Mark of the BEAST

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  1. wopik

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    This great false church has adopted the labels associated with SUN worship; has CHANGED God's weekly Sabbaths for SUNDAY, the day of the sun, and foisted upon millions of unsuspecting believers the PAGAN holidays of Ishtar (Easter) and the "Saturnalia" (Christmas).


    For centuries, countless THOUSANDS were brutally martyred; tortured, burnt alive, killed in the most horrifying ways, for REFUSING to accept the Mark of the Beast, and clinging, instead, to God's holy Sabbath, and His annual holy days.

    For many centuries, those who continued to observe God's Passover on the fourteenth of Abib, or Nisan, the first month of the sacred year, were labeled "fourteenthers" or "quartodecimans," and relentlessly hunted down and slain!

    This had to do with TIMES and LAWS! The TIME for observing "communion", or the Lord's Supper, as it came to be called (I Corinthians 11:20), was on the annual commemoration of Christ's own last supper! It was to be observed on the 14th day of the first month according to the Jewish Sacred Calendar.


    But the apostate church issued a decree that Christians should not be found "Judaizing" by keeping God's holy Passover exactly as Jesus had, but should substitute pagan EASTER (spelled "Ishtar" with a silent "h") instead! Easter is celebrated amid symbols of sex and fertility; rabbits and eggs, and is known to be of wholly PAGAN ORIGINS!


    Thus, by DECREE, backed up by force of arms, the now paganized, apostate church ENFORCED the changing of "times and laws" on those who, fearful of their very lives, would submit!


    The Bible shows that the identifying SIGN of the Beast and the Image of the Beast is something which has been around for MANY CENTURIES! It is something which has already caused the death of countless THOUSANDS who refused to accept it! It is NOT, therefore, something which is of modern invention, such as computer chips or credit cards!


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    Celebrate Easter or DIE!! [​IMG] :rolleyes:
     
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    I like the chocolate...only if they made a chocolate armstrong bunny so I could bite it's head off!
     
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    such violence! ;)

    Tim, have you seen some of the stuff they do to peeps? Of course, they aren't worth eating, so it seems appropriate for them to be abused.
     
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    Now I understand how Paul felt when he had to deal with people so obsessed with the law they forgot there is freedom in the Gospel
     
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    the PAGAN holidays of Ishtar (Easter) and the "Saturnalia" (Christmas) are the holy Sabbaths of the apostate churh, the IMAGE of the Beast.


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    Concerning the original Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread (1Cor. 5:7-8)— God's annual Sabbaths — God, the One who became Christ, said: "And it shall be for a SIGN unto you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes [on your forehead!], that the Eternal's law may be in your mouth [on your mind]" (Exodus 13:9).
     
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    Just some scriptures to think about

    REV.14 [9] And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, IF ANY MAN WORSHIP THE BEAST and his image, and receive his MARK IN HIS FOREHEAD, OR IN HIS HAND,[10] The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

    above scripture sign – hand - forehead (between the eyes) - cup of indignation – the bad guys

    below scriptures sign – hand - between thine eyes (forehead) - the LORDS LAW – the good guys

    EXOD.13 [9] And it shall be for a SIGN unto thee UPON THINE HAND, and for A MEMORIAL BETWEEN THINE EYES, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

    DEUT.6 [2] That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and HIS COMMANDMENTS, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.[8] And thou shalt bind them for A SIGN UPON THINE HAND, and they shall be AS FRONTLETS BETWEEN THINE EYES.[9] And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates

    Its not just the sabbath. Ask James. Practice to break one, ya broke them all.

    I wish it was a computer chip or a rubber stamp. I could simply cut it out with a knife, flit off to heaven, grab a harp and join the quoir.
     
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    Opps
    Sorry Wopik. I see you posted the same scripture as i posted at about the same time. Have a good sabbath day.
     
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    great post, UUall
     
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    More scriptural proof that Wopik is correct

    JAMES 5 [7] Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, UNTIL HE RECEIVE THE EARLY AND LATTER RAIN.[8] Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

    Be patient? The coming of the Lord? Until you receive the early and latter rain? Whats that mean and what must you do to receive these rains? Anything to do with which “mark” you accept?

