Signs of the Times

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What is the Mark of the Beast?

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

 

Not “just” an identifying mark for economic purposes

 

What is the mark of the Beast?  Many people, even non-Christians have heard of it and wonder what the mark of the beast is.


The Bible tells us during the end-times that the Beast (also known as the Antichrist) will rule a one world government (please see the article ‘Signs of the Rise of the Beast’).  People will be forced to receive his mark.  Only those who have the mark of the Beast will be able to buy or sell:

 

Revelation 13:

16   And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17   And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;

     and his number is Six hundred three score and six.    (AKJV)

 


The mark of the Beast is a seal – a seal that states to whom we belong, to whom we call our master.  The mark of the Beast tells everyone that those with this mark or seal belongs to the Antichrist.


There are many theories on how such a system will be implemented and manifest itself.  Some speculate that microchips implanted into people can be used an identifier, an instrument of commerce and as a locator of persons all in one.  This possibility exists, because the technology already exists.  We see electronic commerce in a more and more paperless society now, such as bar codes, credit/debit cards, mass transit cards, highway toll cards, etc.  In fact, certain microchips are already being used/implanted for pet identification and if they get lost.  These chips, like an RFID, are also put into people, though less often, and voluntarily for now (note that the United States of America healthcare bill recently passed states that people under the plan requires an RFID implant and other nations also look to use national IDs like this). However, this is not the mark of the Beast (though it will be part of it/related to it, to be used to identify those who have the mark of the Beast and obey Satan, and do not worship and obey the one true God).   

 

Since the Beast will rule the one world government, he will obviously hold power over its economy. It is evident that the mark of the Beast will not only identify the person with his mark as one of his own, but it will also represent how the Beast controls the economic aspect of this one world government. However, there is an even more sinister deception of what this mark is and the purposes it serves. There is an aspect that is often overlooked which all must be made aware of so they are not deceived into taking this mark.

 

Who is it that enforces this policy and “causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads”?   Let us look at Revelation 13 and the verses preceding it, starting at verse 11, for the context and identity of this person:

 

Revelation 13:

11   And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.

12   And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein

     to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13   And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14   And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;

     saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword,

     and did live.

15   And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak,

     and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  

16   And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17   And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;

     and his number is Six hundred three score and six.    (AKJV)

 

 

It is the False Prophet who will cause everyone to worship the Beast or be killed.  It is the False Prophet who can also use all the power of the Beast.  It is the False Prophet who enforces the applying of the mark of the Beast upon the world population.  The False Prophet is the false religious “man of God” who rules alongside the Beast and controls the one world religion which is to come.  The False Prophet is the Antichrist’s “right-hand man”.  The answer to the question: “What is the mark of the Beast?” begins with the False Prophet – who he is and what he does.


This means that the mark of the Beast will be of religious origin. The economic aspect will only be a result of this religious aspect and the economy will effectively be used to hide the true and malicious nature of the mark which is to attack God’s Bible truth.  The mark of the Beast, therefore, is the identification mark of the one world religion.  By association between the False Prophet and Beast, this mark is also the mark of the one world government as well.  This is why the False Prophet forces everyone to abide by this mark and to pledge loyalty and worship to the Beast.  This is why the Beast and False Prophet will be the ultimate marriage of church and state: to control everything and everyone, from the cradle to the grave.

 

The False Prophet will be a future pope who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church (please also see article: ‘Who is the False Prophet of Revelation?’).

 

 

 

 

The rise of the False Prophet: the ecumenical and interfaith movement to gather all religions into one

 

The Beast and the False Prophet will come to rule the world government both in the secular world and in the religious world. They will rule as one much like the Roman Empire ruled with both an emperor and a religious, the pope and his church. Where the Beast must seek world dominion through deception, treaties and war, the False Prophet must dominate the world’s religion by removing or absorbing all religions into its own.

 

This is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church has actively been doing over the last 5 decades. Ecumenism or the ecumenical movement, and the interfaith movement, are the Roman Catholic Church’s attempts to gather all the world’s religions into itself.

 

This is the definition of ecumenical in Merriam-Webster:

 

ecumenical:

1 : worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
2 a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches

   b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation

 

 

In 1960, it established the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity (later renamed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) in preparation for the Second Vatican Council which occurred in 1962-1965. Ecumenism started in earnest from this council. One of the aims and results of the Second Vatican Council (or Vatican II) were to adjust the Roman Catholic Church’s appearance and approach for this globalist agenda. It used a friendlier face to seek unification with not just Christians into itself (especially Protestants – to bring back “this wayward daughter” and reverse the Protestant Reformation), but also to unify with non-Christian religions. In recent years, the Roman Catholic Church has very actively reached out to evangelicals which have wholeheartedly cooperated. Alliances were formed, such as the ECT pact, “Evangelicals and Catholics Together”, which was signed by many evangelical leaders.

 

It created the Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions in 1964 (later renamed to the Council for Interreligious Dialogue), and issued the ‘Nostra Aetate’ decree in 1965.  In this decree, the Roman Catholic Church states that there is truth in other religions and: “rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. It has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines which, although differing in many ways from its own teaching, nevertheless often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men and women.” In the last several years, we have seen the Roman Catholic Church reaching out very openly to other religions, claiming that there are other paths to God and there is much a Christian can learn from other religions. The pope goes all over the world meeting with leaders of all world religions and accepts them all.

 

But how? The Bible is the only truth. Therefore, not only is the Roman Catholic Church in error with its un-Biblical interpretations, doctrines and traditions of men, but non-Christian religions also have no Bible truth in them. God’s truth cannot co-exist with lies. We can learn nothing from false religions, but instead can only be moved further apart from God and Christ because of their error. Protestant churches working together with the Roman Catholic Church can only dilute its own faith, because the Roman Catholic Church has always considered itself the mother church that is infallible and will never really change its traditions and practices (such as liturgy and sacraments).  However, its work to absorb everything into itself should not be surprising, because the Roman Catholic Church had already absorbed pagan religions into it and that is where much of its un-Biblical traditions came from.

 

Vatican II did not make any change in the dogma or beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Instead, it makes claims that the Roman Catholic Church cannot ever be changed. Of course, it believes that the pope is infallible and so declares itself to be infallible. So in truth, any ecumenical action it does toward Christian religions and the non-Christian religions is not for the benefit of these other religions. Any ecumenical action must only benefit the Roman Catholic Church and its un-Biblical beliefs and practices which it has had since its formation.

 

In these end times, this ecumenical movement to integrate non-Christians and especially the Protestants into the Roman Catholic Church will only intensify and reach the maximum limit.  The selection of the new pope Francis is very clear evidence of this. 

 

Why? 

 

It is because Francis is the first ever Jesuit to become pope. 

 

The Jesuit order is a high-ranking group in the Roman Catholic Church that was created in the 16th century with the sole purpose to do whatever the pope wanted them to. What the pope wants to do is to convert all people in the world into Roman Catholicism so he will be the one religious leader for everyone.  To fulfill this goal, the Jesuits were given extremely broad and special powers to do whatever it takes to bring people into the Roman Catholic Church. 

 

The Jesuits were created just in time to counter the Protestant Reformation – to bring the Protestant protesters of Roman Catholicism “back” into the fold.  This work of the Jesuits to make people (especially Protestants) turn to Roman Catholicism has never stopped, but with the selection of a Jesuit pope it will only get worse. 

