Remember that a woman in prophecy represents a true or an Apostate Church. Revelation chapters 12-19 all reference the same Apostate Church that persecuted the saints for 1260 years. For more information see Mystery Babylon and for a very deep and detailed study that proves beyond doubt Who and where is the Antichrist, select this link.
What is about to be presented here has seismic implications and is something that Satan has hundreds of deceptions to prevent the Christian world from knowing. Our adversary will stop at nothing to have you see the greater picture of what is happening in this regard. It is literally about good and evil, God’s true Church and an apostate Church and most importantly, and do NOT miss this point - whom we Worship. Revelation 13:2 says “…and the dragon [Satan] gave him [the Pope] his power, and his seat, and great authority.” If you observe nothing else here, please at least understand the following points. Satan wants to be worshipped as God (Isaiah 14:12-14). Worship is ultimately found in the Church so Satan has to achieve his worship from the Church. He also found that he could inflict more damage on the Church from within, so Satan gave his “power, and his seat, and great authority” to the first beast of Revelation 13, the Papacy, which is the “great whore”, mystery Babylon the mother of harlots that is drunk on the blood of the saints she murdered through the dark ages (Revelation 17:1-6). He did this to obtain the Worship he coveted.
The Levite Priests had the colour blue in their robes (Exodus 28:4-6) which represented God’s law (Numbers 15:38-40). Did you note that this Harlot woman (Church) has exactly the same colours of the Old Testament Priest’s robes except blue? Catholic Priest robes are also missing the colour blue and not by coincidence. This whole scene is symbolic of a Church in control of state (kingdom) that has changed and forgotten the law of God. The Sabbath is a SIGN that it is the true God we worship and belong to; therefore, keeping the wrong day has us fall short of this promise. Paganism from Satan is deeply rooted in Sun worship, so one of the first things Satan had to accomplish was to change the day of worship to a day that he instituted and DIFFERENT from the day that is a SIGN that we belong to God.
God created the world in six literal days so we have a six day week… right? No. God added ONE extra day to the week so man could rest in Jesus and Worship Him totally on this day. The extra day added cannot go in place of the first day as it was a WORK day and was used for creating this world. The Seventh day which is the extra day God added with only one purpose is the day that God blessed and sanctified and made Holy. It is not just about a day of worship, IT IS A SIGN that it is God we worship and give our allegiance to. It is NOT a sign that it is God we belong to if we keep another secular day. It is THE Seventh day that was added to the week for this ONE and ONLY purpose. It cannot move or end as it is part of a much bigger plan that Christians need to open their hearts and spiritual minds to.
We find in the Bible that the number SEVEN to God represents perfection and completeness. On the other hand, man was created on day SIX and this number represents the worship of man, the number of man and signifies his rebellion, imperfection, works and disobedience. The image that Nebuchadnezzar made in rebellion to God was 60 cubits high, six cubits wide and when the other dimension is not given it is the same as the width. This means this man made image had the dimensions of 666. The number THREE represents the God head and so triple six represents something very wrong.
If this very special Commandment, the Seventh day Sabbath, were abolished at the cross then we would no longer need the Seventh day of the week and therefore God would have changed our week back to SIX days representing man and no longer perfection and completeness. Would God change the days of the week to a number representing man and not perfection and completeness? Not a chance! The Seventh day is here to stay and was added for no other purpose. Number SEVEN and the Seventh day is very significant in more ways than one and is something we need to try and understand. Napoleon knew the significance of this and hated Christianity which is also part of why he ended the Popes rule and tried to change to a ten day week. His attempt at doing so obviously failed. Due to the significance and importance of a SEVEN day week, God no doubt had his hand on this situation as well to ensure it did not come to pass.
