Antichrist in the Bible
The truth on Antichrist is found using many books of the Bible but is mainly found in 1st and 2nd John, Daniel and Revelation. You may be surprised to know that the Antichrist power is the major player in regards to the issue of 666 and the Mark of the Beast, Mystery Babylon and the great battle of Armageddon. So who is the Antichrist according to the Bible? Who is this mysterious harlot woman riding the beast?
The Book of Revelation reveals truth and exposes error. God does not want us to be deceived. He longs for us to be preserved and protected by His truth. In Revelation, the Apostle John tells the tale of TWO WOMEN. One is dressed in pure white, revealing the purity of true faith and doctrine. This pure woman of Revelation 12 is committed to Christ. She’s absolutely loyal to Him and her heart burns with a love for Jesus. Nothing can break her loyalty to the One she loves so much. This woman represents all the faithful believers who have loved Jesus Christ, kept His commandments and been obedient to Him down through the ages. Revelation 17 pictures another woman. Now we have the opposite picture. Who is this woman in scarlet riding on a Beast? The Bible gives us more than enough good clues, so let’s examine them in brief. This will first be achieved primarily using Revelation 17 and then finally by Revelation 13 and Daniel 7.
Antichrist is a CHURCH:
In the Bible a WOMAN symbolizes a CHURCH. See such verses as 2 Corinthians 11:2, Isaiah 54:5-6, Jeremiah 3:14, Ephesians 5:31-33, etc. Christ is represented as the Bridegroom (Matthew 9:14-15, Revelation 19:7). An unfaithful Church commits spiritual adultery (Ezekiel 16:28, 32).
Antichrist is a CORRUPT Church:
Just as a pure woman represents a pure Church, a corrupt woman represents a corrupt Church. The woman in white is Christ’s bride, the true Church. But Revelation 17:1, 15-16 and 19:2 call this second woman a “WHORE” or “HARLOT”, a fallen Church teaching false doctrines.
Antichrist is a LARGE, WORLDWIDE Church:
She sits on “many WATERS,” explained as being many “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:1 and 15. The very word catholic means “universal,” and the Papal Church has the largest, most widespread membership in Christendom.
Antichrist is a RICH Church:
This symbolic wicked woman, this corrupt Church is a rich one with gorgeous display. Revelation 17:4 says she’s “decked with GOLD and PRECIOUS STONES and PEARLS, having a GOLDEN cup in her hand.” Which Church would you say is the richest in the world?
Antichrist is a Church built on SEVEN HILLS or MOUNTAINS:
This identification given in Revelation 17:9 is impressive and clear, for ROME is proverbial as “the city built on seven hills.” Webster’s large unabridged dictionary says this under the entry “seven-hilled”: “as, the SEVEN-HILLED CITY, that is, ROME, Italy.” Furthermore, Revelation 17:18 tells John, “The woman whom you saw is that GREAT CITY which reigns over the kings of the earth.” John wrote this using the present tense for the word “reigns” and he knew as well as anyone else that “that great city” was ROME.
Antichrist is a RELIGIOUS power dominating the CIVIL powers:
Revelation 17:3 and 7 tell us the harlot, or fallen Church, is RIDING the beast. Daniel 7:17 and 23 tell us a beast represent a king or kingdom. When we ride a horse, we direct it and control it, so the picture God gives here is of a Church dominating the civil power. For centuries, the Papacy dictated to kings. When she wanted to punish or execute any who dared to question her teaching, she would often call on the police power of the state. Revelation 17:2 describes this harlot: “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication.” She has influence over the kings of the earth, great influence over heads of state. Today, unlike other Churches, the Vatican exchanges ambassadors with every major nation on earth. They come to her city on seven mountains, and they bow before her, having “lived luxuriously with her.” Revelation 18:9
Antichrist is a PERSECUTING Church:
John tells us in Revelation 17:6 that he “saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” and Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:7 inform us this was for a 1260 year period more commonly known as the dark ages. In this period the most horrific crimes were carried out against innocent Christians labelled as heretics. W. E. H. Leeky says, “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 power of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.” — History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Vol. II, p. 32. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1910. John Lothrop Motley, speaking of papal persecution in the Netherlands, says, “The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out.” — Public Eccliastical, Vol. 2, p.142. “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”).
