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Beast and 666


									                                                            One of the greatest stories of faith found in the Bible is the story of
                                                   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In this story, three followers of the true
                                                   God stand firm in obedience to their God, even if it might mean their death.
                                                   They aretold they must bow to an image of gold because the king commanded
                                                   them to. But the God they served had commanded His people not to bow to
                                                   any image. They choose to obey God, instead of the king, and God is pleased.
                                                   Even though they are thrown into a fiery furnace, God saves them out of that
                                                   furnace and His name is honored.
                                                             The book of Revelation refers to stories like this
                                                   when it talks about a Beast, an image, and a mark. In the
                                                   13th chapter, which talks about events that will happen in
                                                   the last days, there is a Beast (or a power) who makes an
                                                   image and demands worship. This Beast tries to enforce a law to worship his
                                                   image by establishing a mark, which is a sign of his authority.
                                                             The Bible tells us that something similar to what happened with
                                                   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is going to happen again to God’s end

  “Beast and 666”
                                                   time people. The question is, who is this Beast in Revelation, and what is his
                                                   mark? In order to know what the mark of the Beast is, we must first find out
                                                   who the Beast is. Let’s begin this lesson:

                                                   1. Who does Revelation say will get a mark in the last days?
                                                   Answer: Rev 7:2-3 I saw another angel having the seal of the
                                                   living God, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the
                                                   trees, till we have ______________ the servants of
                                                   our God in their foreheads.
                                                   Rev 13:16,17 He causes all…to receive a
                                                   ________ in their right hand or in their foreheads
                                                   that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
                                                   mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
                                                   Everybody in Revelation gets marked, not just the wicked. The servants of God
                                                   are sealed in their foreheads, while the wicked receive a mark in their right
                                                   hand or in their forehead. The Bible tells us that the hand symbolizes the
                                                   actions, and the forehead symbolizes the mind or desires.
                                                                (Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 59:6, Deuteronomy 6:6-8)

                                                   2. What is the seal that the righteous have?
                                        Lesson 6   Answer: Isa 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal
Prophecy Study Guides by Desire Media, Inc. 2010   the _________ among my disciples.
                                                   God’s seal is found in law.
3. Where in God’s law can we find His seal?
                                                                                                 Ten Bible points that help identify who the Beast is:
Answer: Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD                                         1.    King, Kingdom, political power 6. Receives a deadly wound that heals.
made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in                                    2.    Rises from the sea             7. Persecutes God’s saints.
                                                                                   3.    Becomes a worldwide power.     8. Led by one supreme man.
them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore                                     4.    Guilty of blasphemy             9. Has the mysterious number 666
the LORD blessed the _______________ day.                                          5.    Rules for 42 prophetic months  10. Forces all to receive a “Mark”.
Eze 20:20 Hallow my Sabbaths and they shall be a ___________                         The rest of this lesson will be dedicated to answering the first nine Bible
between Me and you.                                                                 points listed above. The next lesson, lesson 7, will be dedicated to the 10th
                                                                                              point which will tell us exactly what the Beast’s mark is.
There are 3 parts to the presidential seal, and most other seals. The 3 parts
are: Name, office, and territory. In God’s law, right in the 4th commandment,
are the same 3 parts: His name:The Lord God, His office:Creator, and His           6. What does a Beast represent in the Bible?
territory:Heaven and Earth. This seal is found in the Sabbath commandment.
The Sabbath is to be a sign between God and His people.                            Answer: Dan 7:17, 23 These great beasts which
                                                                                   are four, are four ____________.
4. Does Revelation call us back to this sign or seal?                              The fourth beast shall be the fourth _________________ .

