Can we understand the prophecy in the book of Revelation? What is the meaning of the woman and beast mention therein? What is the mark of the beast? Who is Antichrist? All these questions have pondered by many scholars throughout the ages.
One of the common things I heard when people are talking about this book is that some are saying that this book is hard to understand because it’s full of symbols so they tend to avoid reading it. Others put their own personal interpretations as to what the book actually foretells just to uphold there teachings. Still, others try to explain the symbols by using passage separated from the context perhaps quoting half of a single verse to prove their point when the remaining portion would show the meaning to be quite the opposite – this is one attribute of false teachers – so beware! But we must not be deceived for we have a perfect guide on how to interpret the Bible, especially the book of Revelation, as follows:
According to one inspired writer who has the end-time prophetic gift, Ellen G. White,
“The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed..." “that all the various figures, metaphors, parables, similitudes, etc., were either explained in their immediate connection, or the terms in which they were expressed were defined in other scriptures, and when thus explained, were to be literally understood.” GC 599, 320
Let’s cite one example in verse one of Revelation 17.
Revelation 17:1 "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters"
“The great whore that sits upon many waters” - what does this mean? Let the Bible define and interpret the Bible by comparing it to other verse. Turning to verse 15 –
Revelation 17:15 "and he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues"
Here we find the definition to "Many Waters" was just 14 verses later in the same chapter but that's not always the case. Sometimes we may have to study a little harder to find the answer. God has given you answers to Revelation for the title itself implies something is reveal. So when you read a verse in Revelation instead of comparing your own or someone else's ideas and beliefs to what they think that verse should mean, you should only compare the verse to another verse in the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is interpreting the Bible. One perfect verse will explain another. You can go over every verse in Revelation and compare them all to other scripture so to give you the understanding. So then you’re not listening to me or any man’s opinion or interpretation on a single verse but rather building faith based on scripture explaining scripture.
Before finding out what the Mark of the beast is, you must first know who the beast is.
So let's start by taking the main characteristics of the beast and use scripture to define them.
The apostle John saw a woman – sitting or riding a beast -- with seven heads. We will let the Bible tell us what these 3 things are: 1) Woman, 2) Beast, 3) Seven Heads.
1) So what is a woman in prophecy?
Jeremiah 6:2 "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman."
The Bible clearly says that a church is a Woman. That’s why throughout the scripture Christ calls Himself the Bridegroom.
Luke 5:34-35 "And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days."
2 Corinthians 11:2 "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
Christ's church is considered a woman or a bride to Him because we are espoused to Him. That’s why when the Bridegroom-Christ returns He will receive His church-wife.
Revelation 19:7 "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready."
So now we understand that a Woman is a Church.
2) Let’s proceed to number two. What is a beast?
The prophet Daniel had the same symbolism in his visions and actually spoke of the same Beast as John does in Revelation. What does Daniel say this same beast is?
Daniel 7:23 "Thus he said, The fourth beast 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."
So now we understand a Beast means Kingdom or what we call today "nation." And it goes on to say that this kingdom shall be diverse or in other words different and unique from all other kingdoms. This symbolism of nation as a beast is still being used this day like the beast of dragon is the nation of China, the bear is Russia, the bald eagle is USA, etc.
3) Let us go to number three, the seven heads - what does it mean?
Revelation 17:9 "And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth."
The word Mountains was translated from the Greek word Oros.
Strong’s Concordance G3735 ὄρος oros or'-os
Probably a from an obsolete word ὄρω orō (to rise or rear; perhaps akin to G142; compare G3733); a mountain (as lifting itself above the plain): -hill, mount (-ain).
Please note that the word "mountain" is also known as a Hill.
So, seven heads are seven Hills within this nation.
Bringing these all together God has told us that
So let’s read again the verse we read earlier and add the meaning on the symbols.
Revelation 17:3 "So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman (church) sit upon a scarlet coloured beast (kingdom/nation), full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads (mountains/hills) and ten horns."