Antichrist is a Church that revives BABYLON’S pagan teachings:
“On her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT...” Revelation 17:5. Long before John wrote the Book of Revelation, the ancient city of Babylon had been completely destroyed and never rebuilt. For centuries it lay in ruins and had faded into insignificance. The apostle Peter could not have been referring to literal Babylon when he wrote in 1 Peter 5:13 that: “She who is in Babylon ... greets you.” For there was no Church or any other human institution in the desolate ruins of ancient Babylon. He was referring to ROME as all authorities agree. It is easy to see why early Christians used “Babylon” as a code word or nickname for Rome, for there are MANY STRIKING PARALLELS between the twin cities of literal Babylon of ancient times and figurative “Babylon” or Rome. Consider just a few: Babylon was the dominant warring power of its day and Rome was the dominant warring power of its own era. Babylon conquered Israel and centuries later, Rome also conquered Israel. Babylon destroyed the first Jerusalem Temple and Rome destroyed the second. Each carried sacred vessels from the Jewish Temple back to Babylon in the east and Rome in the west; each completely destroyed and devastated the city of Jerusalem; each carried away surviving Jews into captivity. Rome was Babylon all over again. As Babylon’s “carbon copy,” Rome provides a perfect example of history repeating itself! But more to the point, this woman who sits on seven hills which is this Church located in Rome, has revived the same pagan teachings that ancient Babylon taught ages ago. She baptizes them, sanctifies them, and brings them into the Christian Church. Ages ago, when presumptuous men tried to build the Tower of Babel at Babylon, God confused their language. Genesis 11:1-9. So here in the last book of the Bible, “Babylon” is a spiritual term referring to confusion, not the confusion of languages in the Old Testament but RELIGIOUS CONFUSION as the Church drifted away from God’s Word. See also 666 number of the Beast - The origin of 666.
“The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the fields; sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the East, images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church.” — An Essay on The Development of the Christian Doctrine John Henry “Cardinal Newman” p.373.
“It has often been charged… that Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism is ready to accept that accusation and even to make it her boast… the great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized” — The Story of Catholicism p 37.
“It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans … Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that some Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds…” — (The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, by John F. Sullivan, p 156, published by P.J. Kennedy, NY, 1942).
The Harlot and IMAGE Worship:
Many false doctrines entered the Church, but let’s focus on just three: IMAGE worship, IMMORTALITY of the soul, and SUN worship. First of all, Babylon was the center of idol worship. Everywhere you turned there were images, idols representing the pagan gods, not just statues of Bel-Marduk, their chief god. King Nebuchadnezzar set up a huge golden idol and commanded all to bow down before it. But God’s Second Commandment in Exodus 20:4-5 FORBIDS using images in religious worship, FORBIDS bowing down before them. Today the Papal Church not only fosters those very things but also has DELETED the Second Commandment from its catechisms (official training manuals).
Antichrist is a Church that CHANGED God’s law:
Revelation 17:4 says, “the woman was arrayed in PURPLE and SCARLET colour, and decked with GOLD and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand.” Speaking of the robes the priests wore in Old Testament times, Exodus 28:4, 6 says, “they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” And “they shall make the ephod of GOLD, of BLUE, and of PURPLE, of SCARLET, and fine twined linen” The colours of the priest’s robes were the same as the colours found on the woman (great whore) except the colour BLUE is missing. What is the significance of the colour BLUE? Numbers 15:38-39 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of BLUE: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that you may LOOK UPON IT, and REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to go a whoring:” Speaking of the Papacy, Daniel 7:25 informs us that they would “think to change times and laws.” As previously stated, they deleted the second Commandment and say that by a sense of their own power have changed the fourth Commandment to Sunday in favour of Sun worship, hence the current day that most Churches worship on is SUNDAY which comes from SUN worship.
When Constantine joined the Catholic Church he brought in paganism at the same time which was illustrated by the first law he enacted. “First Sunday Law enacted by Emperor Constantine - March, 321 A.D. “On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. (Given the 7th day of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls each of them for the second time [A.D. 321].)” — 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.
Arthur Weigall in “The Paganism in Our Christianity” states, “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.
Unlike most Churches today, the Catholic Church knows exactly what day Christians should be worshipping on if they are going to follow the Bible alone. “Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” — Rome's Challenge www.immaculateheart.com/maryonline December 2003.
