The Revelation - A Book With 7 Seals ?
/ Ewald Frank
14. Chapter 13 - The visions of Daniel in review of and in connection with the Revelation
- Chapter 1 - Introduction, The Day of the Lord, Origin and significance of the prophetic word
- Chapter 2 - The seven messages of the resurrected Lord, First message, Keep the first love
- Chapter 3 - The fifth message, The Reformation Age, Strengthening the weak in faith
- Chapter 4 - A glimpse into heaven
- Chapter 5 - The mysterious book with the seven seals
- Chapter 6 - The opening of the seals, The unveiling of the power of the antichrist, A general view
- Chapter 7 - The sealed from the Jews
- Chapter 8 - The seventh seal, The silence in heaven, Mercy seat becomes judgement seat, Introduction to the seven trumpet judgements, The first four trumpets
- Chapter 9 - The incomparable torment, The fifth trumpet the first woe
- Chapter 10 - An intermediate vision The open book, The Lord as the Angel of the covenant
- Chapter 11 - The second intermediate vision, The measuring of the temple and the ministry of the two witnesses
- Chapter 12 - The woman clothed with the sun, Christ and His Own, Satan the red dragon and his followers
- Chapter 13 - The visions of Daniel in review of and in connection with the Revelation
- Chapter 14 - The Lamb and the sealed 144,000
- Chapter 15 - The seven bowl judgements and the multitude at the crystal sea
- Chapter 16 - The seven bowls of wrath, The final judgements of Gods indignation
- Chapter 17 - The woman riding on the beast
- Chapter 18 - The destruction of the great Babylon
- Chapter 19 - The rejoicing in heaven over the destruction of Babylon, The marriage of the Lamb
- Chapter 20 - Binding of Satan, Completion of the first resurrection by the martyrs, The Millennial Kingdom
- Chapter 21 - Announcing of the new heaven and the new earth, The glory of the New Jerusalem, The terrible fate of the lost
- Chapter 22 - The river of life and the trees of life, The paradise-like condition during the Millennial Reign
- Appendix - The 70 weeks of Daniel and the current events with Israel in the light of Bible prophecy
From chapter 13 to 19 we find symbols which are already mentioned in the book of Daniel and apply to the prophetic course of time. For better understanding we shall briefly deal with the things shown to him.
He saw four successive world-kingdoms in the form of an image consisting of four different metals (Dan. 2). To him was also given the explanation of the image he saw. It is the same today as then. God Who knows all things reveals His secrets to His servants, the prophets. "The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, reveal unto the king;
But there is a God in heaven who revealeth secrets " (2: 27-28).
In chapter 7, the Prophet Daniel saw the development of the four world empires right to the end of this present civilisation. He watched as the four winds of heaven were stirring the great sea out of which came forth four beasts. In symbolic and prophetic language, we are dealing here with the sea of peoples and nations. From all directions under heaven, the nations were stirred and these four different beasts, which symbolically mean the four successive world empires, came forth. Even today nations use such beast symbols as their national emblems like they were shown to the prophet.
"These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, who shall arise out of the earth
The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms " (Dan. 7: 17+23).
According to Daniel 2 and 7 we can follow the historical development. The kingdoms described in chapter 2: 31-43 and in chapter 7: 1-7 are identical. The first kingdom was represented by a lion, who strangely had two wings like an eagle. It signified the mighty strength of this kingdom which took off from the ground and conquered all the other kingdoms. The two wings represent the united kingdoms of Assyria and Babylonia. Each kingdom is represented by its leader. Therefore the beast-power is shown standing as a man on two feet. The first kingdom of chapter 7: 4 compares with the golden head of chapter 2: 38.
The second kingdom was symbolised by a bear with three ribs in his mouth (7: 5). It was the Medo-Persian kingdom which destroyed the Assyrian/Babylonian empire. The ruler was shown with three ribs in his mouth. He conquered the three most significant countries of his day: Babylonia, Lydia and Egypt. The second empire compares with the silver breast of the image in Dan. 2: 39a.
The third beast was symbolised by a leopard with four wings and four heads. It represented Alexander the Great. He destroyed the Medo-Persian empire and expanded his rulership into all directions under heaven. The four heads denote that this Greek empire would be divided into four kingdoms. The third empire of verse 6 compares with the brass of the image in Dan. 2: 39b.