 

This ecumenism led by a Jesuit pope is a sure sign of the end times, and will play a dominant role in preparing the way for many people to fall away in the great apostasy.  The combination of the Jesuit order with the pope has come “just in time” to harness and use the full power of the enemy to make Protestants and all other religions fall under the dominion of the pope and Roman Catholic Church. It is a harbinger of the one world government and one world religion of the Beast/Antichrist and False Prophet that is soon to come.

 

Therefore, it is really just part of its work as the False Prophet who will deceive everyone in the end times. Since the pope and Roman Catholic Church will never change, the real reason for ecumenical dialogue with others is to get everyone else changed and absorbed into the Roman Catholic Church. Its goal is to be the one world religion and that will happen in the end times. Along with this ecumenical movement, it is getting help from other “globally unifying” movements that are not Bible-centered though they are disguised as such, but are instead directing people toward a world government and religion, such as the Emergent/Emerging Church, the social justice/social gospel, etc. (please see article ‘The Coming Great Apostasy/Falling Away’.

 

The stage is being set now by the False Prophet to take power alongside the Beast.

 

 

 

 

The motive of the False Prophet

 

At the same time the Roman Catholic Church reached out to the world in its unprecedented push for global interfaith acceptance, it stated the following about the Eucharist (transubstantiation: bread and wine changing into the literal flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that people must consume weekly), excerpted from a few of the 16 official documents of Vatican II.

 

In the ‘Dogmatic Constitution of the Church’, Chapter I: The Mystery of the Church it is stated:

 

“As often as the sacrifice of the cross by which "Christ our Pasch is sacrificed" (1 Cor. 5:7) is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out. Likewise, in the sacrament of the Eucharistic bread, the unity of believers, who form one body in Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 10:17), is both expressed and brought about. All men are called to this union with Christ, who is the light of the world, from whom we go forth, through whom we live, and towards whom our whole life is directed”

 

“From this source the Church, equipped with the gifts of its Founder and faithfully guarding His precepts of charity, humility and self-sacrifice, receives the mission to proclaim and to spread among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ and of God and to be, on earth, the initial budding forth of that kingdom. While it slowly grows, the Church strains toward the completed Kingdom and, with all its strength, hopes and desires to be united in glory with its King.”

 

 

And then in Chapter II: The People of God, it is stated:

 

“Taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, the source and summit of the Christian life,…”

 

 

Comment: It tells us that the identifying mark of the Roman Catholic Church is the Eucharist and taking part in the Eucharist is the greatest thing Christians can do. It also state its mission to spread the gospel and that it is “the initial budding forth” of the Kingdom of God on earth. But what Kingdom of God on earth is it referring to? The Bible states that Satan is the god of this world and the Kingdom of God will be established only when the Lord Jesus returns. Is this hinting at how the world will be fooled into believing the Beast or Antichrist, and the False Prophet as trying to establish world peace and the Kingdom of God on earth before Christ returns?  Such earthly utopian views are un-Biblical and are totalitarian, perfectly tailored for a one-world dictator to seize control which is prophesied in the Bible.

 

 

In the ‘Decree on Ecumenism’, Chapter I: Catholic Principles on Ecumenism, it states:

 

“In His Church He instituted the wonderful sacrament of the Eucharist by which the unity of His Church is both signified and made a reality.”

 

“This is the way that, when the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually overcome, all Christians will at last, in a common celebration of the Eucharist, be gathered into the one and only Church in that unity which Christ bestowed on His Church from the beginning. We believe that this unity subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose, and we hope that it will continue to increase until the end of time.”

 

 

And then in Chapter III it says:

 

“and though we believe they have not retained the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Orders, nevertheless when they commemorate His death and resurrection in the Lord's Supper, they profess that it signifies life in communion with Christ and look forward to His coming in glory. Therefore the teaching concerning the Lord's Supper, the other sacraments, worship, the ministry of the Church, must be the subject of the dialogue.”

 

Comment: And so the Roman Catholic Church reveals its true motive. It openly states the unity of all believers is “something she can never lose” and its goal is to ultimately have everyone celebrate the Eucharist in the same manner and with the same understanding as it does. So there can really be no “subject of the dialogue” when it has already declared itself infallible and believes it is the true church which “can never lose” the “unity which Christ bestowed on His Church from the beginning”.  This means that since it believes it is the true church, it is supposedly justified to try to absorb everyone into it.  However, the Roman Catholic observation of the Eucharist does not mark it as God’s true church, but a false church (please see article on the ‘The Truth about the Eucharist’).

 

 

 

 

All about Time the Mark of the False Prophet

 


The answer to the question:  What is the mark of the Beast? is tied to the False Prophet.  Does the False Prophet have a mark and what is it?


When we love someone, what is it that we are most willing to give to our loved one?  What is most cherished by them?  It is not expensive gifts.  Sweet words rank high, but only if it has corresponding action, and it is only a manifestation or partnered with this most cherished thing of all.  When we love someone, what they most want from us, and what we most want to give – is our time.  The most prized thing in a relationship is to spend time with the one we love.  This is no different with God.  He wants to spend time with us and we ought to want to spend time with Him.  This is why He created and sanctified the only day of the week – 7th day Sabbath, and gave it to man.  This is why His son, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath as He said Himself and this has never been changed:



Genesis 2:

2    And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

3    Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.    (NKJV)

 

Mark 2:

27   And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."    (NKJV)

 


However, the Roman Catholic Church has taken away this time ordained by God to be with us and has replaced it with its own.

 

The Eucharist is representative of the Roman Catholic Church, but it only exists as something to do within the context of the true mark of the Roman Catholic Church.  The true mark of the False Prophet, the pope and his Roman Catholic Church is Sunday, “the Lord’s Day” and first day of the week.  Sunday is the day the Roman Catholic Church created for itself for worship, in defiance of God’s 4th Commandment to observe the seventh day Sabbath (the Roman Catholic Church has in fact created its own version of the 10 Commandments which has the Sabbath as the 3rd Commandment instead):

“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act...And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” - H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal James Gibbons.



Please also see articles ‘The Sabbath - not Sunday’ and ‘Reasons for Sunday are not Biblical’. 



The Eucharist is always done on Sunday whether it is every week or on Easter Sunday (another Roman Catholic creation).  However, the Eucharist is not the bottom line or goal.

 

The ultimate goal of the Roman Catholic Church all along is Sunday, sanctifying it as a holy day instead of God's Sabbath.  Performing the Eucharist and holding services is incidental, but it is Sunday that is the mark of the False Prophet.  The Roman Catholic Church made Sunday its commandment it says we must follow.  It is all about time and who you obey and spend your time with.     

 

So, in reality, Vatican II is letting everyone know that it fully intends to make everyone also worship on Sunday and where it can, in the same way they worship – worshipping a false Christ who is sacrificed anew every week which is against the heart of Biblical teaching about Christ’s one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:12). 

 

In 1998, then Pope John Paul II wrote the letter ‘Dies Domini’ which is Latin for “the Lord’s Day”. In it, he makes it expressly clear repeatedly that Sunday is the very cornerstone of the Roman Catholic Church and it must be kept including observing the Eucharist. The letter is a rallying cry to all to not forget that Sunday is the focus of everything, especially in the light of the ecumenical movement; it is echoing again what Vatican II had first declared.

 

This shows that the ecumenical movement started in Vatican II is still very much alive and the False Prophet is still actively pushing for global acceptance of itself as the leader of the world’s religions with Sunday worship and the Eucharist at its heart. The False Prophet plans to make its own law of Sunday religious observance apply to the entire world, thereby causing everyone to break God’s 4th Commandment of the Sabbath.

