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●Topic tonight is: “Forever Marked- How to
avoid receiving The Mark of the Beast”
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–If you see golden arches—that’s
–trademark what company?
–If you said McDonald’s, you are right
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–If you see–symbol–five interlocking rings
–you know they stand for–Olympic Games
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–And if you see–Eiffel Tower–or even
–photo of it–
–you’re looking at a symbol of Paris, France

●But–mark of Beast isn’t always–symbol you


can see
–Can also be something–somebody does–
–something that marks–or identifies–them
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–as–loyal member of–certain group

●In the world of religion, for example,


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–one such mark is making
regular trips to Mecca
–If someone does that, it marks
them as loyal Muslim
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–If someone else goes to–synagogue
–every week, that marks–or identifies–them
–as–member of–Jewish faith
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–And if someone goes into–building
–every weekend with–cross on top,
–that marks them as–Christian

●We’re going to discover tonight that–


–Mark of–Beast–second kind–mark
–Not–symbol–can see with–eyes–
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–something–those–have–Mark of the Beast DO
–that marks–or identifies–them as
–loyal followers of the beast.
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●The warning against following and
worshiping the beast is the most urgent
warning given in the book of Revelation

●Book–Revelation is–Revelation of Jesus Christ.


Revelation 1:1 says it is:
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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God
gave Him to show His servants things which
must shortly take place….”
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“… And He sent and signified it by His angel
to His servant John.”
●So, whatever the Mark of the Beast is,
–according to–book of Revelation
–has something to do with
–counterfeit sign or symbol against Jesus
–with a system–undermines fundamental truths
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–about Jesus

●Go directly–Revelation–let God speak


to us through His Word
–Will not look at–books written about
–beast or the Mark of the Beast
●Revelation 14:6, 7 reads:
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“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst
of heaven, having the everlasting gospel...
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“...to preach to those who dwell on the earth–
to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people.
–Not a message–hidden in a corner
–goes to the ends of the earth
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“...Saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and
give glory to Him; for the hour of His
judgment has come;
–message–hour of God's judgment has come
–living–special time–just before
–coming of Jesus
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and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
the sea and springs of water.”

●Worship Him that made–that is–the Creator


–Revelation 14:7: appeal to worship the Creator
–central issue–Revelation 14–is worship

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–appeal–worship–Majesty of heaven
–Living God–Creator of all things

●Revelation 14:8: describes–second angel


–who says:
–“Babylon [or a confused religion] is fallen.”
–calls us–out of counterfeit
–religion teaching false doctrine
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●Then–Revelation 14: 9, 10: describes a third
angel
“Then a third angel followed them, saying
with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the
beast and his image...
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“...and receives his mark on his forehead or
on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the
wine of the wrath of God...”

●Notice the contrast:


–Revelation 14:7–calls us–worship the Creator
–Revelation 14:9 warns us: “If anyone worships
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the beast”
–you–see–central issue–earth's last conflict
–about worship
–worshiping the Creator–or–worshiping
the beast
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●Revelation 14–true and false worship collide
–conflict between truth and error
–command of God–human substitute
–final conflict–is over worship

●Revelation 14:12: describes–group of people


–worship their Creator–do not worship the beast
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●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.”

●Evident–worship of Creator
–keeping commandments
–at the center of this final conflict
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●Revelation presents two groups
–One group–worships Creator–Revelation 14:7
–one group–worships beast–Revelation 14:9
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●Remember Revelation 14–it says:
“Worship him that made heaven, earth, sea
and springs of waters.”

●Revelation 14
–calls us to worship the Creator
–says–focal point–final conflict–will be
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–over worshiping Creator

●Revelation 4 says–basis of all worship


–that God created us
●Fourth commandment says
–the way we worship God–as Creator
–is indeed by keeping the Sabbath
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–The Sabbath is the basis for all true worship

●Prophet Ezekiel (20:12) describes Sabbath


–God's true sign:
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“Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to
be a sign between them and Me, …”
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“…that they might know that I am the LORD
who sanctifies them.”

