If you are unaware of our bible study posts, here is an in depth explanation of the Beast in Bible prophecy, with excerpts from http://www.worldslastchance.com/
The Book of Revelation provides information of coming events that will affect everyone on earth. This information is presented in the form of prophetic symbols. Using these symbols, Heaven warns that one of the greatest persecuting powers known to history will again arise to prominence and take an active role in persecuting the elect of Yah. For over 1,000 years, the Roman Catholic Church was the main instrument of persecution wielded against the faithful, those who wanted to worship Yah according to the dictates of their consciences. Revelation 13 contains a prophecy covering the span of past history as well as looking into the future when this once-great power will again seek to trample the rights of Yahweh’s people:
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against [Elohim], to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:1-8, KJV)
“The waters . . . are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15, KJV)This is the first identifying characteristic that ties the beast of Revelation 13 to the Roman Catholic Church: it arose in the “Old World” – a place heavily populated and it was there that it exercised its power. A deadly wound was inflicted upon the beast power, just as the Bible prophesied:
Now lets rewind, so that you may see how long Rome has tried to REPLACE Christ. Of course, if you read your bibles, you know that Rome was the governing power over Israel when Jesus Christ was on earth and Israel was, even then, being oppressed by Rome's authority. Also, the political ties between Jewish leaders (Pharisees) & Rome were VERY much present. After Christ's death, resurrection & ascension into Heaven, Rome was still the governmental ruling power of Israel. However, during this time, there were more people that, although oppressed by the Roman government, were standing firm on their belief in Christ. Jewish leaders worked with the Roman government to destroy the memory of Christ but the attempts were not working. SO another strategy was being implemented to gain the favor of Christ's people.
continuous weekly cycle from Babylon (the lion).
Scripture states the beast from the sea receives his power from the dragon, which is a symbol both of paganism and Satan himself:
“The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world . . . .” (Revelation 12:9, KJV)Roman Catholicism received its power from paganism. By Catholicism being founded on paganism, the apostate church gained in power and popularity, extending her reach, literally, around the globe.
|Bust of Constantine The Great, Emperor of Rome|
Rome's emperor, Constantine The Great, implemented a law that changed the Sabbath Day (7th Day) worship of Jesus Christ to Sunday Worship of the pagan Sun-god. In the year 321 A.D., Constantine decreed, "On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed" (Codex Justinianus lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 380, note 1). In this, Constantine profaned the Sanctification of the Sabbath, undermined Yahweh's authority and it's significance to true Worship of the ONE TRUE GOD and replaced it with pagan practices that venerated SUN WORSHIP. It should be noted that the bible NEVER changed the true Sabbath of Exodus 20:8-11. **MANY PASTORS, EVANGELISTS, FALSE PROPHETS/PROPHETESS, MINISTERS lie to their congregations about this fact and try to use scripture to justify their stance on observance of a Sunday Sabbath BUT if you truly love Jesus Christ, you owe it to him & your soul to do the research, studying to show yourself approved in His sight to know the truth. Jeremiah 23 will show you the judgment Yahweh will bring on those that teach things contrast to His Word**.. Constantine restored the relationship between religion and politics. Only this time, it was not done by force but by vain flattery. Although there were a remnant of believers that refused to be beguiled by Constantine's attempts to merge pagan with holy, many of the professed believers went along with this Constantine's new way of worship, which brought in all sorts of pagan practices such as holidays, festivals, ritual practices, etc.This merging of profane and holy through deception in the name of "peace and harmony" is exactly what Rome has accomplished in today's society.
Rome has once again, strengthened its POLITICAL ties with all nations around the world in the name of counterfeit peace. Former Pope John Paul II received heads of state from all over the world and in, turn, visited many countries. His stature as a world leader grew astronomically. Bill Clinton, the last United States president of the previous millennium, thanked the Pope for saving the world from the horrors of nuclear war and for freeing millions from political oppression. President Bush Jr. and even President Obama have both paid homage to the Pope by visiting him for counsel and blessing, or receiving him as an honored guest.
|"Mother of All Churches" A sign at St. John Lateran Basilica.|
Therefore, the Pope has placed himself as god in the flesh, god on the throne. The title for all popes (past and present) is Vicar of God which states that the pope IS Jesus Christ (which is complete blasphemy).
Christ already prophesied that the masses would choose another as their Christ when He said "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive." - John 5:43.
By now, you are probably thinking what all of this has to do with YOUR CHURCH or YOUR PASTOR if you aren't Catholic....
Well, as stated above, when Pope John Paul II reinstated Catholicism as LEAD of ALL RELIGIONS & CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS, your church was included. It does not matter if your pastor thinks he/she did not agree to Rome's authority, he/she is already accounted for because they operate out of a church building that is registered with the government as a tax exempt organization, which makes it subject to ALL of the laws set in place by it's political authorities, which leads to ROME, which is HEAD OF ALL RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS.