This makes the passage very clear that there is a Church that sits on a kingdom that has seven hills. How accurate the interpretation is when we let the Bible define itself and that works to cancel out all confusion, guessing, personal interpretations, assumptions, etc.!
The next question is, where in the globe do we see a church that is on a nation that is on seven hills? Remember Daniel also said that this nation is diverse from all other nations, hence, it is different and unique and there can’t be any other like it.
Before we answer that, let’s continue to define more symbols. Reading verse one again,
As we read this earlier, here the angel says the "great whore" sits upon “many waters". Please remember that the “water” means “nation” so “many waters” means “many nations. “ Thus we understood that the angel describes a harlot or bad church upon many nations.
So this harlot or bad church that is also a diverse nation on top of seven hills and it's also surrounded by a multitude of different ethnicities. Do you notice that we are starting to build a profile on who this church and nation is without once stating a personal opinion? Do you have a guess at this point? If so, please hold that thought.
So this church is the mother of all harlot or bad churches! Continue on by reading again chapter 17 verse 9.
The passage "the mind which hath wisdom" is connected to Revelation 13:18 “Here is wisdom” which is pointing to number of the beast, 666.
Revelation 13:18 "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."
Please notice that 666 is the number of a man's name. We are told to find a man that has a name that equals 666.
Let's bring all of the information we have together –
We have here at least 7 characteristics of the beast in Revelation 17. There is only 1 entity in the world that matches all the 7 characteristics of this prophecy with perfect 100 percent accuracy. Please keep in mind that this is only 7 so far out of Revelation that we have defined. We will continue to define more and more and build a stronger knowledge of the beast. So even if you don't think what you’re about to read is the beast in Revelation, just continue to read prophecy after prophecy and you will see it literally fulfilled as God planned! Just listen to God.
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
If you reject the knowledge, God will also reject you. So please continue to read the whole study.
The Vatican is a nation as well as a church. It is the only church and nation in the world making it diverse or different and unique from all others.
Political system -
The government of Vatican City has a unique structure. The Pope is the sovereign of the state. Legislative authority is vested in the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, a body of cardinals appointed by the Pope for five-year periods. Executive power is in the hands of the President of that commission, assisted by the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary. The state's foreign relations are entrusted to the Holy See's Secretariat of State and diplomatic service. Nevertheless, the pope has absolute power in the executive, legislative and judicial branches over Vatican City. He is currently the only absolute monarch in Europe. - Source
"City of Seven Hills usually refers to Rome" - Wikipedia.com
“It is within the city of Rome, called The City on Seven Hills, that the entire area of Vatican State Proper is now confined. - Catholic Encyclopedia, p.529
What Are the Seven Hills of Rome?
Rome was famously built upon seven hills. Rome was said to have been founded when Romulus and Remus, twin sons of Mars, ended up at the foot of the hill Palatine and founded the city. The other six hills are Capitoline (the seat of government), Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine. - Geography.com
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written to bishops around the world cautioning them on how they use the expression "sister Churches" when engaged in ecumenical dialogue.
The document says the Catholic Church is not a sister, but mother of all particular Churches.
The Tablet reports that Congregation Prefect Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger signed a note attempting to clarify the proper sense of the expression "sister Churches", which "may only be used by those ecclesial communities that have preserved a valid episcopate and Eucharist".
"While there is certainly a legitimate use of this expression (sister Churches)", says the Vatican text, "an ambiguous use has become prevalent in contemporary writings on ecumenism" and "it is therefore appropriate to recall the correct and proper use of this expression".
One unnamed theologian quoted by The Tablet regretted that the note implicitly resurrected the pre-Vatican II notion of the "one, true Church". - Catholic News
NOTICE! "the proud title which may be read upon its walls, that it is "Omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater, et caput".