The Harlot and NATURAL Immortality:
Sincere Catholics often bow down before a statue of a SAINT and devoutly pray, even though the saint is DEAD. But the Roman Church doesn’t teach that they’re dead. Even though the idea that man’s soul is naturally immortal is a PAGAN one. All the ancient pagan religions, without exception had the idea that the soul, or man’s essential being, was immortal. That non-biblical concept, inherited from Babylon was a common thread running through them all. In Egypt for instance, the pyramids were great monuments, great houses for the dead to hold their immortal spirits. But the heathen idea of man’s soul being naturally immortal comes from Egypt and Babylon and Greece, not the Bible whose teaching directly contradicts it. See such verses as 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Ezekiel 18:4, 20, Ecclesiastes 9:5, Psalm 6:5; 13:3; 115:17, John 11:11-14, Ephesians 5:14 etc.
The Harlot and SUN Worship:
The main deity of Babylon and Egypt was the Sun god. Astrology and worship of the heavens originated in Babylon. But God calls it one of the greatest of “abominations” in Ezekiel 8:15-16. Roman Emperor Constantine was a sun worshiper who never gave it up. The Roman Church disregards not only the SECOND Commandment about image worship but also the fourth Commandment about the Creator’s Seventh-day Sabbath, substituting the unscriptural SUNDAY.
The Testimony of History:
- The book Catholic Belief, by Roman Catholic scholar Father Joseph Faà di Bruno, page 45, states this: “Like two sacred rivers flowing from Paradise, the Bible AND divine Tradition contain the Word of God, the precious gems of revealed truths. Though these two divine streams are in themselves, on account of their divine origin, of EQUAL sacredness, and are both full of revealed truths, still, of the two, Tradition is to us MORE clear and safe.” Are the traditions, customs and practices of man safer than the Bible? Rome baptizes tradition with the word “divine” and dares to hold it above the Bible.
- “The adoration of idols that is in Babylon was succeeded by the adoration of saints.” — Henry Thomas Buckle, a world-famous historian, says in his book The History of Civilization, Volume 1, page 188.
- “The doctrine of natural, as distinguished from Christian, immortality ... crept into the Church, by a BACK DOOR. ... When arguments are offered for the purely natural immortality of the soul, they are rarely, if ever, derived from Scripture. ... The natural immortality of the soul is a doctrine wholly unknown to the Holy Scriptures, and standing on no higher plane than that of ... PHILOSOPHICAL OPINION ... of philosophical speculations DISGUISED as truths of Divine Revelation.” — William E. Gladstone, four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain and a theologian in his own right, wrote in Studies Subsidiary to the Works of Bishop Butler, pp. 195-198.
- “In ancient Babylonia the SUN was WORSHIPPED from immemorial antiquity.” — Sir James G. Frazer, an authoritative scholar, makes this statement in his book The Worship of Nature, Volume 1, page 529.
- “His coins bore on the one side the letters of the name of Christ; on the other, the figure of the SUN GOD, as if he could not bear to relinquish the patronage of the bright luminary.” — Historian Arthur P. Stanley in his book, The History of the Eastern Church, page 184, says this about the Roman Emperor Constantine.
- “One cannot well refer to those cults of Babylon and Egypt and the rest as DEAD religions. For the echo of their ancient thunder is still to be heard reverberating in almost every form of faith existing today. Ancient Babylonian image worship is in the church today. Ancient Babylonian sun worship is there. Ancient Babylonian belief in the immortality of the soul is there. Yes, the echo of that thunder is still heard in the church today!” — Lewis Brown says this in The Believing World, page 112.
- Doctor Alexander Hislop, in his classic work, The Two Babylon’s, page 105, says this: “To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals [that’s the Sabbath and Sunday] amalgamated, and ... to get Paganism and Christianity now far sunk in idolatry in this as in so many other things, to shake hands.” He says further: “A glance at the main pillars of the Papal system will sufficiently prove that its doctrine and discipline in all essential respects have been derived from BABYLON.”
- “The Sun was a foremost god with heathendom. ... The sun has worshippers at this hour in Persia and other lands. ... The PAGAN Sunday dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.” — Catholic William Gildea, Doctor of Divinity, wrote in The Catholic World, March, 1894, page 809.
- “Reason and sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is IMPOSSIBLE.” — Cardinal James Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore and noted writer, said in The Catholic Mirror, December 23, 1893.