    DEUT.11 [13] And it shall come to pass, IF YE SHALL HEARKEN DILIGENTLY UNTO MY COMMANDMENTS which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,[14] That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, THE FIRST RAIN AND THE LATTER RAIN, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. [18] Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for A SIGN UPON YOUR HAND, THAT THEY MAY BE AS FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES.[19] And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.[20] And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:[21] That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.[22] For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

    Above scripture says in order to receive the early and latter rain, you must diligently keep the 10 commandments. Deut.11 goes on to say they will be for a sign on your hand and forehead (frontlets between your eyes). Verse 21 is speaking of the 1000 yr period of rest (the Kingdom of God) which the Lord sware to the fathers to give them. Hmmm…Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever.

    REV.22 [4] And they shall see his face; and HIS NAME SHALL BE IN THEIR FOREHEADS.[12] And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.[13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.[14] BLESSED ARE THEY THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through gates of the city.

    Yup. Says the same thing in last chapter of Revelations. HIS name in their foreheads. They who keep the ten commandments of God will enter the gates of the land promised to the fathers for the 1000 yr period of rest.
     
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    Nice connection between James 5 & Deut. 11
     
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    Halley says, "...the inquisition was the main agency in the Papacy's effort to crush the Reformation. It is stated that in the 30 years between 1540 and 1570 no fewer than 900,000 Protestants were put to death in the pope's war for the extermination of the Waldenses. Think of monks and priests, in holy garments (sic), directing, with heartless cruelty and inhuman brutality, the work of torturing and burning alive innocent men and women, and doing it in the name of Christ, by the direct order of the `Vicar of Christ.'" (Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 777).


    These people were put to death for refusing to worship the Beast, his IMAGE (the great false church; and ecclesiastical STATE, formed like a GOVERNMENT; patterned after the ancient Roman civil government), or to receive his identifying MARK.


    Notice Revelation 6:9, 10,

    where you see the picture of those who were slain for the Word of God, and who cry out, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"


    These dead saints, pictured as crying out from their graves, were murdered MANY CENTURIES ago. It becomes obvious then, that the Beast; the image of the Beast, and the MARK of the Beast, have been around for a long, long time!
     
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    Those who have gotten the victory over the Beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name "...sing the Song of Moses," which extols God and His Ten Commandments. - Rev. 15:3.


    The Song of Moses extols God's Ten Commandments. - Exodus 15. Deut. 31:30; Deut. 32.


    Moses was the intermediary who gave the LAW. The resurrected saints, who have gotten VICTORY over the beast, his image, and his mark are those who have clung fast to God's Ten Commandments.

    Jesus said, "If you will enter into life, keep the command-ments!" (Matthew 19:17). Christ inspired John to write, "And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His command-ments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:3, 4).

    The end-time saints are described as "...the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:7).


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    mcdirector surprised us all by writing:

    Not worth eating?! :eek:

    You don't like peeps? I love 'em! [​IMG]

    What's not to love about sugar coated marshmallows?

    I tell ya, some of the stuff I read on this board is truly amazing. [​IMG]
     
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    It is a shame that some people equate Christmas and Easter with the Mark of the Beast, which only serves to confuse the issue.

    The Mark of the Beast has to do with the keeping of the Commandments and more specifically the Sabbath.

    The Christmas and Easter issues are really non-issues. Burdens God never placed upon anyone.

    If someone wants to celebrate Easter and Christmas there isnt a thing wrong with that as long as they celebrate the birth and resurrection of Christ.

    Satan seeks to drive to fanatacism and extremes in order that he can cause people to shun the true issues. If people try to mix in these things like Christmas, Easter, and old testament feast days (which we are in no way obligated to observe anymore) then he can cause their audience to turn a deaf ear. People who add on these other burdens make it 10 times more difficult for those of us who are trying to get people to understand what the Mark of the Beast is all about, unfortunately.

    The 10 Commandments are the issue. They were never done away with at the cross, as some erroneously teach.

    Claudia
     
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    What most Christian fail to understand is the connection between this verse:

    Rv:14:8: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN,
    that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of
    her fornication.

    and this passage that speaks about the beginning of the formation of the Papacy:

    2Thes:2:
    2: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by
    word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    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;
    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, shewing himself that he is God.

    7: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work


    They need to realize that Babylon is fallen, is fallen, is THE CHURCH
    and the Church had begun falling away way back in Pauls Day, the "Mystery
    of Iniquity" had "already begun to work".


    You see, right then in the Apostle Paul's day, Gnosticism, pagan teachings, started
    coming into the early church and Paul and the faithful disciples of Christ fought
    vigorously against these fase teachings that were making their way into the church.