"Papal Archbasilica of Saint John in Lateran Major Papal and Roman Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in Lateran, Mother and Head of All Churches in Rome and in the World (full title)"
"Next to the formal entrance is the Archbasilica's claim to be the head, or Mother Church, of the entire world. Note the laurel wreath and the Papal tiara." - Wikipedia.com
As we have learned earlier that a “woman” is a” church” in prophetic symbol, a harlot is actually an impure woman because she commits spiritual adultery against Jesus her bridegroom as noted in Revelation 18:23. But do all the churches of the world commit adultery by doing as “mother Rome” instructs them to?
"Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; --she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority."
-Rev. Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, "On the Obedience Due to the Church," chap. 2, p. 174. (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York
“The Pope was recognized as the overall authority in the Christian world by an Anglican and Roman Catholic commission yesterday which described him as a "gift to be received by all the Churches"...if a new united Christian Church was created it would be the 'Bishop of Rome who would exercise a universal primacy.”
The Rt Rev Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and the other co-chairman, added: "The primacy of the Pope is a gift to be shared." -Electronic Telegraph-UK News May 13, 1999 Oliver Poole
The official language of the Vatican is Latin and just like roman letters hold a numerical value so it does in Latin alphabet. Can you guess what Vicarius Filli Dei equals out to be in Latin when you add it up?
|V = 5||F = 0||D = 500|
|I = 1||I = 1||E = 0|
|C = 100||L = 50||I = 1|
|A = 0||I = 1||sub-total = 501|
|R = 0||I = 1|
|I = 1||sub-total= 53|
|S = 0|
|sub-total = 112|
|[Total] 112 + 53 + 501 = 666|
The popes’ name or title equals to 666. Please read here for more details on the number 666. As you can see, these 7 prophetic scriptures pinned long ago foretell with perfect accuracy the details of the Vatican church.
These pictures show the exact same colors of the beast in Revelation. The chief colors in the robes of popes, bishops, and cardinals are purple and scarlet! So why does it call the church a whore? And why does it dress in scarlet colors?
A whore symbolized a prostitute and adulterer church while scarlet means sinful (as well as royalty - Daniel 5:7, 29; Matthew 27:28-29) . Color purple means royalty also - (Judges 8:26; Esther 8:15; John 19:2-3).
Leviticus 19:29, "Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness."
Isaiah 57:3, "But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore."
Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Esther 8:15, "And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad."
2 Corinthians 11:2 says that "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
We are espoused to Christ. The church commits spiritual adultery by having relationships with other religions. The Vatican church constantly has fellowship with other religions but here is one example.
Pope John Paul II organized the first World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, Italy, on October 27, 1986. In all there were 160 religious leaders spending the day together with fasting and praying to their God or gods. -- Wikipedia.com
The Roman Catholic Church had fellowship with a 160 different religious leaders. They are supposed to be espoused to Christ right? The Bible is clear,
Ephesians 5:11 ”have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
The word “fellowship” in Strong’s also means participation. We are not to have fellowship with different religions. But that doesn't mean to treat them badly. It means to separate yourself from them. We must not participate in any way on their worship, plans, and activities. Light doesn't have fellowship with darkness and neither should you. There is a difference between following the scripture and following the pope. It is spiritual fornication because the Vatican church had committed adultery against Christ with every religion. That is why it is called the Whore and scarlet. Truth is, a church and one professing faith in Christ is espoused to Christ.
Matthew 7:20-23 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The Vatican may call Christ Lord. They may cast out devils in His name. They may do many wonderful works. But at the end of the day, Christ says “depart from Me, I never knew you.”
This blasphemy is connected to blasphemy against God
Blasphemy is defined in the scriptures as follows:
BLASPHEMY - Undeniable Statements from the Beast's mouth
“Every priest has the power to forgive sins.” The Faith Explained, 3rd Edition, page 435.
“Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 410
“The priest does not only declare that the sinner is forgiven, but he really forgives him...so great is the power of the priest, that the judgments of heaven itself are subject to his decision.” The Catholic Priest, by Michael Meuller, Kreuzer Bros., 1876.
