Point #4- No power on earth, other than the Papacy ever ruled exactly 1,260 years, the period from 538 AD to 1798 AD, as prophesied.
Now we will cover the five remaining, identifying marks of the Beast of Revelation 13.
Point #5 What did the beast receive and what marvelous thing then occurred? Verse 3
"And I saw one of his heads as were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast."
Verse 3 reports that the beast receives a deadly wound, and then the deadly wound is healed and the world marvels and follows the beast. When in 1798, the French General Berthier, under orders from Napoleon, marched his army into Rome and took the Pope prisoner, the Papacy received it's deadly wound. He then died in exile. Half of Europe thought that the Papacy had ended with this event. God, however, was on record in scripture, that the deadly wound would heal. And in 1929 Mussolini executed the "Concordat of 1929" with the Papacy, restoring to them their properties and power. The deadly wound was healing and the influence of the Papacy would continue to grow until the whole world would wonder after this power. The Papacy today is recognized as the most influential power on earth. Multiplied millions look to the Papacy today as the only hope for world unity, love, peace and decency.
Point #5- Only the Papacy fits the identification of Rev 13:3, receiving a deadly wound that eventually healed.
Point #6 What is this beast power guilty of? Revelation 13:5,6. “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;” “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.”
Blasphemy in the Bible is defined as a mortal man claiming to have the power to forgive sins. Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Also, claiming to be God. John 10:33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” In both cases Jesus could not be guilty since He is God and therefore can forgive sins.
The Catholic Church claims to forgive sins. The following is taken from a catechism: “Question: Does the priest truly forgive the sins, or does he only declare that they are remitted?”
Answer: “The priest does really and truly forgive the sins in virtue of the power given him by Jesus Christ.” Source- Joseph DeHarbe, Catechism of the Catholic Religion; New York; W.H. Sadler, Inc. 1924, Page 279.
It claims the Pope to be God: "Thou art another God on earth" Source- Christopher Marcellus, Oration in the Fifth Lateran Council, Session IV (1512) in Mans, S.C. volume 32, col. 761 (Latin) and "The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, Himself, hidden under the veil of human flesh." Source- Catholic National- July 1895
Point #6- Again the Papacy fits the identifying point of Blasphemy.
Point #7 we read Revelation 13:18 “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” We are told to count the number of the beast's name and that it is the number of a man. When a person wanted to know the number of their name, a practice quite common in centuries past, they would count all of the letters, which were Roman numerals. The sum of the total was the number of their name. God did not need to add this further point of identification, but in so doing, we read in verse 18 that we are to understand by calculation. If the Papacy is the beast power, then this equation has to apply....and it does. The official Latin title of the Pope is "VICARIUS FILII DEI" Here is wisdom. Count the number of his name. * Note- U's are V's in the Roman Alphabet