"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," (Rev. 14: 9)
One of God’s strongest warnings for the last days is against receiving the mark of the Beast. But before we can identify the mark of the Beast, we first need to know what the Beast is.
What warning does God give against worshipping the Beast?
(Rev. 14:9, 10) – “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:”
When God punished people in the past, His anger was always mixed with mercy. But, the worshippers of the beast will experience God’s wrath, which will not be mixed with His mercy. God will have no mercy while executing His judgments. It will be pure justice without mercy.
Where does the Beast come from?
(Rev. 13:1) – “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.”
The Beast rises up out of the sea. In Rev. 17:15 we learn that water or the sea mean multitudes of people. The Beast arises among many people.
Out of what kingdom did the little horn (Beast power) arise?
(Dan. 7:7, ) – “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”
The beast comes out of the fourth kingdom, pagan Rome. The little horn is the same power as the Beast of Rev. 13:1
Let’s compare the similarities between the beast of Dan. 7 and the beast of Rev. 13.
Daniel 7:4-7 Rev. 13:1, 2
Babylon Lion-like beast (v.4) “Mouth of a lion” (v.2)
Medo-Persia Bear-like beast (v.5) “Feet like a bear” (v.2)
Greece Leopard-like beast (v.6) “Like unto a leopard” (v.2)
Rome Ten horned beast (v.7) “Having…ten horns” (v.1)
The four beasts of Dan. 7 are depicted as part of Antichrist, or the Beast. Protestants throughout the centuries have identified the papacy as the Beast and the Antichrist. We are talking about the corrupt system of worship, the Roman Catholic Church, not the people. The papacy has incorporated pagan beliefs and practices from all four empires. She clothed them in spiritual garb and spread them to the world as Christian teaching.
What happened to the pagan Rome?
(Dan. 7:24) – “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.”
Pagan Rome was divided into ten kingdoms between 351 and 476 A.D. The Beast of Rev. 13:1 is the same power as the little horn of Daniel, which comes up among the ten kingdoms of Europe. (Heruli, Burgundians, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Vandals, Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Alamanni, Visogoths, Seuvi).
The verse says that the Beast kingdom will be diverse or different from the others. It will be religious as well as political. The headquarters of Roman Catholic Church is Vatican. And Vatican is also a state or a country. It’s a political power. The papacy has its own ambassadors like all other countries, and other countries send their ambassadors to Vatican.
What happened to three kingdoms before the little horn arose and exercised kingly power?
(Dan. 7:8) – “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.”
Three horns were plucked up by the roots. As the papacy was gaining power among the ten divided nations, it found that three nations were opposing it. They were Ostrogoths, Heruli, and Vandals. Then the papacy wiped them out! With the destruction of Ostrogoths in 538 AD, the papacy gained full control of Western Europe as a political power.
Who does the beast receive the power from?
(Rev. 13:2) – “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.”
The dragon gave the beast his power, his seat and great authority. To identify the dragon, we need to go to Rev. 12, where God’s end-time church is pictured as a woman.
Who is the dragon?
(Rev. 12:1-5) – “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
The pure woman is portrayed as pregnant and about to deliver. The dragon crouches nearby, hoping to”devour” the baby at birth. But, when the baby is born He evades the dragon, fulfills His mission, and then ascends to heaven. Obviously the baby is Jesus, whom Herod tried to destroy by killing all the babies at Bethlehem (Matt.2:16). So, the dragon represents pagan Rome, of which Herod was a king. However, the power behind Herod was the devil, (Rev. 12:7-9). Satan used pagan Rome to accomplish his despicable work.
What happened to the Beast later on?
(Rev. 13:3) – “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.”
The deadly wound was inflicted by Napoleon’s general Berthier, when he entered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive in February of 1798. Napoleon decreed that when the pope dies the papacy would be discontinued. When the pope died it was thought that the papacy was also dead. The blow was a deadly wound for the papacy, but that wound began to heal and continues healing today.
How powerful will the beast become?
(Rev. 13; 8) – “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.”