There are now over 500 different denominations of Sabbath keeping Churches that keep the Seventh day Sabbath, but why does most of the remainder of the Christian World have literally hundreds of different reasons for NOT keeping the true Sabbath? How many reasons do you think there should be as to why the very law that God spoke and wrote in person has been reduced to nine Commandments? One might imagine one or two reasons, but I have been given more than a hundred. This absolutely ridiculous number of excuses can only be possible if the enemy is desperate to convince us that this day has no significance. If Christians don’t start opening their minds to the significance and truth of this one Commandment then many will perish in the end as the book of Revelation tells us when it says the whole world will be deceived.
Revelation 13:12 says, “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.”
Is the entire world truly and literally going to bow down and worship the Catholic Church? That is just not feasible, logical or possible. So what does this verse actually mean? Looking at this from a different angle for a moment, how is it that we show it is God we obey and worship and hence give our allegiance to? In reference to God feeding His people with manna in the wilderness, for forty years God worked three miracles every week to show Israel which day was holy. 1) No manna fell on the seventh day. 2) They could not keep it overnight without spoilage, but 3) when they kept it over the Sabbath, it remained sweet and fresh. What did God do to see if His children would keep His Commandments?
Exodus 16:4 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”
God wanted to find if they would obey Him and keep ALL of His Commandments and laws, and how did God do that? He tested their allegiance to Him by seeing if they would keep His Seventh day Sabbath or not. The Sabbath was the test Commandment to see if they would obey God and worship Him alone. Did they pass the test?
Exodus 16:28 “And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse you to keep my Commandments and my laws?”
They failed to keep the Sabbath on the seventh day as instructed by God as miserably as most do today and He accused them of breaking ALL His Commandments and laws. This is very significant. It is a SIGN that it is God we obey and worship by keeping this one Commandment. It proves our allegiance to Him. This is the only Commandment that defines that it is God the Creator that we do worship. Here are some of the scriptures that show the Sabbath is a sign that it is God we love, obey and worship and that it is God that sanctifies and makes us Holy when we keep His weekly Sabbaths.
Ezekiel 20:12 “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.”
Ezekiel 20:20 “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.”
Exodus 31:16-17 “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a PERPETUAL covenant. 17 It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel FOREVER: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
Does this perpetual covenant that is a SIGN forever, (Exodus 31:13-17) apply only to the Israel of God? Today there is an Israel of the flesh (1 Corinthians 10:18) and an Israel of God, Galatians 6:16. The Israel of the flesh are those that are Jews by birth. The Israel of God is anyone who belongs to Christ and is under the New Covenant. If we are Christ’s then we are spiritual Jews and the Israel of God. If we reject this truth then we cannot be under the New Covenant. Observe below who the New Covenant was ONLY made with. This came into effect when the Jews rejected God’s message from Stephen (Acts 6:8-7:60) and stoned him. See also Romans 2:28-29, Romans 9:6-8 and Galatians 3:28-29.
Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
America already has blue laws for Sunday worship already in place in most states and something we will go into more detail later. Some crisis in earth’s final history will no doubt bring about a new world order that will cause a reuniting of Church and State (two horns, Revelation 13:11-12) as in the dark ages. As a result these blue laws will be enforced and accepted as being for our benefit. So how will the world be made to worship the Papacy? In exactly the same way we prove our allegiance to God. By worshipping on the day that Satan instituted through his agent the Papacy. When you worship on their day, you give your allegiance to the enemy who gave them their “power, seat and great authority” (Revelation 13:2) for this purpose. This is total rebellion against God and why it carries the wrath of God (Revelation 14:9-11). By worshiping on the Seventh day, it proves that we walk in God’s laws and that we are giving our allegiance to Him.