With the fourth world empire which exists right to the end, we have to deal more closely.
"After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly, and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns." (Dan. 7: 7).
This text compares with the iron and clay of the image in Dan. 2: 40-43. In Dan. 7: 8 we are told that suddenly a horn came forth breaking off three other horns from the head. But this one had eyes like a man and spoke great things. This horn would blaspheme God and persecute the saints until the Lord sets the judgement (7: 20-25).
In this image the four successive world empires were shown by the different metals: gold, silver, brass and iron. The two legs of this body-image refer to the direct end phase, and speak of East and West. The ten toes are part of the two feet, therefore, at the end East and West Europe will be a united Europe. The feet and the toes speak of the last phase and are not of the same material but rather a mixture, namely iron and clay. Now, at the end of this epoch, the uniting of the two totally different systems takes place.
The prophet was shown the iron stability of the Western industrial nations and also of the neglected economic situation compared with clay of the Eastern European states. In spite of the difference, they must cling to one another according to the end-time vision, but will not mix with each other. They make up the predicted unity of the end-time. The last political constellation is not of one material, it did not grow in a natural way, but came into existence through negotiations.
This last world power will be destroyed suddenly as revealed in the counsel of God, because it will participate in the last great battle against Israel. Daniel describes this event as follows: "Thou sawest until a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces.
and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (2: 34-35).
This stone is Christ, as many Bible passages confirm (Isa. 8: 14; Zech. 3: 9; Ps. 118: 22; Mt. 21: 42; 1 Pet. 2: 4).
"Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded." (1 Pet. 2: 6).
"Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." (Lk. 20: 18).
According to Zech. 3: 9 seven eyes are fixed upon this living stone. The number seven expresses His Deity. In Daniel we do not see Him as the cornerstone of the Church but rather as the stone which will break loose and smash the empires and enemies of Israel.
The mountain from which the stone came speaks of the unreachable Godhead, from where the Son came forth and will return into after the completion of God's plan of salvation. The glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth, and God will be all in all. The Psalmist cried out, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. From whence cometh my help!" (Ps. 121: 1). He is the One Who will be the help of Israel and fight the last battle for them. He will come forth victorious.
As predicted in prophetic Scripture, the Kingdom of God at that time starts on earth. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Dan. 2: 44).
In Revelation 13, the first three empires Daniel saw are not mentioned, because they are already history. At the end of days we are concerned about the last kingdom, which is the Roman Empire. It is being described as the beast with seven heads and ten horns. It is noteworthy, that this beast fits the precise description of Satan, the red dragon who has seven heads and ten horns (Rev. 12: 3). The prince of this world exercises his super power through the person of the antichrist and takes influence on earth. " and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." (Rev. 13: 2). The concern is with the world embracing power which is being executed from a certain seat.
If one reads about seven heads and ten horns, Bible scholars think that there should be seven or ten special states. They do not think further, that is to say, that a beast is not only composed of head and horns. Whether there are seven, ten, twelve, twenty or thirty-five states, is totally immaterial. The importance lies in the fact that within the United States of Europe there will be seven leading heads and ten butting horns.
It is noteworthy that the six heads are not mentioned in connection with the exercising of this power from a certain seat. They are not spoken of as being bruised and they are not referred to in a healing process. Therefore we are dealing only with the leading country which was the main head in the Roman empire which received the deadly wound. "And I saw one of his heads as though it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed " (v. 3). Only one head is mentioned which was wounded, but this deadly wound healed again. We must look into history. There was only one nation who had the privileged title to be called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation". As history confirms, there were also German-Roman emperors and German-Roman popes. Germany is obviously predestined to be the leading head in the United Europe. It is economically the strongest and in population by far the largest country in the European Union. Thus one understands why the development after the unification of Germany, according to the Roman Treaty, has concentrated on the "heart of Europe" to play a special role accordingly. This special role is being emphasised by the present world-power, the USA, and coincides with Bible prophecy. Germany has the most neighbours, is centrally located, and borders with Eastern European countries. It is geographically and politically destined to be the link between Eastern and Western Europe.