●Since Sabbath–sign of true worship


–since Sabbath–is in the heart
–Ten Commandments
●When Satan attacks the Sabbath
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–he attacks the Creator
–Since Sabbath–sign of God´s creative power
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●Revelation 7:2, 3 says:
“Then I saw another angel ascending from
the east, having the seal of the living God...
–Seal–the Sabbath–represents–loyalty to God
–sign of obedience–of a heart committed to God
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“And he cried with a loud voice to the four
angels to whom it was granted to harm the
earth and the sea...
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“...saying, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or
the trees till we have sealed the servants of
our God on their foreheads.”

●Forehead: represents the mind


–God tells–holy angels–hold back trouble
and destruction
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●Satan has attacked the Sabbath, because it
is the seal of God’s law

●Now we can understand–why Daniel prophesied


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–Daniel 7:25: an earthly religious power
–would rise–“think to change times and laws”
– of God

●So–if final conflict


–is over creation–as opposed to–evolution
–worshiping the Creator–so much–I obey Him
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–keep His Sabbath–as my sign of
allegiance to Him

●And if the devil–attacked God's law


–attempted to change it
–and final conflict is over–Sabbath
–worship–and creation
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–Mark of Beast–must have–do with
–change–Sabbath
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●Since final issue revolves around worship,
what earthly religious power claims that it has
authority to change God's law?

●Is there–an earthly religious power today


–claims authority–change God's law?
●Scores of–historical statements
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–Roman Church claims–authority
–change God's law
–Here is only one sample–recent statement
–Comes from–Saint Catherine's
rectory–Northern Michigan–May 1995
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●Parish priest writes:
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most
revolutionary change the Church ever did
happened in the first century. The holy day,
the Sabbath, …”
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“…was changed from Saturday to Sunday...
not from any directions noted in Scriptures,
but from the Church's sense of its own
power....”
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“… People who think that the scripture should
be the sole authority should logically become
Seventh-day Adventists and keep Saturday
holy.”

●Priest’s logic–impeccable

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–If power of church–above the Bible
–keep Sunday
–If Bible is supreme–keep Saturday
–become a Seventh-day Adventist
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●Does–Pope claim–authority–change God's law?
–Here is the answer–heart of the Vatican itself
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–from this document from the Catholic
church we read:

“The Pope has the power to change times, to


abrogate laws, and to dispense with all
things, even the precepts of Christ.”
●Please understand
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–Not our purpose–condemn any church
–any individual
–I know too many wonderful–dedicated
Roman Catholics
–God did not appoint me–you–any of us
–judge the heart of another

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●Each responsible–before God–for truth
–He entrusts to us
–He promises–Holy Spirit–guide us into truth
–when we study–His Holy Word
●I know for some–this is–big struggle
–I totally understand it

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–put your emotions aside–ask
–what does the Bible teach?
–What are – issues in – final conflict?
–Worshiping – Creator or worshiping–beast
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●Satan has attacked God's seal, the Sabbath,
the basis of all worship
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●Revelation 13
–outlines–identifying characteristics of the beast
–outlines–Mark of the Beast–how to avoid it
–already seen–central issue–is worship
●Comment–word beast–simply means animal
–many countries–identified by animal symbols

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–Lion=England; Bear=Russia;
Eagle=United States

●God describes–beast–Revelation chapter 13


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–Let’s answer two questions
●Who is the beast power described here?
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●What is the Mark of that beast power.