    The Papacy was beginning to be formed. You see, Satan knows that whenever he used
    persecution on Christians it tended to spread the gospel even further, and so what
    he did next was to get people to MIX Christianity with paganism (the old "if
    you cant beat 'em join 'em" idea.

    And so as I said, paganism was mixed with Christianity and you had the Papacy being
    formed. This is why the Apostle Paul said that "the mystery of iniquity doth
    already work" in 2 Thessalonians. It had already begun and would wax worse
    and worse.

    When speaking of this mystery of iniquity that had already begun, Paul said that
    the second coming of Christ would NOT happen UNTIL the great apostasy in the church
    came first... involving "that man of SIN (LAWLESSNESS) who sits in the seat
    of God, acting as if he WERE God!" This of course is the Papacy! READ:


    2Thes:2:
    2: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by
    word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    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;
    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, shewing himself that he is God.
    7: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work


    THEN Paul warned that those who "had pleasure in unrighteousness" (sin,
    lawlessness) would be sent a strong delusion...

    9: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
    and lying wonders,
    10: And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
    they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe
    a lie:
    12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
    unrighteousness.

    THEN Paul admonished the brethren to hold fast to "the traditions which ye have been taught"
    (which Roman Catholics twist 180 degrees around to try to support their ideas of
    using tradition instead of going by what the Bible says but actually Paul was telling
    the brethren to stand faithful AGAINST this Papacy and spiritualism that was making
    its way into the church)

    15: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been
    taught, whether by word, or our epistle.


    LAWLESSNESS was a large part of these false teachings!

    The doctrine is now largely taught that the Gospel of Christ has made the Law of
    God of no effect; that by "believing" we are released from the necessity
    of being doers of the word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which
    Christ so unsparingly condemned. To the church of Ephesus he says: 'I know thy works,
    and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil;
    and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found
    them liars; and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast labored,
    and hast not fainted.

    Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
    Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;
    or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his
    place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the
    Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.'

    ..and of course we know that John was also was fighting against these Papal errors
    and Spiritualism/Gnosticism kept repeating the idea that the LIARS (also what Jesus
    called the Nicolataines) would claim they KNOW GOD when they didnt want to prove
    that by keeping His commandments! ("knowing God" was and is a Gnostic
    term they liked to use... yet they didnt know Him at all)


    1Jn:2:4: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar,
    and the truth is not in him.

    and of course we also have not only the not keeping the commandments at all but
    we have the Sabbath which the Roman Catholic Church changed to Sunday in honor of
    the pagan Sun God. Once again, Constantine had wanted to mix paganism with Christianity
    and make a "compromise". Thus we have the mark of the beast verses those
    who are God's people "they who keep the commandments of God and have the faith
    of Jesus"

    Rv:12:17: 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.

    Rv:14:12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments
    of God, and the faith of Jesus


    and then there is the false doctrine of eternal torment that also came from pagan
    spiritualism and the idea that the soul is naturally immortal.

    Those Roman Catholics loved the idea of torturing people in hell forever and ever.
    Thats why they thought it a justifiable idea to torture people in the inquisition,
    to "save" their poor souls and force them to "recant" so that
    they wouldnt have to be tortured forever and ever in hell.

    and the doctrine of purgatory and talking to dead saints...

    at any rate, this is all one "package deal" of spiritualism and Roman
    Catholicism that the Christian Church have adopted, unknowingly, and this is why
    God is calling HIS PEOPLE Out of Babylon, that they be not partaker of her sins,
    and receive the wrath of God unmixed with mercy.

    And you all would do well to listen to this message of mercy, God's last message
    to the world, given by the Three Angels of Revelation.

    oh by the way,,,

    2 Thess 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;
    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, shewing himself that he is God.


    Papacy, sits in the seat of God as if he were God... BLASPHEMY...

    the name of blasphemy "Vicar of Christ" is his title, (adds up to 666
    by the way)

    "And he shall speak great words against the most High. " Daniel 7.25.

    "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies.
    " Revelation 13:5.

    God clearly portrays this power as one that is guilty of blasphemy, assuming the
    titles and power that belong to God alone.


    "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. " Daniel 7.25.

    "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 with most ample
    power of binding and loosing the sheep."-From the Prompta Bibliotheca published
    in 1900 in Rome by the press of the propaganda.