Mystery Babylon and her Mark:
Some are so afraid of the mark of the Beast they try and avoid having a Social Security number. Others worry about the bar codes scanned at check out. This is a subject that’s inspired a lot of speculation and strange ideas but it remains one of the vital subjects in the Book of Revelation. Many wonder “Who is the beast?” If we know the identity of this Antichrist beast, can’t we ask them what their Mark is? What does 666 mean? More importantly, how can I avoid that mark? The truth and answer to the first question is mystery Babylon is this very same Church which is also known as Antichrist beast power. We will now cover more on this Antichrist power from Revelation 13 and Daniel 7.
Let’s go back to the Book of Revelation for answers and the proof. That’s where the beast figure is introduced and where we find more clues proving the identity. In Revelation 13:1 John says, “I saw a beast rising up out of the sea...” We speak of America as an eagle and Russia as a bear. Those are symbols that represent nations, powers in the world. Here Revelation describes a great power rising up out of the sea. The SEA in Bible prophecy represents nations or people, for Revelation 17:15 says, “the waters which you saw ... are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” So the beast arose out of a populated area. Revelation 13:2 continues, “The beast which I saw was like a LEOPARD, his feet were like the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth like the mouth of a LION.” Here is a composite beast. John uses the same symbols Daniel used when he symbolized Babylon as a lion, Medo-Persia as a bear, Greece as a leopard, and the Roman Empire as a dragon like beast. This beast of Revelation 13 succeeds those four world empires. Let’s look at seven clues which prove this is the same antichrist beast power. Sacred Scripture and secular history combine to make the identification sure.
Antichrist truth revealed in Bible prophecy – Clue number 1:
The last part of Revelation 13:2 informs us, “The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” The dragon here represents pagan Rome. Revelation 12:9 tells us the dragon is a symbol of Satan, but Satan works through human agencies. In Revelation 12 the dragon tried to destroy Jesus through pagan Rome. A Roman official, Herod, tried to kill baby Jesus (Matthew 2). A Roman governor Pilate condemned Jesus. A Roman executioner crucified Him. A Roman emblem sealed Jesus’ tomb. A Roman guard watched that tomb. So the dragon represents Satan working through pagan Rome. But PAGAN Rome became PAPAL Rome, for when Emperor Constantine moved his headquarters to Constantinople, he left a power vacuum filled by the pontiff of Rome. Prominent historian Arthur P. Stanley describes the shift from a political power to a religious hierarchy: “The popes filled the place of the vacant emperors at Rome, inheriting their power, prestige, and titles from paganism.” Thomas Hobbes could truly say that the Papacy was “the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon its grave.”
Clue number 2:
This power in Revelation 13 would become a worldwide religious power, not a political one. Revelation 13:8 reads, “ALL who dwell on the earth will WORSHIP him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” All who dwell on earth will worship him. So it’s a UNIVERSAL power that initiates WORSHIP. And, of course, the Papacy is a universal religious power that transcends geographic boundaries. This is our second clue.
Clue number 3:
Revelation 13:5 says the beast “was given a mouth speaking GREAT THINGS and BLASPHEMIES.” Christ Himself was twice accused of blasphemy, once in Luke 5:20-21 because He claimed the power to forgive sins, and again in John 10:30-33, because He claimed to be God. Jesus wasn’t guilty of blasphemy because He really was God, and He really could forgive sins! For a mere man to claim such things is indeed blasphemous. Read blasphemous quotes 1-6 from the Roman Catholic Church.
Clue number 4:
Revelation 13:7 says, speaking of the beast: “It was granted to him to MAKE WAR with the saints and to OVERCOME them.” Persecution! A conservative estimate puts those Christians martyred by the state Church during the Dark Ages at over 50 million. In the Catholic Inquisition, people were tortured and burned alive at the stake. Whole families or communities were wiped out for no other crime than “heresy.” They dared to believe something other than what the Church taught. Interestingly enough, the Roman Church ADMITS to the persecution it inflicted. See quotes 9-12.
Clue number 5:
Revelation 13:5 says, “He was given authority to continue for 42 months.” The Bible reckons 30 days to a month. (Genesis 7:11, 24; 8:34 shows a five-month period stretched 150 days: thirty days to a month.) And a DAY stands for a YEAR in Bible prophecy. Ezekiel 4:6. So 42 months x 30 days = 1260 prophetic days, or 1260 actual years. History books show that A.D. 538 was an important date for the papacy. In that year the decree of Justinian, the Emperor, went into effect making the bishop of Rome head of all the Churches. Thus A.D. 538 marked the beginning of papal supremacy. Now adding 1260 years to A.D. 538 we come to the year 1798. In that year Papal power was indeed seriously wounded. In 1798 Napoleon’s army took the pope captive and he later died in exile. Prophecy and history agree perfectly the 1260 years fit precisely! But had Napoleon consulted Scripture, he’d have realized that the papacy was not finished, only wounded. Revelation 13:3 tells us that “deadly wound” would be “healed.” And all the world would wonder and follow the beast in the last days.
