Who is the beast that enforces the mark?

A sensible approach to understanding 666 and the mark of the beast would be to first identify who the beast is so we can then establish what 666 and their Mark is. So let’s start with the origins of antichrist. John said that in his time there were MANY Antichrists and anyone that denies Jesus came in the flesh is antichrist. 2 John 1:7. This for example would include a Church that denies Jesus came in the flesh by saying that Christ took on the sinless nature of Mary’s flesh. It may shock you to know that John said the origin of antichrist was from the early Church. 1 John 2:18-19Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from US, but they were not of US; for if they had been of US, they would no doubt have continued with US: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of US.” John is warning us that antichrist was part of the early Church that he and the other disciples established but went out on there own and formed their own Church. This is not an individual although could be headed by an individual, especially when you consider that Revelation 13:18 says that 666 is the number of a man heading this beast power. John is also pointing out that Antichrist means in place of Christ and not just against Christ. So who claims to be God on Earth and places himself in place of Christ? Which Church broke away from the early Church and makes this blasphemous claim?

Daniel 7 unlocks Revelation 13 and reveals who the beast is

When Bible prophecy is symbolic in nature, the well known and proven day for a year principle is applied as demonstrated by Luke 13:32-33, Ezekiel 4:6, and Numbers 14:34. See also commentary on Daniel 7:25 under “Until a time and…

Beginning with Daniel 7:3, we find Daniel in vision and he sees “four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” Four beasts from the seaThese four beasts were like a lion (Babylon), a bear (Medo-Persia), a leopard (Greece) with four heads (Alexanders four generals that took over when he died suddenly) and some dreadful, terrible beast (Rome) that had ten horns. Some privately speculate that the Beast is Satan which is easily proved wrong by Revelation 20:10-11 which says, “And the DEVIL that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the BEAST and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Since we are told not to speculate, what does the Bible say a Beast is? Daniel 7:23 states, “The fourth beast (Rome) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

Daniel 7:24 informs us that “the ten horns out of this kingdom (Rome) are ten kings (divided Europe) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” When the Roman Empire collapsed it divided into ten kingdoms. The king that subdued three of these ten kingdoms is called the little horn in Daniel 7:8 because it is a small kingdom and history reveals that the three of the ten kingdoms it destroyed were the Vandals the Heruli and the Ostrogoths. History already proves beyond doubt that this diverse kingdom was a religious political power that was responsible for their demise because they opposed them. Do you know who this little horn is yet which is synonymous with the beast enforcing the mark? Daniel 7:25 informs us this little horn power would “speak great words against the most High [God]” and oppress God’s people and most importantly it states that he will think to change times and laws. What power changed the law of God? This is a very significant statement that many do not even stop to consider but is of the utmost importance and we are warned of this change with very good reason. Most Christians are keeping this law unknowingly in reverence to the beast power and the majority of Christians have absolutely no idea.

Moving now to Revelation Chapter 13, we see something really incredible. John in his vision sees exactly the same thing that Daniel saw as a composite beast. Note how it matches Daniel seven precisely. It says that a beast (kingdom government or political power) with seven heads and ten horns rises out of the sea with a crown upon each horn (ten kings) and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Verse 2 goes on to say the beast was like unto a leopard and feet of a bear and mouth of a lion (same four beasts) and that the dragon (Satan) gave this beast his power, his throne, and his vast authority. Verse 3 through 6 then states that one of the seven heads (head representing the Papacy) had received a fatal wound (causing death) but his deadly wound was healed and all the world would wonder after the beast and they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast and they worshipped the beast also. The beast was allowed to make proud claims which were insulting to God, and it was permitted to have authority for 42 months. Daniel 7:25 says, “a time (1 year) and times (2 years) and the dividing of time (half a year = total 3.5 years * 12 Months = 42 months)” which of course is the same period of time. (Bible time works in lunar months which = 30 days * 42 months = 1260 days and using the day for a year rule = 1260 years). It opened its mouth and uttered blasphemies against God and blasphemed his name and his residence, i.e., those who are living in heaven. Verse 7 states that it was also allowed to fight against God’s people and defeat them, and it was given authority over every tribe, nation, language and race.