    "The pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with
    all things, even the precepts of Christ."-Decretal de Translat, Episcop. Cap.


    "The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a
    Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday."-Catholic
    Mirror, Sept. 23, 1893.
     
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    The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be unmasked.

    This is the work of the Three Angel's Messages of Revelation 14

    6: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
    7: Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
    8: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
    9: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
    10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
    11: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
    12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


    SPECIFICALLY:

    Rv. 14:7: Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

    COMPARE;

    Exodus 20:
    8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    9: Six days shalt thou labour, 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 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.
     
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    The Beast of Revelation 13 part 1

    You are holding in your hands the most concise, simple to understand information concerning the Antichrist! These pages will alert you with unquestioned proof as to who is the coming Antichrist! You may rest in absolute assurance of this knowledge, because the facts presented are backed with a "Thus saith the Word of God".

    But, spiritual truth is only discerned by the help of the Holy Spirit. So may I be so bold as to suggest that you make the following your personal prayer: "God help me to understand this amazing truth concerning the Antichrist as found in Thy Holy Word-Amen."

    The knowledge of the Antichrist is like a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece of information found throughout the Bible must be placed in its proper position. When this is accomplished, behold the Antichrist will stand before you so clearly and so simple to understand that you will praise God for revealing this truth to you.

    Let's begin by discovering who this mystery beast of Revelation 13 represents by reading God's description of the beast.

    "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. 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. 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. " Revelation 13:1-3.

    The beast of Revelation 13 is made up of parts. Every part or act of this beast must be determined by Bible interpretation so that we can intelligently make our decision. There must be no guessing. We must know beyond a doubt. Since there is only one unquestioned authority, we must turn to the Word of God for clarification.

    First of all, before beginning this discovery, I would like to share with you a secret of all Bible students. In the Holy Word the book of Daniel helps us to understand the book of Revelation. Likewise, the book of Revelation helps to explain the book of Daniel. So, naturally, in looking for our answer concerning the beast of Revelation 13, we shall turn to Daniel 7, where God gives us a full explanation. It's amazing that the answers we are looking for in our day were given by God to Daniel 550 years before Christ was born on this earth. This, of course, only goes to prove that God knows the beginning to the end of time. Now let us listen to the prophet speak, as recorded in Daniel 7:2:

    "Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of heaven strove upon the great sea."Daniel 7:2

    Will you join me in using your imagination to visualize the events exactly as Daniel saw them. Picture this great sea the prophet was looking at. The four winds of heaven are blowing upon the waters, causing the waves to beat against one another like a sea frenzied by a hurricane.

    Now what does this stand for? No guessing, remember, we want only a Bible answer.

    First, let's take the waters. Remember our secret? Revelation should explain. So we turn to chapter 17 and read:

    "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. " Revelation 1 7.15.

    God made this simple to understand. Waters represent peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. How often we have used the expression "a great sea of faces" when describing a crowd of people.

    The second fact we need to know concerns the wind. In the Scriptures the designation of wind has always been used as a symbol of war. Please note:

    "Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind .... Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets." Jeremiah 51:1,4.

    So this is the setting. The sea of waters represents the peoples of the earth. The wind blowing upon the waters reveals the people to be in a state of war. From such a condition we would expect the political climate of the people to change, and this is exactly what happens. 'And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. " Daniel 7.3.

    See how easy it is to understand prophecy? The Bible explains itself!

    We are ready to examine this first beast. The prophet describes him as follows:

    "The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. " Daniel 7.-4. (See Figure #2).

    Who is this lion? God supplies information through His prophet. We read:

    "The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail. Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong." Jeremiah 50:43,44.

    Thus the Babylonian Empire arose in the year 606 B.C. But what of the wings? In the British Museum you will find a great stone taken from the ancient city of Babylon-which portrays a lion with wings! This was actually the symbol of the old city of Babylon.

    The phrase "the man's heart" denotes a coming time and experience of weakness when Babylon would be overcome and destroyed, thus opening the way for a second world kingdom.

    "and behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it. and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh." Daniel 7.5.

    The bear is God's caricature of the next world power. (See Figure #3). Persia conquered the world in the year 538 B.C. You observed the bear, that it was devouring three ribs in its mouth. Old Babylon was composed of exactly three provinces, namely, Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt. The conquering power of Persia destroyed all three. But what is so amazing is that God gives such details. He says the bear raised himself on one side. When Medo-Persia became strong, the Persians overthrew the Medes. Let us continue.