Revelation 14 is unmistakably about whom we worship and keeping God’s Commandments. It is easy to see if you truly love God with all your heart, might and soul. So does the fourth Commandment and the day matter? Even if you don’t fully understand it, you better believe it’s very important to God. We need to understand that we demonstrate our worship to God by our love and obedience. Isn’t love and obedience through faith what is important to God? Who are we going to give our allegiance to? Are we going to keep the day that Satan desires to be worshipped on or the day that God added to the week that is also a memorial of creation and a day that defines that it is God we Worship and belong to? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
When God gave the Ten Commandments in fiery majesty, He had purpose in every Commandment. Not one was intended to change. Each and every one are to last as long as heaven and earth. If you study the table below you should see the bigger picture and why Satan changed the day through paganism.
God’s True Church
The Apostate Church
|Clothed with the sun. God, Church is light
(1 John 1:5, Matthew 5:14)
|Clothed in purple and scarlet. Sin, Corruption (Revelation 17:3, Isaiah 1:18)|
|The remnant Church, from the original
|Mother of Harlots, other Churches came from her (Revelation 17:5)|
|It is God who wants the Worship and receives it (Revelation 14:7)||It is Satan who wants the worship and receives it (Revelation 13:4)|
|Christ is the head of the Church
|Man is the head of the Church
(Catholic Church quote 1, quote 2)
|Christ is its power and authority
|Satan gave it its power and authority
|Based on scripture
(Acts 17:11, 1 John 2:5)
|Based on Tradition
(Catholic Church quote, Mark 7:6-9)
|Keeps God’s Commandments
(Revelation 12:17, 14:12)
|Changed God’s Commandments
|Worships God only
(Keeps 2nd Commandment)
|Worships Idols and Mary
(2nd Commandment deleted)
|Keeps God’s true Sabbath day of Worship
|Changed the Sabbath to Satan’s day of Worship
(Catholic Church quote 1, 2)
|True day of Worship is based on the Word
|False day of worship comes from Paganism
(Historic Quote 1, Quote 2)
|True day comes from worship of the Son of God
(Exodus 31:13-17, Isaiah 58:13-14)
|False day came from worship of the Sun god
|Our allegiance is to God when we worship on His holy day (Ezekiel 20:20, Exodus 31:13-17, Revelation 14:7)||Our allegiance is to Satan when we worship on their day (Hover or click here, Revelation 13:2, Revelation 13:4)|
|Jesus is the capstone
(Matthew 21:42, 1 Peter 2:7)
|Satan through Paganism is the capstone
|Does not commit fornication
(Revelation 12:17, 14:12)
|Commits spiritual fornication
(Revelation 14:8; 17:2, 4; 18:3, 9)
|Works on destroying the powers of Satan
|Satan through her tried to destroy God’s true Church (Revelation 13:7, Daniel 7:25)|
|Preaches the 3 angels messages
One warns of the Mark of the Beast
|Does not preach the 3 angels messages
The MARK of the Beast is her MARK
|Reigns with Christ for ever and ever
|Destroyed by God and thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20)|
Many have been led to believe that the mark of the beast must be an implanted computer chip such as a biochip or verichip, partially because the KJV Bible states that the mark is in the hand or in the forehead. The mark of the beast is Satan’s counterfeit for the mark of God which is called His seal. Is the mark or seal of God a computer chip or some other technology? Of course not. It is symbolic as is the mark of the beast. As the mark of the beast is symbolic, “in” or “on” is not relevant but for the sake of clearing up this misconception, we will discuss this speculation that scripture says is not allowed or necessary. Below you will find three of the scriptures concerned. The Strong’s number for the word that the KJV Bible has translated as “in” is G1909 and I have given the Thayer definition below as it is easier to understand. You will note that the word “in” does not even qualify for a mention.
Thayer Definition: G1909 epi
1) upon, on, at, by, before.
2) of position, on, at, by, over, against.
3) to, over, on, at, across, against.
The Greek word 1909 “epi” means “upon or on” and you will also note that exactly the same Greek word (1909) is used in all these verses and the KJV Bible actually did get it correct in just one place in the latter part of Revelation 20:4. There you will note they translated exactly the same Greek word “1909” as “upon” which is correct.