How many countries have beasts that represent their country? For example; Australia has the Kangaroo and America, the Bald Eagle. God has done the same thing with symbolic Bible prophecy and has used beasts to represent kingdoms. This is seen in Daniel 7:17 and 7:23 where the Bible clearly identifies a Beast as a kingdom or government or a political power and does not mean something beastly as many assume. After the severest persecution in A.D. 321, Constantine who was a pagan became Caesar in Rome and he saw the balance of power shifting from paganism to the Church. So in 321 A.D. Constantine passed the first law enforcing Sunday worship. Previously there had never been a law enforcing Sunday observance. Two years later Constantine joined the Catholic Church and so now we had a mingling of paganism with the Church. In order to control the eastern and western halves of his empire, Constantine moved his empire from Rome to Byzantium by building a city there, which he named Constantinople after himself and thus transferred his headquarters over to Constantinople leaving Rome vacant. As a result the Papal Church moved in and sat on the throne of Caesar and so the Church took over Rome. This explains what Revelation 13:2 means, “and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” The dragon as previously stated represents Satan. See Revelation 12:9 and 20:2.

Revelation 13:5 says this first beast would also blaspheme God. Luke 5:21 reads, “And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

Today in the Catholic Church they allege that every Priest has power to forgive sins. Catholic Quote: “To pardon a single sin requires all the omnipotence of God... The Jews justly said: ‘Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ But what only GOD can do by His omnipotence, the PRIEST can ALSO do by saying ‘Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis’ [I absolve you from your sin].— Alphonsus de Liguori, Dignity and Duties of the Priest, pages 34-35.

No man on Earth can forgive sins. As for power, Elizabeth I defied the Pope and he sent word to all Catholics in England not to obey the Queen. Henry of Germany offended the Pope and he had to stand barefoot in the snow for three days to pay penance to the Pope before he would forgive him.

The Papacy also regularly make claims to take the place of God on Earth, which is clearly according to the Word of God blasphemous. John 10:33 says, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, makest thyself God.” As stated previously, the beast makes many blasphemous claims and this is another Biblical definition for blasphemy and criteria for identifying the beast enforcing the mark.

Remember that the apostle John demonstrated that antichrist came from the early Church and he also demonstrated that antichrist was in place of God. Does the Pope put himself in place of Christ, and hence match the definition of antichrist?

We hold upon this earth the place of God almighty.— Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Letter, June 20, 1894.

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

The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.— Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous.”

Revelation 13:7 says the beast would fight against God’s people and defeat them. This coming statement is not intended to foster any ill towards another as this would be contrary to Christian teaching and not only that but over the centuries, many wonderful Christian people from the Catholic Church have done many outstanding deeds. But truth is truth and the sad truth is the Roman Catholic Church murdered and tortured between 50 and 150 million people as heretics. Watch an example true story of this on a Death in Red Square and why.

Who do the Catholic Church say are heretics?
Heretics (those who are not members of the Catholic Church or who do not hold to Catholic doctrine) worship a God who is a liar, and a Christ who is a liar.— St. Augustine, (quoted in “Patrologiae Cursus Completus: Series Graca”, by Fr. J. P. Migne, Paris: 1866, 42:207).

How does the Papal Church say they should deal with heretics?
When confronted with heresy, she (Catholic Church) does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.— The Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, H.M.A. Baudrillart, quoted in The Catholic Church, The Renassance, and Protestantism, p 182-183.

A heretic merits the pains of fire....By the Gospel, the canons, civil law, and custom, heretics must be burned.— The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).

What about this mysterious number 666 that sends a shiver down the spine of so many people when they hear or see it, as they conceive it as being the devils number. Is 666 really the devils number? The book of Revelation says that 666 is the number of his name and that it is the number of a man. Revelation 13:16-18 reads, “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.” The word translated “count” in the verse eighteen above means to count, compute, calculate or reckon according to the Thayer dictionary.

So 666 is the number of a mans name and Revelation says that this man is the head of this antichrist beast power. Since the beast power is the Papal Church, it is not hard to work out who the most prominent man of this system is. The Pope wears a triple tiered crown which signifies he is the king of Heaven and Earth and Purgatory. This of course is obviously wrong. There is a King of Kings and His name is Jesus Christ our Lord. He is King of Heaven and King of Earth and since there is no purgatory, that one can go to the Bishop of Rome. On the original crown are inscribed the words in Latin, the Papal title “VICARIUS FILII DEI”, which means “Vicar of Christ” or Substitute for Christ, which is synonymous with Antichrist, i.e., assuming the power of God on earth. The literal meaning of each word of this Papal title is as follows: VICARIUS - substituting for, or in place of, FILII - means son and DEI - means God. They now deny that this was ever a Papal title but the evidence though it is no longer blatantly obvious, does still exist. Here is one of their very own quotes.

