Revelation 13 - The Coalition of Evil - Professed Christianity - The Wolf in Sheep's clothing.

Updated: Jan 18


“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 12:17

"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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" Revelation 13:16-18 


Revelation 13 follows on from Revelation 12:17 where the dragon (the devil or Satan) is said to wage war with the remnant (the true church) of the woman's seed (Christ). Revelation 13 outlines and identifies two major powers (the beast and its image) of end-time prophecy who are actuated by the dragon (Rev 13:2) and the evil work they embark on in order to persecute and rid the earth of God's people, those who "keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ". 


Revelation 14 is God's call through the three angels messages that the hour of His judgment is come, that spiritual Babylon is fallen and the warning to avoid the worship of the beast, its image and the receiving of its Mark. Revelation 14 contrasts those who receive the Mark of the beast with the true church which keeps the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Rev 14:9-12)


Finally in Revelation 15:2 John sees God's victorious people who "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.” This sea of glass we are told is before the throne of God in heaven. (Rev 4:6) The people of God have been faithful and stand victorious, a witness to the keeping power of God (Jude 24, 25) against the great hour of temptation and sin. This is the realisation of the promise Jesus made to his church in John 14:1-4


Almost the whole Christian world has been deceived by the great Antichrist power. Many Bible students are looking for Antichrist and a literal mark of the beast in the future but Antichrist exists among us today and has been among us for centuries...  Revelation 13 unmistakably points to the PROFESSED CHRISTIAN WORLD represented by the two beasts of Revelation 13 as the greatest enemy of mankind. These two beasts particularly the second beast of Revelation 13 will be responsible  for the loss of eternal life of the majority of the world's population at the second coming of Jesus. (Matthew 7:14) Amazing, that the professed Christian Church is in fact the spiritual Babylon of Daniel and Revelation.



What a marvellous move by Satan as he hides behind a christian veneer and use the name, 'Christian(ity)', which is normally associated with salvation for the destruction of the majority at the second coming of Christ when the stone cut without hand strikes the feet of iron and clay of the Daniel 2 image. 


"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, " Ephesians 6:12


Revelation Chapter 13

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.


OVERVIEW

  • (1). Revelation 13 mentions two beasts (kingdoms) - the first in verses 1-10 & the second in verses 11-17

  • (2). The first beast of Rev 13 is the Little horn of Daniel 7 - it has similar characteristics.

  • (3). The fourth beast of Daniel 7 is the fourth kingdom of the Daniel 2 image - Pagan Rome (Dan 7:23) See study on "Who is the King of the North?"

  • (4). The fourth kingdom of iron legs (Pagan Rome) transitions to the feet of Iron & Clay (Papal Rome) in Daniel 2

  • (5). Hence the Little horn of Daniel 7 is Papal Rome, therefore, the first beast of Rev 13 is Papal Rome. They possess the same identifying marks.

  • (6). Revelation 13 shows us that this first beast received a deadly wound - Rev 13:3 (cf Daniel 11:40 - King of the South pushes at the King of the North)

  • (7). Revelation 13 tells us that the deadly wound Papal Rome received will heal.

  • (8). Revelation 13 tells us that all the world will wonder after the first beast - Papal Rome.

  • (9). Revelation 13 shows that after the first beast receives its deadly wound (verse 10), a second beast is seen rising out of the earth.

  • (10). The first beast received its deadly wound in 1798. See on Daniel 7:25 and 11:40

  • (11). The timeline for the rise of the second beast is around the time the first beast goes into captivity / receives it's wound, (Rev 13:10) i.e. the 1700s. The USA is unmistakably the second beast of Rev 13:11-17, fulfilling the prophecy.

  • (12). Revelation 13 shows the second beast forming an image to the first beast.

  • (13). The first beast, Papal Rome, is a union of church and state. The second Beast will develop the same as the churches use the state to enforce its common dogmas.

  • (14). The second beast will enforce the Mark of the beast and worship of the first beast.

  • (15). The second beast will pass a death decree on all dissenters.

Today most Christians think that the beast represents a man whom they expect to come to power in the future and perscute Christians for 3 1/2 literal years. Few realise that this view was actually invented by the Roman Catholic Jesuit, Francisco Ribera in an effort to counter the almost unanimous Protestant interpretation which saw the beast as a symbol of Papal Rome.


“Ribera thrust the Antichrist into the future, confined to 3 1/2 literal years; Alcazar pushed Antichrist back into the early centuries - Both of them outside the Middle Ages and the Reformation period, designated by all Protestants for Antichristʼs reign of 1260 literal YEARS.” L. Froom, Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. II, p508.


“The Futuristic School, founded by the Jesuit Ribera in 1591, looks for Antichrist, Babylon, and a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, at the end of the Christian Dispensation.” G.S. Hitchcock, (Roman Catholic), The Beast and the Little Horn, p7.


Riberaʼ counter Reformation theory, though rejected by Protestants in his day, reappeared and developed in the works of various 19th century commentators. No longer does Roman Catholicism have to counter the ʻProtestantʼ interpretation of prophecy because today virtually all ʻProtestantsʼ hold what is essentially the Catholic interpretation! To see more on the origin of Futurism see methods of interpretaion in the General Introduction.


This chapter presents the Biblical evidence that led to the Reformers to their conclusion. The Papacy has become the worldʼs MOST POWERFUL RELIGION and will play a significant role in end-time events. This chapter will also show that the second beast of Rev 13 represents the USA, the MOST POWERFUL STATE in the world today.


This prophecy foretells that the USA will form an “image” of the Roman Catholic system when the leading Protestant churches, unite upon common points of doctrine, and influence the State to enforce their doctrine. This “image of the beast”, a union of church and state, will cause all men to receive the mark of the beast - the mark of Roman Catholicism...


NB. Prophetic symbols representing Kingdoms, Powers, Nations


  • 1. "King" and "Kingdom" used interchangeably: "King" is symbolic of kingdom - Daniel 7:17,23

  • 2. "Beasts" represent kingdoms - Daniel 7:23

  • 3. "Heads" also symbolic of kingdoms - King Nebuchadnezzar was the head of Gold - Dan 2: 37,38. The Leopard of Daniel 7:6 had 4 heads = 4 kingdoms of divided Grecia

  • 4. "Horns" symbolic of kingdoms - Ram & He-Goat of Daniel 8:20, 21. The great horn of the he-goat is said to be the first king. Kings used interchangeably with individuals or kingdoms. The Ram is said to have two horns, (Medes & Persians) with one horn higher than the other, the higher horn coming up last representing the Persian empire. Fourth beast of Daniel 7:24 has 10 horns which are said to be 10 kings and Beasts = kings and kings equate with kingdoms as seen previously.