Verses 3 and 8 answer the question. As we have read in verse 3, “all the world wandered after the beast”. Verse 8 informs us that all that dwell upon the earth will worship him. The beast (papacy) will become extremely powerful. We can see that the papacy is steadily increasing in power right now.
Why is God opposed to the Beast power?
(Rev. 13:5, 6) – “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.”
God is opposed to the Beast power because the Beast is opposed to God. It speaks blasphemy against God. Blasphemy has two definitions in Scripture: - (1) Claiming to forgive sins (Luke 5:21), (2) Claiming to be God, (John 10:33).
In “A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion, - 1924, p 279 it says; “Does the priest truly forgive the sins, or does he only declare that they are remitted? The priest does really and truly forgive the sins in the virtue of the power given to him by Christ”.
Pope Leo XIII wrote in the Encyclical Letter “The Reunion of Christendom” dated June 20, 1894 states; _ “We (the popes) hold upon the earth the place of God Almighty”. In Catholic National, July 1895 it says; - “The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself hidden under the veil of flesh” (The papacy is guilty of blasphemy because her priests claim to forgive sins and her popes claim to be Christ)
What else does the Beast do in opposition to God?
(Dan 7:25) – “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.”
“He will think to change times and laws”. It was the papacy that changed the law of God, by removing the second commandment, which spoke against images. Then it divided the tenth commandment in two, so that you still have Ten Commandments. They also reworded the fourth commandment, so that the Sabbath was no longer the seventh day of the week.
What was given unto the Beast?
(Rev. 13:7) – “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.”
The Beast made war and persecuted the saints. The papacy did persecute and destroy millions of saints during the Dark Ages. It is a well known fact, and the papacy clearly admits doing so. Much supportive evidence exists. Even conservative historians claim the church probably destroyed at least 50 million people over the matters of religious conviction.
How long would the beast continue to reign?
(Rev. 13:5) – “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.”
The Beast would reign for forty two months, which equals 1260 years. In Dan. 7:25 the same time period appears as “time, times and the dividing of time”. A time is a year, times is two years, and the dividing of time is half a year. The same time period is mentioned seven times (Dan. 7:25; 12:7. Rev. 11:2,3; 12:6,14; 13:5).
The papacy reigned for 42 prophetic months, or 1,260 years – from A.D.538 -1798 when it received the deadly wound.
What is the number of the Beast?
(Rev: 13:18) – “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.”
Number of the beast is also the number of a man. A man is a head of the Roman Catholic Church. Not only does it mean a man, but a succession of men. When a pope dies, another one takes his place. And the Bible say’s the number of the man is 666. One of the pope’s official titles in Latin is – VICARIUS FILII DEI, which in English means “Vicar of the Son of God”. Certain letters of the Latin alphabet have numerical value, and it is significant that the numerical equivalent of that title is 666.
V I C A R I U S F I L I I D E I
5 1 100 O O 1 5 0 O 1 50 1 1 500 0 1 = 666
What does Paul call this power who seeks to exalt himself above God?
(2Thess. 2:3, 4, 8) – “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (verse 8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:”
The beast or the antichrist is called “the man of sin” or “the lawless one” That the “man of sin” is going to be “revealed” implies, that he will be hidden until a certain point in time when he will be exposed to the world. Or he will lay aside his disguise and appear in his true colors, or the disguise will be torn from him and his true nature be made known to the world. This will happen before the Second Coming, and he will be destroyed by the brightness of Christ’s coming.
The papacy fits all the identification points. The Beast with the mark is the papacy. No other power in history could possibly fit these divine descriptive points. Papacy with the fallen protestant churches consist of the spiritual Babylon. Protestants are not protesting any more, but are “wondering” after the Beast.
What is God’s message to His people who are still in Babylon?
(Rev. 18:4) – “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
God is calling His people, who are still in Babylon to come out. God is calling those within, who are obeying the truth they know, “my people” It is the system, not the people, to which God is opposed to, for it is a mixture of truth and error. God loves every person within every false system, but He is calling them to come out and to join His “sheepfold” (John. 10:16).