All the people on this earth are rapidly dividing into two groups. One group is following our lovely Jesus and will receive His sign or mark. The other group of people are following Satan and will receive his sign or mark which is the Mark of the Beast.
When we are talking about a beast in Bible prophecy, we are talking about a kingdom, government or some earthly ruling organization.
“Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.” Daniel 7:23
In the book of Daniel there are kingdoms mentioned and these kingdoms or ruling powers are also called beasts.
In Daniel the second chapter King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great image. God gave the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream through Daniel.
“Thou O King, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form there of was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.” Daniel 2:31-33
The first being the head of gold or Babylon led by Nebuchadnezzar which ruled the world from 605 to 539 B.C. This empire or kingdom is, also, described as a beast:
“And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” Daniel 7:3,4
The second kingdom or empire represented by a breast and arms of silver led by Cyrus was the ruling empire of Medo-Persia. It ruled the world from 539 to 331 B.C. This empire is, also, described as a beast:
“And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it. Arise, devour much flesh.” Daniel 7:5
The third kingdom or empire represented by belly and thighs of brass led by Alexander the Great was the ruling empire of Greece. It ruled the world from 331 to 168 B.C. This empire is, also, described as a beast:
“After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.” Daniel 7:6
The fourth kingdom or empire represented by legs of iron and feet part iron and part clay led by monarchy was the ruling empire of Rome. It ruled the world from 168 B.C. to 476 A.D. This empire is, also, described as a beast:
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another “little horn”, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first; and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:7,8,20,21,23-25
This fourth empire or beast, Rome, existed during the time Jesus walked this earth. It was the dragon or the devil, working through pagan Rome who tried to destroy Jesus Christ as a baby. Who is the dragon?
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” Revelation 20:2
We find that the fourth empire or beast has ten horns and a “little horn” comes up among those ten horns. A horn represents a king or ruler.
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first; and he shall subdue three kings” Daniel 7:24
This fourth beast is a power with a man at the head of it. This “little horn” that comes up out of the ten horns has:
- Eyes of a man
- Mouth speaking great things
- Plucks three of the first horns up by the roots
- Makes war with the saints and prevailed against them for a time and times and the dividing of time
- Speaks great words against the most High (God)
- Will think to change times and laws
Wow, what a powerful man. Can you guess who this powerful man is? Well, lets continue on, and I will give you a few more clues.
The fourth empire or beast (Rome) had “ten horns”. A horn grows out of the head of an animal. A horn, you remember, is a king. When the Roman Empire collapsed, ten divisions resulted. Barbarian tribes hammered at the Roman Empire (beast) for many years until it fell apart and the ten divisions (horns) were ruled by ten kings. They were:
- Alemaini (Germany)
- The Franks (France)
- Burgundians (Switzerland)
- Suevi (Portugal)
- Anglo Saxons (Britain)
- Visigoths (Spain)
- Lombards (Italy)
- Vandals (Extinct)
- Ostrogoths (Extinct)
- Heruli (Extinct)
The “little horn” with” the eyes of a man” destroyed “or plucked up by the roots” the last three horns on the beast or dragon controlled Rome. The last three of these ten divisions (horns) of Rome were destroyed by the Pope of Rome because they refused to become ‘Christian”. The armies of Emperor Justinian, in cooperation with the Pope, thrust the Ostrogoths out of the City of Rome. They became extinct along with the other two. In 538 A.D. the pope took possession of the City of Rome after the emperor decreed that he should be the head of all the Christian Churches. These ten divisions of Rome are the ten horns of the beast or dragon.
Now, here is something interesting. The beast of Revelation 13 and the “little horn” of Daniel 7 are one and the same power. God wants to make sure that there is no mistaking who this power is. So, He describes it in both books.
“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 God, 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
Who is this beast in Revelation 13:1-8 which is, also, the “little horn” in Daniel 7:7,8,20,21,23-25? Amazing how they are so much alike.
- Received its “seat” and authority from Rome
“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? Revelation 13:4
- Rules the world for 1260 years (from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D.)
3. Then received a “deadly wound” which later heals
“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.” Revelation 13:3
- Is both a political and a religious power, which is worshipped
“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.” Revelation 13:3
- Tampered with God’s law
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25
- Has a leader who claims to be God on the earth and to be able to forgive sins (blasphemy)
“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.” Revelation 13:1
- Is a mother church (daughters have come out of her)
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATION OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:5
- Made war with the saints
“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.” Revelation 13:7
- Is a world power which is wondered at
“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? Revelation 13:3,4
- Has a “man” at the head of it with the number of his name being 666
“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.” Revelation 13:18
- Has a dreaded “mark” which will cause you, or any person to be cast into the lake of fire and lose eternal life
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the lamb.” Revelation 14:9,10
Emperor Justinian “gave” the power of Rome to the pope when he decreed that the pope should be over all the Christian churches of the earth. The papacy was established in 538 A.D. when the Emperor’s general Belisarius drove the Ostrogoths from Rome.
Rome gave his “seat” Bible prophecy predicted it hundreds of years before it happened!
From 538 A.D. the Papacy ruled for exactly 1260 years, until 1798 when something incredible happened. The pope was taken prisoner! Napoleon’s general, Alexander Berthier, entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that at the death of the pope, the papacy would be discontinued. The pope died in France in August of 1799.
“A deadly wound”. The Papacy had reigned exactly 1260 years. Could it have just been coincidence? Why did Berthier do it?
Napoleon wanted to rule the world. The Papacy stood in his way. I wonder if they knew that they were fulfilling prophecy in spite of themselves!
