FACTS OF THE FUTURE - Part Two
 
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THE FUTURE WITHOUT ILLUSIONS

Many of these events are clearly prophesied in the Bible
(Matt 24:4-31; Luke 21:25-28; Rev 6:12-17;16;17;18).

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Only one power in history meets these five prophetic specifications, namely the United States of America, which united during the years of 1763-1800. We see from Rev 13:11-18, that it began with a humble nature, but it will grow to be a dominating world power at the time of the end. It is foretold that America will make an "Image to the Beast", that will force mankind to "worship" the Beast whose wound was healed. This Image is an exact copy of what the papacy was during its 1260 year rule. This described worship shows clearly that it is referring to a religious - political power.

In Dan 3:5,10,14,18,28 it is clearly taught that religious reverence of human images and power symbols are equal to idolatry and are in contradiction to the second commandment. (Ex 20:4-6).

Sunday worship is a sign of power, a sign of the papal authority, to substitute their own laws (See below under catholic authority from their own sources!).

Prophecy reveals that America will force Sunday observance ("Mark of the Beast) by setting up an "Image".

This Image is nothing else but apostate Protestantism, an ecumenical union of churches, which will unite with the Government, to enforce religious laws.
The whole world will obey the law of Sunday sacredness. (See the book "The National Sunday Law".) It is the pride of the papacy to think that it can change the 10 commandments, the law of God. It will be the deciding question of the future, a decision between life and death (Rev 13:14-15): to obey God or the commandments of man. (Mal 3:18; 4:1; Rev 16:2).

Please note that at this time America will do "great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men..." (Think of the Atomic bomb in 1945 over Hiroshima, the Air war of 1991 in Iraq, or the increase of false revivals of the charismatic movements which started in America.) "...and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, (compare Matt 24:24), saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, (the papacy) which had the wound by a sword, and did live." (Rev 13:13-14)

The papacy claims the change of the Sabbath to the first day of the week was her act and is the "Mark" of her authority in religious things

The papacy claims the change of the Sabbath to the first day of the week was her act and is the "Mark" of her authority in religious things (compare Dan 7:25):

"The Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claim for sacredness can be defended only on Catholic authority...In Holy Scripture from the beginning to the end we find not one single text which justifies the transfer of the weekly public worship service from the last to the first day of the week."
(Catholic Press, Sidney, 8-25-1900).Papist

"We celebrate Sunday instead of Saturday, because the Catholic Church has transferred the sacredness from Saturday to Sunday at the council of Laodicea in the year of 364 AD."
("The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine" from P. Geiermann, the work of Pope Pius X, on 1-25-1910 who received the apostolic blessing).

"It pleased the church of God to transfer the celebration of the Sabbath to Sunday."
(The published Roman Catechism, page 247 after the decision of the council of Trent by order of Pope Pius V.)

"The seventh-day Sabbath was kept by Christ and the apostles and was celebrated by the first Christians and acknowledged as such until it was abolished by the Laodicean Council. This council first settled the question about the Lord's day and forbade the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath under the issue of an Anathema (Curse)."

(William Prynne, a famous English Theologian, from his work "Dissertation on Lord's Day", page 32)

"The Sabbath, the best known day of the law, was changed into the Lord's day. These and others have not ceased because of instructions received from Christ, (because he himself says, I have not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it), but because due to the authority of the church they have been changed."

(Archbishop of Rheggio, Sermon on 1-18-1562, Mansi XXIII, p 526)

"It was the holy Catholic Church who transferred the rest day from Saturday to Sunday, the first day the of the week... Which Church does the whole civilized world obey? The Protestants ...acknowledge great reverence towards the Bible, and yet by celebrating the Sunday they acknowledge the authority of the Catholic Church. The Bible says "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy", but the Catholic Church says: "No, keep the first day of the week holy! - and the entire world obeys her!"

