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STUDY 11 OF 13

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UpLift Him Up The Mark of the Beast
GOD’S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
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What is the mark of the beast? Is it a
monster computer system hidden away
somewhere in Europe? Or a microscopic
chip to be imbedded under the skin? To
millions of people the mark of the beast is
power (see Daniel 7:17, 23). This
Biblical truth uncovers an important
clue to the mark of the beast, namely,
that it is the mark of an earthly king-
dom. But what kingdom? We also
something obscure and mysterious. If you learned that, strictly from a historical
were to take a random survey about this perspective, the first earthly kingdom
dreaded mark, most people would brought to view in Revelation 13 is
probably express fear of receiving it and yet Papal Rome.
not really understand exactly what it is. And in our last study we learned
The last book of the Bible has not that the second beast is the United States
given the prophetic warning of the mark of America, which is identified as having
of the beast in order that we would be the military might to enforce economic
afraid to receive something we know boycott upon the world. So far this
little about. In love and compassion, prophecy is right on target. The United
God opens the future of this world and States is now the world’s sole superpower
what is going to take place in regard to and is also more closely allied to Papal
the enforcement of this mark that we Rome, politically, than ever before.
might not be deceived. God does not Revelation also tells us that the first
want any to perish, but desires all to be beast or kingdom in chapter 13 receives
Lift Him Up
Him Up Lift
Up Lift Him
Lift Him Up

saved (see 2 Peter 3:9). Listen to His its power, seat and authority from the
solemn call: dragon (see Revelation 13:2). And the
“And the third angel followed lamblike beast speaks like a dragon (see
them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If any Revelation 13:11). Both of these powers
man worship the beast and his image, are identified with the dragon, who
and receive his mark in his forehead, or makes “war with the remnant,” who
in his hand, the same shall drink of the “keep the commandments of God”
wine of the wrath of God, which is (Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12).
poured out without mixture into the cup The mark of the beast, therefore, is in
of His indignation; and he shall be direct opposition to the commandments
tormented with fire and brimstone in of God. What does all this mean? Simply
the presence of the holy angels, and in put, the mark of the beast is a worship
the presence of the Lamb: And the issue—worship of the first beast, the
smoke of their torment ascendeth up Papacy, versus the worship of God by
forever and ever: and they have no rest those who keep His commandments.
day nor night, who worship the beast
and his image, and whosoever receiveth The Seal of God
the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11). Every Christian in the world today
In a previous study we learned that worships God on one of two days, either
a beast in Bible prophecy is symbolic, Sunday or Saturday. Those who keep
representing an earthly kingdom or Saturday believe that the seventh-day
Sabbath was given, not just to the God for salvation (see Hebrews 4:1-10). Catechism, by Stephen Deenan, p. 174).
Jewish nation, but to mankind at the Those who receive the mark of the beast “Question—Which is the Sabbath day?
creation of the world. It has never been have “no rest day nor night” (Revelation “Answer—Saturday is the Sabbath day.
set aside or changed by God (see Mark 14:11). “Question—Why do we observe
2:27; Genesis 2:2, 3; Matthew 5:17, Sunday instead of Saturday?
18). In the context of the gospel, the The Mark of the Beast “Answer—We observe Sunday
Sabbath is a “sign” that God alone The mark of the beast is in conflict instead of Saturday because the Catholic
saves us and makes us holy (see Ezekiel with God’s seal. Prophecy predicted that Church, in the Council of Laodicea
20:12). It acts as a continual reminder the little horn power of Daniel 7 would (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity
of what God has done for us without “think to change times and laws” (Daniel from Saturday to Sunday” (Peter
us. This is why the Sabbath command- 7:25). It is the fulfillment of this change Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of
ment is so important. It stands as a by the Papacy that has educated millions Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 1977).
“sign” or “seal” of salvation (see Isaiah of people into a counterfeit gospel. How? The Papacy has changed God’s
56:1-6). (The words “sign” and “seal” The Papacy views their change of the appointed time of worship. It has put the
are used interchangeably in the Bible. Sabbath as a sign that they have author- first day of the week, Sunday, in the
See Romans 4:11). ity to change God’s Word and the way of place of God’s seventh-day Sabbath,
The Sabbath contains three salvation. Millions of people, including Saturday. The Papacy claims to have the
characteristics of a seal: almost every Protestant church in the authority and power to do this:
1. Name: The Lord God world, are seconding that claim by The Papacy says, “The authority of
2. Title: The Creator observing Sunday in the place of the the church could therefore not be bound
3. Domain: Heaven and Earth Bible Sabbath. to the authority of the Scriptures,
These characteristics are found in Yes, there are some plausible reasons because the church had changed…the
the Sabbath commandment. for the worship of God on Sunday. It Sabbath to Sunday, not by command of
“The seventh day is the Sabbath of was the day Jesus rose from the grave; Christ, but by its own authority” (Canon
the Lord thy God…. For in six days Christians have kept Sunday for many and Tradition, p. 263).