Revelation 13:16 “And2532 he causeth4160 all,3956 both small3398 and2532 great,3173 (2532) rich4145 and2532 poor,4434, (2532) free1658 and2532 bond,1401 to2443 receive1325, 846 a mark5480 in1909 their848 right1188 hand,5495 or2228 in1909 their848 foreheads:3359”
Revelation 14:9 “And2532 the third5154 angel32 followed190 them,846 saying3004 with1722 a loud3173 voice,5456 If any man1536 worship4352 the3588 beast2342 and2532 his848 image,1504 and2532 receive2983 his mark5480 in1909 his848 forehead,3359 or2228 in1909 his848 hand,5495”
Revelation 20:4 “And2532 I saw1492 thrones,2362 and2532 they sat2523 upon1909 them,846 and2532 judgment2917 was given1325 unto them:846 and2532 I saw the3588 souls5590 of them that were beheaded3990 for1223 the3588 witness3141 of Jesus,2424 and2532 for1223 the3588 word3056 of God,2316 and2532 which3748 had not3756 worshiped4352 the3588 beast,2342 neither3777 his846 image,1504 neither2532, 3756 had received2983 his mark5480 upon1909 their848 foreheads,3359 or2532 in1909 their848 hands;5495 and2532 they lived2198 and2532 reigned936 with3326 Christ5547 a thousand5507 years.2094”
Matthew 6:10 “Thy4675 kingdom932 come.2064 Thy4675 will2307 be done1096 in1909 earth,1093 as5613 it is in1722 heaven.3772”
You will note that the translators of the KJV Bible made this mistake in more than one place. In Matthew 6:10 from the Lord’s prayer, we find it should be “ON” Earth not “IN” Earth. Almost all other translations got this right as they did also in reference to on hand or on forehead. Note the NKJV Bible translation below which has it translated correctly.
Revelation 14:9 “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,”
One could say that this still does not rule out a microchip. The fact is the Bible does not specifically say at all what the mark is. It does not say it is a chip implant, a barcode or some card system or anything else. Without reasonably clear scriptural support, it is all speculation. We are however given some clear clues on what it is related to. So what information do we have that might indicate that it is not a microchip? Look at the verses again that reference the mark.
Revelation 14:9 “...If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark…”
Revelation 14:11 “…who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Revelation 15:2 “…and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name…”
Revelation 16:2 “…which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”
Revelation 19:20 “…the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image…”
All these verse are associated with the beast (Catholic Church) or its representative (the Pope). It is the MARK of the Catholic Church. Is technology the mark of the Catholic Church? Not at all. It’s possible that microchip implants or some other type of technology might be used to control buying and selling but technology does not fit the mark of the beast given the above verses. The Catholic Church has enforced many things by death over the centuries but it was never technology, it was ALWAYS their religious viewpoint that was enforced by death and Revelation says that it will be again.
One time (Revelation 14:11) it’s called “the mark of His Name”
Two times (Revelation 16:2; 19:20) it’s called “the mark of the Beast”
Three times (Revelation 14:9; 15:2; 20:4) it’s called “His Mark.”
So we know that the mark is associated somehow with his name and his number and the number 666 is the number of a man. As seen previously, the Pope fits this criterion perfectly. We now have at least three things which lean away from the theory of it just being a chip or similar technology. What we also know is that “buying and selling” is NOT just for those that have the MARK, but ALSO for those that have the NAME of the beast, or the NUMBER of his name.
Revelation 13:17-18 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ”
This is not just an issue of some symbolic mark which we will give even more scriptural evidence supporting this soon. The very clear issue is also not to receive their mark or their name or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17 clearly shows THREE reasons why a person can’t “buy or sell.” It says, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he…”
One time (Revelation 14:11) it’s called “the mark of His Name”
Two times (Revelation 16:2; 19:20) it’s called “the mark of the Beast”
Three times (Revelation 14:9; 15:2; 20:4) it’s called “His Mark.”