 

The False Prophet is only waiting for the dark days that will come where war, famine and death reign and people will be deceived into accepting the mark of the Beast.  It is quite frightening to know that the Office of Inquisition (now called the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith) will be pushing harder than ever in 2012 to have everyone follow the Roman Catholic faith.

 

 

 

 

Given below are excerpts from ‘Dies Domini’ with sub-headings and my comments:

 

 

 

Sunday is at the heart of Roman Catholicism

 

“Given these different dimensions which set it apart, Sunday appears as the supreme day of faith.”
 
“It is clear then why, even in our own difficult times, the identity of this day must be protected and above all must be lived in all its depth.”

 

“The Lord's Day has structured the history of the Church through two thousand years: how could we think that it will not continue to shape her future?”

 

“Given its many meanings and aspects, and its link to the very foundations of the faith, the celebration of the Christian Sunday remains, on the threshold of the Third Millennium, an indispensable element of our Christian identity.”

 

Comment: This is a confession of the Roman Catholic Church. As the False Prophet, it is preparing the world to accept Sunday worship. And of course Sunday will shape the future. Sunday will be used to mark who belongs to the Beast and who does not. In stating that Sunday has structured its history for 2000 years, it conveniently leaves out the trail of blood of those persecuted for most of those 2000 years for not following Sunday which is a day sanctified by man, not God, and therefore is not truly holy.

 

 

 

Everyone is obligated to observe Sunday


“Since the Eucharist is the very heart of Sunday, it is clear why, from the earliest centuries, the Pastors of the Church have not ceased to remind the faithful of the need to take part in the liturgical assembly.”
 

“The Code of Canon Law of 1917 for the first time gathered this tradition into a universal law. The present Code reiterates this, saying that "on Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to attend Mass". This legislation has normally been understood as entailing a grave obligation: this is the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and it is easy to understand why if we keep in mind how vital Sunday is for the Christian life.”



 

Keeping Sunday holy

 

“Sharing in the Eucharist is the heart of Sunday, but the duty to keep Sunday holy cannot be reduced to this.”

 

Comment: Making it an obligation to keep Sunday means everyone will be forced to observe the Eucharist.

 

 

“This rather traditional way of keeping Sunday holy has perhaps become more difficult for many people; but the Church shows her faith in the strength of the Risen Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit by making it known that, today more than ever, she is unwilling to settle for minimalism and mediocrity at the level of faith. She wants to help Christians to do what is most correct and pleasing to the Lord.”

 

Comment: This is a frightening thought, because we know the False Prophet does not really want “to help Christians to do what is most correct and pleasing to the Lord”. If people were to do that, we would not follow the Roman Catholic Church. So this is really telling people that the False Prophet will force you to do what he feels like you should do.

 


“It is the duty of Christians therefore to remember that, although the practices of the Jewish Sabbath are gone, surpassed as they are by the "fulfilment" which Sunday brings, the underlying reasons for keeping "the Lord's Day" holy — inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments — remain valid, though they need to be reinterpreted in the light of the theology and spirituality of Sunday: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Then you shall do no work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your servant, or your maid, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your beasts, or the foreigner within your gates, that your servant and maid may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded that you keep the Sabbath day" (Dt 5:12-15). Here the Sabbath observance is closely linked with the liberation which God accomplished for his people.”

 

Comment: The Roman Catholic Church confines the Sabbath as Jewish when in reality it is God’s Sabbath and why it is one of the 10 Commandments. After nullifying God’s commandment, it hypocritically and arrogantly states Sunday fulfills the Sabbath and proceeds to take the solemnity of the only day of the week – the 7th, that is sanctified by God, and puts it onto Sunday, the day it has sanctified. In doing this, the mark of the Beast is being prepared to be applied to everyone, because making Sunday holy does not only pertain to the Eucharist, but also in other things like rest and how to live that day, including the economy.

 

 

 

Sunday as a Law

 

“For several centuries, Christians observed Sunday simply as a day of worship, without being able to give it the specific meaning of Sabbath rest. Only in the fourth century did the civil law of the Roman Empire recognize the weekly recurrence, determining that on "the day of the sun" the judges, the people of the cities and the various trade corporations would not work. Christians rejoiced to see thus removed the obstacles which until then had sometimes made observance of the Lord's Day heroic. They could now devote themselves to prayer in common without hindrance.”

 

Comment: This is revisionist history. Christians did not observe Sunday and then it was made law by the Roman Catholic Church. As can be seen in other articles, the Roman Catholic Church made Sunday into law all by itself and it was not done in response to Christian practice. The Roman Catholic Church made it Christian practice.

 


“It would therefore be wrong to see in this legislation of the rhythm of the week a mere historical circumstance with no special significance for the Church and which she could simply set aside. Even after the fall of the Empire, the Councils did not cease to insist upon the arrangements regarding Sunday rest.”

 

“When, through the centuries, she has made laws concerning Sunday rest, the Church has had in mind above all the work of servants and workers, certainly not because this work was any less worthy when compared to the spiritual requirements of Sunday observance, but rather because it needed greater regulation to lighten its burden and thus enable everyone to keep the Lord's Day holy.”

 

Comment: The False Prophet is letting it be known that in the past, it had authority to make laws concerning keeping Sunday holy as a rest day.

 

 

“Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy. In any case, they are obliged in conscience to arrange their Sunday rest in a way which allows them to take part in the Eucharist, refraining from work and activities which are incompatible with the sanctification of the Lord's Day, with its characteristic joy and necessary rest for spirit and body.”

 

Comment: Note the first sentence. Quite ominous sounding. The False Prophet is preparing the world to accept a universal Sunday law. Then note the second sentence. We are being warned what Sunday observance will consist of. The Eucharist will be there – and whatever else they allow us to do, which will set the stage for the mark of the Beast.  The Roman Catholic Church is essentially telling us that Sunday was law and enforced before, and at the "right" time it will be a Sunday law and put upon us all once again.

 

 

“Sunday rest then becomes "prophetic", affirming not only the absolute primacy of God, but also the primacy and dignity of the person with respect to the demands of social and economic life, and anticipating in a certain sense the "new heavens" and the "new earth", in which liberation from slavery to needs will be final and complete. , In short, the Lord's Day thus becomes in the truest sense the day of man as well.”

 

Comment: The False Prophet calls “the Lord’s Day” “in the truest sense the day of man”. It absolutely is. Sunday as a day of worship is a creation of man and found nowhere in the Bible. As we read earlier, the Roman Catholic Church has professed that Sunday is its mark.  So Sunday is a marked day of man.  Again, the Roman Catholic Church is declaring Sunday to be its mark.  Even more, it is declaring it to be the marked day of man, and we know what the Bible says of a mark of a man – the mark of the beast is the mark of a man, the antichrist (Revelation 13:18).  But the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5) which is the 7th day since creation week and as the one who created it, never changed it from the 7th day to the 1st day.

 

 

 

Closing


“With its weekly recurrence, the Lord's Day is rooted in the most ancient tradition of the Church and is vitally important for the Christian.”

 

“The spiritual and pastoral riches of Sunday, as it has been handed on to us by tradition, are truly great. When its significance and implications are understood in their entirety, Sunday in a way becomes a synthesis of the Christian life and a condition for living it well. It is clear therefore why the observance of the Lord's Day is so close to the Church's heart, and why in the Church's discipline it remains a real obligation. Yet more than as a precept, the observance should be seen as a need rising from the depths of Christian life. It is crucially important that all the faithful should be convinced that they cannot live their faith or share fully in the life of the Christian community unless they take part regularly in the Sunday Eucharistic assembly. The Eucharist is the full realization of the worship which humanity owes to God, and it cannot be compared to any other religious experience.”