the Lord made heaven and earth, the centuries and, therefore, it is a tradition; The observance of Sunday, by the
sea, and all that in them is” (Exodus the disciples met together on that day to nature of this issue and by the direct
20:10, 11). break bread and study the Scriptures. confession of the Papacy, becomes the
So the Sabbath is the Lord’s day and However, because none of these reasons sign of man’s allegiance to tradition,
stands as a sign or seal of His salvation. are based on a direct command of God, rather than to the gospel, and of his trust
Notice now how the Bible declares Protestant Christians are forced to admit in man’s authority rather than in God.
that God’s people are to be sealed into that while Sunday is their Sabbath, it is As a beast in prophecy represents
the gospel truth by the power of the not the Bible Sabbath. any earthly kingdom or power, the mark
Holy Spirit. For a billion Catholics, however, the of the beast would constitute the
“In whom ye also trusted, after reason for keeping Sunday instead of the distinguishing feature of such a power.
that ye heard the word of truth, the Bible Sabbath is more specific. The What is the distinguishing mark of the
gospel of your salvation: in whom also following quotations are taken from papal power? Could it be the substitu-
after that ye believed, ye were sealed Catholic catechisms on church doctrine: tion of Sunday observance in the place of
with that Holy Spirit of promise” “Question—Have you any other God’s seventh-day Sabbath?
(Ephesians 1:13). way of proving that the church (Roman Rome says: “Of course the Catholic
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of Catholic) has power to institute festivals Church claims that the change was her
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the of precept? act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesi-
day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). “Answer—Had she not such power, astical power and authority in religious
So we find that God’s people are to she could not have done that in which all matters” (The Faith of Our Fathers,
be sealed with the seal of God. This modern religionists agree with her—she Gardinal Gibbons, p. 14).
seal is directly connected with the word could not have substituted the obser- Again, Rome says of the change of
of truth, the gospel of salvation and the vance of Sunday, the first day of the worship from the seventh-day Sabbath to
Sabbath, the fourth commandment of week, for the observance of Saturday, the Sunday, “It’s the mark of our authority to
God’s law. This is because the Sabbath seventh day, a change for which there is overrule God’s law” (Father Enright C.S.S.R.
is a sign of the gospel, of resting in not scriptural authority” (A Doctrinal of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City,
Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802). keeping, the mark of its authority to separation of church and state” (Time,
Incredible! Prophecy predicts what overrule God’s law? First of all, we June 17, 1991).
the Catholic Church admits, leaving should consider that Rome calls all its Pope Leo once stated, “All Catho-
each of us without a doubt as to what church members to Sunday observance. lics should do all in their power to cause
constitutes the mark of the beast. Bible Anyone who violates this, the pope has the constitutions of states and legisla-
prophecy alongside authoritative Catho- said, should be “punished as a heretic” tion to be modeled on the principles of
lic statements designates that the (Detroit News, July 7, 1998). Beyond the true church, and all Catholic writers
distinguishing mark of Roman Catholic that, the Papacy calls its flock to seek and journalists should never lose sight,
Christianity is the worship of God on civil enforcement of its dogmas, espe- for an instant, of the view of the above
Sunday in place of the worship of God cially in regard to Sunday: prescription” (Bible Readings for the
on the Bible Sabbath. “The civil authorities should be Home Circle, 1914 ed., p. 236).
urged to cooperate with the church in
Religious Liberty maintaining and strengthening this The Forehead or
Threatened public worship of God, and to support the Hand
Does this mean that people who go with their own authority the regulations Following the above prescription
to church on Sunday presently have the set down by the church’s pastor. For it is will eventually lead to the direct
mark of the beast? No, it does not! The only in this way that the faithful will fulfillment of the prophetic predictions

As a beast in prophecy represents any earthly


kingdom or power, the mark of the beast would
constitute the distinguishing feature of such a power.
mark of the beast does not become a understand why it is Sunday and not the found in the last book of the Bible:
testing issue until all of the predictions of Sabbath-day that we keep holy” (The “And he causeth all, both small
the prophecy are in place. No one will Roman Catechism, 1985). and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
receive the mark of the beast until More recently the Bishop of Rome to receive a mark in their right hand, or
religious legislation is passed enforcing issued an apostolic letter to his one-billion- in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16).