  • 5. Ribs are symbolic of kingdoms - Daniel 7:5, Daniel 8:4 The Ram of Daniel 8 conquers in three directions - Westward, Northward and Southward "...so that no beasts (kingdoms) might stand before him,..." The bear of Daniel 7:5 is told to arise and devour much flesh. Hence the ribs in the mouth of the bear represent those kingdoms it (and the Ram) conquers.

  • 6. "Mountain" is symbolic of a kingdom - Daniel 2:35,44,45. In Rev 17:9,10,11 Seven mountains, seven kings and the seven headed beast with a symbolic previously fallen 8th head are seen to represent kingdoms, nations.

  • 7. Waters or seas represent kingdoms or powers in Rev 17:15

  • 8. "City" used interchangeably with Kingdom as well. Daniel 2:48, Rev 14:8, 16:19, 18:10,21


REVELATION 13

1. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.


verse1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea...

No detail is without significance. The sea symbolizes the wicked, “But the WICKED [are] like the troubled SEA, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” Isa 57:20. The sand of the sea shore fittingly symbolizes the church rejected of the world. To Abraham God promised, “I will multiply thy seed as...the SAND which [is] upon the sea SHORE...” Gen 22:17. Johnʼs location on the sand shows him to be representative of the church. Some manuscripts say, “and he [the dragon] stood...” on the sand awaiting the beast to which he would give his seat, power and authority (v 2). Standing on the sand may also be seen as oppressing Godʼs people which are as the sand of the sea.


verse 1 ...and saw a Beast rise up...

The Bible states that a beast symbolizes a KINGDOM or nation. (Dan 7:23; 8:21-22).This beast or KINGDOM is a composite of the KINGDOMS seen in Daniel 7 - Lion, Bear, Leopard, Terrible Beast with ten horns.


The claim that the Beast is a man has no Biblical support.


verse 1 ...out of the sea...

Waters symbolize many peoples (Rev 17:15; Isa 57:20). This beast (kingdom) arose from a populated area.


verse 1 ...having seven heads...

Heads symbolize political kingdoms. The four heads of the leopards (Dan 7) parallel the four horns of the goat in Dan 7 which represent kingdoms. (See Dan 8:22).

The beastʼs seven heads symbolise seven successive political kingdoms through which Satan has worked (See on Rev 17) to persecute God's people. The head that is ʻaliveʼ at any particular time is said to be the beast at that point in time (cf. Rev 13:3 & 13:12). The head (kingdom) this chapter focuses on is the Papal head, - Papal Rome. The Papacy is a kingdom and a church, a union of church & state:


“SOVEREIGNTY over Vatican City is exercised by the pope in his function as supreme head of the Catholic church...The 50 or so countries maintaining permanent diplomatic relations with it implicitly recognize its sovereign status.” New Catholic Encyclopaedia, p557-558


verse 1 ...and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns...

Like the leopard, bear, lion and dragon the ten horns are drawn from the prophecy of Dan 7 where they are said to be “ten kings [kingdoms].” Dan 7:24. Horns represent kings/kingdoms, civil or religious governments or powers. Four horns in Dan 8:8, 22 are said to be “four kingdoms.” King & kingdom are used interchangeably (see Dan 2:38-39; Dan 7:17, 23).


verse 1 ...and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The Bible says that blasphemy is when a man, who is not God, claims to forgive sins against God. (See Mark 2:7). When the Pope and all Catholic Priests claim to forgive sins in the confessional they thus speak blasphemies. The only confessional which heaven approves is that which goes direct to Jesus, “For [there is]...ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1Tim 2:5.


The First Beast - Identifying points after verse 1

  • This beast rose out of the sea

  • It has seven heads and ten horns, - 10 horns = 10 kingdoms

  • And upon his horns ten crowns, - 10 kings

  • And upon his heads the name of blasphemy - See Mark 2:7 & John 10:33 = blasphemy


verse 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion...

This KINGDOM is an amalgamation of the political KINGDOMS symbolized as beasts in Daniel 7. Conquered kingdoms were absorbed into the conquerors kingdom. The kingdoms are mentioned in reverse order as John was looking back from the time of the ROMAN Empire.

Leopard (GREECE), bear (MEDO-PERSIA), Lion (BABYLON).


verse 2 ...and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

The dragon primarily symbolizes Satan (Rev 12: 9). Secondarily it symbolizes the Roman Empire through which Satan tried to kill Jesus at His birth depicted in Rev 12:4. cf. Matt 2:16). Herod was a Roman appointed ruler who tried to kill baby Jesus. So also was Pilate who delivered up Jesus to death. Incidentally the Roman Empire even used the red dragon as their symbol. Pagan Rome gave Papal Rome its power, seat (place of government - i.e. the city of Rome), and great authority.


The First Beast - Identifying points added to after verse 2

  • This beast rose out of the sea - arises out of a populous region

  • It has seven heads and ten horns, - 10 horns = 10 kingdoms

  • And upon his horns ten crowns, - 10 kings

  • And upon his heads the name of blasphemy - See Mark 2:7 & John 10:33 = blasphemy

  • Beast is a composite of the Daniel 7 beasts.

  • The Dragon (Devil & Satan) gave this beast its power seat and great authority.


v 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death...

The wounding of the head is said to be the wounding of the beast. Compare verse 3 with verse 12.

In the 1790s atheism became the official policy of the French Republic as a reaction to an apostate & oppressive Christianity. In 1798 the French army under Napoleon abolished the Papal state which it considered an enemy of the Republic. The Pope was led into captivity where he died. As Rome had done to thousands in the Dark Ages so it was done to her.

“[General] Berthier entered Rome on 10th February 1798, and proclaimed a Republic. The aged Pontiff...was hurried from prison to prison into France. Broken with fatigue and sorrows, he died...No wonder that half Europe thought Napoleonʼs veto would

be obeyed, and that with the Pope THE PAPACY WAS DEAD.” Joseph Rickaby, The Modern Papacy, [lecture 24, p. 1] (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1910).


“The ultimate humiliation of the Church came when Pius VI was driven from Rome by the French armies in 1798.” Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1989, Vol. 26, p938.


“The Papacy WAS EXTINCT; not a vetige of its existence remained; and among all the Roman Catholic powers not a finger was stirred in its defence. The Eternal city had neither prince nor pontiff; its bishop was dying captive in foreign lands; and the decree was already announced that no successor would be allowed in its place.” “George Trevor, Rome: From the Fall of the Western Empire, p439-440.