“As the weekly "solemnity", however, Sunday will continue to shape the time of the Church's pilgrimage, until that Sunday which will know no evening.”

Comment: It is significant that the Roman Catholic Church can only say Sunday worship “is rooted in the most ancient tradition of the Church”, because it cannot say it is a commandment of God. However, it still says all Christians are obligated to observe Sunday and also the Eucharist. Knowing full well that the Roman Catholic Church intends to absorb Christians and any other religion it can into itself, then what it declares is that it will force this upon the world. It candidly admits this in the last sentence by stating that “Sunday will continue to shape the time of the Church’s pilgrimage” which means it will always remain in place. Ecumenism is only for the benefit of the False Prophet’s goal to rule all through religion in addition to government and economy, etc.

 

 

Why is the pope – the False Prophet, trying to push a Sunday law – a law of man and not God? It is because he wants to make us break God’s law and obey the law of Satan, which is accepting the mark of the Beast.

 

 

 

 

What is the Mark of the Beast: it is Sunday or any man-made day in place of God's 7th day Sabbath

 


What is the mark of the Beast?  It is the same mark of the False Prophet.


The answer to the question: “What is the mark of the Beast?” is that the mark of the Beast, the Antichrist, is the mark of a man and it is Sunday observance or any other day that man creates to replace Gods 7th day Sabbath.

 

As the Beast/Antichrist’s religious arm to create a one world religion, the mark of Sunday that is self-professed to be the mark of False Prophet/Roman Catholic Church is also the mark of the Beast.  The Antichrist and False Prophet are united as one and therefore the mark is the same.  This was historically true in the past where the governing/political body and the religious body were bound together as one, an unholy alliance of church and state, to force Sunday worship upon everyone with persecution to those who do not and it will happen again.  It began with the Roman emperor Constantine and throughout most of the history of the Roman Catholic Church.


What has been is what shall be yet again as King Solomon so aptly put it:

 

Ecclesiastes 1:

9    That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.    (NASB)

 


The Bible tells us that the mark of the Beast will be put on the right hand or forehead of the deceived people; it is a seal that marks those who have it as belonging to the Antichrist and as worshipers of him:

 

Revelation 13:

15   And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  

16   And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17   And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.     (AKJV)

 

 

What does it mean to be marked upon our hand or forehead?  Many people believe this is a microchip implant, but this is not what it means.  The Bible explains itself.  The Bible tells us what being marked on our hands or forehead means.  It means that what we believe and live by – who we owe our allegiance to, will become manifest in all our actions (our hands) and all our thoughts (forehead).  We are told this in Deuteronomy 6:

 

Deuteronomy 6:

1    Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it:

2    That you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.

3    Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you, in the land that flows with milk and honey.

4    Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

5    And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

6    And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart:

7    And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.

8    And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

9    And you shall write them on the posts of your house, and on your gates.     (AKJV)

 

 

It is very important to note that what we are to keep in all our actions and in all our thoughts are all the commandments and statutes God gives to us.  Observing them is how we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.   In other words, what we are to keep in our hand and forehead is the Law of God. 

 

The commandments of God we are to keep in our hand and forehead is not just for Israel but for all nations (Israel was supposed to be the model nation):

 

Deuteronomy 4:

5    "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.

6    "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

7    "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

8    "Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?     (NASB) 

 

 

Loving obedience to God is not a burden, but a joy to us and our Heavenly Father who seeks worshippers who worship in spirit and truth:

 

1 John 5:

3    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.   (NKJV)

 

John 4:

23   But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24   God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."    (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible goes further to define what binding God’s commandments “for a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” means.  To have something bound to us as a sign means the same thing as being marked or sealed.  

 

A seal is the symbol of an office and authority.  Therefore whoever has this seal shows that he belongs to or

falls under the authority of the person who owns and applies the seal.  A person’s seal indicates the person’s

name, his title and his jurisdiction (what the extent of his authority covers).  In Exodus 20 God gives us the

4th Commandment, His 7th day Sabbath:

 

Exodus 20:

8    "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9    "Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10  but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

11  "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.   (NASB)

 

 

It is only in this commandment that God establishes His seal.  The Sabbath commandment tells us who the owner of the seal is (God); what His title is (Creator) and what His jurisdiction is (heaven and earth).  God is the creator of heaven and earth and is ruler of everything.   Whoever has this seal, the seal of God, shows that he belongs to God. The Sabbath commandment tells us who our God is that we serve.

 

The Sabbath commandment identifies who the one true God is:  He is the God of the Bible who created all things in 6 days and rested on the 7th day, and gives us the sanctified 7th day Sabbath as the day to rest and delight in Him. 

 

 

Conversely, the mark of the Beast will be the seal of the Antichrist as Revelation 13 reveals.  In Revelation 13 we see that the name of the Beast is part of the mark (Revelation 13:16-18); that his title is the world ruler who thinks he is a god and his jurisdiction is the world that worships him (Revelation 13:7-8, 12). 

 

 

God tells us that His seal is specifically His Sabbath commandment:

 

Exodus 31:

16   Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.

17   It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.' "

18   And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (NKJV)

 

Ezekiel 20:

12   Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.   

 

20   hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.'    (NKJV)

 

Comment:  Note that God sanctifies the Sabbath that He gives to us as a sign.  At the

                   same time, we must sanctify (hallow) the Sabbath to be under God's seal.

 

 

 

The Bible tells us more about how God’s seal will be His 7th day Sabbath, but the mark of the Beast will be Sunday.  In Revelation 12 and 14 we are told that Satan will make war with those who belong to God and we must persevere; these people who belong to God are those who obey the commandments of God and have faith in the Lord Jesus:

 

Revelation 12:

17    So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.   (NASB)

 

Revelation 14:

12    Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.    (NASB)

 

 

God tells us of about these saints who keep the commandments of God and their testimony of Jesus immediately before and immediately after telling us what the mark of the Beast is in Revelation 13:

 

Revelation 13:

16   And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,

17   and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

18   Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.   (NASB)

 

 

Therefore, the simple Bible truth is this: 

 

Since those who belong to God keep His commandments and do not receive the mark of the Beast, than this means that those who receive the mark of the Beast are the people who do NOT keep the commandments of God.  It is the unavoidable and undeniable truth.

 

 

And we must not forget: just like the Sabbath is God’s seal, the Lord Jesus – the Son of God and Lord of the Sabbath, is also God’s seal:

 

John 6:

27   Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."   (NKJV)



God tells us this truth in other ways.  He shows us again in Revelation that the Sabbath is God’s seal in the

end times.  When we compare the description of end time events in Revelation 10 and 14 with the Sabbath

commandment of Exodus 20, we see that the God’s seal of the Sabbath is being referred to. 

 

The angels are declaring the authority and seal of God.  The pronouncements made by the angels is to

worship God, the creator of heaven and earth which is in the context of the Sabbath day that is the sign of

who God is and who His people are.  Again, it is only the 4th Commandment, God’s Sabbath commandment,

that tells us it is God who is the creator of heaven and earth and therefore He alone should be worshiped. 

God created all things in 6days and on the 7th day He rested and sanctified the Sabbath which He then gives

to all mankind.  

 

Revelation 10:

4        Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."

5        The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven

6        and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,

7        but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.    (NASB)

 

Revelation 14:

6        Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth --- to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people ---

7        saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."