(Pater Enright on 12-15-1889)

"Question: How can you prove that the church has the power to institute holidays?
Answer: By the fact that she has transferred the Sabbath to Sunday, which the Protestants approve of; an obvious contradiction is when they strictly keep Sunday and then disregard most of the other holidays, which were instituted by the same Church."
(From "Abridgement of Christian Doctrine" of H. Tuberville, Donay-Kolleg, 1649, p. 58)

9. In Rev 13:18 we find another sign, the number of the Beast: "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."FishHat

One of the official titles of the pope is: "Vicarius Filii Dei", which is translated, "Representative of the Son of God".
In reply to questions from readers, the Catholic newspaper "Our Sunday Visitor" of 4-18-1915 said: "The engraved letters on the popes Mitre (or better, Tiara) are as follows: "Vicarius Filii Dei".666- This designation (which by itself is blasphemy, as it places itself above the Holy Spirit [John 16:12-15; 14:26; Rom 8:26], the true representative of Christ on earth) is the name of the Beast (Verse 17). According to the information found in Verses 17 and 18 we find the number of his name, 666. Since in Latin certain letters have numerical values, we only need to add them up. This is the prophecy which points out the Antichrist. (Compare 2Thess 2:3-12; 1John 4:3; 2John 7; Rom 8:3). The Greek word "Antichrist" means someone "that places himself in the position of the Lord's Anointed, (from anti - instead, and crio - anointing)" (Konkordantes NT, p 371).

In other words, the Antichrist is the alleged representative of Christ - exactly what the pope claims to be! If the pope would have to introduce himself in the language of the New Testament he would have to say: "I am the Antichrist".

If the pope would have to introduce himself in the language
of the New Testament he would have to say: "I am the Antichrist".

HighPriestJesus Christ is the only, and true High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary after his ascension, "a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man". Heb 8:1-2. Here Jesus procures for us, daily, the way to the mercy seat of His Father through His blood (John 14:6,13,14; Rom 8:34), whom we can approach any time by prayer without the intervention of man, only by faith and trust in the atoning blood of Christ (Heb 4:14; 5:10; 7:25; Matt 6:6-15).

The teaching of an added mediation by man or "departed saints" represents a "blasphemy of the beast" against God and "His tabernacle" of reconciliation in heaven according to Rev 13:6 (compare Dan 8:11-14 and 12:11 - there this condition is described as a "transgression towards the sanctuary" or as "the abomination of desolation").

THE MARK OF THE BEAST

It is not an outward symbol which is being forced upon every man against his will. If you could not 10Commandments refuse to accept the Mark, then God's warning to not accept it would be meaningless. Those who refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast (the sign of authority or affiliation) are described as: "...they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus". Rev 14:12. It is those that have received the seal of God (Rev 7:3,4; 14:1), and they are victorious over the Mark of the Beast (Rev 15:2; compare Dan 3). The Mark of the Beast includes the transgression of God's law (compare Jas 2:10), because the Seal of God, his sign of authority, is found in the 10 commandments (See below).

The Mark of the Beast will be received on the forehead or in the hand (see Rev 13:17; 14:9). The forehead symbolizes awareness (belief, knowledge). The hand symbolizes man's actions, (keeping or not keeping the commandments). This is also shown in Deut 11:8,18 (compare Deut 13:1-6) where it talks about the keeping of all 10 commandments.

Whosoever understands the requirements and the institution of the fourth commandment, of which God states that this is the sign of his authority, and yet rejects it, and instead honours what Rome has established as its sign of authority, the same accepts the sign of affiliation with Rome, the Mark of the Beast. Not until the establishment of a national Sunday law, when man will have to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, will those that continue in transgression receive the Mark of the Beast. For the sincere Sunday keeper applies the following:
"the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30)

THE SEAL OF GOD

A sign or seal is used with the same meaning in the Bible. (Rom 4:11).
An official seal must show three things:

  • The name of the lawgiver - (Abraham Lincoln)

  • His official position - (President)

  • 3. The territory - (United States of America)

The Seal of God is connected with His law and is found in the fourth commandment (Ex 20:8-11):4thCommandment"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Compare Ex 31:13,17,18).

Even though all commandments are of equal importance in the sight of God (Jas 2:10), we find the mark of the Seal of God only in the fourth commandment:

1. The name of God: "The Lord, thy God"
2. The title: "Creator"
3. The domain: "Heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is".

The Bible speaks of the Sabbath as the everlasting sign of God: "...Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a (eternal) sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you." Ex 31:13 (Compare Verses 16 and 17; Eze 20:12,20).

Jesus says: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matt 5:17,18.

There was someone who came to Jesus and asked him: "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Jesus answered: "...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments ...thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness..." Matt 19:16-19.

The seventh-day Sabbath is an integral part of God's law, a weekly reminder of Christ as our Creator and Redeemer.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... All things were made by him... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth". John 1:1-3,14).