“Multitudes imagined that the papacy was at the point of DEATH and asked, would Pius VI be the last Pontiff, and if the close of the eighteenth century would be signalised by THE FALL OF THE PAPAL DYNASTY.” T.H. Gill, The Papal Drama, Book 10.


Dan 11:40 & Rev 11 revealed that a new Satanic power was to rise at the time of the end. The atheistic State gave the Papacy a deadly wound but the prophecy foretold that the wound would heal. The two great forces that are helping to heal the wound are Protestant America (See on Rev 13:11- 17) and the nations of Western Europe (see on Rev 17:8-13).


v 3 ...and his deadly wound was healed...

Soon after the humiliation of 1798 the Papacy began to reorganize. A new Pope was elected in 1801 and the restoration to power began. The Papacy suffered a new setback in 1870 when the Papal States were taken from it. In 1929 Italy helped the healing process by returning to the Papacy, the Papal States:


1929 Lateran Pact - a move in the right direction of Bible prophecy.

Cardinal Caspari and Mussolini sign the Lateran Pact or Concordat of June 7th 1929.


“A crowd, tense with excitement, is here to witness the passage of these two men [Mussolini and Cardinal Gaspari] whose pens will HEAL A WOUND of fifty nine years.” Catholic Advocate, 1929.


“HEALING THE WOUND” The San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 12, 1929.

The healing will be complete when the Papacy once again has the power of the State to enforce its decrees and reignite persecution.


verse 3 ...and all the world wondered after the beast.

The Pope is without doubt the most prominent religious figure in the world. The Papal power is known worldwide. All the world willl wonder after the Papacy as the worldʼs leading religion.


The First Beast - Identifying points added to after verse 3

  • This beast rose out of the sea - arises out of a populous region

  • It has seven heads and ten horns, - 10 horns = 10 kingdoms

  • And upon his horns ten crowns, - 10 kings

  • And upon his heads the name of blasphemy - See Mark 2:7 & John 10:33 = blasphemy

  • Beast is a composite of the Daniel 7 beasts.

  • The Dragon (Devil & Satan) gave this beast its power seat and great authority.

  • One of the beast's head was wounded

  • The deadly wound will be healed

  • All the world wondered (marvelled) after the beast.


verse 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast...

The dragon is primarily Satan (Rev 12:9). Those who KNOWINGLY obey the beast when it commands things contrary to Godʼs Word have made the beast their God. In this way many do worship the Papacy (many are presently unaware that they are following things contrary to the Bible) and many will worship the Papacy.


verse 4 ...saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him.

Papal Rome “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” The saints war against evil with the sword of the spirit (Eph 6:12). Tragically Papal Rome slew them with the sword of the State.


verse 5 And there was given him a mouth speaking great things and blashemies...

The man of the Papacy is the “Papa” - the pope, the one Catholics call the holy father. Jesus said we should call no man our spiritual “Father.” (Matt 23:9).


There are two situations in scripture when one can be accussed of blasphemy.

  • (1). Blasphemy is when a man who is not God, claims to forgive sins against God. (Mark 2:7). When the Pope and all Catholic Priests claim to forgive sins in the confessional they thus speak blasphemies. The only confessional which heaven approves is that which goes direct to Jesus, “For [there is]...ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1Tim 2:5.

  • (2). Blasphemy also occurs when a man claims to be God. There are many who claim to be Christ and Christ is God. John 10:33

verse 5 ...and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.

The beast had power for 42 months which is 1260 days prophetic days (See Rev 11:2-3). The symbolic context, and the unusual way the period is expressed (42 months) rather than 3 years and 6 months as used for normal time, indicate that this period is not normal time but symbolic. In symbolic prophecy such as this, a day symbolizes a literal year (Eze 4:6; Num 14:34). 1260 days = 1260 years.

In Daniel 7 the Papal Rome is symbolised by a little horn. It is depicted as rising “among” and “after” the 10 earlier horns from the fourth beast. The 10 horns represent the nations of Europe which arose from the Roman Empire, the fourth beast. The little horn - the Papacy, arose in Europe, came to full power in AD538, after the first horns had arisen, and was abolished 1260 years later in 1798. See on Dan 7. See General Introduction Time periods.


verse 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

The Bible defines Blasphemy as follows:

"The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God." John 10:33

"Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?" Mark 2:7


The following Roman Catholic quotes fulfilled the prophecy:

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under veil of the flesh.” The Catholic National, July, 1895.


“What only God can do by his omnipotence, the priest can also do...Indeed it is not too much to say that in view of the sublimity of their office the priests are so many Gods.” Dignity and Duties of the Priest, Alphonsus De Liguori, p35.


“The Pope is supreme judge of the law of the land...He is the viceregent of Christ, and is not only a priest forever, but is King of kings and Lord of lords.” La Civilta Cattolica, March 18, 1871.


“All names which in Scripture are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that he is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.” Cardinal Bellarmine, On the Authority of the Councils, Vol. 2, p. 266.


“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 in the place of God upon earth.” Lucius Ferraris, “Papa,” art. 2, in Prompta Bibliotheca.


“The pope has power to change times, to abrogate [change] laws, and to dispense [do away] with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” Decretal, De Translantic Episcop.


Blasphemes Godʼs name

The Papacy blasphemes His name by misrepresenting Godʼs character. Name stands for character (Ecc 7:1).


Blasphemes Godʼs Tabernacle (temple)

The Papacy blasphemes Godʼs tabernacle by setting up an earthly priesthood and a human system of mediation in place of Christ, our only Mediator (1Tim 2:5) and His ministry in the heavenly tabernacle.

Blasphemes them that dwell in heaven

The Papacy blasphemes them that dwell in heaven by claiming to be greater than even angels.


“Indeed, the excellence and power of the Roman Pontiff is not only in the sphere of heavenly things, and earthly things, and those of the lower regions, but even ABOVE THE ANGELS, than whom he himself is greater.” Lucius Ferraris, “Papa II” Prompta Bibliotheca, Vol. VI, p27. Official Roman Catholic Publication.


verse 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

In the past the Papacy had countless Christians martyred in the Inquisition etc. for believing doctrines the Catholic Church called heresy. See on Dan 7. The healing of the deadly wound will result in another terrible persecution of those who keep the commandments of God rather than the commandments of the Papacy.