8        And another angel followed, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."

9        Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,

10      he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

11      And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."      (NASB)

 

 

This profound declaration of whom should be worshipped and why and how (He is the Creator and the 7th day commemorates His creative activity – the 4th Commandment) is magnified when we realize what Revelation 14:6 is telling us.  The announcement the angel makes is in the context of expounding the ‘eternal gospel’.  Therefore, the command to worship the creator, in the same language used when the 4th Commandment was first given, means that Sabbath observance is a major part of the eternal gospel and it will play a major role in end-time events. 

 

So when we consider that the first four of God’s 10 Commandments deal with mankind’s relationship with God, this is what God is showing us will happen in the end time.  By getting the mark of the Beast, these people will be breaking God’s commandments.  Not only do they not have the God’ seal upon them which is His Sabbath and 4th Commandment, but they will also at the same time be breaking the first three commandments:

1st Commandment – this will be broken by people effectively choosing another god, the Beast

2nd Commandment – this will be broken by bowing down to his image

3rd Commandment – this will be broken by taking the mark of the Beast, because those who receive this mark are taking upon themselves the mark, label – name, of the Beast (Satan) instead of choosing God’s name.

 

 

Remember that to be antichrist means to be opposed to or be in place of Christ, so we should not be surprised that the Antichrist will have his own mark identifying his people instead of God’s by mocking God’s Sabbath seal (also remember that the Lord Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, Matthew 12:8). Indeed, the Bible tells us sin is the transgression of God's law/is lawlessness and the Antichrist is the man of lawlessness.  The Antichrist believes he is God and will seek to change times and laws, so we know he will work to undo and break God’s Laws:

 

1 John 3:

4   Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5    And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6    Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.

7   Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8   He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

9   Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10    In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.    (AKJV)

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

3     Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,    (NASB)


Daniel 7:

25    He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Since the False Prophet works alongside the Beast as his “right-hand man” and is the enforcer of the laws to make people worship the Beast, then we know that the False Prophet is also involved with the changing of times and laws as well. 

 

The Roman Catholic Church has actually already changed times and laws when they “modified” God’s 10 Commandments by creating their own version.  Their version removed the 2nd Commandment against idolatry, causing God’s Sabbath 4th Commandment to become the 3rd in their version, and then they split the 10th Commandment in two to fill in the spot of the now-missing idolatry commandment.  They then “changed” the 7th day Sabbath to the 1st day, Sunday.  

 

 

Whereas the Sabbath is the sign of God’s people, Sunday will be the mark of the Beast for his people.  The mark of the Beast will be controlling what his people think and do, and when.  The Sunday laws will be in effect universally and will be used to identify the people of the Antichrist and who can buy or sell.  In so doing, it will also identify the true believers of God who remain true to His Sabbath, who can be hunted down to be persecuted and destroyed. 

 

Ultimately, the goal of Satan is to make everyone first disobey God and break God’s commandments, and then “replace” God and His commandments with worship of the Antichrist/Satan and his own commandments.  From the beginning with his fall in sin, Satan has always wanted to be as God himself with his own commandments that mock God and the commandments of God.

 

Satan perhaps hates God’s Sabbath commandment the most and does his very best to destroy it and make people turn away from it.  Why?  It is because as we said earlier, it is only in this commandment that God establishes His seal which tells us:  who the owner of the seal is (God); what His title is (Creator) and what His jurisdiction is (heaven and earth). 

 

In other words, the Sabbath commandment identifies God as God, that the God of the Bible is the one true God, and it sets apart holy time to have and strengthen the relationship between the created with our Creator.  It tells us who our God is and who it is that we belong to and serve. Satan wants nothing more than to break this identification between people and God.

 

With this in mind, we must not be surprised then that the Beast and False Prophet will do absolutely everything possible and necessary to make people turn away from the Sabbath.  This means observing Sunday can be combined with the supposedly universal moral code, the un-biblical Seven Noahide Laws, to make everyone break God’s Sabbath commandment first, in order to then replace God’s commandments with the commandments of the Beast.  The Noahide Laws have hidden within it a death penalty by decapitation for all who believe in Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah, as well as for non-Jewish (Gentile) people who obey God's 10 Commandments. 


Why did America and other nations adopt this supposed universal moral code into their governments, as if to set the stage for a future one world government religious law, whether it be this or some other (that purposely tries to appear as coming from the God of the Bible, but is not and instead completely opposes God’s will), that has as its penalty for not adhering to it, execution by beheading?


The enemy Satan is evil and hate personified; he is the destroyer.  The enemy will then have everything covered and be guaranteed that whether you believe in Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah or not, if you are Judeo-Christian you will be persecuted.  Jews who do not believe in Jesus will continue to not know God’s truth in His son, the Messiah.  Those people who believe in Jesus will also be persecuted.  Most of all, the Sunday and Noahide Laws target the true worshippers of God in spirit and truth, those people (both Jews and Gentiles) who believe in the testimony of Jesus and uphold God’s 10 Commandments including His Sabbath 4th Commandment (the believers of Revelation 12:17; 14:12). 

 

The Sunday and Noahide Laws support one another: forcing believers to turn away from God’s 7th day Sabbath and follow man’s tradition under penalty of death; these are the saints the Beast wars against (Revelation 13:7).  But we must obey God to the very end and not fear or obey men, and we will reap eternal life.

 

 

 

Mark of the Beast and the economy

 

In the ‘Dies Domini’ letter we have just reviewed, there are several instances which demonstrate why the observance of Sunday is what the mark of the Beast will be. We saw how the False Prophet has said it instituted Sunday laws in the past and fully plans to do so again in the future. We also saw how it has hinted several times what keeping Sunday holy might look like, including even using God’s 4th Commandment on the Sabbath to demonstrate this.

 

We must always keep in mind that because it is the False Prophet who will be enforcing the mark of the Beast, this means that the mark will be religious/spiritual in nature. 

 

It is what the False Prophet has said regarding the Sunday rest laws and what other things it believes pertain to keeping Sunday sanctified that are the ties to the mark of the Beast with its ability to control who can buy or sell. This is where the control of commerce comes into play and why God’s one and only true Sabbath as a day of rest was referred to.

 

The Sabbath is a holy day unto God; it is a day of worship when we are to refrain from all work and worldly things (Exodus 20:8-11) which includes buying and selling and engaging in business activity:

 

Nehemiah 10:

31   As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.    (NASB)

 

Nehemiah 13:

15   In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food.

16   Also men of Tyre were living there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem.

17   Then I reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, "What is this evil thing you are doing, by profaning the sabbath day?

18   "Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath."

19   It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day.

20   Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem.

21   Then I warned them and said to them, "Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will use force against you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.    (NASB)

 

 

Remember that the Bible says in Revelation 13 the Antichrist will have a condition to control who can buy and sell – only those who have the mark of the Beast will be able to buy and sell.  Is this buying and selling (engaging in commerce, the economy) which copies the 7th day Sabbath just a coincidence?  No, it is not.  The Bible is telling us that the mark of the Beast is connected to the Sabbath day – the mark of the Beast is Sunday (or any other man-made day), which is a false day of worship created by man to be a counterfeit “Sabbath”.

 

This is why most Christians and the rest of the world today do not know what the mark of the Beast really is and will be in major trouble.  They have been erroneously taught for so long to believe that the 7th day Sabbath is a “Jewish” thing when it is really God’s that was given to mankind with Christ Himself as Lord of that day.  Due to this disregard of the 10 Commandments and the Old Testament instruction, they do not see that the 7th day Sabbath prohibits not only work, but also buying and selling.  And this is why they fail to see the Sabbath connection that tells us exactly what the mark of the Beast is; that the mark of the Beast is Sunday – a counterfeit “Sabbath” with its own man-made rules of not working and controlling who can buy and sell.

