Sure Word of Prophecy
Making an Image to the Beast
OF REVELATION 13
WHEN was the papal head of the first beast of Revelation 13 wounded?
In 1793-98, by the French Revolution and the temporary overthrow of the
Papacy in the latter year.
What did the prophet see coming up at this time?
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had
two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Rev. 3:11.
Wesley, in his notes on Revelation 13, written in 1754, says of the
two-horned beast: "He is not yet come, though he cannot be far off;
for he is to appear at the end of the forty-two months of the first
beast came up out of the "sea," which indicates its rise among
the peoples and nations of the world then in existence (Rev. 17:15);
while this one comes up out of the "earth." This would indicate
that the later beast would arise where there had not before been
"peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." In 1798,
when the papal power received its deadly wound, the government of the
United States, located in the western continent, was the only great and
independent nation then coming into prominence in territory not previously
occupied by people, multitudes, and nations. Only nine years receding this
(1789), the United States adopted its national Constitution.
It is within
the territory of the United States, therefore, that we may look,
according to the prophecy, for an ecclesiastical movement to arise, and
exercise a dominating control, not only in the civil government of this
country, but also in the other nations of the whole world as well.
What is the character of this new power?
"He had two horns like a lamb." Rev. 13:11.
Pilgrim Fathers were the vanguard of a great multitude of Protestants,
who, when persecuted and outlawed in the lands of their birth, sought
refuge in the New World, where they developed rapidly under the protection
of a government founded on the great Christian principles of civil and
religious freedom. The two horns may well symbolize these two fundamental
Not withstanding the lamblike appearance of this power, what is it
ultimately to do?
"And he spake as a dragon." Rev. 13:11.
voice of the dragon is the voice of intolerance and persecution. This
indicates that the ecclesiastical development dealt with in this prophecy,
obtaining a foothold for its initial power and influence in the government
of the United States, will repudiate the mild and lamblike principles of
civil and religious liberty, and become like the beast before it, a
world-wide persecuting power. This is why in Rev. 19:20 it is called
"the false prophet." Born of the Reformation, it will repudiate
How much power will this beast exercise?
"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before
him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the
first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." Verse 12.
"first beast before him" (papal Rome) exercised the power of
persecution and putting to death all who differed from it in religious
matters. The only way the earth can be made to worship is by causing work
to cease on it through voluntary or enforced rest, or sabbath keeping.
"For as long as she [the land] lay desolate she kept sabbath." 2
Chron. 36:21. Enforced Sunday observance is evidently implied here.
What means will be employed to lead the people back into this false
"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."
Verse 14, first part.
7. What will
this power propose that the people shall do?
"Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an
image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
Verse 14, latter part.
beast "which had the wound by a sword, and did live," is the
Papacy. That was a church dominating the civil power. In other words, it
was a union of church and state, and enforced its religious dogmas by the
civil power, under pain of confiscation of goods, imprisonment, and death.
An image to this beast would be another ecclesiastical organization
clothed with civil power - another union of church and state - to
enforce religious dogmas by law.
8. Is there
any evidence that such an image will be made?
influential organizations, such as the National Reform Association, the
International Reform Bureau, the Lord’s Day Alliance of the United
States, and the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, have
been formed, by professed Protestants, and for years have been
persistently working to that end. Many Roman Catholic societies recently
formed in the United States, such as the Knights of Columbus and the
American Federation of Catholic Societies, are looking to a like end - that of making America Catholic.
according to its constitution, is the avowed object of the National Reform
secure such an amendment to the Constitution of the United States as shall
. . . indicate that this is a Christian nation, and place all the
Christian laws, institutions, and usages of the government on a undeniably
legal basis in the fundamental law of the land." - Article II of the
the question of making this a "Christian nation," Bishop Earl
Cranston, D. D., of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in an address
delivered in Foundry Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., March
13, 1910, made the following observation:-
this were to be declared a Christian nation by a Constitutional
interpretation to that effect. What would that mean? Which of the two
contending definitions of Christianity would the word Christian indicate?