Pagan Rome killed an estimated three million Christians, while historians estimate that the Papacy has killed no less than 50 million. This Great Tribulation covered the period called the Dark Ages (See on Matt 24:21-22).


Augustine laid the foundation for the church to persecute heretics when he wrote:

“Originally my opinion was that no one should be coerced into the unity of Christ, that we must act only by words, fight only by arguments, and prevail by force of reason, lest we should have those whom we knew as avowed heretics feigning themselves to be Catholics. But this opinion of mine was overcome...” St. Augustine, Letter 93 (to Vincentius), chap. 5, sec. 17, trans. in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, first series, Vol. I, p388.


“The Catholic church has persecuted...We have always defended the persecution of

the Hugenots, and the Spanish Inquisition...When she thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it.” A Roman Catholic publication, The Western Watchman, of St Louis, Dec. 24, 1908.


“Torture was little used from the 9th to 12th centuries, but with the revival of Roman law the process was re-established 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 procedures of the inquisitorial courts.” New Catholic Encyclopaedia, art. Torture.


“The civil authorities, therefore, were enjoined by the popes, under pain of excommunication to execute the legal sentences that condemned impenitent heretics to the stake.” Joseph Blotzer, article, ʻInquisitionʼ, Catholic Encycloedia, Vol. VIII, p


“Cursed be they who assert liberty of conscience and of worship, and such as maintain the church should not employ force. The State has not the right to leave every man free to embrace whatever religion he shall deem true.” Pope Pius IXʼs Encyclical and Syllabus (Dec. 8, 1864).


The first Beast of Revelation 13


Identifying points after vs 4 - 7

  • This beast rose out of the sea - arises out of a populous region

  • It has seven heads and ten horns, - 10 horns = 10 kingdoms

  • And upon his horns ten crowns, - 10 kings

  • And upon his heads the name of blasphemy - See Mark 2:7 & John 10:33 = blasphemy

  • Beast is a composite of the Daniel 7 beasts.

  • The Dragon (Devil & Satan) gave this beast its power seat and great authority.

  • One of the beast's head was wounded

  • The deadly wound will be healed

  • All the world wondered (marvelled) after the beast

  • Who is able to make war with the beast? - saints persecuted by this beast.

  • The beast speaks great things & blasphemies - able to forgive sins and is God

  • The beast has power to continue 40 and 2 months - power for 1260 years

  • The beast makes war with the saints of God - persecuted Bible believing Christians

  • The beast overcomes the saints of God.

  • The beast has power over all kindreds, tongues & nations - power over kings & queens


The Little Horn of Daniel 7


Identifying points from Daniel 7

  • The parent beast comes out of the sea - Dan 7:3

  • The beast (or this head) has 10 horns - Dan 7:7

  • The 10 horns are said to be 10 kings - Dan 7:24

  • The little horn has a mouth speaking great things or blasphemies - Dan 7:8

  • Little horn implied receives deadly wound at end of prophetic time in Dan 7:25

  • The little horn makes war with the saints of God - Dan 7:21

  • The little horn overcomes or prevails against the saints of God - Dan 7:21

  • Little horn more stout than other horns - who is able to make war with it? - Dan 7:20

  • Little horn has power over saints for a "time, times and the dividing of time" - Dan 7:25


It can be seen that the Little Horn of Daniel 7 and the first Beast of Revelation 13 are one and the same power - Papal Rome. See study on "who is the king of the north" for the various kingdoms of the Daniel 2 image.


The first beast with 7 heads and 10 horns  represents Papal Rome. The 7 heads on the beast symbolises the 7 consecutive powers / nations of Bible prophecy. A head is symbolic of a nation, power or kingdom. More specifically, Revelation 13:1-10 is describing the Papal head of that beast, i.e. the one that received a deadly wound which is predicted to heal. "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." Rev 13:3  The word "wondered" according to Strong's Concordance means "to wonder, wonder at, marvel, to be wondered at, to be held in admiration". The overriding impression of the meaning of the Greek "thaumazo" is that the Papal Beast will be admired, held in admiration, marvel, wonder. Despite the immorality of the Papal priests, the Pope and the Roman church is held in admiration the world over. Even though the systems of the Papacy might degenerate into immoral behaviour with child sex abuse cases etc, the Papacy is admired worldwide and appears to be held in high regard as the spiritual leader of the world. 


verse 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

All the world knows this power. “Catholic” actually means “universal.” This verse foretells a worldwide religious movement. The last issue will be over worship, particularly the day of worship as a dividing line between those who worship the true God and those who worship the beast and his image.


verse 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Those who are willing to do Christʼs will and accept truth (John 7:17) even if it cuts across cherished practices or ideas, will understand.


verse 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity...

As the Papacy had led people into captivity so it was led into captivity. In 1798 the Pope, the head of the Papacy, was taken captive by the armies of France.


“The ULTIMATE HUMILIATION of the Church came when Pius VI was driven from Rome by the French armies in 1798.” Encʼ Britannica, 1989, Vol. 26, p938.


“In 1798 he [Berthier]...made his entrance into Rome, ABOLISHED the PAPAL GOVERNMENT and established a secular one.” The Encʼ Americana, 1941 ed.


verse 10 ...he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The sword can refer to Godʼs word, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:17. The sword can also symbolize the power of the State (Rom 13:3-4). Here it refers to the power of the State. As the beast had killed Christians with the SWORD OF THE STATE, so it was killed by the SWORD OF THE STATE. In 1798 the French State abolished the Papacy. See on verse 3.


The church wields the sword of the Spirit - the Word of God but must not use the sword of the State to further its ends. Jesus said, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Matt 26:52.


verse 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding...

WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING is found in keeping Godʼs statues and judgments (Deut 4:5-6). Those who keep Godʼs judgments and statutes will understand.


verse 18 ...count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

The number of the beast is the number “of a man” Daniel 2 described the image OF A MAN.

Dan 7 says the little horn (which parallels the beast), has the eyes OF A MAN.

Rev 13 speaks of the number OF A MAN.

As this manʼs number is another clue to help us identify this power a specific man with a specific number must be intended. As we have identified the beast as the Papacy the man is easily identified. The man of the Papacy is the one Catholics call the “papa” or Pope.


The Roman Catholic paper, Our Sunday Visitor stated: ““The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. This is inscribed on his mitre; and if you take the letters of his title which represent Latin numerals (printed large) and add them together they come to 666.” “Answers to Readerʼs Questions,,” Our Sunday Visitor [Catholic], Nov 15, 1914.