 

Sunday, the supposed Lord’s Day, as we have read in the letter ‘Dies Domini’ earlier, is admitted to be “in the truest sense, the day of man” – a day created by man to control what we do, who can buy or sell.  The “day of man”, Sunday is tied together with the “number of a man”, because Sunday is the mark or seal of the Beast:

 

Revelation 13:

18   Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.        (AKJV)

 

 

But the 7th day Sabbath is the day sanctified by God and is God’s seal. 

 

As with all things the enemy Satan does, he wishes to overthrow God and the things of God to substitute himself and his will in place of God and Christ: 

 

Isaiah 14:

12   "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

13   "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.

14   'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'    (NASB)

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

3     Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

4     who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.   (NASB)

 

 

This is also what the enemy has done with the 7th day Sabbath by trying to replace it with creating a false 1 day in 7 worship day, Sunday – even calling it the Lord’s Day to make the false imitation and mockery complete.  The mark of the Beast is Sunday observance and is a perverse mockery of the true Biblical day of worship, God’s 7th day Sabbath.  The enemy has created his own “Sabbath” which is the 1st day of the week, Sunday, the Day of the Sun to replace the true Sabbath on the 7th day of the week.  A counterfeit Sabbath called Sunday should not be surprising, because the one world government with its one world religion itself is a Satanic counterfeit mockery of the millennial Kingdom of God – a truth we see clearly when we know that Adolf Hitler, a type of the Antichrist, said his Nazi Third Reich would last 1,000 years (the first was the Holy Roman Empire under Charlemagne; the second was the unified Germany of the late 19th century ending in World War I) .

 

As the Bible plainly shows, the 7th day Sabbath is a seal of who God is – our Creator.  However, Sunday is a seal of its creator – Satan, the first fallen creation.

 

And make no mistake:  with the Sunday mark of the Beast being enacted and forced upon everyone, it will combine both religious and economic persecution and this means the 7th day Sabbath itself and those who keep it according to God’s command in the Bible will be persecuted – they will be forced to break the 7th day Sabbath commandment or die if they refuse to keep the false worship day Sunday. 

 

The mark of the Beast is Sunday and this truth should not be casually dismissed.  As we have just mentioned, most do not ever see this truth, because they have been taught all their lives to ignore the 7th day Sabbath altogether.  Therefore, they will never see the provision to not buy and sell which points to the mark of the Beast really being a question of time (day to be exact) – that the mark of the Beast is a day signifying who we worship which will also involve commerce/the economy, who can buy and sell.  All Christians should think about the mark of the Beast differently than what they are used to, because it cannot be ignored that the true day of worship, the 7th day Sabbath has economic conditions – do not buy and sell, which the man-made day of worship Sunday, the mark of the Beast purposely attempts to imitate.

 

The decision – whose seal you will have which shows who you belong to and worship, will be between: the god of this world Satan and his false day of worship on the Day of the Sun, or our God and Creator of all things who sanctified the 7th day Sabbath and gave it to mankind, just as He gave us His son Jesus and ordained Him as the Lord of the Sabbath.  The 7th day Sabbath is the true day of the Son – the Son of God.

 

Again, please do not think that Sunday being the mark of the Beast sounds ridiculous and is not true.  Please do not disregard it; to do so will be to you and your loved ones’ peril.  To further understand why it must not be ignored, remember that we spoke of Rome enacting Sunday worship before multiple times in its history through the emperors and the Roman Catholic Church – and each time Sunday laws were passed, believers who kept the true Biblical 7th day Sabbath were hunted down, tortured and killed. 


Then remember again what the former pope ominously said in the letter ‘Dies Domini’ above, the Roman Catholic Church reserves the right and is waiting for a Sunday law to be passed again.  And this is the main reason why Christians and people all over the world should not ignore the truth that Sunday is the religious and economic/political mark of the Beast we have read about in Revelation 13: just as it has happened in the past, the stage is being set for it to happen again – Sunday laws on a continental/global scale is being pushed right now.

 

As we said, the Roman Catholic Church has been working especially hard to unite all religions under it for the last 50 years, and it is within the last 20 years it has focused a great deal on pushing for Sunday to be applied to everyone as the ‘Dies Domini’ letter expresses.  However, this is not the only thing the Roman Catholic Church is doing to try to force Sunday upon us all; it is also pushing for laws to make Sunday a “work-free” day, combining both religion and commerce together in one day. 


It was just in 2011 that the European Sunday Alliance (ESA) was created to make Sunday a “work-free” day in the EU, the European Union (see how it tries to parody the true 7th day Sabbath; and to understand the significance of this happening in the European Union, see the article about ‘Signs of the Rise of the Beast’ which shows that the Antichrist will come from the Roman Empire, which will consist of the nations of the European Union and others). 

 

The ESA was created and is supported by a network of national Sunday alliances, trade unions, civil society groups, and religious groups – including the Roman Catholic Church, to make Sunday observance a binding law for the nations of the European Union.  This is what the European Sunday Alliance states, and it is pushing especially hard in 2014 because parliamentary elections are coming up; the Alliance wants to put pressure on government officials to make it into law and base their being elected upon their standing regarding the Sunday law:


"A work-free Sunday and decent working hours are of paramount importance for citizens and workers throughout Europe and are not necessarily in conflict with economic competitiveness.


Especially in the present time of socio-economic crisis, the adoption of legislation extending working hours to late evenings, nights, bank holidays and Sundays has direct consequences for the working conditions of employees and for small and medium sized enterprises. Competitiveness needs innovation, innovation needs creativity and creativity needs recreation!


As a current or future Member of the European Parliament I pledge:


1. To ensure that all relevant EU-legislation both respects and promotes the protection of a common weekly day of rest for all EU citizens, which shall be in principle on a Sunday, in order to protect workers' health and promote a better balance between family and private life and work;


2. To promote EU-legislation guaranteeing sustainable working time patterns based on the principle of decent work benefiting society as well as the economy as a whole.


 

The ESA tries to make Sunday observance sound like it is good for the health of the people and does not mention religion, but one can plainly see that it is economic in nature – and what all Christians should know in their hearts is that what really underlies it all is the false religious side, to make Sunday a counterfeit Sabbath day to set the stage for the Antichrist to come and make it the binding mark of the Beast to control both religion/worship and who can buy or sell.  Also, we know though a Sunday law is trying to look like a sheep (it is good for your health or for the economy), we must never forget that the False Prophet is the one world religious figure who enforces the mark of the Beast and forces everyone to worship the Antichrist – so in reality, a Sunday law will have an economic aspect, but it is really a false religious deception that is completely anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-Bible.  After all, the False Prophet is described as having two horns like a lamb, but speaking like a dragon (Revelation 13:11).

 

It will be like in the past with the Roman emperors and the Roman church, but much, much worse.  Whenever Sunday laws are made “the law of the land”, coming from a union of church and state, persecution comes upon Biblical Christians who are keepers of God’s 7th day Sabbath which He gave to mankind where His son Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.  When Sunday is made the day which all must observe as a false day of rest and worship, this means at the same time that the enemy seek to destroy the observance of the true 7th day Sabbath and those worshipers in spirit and truth which God wants (John 4:23-24) who keep it.  