"Don't go to God for forgiveness of sins, come to me." -Pope John Paul II, LA Times, 12-12-1984
"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." -Ferraris Ecclesiastical dictionary
"All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope." - On the Authority of the Councils, book 2, chapter 17
Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Christ has repeatedly warned us throughout the scripture. He told us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing Matthew 7:15. Indeed, the Vatican is a ravening wolf disguised as a lamb. The scripture provides a lot of evidence about this beast so just continue reading it diligently.
Let's now look at the "Names of blasphemy" that Christ said,
According to the Catholic teaching that “In our religious lives, particularly for Catholics, we refer to our priests as father, in some cases the head of a male religious community is referred to as abbot (derived from abba – meaning father or daddy) and the Bishop of Rome as Holy Father or Pope (for papa). In the early Church, it was the practice to call all bishops papa.” - https://sites.google.com/site/mycatholicfaithalive/home/why-do-we-call-priests-father
Haven’t you notice that every single Catholic priest wants you to call him father in front of his name. We only have one spiritual father but God and God alone. Truth is, the pope is called and addressed “holy father” not only by the catholics but also the non-catholics as well. Truly, this is names of blasphemy! There is a difference between following God or following popes dogma. What does the Pope think of himself?
Does the pope sit in a temple of God thinking he is god?
-These words appeared in the Roman Canon Law:
➧ "To believe that our Lord God the Pope has not the power to decree as he is decreed, is to be deemed heretical.-I?i the Gloss "Extravagantes" o.f Pope John XXII Cum inter, Tit. XIV, Cap. IV. Ad Callem Sexti Decretalium, Paris, 1685.
➧ "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".
"The pope is the supreme judge of the law of the land... He is the vicegerent (replacement) of Christ, who is not only a Priest forever, but also King of kings and Lord of lords." - La Civilia Cattolica, March 18, 1871, quoted in Leonard Woosely Bacaon, An inside view of the Vatican Council (American Tract Society ed.), p.229, n.
➧ The last line of the 1302 ad Bull Unam Sanctam... Issued by POPE BONIFACE VIII states; we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff. -UNAM SANCTAM (Promulgated November 18, 1302) (For a complete look at this quote, Fordham.edu or PapalEncyclicals.net)
➧ "This is our last lesson to you: receive it, engrave it in your minds, all of you: by God's commandment salvation is to be found nowhere but in the Church; the strong and effective instrument of salvation is none other than the Roman Pontificate." (Pope Leo XIII, Allocution for the 25th anniversary of his election, February 20, 1903; Papal Teachings: The Church, Benedictine Monks of Solesmes, St. Paul Editions, Boston, 1962, par. 653).
Pope Francis leads the celebration of the Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Jan. 25, 2014, concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, at the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le mura). Note that Pope Francis was seated on a great white throne between two golden Cherubim (Isa 37:16, Psalm 80:1), and four living creatures (Rev 4:6-8), in the apse.
Screen capture from Vatican TV (CTV) Concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016.01.25
Associated with the blasphemies that the Vatican did is that she was “drunken with the blood” meaning that she has shed blood or murdered profusely the saints.
The beast had power 42 months to make war with the saints. A biblical month is actually 30 days which is different from the months we use today. Let’s take the duration of the flood for example and do the math:
Genesis 7:11 “In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”
On the 2nd month and 17th day it began to flood the earth.
Genesis 8:3-4 “And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”
After 150 days the waters subsided. The ark rested on the 7th month and 17th day. So from the 2nd month and 17th day and to the 7th month and 17th day is 150 days or 5 biblical months: 150 days divided by 5 months is 30 days.
Again, the beast made war with the saints for 42 months. So if we do the math, 30 x 42 = 1,260 days that this beast would make war against the saints. Now, 1 day in prophecy equals a year.
Ezekiel 4:6 "And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year."
Numbers 14:34 “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.”
So, the 42 months is equals to 1,260 days and equals to 1,260 years.