Very enlightening is the utterance "the wound by a sword" (v. 14). It happened by the Sword of the Spirit - God's Word (Eph. 6: 17) which is sharper than a two-edged sword (Heb. 4: 12). We are told that the whole world is amazed about the healing of this "deadly wound". In the days of the Reformation the Sword of the Spirit, God's preached Word, was mightily handled. As a result, the ruling church in this leading country suffered a deadly wound. The religious partition happened through the Reformation. After World War II the same country experienced a second partition which was political, and thus the European continent was divided into East and West as was the case before, when it was divided into Protestants and Catholics.
Who would have thought that it would actually happen, what the President of the USA, Mr. Ronald Reagan, demanded in June 1987 during his Berlin visit. Standing there, looking at the bricked up "Brandenburg Gate" which was the actual symbol of division between East and West, he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate, tear down this wall." Little more than two years later the opening of the "Brandenburg Gate" and the tearing down of the wall became the most important historical event in recent times. Also soon will be fulfilled what Willy Brandt said, "Now must grow together, what belongs together." That applies to Germany and to the whole of Europe.
The unification of Germany and in connection with it the uniting of Europe and also the recognition of Protestants and Catholics is the fulfilment of Bible prophecy in the end-time. The partition is over, the deadly wound healed, politically and religiously everything grows together. All who belong to the Roman Empire are being united, and so a world power rises before our eyes - the European Union. The whole world is astonished and observes in amazement how quickly, almost over night, everything is different. The uniting process moves on very rapidly in the political and religious spheres. It was the victory of this century, when world Catholicism conquered world communism in 1989. Thereby also the Scripture is fulfilled before our eyes. All this happened, so that the spiritual world power of Rome would receive its pre-eminence and also take charge of the last political world power.
This special "beast-power" the concern is not just some force in general, but rather a person in whom the power is embodied and represented (Dan. 7: 17 a.o.). The serving president of the United Europe has limited power as all the other presidents, chancellors, prime ministers and heads of states. He can be exchanged and voted out. The religious head, however, is also the head of state and cannot be replaced or voted out and has world-wide power. In Bible prophecy we are explicitly told that both - religion and politics - will unite, wherein the religious power will have the upper hand (Rev. 17). Among all the churches only the Roman Catholic Church has state character. She has with the nations of this world the usual exchange of ambassadors. The Vatican is a state of its own within another state, belongs to the seven and is the eighth (17: 11).
The political Europe will come under the total influence of this religious head. The rest of Christendom will submit, joining together in ecumenism. Also the other religions will recognise him. The new world-order of which many speak about has made more headway than generally recognised. Already now European rights stand above the single states. What is being decided in Strasbourg, is channelled through Brussels to all the states belonging to the European Union. Some of the Protestant dominated countries were hesitant because they had a notion about the direction the politics take. For Scripture to be fulfilled, all must submit. Whoever will not will have to suffer the consequences. "Who is like 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." (vv. 4b-5).
Who is this "him", to whom power was given and who is also spoken of as a beast which will speak great things? "And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven." (v. 6). From this text we see clearly the concern. The Lord had given the promise in Jn. 14 that He would prepare the mansions, return and take His Own home. From the moment of the taking up to the beginning of the Millennial Reign the overcomers dwell in heaven.
This de facto "world dictator", in whom religious and worldly power is united, knows no limits in exalting himself. People will look up to him like to a god in human form, and all religious and political power will submit to him. The Prophet Daniel spoke of him, "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change the times and the laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." (Dan. 7: 25). As John so did the Prophet Daniel speak of three and a half years to be the great tribulation and persecution. The pressure however which will come upon the Bible believing Christians in a short space just before the Rapture is not given a fixed time.
If one speaks of such a persecution, people shake their heads in unbelief. There are even those who cannot believe that during the one thousand years of the sole reign of the Roman church in the Dark Ages, millions died as martyrs. We should not forget the time when people were categorised as heretics, burned at stakes, and the inquisition right to the night of St. Bartholomew's Eve. Many cannot comprehend, that six million Jews and hundreds of thousands who did not submit to a certain regime were killed with the knowledge or co-operation of the church during the Third Reich under Hitler. This happened in the twentieth century in a most brutal way.
"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." (Rev. 13: 7). Right after this statement we read the warning in verse 10: "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."
This religious head at the end-time is known by the fact that he receives worship and honour, which actually belongs to God alone: "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13: 8).