 

As we have seen, the Bible has told us long ago that the Antichrist man of lawlessness will think to change times and laws during the Great Tribulation. Sunday has already been established for centuries, but all that is left for Satan to have it reach its ultimate application is to force everyone to observe it, in contradiction to the true Sabbath day. The only way for this to happen is if there is one world religion and Sunday will become law under penalty of punishment and death.

 

The Beast and False Prophet will apply without conditions Sunday worship across the world and the reverence normally due to God’s Sabbath to Sunday instead, thereby also filtering out those who do not follow Sunday worship.  This is something that the Roman Catholic Church has done since the beginning: identifying who are non-Sunday worshippers (God’s Sabbath keepers) and then hunting them down to exterminate them.  It is only waiting for the conditions to be right so that it can do this again; these conditions will occur in the end-times with total chaos and the deception of attaining world peace by global government and religion.  Just look at how many Americans were willing to give up their rights for "security" after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  How many people all over the world would be ready to give up all their rights for supposed "security" amidst the catastrophes of end time events?

 


Observing Sunday instead of God’s Sabbath will be the basis upon who can buy and sell. The bad part is that the False Prophet has already succeeded in deceiving most people into believing that Sunday has “replaced” the Sabbath, which means many are already partially deceived and can easily be fully deceived into taking the mark. How many would be deceived by the mark of the Beast, because they do not even know or believe in God's one and only Sabbath, the 7th day Sabbath, especially in the chaos of end time disaster? Sunday laws (called “blue laws”) which dictate commerce are still in place in many areas of the world such as Europe and the United States of America, though they are generally not highly visible or seriously acted upon.

 

However, since Satan is the god of this world and the end times are fast approaching, his Beast and False Prophet are not yet done mocking God and His Sabbath. Despite the fact that true believers the last 2000 years were tortured and killed for not accepting Sunday, the Eucharist and other false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, the reign of the Beast and the False Prophet will bring persecution to the true people of God to an entirely new level unheard of before this time.

 

The mark of the Beast will be a perverse mockery of God’s perpetual covenant with the children of Israel. People everywhere must be reminded that the Bible states all true believers – both Jew and Gentile, are now one: one Israel. Jew and Gentile are one in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 11:11-24; John 4:22). The people who are the one Israel are the ones who know that God made His ways known to Moses and has cast our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:7-12); they are the ones who establish the Law, upholding the Law of God as the righteous standard of holy behavior and what sin is (Romans 3:31; 7:7, 12).

 

The unholy union of church and state seen in the Roman Empire and its emperor, and the Roman Catholic Church and its pope will once again arise and reign. In truth, the Roman Catholic Church is an extension of the Roman Empire as can be readily be seen by its name. Just think: the unrestrained persecution of God’s people to stamp out true believers once seen only in Europe and the regions immediately around it in the past will occur again and take place all over the world.

 

 

Most people today only think the mark of the Beast as being used to identify his people and controlling the world economy, but it is much, much more than that. They believe this only because the deception of Sunday worship is so deeply engrained in the tradition of their religious beliefs.

 

It is true the mark of the Beast will be used to control everything people can and cannot do, which will include buying and selling, but especially when: it will indeed identify people, but it will identify people and either control them or persecute them based on their faith of the holiness of time, whether they adhere to the 1st day of the week – Sunday, sanctified by man (the Antichrist and False Prophet), or they adhere to the day sanctified by God – the 7th day, the Sabbath. And as we have already mentioned: God’s Sabbath is a day of rest which includes not doing business – buying and selling.

 

In other words, while some mechanical marking of a person might be used (ID card, etc.), it will only be used to enable the identification of who the truly sealed people of God are, and the Bible declares that God’s seal is His Sabbath.  It is HIS Sabbath He gave to us. Those who are not covered by the seal of God will have the mark of the Beast.  When leaders divide people into two groups, this is a disaster waiting to happen, because this marking and separation makes it very easy for the leaders to say that those people who do not agree with them are expendable and easily identifiable to be removed.

 

It is NOT a coincidence that the Antichrist is called the man of lawlessness.  He will seek to break God’s commandments/law. 

 

It is NOT a coincidence that the mark of the Beast involves controlling the economy and who can buy and sell.  The mark of the Beast will be set up to purposely make people break God’s Sabbath commandment; the mark of the Beast will make people choose between God’s Sabbath seal or the mark of the Beast, Sunday.

 

Unfortunately, most people do not know and observe God’s 10 Commandments, but instead obeys Sunday, a tradition of men and doctrine of demons.

 

 

How will a Sunday mark of the Beast look like? With the economy even now suffering greatly, what will happen when it has completely collapsed and the Beast controls the world economy? Combined with the Bible’s prophecies on the end times being a time of unparalleled destruction from war, famine, pestilence, and natural disasters, world economic conditions will be extremely difficult to put it mildly.

 

With Sunday as a forced rest day on everyone, what if the False Prophet declares everyone must work on the 7th day Sabbath under penalty of death?  Remember that if businesses are forced to keep Sunday, this will put pressure on both companies and 7th day Sabbath keepers.  Everyone must decide if they should break God’s Sabbath commandment or not.  Of course, most people already have been deceived into believing Sunday and disregard the true Sabbath, so this may unfortunately be an easy decision to make, but it will have eternal consequences. 

 

Or what if the False Prophet forces everyone to worship him (by worshipping on Sunday) and declare allegiance to the Beast by taking his mark and everyone is only allowed to buy and sell on the 7th day Sabbath, thereby forcing us to choose who our god is and to decide whether to break God’s Sabbath commandment in order to buy and sell for ourselves or our families?  This may appear to be a heart-rending decision, but know that we must not break God’s commandment and deny Him.


However it turns out, conditions will be purposely created to make it so that 7th day Sabbath keepers will not be able to buy and sell or be forced to break Gods 7th day Sabbath commandment; in other words, they and everyone must worship the Beast and receive his mark, or they will not be able to buy and sell and will be targeted for extermination.  Regardless of how the Sunday mark of the Beast is practiced as a false day of rest/worship created by the fallen creation, the god of this world Satan: its only real goal is to destroy the 7th day Sabbath created and sanctified by our Creator with Jesus as the Lord of the Sabbath, and also to destroy those who keep the Biblical 4th Commandment.

 

We must be reminded of the example of Job and have his perseverance; he was rewarded with twice as much – 7 more sons and 3 more daughters, which means his first 7 sons and 3 daughters have everlasting life even though they perished in the beginning (compare Job 1:1-3 and Job 42:10-13, James 5:1-11).   We must be reminded that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath and the Sabbath was given to all mankind:

 

Mark 2:

27    And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28    Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."     (NKJV)

 

 

This is why all peoples all over the world must know the Law of God including His Sabbath commandment will last forever and can never be replaced by a law or tradition made by man (Matthew 5:17-18; Mark 7:8-9; Luke 16:17; Colossians 2:8).

 

If only those who worship on Sunday receive the mark of the Beast and be “allowed” to buy and sell, then the non-Sunday and true Sabbath worshippers are left to find their own foods and goods and cannot work. But even more, this mark will also serve to identify the person. In other words, the person who does not have this mark will not be able to get or do anything, including having a job, home, etc., because he will be considered a non-person (such as if a person does not have a national ID even now).

 

However, this is the least of their concerns, because those who do not have the mark of the Beast will not be considered non-persons as if they do not “exist”, but they will be treated as non-persons in terms of freedoms and who their God is.  Since they do not have the mark of the Beast, they do not worship the Beast and must be worshipping someone else like the one true God. 