●Let’s look–7 clues–help us identify it


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●Revelation 13:1, 2–begins–describe the beast:
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I
saw a beast rising up out of the sea.”
(peoples, nations, and tongues)

●Remember–previous studies–Rev. 17:15:


–“The waters which you saw are peoples,
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nations, and tongues.”
–So–the sea–Bible prophecy
–represents population–nations–people
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea [peoples–
populated area]. And I saw a beast rising up
out of the sea having seven heads and ten
horns, …”
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“…and on his horns ten crowns, and on his
heads a blasphemous name...Now the beast
which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were
like…”
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“…the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the
mouth of a lion...The dragon gave him his
power, his throne, and great authority.”
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●–Dragon–symbol of Pagan Rome
–Where does–this beast–get his power from?
–The dragon–Who does dragon represent?
–Pagan Rome
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●Clue #1: The Beast is a Roman Power
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●Revelation 12:9 identifies the dragon as
Satan. But Satan works through human
agencies.
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In Revelation 12 the dragon working through
pagan Rome attempted to destroy Jesus
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●A Roman...
–official tried to kill baby Jesus
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–governor condemned Jesus
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–executioner crucified Jesus
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–emblem sealed Jesus' tomb, and
–guard watched that tomb
●In Revelation 12–Satan–the dragon
–through pagan Rome–tries to destroy Jesus
●After pagan Rome fell apart
–to whom did the pagan-Roman government
–give its authority ?
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●Professor Labianca–historian
–University of Rome:
“To the succession of the Caesar's came the
succession of the pontiffs of Rome. When
Constantine left Rome, he gave his seat to the
pontiff.”

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●Constantine saw–Roman empire falling apart
–decided–move his headquarters
–Byzantium or Constantinople in Turkey
–When – left–turned over–throne
–Pope Sylvester I–A.D. 330
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●This–amazing painting–of Rafael
–story–Constantine's conversion
–Constantine–looking up–at cross
–Notice–all the Roman soldiers
–extreme right–a dragon–on a standard
–dragon standard–symbol of Rome
–Bible says–dragon of pagan Rome
–give–pope of Rome–it's authority
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●Clue #2: It would become–A Worldwide
Religious Power
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●Revelation 13:8 says:
“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.”

●Note: All who dwell on earth–will worship Him


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–It is–a global power
–that initiates worship–a global–religious power
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●Once again, history testifies to the
truthfulness of Revelation's prophecies
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●Clue #3: A religious power dominating civil
powers
●Becomes evident–only one power
–religious power–can dominate civil powers
–medieval church–grow large–powerful
–would dominate the state
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●Revelation 13:7 says:
“And authority was given him over every
tribe, tongue, and nation.”
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●This beast power–grow out of pagan Rome
–initiate worldwide worship
–would have authority over the nations

●Does history teach us–medieval church


–had authority–even over kings?
–Notice–description of one historian:
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“Under him was very nearly made good the
Papal claim that all earthly sovereigns were
merely vassals of the Roman pontiff…”
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“… Almost all the kings and princess of
Europe swore fealty [that means loyalty] to
him as their overlord. Rome was once more
the mistress of the world.”

●History provides–ample evidence–middle ages


–medieval church–had power–over state
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●Clue #4: It would be a blasphemous power

●This power–Bible says–blasphemous power


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Revelation 13:6 says:
“Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme his name, His
tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.”
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●What is blasphemy?
–shaking your fist–in God's face
–taking–name of "God?" in vain
–declaring–God doesn't exist
–what is blasphemy–according to Bible?

●Jesus–called blasphemer–by priests


–why–they call Him a blasphemer?
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●John 10:33 tells us:
“The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a
good work we do not stone You, but for
blasphemy, and because You, being a man,
make Yourself God.’ ”

●Bible calls it blasphemy


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–man takes–prerogatives–belong to God
●Was Jesus a blasphemer? No. Why?
–Because Jesus WAS God
–could claim–privileges of God
●Any human–claims that prerogative
–is blaspheming
●Bible gives–another definition–blasphemy
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●The Bible defines blasphemy as assuming
any rights or power that belong to God alone.
●Did Popes–medieval church claim
–take the place of God?
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–Pope said: “We hold upon this earth the
place of God Almighty.”