Question:What are the letters supposed to be in the Pope’s crown, and what do they signify if anything?
Answer:The letters inscribed in the Pope's mitre are these: Vicarius Filii Dei, which is the Latin for Vicar of the Son of God. Catholics hold that the Church which is a visible society must have a visible head. Christ, before His ascension into heaven, appointed St. Peter to act as His representative. Upon the death of Peter the man who succeeded to the office of Peter as Bishop of Rome, was recognized as the head of the Church. Hence to the Bishop of Rome, as head of the Church, was given the title ‘Vicar of Christ.’ Enemies of the Papacy denounce this title as a malicious assumption. But the Bible informs us that Christ did not only give His Church authority to teach, but also to rule. Laying claim to the authority to rule in Christ’s spiritual kingdom, in Christ’s stead, is not a whit more malicious than laying claim to the authority to teach in Christ’s name. And this every Christian minister does.— Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly), April 18, 1915, thirteenth question under "Bureau of Information,” p. 3, (on page 2 appears “sanctions for the editor” from Pope Pius X, dated May 17, 1914; from the Apostolic Delegate, John Bonzano, dated April 27, 1913; and from J. H. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne, Ind., dated March 29, 1912).

Some that oppose this truth say it was manufactured by the largest Sabbath keeping Church today but you might be surprised to know that the knowledge of 666 being the number of the Pope is not new. This was common knowledge by many of the early Protestants since about 1620 which is more than 200 hundred years before this Church existed. You can always guarantee there will be opposition to all truth as the enemy will do every thing in his power to ensure that truth does not become popular or common knowledge. Please note that there are other names that also add up to 666 as you would expect but the fact that this one does in conjunction with all the other evidence is what makes the truth conclusive as all the criteria is met. See the mark of the beast and the origin of 666 to discover the origins of that mysterious number 666.

Pope Pius IX Crown
V=5 F=0 D=500
I=1 I=1 E=0
C=100 L=50 I=1
A=0 I=1
R=0 I=1
___ __ ___
Total   112 +     53 +     501 =   666

Above is a Papal tiara that was presented to Pius IX by Belgium in 1871. Select the picture of the tiara to view full size or here for a cropped version. The complete inscription including text on the unseen sides is: IESV CHRISTI VICARIO INFALLIBILI ORBIS SVPREMO IN TERRA RECTORI REGVM ATQVE POPVLORVM PATRI which translates to: To the Infallible Vicar of Jesus Christ To the Supreme Governor of the World on Earth To the Father of Nations and Kings.

However, this newly elected Pope had no real power until 1929 when a man in Italy called Benito Mussolini signs the concordatMussolini signed a concordat in Rome giving back to the Pope, not the whole city but over 100 acres which is now known as the Vatican, and so the healing of the deadly wound continues. As a result, the Bible says, “the whole world wondered after the beast.” This picture shows Benito Mussolini reading his credentials prior to signing the Lateran Treaty on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III. Cardinal Gasparri (person seated), signed on behalf of Pope Pius XI. American Presidents have bowed before the Pope but they have never bowed before the head of any other Church.

With the arrival of the printing press in the 15th century and the resulting explosion of Bibles accessible in the common language from many Protestant sources, it became readily evident to those who could now study the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation particularly, that Bible prophecy identified by the use of symbols, a persecuting apostate Church generally known as antichrist. If we list the many characteristics of antichrist, the following becomes readily apparent. Select to see Prophecy Charts and more information that identifies the Antichrist.

