So what has the Roman Catholic Church done that has most impacted God and His true Church? It is because of this issue that God is going to pour out His full wrath upon the Papal Church just before the Second Coming of Christ and what the final choice and climax that involves the mark of the beast will be all about. We saw how 666 came from pagan sun worship and their supreme god being the sun, but now 666 is also the number of the Pope’s name. Remember also that 666 symbolizes that the person with this number to have power over all the other gods, which in the case of the Papacy is their claim to be God and to have authority over God and even his law. So what is the mark of the beast and how does it relate to sun worship?
What the mark of the beast is not is some sinister event placed at the end of time that resembles some science fiction movie with no real significance. It is the conclusion to something that the beast power has been affecting for a very long time that is especially significant to God. Revelation shows that the mark of the beast is unmistakably about worship, which is something that has been an ongoing issue for thousands of years. It is essentially a battle that has been raging between God and Satan over worship ever since there was war in heaven and Satan and a third of the angles were thrown out. (Revelation 12:7-9) Scripture informs us that Satan wanted to be worshipped as God and why for all of Church history and long before, Satan has been working towards obtaining this goal. (Isaiah 14:12-14) The mark of the beast is the climactic ending to this ongoing issue of worship and the entire world is going to have to decide once and for all whom they are going to worship.
It should come as no surprise that the beast power is in fact responsible for something that has affected the true worship of God for hundreds of years. This is why right before the return of Christ; God is basically going to say enough! The beast power will enforce their worship laws as they have done in the past, and it will be time for everyone to choose who they are going to worship and give their allegiance to. Those who worship God only will not be able to buy and sell and endure tribulation but God will protect many. Those who choose to worship the beast by their rules, which will be in opposition to God will ultimately perish. Those who worship the beast willingly receive the mark of the beast in their forehead, (mind) while those who do so under duress will receive the mark in their hand. (actions) After this God will destroy the beast power for its crimes against Him and His true Church.
Remember that Revelation 13:2 says that the dragon (Satan) gave power to the beast and he did this so he could rob God of the worship he desired and to receive that worship in place of God. This is why it will incur the full wrath of God, because if you worship the beast, you will effectively be giving your allegiance to Satan himself who was always behind this plan to deprive God of worship, which has gone on for most of Church history now. Most Christians have been deceived by our adversary’s plan and some have even inadvertently helped Satan achieve his goal. There are a great multitude of Christian web sites that are fighting with all sorts of deceptions and lies to try and convince us that we do not have to worship God in the way he requested. What would make these Christians do this and go to so much effort to do so?
Revelation 14:7 says to worship God who created the heavens and the earth and the sea and the fountains and the waters and verse 9-11 says not to worship the beast or we will incur the full wrath of God. It certainly sounds simple enough. Why would anyone want to worship the beast anyway? Surely all Christians would desire to worship God and would never worship the beast, or would they? Jesus said those who receive the mark are deceived, so could it be that the reason for this is because most of the world is already deceived on this issue? So what defines worship of God? And exactly how would we worship the beast? Is there anything that God has asked us to do in reference to worship that most of the world has ignored? And if so, has the beast power done something that would be a counterfeit to what God asked of us in relation to worship so that they would receive worship in place of God?
The answer is found all through scripture for those with open eyes and is even staring us in the face in Revelation 14:7. The instruction to “worship God who created the heavens and the earth and the fountains and the waters” is only found in one other place in the Bible. It is found right in the middle of God’s law. While the second Commandment tells us who and what not to worship, the largest of the Ten Commandments is very significantly about the worship of God and in the way He Commanded. We are told that when we keep this Commandment, it is a sign, which is synonymous with a mark, that it is God we love and worship and that it is God that sanctifies us. And yet most of the Christian world fights with all their heart to bury this one Commandment. Well guess what? It is very important to God and it is just as much sin to disobey this Commandment as it is for any of the Ten Commandments.
God “is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33) or a foolish God who placed a law that is NOT Love and Eternal in with nine other laws that obviously ARE Love and Eternal. Deuteronomy 6:5 actually proves this stating that to LOVE God with all your heart, might and soul is to keep every one of the Ten Commandments that had just been read 17 verses earlier!
Did you know that the Catholic Church have their own version of the Ten Commandments and have removed the second Commandment? This is about who and what we should not worship. But did you also know that by the death of millions that they changed the fourth Commandment to Sunday in honour of sun worship through paganism from Babylon? Here is the relevance and link to 666. This is why most Churches today worship on SUN-day. Satan was behind the whole change and is the driving force behind all those who bend over backwards to attack this one Commandment and try and convince others that it does not matter. Why would so many be so desperate to convince us of this? Why are there hundreds of different excuses? Why isn’t there just one plain scripture that says this Commandment is gone? If one actually opens their eyes and looks at all the excuses, they will find that is exactly what they are. Excuses! Who is behind this and why? Do we really think that Satan would not attack something as important as God’s law?