    "After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl, the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. Daniel 7.6.

    Everyone knows that the next universal power in world history was that of Greece, (See Figure #4) which developed in the year 331 B.C. This beast had four wings to indicate that it would swiftly conquer the world.

    Alexander the Great conquered the world in only twelve years, without the aid of anything like our modern methods of warfare or travel. This was considered a miracle in that day.

    Now look closely. This beast had four heads. God never leaves any reason for doubt. History reveals that Alexander died at the early age of 33. He conquered the world but could not conquer his own temper. He died of fatigue and disease, without leaving any posterity to carry on the kingdom. So his realm was divided among the four generals-Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus, Ptolemy-who continued to rule the world under the fourth beast. Isn't it amazing how God foretells the future? Then God said another world power would soon arise.

    "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7.

    This fourth beast represents old pagan Rome (See Figure #5) which began its reign in the year 168 B.C. It was a dreadful power-as God described it-having great iron teeth. The historian Edward Gibbon, in writing of its history, describes the Roman enemies as broken by the iron monarchy of Rome.

    We have now come in history to the time of the cross. Pagan Rome was ruling the world when Jesus was born, and it was under pagan rule that He was so cruelly crucified in A.D. 31. At this time world affairs had reached their lowest ebb, and men were about to be swallowed up in pagan philosophy. They were dying without a hope for the future, but Jesus came to deliver men and women and to show them the way of life. How wonderful God is. He never fails us.

    Now the Scripture describes this beast as having ten horns. They represent the ten kingdoms that pagan Rome was divided into in the year A.D. 476.

    "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise." Daniel 7:24

    Now it is time for us to discover what we have been learning concerning the beast of Revelation 13. Perhaps you are unaware that while we have been studying Daniel 7 we have actually been discovering all about the beast of Revelation 13. To refresh our memory, let's read it once more.

    '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. 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. " Revelation 13:1,2.

    Now get ready for the surprise. God is a great caricaturist. He simply took a part of each of these four beasts that we have been studying in Daniel and put them all together, thus making the beast of Revelation 13. He took the "mouth" from the lion representing Babylon. He took the "feet" from the bear-MedoPersia. He took the "body" of a leopard from the leopard-Greece. The "ten horns" He took from the divided kingdoms of old Rome. Putting these all together, we now see clearly a picture of what is represented in this beast of Revelation 13. (See Figure #6).

    See how simple prophecy is? This is no guess work. God has revealed every detail. The beast of Revelation 13 is a definite part of all these pagan nations.
     
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    The Beast of Revelation 13 Part 2

    We must go on. There is much more to be revealed. Let us continue in our study of this ten-horn caricature of Daniel 7.

    "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. " Daniel 7.8.

    Who is this little horn? (See Figure #7). In prophecy a horn stands for a king.

    "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise." Daniel 7:24.

    We must abide by the word of God. Before we go further, we would like to stress this observation: We are presenting God's final warning message that is so vital to the people of all churches, whether they be Catholics, Protestants, or Jews. What we are discussing is a part of this last warning. It has come to us from the lips of Jesus, Who desires that all men might be saved. He wants every one of us to be ready to go to heaven when He comes the second time. We are only revealing what God has already written in the Book. You will soon see that it is necessary for God to point out a certain organization in our world as a means to give us guidance in how to heed His last warning message.

    Now back to the question-What of this little horn? We will follow these simple methods in our discussions, which we believe you will find acceptable. (1) We will permit God to give the clue. (2) Authoritative history will substantiate God's claim. (3) The church will declare its position from its authoritative statements. With these objectives in mind, let us closely study the following seven points of identification concerning the little horn.

    To begin with, let us make the following statement, then back it up with these proofs. We will discover that the little horn represents the organization in the world called the Papacy. (See figure #8).

    1. Let us note proof of this fact because of the time of its appearance. it must appear after the division of the Roman Empire.

    "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;" Daniel 7:24.

    The Papacy was established in A.D. 538 when it subdued the Ostrogoths. The ten horns, or the divided kingdom, was established in A.D. 476. Thus you can see at a glance that the Papacy arose after the ten kingdoms, exactly as the prophecy states, "and another shall rise after them. "

    2. This little horn would differ in its nature of authority.

    "And he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings." Daniel 7:24. (See Figure #8).

    The Papacy has always been a religious power. The other ten kingdoms were of a temporal nature, dealing in matters of state only. Thus this point is substantiated-the Papacy is different.