Note: Vicarius Filii Dei is one of the Popeʼs titles. Whether it is on his mitre or not is of no consequence.

As we are told to “count the number...the number of a man,” we should choose a language in which letters have numerical value. As the Beast is the ROMAN Catholic Papacy, and as the Popeʼs title is in Latin (ROMAN), and as Roman, unlike English gives certain letters numerical value, it is obvious that we should use Latin, or ROMAN numerals.


When the letters of the Popeʼs Roman title are taken as Roman numerals they total 666. See chart.

666 is also associated with SUN WORSHIP which helps confirm that 666 is associated with the Papay which openly claims to have changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to the day first (SUNDAY). See on Dan 7:25.


St Joseph Baltimore Catechism

explained by REV BENNET KELLEY

“The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet’s words: ‘The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’Great Controversy, page 592.






"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." Rev 13:11


The first beast of Revelation 13 is the most powerful end-time RELIGIOUS power in the world. The second beast of Rev 13 is the most powerful end-time POLITICAL power in the world. THE LAST TWO END-TIME SUPERPOWERS ARE HERE.

The founders of the United States were very much oppossed to the Papal principle of uniting Church and State. They knew too well the intolerance and persecution which had endured for centuries in Europe. It took well over a hundred years of Catholic immigration, political manouvering and media brainwashing, before the American people were willing to elect their first Roman Catholic president in the 1960s. Even  then they only did so after he had publicly repudiated the Catholic principle of uniting Church with State. JFK was later shot dead in the back of his limousine.

It was not until 1984 that the US sent its first “ambassador to the Vatican” and since then they have worked more and more closely. The most graphic accomplishment of the Roman~American connection was seen in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the break up of Soviet Communism. The attack on the King of the South (Atheism - Daniel 11:40) had begun. The last two end-time superpowers are here. 


Papal Rome had led many of God’s people into prisons & dungeons during the Dark Ages so itself goes into captivity when the Pope was taken prisoner by the French armies in 1798. "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." Rev 13:10


Papal Rome slew millions of Bible believing christians and true to Rev 13:10 was itself killed by the sword. The papal state power was dead and the grave, into which the dead enter, is called the prison house (See Isa 14:17-19). The papacy was captive in death. Having used the sword to slay the saints, the sword (military power) of France slew the church of Rome in 1798 (cf. verse 3). “They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matt 26:52). This verse also indicates that Christ’s followers are not kill (John 18:36).


"[The French general] Berthier entered Rome on 10th February 1798, and proclaimed a Republic. The aged Pontiff refused to violate his oath by recognizing it, and was hurried from prison to prison in France. Broken with fatigue and sorrows, he died...[in] August 1799, in the French fortress of Valence...No wonder that half Europe thought... that with the Pope the papacy was dead." Lectures on the History of Religions, vol 3, lec. 24, p1. J. Rickaby or The Modern papacy, J. Rickaby (A Catholic Jesuit) p 9.


“The papacy was extinct: not a vestige of its existence remained; and among all the Roman Catholic powers not a finger was stirred in its defence. The eternal city had no longer prince or pontiff; its bishop was dying a captive in foreign lands; and the decree was announced that no successor would be allowed in his place.” Rome: From the Fall of the Western Empire, George Trevor, p440. cf. Dan 7:25; 11:33-35


“In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.” -Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition.


As the first beast, Papal Rome, went into captivity in 1798, there is seen rising another beast from the earth in the 1700s 


ONLY ONE NATION FITS THE TIMELINE - THE USA.

It is no surprise that the most powerful nation on earth figures in Bible prophecy. This now dominant nation, emerged relatively peacefully in the late 1700s to independent power, in the great wilderness land discovered by Columbus and known as The New World. It has since grown to super power status and will play a significant and terrible role in the last days of this world.

verse 11 And I beheld another beast...

A beast symbolises a kingdom or nation (Dan 7:23; 8:20-22). “another” beast means another nation distinct and seperate from the preceeding papal beast. Here then is described the rise of another nation. The clues show that this beast symbolizes the USA...


THE RISE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

THE TIMING OF ITS RISE - ABOUT 1798

As this beast is spoken of as distinct from “the first beast before him” (v 12) it must rise after the “first” beast.

It is not the first beast healed of its deadly wound because this two-horned beast exists seperate from and in the sight of the first beast.  (v 14). It is “another” beast.

It is, however, from the time of its rise a power contemporary with the beast whose deadly wound was healed. One obvious clue as to the time this nation arose (v 11) is that it is spoken of in connection with the wounding of the first beast, the papal power, in 1798 described in the previous verse (v10).


The great Methodist, John Wesley, taught that the first beast of Rev 13 was the Papacy and in his 1774 notes concerning this two horned beast he wrote:


“Another beast, but he is not yet come, though he cannot be far off, for he is to appear at the end of the forty two months of the first beast [i.e. 1798] and he had two horns like a lamb. A mild innocent appearance.” John Wesley, The New Testament With Explanatory Notes, (1774), p427

Rising around 1798

The rise of this nation is described immediately after the deadly wound of the first beast (1798). At that very time the USA was indeed “coming up.”


DECLARATION-INDEPENDENCE: 1776

WAR OF INDEPENDENCE: 1775-1783

CONSTITUTION VOTED: 1787

CONSTITUTION RATIFIED: 1788

FIRST PRESIDENT ELECTED: 1789

BILL OF RIGHTS: 1789

BILL OF RIGHTS ADOPTED: 1791


verse 11 ...coming up out of the earth...

This point contrasts with the rise of the first beast and the beasts of Daniel 7, which all arose from the sea as the winds of strife roared. Symbolic waters represent “MULTITUDES, and nations,” (Rev 17:15; Isa 57:20). By contrast the symbolic earth represents few people. This nation therefore arose from a place of few people. So the USA arose from the great wilderness land of North America.


verse 11 ...and he had two horns like a lamb...

Various horns are mentioned in Rev 12, 13, 17 but this is the only place where the kinds of horns are described. These horns are lamb-like. In Revelation the lamb refers to Christ.

Horns represent kingdoms.

The first beast of Rev 13, the Papacy, was also represented in Daniel 7 as a little horn. The little horn was a union of the two powers of Church and State. The founding fathers of the United States, knowing how the union of Church and State led to persecution in Europe and the colonies, determined to separate the two powers of church and State. They were not to be combined into one horn but seperated into two.