This Beast, who scripture describes as the Vatican church, will make war with the saints for exactly 1,260 years. This prophecy is one solid proof pointing alone to the Vatican and it eliminates a lot of false doctrines like Obama being the beast or Hitler because no man can live 1,260 years. Yes, it is a kingdom where the same leader carries the same name throughout history can. When did this church become a church and kingdom with a military?
Vigilius… ascended the papal chair in 538 A.D. under the military protection of Belisarius.” -History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 327. - Online SOURCE
The pagan Rome became papal Rome; church and state were united. “The Pope, who calls himself ‘King” and ‘Pontifex Maximus,’ is Caesar’s successor.” Adolf Harnack, What is Christianity? (Putnams’s, 1903 ed.), p. 270.
So the persecution of the saints under the this beast started in 538 A.D. Let us now add 1,260 years on to this date 538 A.D. and something should have happened to make the beast just stop the killing of the saints. When you add 1,260 + 538 = 1798. What happened then in the year 1798?
“In 1798 General Berthier made his entrance into Rome, abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.” –Encyclopedia Britannica 1941 edition.
So exactly as God said, they would make war with the saints for 1,260 years. This evidence not only proves that the Beast really is the Vatican but it also proves that God is all powerful and all knowing. They stopped because the pope died in exile under the French general Berthier. How bad was the persecution during the 1,260 years that the papal had power?
On March 12, 2000 the pope did an open apology for the mass persecution.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: "Let us pray that each one of us, looking to the Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, will recognize that even men of the Church, in the name of faith and morals, have sometimes used methods not in keeping with the Gospel in the solemn duty of defending the truth." New York Times
Do they really “defending the truth” or was it done ”in the name of faith and morals”? No it was not! Christ said,
John 16:2-3 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me."
Now, just how bad was this persecution for them to have no option but to publicly apologize?
⚫ "From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of popery." -- "History of Romanism," pp. 541, 542. New York: 1871.
⚫ “More then 300,000 suffered persecution in Spain alone, of whom 31,912 died in the flames. Millions more were slain for their faith throughout Europe.” Quoted from “The History of the Inquisition in Spain,” by Llorente, pp. 206-208. Printed in Bible Readings for the Home, (Washington: Review & Herald Pub. Assoc., 1942) p. 221.
⚫ "On August 24, 1527, Roman Catholics in France, by prearranged plan, under Jesuit influence, murdered 70,000 Protestants within the space of two months. The Pope rejoiced when he heard the news of the successful outcome."-Western Watchman, Nov.21, 1912 (Catholic)
⚫ "For teaching faith contrary to the teaching of the Church of Rome, history records the martyrdom of more than 100 million people." -Brief Bible Readings p. 16
⚫ "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 . . . It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings."--W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition. (An excellent though lengthy article describing in detail the right of the Roman Catholic Church to do this, will be found in The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)
⚫ "There are many unquestionable cases of Protestants punished as heretics in nearly all the lands where Roman Catholics have had power, right down to the French Revolution [right down to 1798]."--G. G. Coulton, The Death-Penalty for Heresy, Medieval Studies, No. 18, 1924 edition, pp. 62 [The author was a well-known member of the French Academy and an enthusiastic champion of Catholicism].
⚫ "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.
⚫ "Experience teaches that there is no other remedy for the evil, but to put heretics (Protestants) to death; for the (Romish) church proceeded gradually and tried every remedy: at first she merely excommunicated them; afterwards she added a fine; then she banished them; and finally she was constrained to put them to death." -Cardinal Bellarmine famous champion of Romanism cited by Schumucker p. 76
Throughout the scripture Christ has given us warning after warning. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Vatican is in sheep clothing because it claims to be followers of Christ.
⚫ "The Catholic Church has persecuted ... when she thinks it is good to use physical force she will use it... Will the Catholic Church give bond that she will not persecute?... The Catholic Church gives no bonds for her ‘good behavior’." -Western Watchman, Dec. 24, 1908 (emphasis added).