Satan worked through the beast power to change God’s day of worship to a day that actually goes all the way back to Babel and that day was used for satanic worship. Sunday worship was originally Satan worship 2000 years B.C. Have you ever noticed that Satan counterfeits most things of God? If God’s true day of worship is His sign and mark, then the mark of the beast and 666 as Satan’s counterfeit has to be referring to keeping of a false day of worship created by Satan and his mystery Babylonian system. Have you also noticed how occult symbols are usually reversed? What do Satan worshippers use for a cross? The occult symbol for a cross is an inverted cross and here is a very interesting place to find one!
How many understand that God uses the 6:1 principle? That is, you have 6 of something normal and then on the 7th something special happens. Example: God created the world in 6 days and the on the 7th we have a very special day of rest and worship. Crops were grown for 6 years and the 7th year the land was to be rested. Slaves were kept for 6 years but on the 7th year you had to set them free. There are 6 weeks from Passover to the 7th week when we have Pentecost. There is 6 months from Passover to the 7th month when we have the Day of Atonement. We are currently approaching the end of 6000 years since creation and if Christ returns at the end of these 6000 years, we will then have the 7000th year period which is what the Bible calls the millennium. 6000 years + 1000 years (millennium) = 7000 years. None of this is by chance and is God’s plan. Have a look at the days of the week below.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Sabbath|
The first six days are normal work days but day seven is the “Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Now remember that the occult uses the reverse symbol or is the opposite (in opposition) of God’s way. So if Sunday was always the plan of Satan for his day of worship and we know from history that it is, then his week would be the reverse of God’s. Instead of being the 6:1 principle it would be a 1:6 principle. So let’s reverse the week and see if this is the case.
|Sabbath||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7|
As you can see, it is not really just two days side by side. It is the reverse of God’s week. It is the occult equivalent and this is not by chance and why Satan chose Sunday. Satan has always planned to do this and has done it slowly over time and deceived most of the Christian world. Why is it such a burden for Christians to set aside this day exclusively for the worship of God as a sign that we are His? So a sign and a mark are synonymous and Satan’s sign or mark is the occult reverse of God’s. Can you now see why this false day of worship is called the mark of the beast and why it is all about worship?
How many have noticed that Satan is busy trying to convince Christians that they do not have to obey the Ten Commandments at all anymore? Satan began with the easiest Commandment to attack, and the final stage of the change to God’s day of worship was achieved by giving the Papal Church their position and power and having them enforce it by law. The Seventh day was nearly murdered out of existence. Even Daniel 7:25 informs us that through persecution they would change God’s law. But do most Christians take note of this? No! The enemy is too busy keeping everyone in the dark on this issue ready for his grand climactic finale with 666 and the mark of the beast. This is what the great controversy is all about. Is it any wonder Satan attacks anyone who teaches obedience to the Sabbath and works so hard in the minds of Christians trying to keep them from discovering the real truth.
Note these quotes from the Roman Catholic Church on their views on being able to change the Ten Commandments of God. Note also what the Roman Catholic Church actually say their MARK is. Their statement is extraordinarily credible when you consider that their definition is also perfectly consistent with absolutely all other scripture in regards to the mark of the beast. I wonder if their use of the word MARK is coincidental. I would say not!
“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).
“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.
What does the Roman Catholic Church say their MARK is?
“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.
“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 of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.
The fourth Commandment is so significant to God that He used it as a test Commandment to see if His children would keep His whole law. God is going to do this again with the mark of the beast issue to find those who love Him enough to keep His law and obey Him only. The interesting part is how God tested His children to see if they would keep His Ten Commandment law. He tested them by seeing if they would keep the Seventh day or not. And did they? No, and God accused them of breaking His whole law. If they failed to keep His Seventh day Sabbath, as far as God was concerned they were not keeping any of His Ten Commandment law. Many think we can just keep nine Commandments, yet God says if we do not keep the fourth then we are not keeping the other nine at all. We also find this principle in James 2:10 which says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” As you can see, there is more to the fourth Commandment than meets the eye in that it is an extremely significant SIGN that it is God we worship, love and give our allegiance to.
Exodus 16:4-30 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, THAT I MAY PROVE THEM, WHETHER THEY WILL WALK IN MY LAW, OR NO. 5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily… 26 Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. 27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 28 AND THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES, HOW LONG REFUSE YOU TO KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS AND MY LAWS? 29 See, for that the LORD has given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide you every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.”
So why does the Sabbath define that it is God we give our allegiance to? It is because it is very significantly about whom we worship and belong to and who makes us Holy. Note carefully the following verses.
Exodus 31:13-17 “Speak you also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the LORD that does SANCTIFY you. … 15 Six days may work be done; but in the Seventh is the Sabbath of rest, Holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel [Who is Israel today?] shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a PERPETUAL covenant. 17 It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel FOR EVER: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the Seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
Ezekiel 20:20 “And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that you may know that I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.”
The fourth Commandment is one of the eternal Ten because keeping this extremely significant SIGN identifies us as God’s children who He sanctifies and makes Holy. It also defines therefore that it is God who we worship and love and give our allegiance to. It is not a SIGN when we keep a secular day and profane God’s Sabbath. There is a lot more that could be cited but I hope this is enough to help one understand why this day is very important to God and why it is a sin against God for us to not keep His Sabbath day Holy.