- The Protestant idea, of course, for under our system majorities rule,
and the majority of Americans are Protestants. Very well. But suppose that
by the addition of certain contiguous territory with twelve or more
millions of Roman
Catholics, the annexation of a few more islands with half as many more,
and the same rate of immigration as now, the majority some years hence
should be Roman Catholics, - who doubts for a moment that the reigning
Pope would assume control of legislation and government? He would say,
with all confidence and consistency, 'This is a Christian nation. It was
so claimed from the beginning and so declared many years ago. A majority
defined then what Christianity was, the majority will define now what
Christianity now is and is to be.' That 'majority' would be the
Pope." - "The
Church and the Government," page 7.
Reformers in their attempts to justify the legal establishment of
Christianity as the national religion, have erroneously declared that the
statement of Justice Brewer of the Supreme Court of the United States in
1892, "This is a Christian nation," is a decision of the court,
whereas it was only a statement in the argument leading up to the decision
of the court.
In a sermon
at the centenary of the establishment of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in
the United States, in 1889, Archbishop Ireland said: "Our work is to
make America Catholic. . . . Our cry shall be, 'God wills it,' and our
hearts shall leap with crusader enthusiasm."
The theory of
the National Reformers is thus expressed: "Every government by
equitable laws, is a government of God; a republic thus governed is of
Him, and is as truly and really a theocracy as the commonwealth of
Israel." - "Cincinnati
National Reform Convention," page 28.
10. How does
this association regard the Catholic Church on this point?
cordially, gladly, recognize the fact that in South American republics,
in France and other European countries the Roman Catholics are the
recognized advocates of national Christianity, and stand opposed to all
the proposals of secularism. . . . Whenever they are willing to
cooperate in resisting the progress of political atheism, we will gladly
join hands with them in a world’s conference for the promotion of
national Christianity, which ought to be held at no distant day. Many
countries could be represented only by Roman Catholics." - Christian
Statesman, Dec. 11, 1884, official organ of the National Reform
the Pope commanded all Catholics to do?
and foremost, it is the duty of all Catholics worthy of the name and
wishful to be known as the most loving children of the church . . . to
endeavor to bring back all civil society to the pattern and form of
Christianity which we have described." - Encyclical
of Pope Leo XIII, "Immortale Dei," Nov. 1, 1885, "The Great
Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII," page 132.
prophecy says that this power will make an image to the Papacy. In the
days of Constantine and his successors, the church made use of the civil
power to carry out her aims: through this means the Papacy was developed.
In our own day the same theory is advocated, and prominent men in the
nation, in both church and state, are doing all they can to bring about the
same result, which, when their work is completed, cannot fail to fulfill
the specifications of the prophecy. The climax will be an image of the
12. What is
the object of the International Reform Bureau?
Reform Bureau is the first 'Christian lobby' established at our
national capital to speak to government in behalf of all
denominations." - "History of the International Reform
Bureau," by its founder and superintendent Rev. W. F. Crafts, page 2.
securing of compulsory Sunday legislation is one of the chief objects of
this and other like organizations.
13. What are
the objects of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States?
preserve the Lord’s day [Sunday] for America;
(2) to secure
an active Alliance in every State not yet organized; (3)
the general government as far as possible to set the example of Sabbath
observance; (4) to press
the rest-day feature of the fourth commandment, until every toiler in the
land has guaranteed unto him fifty-two full rest days a year."- From
leaflet published by the Alliance.
NOTE.- By all
of which is meant the securing, as far as possible, of compulsory State
and national Sunday legislation,-the very means by which the church gained
control of the state and by which church and state were united in the
fourth and fifth centuries of the Christian era.
14. What is
the purpose of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America?
the great Christian bodies of our country should stand together" in
dealing with "questions like those of marriage and divorce, Sabbath
desecration, social evils," etc.-"Report
of Federal Council" (1908), pages 5, 6.
