The Beast from the Sea: Roman Catholic Church in Prophecy
The Book of Revelation provides information of coming events that will affect everyone on earth. This information is presented in the form of prophetic symbols. Using these symbols, Heaven warns that one of the greatest persecuting powers known to history will again arise to prominence and take an active role in persecuting the elect of Yah.
For over 1,000 years, the Roman Catholic Church was the main instrument of persecution wielded against the faithful, those who wanted to worship Yah according to the dictates of their consciences.
Revelation 13 contains a prophecy covering the span of past history as well as looking into the future when this once-great power will again seek to trample the rights of Yahuwah’s people:
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. 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. 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. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 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 [Elohim], to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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. 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. (Revelation 13:1-8, KJV)
In prophecy, “beasts” are symbols of world-wide powers that persecute Yahuwah’s people. John sees this beast arising out of the “sea.” In the Bible, the sea is a symbol for a greatly populated area:
“The waters . . . are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15, KJV)
This is the first identifying characteristic that ties the beast of Revelation 13 to the Roman Catholic Church: it arose in the “Old World” – a place heavily populated and it was there that it exercised its power.
The beast from the sea that John saw had the body of a leopard, the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. This is significant because these very beasts were used in Daniel to represent the three world-wide powers that persecuted Yah’s people before the rise of Rome. John’s beast is an amalgamation, combining the characteristics of the three preceding world powers.
The Roman Catholic Church, which took over from Pagan Rome as a persecuting power, contains the humanism of Greece (the leopard), the exaltation of Sunday from Medo-Persia (the bear) and worship calculated on a continuous weekly cycle from Babylon (the lion).
Scripture states the beast from the sea receives his power from the dragon, which is a symbol both of paganism and Satan himself:
“The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world . . . .” (Revelation 12:9, KJV)
To a great degree, Roman Catholicism received its power from paganism. By adopting and accepting pagan practices into the Church, Catholicism gained in power and popularity, extending her reach, literally, around the world.
|Pope Gregory XIII, best known for commissioning and being the namesake for the Gregorian calendar, which remains the internationally accepted civil calendar to this date.|
In no other area is this seen more clearly than in the modern calendar, devised for and named after Pope Gregory XIII. The entire world is united in the use of this counterfeit calendar with its counterfeit days of worship.
Catholics even boast that the sign of their authority is the fact that they changed the Sabbath to Sunday.
“Who Do We Reverence and Pay Homage to by Keeping Sunday Holy? From this we may understand how great is the authority of the church in interpreting or explaining to us the commandments of God – an authority which is acknowledged by the universal practice of the whole Christian world, even of those sects which profess to take the holy Scriptures as their sole rule of faith, since they observe as the day of rest not the seventh day of the week demanded by the Bible, but the first day. Which we know is to be kept holy, only from the tradition and teaching of the Catholic church.” (Henry Gibson, Catechism Made Easy, #2, 9th edition, vol. 1, pp. 341-342.)
At the Council of Nicæa, the Biblical calendar was abandoned and the pagan Julian calendar was adopted for establishing times of worship.
This fact is symbolized by the amalgamated beast having seven heads on which are ten horns. The Church of Rome rejected the ancient luni-solar calendar in favor of the pagan planetary week of seven days with its continuous weekly cycle.
“To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skilful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity – now far sunk in idolatry . . . to shake hands.” (Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 105.)
This amalgamation of Christianity with paganism is further identified in Revelation 17:5 as: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
In Scripture, a woman is used as a symbol of a church. A "harlot," therefore, stands for a corrupt church.
The Roman Catholic Church is the “mother” because all other religions, not just Christian denominations, calculate their worship days off of the calendar created by the Catholic Church.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles...From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.)
But the beast John sees has received a “deadly wound.” This occurred in 1798 when the dominating power of the Catholic Church was taken away by a quick series of events. In February of 1798, that power which had caused kings to tremble under the power of its interdict was humbled to the dust when French General Louis-Alexandre Berthier, a Huguenot, took Pope Pius VI prisoner on Napoleon Bonaparte’s orders.
Two months later, on April 3, the French government enforced the use of its own calendar, consisting of 10-day weeks.
This realignment of the calendar destroyed the papal day of worship. By removing Sunday from the week, it struck right at the papacy’s claim of authority: the change of worship day to Sunday from the Biblical Sabbath. This was the “deadly wound,” received by the papacy.
The timing of this series of events happened exactly according to the prophecy which stated that “power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”
In prophetic time, one day equals one year and each month has 30 days in the majority of cases. “I have appointed thee each day for a year.” (Ezekiel 4:6, KJV) This Biblical principle applies to all prophetic time-periods within the 2300 year prophecy, the longest time prophecy in the Bible. The fulfillment of this time prophecy in 1844 marks the commencement of "time of the end." The principle of one day equals one year cannot apply to time prophecies that will be fulfilled during the "time of the end." For "time of the end is too short to accommodate this principle.
This began in A.D. 538 when General Belasarius, acting for the Byzantine emperor, Justinian, freed Rome from the power of the Arian Ostrogoths after a siege lasting a year and nine days.
While the power of the Ostrogoths over northern Italy was not immediately broken, the acceptance of Belasarius by Pope Silverius and the subsequent freeing of Rome from the Ostrogoths paved the way for the Roman Catholic Church to enforce their pagan doctrine of the trinity – a doctrine the Christian Ostrogoths vehemently rejected.
This despotic iron rule extended 1,260 years during which millions of true-hearted Christians were martyred for their faith. It ended, right on time, in 1798, with the capture of the pope and the removal of Sunday, the sign of papal power, as a holy day.
The vision does not end there, however. Yahuwah reveals that this same persecuting power shall again exercise power over all the earth. John states:
“His deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:3, KJV)
This has been done as the entire world regulates its work days and holy days by a creation of the Roman Catholic Church. Since World War II, the entire world has been united in using Pope Gregory XIII’s calendar.
The Roman Catholic Church may have been largely absent from world events since receiving the deadly wound, but the sure word of prophecy warns:
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.
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. (Revelation 13:7, 8, KJV)
All who seek to honor the Creator by returning to worship on the seventh-day Sabbath of the ancient Biblical calendar, will incur the wrath of the dragon and the beast. But Yah’s eye is upon His people and His ears are open to their cry.
The passage ends with a promise for the faithful:
“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (Revelation 13:10)
All powers that persecute the righteous will, in the end, face divine justice. Here is the patience and faith of the saints, the promise that holds them strong in the face of the fiercest persecution – which is yet to come!
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but Yahuwah upholdeth the righteous and forsaketh not his saints; He shall help them, and deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (See Psalm 37.)
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