Point #8 What will all who dwell on the earth do to the beast? Rev 13:8.
"All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." This is a religious power as well as a political force. Notice he is worshiped. The word worship is used four times in Revelation 13, but this chapter is about false worship.
Point #8 - This is a religious power that is worshipped as well as being a political force.
Point #9 He would make war with and persecute the saints. Rev. 13:7 "It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them." It is common knowledge that the Papacy did order his armies to persecute and destroy conscientious Christians, especially during the peak of its period of control, during the Middle Ages. Many historians say that more than fifty million people died for their faith, during this period of great tribulation. Estimates range as high as 120 million. For only wanting to read the scriptures for themselves, in their own language, and believing as God's Spirit led them, millions were tortured in dungeons and burned at the stake. The church felt it was doing God a favor in stamping out "heresy", but the fact remains, it did persecute and destroy the real people of God.
Point #9 The Papacy made war with the saints.
There you have it. No other power on earth outside of the Papacy fits the nine identifying points of Revelation 13, and the nine identifying points of Daniel 7. God has identified him, the beast of Revelation 13, with His Word. No conscientious child of God wants to receive the Mark of the Beast. However multiplied millions of Christians along with the rest of the world, will receive it. If you are not clear on this point, you will receive the mark of the beast also.
God says in scripture, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6.
Now that God’s Word has identified who the beast is, we will next study what the mark is, and God’s word clearly identifies it. You need not receive the mark of the beast friend, and to make sure, you need to know what it is. That will be our topic in next weeks study, "The Mark of the Beast."
Many of you are hearing this for the first time and are probably shocked. Fifty to sixty years ago and way back to the time of the reformers who ushered in the age of Protestantism, these scriptures were better understood. It was common knowledge that Papal Rome was the little horn power and the beast of Revelation 13. Most Christians today have no idea what they were protesting in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The Christian churches today are so busy celebrating and having a good time, they are neglecting the study of God’s word. Satan doesn’t want your attention on scripture now because he knows he has but a short time. He especially doesn’t want you studying the books of Daniel and Revelation, because if you do, you will uncover his plans to destroy the Christian world.
No, the major focus of the Christian church today is the ecumenical movement, which on the surface doesn’t sound bad. Unification of all Christians. Tear down the walls that separate the denominations and just love one another. Sounds good?
But friends, there is a dark side. The Ecumenical movement came out of Vatican II in the early 60’s under Pope John XXIII. Plans were laid to crush Protestantism and bring all the separated brethren back under the umbrella of Rome.
Today’s preachers would dare not preach these studies. Many ministers and priests will tell you that there are many scriptures that are not safe to preach. Where are the Elijah’s today?
I cannot and will not stay silent as we are on the edge of eternity, and Satan wants every Christian to be lost. If you get the mark of the beast, you will be lost. And that will be the subject of study from God’s word next week. The mark of the beast. Some of you will not accept what you hear. But when it happens, and that will be very soon, rejecting God’s message and ignoring God’s call to come out of Babylon, will automatically put you in the group who receive the mark of the beast.
Next Week: “Prophecy – The Mark of the Beast - Part 1” Until next week, Jesus said in John 5:39, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”.