Clue number 6:
Revelation 13:18 challenges us to “calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” In the Bible the number SEVEN represents perfection, completeness. On the other hand, the number SIX represents man and human error, imperfection. So a triple six represents something very wrong! Revelation 13:17-18 says quite plainly that “the number of the beast ... is the number of a MAN.” More specifically, it’s “the number of his NAME.” Still more to the point, a footnote in the Douay Version of the Catholic Bible says: “Verse 18. Six hundred sixty-six. The NUMERAL LETTERS of his name shall make up this number.” Individual popes have had many different names, but the official title, the umbrella title that covers them all, the title that’s used in coronation ceremonies of each new pope, is VICARIUS FILII DEI, which is Latin for “Vicar of the Son of God.” Since this is a Roman title, we’d expect to use Roman numerals to calculate it and it does calculate to 666!
Clue number 7:
Revelation 13:16-17 says the beast forces all “to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark...” The mark of the beast is a symbol of REBELLION against God, of DISLOYALTY to God’s government. Those allied with the beast receive this mark. But another group receive a different mark. Revelation 7:2-3 says “the servants of our God” will be SEALED “on their foreheads” with “the SEAL of the living God.” They’re God’s faithful people, the remnant. Revelation 14:12 calls them “the SAINTS ... those who KEEP the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” The seal of God is contained in His law. Isaiah 8:16 says, “SEAL the LAW among my disciples.”
Antichrist truth revealed in Bible prophecy – Summary:
In Revelation 14 is found the three angel’s messages with a severe warning to Worship God only (vs. 7) and not to worship this apostate Church (vs. 9-10) that changed God’s Commandments and persecuted the saints (13:7). The Bible warns us that the Catholic Church will once again persecute those for not keeping their instituted day of Worship as they did for the 1260 years called the dark ages (13:12). Those that do not get their Mark will endure this time of persecution but through the faith of Jesus will still keep God’s Commandments (vs. 12). This time of persecution will be just before the second coming of Christ (vs. 14-15). For more information see the mark of the beast and 666 or the what is the mark of the beast to discover the real origin of 666.
Many believe that the mark of the beast will be a computer chip or some other form of technology. Where in this passage does it give any such indication? Do those who believe and teach this know who this Antichrist power is? Evidently not. Therefore, they cannot know with any certainty what their Mark is and can only be speculation without any foundation. In the end times everyone receives a mark. You either receive God’s mark in your forehead or you receive the mystery Babylon’s mark in your hand or forehead. Revelation 9:4 says, “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth … but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” This is a symbolic mark and will not be a computer chip or other technology and likewise the antichrists mark will not be either. So what does this passage really say? It instructs us to worship God only with a reference to the Sabbath Commandment (vs. 7). Is this coincidence? Is anything written in God’s inspired Word coincidence?
Most believe that the Mark of the Antichrist beast power is 666 in some form such as a barcode or similar. The following verse shows this is not only totally wrong but rules out technology as well. Revelation 13:17 says, “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.” According to this verse, the MARK, the NAME and the NUMBER are all different. You cannot buy or sell unless you meet one criteria. The Mark is definitely to do with God’s Commandments.
This passage also severely warns not to worship the beast or take their Mark. What is their Mark? Perhaps researching the Antichrist beast power and asking them what they say their Mark is would be a novel idea. It certainly has to achieve better results than speculation. Speaking of the Sabbath, this is what they say their Mark is. “Of course the Catholic church claims that the change was her act, and the act as a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” — H.F. Thomas, Chancellor to Cardinal Gibbons.
If we are to take that statement seriously then we would certainly require some evidence that this passage in Revelation 14 gives some indication that it has something to do with the Commandments. Does this passage give any indication whatsoever that the Mark has anything to do with the Commandments? Very much so and no speculation is required. Revelation 14:12 says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Those that keep God’s Commandments do not get their Mark. The Catholic Church deleted the second Commandment and demand our worship which breaks this Commandment. They changed the Sabbath and murdered millions for keeping the Creators Sabbath instead of their instituted day. The Bible says their wound will be healed and are coming back (13:3, 11-12). Will they do it again given that chance?