●This part of clue..fulfilled–still more


●Pharisees–described–why they believed
–Jesus had committed blasphemy
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●Luke 5:21 says:
“And the scribes and the Pharisees began to
reason, saying, ‘Who is this who speaks
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God
alone.”
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●Jesus said–woman–caught–committing adultery
–“your sins are forgiven” (and to many others)
–Pharisees said–this is blasphemy
–only God can forgive sins

●When–priest claims–forgive sins


–Bible says–this is blasphemy
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●Clue #5: A religious power that would reign
supreme for 1260 years

●What does that mean?


–Remember–sequence–nations–Daniel
and Revelation
–Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, pagan Rome
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–Pagan Rome–divided into ten tribes
–Emperor Constantine–moved his
capital–Constantinople
–political pressures–Europe’s northern tribes

●We should expect–Roman–global


–religious power
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–reign supreme–civil authority–given to it
–sometime–fifth–early sixth century
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●The legally recognized supremacy of the
pope began in A.D. 538 when there went into
effect a decree of Emperor Justinian, making
the bishop of Rome head of all the churches,
the definer of doctrine and the corrector of
heretics
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●In A.D. 538–1260 years–actually began
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●During this time
–church-state union–would persecute
–those–didn’t accept their authority
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At the end of the 1260 years, in 1798, the Pope
was taken captive by the French and died in
captivity. The Medieval Church was no longer a
church/state system because civil power was
taken away. This remained the case until 1929
when Mussolini gave the Vatican City back to
the Church. Which brings us to #6 . .
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Clue #6: The deadly wound healed
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●Revelation 13:3 says:
“I saw one of his heads as if it had been
mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was
healed…”
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“…And all the world marveled and followed
the beast.”
●Revelation predicted–this power–the papacy
–“be healed”–sometime after 1798
–That began to happen when the Church’s civil
power was restored in 1929. Notice these
headlines from that time period:
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●February 11, 1929
–headlines–San Francisco Chronicle read:
“Mussolini and Gasparri Signed Historic,
Roman Pact.”
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●Notice–wording of the article
–Bible said–deadly wound would be healed
“The Roman question tonight was a thing of
the past and the Vatican was at peace with
Italy...In affixing the autographs to the
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memorable document healing the wound
extreme cordiality was displayed on both
sides.”

●What did Bible predict?


–papal power–rule from 538 to 1798–It did
–the pope–go into captivity in 1798–He did
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–he would die in captivity–He did
–It´s deadly wound would be healed–It was
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●Leads us to–Another clue
●Clue #7: End-time, worldwide prominence
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●Revelation 13:3 says:
“And all the world marveled and followed the
beast.”

●It predicted–the world–wonder after


–religious power

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●the papacy–grow to prominence
–at–time of the end

●News–clear–this prophecy–repeatedly fulfilled


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●The Papacy has gained worldwide influence,
prestige and prominence.
●Revelation–notes–central issue–last
days–worship
●One more clue–An eighth clue
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●Revelation 13:18 reads:
“Here is wisdom. Let him who has
understanding calculate the number of the
beast,…”
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“… for it is the number of a man: His number
is 666.”
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●What does–that number 666 mean?

●In Revelation–beast–symbol of
–religious political power
–Its symbolic number is 666
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●In Revelation–number 7
–represents perfection or completeness
–scope Christian history–7
churches of Revelation
–or the 7 seals of Revelation
–God created–world–6 days–rested–seventh

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●So, seven–a number of perfection
–represents obedience–God's law

●Six–represents imperfection–man's way–a


counterfeit system
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●Beast represents–false religious system
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–which substitutes...
–human authority–for the authority of Christ
–man's tradition for God's Word
–man’s law for the commands of God
–a counterfeit Sabbath for the true Sabbath

●What then is–the Mark of the Beast?