The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity. She possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes, and claimed the prerogatives of God. Her spirit is no less cruel and despotic now than when she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the Most High. The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon she conceals the invariable venom of the serpent. "Faith ought not to be kept with heretics, nor persons suspected of heresy" (Lenfant, volume 1, page 516), she declares. Shall this power, whose record for a thousand years is written in the blood of the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the church of Christ? It is not without reason that the claim has been put forth in Protestant countries that Catholicism differs less widely from Protestantism than in former times. There has been a change; but the change is not in the papacy. Catholicism indeed resembles much of the Protestantism that now exists, because Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers.
As the Protestant churches have been seeking the favor of the world, false charity has blinded their eyes. They do not see but that it is right to believe good of all evil, and as the inevitable result they will finally believe evil of all good. Instead of standing in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints, they are now, as it were, apologizing to Rome for their uncharitable opinion of her, begging pardon for their bigotry. A large class, even of those who look upon Romanism with no favor, apprehend little danger from her power and influence. Many urge that the intellectual and moral darkness prevailing during the Middle Ages favored the spread of her dogmas, superstitions, and oppression, and that the greater intelligence of modern times, the general diffusion of knowledge, and the increasing liberality in matters of religion forbid a revival of intolerance and tyranny. The very thought that such a state of things will exist in this enlightened age is ridiculed. It is true that great light, intellectual, moral, and religious, is shining upon this generation. In the open pages of God's Holy Word, light from heaven has been shed upon the world. But it should be remembered that the greater the light bestowed, the greater the darkness of those who pervert and reject it.
A prayerful study of the Bible would show Protestants the real character of the papacy and would cause them to abhor and to shun it; but many are so wise in their own conceit that they feel no need of humbly seeking God that they may be led into the truth. Although priding themselves on their enlightenment, they are ignorant both of the Scriptures and of the power of God. They must have some means of quieting their consciences, and they seek that which is least spiritual and humiliating. What they desire is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method of remembering Him. The papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all these. It is prepared for two classes of mankind, embracing nearly the whole world--those who would be saved by their merits, and those who would be saved in their sins. Here is the secret of its power.
A day of great intellectual darkness has been shown to be favorable to the success of the papacy. It will yet be demonstrated that a day of great intellectual light is equally favorable for its success. In past ages, when men were without God's word and without the knowledge of the truth, their eyes were blindfolded, and thousands were ensnared, not seeing the net spread for their feet. In this generation there are many whose eyes become dazzled by the glare of human speculations, "science falsely so called;" they discern not the net, and walk into it as readily as if blindfolded. God designed that man's intellectual powers should be held as a gift from his Maker and should be employed in the service of truth and righteousness; but when pride and ambition are cherished, and men exalt their own theories above the word of God, then intelligence can accomplish greater harm than ignorance. Thus the false science of the present day, which undermines faith in the Bible, will prove as successful in preparing the way for the acceptance of the papacy, with its pleasing forms, as did the withholding of knowledge in opening the way for its aggrandizement in the Dark Ages.
In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the institutions and usages of the church the support of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists. Nay, more, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain in Protestant America the supremacy which she has lost in the Old World. And that which gives greater significance to this movement is the fact that the principal object contemplated is the enforcement of Sunday observance--a custom which originated with Rome, and which she claims as the sign of her authority. It is the spirit of the papacy--the spirit of conformity to worldly customs, the veneration for human traditions above the commandments of God--that is permeating the Protestant churches and leading them on to do the same work of Sunday exaltation which the papacy has done before them.
- The Great Controversy, p. 571-573, E. G. White (1911)
Revelation 18:24 "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
The Vatican has shed blood for over thousand years. Christ said in Matthew 7:20 "by their fruits ye shall know them".
And again Christ tells everyone in the church...
Revelation 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
Come out of that Babylonian church, she does not follow Christ, she has committed adultery, she has killed, she has blasphemed -- please do not be partakers of her sins!
Let us go to this verse..