The USA has two great lamb-like (Christ- like) characteristics. The Christian exiles who first fled to America (the New World) from Europe (the Old World), sought an asylum from ROYAL OPPRESSION and PRIESTLY INTOLERANCE. In America they established a government upon the foundations of CIVIL LIBERTY (freedom to elect oneʼs government) and RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (freedom to choose oneʼs religion). These two lamb-like principles have been the great secret of US power and prosperity and God has blessed America.



verse 11 ...and he spake as a dragon...

Tragically the prophecy predicts that the US will show Satanʼs spirit of religious intolerance and persecution.

The voice of a nation is its government. The speaking of a nation is the declaration of its government.


verse 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.


The first beast exercised religious and political power. This prophecy foretells that the US government will command some observance which will be an act of worshipping the first beast, the Papacy. In order for this to happen the USA will have to unite Church & State. This would be the formation of “an image” of the beast, i.e. an image of Papal Rome - a union of Church & State.


verse 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Deceptive Miracles will occur


verse 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...

These miracles will convince people that God is behind the movement to create an “image of the beast.” The two horned beast is the false prophet. See Chart.


THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST

verse 14 ...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.

The image to the beast is also called the image OF the beast (v 15). Deceived by the great wonders the people will be led to form an “image” or copy of the first Beast. As the first beast, the Papal Rome, was a union of Church & State in which the Church used the State to enforce its religious ideas, so the image of the beast will be a union of church and state enforcing the Churches wishes.


How the image will be formed?

“When the early church became corrupted by departing from the simplicity of the gospel [2Thess 2] and accepting heathen rites and customs, she lost the Spirit and power of God; and in order to control the consciences of the people, she sought the support of the secular power. The result was the papacy, a church that controlled the power of the state and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of “heresy.” In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends.” E.G. White, Great Controversy, p443.


Almost 500 years ago the Protestants came out of Rome with an open Bible and a message to proclaim. However the Reformation they began failed to continue. Today many are wondering whether it was all a mistake! Prophecy declares that Protestantism will follow in the steps of the Mother church and turn to the State for political power. Protestantism will form an “image of the beast” and the image will enforce the Mark of the Beast.


verse 14 ...that they should make an image

“...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.” (Rev 13:14). As people made up the beasts so people will make up the image of the beast. The fact that a requests is made to the people to form the image shows that this is a Democratic or Republican form of government in which the power resides with the people.


Republicanism and Protestantism are the secrets of US power and prosperity. These features are represented by the two lamb-like (Christ-like) horns. The horns are uncrowned as this is a government without a king, a church without a Pope.


verse 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast...

The USA has risen to become the most powerful nation on earth both economically & militarily. God has wonderfully blessed America which has been the great defense against religious intolerance and persecution. Under Godʼs Omnipotence it has become in some respects the greatest nation of all time.


Tragically the USA will use its economic and military power to “give life unto the image of the beast.”

verse 15 ...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.

In the final conflict those who refuse to accept the beastʼs mark and worship it will be condemned to death.

The USA exactly fulfills the predictions. It arose at the right time in the late 1700s relatively peacefully from the sparsely populated wilderness of North America. It has become the worldʼs sole superpower, has a Republican form of government and grants all its citizens religious liberty. Sadly it is changing character and is soon to speak like a dragon and enforce worship!


THE MARK OF THE BEAST

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

The USA will lead the world into receiving the Mark of the Beast.


The Mark of the Beast is not a literal mark (a) The word “mark” is from the Greek word charagma which means a stamp. To say that this proves that the mark is a literal stamp is as foolish as saying that the use of the Greek word therion, “beast,” proves that the beast will be a literal beast. Though the word therion means “beast,” the beast is clearly a symbol.

Many things may serve as a sign or mark: The Lord calls His Sabbaths a sign distinguishing His people from the heathen. (Exo 31:13; Eze 20:12; Eze 20:20). The word “sign” means a distinguishing mark. Such a mark is not a physical object but it is a mark of identification nevertheless. To receive the mark is a sin and sin is the breaking of Godʼs law.


(b) Revelation speaks of Godʼs seal and the Mark of the Beast. One is the counterpart of the other. The mark of the beast is the counterfeit of Godʼs seal, mark or sign (See on Rev 7). As Godʼs seal is not a literal mark neither is the beastʼs mark.


(c) The specification that the mark is received in the “RIGHT hand” indicates symbolism because if the mark were literal it could be taken in either hand. The hand is symbolic of work (Ecc 9:10). The right hand is symbolic of “fellowship” (Gal 2:9) and those who take the mark will show their fellowship with the beast. The forehead is symbolic of the mind or will (Eze 3:9).


(d) In Ezekiel 9 a marking occurs which is clearly symbolic (See Eze 9-10. Eze 10:2 esp. shows that this is symbolic). Note that this mark was a sign to preserve the faithful from the destruction that followed. The previous chapter (Eze 8) lists the abominations that led to the destruction, the worst being SUN WORSHIP (Eze 8:16). Remember this as we continue.


Identifying the Mark of the beast

(a) The mark is mentioned 8 times in the Revelation. It is said to be: Rev 13:16 “a mark”;

Rev 13:17 “the mark”;

Rev 14:9 “his mark”;

Rev 14:11 “mark of his name”;

Rev 15:2 “his mark”;

Rev 16:2 “the mark of the beast”;

Rev 19:20 “the mark of the beast”;

Rev 20:4 “his mark.”


Name stands for reputation or character. “A [good] name [is] rather to be chosen than great riches...” (Pro 22:1). The mark of his name is thus the mark of his character. As the beast is rebellious the mark is a mark of rebellion against Godʼs requirements.

(b) Rev 13:17 states that buying and selling will only be possible to those who receive:

1. “the MARK...” 2. “or the NAME of the beast...”

3. “or the NUMBER of his name.” There will either be three means of buying & selling or all three things are the same. The mark is the counterfeit of Godʼs seal and by studying the Seal of God we see that the name and mark are the same thing. Godʼs seal can only go in the forehead as salvation is by faith (head) not works (hand).


In Revelation 7 Godʼs SEAL is placed in the foreheads of the 144,000 (Rev 7:3).

In Revelation 14:1 the Fatherʼs NAME is said to be in the foreheads of the 144,000. Thus to receive Godʼs seal is to receive His name, and name stands for character (Pro 22:1).

Those who receive beastʼs mark receive his name or character (Pro 22:1).


(c) The Mark of the beast involves knowingly breaking Godʼs law. The final conflict will be over the law of God. The dragon... went to make war with the remnant which keep the commandments of God... Rev 12:17.