**PLEASE NOTE: WHEN IT IS TIME FOR THE POPE TO ISSUE DECREES IN WHICH ARE CALLED UPON TO BE FOLLOWED THROUGHOUT ALL RELIGIONS, YOUR PASTOR WILL EITHER WARN HIS FLOCK AND STEP DOWN FROM HIS POSITION, OR HE MUST OBEY THESE ORDERS. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOUR PASTOR IS RIGHT NOW AS YOU ARE READING THIS, OPERATING OUT OF A CHURCH BUILDING, HE/SHE HAS ALLIED THEMSELVES WITH THE AUTHORITY OF ROME... NOT JESUS CHRIST!**
In Revelation 17, there are some key scriptures that you MUST understand to KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT that Vatican Rome, with the pope as it's lead, is THE ANTICHRIST BEAST SPOKEN OF IN THESE PROPHECIES. As stated earlier in this post, Revelation is filled with imagery so that we can identify the key players in these end time events. Please read the following scriptures from Revelation 17 and how they match Vatican, Rome CATHOLICISM.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
*The cardinals of the Vatican wear scarlet (red) and the bishops wear purple. Rome is the richest in the world. In 1965, it was 15 billion in assets, which is all tax exempt and since that time, has multiplied several times in worth. Fornication of a church is when they accept other god's as their authority. Rome's entire existence is based on the worship of pagan gods and loving these gods more than Yahweh*
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
*In scripture, "Her" is referred to as a church. In this context, Her/Mother/Harlots are all descriptions as Churches. In the picture above, you saw that Rome calls itself the "Mother Church" which has several DAUGHTER CHURCHES THAT HAVE FOLLOWED AFTER IT'S LEAD in practices that are found nowhere in the bible and are actually rebuked by God. Such as SUNDAY WORSHIP, EASTER, CHRISTMAS, HARVEST (in place of Halloween) - which are the man-made holiday traditions created or embraced by Rome then passed down to the church system through their religion (this may seem like a very harsh statement but if you need proof, google: Saturnalia, Ishtar, False Sabbath, Origin of Halloween - and there you will find that the origins are from Rome, later implemented by all churches.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
- Aventine Hill (Latin, Aventinus; Italian, Aventino)
- Caelian Hill (Caelius, Celio)
- Capitoline Hill (Capitolium, Campidoglio)
- Esquiline Hill (Esquilinus, Esquilino)
- Palatine Hill (Palatinus, Palatino)
- Quirinal Hill (Quirinalis, Quirinale)
- Viminal Hill (Viminalis, Viminale)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
The pope that served a short space is Pope Benedict XVI, which was only in office from 2005-2012. According to scripture, the next one is the SON OF PERDITION in which, satan enters.
When popes enter their position, they choose a name for themselves to represent what they believe in, usually a former pope or revered man that was a role model for them. This new pope has chosen the name "Francis" to represent St. Francis of Assisi, which was one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church and according to the Vatican, "there has never been anyone in whom the image of Jesus Christ and the evangelical manner of life shone forth more lifelike and strikingly than in St. Francis..was also rightly spoken of as 'another Jesus Christ."
According to a CNN REPORT, At his dinner celebration, pope Francis said on electing him as pope, "I hope you haven't made a mistake" then added with a grin, "May God forgive you for what you've done." - Well, time will show exactly what these statements mean.
So can you see how this is all coming together? This is the first pope that has chosen to identify with a man who claimed the image of Jesus Christ & RIGHTLY spoke of as Jesus Christ. Although, Vatican Rome has always claimed this, it was not widely known. Now the Beast is bold and wants the world to know He claims the seat of Christ.
*Great city is Vatican & Kings are leaders of nations and countries. This includes Presidents*
We know that the things which have happened before will happen again, just on a greater scale (Ecclesiastes 1:9) because history repeats itself, as God warns us. With this being known, just as Rome decreed laws that sought to offend, persecute and kill true believers of Christ, it will do the same in this generation. Just as Constantine decreed that believers in Christ are to disobey the commandments of Yahweh, this pope will do the same in this generation.
SO if you do not attend church at all yet keep the commandments of God & Have the testimony of Jesus Christ, you too will be tested because the laws enforced will be civil laws and will affect all civilians, rather they are in or out of the church.
Pay attention to what Christ said in Luke 21:
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
The churches are no doubt, allied with The Beast and once it is fully revealed, those that leave the churches, will be dragged back in to be persecuted. There is no love of Christ in them.. Actual church leaders will be so wroth with hatred toward the true obedient children, that they, being hypocrites anyway, will persecute the true believers!
I implore you, please come into the love of Christ. Start to meditate over His 10 commandments and ask for strength to keep them. They are NOT "done away with" or "abolished" as many pastors teach. The commandments are NOT "too hard for us to keep" because that is like saying Christ's blood has no power to change the hearts of man, which is denying He is God & saying that the claim of 1 John 5:1-3 is lying! Pay better attention to what you are being taught because this is YOUR life and not a pastor, prophet, minister, bishop or any other person will stand before God WITH you on that day of judgment. You will be accountable for your walk with Christ & you will be accountable for having not investigated these claims.