So even if you do NOT have the “MARK OF THE BEAST” but you have the NAME or the NUMBER you are still able to “buy or sell.” When all these factors are taken into consideration, it shows that the mark itself cannot be some form of technology. The evidence is clearly that it is symbolic and is to do with the fact that they changed God’s laws on worship, which Daniel 7:25 says they would. They deleted the second Commandment (idolatry) and changed the fourth (Sabbath) and as we have unmistakably seen, those that do NOT get the mark worship God only and keep His Commandments.
Do both these laws relate to the mark? Another way we can still incur the wrath of God is by not just having the mark of the beast but also for worshipping it. Does everyone remember what happened when Pope John died? Literally millions of people lined up for days to look upon a dead Pope. Never before have I ever seen one man get so much worship let alone a DEAD man. It dominated television for weeks and got the attention of the whole world. Look at what the latter part of Revelation 13:3 says, “…and all the world wondered after the beast.” Isn’t this what happened when the Pope died? The entire world wondered after the Catholic Church at this time?
Isn’t the Pope the only religious person that the President of the United States has ever bowed down too and kneeled before? Isn’t this idolatry at its worst? No man should be worshipped. Revelation 14:9 shows the consequences are just the same if you worship the Catholic Church or its representative the Pope. This also takes away from the issue of the mark and the number as being associated with a computer chip or any other form of technology as worship of the Pope receives exactly the same consequences from God.
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,” (Remember the forehead and hand is also symbolic. The forehead represents the mind and the hand represents ones actions. (Exodus 13:9, 16; Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18)
What do we actually know for certain about 666 and the mark of the beast?
1) We know the mark comes from the beast, which represents the Roman Catholic Church.
2) We also know that 666 is the number of a man (Revelation 13:18) which is associated or a representative of the beast. (Roman Catholic Church) This can only be the Pope and as shown earlier meets the criteria perfectly. See the origin of 666 the number of the beast.
3) Those who worship Jesus Christ as Creator DO NOT get the mark. Revelation 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.” Remember the Sabbath is a memorial of creation and sign that it is God alone we worship. Note also how Revelation 14:7 above references the fourth Commandment which the Greek Lexicons also point out. Exodus 20:11 “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.”
4) Those that worship the Beast DO receive the mark and God’s wrath. 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,”
5) Those that keep God’s Commandments DO NOT receive the mark and avoid the wrath of God. Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Are you beginning to see a pattern here? If you worship God and keep His Commandments you DO NOT receive the mark or the wrath of God. If you worship the beast, which breaks God’s second and fourth Commandment, then you DO receive their mark and incur the wrath of God. One group keeps the Commandments and the other group does not.
In Daniel 3:16-28 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace but God was with them through the persecution and in this case took them safely through it. They refused to disobey God’s second Commandment. There is obviously a strong link here to obedience to God and who we Worship in regards to the mark. Remember it was the breaking of God’s Commandments that got this world into this mess in the first place.
The Bible often refers to times of patience with times of suffering. Revelation 13:10 speaks of the “patient of the saints” after they endured the 1260 years of persecution from the Roman Catholic Church which is the first Beast. As stated earlier, 50 - 150 million Christians were tortured and murdered. Revelation 14:12 is the verse following the mark of the beast warning, and the “patience of the saints” as those who will endure through the second time of persecution from the Roman Catholic Church and still keep God’s Commandments. These are those who truly trust and love God.
Revelation 13:10 “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.”
In Revelation 14:9-11 we see in what we will call group one, the consequences for those who worshipped the beast and so received the mark of the beast. Remember this is the mark of the Catholic Church. And what is their mark?
Revelation 14:9-11 “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.”
Again we see how God’s people will have to endure a time of tribulation from the Beast yet again by the statement “Here is the patience of the saints.” You will note in the next consecutive verse we see in what we will now call group two, a very special characteristic of this group compared to group one in which group two keep the Commandments of God despite the persecution for not worshipping the beast or receiving their mark. These are truly God’s faithful children.