Those who receive the Beastʼs Mark are contrasted with the Saints who “KEEP the commandments OF GOD.” (See Rev 14:9-10). There will only be two groups, those that accept the mark or those that keep Godʼs commandments. The mark therefore concerns the breaking of Godʼs commandments.


(d) God only destoys people because of sin. As God will destroy those who receive the beastʼs Mark it must be a sin and “sin is the transgression [breaking] of the law.” 1John 3:4. The Beast parallels the Little horn which claims to have changed Godʼs law (Dan 7:25). Because the beast commands men to keep itʼs commandments rather than the law of God, Paul calls the head of this system “the man of SIN.” (2Thess 2).


(e) Taking the Mark will be an act of worshipping the beast. When someone receives the mark of the beast, they do so, knowing what theyʼre doing - worshipping the beast - and rejecting the God of the Bible. (Rev 14:11, 19; 19:20; 20:4). The primary factor involved with the mark is worship. Buying and selling is mentioned only once.


(f) As we have identified the beast as Papal Rome the mark of the beast must be the mark of Roman Catholicism.


Summary

  • 1. The mark is not a literal chip, mark, impress etc.

  • 2. It is the counterfeit of Godʼs seal or mark, i.e. a counterfeit of Godʼs Sabbath

  • 3. To receive the mark is to receive the beastʼs character of rebellion against God.

  • 4. The mark of the beast will be a sin, i.e. it will involve breaking Godʼs law.

  • 5. It is the mark of Roman Catholicism - the Mark of the Beast.

The Mark of Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholicism openly confesses that the MARK of its authority is seen in its change of Godʼs Sabbath from the seventh day to Sunday, the first day of the week.


In reply to a letter of Oct. 2, 1895, asking if the Catholic Church claims that the change of the Sabbath to the first day is her mark, the following was received:


“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act, and the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” Signed A.F. Thomas, Chancellor for the Cardinal.

“Sunday is our MARK of authority...The church is above the Bible and this transfer- ence of sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is proof of the fact.” Catholic record of London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 1, 1928.

As proof that it has authority the Papal Church states that she, “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.” A Doctrinal Catechism, S. Keenan, p 174.

Indeed, there is not one Biblical command to observe Sunday in place of the seventh-day Sabbath. Those who command it are in rebellion against Godʼ. See Appendix to Revelation 7.

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness RATHER than light, because their deeds were evil.”

When Sunday is enforced and men choose Sunday RATHER than the Sabbath day of God they will receive the Mark of the Beast.


The Mark is a Counterfeit of Godʼs Seal

The mark of the beast is the counterfeit of Godʼs seal, mark or sign (See on Rev 7).


What is the mark or sign of the Creator God? “I gave them my sabbaths to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord.” Eze 20:12. The Sabbath is the memorial of creation and the sign of righteousness by faith. As we rest on the Creatorʼs Sabbath we remember that God is due our worship because He made us, and that salvation is not of our works but Godʼs creative work. He creates in us a clean heart. (See Ps 51:10). Sunday keeping is the beastʼs counterfeit of the Lordʼs Sabbath.


verse 16 Small, great, rich, poor, free, bond

All will be compelled to receive the beastʼs mark. “Free and BOND” indicates that the spirit of slavery will rise again.


verse 16 Mark in the forehead or in the right hand

The words “In” (Rev 13:16; 14:9) and “upon” (Rev 20:4) are both from the same Greek word "epi" meaning “on, in or upon.” Those who WILLINGLY CHOOSE to observe the Papal Sunday law in place of Godʼs Sabbath, when compelled, will thereby receive the Mark in their FOREHEAD, the symbol of the mind / will. (Eze 3:8). Those who unwillingly observe the Sunday law in place of Godʼs Sabbath in order to BUY & SELL will receive the mark in the RIGHT HAND, the symbol of fellowship & work, “...the right hands of fellowship.” (Gal 2:9; Deut 28:12).

The specification of “RIGHT hand” indicates symbolism as a literal mark could be taken in either hand.


ECONOMIC BOUYCOT verse 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Those who refuse to observe the Sunday law will eventually be forbidden to buy & sell (Rev 13:17). Identification cards, chips etc and cashless systems are some of the means which may be used to enforce Sunday observance. These methods which control buying and selling are not the mark but the means of pressuring people into accepting the mark. God is not going to destroy people because they accepted something which allowed them to buy and sell! Those who lose eternal life will do so because they committed sin. The issue is sin. Taking the mark of the beast, will involve knowingly committing sin. As Esau sold his birthright for temporal gain (Gen 25:29-34) so many will sell eternal life in order to buy and sell.


Sunday Legislation is Coming

Sunday is held in common between Catholics and virtually all ʻProtestantʼ churches. The prophecy foretells that the USA (the two horned beast), will make an image or copy of the Papal system in which the State will enforce the churches laws. World affairs are converging to this final crisis.


The Last Test

The enforcement of Sunday-keeping by the USA will actually be the enforcement of the mark of Roman Catholicism. Those who, understanding the claims of Godʼs law, choose to observe the false instead of the true Sabbath will honour man above God and receive the Mark of the Beast. The last great test will be a choice between the commandments of God and the commandments of man.


STEPS TO TYRANNY

Though well meaning, the on-going political activity of many Christians will lead to a situation few realize. Various world events are leading to the return of religious tyranny. The irony is that the coming religious intolerance will be led by the so-called “land of the free” - Protestant USA.


1. Terrorism laws are leading to persecution In order for the USA to form an image of the Papacy it must be prepared to persecute and overide existing rights.

Rights such as: (a) The right of privacy. (b) The right to a fair trial.

(c) The right to trial within a reasonable period. (d) Freedom from detainment, within a reasonable period, if uncharged.


Since the terrorist acts of Sept 11, the USA, on the grounds of national security, has effectivelly removed these rights. New laws allow authorities to overide all these rights on those declared terrorists. The definition of a terrorist is soon to include those who refuse to accept the mark of the beast.


2. Moral decay will lead to religious law

Moral corruption, increasing lawlessness, and the inability of the churches to make any real difference through persuasion alone, are leading Christians to seek political action - a new union of Church & State.


3. Shooting Massacres

The constitution which seperates Church & State also allows people to bear arms. The terrible shooting massacres are leading many toward changing the constitution in respect to the bearing of arms. Once the Constitution is changed in one particular the door is open to change it in any particular.


4. Disasters & pestilences (diseases) will lead to religious law

Natural disasters, and diseases on man and beast will become more and more frequent & disastrous (Matt 24:7). Christian leaders will declare that these calamities are the result of Sunday desecration and claim that they will not cease until Sunday keeping is strictly enforced.