Similar to the promised rest of Israel at their entrance into the land of Canaan, the Sabbath is a reminder of the promised "Sabbath rest" at the entrance into the heavenly Canaan, (2 Pet 3:13; Heb 11:10,39,40; Rev 21:2), which will take place at the return of Christ, (Heb 3:10-19; 4:1-11; compare Deut 4:1-2; 1 Cor 10:11-13), after the wandering of 6000 years in the "desert of human history" since the fall of man in Paradise.

If you go through the trouble of adding the time span for each mentioned generation recorded in the Bible starting with Adam, you will come up with a total of about 4000 years arriving at the time of Christ. (See Atlas of World History, 1990 by K. Thienemanns Press, Stuttgart-Vienna).

Herewith we can also see clearly that we are in the completion of the 6th millennium of the history of mankind as has been foretold by God.
Regarding the return of Christ, the Bible says: "...one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2 Pet 3:8) Do you realize now "...that it is near, even at the doors"? (Matt 24:33)

In the New Testament, God's people are called the spiritual Israel, which by faith has received a spiritual circumcision of the heart. (Compare Col 2:11-12; Rom 2:28-29; Gal 3:6-9,28,29; 5:6; 6:15; Rom 11:25; 1Pet 2:9-10). The new covenant with Christ causes in each person a new creation through His creative power. By the prophet Jeremiah this very fact was foretold: "...But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." Jer 31:31-33.

Consequently God's people will always uphold His law: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev 12:17 The pure woman in prophecy symbolizes a pure church, a harlot a fallen church (Compare 2Cor 11:2; Eze 16; Rev 17:18).

Now we understand what is meant by the three angel's messages of Revelation 14:

  • They tell us that the judgment, the decision regarding our eternal life, now is taking place in heaven. (Verses 6-7)
  • They tell us that Protestantism also has fallen (Verse 8), and according to Rev 18:1-5 "...is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit." To every upright Christian (his people) the angel appeals: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues..." Rev 18:4.

  • A very serious and loving warning from God to the entire world: All that will worship the papacy or his image, when they submit to the pressure to keep Sunday holy against their better judgment, will receive the Mark of the Beast and suffer eternal death in consequence (Rev 14:9-11).

  • Verse 12 shows us the group of people that do not receive the Mark of the Beast. They keep all commandments of God (including the Sabbath commandment of the seventh day; compare Acts 7:38) and the faith of Jesus.

Will you stand in the Judgment?

The first angel speaks of God's judgment which will take place in heaven before the return of Christ, (compare Dan 7:9-12; 2Cor 5:10), because it must be decided before his appearing who shall be raised from the dead to eternal life, and who of the living will be translated at his appearing. (1 Thess 4:15-17; John 5:27-29; Rev 20:5-6). In addition, the Bible speaks about a judgment taking place in heaven during the 1000 years after the return of Christ in which all faithful will take part in sentencing the unbelieving dead and the fallen angels.Jesus(Dan 7:22; 1Cor 6:2-3; Rev 20:4). This sentence will be announced and executed after the 1000 years at the resurrection of the unbelievers (John 5:29; Rev 20:7-15). The 10 commandments are the unchangeable standard at God's judgment day. (Rev 11:19; Ps 89:34; Matt 7:21). The same is reflected by the examplary attitude of Jesus (Phil 2:5; Rom 15:5), of which it says: "I delight to do thy will, O my God, yea, thy law is within my heart." Ps 40:8. (Compare John 6:38; 4:34; Ps 40:7-9; Heb 10:9; Luke 22:42).

We pray in the Lord's prayer: "Thy will be done", but does the will of God become a reality in our sinful lifestyle? The Bible says: "Sin is the transgression of the law" (1John 3:4), and "The wages of sin is death". (Rom 6:23). Then, when we hear out of the mouth of the prophet: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil", (Jer 13:23; compare Rom 7:24), when weconsider our own lives, we must realize that there is no possibility that we, from ourselves, can escape the judgment of God and the consequent eternal death. God, however, has made a way of escapeOntheCross for all those that have been under the slavery of Satan. This path, which the love of God has created, is called "Jesus Christ". "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever, believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Golgatha stands as a memorial of this incomprehensible sacrifice, which was necessary to atone for the transgressions of God's law. Therefore, we cannot look at sin as something harmless (Rom 6:15). God's offer of mercy is not a cheap offer. It requires your consent and complete submission to God. Jesus says: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6.
In His life, Jesus has shown us the way to His Father, and the way to eternal life.

 

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