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
The Papacy enforced Sunday worship through the dark ages and persecuted millions of Christians that they called heretics. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us the second beast will give power back to the first beast and force all to worship the first beast (Papacy). They deleted the second Commandment and they want our worship which breaks this Commandment. They mock Protestants today for keeping their day rather than God’s and they changed the Sabbath and murdered millions the first time, until they received a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3) in 1798 when Napoleon’s General Berthier put the Papacy out of action. Verse 3 also says that this wound will be healed. For the wound to be fully healed they need to be as they were before the wound. This was when they were persecuting millions of Christians as heretics falsely. The Bible also clearly says that they are coming back. (Revelation 13:11-12) Do you think they will do it again given that chance? If we really think the Papacy won’t enforce Sunday worship again as they did before then we are very much dreaming. If we obey the Catholic Church and worship on their day, we are again breaking one of God’s Commandments. But not only that, it is the Commandment that is SIGN that defines who we belong to and DO worship.
The first Sunday law was enforced by Emperor Constantine in March, 321 A.D. when he joined the Roman Catholic Church. The big question is, will history repeat itself? The Bible says yes. The following is the historical quote of this first Sunday Law. “On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” Source: Codex Justinianus, lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol.3 (5th ed.; New York: Scribner, 1902), p.380, note 1.
The following quote informs us why this first Sunday law was enacted and it has nothing to with any instruction noted from scripture but was done as a result of paganism that entered the Church through Constantine. Constantine joined the Church as a result of what he believed to be divine vision of a cross in the sky which had accompanying words. As a result he marched his pagan army through the Jordon river claiming they were now baptized. They went in dry pagans and came out wet pagans. You will note the change was done entirely in favour of Sun worship. “The Church made a sacred day of Sunday ... largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance.” Source: Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity, p. 145. Copyright 1928 by G. p. Putnam's Sons, New York.
After Constantine’s first Sunday law, the Roman Catholic Church continued enforcing Sunday law in Europe for more than a further 1,000 years. Sunday laws were also enforced in England for centuries. Amazingly, this practice was continued in colonial America. In the 1600s, if you lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, or Connecticut, you were required by law to attend church on Sunday. Disobedience was punished by heavy fines, whipping, confinement in a cage, and in some cases, even by death. Hence colonial Protestant America still followed Constantine and the Catholic Church in the uniting of church and state, and enforcing Sunday laws.
The American Revolution resulted in complete separation from England and in the forming of a new nation. The American Constitution and the Bill of Rights fully established the doctrine of religious freedom. The First Amendment now denies the right of government to enforce religion. The Statue of Liberty at the entrance to New York harbour remains a monument against Rome and against the history of religious persecution in Europe. So in the United States Church is separate from the state. Both have their place and both remain free. Yet history reveals that Protestant America has never completely cut loose from the City of Seven Hills, from the Vatican itself.
On May 21, 1888, a New Hampshire Christian senator introduced the following bill into the fiftieth Congress, “Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that no person, or corporation, or the agent, servant, or the employee of any person or corporation, shall perform or authorize to be performed any secular work ... on the first day of the week, commonly known as the Lord’s day” (The National Sunday Law, Arguments of Alonzo T. Jones before the United States Senate Committee on Education and Labor at Washington, D.C., December 13, 1888. 1889, p. v.). The whole purpose of this bill was to produce enforced Sunday keeping nationwide, and this proposed legislation had the support of Christian Churches across America. But this was just groundwork for future legislation and the Blair Sunday bill was finally ruled unconstitutional, and it died in committee. Watch a re-enactment of this Sunday Law Debate.