Sunday laws upon the masses under pain member church reminding them to Notice, the mark of the beast can
of economic boycott and death: “naturally strive to ensure that civil legisla- be received in the right hand or fore-
“And he had power to give life unto tion respects their duty to keep Sunday head. This is not so with the seal of
the image of the beast, that the image of holy” (John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Dies God. It can only be received in the
the beast should both speak, and cause Domini, statement 67, paragraph 2). forehead. This is because the forehead
that as many as would not worship the The consequence of such natural signifies what one truly believes with
image of the beast should be killed. And striving in America would mean the the mind, whereas the hand simply
he causeth all, both small and great, rich destruction of the wall of separation that signifies what we do, our actions,
and poor, free and bond, to receive a has stood between church and state, a wall regardless of what we believe (see
mark in their right hand, or in their that has made this country an example of Ecclesiastes 9:10). This prophecy
foreheads: And that no man might buy religious freedom in the world. predicts that there will be many who do
or sell, save he that had the mark, or the The Papacy is strongly opposed to not believe in Sunday observance, but
name of the beast, or the number of his America’s principle of church-state will go along with it, refraining from
name” (Revelation 13:15-17). separation. In a visit to Poland after the work with their hands due to economic
Is Papal Rome seeking to secure fall of Communism, the Bishop of Rome pressure. They receive the mark in the
governmental enforcement of Sunday- “denounced,” among other things, “the hand rather than in the forehead.
Who will enforce these economic power. (V=5; I=1; C=100; A=0; R=0; logical thing to do. In the words of our
sanctions against those who refuse the I=1; U=5; S=0; F=0; I=1; L=50; I=1; I=1; Catholic friends:
mark? Prophecy says the United States D=500; E=0; I-1). “Perhaps the boldest thing, the most
of America will. The U.S. is presently This makes sense, since the power revolutionary change the Church ever
spearheading economic sanctions brought to view here is the papal power. did happened in the first century. The
against various nations who are not Yet there is a deeper meaning to 666. holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from
compliant with United Nations Six is the number of man because Saturday to Sunday…not from any
policies. The stage is set. Even now we, mankind, were created on the sixth directions noted in the Scriptures, but
millions of people have already experi- day. God’s number is seven, which from the Church’s sense of its own
enced the pressure of economic boycott. represents perfection and completeness power… People who think that the
Could such pressure actually cause (see Genesis 2:1-3). Six falls short of Scripture should be the sole authority,
people, even non-Christian nations, to seven as the papal system falls short of should logically become 7th Day
refrain from business on Sunday? Bible the gospel. The religious system of Rome Adventists, and keep Saturday holy”
prophecy predicts it, and there are is represented by three sixes because it is (Saint Catherine Catholic Church Senti-
even present-day situations that prove man’s counterfeit to the completed and nel, May 21, 1995).
it. For example, in the mid 1990’s, the perfect work of God. Instead of pointing
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with over us to the three powers of heaven, God Summary
140 million Muslims, closed for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are The Bible places an important
business on Sunday. Why did they do directed to the beast, the dragon and the emphasis upon our understanding and
this, when the Muslim holy day is false prophet (see Revelation 16:13). The worship of God. “And this is life eternal,
Friday and most Muslims have no bottom line is: that they might know Thee the only true
relish for western Christianity? The God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast
motivation behind this recent change 6 = Man’s authority (see Acts 5:29). sent” (John 17:3). When we know God,
has to do with economics, not religion. 6 = Man’s traditions (see Matthew 15: 3). we will choose to serve Him and worship
While Pakistan does not view Sunday 6 = Man’s commandments (see Mark 7:7). Him according to His Word, because it
as a holy day (only 2 percent of the is His Word and that Word alone that
country is Christian), due to the need Sunday, therefore, becomes the mark gives us life. Jesus is the Word. He is our
to keep up economically with the rest representing the exaltation of man above salvation, our wisdom and righteousness.
of the world, they must stay open for God. It is the symbol of man’s power to To worship Him is the only option for
business on Friday and close for overrule God’s law. It is the sign that we take those who see this wonderful truth of the
business on Sunday. man’s word in the place of God’s Word, man’s gospel. When should we do it? On what
The crisis is just before us. And power instead of the power of the gospel. day? Whatever day He commands,
while the issue will be worship, the Papal Rome declares, “The Bible whatever day He wishes, whatever day
bottom line for most people will be says, ‘Remember that thou keep holy the He, in His Word, calls us to remember
economics. From food, shelter and Sabbath day.’ The Catholic Church says, to worship Him on. Because in the end,
clothing to the luxuries of life, the test ‘No! By my divine power I abolish the the power to worship Him is in His
will come to all: will we obey man or Sabbath day, and command you to keep Word, not in man’s word. In the final
God? That brings us to the number 666. the first day of the week.’ And lo, the analysis, we can only keep holy that day
entire civilized world bows down in which God Himself has made holy. To
666—Man’s Number reverent obedience to the command of remember the Sabbath is to remember
“Here is wisdom. Let him that the holy Catholic Church” (Father that we are powerless to save and
hath understanding count the number Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral powerless to make holy. To remember
of the beast: for it is the number of a College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the that fact is to remember the gospel. Let
man; and his number is six hundred Sabbath, p. 802). the Sabbath of the Lord be to you a
threescore and six” (Revelation 13:18). Will we remember the Sabbath as a continual reminder of Him whom you
We are told to count or calculate sign of God’s completed work, His worship and serve. Amen.
this number. Six hundred and sixty-six power, and His salvation? Or will we
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