    3. The little horn would destroy three kings.

    "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings." Daniel 7:24.

    History reveals that the Papacy destroyed three of the ten kingdoms, which were as follows. (1) The Heruli in A.D. 493, (2) the Vandals in A.D. 534, (3) the Ostrogoths in A.D. 538. From The Question Box, by Conway, on page 166, we read that the church admits destroying three powers in securing her temporal sovereign. I quote:

    "The distance from Constantinople, the interrupted communications with the Exarch of Ravenna, the constant fighting against the Goths, the Huns and the Lombards, the putting down of rebellions against the Emperor in Rome itself-all tended to turn the Pope willingly or unwillingly, into a temporal sovereign (Hodgkin, Italy, v., 355)."

    Please note that seven out of the original ten nations are still in existence today-Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Switzerland. This is just as God declared. What a marvelous fulfillment of prophecy!

    4. The little horn would have eyes like a man.

    '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." Daniel 7:8. This great organization is headed by a man. All the world today recognizes him as the Pope.

    5. The little horn would speak against God.

    "And he shall speak great words against the most High " Daniel 7:25.

    Again we quote from authentic Catholic writings:

    "All names which in the Scriptures 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."-R.F. Bellarmine, On the Authority of Councils, vol. II, book 2, chap. 17, p. 266 (ed. 1619).

    "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."-P.F.L. Ferraris, Ecclesiastical Dictionary, art. On the Pope.

    You have discovered five amazing predictions. Now permit me to bring you the last two. These are likewise based upon the Word of God.

    6. The little horn would persecute.

    "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High." Daniel 7:25.

    How true these words have proved in history. There are many sources to choose from, but let us read just one.

    "That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no

    Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history. The memorials, indeed, of many of her persecutions are now so scanty, that it is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their suffering."-William Edward Hartpole Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2 (London: Longmans, Green, and Company, 1904), p. 32.

    Perhaps it would be well here to read something from the church. She admits freely that she has persecuted. Notice this carefully.

    "The church has persecuted. Only a tyro in church history will deny that .... One hundred and fifty years after Constantine the Donatists were persecuted and sometimes put to death ... Protestants were persecuted in France and Spain with the full approval of the church authorities. We have always defended the persecution of the Huguenots, and the Spanish Inquisition. Wherever and whenever there is honest Catholicity, there will be a clear distinction drawn between truth and error, and Catholicity and all forms of heresy. When she thinks it good to use physical force, she will use it .... But will the Catholic Church give bond that she will not persecute at all? Will she guarantee absolute freedom and equality of all churches and all faiths? The Catholic Church gives no bonds for her good behavior."-The Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.

    7. The little horn would attempt to change God's law.

    "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." Daniel 7:25.

    I think it only needful that we read one more quotation from the Ecclesiastical Dictionary of the Roman Catholic Church, article on the pope, and see how this answers the prediction of God.

    "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 with most ample power of binding and loosing his sheep."-P.F.L. Ferraris, Ecclesiastical Dictionary, art. On the Pope.

    We can see clearly how this power has attempted to change the divine law of God today. Every one is acquainted with the Ten Commandments as found in Exodus 20 of the Old Testament. If you will turn to any catechism published by the church of Rome, you will discover that the Ten Commandments have been changed. The second commandment is completely left out. This is the commandment that states, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. " But you will also quickly note that they do have ten commandments. This was accomplished by dividing the last commandment and making two out of it. Again we see that the predictions of God are fulfilled in this little horn.

    Here are seven points of identity, proving beyond any doubt that the Papacy indeed is the little horn of Daniel 7. Now we have discovered another link in our chain of understanding concerning the beast of Revelation 13, for it is indeed identical with the little horn of Daniel 7. There is no doubt that the little horn and the beast of Revelation 13 are the same. (See Figure #9).

    Can you behold the earnestness of Christ this very hour as He looks down upon us to see how we will receive His warning message? After all, the book of Revelation is His personal message to each of us. We read from its very first verse:

    "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass, and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. " Revelation 1:1.

    We have been studying a portion of Revelation very vital to you and to me. Jesus declares in Revelation 14:9:

    "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 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.
     
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    everyone should take time to read te 2 posts above so that you will see that the Beast in prophecy is the Roman Catholic Church. Then it becomes easy to find out what the "Mark" of the Beast is.
     

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