It may now be easily seen that the observance of Easter is but a mark that an apostate form of “Christianity” placed upon herself; as she bent to conform to the customs, rites, and beliefs of a pagan civilization. What we think and do is as much a part of our identity as our name. What we think, say, and do marks us for what we are. A “mark” on or in our foreheads illustrates how we think. A “mark” on our right hand indicates what we do or how we do it.
The Bible places an identifiable “mark” upon “Mystery Babylon” so that we may have no doubt whatsoever as to her identity: “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free man and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let, him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Rev. 13:16-18).
Churches today discipline their members according to their creeds. Early in the history of the papacy, at the council of Nicea they formed and adopted the ‘Nicene Creed” against Arianism. The Arian Christians were “anti-Nicenes” and they bitterly opposed this false creed. Note that this creed was adopted by the Roman Empire (the beast), and maintained through the twelve hundred sixty years prophesied of the beast. One must receive the mark (creed) in his right hand, or in his forehead (willingly or by force). Excommunication and interdicts were used to force acceptance. Enforcing a set creed (as a mark) has superseded the Mithraic custom in Rome of branding a mark upon the forehead. Angus informs us that upon initiation into the Mithraic Mystery-Religion, after baptism, each of the members were branded with a mark upon the forehead prior to partaking of a “sacred meal.”
Later, if one opposed the teaching of the Roman Church, he was rendered unable to BUY or SELL. If this failed to break his will, then death followed; see Fox’s Book of Martyrs. To cite two examples: King Henry IV came under this ban and was forced to recant. Later he toke the Pope prisoner, but still later Henry died in disgrace. Jerome recanted, but afterward repented, and as a result he was burned at the sake. The mark in the hand was received by both of these men, but never in the forehead. Myers General History, speaking of the excommunications and interdicts used by Pope Gregory VII says, “the chief instruments relied upon by Gregory for enforcing his decrees were the spiritual weapons of the church . . . . . excommunications and interdicts. The first was directed against individuals. The person excommunicated was cut off from all relations with his fellow men. If a king was excommunicated his subjects were released from their oaths of allegiance, and anyone providing the excommunicant with food or shelter, incurred the penalties of the church. Living-- the excommunicated person was to be shunned as though tainted with an infectious disease, and if dead, was to be refused the ordinary rites of burial.
“The ‘interdict’ was directed against a city, province or kingdom. Throughout the region under the ban, the churches were closed; no bell could be rung, no marriage celebrated, no burial ceremony performed,” (p. 404, section 567, revised edition).
Excommunications were used throughout all of Catholic history from first to last. The Pope used it on Napoleon with sad results, because Napoleon had destroyed the last vestige of power that the Church had to rely on to carry it out. Anyone with an open mind, candidly studying the beast and his image, can’t help but see that the papacy, and no other, met every specification of the two-horned (church-state) beast.
Every letter in the Aramaic and Hebrew alphabets is also a numeral. For instance, the letter alep is equivalent to the number one, beth to two, gammel to three, dalet to four, yoth to ten, kap to twenty, lameth to thirty, mem to forty, koop to one hundred, resh to two hundred, and taw to four hundred.
Code writing was common in biblical days, just as it is today. The name of any person can be written in figures instead of letters. The reader deciphers the numerals and reduces it into letters.
At the time that the book of Revelation was written, Hebrew was a dead language. Our Lord, His apostles and the early Christians spoke and wrote in Aramaic, a dialect of Hebrew. This was the language of the land in which they were born and reared, and also the language of the synagogue.
Nero Caesar in Aramaic is Nron Ksr. Vowels are interpolated for English use. Aramaic letters have numerical values as follows: N 50, R 200, O 6, N 50, K 100, S 60, R 200.
This totals 666 which is the number of the beast or Nero
In Hebrew, the figure would be 676. This is because Hebrew has an extra yoth, equivalent to ten. But Hebrew was not spoken at this time as it had been superseded by Aramaic after the Babylonian captivity.
John had seen this vision many years before it was written. This prophecy began being fulfilled during the severe persecutions instigated by Nero, and continued through the dark ages to remain to this day.
Just as Nero fulfilled the prophecy as the leader of Rome, so did the papacy during the prophesied 1260 year reign of the “beast,” when church and state were combined and the pope ruled from Rome. Even today, as before, the popes are coroneted using the title “Filii Vicarvis Dei” in Latin. This title wording of the official invitation makes this claim: “A Priest Is Ordained To Be Another Christ.” One pope was coroneted with these words: “I crown you Pope Paul VI, Vicar of Christ, King of heaven and earth and hell.” The “Catholic National” of July 1895 stated: “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under a veil of flesh.”
The word “vicar” is a Latin form from which we get vice-president, or vicar president, the one who takes the place of the president the substitute president. The pope claims to take the place of Christ, to be a “vice-christ.” Is this not what God predicted? Exactly! In II John 7 God predicted the coming of the anti-christ. Most people believe that anti-christ means one who is an atheist. The amazing thing is that this Greek word anti does not mean one who is against, but means, “one who substitutes for another.” In other words the term anti-christ in Greek means the same thing as the term “vicar of christ” means in Latin. It means one who usurps the place of another, or who takes the place of another.