5. Miracles will lead to religious law

Events occurring in Christian churches, and believed by millions to be miracles from God, will confirm the believers and convince others that God is with them and their efforts to have Sunday observance enforced by law.

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the

earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles...saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast...” Rev 13:13-14; 16:14; 19:20; Matt 24:24.5.

Those who do not presently believe in the supernatural will easily be deceived when undeniable ʻmiraclesʼ begin happening.

6. Ecumenism will lead to religious law

The uniting of churches will result in the largest voting force of the USA. When this united body seeks to influence the government to enforce DOCTRINES HELD BY THEM IN COMMON, the government will not only listen, but act. It cannot do otherwise. America, thinking it is doing God service, will then influence the entire world to follow its example.


7. Spiritualism will lead to religious law

Messages from demons, but believed by many to be from God, will declare that God is pleased with those promoting Sunday legislation and displeased with those who keep the Biblical seventh day holy. (Rev 16:14; Isa 8:19-20).


The last earthly powers are now in place

In 1990 Dr. Malachi Martin, an Irish Roman Catholic priest; a retired professor of the Vaticanʼs Gregorian University; a historian; and most importantly, a Vatican insider having been a close associate of the Jesuit Cardinal Agostino Bea, a Vatican Administrator - recealed the Vaticanʼs assessment of its own political power.


The title page of Dr. Martinʼs book, The Keys of this Blood, summarized this theme:

“The struggle for wold dominion between Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev [then leader of the Communist USSR] and the capitalist West [which is defined as the USA and Western Europe].”


In 1990s the Soviet Union collapsed and fell out of the race, leaving two players - The Roman Catholic power and the USA. 2000 years ago John the Revelator described the rise and history of these very powers and showed that in the end they will form an alliance against the truth.


The Sunday Law Enforced

The masses, deceived by the false miracles, angered by the disasters, upset with low moral standards and led on by religious leaders, will agitate for enforced Sunday observance. At last the legislators of free America, in order to secure public favour, will give in to the popular demand for the law enforcing Sunday observance. Those who refuse to honour this mark of Roman Catholicism will not be able to buy or sell. The deceived will finally believe that the few who refuse to observe Sunday in place of the Sabbath are bringing the judgments of God upon them. They will reason that it is better that a few die rather than the world continue to suffer cataclysmic disasters (cf. John 11:50)). A decree will finally go forth appointing a day when all the faithful are to be slain. (Rev 13:15).


The Impending Crisis

Significant changes in our world are taking place and soon we will all be brought to a final test. All will make a decision of eternal consequence. As three Hebrews youths refused to worship the image in the days of literal Babylon and God delivered them (Daniel 3), so He will deliver the end-time faithful who refuse to worship the image of the beast.


WHAT CAN WE LEARN?

(a) The beast exists today - Papal Rome.

(b) Millions of Christians have been deceived into accepting the Roman Catholic counterfeit interpretation of Bible prophecy called Futurism, which teaches that the antichrist has not yet risen.

(c) The events which led to the union of Church & State known as the Papacy, are happening again today as politically active Protestant churches are seeking political power. The Bible calls this union the “image of the beast.” See on Rev 13.

(d) The so-called people of God united with the State power will be the last great persecutors of the faithful!

(e) The leading Churches of the USA, united with the State, will lead the world in the persecution of the faithful while thinking they are doing God service. What an irony. As the established religious system of Christʼs day crucified the Saviour, so the established churches of the end-time will crucify Him in the person of His saints.


Roman Catholicism and Sunday Laws

Much could be quoted to show that Roman Catholicism believes that the State should enforce Catholic doctrines, including Sunday sacredness. A few modern quotations show nothing has changed:


“Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time Christians will naturally strive to ensure that CIVIL LEGISLATION respects their duty to keep SUNDAY holy.” Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini, 1998.


In 1998 Pope John Paul II issued another apostolic letter, Ad Tuendum Fidum (To Protect the Faith) designed to add to Catholic Canon Law:


“....WHOEVER obstinately rejects A TEACHING OF THE ROMAN PONTIFF or the College of Bishops...is to be punished with an appropriate penalty.” John Paul II, Ad Tuendum Fidum, 1998.


IDENTIFYING ANTICHRIST

The term “Antichrist” is a transliteration of the Greek “Antichristos”

In the Greek “Antichrist” means - “Against” OR “Instead of” Christ.

The word is only found in Johnʼs epistles: (1John 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 7).

1. There are “MANY antichrists.” (1John 2:18; 2John 1:7)

2. Antichrists existed in Johnʼs day. (1John 2:18)

3. It is antichrist to deny that Jesus is the Christ (1John 2:18)

4. Antichrists come out from the church (1John 2:19)

5. Antichrist denies that Jesus came in the flesh (1John 4:3; 2John 1:7).

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us...they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not of us.” 1 John 2:19.

6. They were made manifest. 7. The coming of Antichrist had been foretold sometime before John wrote. The antichrist in Johnʼs epistles parallels the man of sin in Paulʼs writings (See chart). The falling away from the truth resulted in the development of the man of sin.

Does the following show that all of Revelation 13 is to have a future fulfillment?

“The Sabbath question will be the issue in the great conflict in which all the world will act a part. [Rev. 13:4-8, 10 quoted.] This entire chapter is a revelation of what will surely take place [Rev. 13:11, 15-17 quoted].” MS 88, 1897. E.G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, p979.


Some, on the basis of this quote, teach that the entire chapter of Revelation 13 is still to be fulfilled and that the 42 months are still future. Is this so? Should we expect two beasts (nations) to come to world-wide power in the future?

The same author of the quote we are discussing also applied much of Revelation 13 to the past.

“[Rev 13:5 quoted]...the forty two months... began with the supremacy of the papacy, A.D. 538, and TERMINATED in 1798.” E.G. White, Great Controversy, p439.


She identifes the first beast as the Papacy and the second beast as the USA. What then did she mean when she said, “this entire chapter is a revelation of what will surely take place”?


Simply put, those parts of the chapter that have been fulfilled, and those which remain to be fulfilled, reveal what will surely take place. That is, past events such as the union of church and state, which produced the Papacy, and the resulting religious persecution, are examples of what “will surely take place” again. Church and State will unite again and persecution will surely take place.


The two BEASTS of Revelation 13 are here now. We are in the ENDGAME and all hell is about to break loose on those who value religious liberty and FREEDOM.