 

Therefore, they will be treated as non-persons who are determined to be enemies of the state, and thereby open to be persecuted, hunted down and executed.  The mark of the Beast will be identified by God as those who will suffer His wrath, while at the same time the mark of the Beast will serve to identify the saints of God who will be persecuted by Satan’s Beast and False Prophet and must persevere to the end, even if we die:

 

Revelation 13:

4     And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying,

     Who is like to the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5     And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;

     and power was given to him to continue forty and two months.

6     And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7     And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds,

     and tongues, and nations.    (AKJV)

 

Revelation 14:

12   Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13   And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on:

     Yes, said the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.   (AKJV)

 

 

We must be prepared to die, not kill, for God and Christ.

 

Again, the Sabbath, which is the 4th Commandment that identifies the Creator, will play an enormous role in end-time events.  The Bible truth that the commandments of God are and will always be in effect, which includes the Sabbath day, is clearly evident because the Ark of the Covenant is mentioned twice in Revelation:

 

Revelation 11:

19     Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 15:

2        And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.

3        They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: " Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!

4        Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested."

5        After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

Be ready and do not be deceived into taking the mark of the Beast

 

With the world economy totally controlled by the Beast and needing to support ourselves and possibly our families, we may feel we have to bend to the pressure and take the mark to be able to buy and sell. But it is much more than just this. The ability to buy and sell will be based in such a way as to make you break God’s Sabbath, the 7th day of the week, and instead accept the Beast and his day of worship, “the Lord’s day” which is Sunday, the 1st day of the week.

 

People everywhere must wake up to the truth of what the mark of the Beast will be. It will be a sign of allegiance to the Beast and his “holy day” and thereby turning their backs on God and breaking His Sabbath commandment.

 

The mark of the Beast is a spiritual mark of those who do not know their God and will follow a false god, Satan. They will receive Satan’s spiritual mark on their forehead or hand (which signifies one’s thoughts and actions). These people will observe Sunday which is Satan’s mark/seal and Satan’s commandment, not God’s.

 

The ones who do not receive this mark are those who steadfastly obey God’s commandments and keep the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Those who stand tall and endure and will not take the mark of the Beast are the ones who know their God and love Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.  They keep the words of God, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, always in their hearts and minds, and in everything they say and do, wherever they are. These believers have God’s seal in their hand and forehead as we read in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. They observe the commandments of God as given in the Bible and not the commandments and traditions of men. The seal and commandment of God is His 7th day Sabbath. 


The Sabbath has always been known as the test commandment, and will be no truer than at the end time when everyone everywhere will be tested and forced to make a choice:

 

God’s Sabbath or the enemy’s Sunday.

 

 

Unfortunately, most Christians around the world already believe in Sunday worship so they are more than half way there to be deceived into accepting the mark of the Beast. All that is left is that they “just accept” the Eucharist not as symbolic, but as the literal flesh and blood. With chaos, death and destruction all around, apostasy everywhere and the threat of persecution and death, a little cannibalism may seem to be acceptable.

 

Remember again, that Satan’s goal first and foremost is to make us disobey God and break God’s commandments – the first 4 of the 10 Commandments which all pertain to God, including His Sabbath.  Then he will substitute them with Satan and his commandments, no matter what form this takes.  This imitation and mockery of God’s 10 Commandments already exists with the Roman Catholic Church/False Prophet's version of the 10 Commandments with its Sunday law and it will be built upon further in the end times.

 

 

However, God makes it clear that we must not love this world or this life, but be prepared to die for God’s truth in Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath who was given to us, just as the Sabbath was given to us, and thereby have eternal life; we must break God's commandments:

 

Mark 2:

27   And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28   Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."    (NKJV)

 

Mark 8:

  35    For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.  (NKJV)

 

 

The Book of Daniel goes hand in hand with the Book of Revelation and it tells us even how to stand and act righteously in face of tribulation and pressure to bow to a false god instead of the one true God.  Revelation 13:15 tells us that people will be forced to worship the image of the Beast or die.  Daniel 3 reminds us that we must never worship any image or person even if it means we may die:

 

Daniel 3:

14      Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?

15      "Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?"

16      Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.

17      "If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

18      "But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."   (NASB)

 

 

Note what Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego say in verse 18.  They said they will not serve or worship what is false even if God does not save them.  God is telling us that we must be prepared to die for our faith if need be. 

 

We must take this to the heart.  Why?  It is because Hitler and the Nazi regime is only a type of the Beast to come.  Just like Hitler, the Antichrist will force people to hold himself and his kingdom above all other things: God, family, nation, etc.  and if we do not, we will be summarily executed.

 

 

Satan through his False Prophet has persecuted and executed true believers and the Sabbath for 2000 years. It is nothing new and history will repeat itself. In truth, the persecution during the end times will be the culmination of it all – as Satan will seek to destroy everything that belongs to God and establish himself as God, once and for all as we read again in 2 Thessalonians 2::

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

1     Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,

2     that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us,

     to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

3     Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first,

     and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

4     who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship,

     so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.   (NASB)

 

 

It can be said that the Roman Catholic Church’s attacks on God’s 10 Commandments and its persecution of God’s people from the very beginning was preparatory and done for exactly such a time as the end-time – to deceive the entire world and to label people to clearly identify who belongs to Satan, and then destroy everyone else. Satan will finally have his long desired world empire.

 

In other words, Satan has always wanted to do away with God and His ways by replacing it with himself and his ways.  This applies specifically to the Sabbath, because it is God’s seal which identifies God’s people.  Satan mimics this seal by creating Sunday, but it is the mark of the Beast. Sunday was specifically put in place to create this division between those who follow God’s commandments and those who follow the commandments of Satan.  Satan will finally have his long desired world empire. 

 

But only those who do not know history or do not know God’s truth, will be doomed to not come through tribulation with their integrity in God intact and their eternal salvation in hand.

 

When combined with the great lie of a pre-tribulation rapture, most of Christianity will fall prey to the False Prophet and take the mark of the Beast, because they are terribly unaware of what Satan is doing and totally unprepared to withstand suffering and persecution.

 

Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that people everywhere know what God’s truth is – His Sabbath truth, the seal of God’s people, so they will not be deceived.

 

If you already believe in worshipping on Sunday, you are already partially deceived and will easily succumb to the power and system of the Beast and False Prophet. If you also believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, than you are even more deceived and in a worse condition to resist.

 

What is the mark of the Beast?  Both Scriptures and history bear it out:  the mark of the Beast is Sunday.  It has happened in the past with the Roman church and state imposing Sunday as a day of worship, and it will happen again – the stage is already being set for the revived Roman Empire.  Any technology used to identify people and to allow who can buy or sell (engage in commerce) is only a result of the enemy putting his seal of Sunday upon his people, a counterfeit of God’s seal of His Sabbath.


Know who your God is and what His 10 Commandments are – and not the commandments and traditions of men that mock our God and the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The mark of the Beast will be based on the Sabbath truth, but will deny it, glorify its own rest day Sunday and deceive many. Your salvation will also be based on the Sabbath truth, but please do not deny it and do not be deceived.

 

 

We must be sealed by the seal of God, His holy Sabbath and not be sealed by the seal of a man, marked by the mark of Beast and Satan’s commandment.  We should obey God and not man; we should belong and be sealed by God, not man:

 

Acts 5:

29    Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

(AKJV)

 

 

 

 

Please also see the article ‘The Coming Great Apostasy’ and all articles in the sections ‘Sign of the Times’, ‘The Law of God’, ‘A Pre-Tribulation Rapture?’, and others on this website.