of Sabbath reform to be accomplished in the last days is clearly brought to view in the prophecy of Isaiah: "Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil." "The sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer." [Isaiah 56:1, 2, 6, 7.]


These words apply in the Christian age, as is shown by the context: "The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him." [Isaiah 56:8.] Here is foreshadowed the gathering in of the Gentiles by the gospel. And upon those who then honor the Sabbath, a blessing is pronounced. Thus the obligation of the fourth commandment extends past the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, to the time when his servants should preach to all nations the message of glad tidings.


The Lord commands by the same prophet, "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples." [Isaiah 8:16.] The seal of God's law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows his claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given. When the Sabbath was changed by the papal power, the seal was taken from the law. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to restore it, by exalting the Sabbath of the fourth commandment to its rightful position as the Creator's memorial and the sign of his authority.


"To the law and to the testimony."
While conflicting doctrines and theories abound, the law of God is the one unerring standard to which all opinions, doctrines, and theories are to be brought. Says the prophet, "If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." [Isaiah 8:20.]


Again, the command is given, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." It is not the wicked world, but those whom the Lord designates as "my people," that are to be reproved for their transgressions. He declares further, "Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God." [Isaiah 58:1, 2.] Here is brought to view a class who think themselves righteous, and appear to manifest great interest in the service of God; but the stern and solemn rebuke of the Searcher of hearts proves them to be trampling upon the divine precepts.


The prophet thus points out the ordinance which has been forsaken: "Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words; then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord." [Isaiah 58:12, 13.] This prophecy also applies in our time. The breach was made in the law of God when the Sabbath was changed by the Romish power. But the time has come for that divine institution to be restored. The breach is to be repaired, and the foundation of many generations to be raised up.


With peculiar fitness may the Sabbath be called the foundation of many generations. Hallowed by the Creator's rest and blessing, it was kept by Adam in his innocence in holy Eden; by Adam, fallen yet repentant, when he was driven from his happy estate. It was kept by all the patriarchs, from Abel to righteous Noah, to Abraham, to Jacob. When the chosen people were in bondage in Egypt, many, in the midst of prevailing idolatry, lost their knowledge of God's law; but when the Lord delivered Israel, he proclaimed his law in awful grandeur to the assembled multitude, that they might know his will, and fear and obey him forever.


From that day to the present, the knowledge of God's law has been preserved in the earth, and the Sabbath of the fourth commandment has been kept. Though the man of sin succeeded in trampling the Sabbath under foot, yet even in the period of his supremacy there were, hidden in secret places, faithful souls who honored the Creator's rest-day.


Since the Reformation, there have been in every generation witnesses for God to uphold the standard of the ancient Sabbath. Though often in the midst of reproach and persecution, a constant testimony has been borne to this truth. Since 1844, in fulfillment of the prophecy of the third angel's message, the attention of the world has been called to the true Sabbath, and a constantly increasing number are returning to the observance of God's holy day. {The Spirit of Prophecy Vol.4 1884}

The Last Solemn Warning

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, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation. Revelation 14:9, 10.

As the ministration of Jesus closed in the holy place, and He passed into the holiest, and stood before the ark containing the law of God, He sent another mighty angel with a third message to the world. . . . This message was designed to put the children of God upon their guard, by showing them the hour of temptation and anguish that was before them.


This symbol [the beast], as most Protestants have believed, represents the Papacy. . . .


The "image to the beast" represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. . . .


As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite "the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday." . . . What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Roman Church--"the mark of the beast"?


Sundaykeeping is not yet the mark of the beast, and will not be until the decree goes forth causing men to worship this idol sabbath.


And it is not until the issue is . . . plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive "the mark of the beast."


When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. - The Faith I live by page 286.

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John 14:29, "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe."

REVELATION 13:15-17, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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: 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.”

The special characteristic of the beast, and therefore of his image, is the breaking of God’s commandments. Says Daniel, of the little horn, the papacy, “He shall think to change the times and the law.” [DAN. 7:25, REVISED VERSION.] And Paul styled the same power the “man of sin,” who was to exalt himself above God. One prophecy is a complement of the other. Only by changing God’s law could the papacy exalt itself above God; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made. Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of God.  Great Controversy p. 446       

These commandment breakers keep SUNday holy. The protestants deceptively have fallen into the snares of satan, along with the rest of the world through the belief that the Roman Catholic Church had the power to abrogate or to change Gods Law, when in fact it is written in Malachi 3:6 “For I [am] the LORD, I change not;” and not one “jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matthew 5:18. The “Mark of the Beast” is a choice. You either worship God the Creator on His Sabbath day or Satan and his counterfeit day of worship that he created through his agents in Rome that the protestants have taken hold of and now bows to the demands of the pope. No one would receive the “Mark of the Beast” if they would just obey the Law of God instead of believing that Jesus did away with the law at the cross, when in fact that is just another lie from the father of lies, satan who is just another defeated foe as those that were kicked out of our FATHER’S Heaven, Revelation 12:9.

The Seal of God

The Sabbath is the sign of God; it is the SEAL of His Law that He has written in the minds of those who love Him, Isaiah 8:16. It is His token of His authority and power. By observing the Sabbath we show that we worship Him just like the world pays homage to the pope and worships him on his counterfeit day of worship, contrary to Gods Law. Hebrews 10:16,  “This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”

The third angel’s warning is, “If any man worship the beast and his  image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the  same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” “The beast” mentioned in this message, whose worship is enforced by the two-horned beast, is the first, or leopard-like beast of Revelation 13, the papacy.

Revelation, 13:14, "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of those miracles.”

FALSE PROPHET APOSTATE PROTESTANTISM

"The enforcement of Sunday-keeping on the part of Protestant churches is an enforcement of the worship of the papacy–of the beast. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false Sabbath instead of the true Sabbath; are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. But in the very act of enforcing a religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to the beast; hence the enforcement of Sunday-keeping in the United States would be an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image."  Great Controversy p.448

The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas. The “mark of the beast” still remains to be defined, “SUNday worship”.  You must know, “that 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.”  Great Controversy p. 445 -emphasis supplied

After the warning against the worship of the beast and his image, the prophecy declares, “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus, Revelation 14:12.” Since those who keep God’s commandments are thus placed in contrast with those that worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, it follows that the keeping of God’s law, on the one hand, and its violation, on the other, will make the distinction between the worshipers of God and the worshipers of the beast. Great Controversy p.445

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