1. It would rise to be a great power after the fall of the pagan Roman Empire (after 476 A.D.)
2. It would geographically be a small nation. (a little horn)
3. It would uproot three of the ten kingdoms the Roman Empire collapsed into and reveals who on this point alone.
4. It would rule over many nations, people and tongues. (it will be universal)
5. It would be headquartered in the city of seven hills, Rome.
6. It would be a religio-political entity - a political city-state ruled by a priest-king.
7. It would have a priest-king that would make great and blasphemous claims.
8. It would claim authority over all kings.
9. It would claim its power to change the holy times and laws of God as its MARK of authority.
10. It would be an apostate Church that makes the nations drink her cup of apostate doctrine.
11. It would be a “mother” Church, with apostate daughters coming from her.
12. It would be a persecuting power, killing the faithful saints of Jesus Christ as heretics.
13. It would hold power and authority for 1260 years following the fall of pagan Rome.
14. It would suffer a deadly wound that will end 1260 years of dominance and persecution.
15. It would be revived after the deadly wound and all the world would wonder at its revival.

In this the “Historical” interpretation, the antichrist was clearly not merely just a single individual, it was a system of apostasy and persecution that would hold control for over twelve centuries. The inevitable conclusion of those who studied these prophecies in scripture, before and during the Protestant Reformation, was that there was only ONE entity that fits all the above characteristics: the Papal dynasty of the Roman Catholic Church. Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church was so violently opposed to the scriptures being available for everyone to read for themselves?

The Protestant Reformation

Satan obviously does not want anyone to know who the Antichrist beast power is as this would certainly give Christians the upper hand in understanding what 666 and the mark of the beast is. So naturally, Satan has many counter lies coming against this truth. Besides the fact that history and the Bible is clear that it can be none other than the Papacy, are these just our thoughts or is it the understanding of many theologians? The Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s literally changed the course of history and helped move Europe out of the Dark Ages and led to the rise of true religious freedom. Its original principles eventually found expression in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America which teaches that when it comes to religion, the governments on earth have no right to control the conscience.

True Protestantism teaches the priesthood of all believers (2 Peter 2:9-10) and every person anywhere can be saved by coming directly to our loving heavenly Father through His only Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.1 Timothy 2:5. It also teaches salvation by grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8) and the supremacy of the Bible above the visible Church, (2 Timothy 3:16) above traditions, Pastors, Kings, Priests and Popes.

Below are several quotes on what the major Protestant Reformers taught about antichrist. Please note that no offence is intended towards any person, for this would be contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ (John 13:34-35), but rather to just simply present what some of the most significant Christian leaders who have ever lived believed about “the man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), “the little horn” (Daniel 7:8) and “the beast” (Revelation 13:1) and about the antichrist.

John Wycliffe “When the western church was divided for about 40 years between two rival popes, one in Rome and the other in Avigon, France, each pope called the other pope antichrist - and John Wycliffe is reputed to have regarded them as both being right: “two halves of Antichrist, making up the perfect Man of Sin between them.” — Ibid

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) (Anglican): “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.) Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7.

John Wesley (1703-1791) (Methodist): Speaking of the Papacy, John Wesley wrote, “He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers… He it is…that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped…claiming the highest power, and highest honour…claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.” Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, by John Wesley, pg. 110.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) (Lutheran): Based on prophetic studies, Martin Luther finally declared, “We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520). Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, by LeRoy Froom. Vol. 2., pg. 121. “Luther … proved, by the revelations of Daniel and St. John, by the epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Jude, that the reign of Antichrist, predicted and described in the Bible, was the Papacy … And all the people did say, Amen! A holy terror seized their souls. It was Antichrist whom they beheld seated on the pontifical throne. This new idea, which derived greater strength from the prophetic descriptions launched forth by Luther into the midst of his contemporaries, inflicted the most terrible blow on Rome.” — Taken from J. H. Merle D'aubigne’s History of the Reformation of the Sixteen Century, book vi, chapter xii, p. 215.

John Calvin (1509-1564) (Presbyterian): “Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt… I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” — Taken from Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin.

Roger Williams (1603-1683) (First Baptist Pastor in America): Pastor Williams spoke of the Pope as “the pretended Vicar of Christ on earth, who sits as God over the Temple of God, exalting himself not only above all that is called God, but over the souls and consciences of all his vassals, yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea, and God himself…speaking against the God of heaven, thinking to change times and laws; but he is the son of perdition (II Thess. 2).” The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, by Froom, Vol. 3, pg. 52.

John Knox (1505-1572) (Scotch Presbyterian): John Knox sought to counteract “that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church.” As with Luther, he finally concluded that the Papacy was “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.” The Zurich Letters, by John Knox, pg. 199.

