As we have seen lately in the article "The Seal of God and the Mark of the beast" the fact that the seal of God is the Sabbath and the Mark of the beast, Roman Catholicism, is Sunday yet people have not received the mark of the beast. For this will happen when the second beast, America, will "causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads"- Rev. 13:16 and this will happen when Roman Catholicism shall be revived by the enemy of souls through this protestant USA, the False Prophet. Thus shall the words of inspiration shall come to pass when it says, "and all the world wondered after the beast(Roman Catholicism)"- verse 3. This will result in a the USA to enforce Sunday as a sacred day nationwide and this the whole world will follow. This is what we call the Sunday law. This must mean that America by then will have to be a superpower of the earth, a very influential nation, and because of this national Sunday law followed by a worldwide Sunday law it is written, " And 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."-verse 17. Only those upon the earth who will choose to follow the law enforced by USA, rather than the law of God and his Sabbath, and all governments on earth will be able to trade, God's people will be forbidden because they will not support this.
Sunday law is not about drinks or foods, these are not the issues at stake here, it is all about worship. Is about whose authority you recognize, that of God or that of Roman Catholicism. Sunday observance enforced verses the Sabbath of the "Lord thy God". And those who will receive Sunday will be following the Roman Catholic power and by doing so they will be channeling warship to Satan, the Dragon: "And they [those who received the Sunday law and the image of the beast] worshipped the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the beast[Roman Catholicism]: and they worshipped [obey] the beast , saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"- verse 4. To worship doesn't necessarily mean they will bow down with their kneels but they will be obeying the dictates of USA regarding this beast.
This conflict will result in the two divisions of the earth, everyone will be involved. Those who will follow God and they who will follow the Devil by obeying men's laws rather than those of God.
" And he (the second beast,protestant USA- the false prophet) had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."- verse 15. What a horrible ordeal! What is the image of the beast? the Image of Roman Catholicism? well we know her mark, being Sunday, but the image of the beast is the one which will bring about the national Sunday law in USA finally to a worldwide law. Notice the USA will be the one who will resurrect the power of this image of the Roman church, it was dead but it will be brought to life, and we know from verse 3 that the Roman church was "wounded" in the year 1798, the end of her power of 1260 years which we have seen in a latter article. Since that time Rome was out of world power but it will get it's world power again when the US shall bring back his image.
For us to understand what the image of Rome is, we need to look at it's deadly character. Earlier on another article called "The Mystery of Iniquity" we have seen that the church of Rome is also described as Babylon. Showing that it has characteristics that constituted the historical kingdom of Babylon. What once happened in historical Babylon regarding worship? Was there an image?
When Type shall meet Anti-Type
"Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon...Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up. and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace...Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?...hen was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
"- Daniel 3:1, 4, 5,14, 19. This king represented a state, the kingdom of Babylon, but here is forming an image to be worshipped, he is as a representative of a state enforcing religion. Meaning that it is now a mixture of Church and State.
(1) Just like what happened with Babylon, a state will combine with religion, this is represented by the erection of an image: "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast" America as a state like Babylon will make an image of the spiritual Babylon, Roman Catholicism. Meaning it will enforce religion.
(2) As the king of Babylon commanded that all people should worship the image, so will the USA demand of all the world to follow the image of Roman Catholicism: "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; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword[imposed in 1798], and did live [because of USA]."-Rev. 13:14
(3) As the Babylonian king, the king representing this state, declared that all who will not want to worship the image should "be cast into the furnace of fire" to be killed, so shall America command that all who do not want to follow the image of Rome should be killed: " And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." verse 15.
(4) As the three Hebrew young men did not obey the command to worship the image they were thrown to the furnace but God delivered them. So shall God's people be delivered.
Conclusion of the whole Matter.
(a) The USA will enact a national Sunday law and the whole world will follow it.
(b) This Sunday law will be brought about by the union of Church and State, that is the image of the Beast, Roman Catholicism. For indeed Roman Church in her previous world power used Church and State combination to fulfill her desires and it got wounded in 1798, it lost power and had no more influence upon the nations but the USA in future will revive it, bring it to life, by combining church and state.
(c) Those who will neither be in favor of the union of Church and state, and the national Sunday law but follow God will be finally under a death sentence worldwide and be persecuted.
(d) But God's people shall be delivered from the wicked men...
(e) This Sunday law by the USA then will great two devisions. Those who are for Sunday and those who are for Saturday, Sabbath. Thus everyone will be involved in this conflict.
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