15. How does
it propose that the matter of "Sabbath desecration" shall be
all encroachments upon the claims and the sanctities of the Lord’s day
should be stoutly resisted through the press, the Lord’s day
associations and alliances, and by such legislation as may be secured
to protect and preserve this bulwark of our American Christianity."
- Id., page 103.
it will be seen that the securing of laws for the enforcement of Sunday
observance is a prominent feature in all these organizations in their
efforts to "Christianize" the nation. In doing this many fail to
see that they are repudiating the principles of Christianity, of
Protestantism, and of the United States government, and playing directly
into the hand of that power which originated the Sunday sabbath, and
gained control of the civil power through Sunday legislation - the
action of the American Federation of Catholic Societies indicates that
Catholics will gladly "join hand" with Protestants in enforcing
Sunday observance by law?
Societies in the various parts of the United States have been urging the
abolition of Sunday labor, and have indorsed and assisted the movement of
closing the post-office on Sunday." -
Annual Convention of American Federation of Catholic Societies, Columbus,
Ohio, Aug. 20-24, 1911.
the active cooperation of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the United States,
a Protestant organization, a proviso was attached to the post-office
appropriation bill, 1912, requiring that "hereafter post-offices of
the first and second classes shall not be opened on Sundays for the
purpose of delivering mail to the general public."
resolution was adopted by the Boston Archdiocesan Federation of Catholic
"We are unalterable opposed to any relaxation of the Sunday laws. Sunday is
a day of rest to be devoted to the praise and service of God. We hold the
safest public policy at present is to adhere to the rigid observance of
the laws now safeguarding the sanctity of the Lord’s day."-Boston
Pilot, official organ of Cardinal O’Connell, March 16, 1912.
complaint is made against Sunday trains and Sunday newspapers?
get a great many passengers, and so break up a great many
congregations." "The laboring classes are apt to rise late on
Sunday morning, read the Sunday papers, and allow the hour of worship to
go by unheeded." -Elgin
(Ill.) Sunday-law Convention, November, 1887.
the fourth century, Sunday games and Sunday theaters, it was complained,
"hindered" the "devotion" of the "faithful,"
because many of the members attended them in preference to the church
services. The church, therefore, demanded that the state should interfere,
and enforce Sunday observance by law. "In this way," says
Neander, "the church received help from the state for the furtherance
of her ends." In this way church and state were united, and the
Papacy was placed in power. The same course pursued now will produce the
It is proper
and right for the church to teach Sabbath observance, and decry Sabbath
desecration; but it should not attempt to secure Sabbath observance
through compulsory legislation; nor should it seek to fasten upon the
people by any means the observance of a day which God has never enjoined
and for which, as is admitted on all hands, there is no Scriptural
command. See admissions in Chapters 97. thru 101. of this book.
18. What does
the prophet say the two-horned-beast power will attempt to enforce upon
all the people?
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and
bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads."
mark is the mark of the beast, or the false Sabbath. See Rev. 14:9,10. God’s seal, or mark, is set in the forehead
(Rev. 7:3; 14:1), the seat of the mind, the Lord accepting only the
worship of conviction of conscience. The mark of the beast however, is
said to be received in the hand or forehead. Some are deceived and give
assent to the false teaching with their minds, receiving the mark in the
forehead; others, coerced or indifferent, give formal, outward consent,
and so receive the mark in the hand.
reader note this twofold aspect of the Sunday sabbath, as expressed by one
of the most ardent and active Sunday-law advocates in the United States:
"We, the Sabbath Union, W.C.T.U., all the churches, and the Y.M.C.A.,
are laboring with all our might to carry the religious sabbath with
our right arm, and the civil sabbath with our left. Hundreds of
thousands will receive it as a religious institution, and all the rest
will receive it as a civil institution, and thus we will sweep in the
W. F. Crafts, in Sunday Union Convention, Wichita, Kans., Sept. 20, 1889.
means will be employed to compel all to receive this mark?