Note how Vicarvis Filii Dei corresponds to the number of the beast:
D - 500
These add to 666 - which is the number of the beast or the pope (the “vicar of Christ”).
The remaining letters FARSE have no numerical value as Roman numerals. It is interesting, and perhaps significant, to notice that the six letters that make up the Roman numeral system when added together total exactly 666!
D- 500, C 100, L 50, X 10, V 5, I 1
The Pope and the Roman church are, of course, very closely associated in history both ancient and modern with Rome. According to Hislop, the original name of Rome was Saturnia, meaning “the city of Saturn” (Shobab Anishah)and Saturn was but another name for Nimrod! It was the secret name revealed only to the initiates of the Chaldean Mysteries, which in Chaldee was spelled with four letters STUR. In this language, S is 60, T is 400, U is 6, and R is 200, a total of 666.
The Greek letters of “Lateinos” (Latin), the language of Rome in all its official acts, amounts to 666! In the Greek, L is 30, A is 1, T is 300, E is 5 I is 10, N is 50, O is 70, and S is 200. These figures total exactly 666. This same word also means “Latin Man” and is but the Greek form of the name Romulus, from which the present city of Rome is named! And -adding to the significance, this name in Hebrew, Romiithm also totals 666.
The following is a list of “marks” adopted and perpetuated by the Roman Catholic Church. Many of the dates are approximations, as many of the “marks” had been current with the church years before, but only when they were officially adopted by a church council and proclaimed by the pope is “dogma of faith,” did they become binding on Catholics.
A.D. 120 Easter Sunday began to be observed at Rome.
A.D. 310 Prayers for the dead, and the sign of the cross.
A.D. 317 The word “trinity” first formally used at Synod held at Alexandria.
A.D. 321 First edict, by Constantine, concerning “Sunday” observance. Candles introduced in the church.
A.D. 325 Nicene Creed adopted. Easter decreed to be the first Sunday after Passover, and enjoined on all Christians. Doctrine of the “trinity” formally stated.
A.D. 336 Roman Church officially switched from Sabbath to Sunday.
A.D. 353 Christmas first observed at Rome on December 25th.
A.D. 354 Observance of Christmas ordered on December 25th by Bishop Liberius.
A.D. 375 Veneration of angels and dead saints.
A.D. 394 The mass, as a daily celebration, adopted.
A.D. 431 The worship of Mary, the mother of Christ, and the use of the term, “Mother of God,” as applied to her declared by Council of Ephesus.
A.D. 500 Priests began to dress differently from the laity.
A.D. 554 The union of church and state (or beast power) which was to continue 1260 years, constituting the “tribulation” period.
A.D. 593 The doctrine of purgatory was first established by Gregory the Great.
A.D. 600 The Latin language was imposed by Pope Gregory I.
A.D. 610 - The title of pope first given to the bishop of Rome by Emperor Phocas.
A.D. 709 Kissing the popes’ feet began. It had been a pagan custom to kiss the feet of emperors.
A.D. 788 Worship of the cross (a pagan symbol) and images and relics authorized idolatry.
A.D. 850 Holy water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by the priest was authorized.
A.D. 890 Veneration of St. Joseph began.
A.D. 995 Canonization of dead saints begun by Pope John XV.
A.D. 998 Fasting on Fridays and during Lent were imposed.
A.D. 1090 The rosary, or prayer beads, introduced by Peter the Hermit.
A.D. 1185 The inquisition of heretics was instituted by the Council of Verona.
A.D. 1190 The sale of indulgences, commonly regarded as a purchase of forgiveness and a permit to indulge in sin, began.
A.D. 1215 - The dogma of transubstantiation was decreed by Pope Innocent III.
A.D. 1215 Confession of sins to the priest at least once a year instituted by Pope Innocent III, in the Lateran Council.
A.D. 1220 The adoration of the wafer (host) decreed by Pope Honorius.
A.D. 1229 The Bible forbidden to laymen and placed in Index of Forbidden Books by the Council of Valencia.
A.D. 1414 The Roman church forbade the cup to the laity (communion), Council of Constance.
A.D. 1439 The doctrine of purgatory proclaimed dogma of faith by Council of Florence.
A.D. 1545 Tradition declared to be equal authority with Bible by Council of Trent.
A.D. 1550 “Secret rapture” theory taught by Jesuit Catholic scholars.
A.D. 1854 The “immaculate conception” of the Virgin Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius IX.
A.D. 1870 Dogma of “papal infallibility” proclaimed by Pope Pius IX.
A.D. 1951 Pope Pius XI reaffirmed the doctrine that Mary is the “Mother of God.”
A.D. 1960 The dogma of the assumption of the Virgin Mary proclaimed by Pope Pius XII.
It is because of the many reasons listed above and elsewhere in this article that such men as John Foxe, John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, William Tyndale, King James, Sir Isaac Newton, and John Wesley have all recognized the papacy to be the fulfillment of the anti-christ.
It is evident that when you accept the dogma of the Catholic Church and live your life according to this dogma you have indeed accepted the Mark of the Beast. Scripture tells us that those who have this Mark will suffer the seven last plagues. We are admonished to accept the Bible as our source of knowledge and truth. Man is forbidden to add to it or take anything away from it. Think about it! You life depends upon it!