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) (Congregational Theologian): “The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church: and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them.” — Taken from The Fall of Babylon by Cotton Mather in Froom’s book, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, pg. 113.

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647): “There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Christ and all that is called God.” — Taken from Philip Schaff’s, The Creeds of Christendom, With a History and Critical Notes, III, p. 658, 659, ch. 25, sec. 6.

A Great Cloud of Witnesses: “John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, [Tyndale Bible] Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, John Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.” — Taken from All Roads Lead to Rome, by Michael de Semlyen. Dorchestor House Publications, p. 205. 1991.

What does it mean that this beast would change God’s law?

We saw earlier that Daniel 7:25 says that this beast power would change the law of God. Did the Roman Catholic Church change God’s law and so meet this criteria? Does the Pope believe he can change the law of God?

The Pope is of great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth...— Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #30, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.

We may according to the fullness of our power, dispose of the law and dispense above the law. Those whom the Pope of Rome doth separate, it is not a man that separates them but God. For the Pope holdeth place on earth, not simply of a man but of the true God....dissolves, not by human but rather by divine authority....I am in all and above all, so that God Himself and I, the vicar of God, hath both one consistory, and I am able to do almost all that God can do...Wherefore, no marvel, if it be in my power to dispense with all things, yea with the precepts of Christ.— Decretales Domini Gregori ix Translatione Episcoporum, (on the Transference of Bishops), title 7, chapter 3; Corpus Juris Canonice (2nd Leipzig ed., 1881), col. 99; (Paris, 1612), tom. 2, Decretales, col. 205 (while Innocent III was Pope).

What law did the beast change and by whose authority?

In 1562 the Archbishop of Reggio openly declared that tradition now stood above scripture. This is what he wrote. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.— Gaspare de Posso, Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.

In the Roman Catholic Catechism we also find the following questions and answers in regards the Sabbath:

Question: Which day is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. — Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.

We know what 666 is but what is the Mark of the Beast?

Now knowing who the first beast of Revelation 13 is that enforces the Mark, perhaps the best approach would be to ask the Catholic Church themselves what they say their Mark is. But first consider these ten points identifying what the mark of the beast is.

Ten Points defining 666 and the Mark of the Beast

1. The mark comes from the beast, which represents the Roman Catholic Church.
2. The Mark of the Beast is deceptive and so is not obvious. (Revelation 19:20)
3. The warning against the mark will be given with a loud voice, thus it must be clear and easy to understand. (Revelation 14:9)
4. The three angels reveal a comprehensive message from God before the second coming of Jesus Christ to the entire world to help people understand the mark. (Revelation 14:6-16)
5. The mark involves a special sin against God Himself, for those who receive it will drink the wine of His wrath. (Revelation 14:9-11)
6. The mark will be received on the forehead, which represents the mind, or on the hand, which represents the actions. (Revelation 14:9; Deuteronomy 6:5-8; 11:18)
7. The mark has something to do with the changing of God’s law. (compare Daniel 7:25 with Revelation 13:16 and see Deuteronomy 6:5-8)
8. Those who worship Jesus Christ as Creator will not get the mark. (Revelation 14:7, 9-11)
9. Those who keep the Ten Commandments will not get the mark. (Revelation 14:9, 12)
10. 666 is the number of a mans name from the beast power that we have to add or count. (Revelation 13:17-18)

What does the Roman Catholic Church say their Mark is?

The following quotes from the Roman Catholic Church are their views on being able to change the Ten Commandments of God. Note what the Roman Catholic Church actually say their MARK is. Their statements are extremely credible when you consider their definition is perfectly consistent with absolutely all other scripture in regards to the mark of the beast.

The Pope is of great authority and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws. The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth...” — Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #30, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.

Of course the Catholic church claims that the change [i.e. Sabbath to Sunday] was her act, and the act as a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” — H.F. Thomas, Chancellor to Cardinal Gibbons. [Parenthesis added]

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

The Catholic Church declares their MARK to be their power to change God’s times and laws. (Daniel 7:25) The only problem here as we have already seen from scripture, is that man cannot change God’s laws. The created can not change what the Creator has put in place for His creation such as His unchanging law of love. See also Mark 7:6-9. Watch a short video on Authority and Tradition.

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