"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.
is, all who refuse to receive this mark will be boycotted, or denied the
rights and privileges of business and trade, or the ordinary means of
gaining a livelihood. Already this spirit has begun to manifest itself in
the movement to enforce Sunday observance. In a sermon preached in
Burlington, Kans., Sunday, Jan. 31, 1904, Rev. Bascom Robins said:-
Christian Decalogue the first day was made the Sabbath by divine
appointment. But there is a class of people who will not keep the
Christian sabbath unless they are forced to do so. But that can be easily
done. We have twenty million of men, besides women and children, in this
country, who want this country to keep the Christian sabbath. If we would
say we will not sell anything to them, we will not buy anything from them,
we will not work for them or hire them to work for us, the thing could be
wiped out, and all the world would keep the Christian sabbath."
20. By what
authority was Sunday sabbath-keeping instituted?
authority of the Catholic Church. See Chapter 97. of this book.
21. Why were
the ancient Sunday laws demanded?
the day might be devoted with less interruption to the purposes of
devotion." "That the devotion of the faithful might be free from
all disturbance." - Neander’s
"Church History," Vol. II, pages 297, 301.
short, it was to secure the enforced observance of the day, and through
this means church attendance, and control over the people in religious
22. Why are
they demanded now?
good Sunday laws, well enforced by men in local authority, and our
churches will be full of worshipers, and our young men and women will be
attracted to the divine service. A mighty combination of the churches of
the United States could win from Congress, the State legislatures, and
municipal councils, all legislation essential to this splendid
S. V. Leech, D. D., in Homiletic Review, November, 1892.
23. Who is
responsible for the present State Sunday laws of the United States?
nearly all our American history the churches have influence the
States to make and improve Sabbath laws."- Rev. W.
F. Crafts, in Christian Statesman, July 3, 1890.
NOTES.-"These Sunday laws are a survival of the complete union of church and
state which existed at the founding of the colony." -Boston
Post, April 14, 1907.
"Such laws [as the Maryland Sunday law 1723] were the outgrowth
of the system of religious intolerance that prevailed in many of the
colonies." -Decision of Court of Appeals of the District of
Columbia, Jan. 21, 1908.
Sunday law in America, that of Virginia, in 1610, required church
attendance, and prescribed the death penalty for the third offense. See
"American State Papers," edition 1911, page 33.
24. Why is a
national Sunday law demanded?
national Sunday law is needed to make the State laws complete and
effective." - Christian
Statesman, April 11, 1889.
25. Since the
Sunday sabbath originated with the Roman power (the beast), to whom will
men yield homage when, knowing the facts, they choose to observe Sunday,
instead of the Bible Sabbath, in deference to compulsory Sunday laws?
"Know ye not, that to
whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye
NOTES.-"The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay,
in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church."-
Talk About the Protestantism of Today," page 213.
The conscientious observance of Sunday as the Sabbath on the part of those
who hitherto have supposed it to be the Sabbath, has, without doubt, been
accepted of God as Sabbath-keeping. It is only when light comes that sin
in imputed. John 9:41; 15:22; Acts 17:30. See reading in Chapter 174. of
26. What does
Christ say about our duty to the state?
"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's;
and unto God
the things that are God's." Matt. 22:21.
Sabbath belongs to God. Its observance, therefore should be rendered only
special miracle is finally to be performed to deceive men, and fasten them
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he
maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men."
time of Elijah, in the controversy over Baal-worship, this was the test as
to who was the true God,-the God that answered by fire. 1 Kings
18:24. Now, as a counterfeit test, fire will be made to come down from
heaven to confirm men in an idolatrous and false worship.
28. To what
length will this effort to enforce the worship of the image of the beast
"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak, and cause [decree] that as many as
would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
deliverance will God finally bring to His people in this controversy?
"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them
that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over
his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass,
having the harps of God." Rev. 15:2.
30. What song
will they sing?
"And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the
song of the Lamb." Verse 3.
the song of Moses?
A song of
deliverance from oppression. See Exodus 15.
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