Based on the Word and this statement. Yes! The Catholic Church says you are not saved and a heretic if you are not in their Church and do not follow their rules. So what do they say they will do to heretics? “The church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out.” — Public Eccliastical, Vol. 2, p.142.
It is by no coincidence that the Bible says the law of God is to be a sign upon our hands and foreheads. These words were spoken right after the second reading of the Ten Commandments. Deuteronomy 6:6-8 “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. ... 8 Tie them as symbols on your HANDS and bind them on your FOREHEADS.” So many good Christians unwittingly fight so hard not to see the fourth Commandment that they do not see this obvious truth. This verse is further supported by Revelation 14:12 which reveals that those who do not get the mark keep the Commandments of God.
The mark is hands or forehead while God’s seal is forehead only. Why is this? The hands are symbolic of your actions while behind the forehead is your mind. This is where God now writes his law, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:” Hebrews 8:10. The mark and the seal both compete for our minds. This is where we decide whom we give our allegiance to, obedience to God by keeping His Law or to the Antichrist power by observing their man made traditions over God’s Commandments.
God calls the Sabbath His sign or seal, His mark of authority. What does the beast power claim as its mark of authority? In the last days, two groups, two different marks: The MARK of the beast and the SEAL of the living God. On one side, the divine commandments of God. On the other, the beast proclaiming traditions of men and enforcing a substitute Sabbath i.e. Satan’s counterfeit.
Those who desire a more in depth study will find that who is the anti-christ provides extremely detailed information on the truth of this very controversial topic.
More Quotes from the Roman Catholic Church:
- “The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were GOD, and the vicar of God... . The Pope is as it were GOD on earth.” — Lucius Ferraris, “Papa,” article 2 in his Prompta Bibliotheca (Handy Library), Volume 6, pages 26-29.
- “We [the Popes] hold upon this earth the place of GOD Almighty.” — Pope Leo XIII, The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII, page 304.
- “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.”
- “Seek where you will, through heaven and earth, and you will find but one created being who can forgive the sinner... . That extraordinary being is the priest, the Catholic priest.” — Michael Muller, The Catholic Priest, page 78.
- “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.
- “He is a heretic who does not believe what the Roman Hierarchy teaches.” — The American Textbook of Popery, p 164 (quoting from the “Directory for the Inquisitors”).
- “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).
- “The Church HAS persecuted. Only a tyro [a raw beginner] in church history will deny that... . When the church thinks it GOOD to use physical force, she WILL use it.” — The Catholic publication Western Watchman, December 24, 1908.
- “Many Roman Catholic authors today have tried to prove that their church does not sanction persecution, but facts of history are too plain to be denied. Eternity alone will reveal what God’s dear children suffered during the Dark Ages. Accordingly as the Papacy attained to power, the common people became more oppressed, until “the noon of the Papacy was the midnight of the world.” — “History of Protestantism,” J. A. Wylie, LL.D., Vol. I, p. 16. London.
- “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”).
- “The pope has power to change times, abrogate laws, and dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” — Decretal De Translat. Espiscop. Cap.
- “We confess that the Pope has power of changing Scripture and of adding to it, and taking from it, according to his will.” — Roman Catholic Confessions for Protestants Oath, Article XI, (Confessio Romano-Catholica in Hungaria Evangelicis publice praescripta te proposita, editi a Streitwolf), as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.
- “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.
- “The Bible says, remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic Church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep holy the FIRST day of the week. And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” — Father Enright, former President of Redemptorist College. Hover here for a document clip or select for full original image.
- “Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” — Rome’s Challenge www.immaculateheart.com/maryonline December 2003
- “SUNDAY is our MARK of authority... The church is ABOVE the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” — Catholic Record, September 1, 1923.
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If you have a reasonably fast internet connection and would like to watch an online Prophecy Seminar that reveals who the little horn of Daniel 7 and the Beast of Revelation 13 is that changed the Sabbath to Sunday, you will find Revelation Reveals the Antichrist very enlightening. You can start about 17 minutes in to bypass singing items etc. You can also watch Histories Greatest Hoax on the truth about the Sabbath and ideally should be watched first. There is also an episode covering 666 and the mark of the beast. If you would like to watch more from this and other Prophecy Seminars you will find the prophecy code menu here. Be prepared to discover many mind blowing, lost Bible truths.