This prophetic statement clearly indicates the three phases of this beast, the Vatican, “that was” in power at one time, and “is not” means that it’s power will be lost temporarily, and the “yet is” aspect will then the comeback of its power. Historical records affirms these three events took place with the Vatican.
1.) The beast “that was" - This period began with the supremacy of the papacy. A.D. 538. and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by the French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, 'He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity." Rev. 13:10. GC 439.
According to the History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p 327, “Vigilius… ascended the papal chair (538 A.D.) under the military protection of Belisarius.” This was the first phase when Vatican becomes a church and state power.
2. The beast “is not” -
The Encyclopedia Brittannica 1941 edition verified that “In 1798 General Berthier… abolished the papal government, and established a secular one.”
“At that time (1798) the French army under the generalship of Berthier entered Rome and made the pope a prisoner, where he died in exile. Though a new pope was soon afterward elected, the papal hierarchy has never since been able to wield the power which it before possessed." Great Controversy, p 266.
The Vatican lost its papal power in 1798 A.D., hence, the Roman Church/State power do not exist until the signing of the Lateran treaty in 1929. Therefore, the Roman church “is not” a ruling power at this time.
3. The beast “yet is” - means that the power which was lost will once again return.
The “yet is” aspect of the prophecy states that though this beast was mortally wounded, it will return and regain its former power. That day is upon us now. From 1929 to present the Roman church has been a church and state when the Lateran Treaty was signed.
The New York Times, July 7, 1929 published that “…this morning there was another sovereign independent State in the world… Premier Mussolini… and Cardinal Gasparri, signed… the sovereign independent State of Vatican City… into existence.”On June 7, 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome. - Pope Becomes Ruler Of A State Again - quote from New York Times.
“In 1929, with the Lateran Treaty the Italian state and the papacy agreed to recognise each other, with the state paying the Church compensation for the loss of the territories. The pope was recognised as sovereign of a new state: the Vatican City.” Wikipedia.org
In 1929 the Roman church regains its church and state power.
BEWARE! Others who fell on the path falsely teach that the scarlet-colored beast of Revelation 17 represents the United States of America but the USA athough a "nation" has it's own description as the 2nd beast of Revelation 13 and it does not pass the characteristics of this beast so we cannot apply it as the valid representation of the scarlet-colored beast". Still others teach that it is the Order Of Illuminati" but they are wrong because Illuminati is NOT a nation neither a kingdom but only a one front organization among many, of Jesuit Order like the Club of Rome, the C.F.R., the Opus Dei, Freemansory, etc... to bring back the whole world under one world government - i.e. the Vatican.
"The Catholic Church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individua in the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars." - The Vatican Billions, by Avro Manhattan.
This prophecy predicts that a one world government will be formed so as to ensure the enforcement of the mark of the beast. Please notice how the Roman Catholic Vatican will form a New World Order (NWO) – global rule structure by separating the world into ten kingdoms – they actually use the same terminology of Revelation.
Adaptive Model of the Global World System
"The Club had its beginnings in April of 1968, when leaders from ten different countries gathered in Rome...The organization claims to have the solutions for world peace and prosperity... The Club of Rome has been charged with the task of overseeing the regionalization and unification of the entire world... "The Club's findings and recommendations are published from time to time in special, highly confidential reports, which are sent to the power-elite to be implemented. On 17th of September 1973 the Club released one such report, entitled Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System... The document reveals that the Club has divided the world into ten political / economic regions, which it refers to as 'kingdoms.'
|The Ten Kingdoms of the New World Government|
|Kingdom 1:||Canada & United States of America|
|Kingdom 2:||European Union - Western Europe|
|Kingdom 4:||Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Pacific Islands|
|Kingdom 5:||Eastern Europe|
|Kingdom 6:||Latin America - Mexico, Central and South America|
|Kingdom 7:||North Africa and the Middle East|
|Kingdom 8:||Central Africa|
|Kingdom 9:||South and Southeast Asia|
|Kingdom 10:||Central Asia|
Daniel 2:44-45, "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
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