Another mark of this person is the "celibacy" which the Prophet Daniel referred to: "Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the god of fortresses " (Dan. 11: 37-38a), that is to say, have his crusades and wars in general. The celibacy is against the divine order laid down at the very beginning and is being declared by the Apostle Paul as a teaching of demons (1 Tim. 4: 1-4). Only the true children of God will escape this religious deception and withstand this deceiver - one group before the Rapture, the other thereafter.
The whole world will worship him - all politicians, people in high ranks, personalities of denominations - as it is written, all the inhabitants of the earth will worship him except those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life from before the foundation of the world. Already and before, but especially during the time of the Reformation, Bible scholars headed by Dr. Martin Luther have pointed to this personality who is found in papacy (See Luther's Introduction to the Prophet Daniel).
In the Counter Reformation the Jesuits have invented the thought that the antichrist should be a Jew and thereby have given this misleading assertion. Even Protestant friends of Israel, radio evangelists and preachers have adopted this idea. Others search for this person in Islam. It is a terrible lie which the spirit of deception has tried to make plausible to those who think to be wise. Where is that written in the Scriptures? According to 2 Th. 2, where this man is being described, God has delivered such people, who do not believe the Truth, to believe a lie and then be judged.
As Christ has many titles which show Him in all the respective areas, his adversary has also many titles. Christ is the Son of God, the adversary the son of perdition. Christ is the promised true prophet, and this man is the predicted false prophet etc. The Apostle Paul speaks about this man of sin to be the "wicked one" "who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (2 Th. 2: 4). Because he acts as the vicar of the Son of God, he also receives worship. He even takes the title which belongs to God alone - "Holy Father". That is totally against the Holy Scripture: "And call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, who is in heaven." (Mt. 23: 9). In his teachings he claims infallibility in whatever he announces from "his seat" as God Himself on His throne. He presents himself as vicar of Christ, but Christ has no vicar, on the contrary: He intercedes for all of His Own.
The Apostle John refers to this mysterious person repeatedly as the antichrist; which plainly means, that this man who speaks about God and Christ, in reality is against God and Christ. He builds his own church with worldly power alongside the Church of Jesus Christ and has no part in the finished work of redemption. The forgiving of sins he claims to do himself. In teaching and practice he has invented his own dogmas and tradition and placed them against the Words of Christ. In the Book of Revelation, this man who is contrary to all the true prophets is called the "false prophet" (19: 20).
The second part of Revelation 13 is even more mysterious than the first one. "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them who dwell on it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." (vv. 11-12).
This second beast-power comes out of the earth, not out of the sea. In Bible prophecy, many nations in Europe are spoken of as many waters (Rev. 17: 15). The concern with the second beast is, that it comes into existence where all these many nations and languages were not. The symbol of the lamb speaks of the Christian country with unique full religious freedom on earth. The two horns speak of worldly and religious power. The second world power refers to the United States of America in comparison with the "United States of Europe". As we are told, the moment would come, when this second Protestant oriented beast would speak like the Roman dragon and exercise the power of the first beast.
The second beast-power will see to it, that the first beast whose deadly wound was healed will receive worship and recognition by the inhabitants of the earth. This power is especially known by the scientific and technological inventions. "And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
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, that had the wound by a sword, and did live." (Rev. 13: 13-14).
In reference to the religious realm, the Apostle Paul writes about lying signs and wonders in opposition to the true signs and wonders which took place in the ministry of our Lord, the apostles and even today as a confirmation of the Word.
"Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Th. 2: 9-10).
The second world power originated in Protestantism. People from all over Europe fled the religious persecution and found a new homeland. The uniting of the Protestants in the World Council of Churches is the image of the Roman world church. It receives life, that is to say, its existence will be recognised. The World Council of Churches raised its voice with regard to the Gulf War, as an example, during a meeting in Canberra, Australia, in February 1991. The pope and his bishops are more or less expected to make statements, but now also the World Council of Churches has something to say. "And he hath 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." (13: 15). The persecution will be against the true believers, who out of conviction cannot belong to the Roman Catholic Church, and cannot join the Protestant World Council of Churches.
In the Book of Daniel we are clearly told what is meant by worshipping an image, as described here in Rev. 13. The image in Daniel's time was the image of a man (Dan. 2: 32-33). After the prophet had seen the image in a vision and described the same, it was erected in the province of Babylon, and the precise measurements were given (Dan. 3: 1). At that time the concern was Babylon in Mesopotamia at the river Euphrates, the Iraq of today. The last day Babylon can be found in the world centre at the river Tiber. This is clearly written in the prophetic scriptures.