“…And his deadly wound was healed; and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3
“In 1929, the Italian government recognized Vatican City as an independent state. Once again, the pope was king. On March 9, 1929, he said, “The peoples of the entire world are with us.” The San Francisco Chronicle published an account of the pact signing on the front page of its newspaper. It actually read like this, “Mussolini and Gaspari Sign Historic Pact…Heal Wound of Many Years.” That’s fantastic! The Bible predicted that its wound would be healed, and the newspaper confirmed it in the exact same words. (Stringfellow, Bill All In the Name of the Lord, Clermont: Concerned Publications, 1981, p.124)
This beast in Revelation 13:1-8 which is, also, the “little horn” in Daniel 7:7,8,20,21,23-25 (we went over these verses earlier in this study) reigned for 1260 years (Dark Ages). 538 A.D. to 1798.
A time is a year, times is two years, and the dividing of time is a half year. The Amplified Bible translates it: “Three and one-half years.” The Amplified bible, Zondervon Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1962
This same time period is mentioned seven times (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2,3; 12:6,14;13:5) in the books of Daniel and Revelation; three times as a time, times, and half a time; twice as 42 months; and twice as 1,260 days. Based on the 30-day calendar used by the Jews, these time periods are all the same amount of time; 3 ½ years = 42 months = 1,260 days.
One prophetic day equals one literal year:
“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.” Ezekiel 4:6
“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.” Numbers 14:34
Thus this “little horn” was to have power over the saints for 1,260 prophetic days or 1,260 literal years.
This “little horn” would, also, “think to change times and laws” Daniel 7:25 Of course we know that no one can actually change God’s Ten Commandments. They may think that they can, but no one can.
“…all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” Psalms 111:7, 8
“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” Luke 16:17
But, the “little horn” has tried to do just that:
The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, the work of the Reverend Peter Geiermann, C.S.R., received on January 25, 1910, the “apostolic blessing” of Pope Pius X. On this subject of the change of the Sabbath, this catechism says:
Question:–Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer:–Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question:–Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer:–We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”—Second Edition, Page 50.
“The Catholic Press of Sydney, Australia, is emphatic that Sunday observance is solely of Catholic origin: Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” August 25, 1900.
“In the year 1893 the Catholic Mirror, of Baltimore, Maryland, was the official organ of Cardinal Gibbons. In its issue of September 23 of that year it published this striking statement: The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. The Christian Sabbath is therefore to this day the acknowledged offspring of the Catholic Church as spouse of the Holy Ghost, without a word of remonstrance from the Protestant world.”—Re-printed by the Catholic Mirror as a pamphlet The Christian Sabbath, Pages 29, 31.
“Cardinal Gibbons, in The Faith of Our Fathers, says this: You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”—Edition of 1893, Page 111.
In Acts 5: 29 the apostle Peter said, “…We ought to obey God rather than men.”
This beast in Revelation 13:1 has “the name of blasphemy”. What is blasphemy?
The Bible gives its own definition. In John 10:32,33, it tells how the Jews were going to stone Jesus. He asked them why they were about to stone Him and they said, “For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”
Amazing! Blasphemy is for a man to claim to be God! Of course Jesus didn’t blaspheme because He is God. But for someone less than God – it would be. But there is more.
In Mark 2:3-11, it tells the story of how a paralyzed man wanted to come into a house where Jesus was, but it was just too crowded. He finally persuaded his friends to carry him up on the roof of Peter’s house and break it up so they could let the man down into the room where the Saviour was teaching.
Jesus looks into those pleading eyes and knows that the poor man needs to have forgiveness and peace with God even more than physical healing. Jesus says to him, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Mark 2:5
The Bible says that the religious leaders thought, “Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” The Saviour knew their thoughts and said, “Why reason ye these things in your hearts?” Then He asked them which is easier to say, “thy sins be forgiven,” or to say, “arise” and walk? Jesus healed the man before their eyes, and, to the people’s utter amazement, he got up and walked out of the house.
Again, Jesus didn’t commit blasphemy by forgiving the man’s sins because he is a member of the Godhead and had a perfect right to do just that. To whomever He pleased He could say those sweet words of forgiveness, and the very peace of heaven would flood the soul. He could say, “Go and sin no more,” and the guilty, depressed, sad and empty, would rise up with peace of mind. They would begin a new and unselfish life of obedience to God – a happy life of peace and joy!
What about 666? Let’s take a shocking look. On the pope’s official mitre has been seen the title “Vicarius Filii Dei,” which means “Vicar of the Son of God.”
The claim that this is his official title has been stated publicly through the years. The April 18, 1915 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, states: “The letters inscribed in the pope’s mitre are these: ‘VICARIUS FILII DEI,’ which is Latin for Vicar of the Son of God.”
In Revelation 13:18 it says, “Count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (666).”
Let’s do it now and see what we find. Remember the Roman numerals you learned in school?
“U” and “V” have the same value. Look in your encyclopedia under “alphabet.” One example is that on the “Arch of Titus” in Rome, it says, “Titvs” using a “v” for a “u”.
Time is moving so fast in this world. This beast or “little horn” should become more and more powerful. We will see more of him as time goes on.
What is the sign or mark of our lovely Jesus that we all want to receive?
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20: 8-11
“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.” Exodus 31:13
“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.” Ezekiel 20:12, 19, 20
Satan’s sign or mark is keeping the 1st-Day of the Week, Sunday, as the Sabbath. No where in the Bible does Jesus command us to keep holy, Sunday, the 1st-Day of the Week. The 1st-Day of the Week is mentioned 8 times in the New Testament; but, never as the Sabbath of the Lord and never as a day of rest for the people of God.
In disobeying our Lord and keeping Sunday as the Sabbath, we will receive the Mark of the Beast. In keeping the 1st-Day of the Week, Sunday, as the Sabbath of the Lord, we are paying homage to a man rather than to God who instituted the 7th-Day Sabbath at the end of the week of creation. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3