Answer: Rev 14:7 … Fear God, and give glory to                                     A beast in prophecy represents a king or kingdom, or a political power.
                                                                                      All the great reformers have identified this Beast as the Roman Catholic
him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and                                     Papacy. Below are just a few quotes taken from the protestant reformers:
worship him that __________ heaven, and earth, and the sea.
                                                                                         Protestant reformer’s quotes regarding the Roman Catholic Papacy:
Here is a direct quote from the Sabbath commandment to worship Him who             Thomas Cranmer “Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to
made or created all things. It’s a call to keep the memorial of His creation.      be very antichrist himself.”
                                                                                   John Wesley“He is … the Man of Sin..the Son of Perdition, …claiming the prerogatives
5. What is the mark of the beast?                                                  which belong to God alone.”
                                                                                   Martin Luther “We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real
Answer: Rev 14:9-10 If any man _____________ the                                   John Calvin (Presbyterian): “…we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist.”
beast and his image, and receive his mark in his fore-                             Roger Williams (1st Baptist Pastor in America): … he is the son of perdition
head, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the                                  (II Thess. 2).”
                                                                                   John Knox.. “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.” — The Zurich
wine of the wrath of God.                                                          Letters, by John Knox, pg. 199.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here                                 7. Where does this Beast come from?
are they that keep the commandments of __________ and the
faith of Jesus.                                                                    Answer: Rev 13:1 I stood upon the sand of the sea
                                                                                   and saw a beast rise up out of the ________.
If any man worships the image that the Beast has established, he accepts the
mark of the Beast’s authority. The Beast shall enforce a law that is contrary to   Rev 17:15 The waters which you saw are
God’s law. Anyone who accepts this law will receive the mark of the Beast.
Those who don’t accept the mark are called “the saints…who keep the                ______________, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
commandments of God.” This last day test will be all about God’s law versus         This Beast rises up out of the sea, which represents peoples, multitudes and
man’s law.                                                                          nations. This means he arises from among an existing center of population.
 In order to know what the Mark of the Beast is, we must first identify who          Before the nation of Rome fell, the Emperor set up the Bishop of Rome as
   the Beast is. Below are 10 Bible points that help us identify this Beast.       head of the church. “To the succession of the Caesars, came the succession of the Pontiffs
                                                                                        in Rome. Constantine gave his seat to the Pontiff” Labianca, Professor, University of Rome
8. How far does the Beast’s authority reach?                                                        11. What happened to the Beast after the 42 months?
Answer: Rev 13:3 And all the _____________                                                          Answer: Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded
wondered after the beast.                                                                           to ___________ and his deadly wound was healed.
All the world will wonder after the Beast. Of the 2.2 billion Christians                                When you add 1260 years to 538 AD, it comes to 1798. Was the Pope
worldwide, more than half are Catholic. The word Catholic means Universal.                             wounded to death in 1798? And did his wound heal? “Alexander’s (the great)
                                                                                                     General Berthier …made his entrance into Rome, (in 1798) Abolished the Papal government
                                                                                                                   and established a secular one.” Encyclopedia Americana 1941
                                                                                                      He took the pope captive, who later died in jail. Then, 131 years later, the
9. What boastful claim does the Beast make?                                                            pope was reinstated back into his office, when Mussolini and Cardinal
Answer: Rev 13:6 He opened his mouth in __________________                                            Gasparri signed the Lateran treaty making Vatican City an independent
against God, to blaspheme his name.
The Bible gives two definitions for the word blasphemy: a man assuming the
place of God, or a man to claiming the right to forgive sin. See these texts:

John 10:33 For a good work we stone you not; but for
blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself
Luke 5:21 Who is this which speaks blasphemies?
Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
                                                                                                    The words “Healing the wound” were used in the headlines to describe what happened when
Here are just a few quotes from the Catholic Church’s doctrine regarding the                        the pope was reinstated in his own sovereign state. San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 11, 1929
                             position of the Pope:
                                                                                                    12. What does the Beast do to God’s saints?
“The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God.”
                            Prompta Bibliotheca, Vol. VI, pp. 25-29                                 Answer: Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him
  “God Himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of His Priest and either not pardon or to        to make _______with the saints, and to
pardon according as they refuse or give absolution…The sentence of the priest precedes, and         overcome them.
           God subscribes to it.” Dignities and Duties of the Priest, vol. 12, p. 27
                                                                                                    In order to silence “Heretics” the Roman Catholic Church made war, or
                                                                                                    persecuted, God’s true saints. It is estimated that the church martyred more
10. How long will this Beast rule?                                                                  than 50 million “heretics” during the dark ages. (See Foxes Book of Martyrs)

Answer: Rev 13:5 And power was given unto                                                           13. Does the Beast have a single man at its head?
him to continue forty and two _____________.
                                                                                                    Answer: Rev 13:18 count the number of the
 There are 30 days in each Jewish month. In Bible prophecy, a day equals a                          beast: for it is the number of a _______.
  year, so 42 prophetic months would equal 1260 years. When did the Pope
  begin his reign? “In 538 AD Emperor Justinian set a legal decree making the Bishop of             The Roman Catholic Church is headed by one single man,
     Rome head over all the churches, the definer of doctrine and the corrector of heretics.”       the Pope. The church claims that he stands in God’s place.
“Vigilius…ascended the papal chair (538 AD) under the military protection of Belisarius.” History   “The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify..divine law, since his
                            of the Christian Church, vol. 3, p. 327                                  power is not of man, but of God," Lucius Ferraris, "Prompta Bibliotheca", Papa, II,
                                                                                                                                        Vol. VI, p. 29
14. What is the Beast’s mysterious number, 666?                                                                                     Desire Prophecy study guides are FREE to individuals. They are
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Answer: Rev 13:18 It is the number of a man; and his number is                                                                      independent ministry. These study guides have been prayerfully
______ hundred threescore and six.                                                                                                  designed, edited and published for distribution to as many people
This is the number of the name found on the 3 tiered crown the Popes used to                                                        as we can reach in the world. If you would like to order more
wear. The Latin name has a numeric value that equals six hundred sixty six,                                                         study guides, or help us spread God’s end time message, please
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     “The letters on the Pope’s crown are these: Vicarius Filii Dei: Vicar of the Son of God”
                               Our Sunday Visitor, April 18, 1915
                                                                                          Latin numeral values:
                                                                                          U=5 always written as “V”
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