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–What is–mark of medieval papal
church authority
–Does church itself–claim it has a mark?
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●What specifically is the Mark of the Beast?
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–The Mark of the Beast must be the sign of
the Roman Church's authority

●Must have to do–with worship


–since Revelation focuses on
–worship–Creator or worship–beast
●Must have to do–with the commandments
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–has to do with true worship–on God´s Sabbath
–It is found in the heart of God's law
●Mark of the Beast–must have to do with
–opposite of the Sabbath

●Some say–Mark of the Beast–is literal


–like 666 tattooed–on forehead
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●Revelation 13–we have
–symbolic beast–medieval church
–symbolic image to the beast
–symbolic name–symbolic number, 666
–symbolic seal
–accepting God as Creator
–leading people–back to obedience
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–to keeping God's commandments
–If seal is symbolic–mark must be symbolic

●Amazing parallel...
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●Evident: The central issue is worship
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●Mark of the Beast has to do with...
–Worship–the law of God–change of God´s law
–the sign of the papal authority
–context of worship
●What does–papacy claim–sign of its authority?
–Go to writings–Roman Catholic friends

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●Remember–Daniel 7:25 predicted
–would be–attempt–change the very law of God

●Cardinal Gibbons’ associate wrote


–letter October 28, 1895
–answer–letter asking
–did the church change the Sabbath to Sunday?
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●“Of course the Catholic Church claims that
the change [from Sabbath to Sunday] was her
act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical
power and authority in religious matters.”
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●The Catholic Record, September 1, 1923–
answering this same question–said:
“Sunday is our mark of authority. The
church is above the Bible. And this
transference of the Sabbath observance is
proof of that fact.”

●Do you see–issues are at the end of time?


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–True worship or false worship
–Worship God on–day He sanctified
and blessed
–or accepting a counterfeit Sabbath
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●Does anyone have the Mark of the Beast
today?

●The Mark of the Beast–mark of papal authority


–changing–Sabbath–from Saturday to Sunday
–But nobody has–Mark of the Beast today

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●Until church and state unite–enforcing
–counterfeit Sabbath
–nobody will receive–mark of the of the beast.
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●No one will receive the Mark of the Beast
until religious legislation is passed enforcing
the substitute Sabbath

●Does Revelation teach–our historic


freedoms–will be eroded?
–Does Revelation teach–in time of crisis
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–a mandate will be enforced?
–Does Revelation teach–a counterfeit
religious revival
–will unite churches–under the
medieval church
–and a counterfeit Sabbath enforced?
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●What does Revelation teach.
–What does the future hold?
●What issues–involved–coming crisis?
–What does the Bible say?
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●The Bible predicts a coming confederacy of
religions attempting to unite church and state
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●Revelation 13:16, 17 says:
“And he causes all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a
mark on their right hand or in their
foreheads...
●What does it mean–mark–right hand
or forehead?
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●Forehead–symbol of the mind
–either intellectually convinced
–hand–symbol–force or coercion
●People–accept–church-state union
–counterfeit law
–or are forced to accept it
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“...that no one may buy or sell except one
who has the mark or the name of the beast, or
the number of his name.”
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and cause as many as would not worship the
image of the beast to be killed.”
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The question – at the end of time – who will you
worship? Will you accept – submit to God’s
sovereignty? Will you – by following the popular
option – worship another counterfeit – religious
power?
- You see this is not a matter of one day or
another.

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-It is a matter of authority – loyalty – made
evident – in obedience. It is – matter of –
conflict between good and evil – Christ and
Satan.
-What difference does it make? You ask
-In the garden of Eden – Satan said the same to
Eve. They’re all the same – and she lost Eden.
-Obedience does make a difference.
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Is God that particular? Remember the question
is, Do we worship God – or our opinions? God
is particular about rebellion. You see, worship
does make a difference.
Christ invites you – worship Him who made –
and flee false worship.

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Soon – church and state will unite – undermine
our freedoms. Why not make your decision
right now?
Our ushers will put a response card in your
hands. . . .