Bible prophecy predicts that what happened in Europe leading to the forming of the Beast power that resulted in 1260 dark years of Papal rule will eventually happen in America leading to the “image of the beast.” Rome was disintegrating In the fourth century and Constantine decided that the solution to the problem was to unite the government of Caesar with the Roman Catholic Church and to enforce the keeping of Sunday. Something similar will happen again. During some future crisis that will result in people becoming very religious, Protestant America will conclude that the only solution to the national emergency will be to unite the Church with the federal government and enforce the keeping of Sunday.
Pope John Paul II issued an extensive pastoral letter on May 31, 1998, Dies Domini (The Day of the Lord), which contained a passionate appeal for the revival of Sunday observance. The Pope said the prevailing neglect of Sunday reflects a spiritual crisis inside the Catholic Church and within Christianity in general. Notice his words: “The Lord’s Day has structured the history of the Church through two thousand years: how could we think that it will not continue to shape the future?” Shockingly, the Pope then urged world governments to enforce Sunday laws! “In the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” Such statements are right in line with this official Vatican position, “Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal holidays” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 528. 1994.)
The founder of the Christian Coalition Pat Robertson also shares this view. In his best selling book, The New World Order, he correctly emphasizes the need for America to come back to God. His book envisions a time when this will occur. But he also writes: “The next obligation that a citizen of God’s world order owes is to himself. ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,’ is a command for the personal benefit of each citizen. ... Only when people are permitted to rest from their labors, to meditate on God, to consider His way, to dream of a better world can there be progress and genuine human betterment ... Laws in America that mandated a day of rest from incessant commerce have been nullified as a violation of the separation of church and state” (Pat Robertson, The New World Order, p. 236. 1991).
Pat Robertson is envisioning an America that has returned to God. As part of this new world order, he also sees an America that is keeping the Sabbath, but by the Sabbath, he in fact means Sunday. He then looks back to the days of colonial America when Sunday was enforced by law. He wants to see this again. He says what is stopping Sunday laws from being enforced is the separation of church and state, which, he has concluded, is really a doctrine of the liberal left. This is a mistake. The founding fathers separated government and religion as a reaction to the Church of Rome and in favour of inalienable rights. As we have seen, the Catholic Church is against the separation of Church and state and is in favour of Sunday laws. When Protestants attack the separation of Church and state and at the same time seek for Sunday laws, “They know not what they do.” What they will be doing is lining up with the Catholic Church and preparing the way for the image of the beast and for the enforcement of their mark.
“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat its mistakes.” It already happened in Europe. The Roman Empire was falling apart, so Constantine decided to unite the government of Caesar with the Roman Catholic Church and to enforce the keeping of Sunday. This helped form the beast, and it will happen again in America. Our country is now sinking in the quicksand of sin, and immorality is raging out of control. Like the approaching footsteps of a midnight thief, the final crisis is coming. In a soon coming dramatic hour of desperation, prophecy predicts America will reject over two hundred years of freedom. Sincere, yet misguided Christians will take the reins of government. The appropriate separation of government and religion will disappear as Protestant America forms an image of the Roman Catholic Church. In a final attempt to bring America back to God, Sunday observance will once again be enforced by law. But this time, the enforcement will be universal. Protestants, Catholics, and even the apparitions of Mary, will all be united in this. The reasons will sound good and the movement will look Christian, and it will seem like our only hope. But deep in the midst of these turbulent waters will be Satan himself. He will have finally pulled off his ultimate masterpiece of delusion. He will have led Christians, in the name of the Lamb, to enforce the mark of the beast. Those who refuse to cooperate will not be able to buy or sell. This is not some fictitious issue and it will apply to you and me.