Then a visible image of the beast power was erected, and all peoples, tribes and languages were given the order from the highest authority to worship this inaugurated image. "Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages
ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar, the king, hath set up.
And whoever falleth not down and worshipeth, shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace." (Dan. 3: 4-6).
The story of the three men in the fiery furnace is generally known. They were not willing to bow before the image and to submit to the command. The persecution then came upon those who did not kneel down before this image, but rather worshipped the only true God.
Those remaining faithful to God had the courage and spoke to the potentate as follows: "If it be so, our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king,
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." (Dan. 3: 17-18). This story is written for encouragement to all believers who might come into a similar situation near the end. The Lord is with His Own, He never forsakes them, and they remain faithful unto death.
The six-fold description unveils the secret and the mysterious number 666. Whoever interprets the image which can speak to be television has never comprehended the matter. Television is a dead object which cannot speak by itself, but rather channels pictures and transmits speeches which were taken or spoken somewhere on earth.
1) It is most important to know that the concern is not only an image, but the image of the beast (Rev. 13: 15).
2) It is also not only a certain number which some interpret to be the world computer where all information comes together, but rather the number of the beast (13: 18).
3) It is not just a name, but the name of the beast (13: 17);
4) and also not some number of a name, but the number of the name of the beast (15: 2),
5) and not only some kind of a mark, but the mark of the beast (16: 2)
6) and the mark of his name (14: 11).
From this six-fold combination, which each time has the same reference point "the beast", derives the over-all significance. Only if someone comprehends that it is always the same reference point, it will be possible to leave behind all home-made interpretations and take the infallible scriptural view.
The term "image" is met in various connections right from the first chapter in the Bible. "So God created man in his own image " (Gen. 1: 27a). The image of God was His visible form of appearance. The invisible became visible in a bodily form. Christ is the expressed image of God (2 Cor. 4: 4; Heb. 1: 3 a. o.). On the other hand, in the person of the antichrist, the son of perdition (2 Th. 2: 3), we find the earthly image of the fallen son of the morning represented (Isa. 14: 12). Lucifer, the adversary, the son of the morning, tried to exalt himself in heaven to be equal with God; so does this man here on earth. The image of the beast is something existing as a living organism.
Now we shall deal with the mark of the beast. "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and enslaved, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads." (Rev. 13: 16).
We certainly do not deal with an outward visible mark, as the Jews had to carry at different times in history. The seal of God wherewith the Lord sets His mark on His Own is also not visible. The 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel will be sealed in their foreheads, that will not be visible. The seal of God is not the keeping or celebrating of a certain day. God made a day compulsory for Israel, but that was not His seal, but rather the sign of the covenant (Ex. 31: 12-17). Those belonging to the Church, who are justified by faith in Christ, receive like faithful Abraham the seal of God (Rom. 4: 11; 2 Cor. 1: 22). They are sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of their bodily redemption (Eph. 4: 30), not unto a certain day of the week.
During the tribulation time people will be forced to accept the religious system and bow to it, otherwise they cannot buy or sell. The forehead speaks of the decision which is made in the head, that is to say with the mind. The hand speaks of the deed, something that is being done and follows the decision made. Those who join the system confirm their membership with their signature. The Bible believers will suffer and be persecuted by the religious system. If, for instance, someone looks for a job and is being asked about religion or denomination membership, the decision can be made straight away whether the person gets the job or not.
The mark is of spiritual nature and is connected with the «teaching». On one hand the true believers receive and carry the true teaching of God and act accordingly. On the other hand those belonging to the system submit to the teachings of the adversary. The teaching, faith, and also conviction are not carried about, being put on and off, in the forehead and hand visibly. Therefore, in reality, what is meant is the deeds practised according to the faith carried in the heart. The sealing with the Holy Spirit takes place after having received the Word of Truth (Eph. 1: 13); the mark of the beast is received by accepting the falsified word.
The following text should give final enlightenment, that the mark is not some kind of a visible distinction. It rather reveals the fact, that within this mark of the beast does lay the number of his name: "And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." (13: 17-18). This is the total unveiling of the mysterious mark which is found in the threefold combination which each time has the beast as the reference point. It is summarised in the number 666, deriving from the title of this man.