When the mark of the beast is finally enforced by law all around the world, the Good Shepherd will call His faithful sheep and during the fateful crisis, there will be sincere Protestants and Catholics everywhere who have never really understood the important issues. The Spirit of the Almighty God will speak to their hearts. The three angels’ messages will be read in print, and will heard from television, radio, the pulpit, the World Wide Web and even via satellite. People will have a chance to learn the real truth. Christ will be lifted up and His cross will be seen, and the actual cause of His death will be more deeply understood by Christians. Why did Jesus die? The Bible says, “Christ died for our sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:3. What is sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. Simply put the pieces together. Jesus Christ died because we have broken the Ten Commandments, including the forgotten one, which says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8. Therefore Jesus Christ our Creator also died because we broke His very significant Sabbath day!
During this final crisis surrounding this 666 and the mark of the beast issue, it will be understood that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and the Maker of all life. The Sabbath will be presented as the special day that it is, which uniquely reveals Jesus and His love for His own horribly lost world. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8). People will then be brought face to face with the core issue that will ultimately decide their destiny. Will they worship Jesus Christ, the Creator and keep the Commandments of God? Or will they worship the beast and his image and receive his mark? Humanity will have reached the final crossroads. Heaven’s clock will have struck the midnight moment. The last hour of decision will have come. During those closing seconds, the seventh day Sabbath will represent our allegiance to Jesus Christ, the Maker of all life, while Sunday will represent allegiance to Rome and their agent the devil himself.
Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” John 14:15. The whole heart of the issue is our love for Jesus our Lord and saviour. Out of sincere appreciation for His grace and for the magnitude of His sacrifice for the sins of all humanity, Jesus Christ’s true followers will fully take their stand on the Lord’s side, no matter what the cost. The three angels’ messages will be and are clear. Those who accept the gospel and embrace the Lamb, worship the Creator, and keep His Commandments will not receive the mark of the beast. This is what the Bible says! The third angel’s message describes God’s final apocalyptic people in the following way. “Here is the patience [endurance] of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. Parenthesis added.
During planet Earth’s last and final crisis, when the mark of the beast is globally enforced by law and after someone truly sees the real core issue but still chooses to believe in Papal Rome’s secular Sunday instead of the Holy Bible Sabbath of Jesus Christ, then and only then, will God Almighty look into the inner recesses of that persons mind and consider that person to have the mark in the forehead. Those who don’t believe in Sunday keeping, but still choose to go along with it because of the intense economic and social pressure to conform, they will receive the mark in their right hand. Those who endure and reject the use of force and choose to follow the Lamb, keeping the Sabbath no matter what the cost will be revealing their supreme loyalty to the great Creator of heaven and earth. They have the name of God in their foreheads.
Remember the importance of worship in regards to the mark of the beast? We can see conclusively that worshipping God and not the beast and keeping His Commandments is related to the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:12) and this would also include the second Commandment. The Sabbath defines who we DO worship which the Papal Church changed and say is a MARK of their authority and hence the central issue. But where else in the Bible do we find such an example?
In the third chapter of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar makes an image of gold with the dimensions of 60 cubits high, plus 6 cubits wide and 6 deep  that he commanded all to bow down and worship. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not disobey God’s Commandment and refused to obey the king. The king therefore threw them into a blazing furnace that was heated seven times hotter than usual. The King in amazement said, “Why do I see four men walking around in the fire? They are not tied up, and they show no sign of being hurt and the fourth is like that of the Son of God. Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! They disobeyed my command and risked their lives rather than bow down and worship any god except their own. There is no other god who can rescue like this.” As a result, the king promoted them to higher positions in Babylon.
Here is the perfect and most beautiful example of true obedience to God. This is an example God has given us, which is a parallel of the mark of the beast issue in Revelation Chapters 13 and 14 that demonstrates how we should respond in Earths final days, that is, we should obey God rather than man and not worship the Beast or his image. So do we worship on the Pope’s day specified by the beast and receive the mark of the beast, or on the day God commanded and receive the Mark of God being His Seal? Do you love the “praise of men” more than the praise of God? Or do you have the FAITH and the COURAGE to obey God’s Commandments, even if you were to lose your job and perhaps some of your friends or even your own life as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were prepared to do? The choice should be simple.
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