V I C A R O F T H E S O N O F G O D
V I C A R I U S F I L I I D E I
5+1+100+.+.+1+5+. .+1+50+1+1 +500+.+1 = 666
A mark can be a natural and also a spiritual distinction; something that one is known by. No one expects to see somebody wearing the name and this number of the beast visibly. The Apostle Paul said, "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." (Gal. 6: 17). Certainly he did not bear visible wounds of the Saviour, which would have been a mockery, but rather the spiritual identification. We must ask, What is the actual mark whereby this religious institution is identified? To know that, we must go to the beginning, to the time it came into existence. If we know by what mark the persecution was executed then, after the Roman state church came into existence in the 4th century, we shall know whereby it will come into force again. The mark of the mother church is the invented faith in a trinity, which means that God from eternity would exist in three different persons, who are all supposed to be equally eternal, equally omniscient, and equally almighty. This faith of the trinity was forced upon everyone by governmental decree. It was used as pressure, and it caused the persecution of the Jews, Muslims and Christians who believed otherwise throughout the one-thousand years of the Roman state church rule.
The following quotations speak volumes:
"East-Rome 28.2.380. Trinity-faith state-religion. Theodosius I, the Great, whom the West-Roman Caesar Gratian after the death of Valens 379 made Caesar of the East, decrees unto all of his subordinated nations the Christian faith of trinity in the form it was sanctioned at the council of Nicea 325."
"Constantinople 1.5.381. Trinity-faith obligatory for the Christians. In the II Ecumenical Council the bishops sanctioned the compulsory edict of Caesar Theodosius I of February 380, in which all the Roman subjects were demanded to accept the Christian trinity-faith as was formulated at the Council of Nicea, 325. The trinity-faith which consists of the trinity God Father, Son and Holy Ghost is therefore declared the only valid confession of faith for all Christians and is being raised to be the religion supported by the state." (B. Harenberg, Chronik der Menschheitsgeschichte, pg. 212).
The mark of the beast therefore mainly has to do with the doctrine of the trinity which also, as no other point was adopted as confession of faith by all traditional Protestant churches. They fight for it. It is the first article of the contents of faith. In the Catholic church and now also in Protestant churches the sign of the cross is being made with the right hand. It was the multiple murderer, Caesar Constantine, who claimed to have seen a cross in the sky. Later his state-church adopted the sign of the cross and made it compulsory. Under this trinitarian sign of the cross, whereby they say, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Ghost", the Roman church has cruelly held all its crusades and pogroms. Jews and those who believed otherwise were forced to kiss the crucifix or die.
Before Constantine there was no cross-sign practice according to church history and also no Christian trinity teaching, only the heathen trinities and the christological disputes. Those who believe biblical Truth, do not carry a crucifix and do not make cross-signs, they believe in the divine work of salvation which was accomplished by Christ at the Cross of Calvary. They are convinced that God was in Christ and reconciled the world to Himself by the atoning death on the cross. As Paul and the early believers testified, so do we,"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me " (Gal. 2: 20).
We also know from church history, that there was no such a thing as a Roman
Catholic Church in the first centuries after Christ, and also no Greek Orthodox
or any other church was in existence as an organised religion. In the first
centuries there existed the various directions which, since Caesar Constantine,
were forced together into one church in the "Imperium Romanum". At the Nicene
Council (325) no pope existed, no cardinals etc.; not even at the Council of
Constantinople (381) and of Ephesus (431). The history of the popes began with
Leo I in
the year 441 A.D. In Nicea the representatives from all the different Christian branches were assembled and discussed vehemently. Under the auspices of the state, this first organised denomination became a state church during the 4th and 5th century. She was indeed not founded by Christ and has therefore nothing in common with Him; neither in teaching nor in practice.
The mark of this world institution, which is responsible for all persecution, is represented in its head as the highest teaching authority. If somebody therefore speaks against the so-called "most holy dogma" of the Roman church, that is to say, against her trinity, the same has insulted her, and in their eyes is a heretic who must die. Now we shall give a quotation written in modern times: "Because the II Vatican Council in its decree about ecumenism (No. 20) thought only about such Christians who believe in the trinity of God, it must be proven in as much separated fellowships who reject the trinity-faith can still be Christians." (Herder-Verlag, Lexikon der Sekten , pg. 151). There is no space for dialogue. The decision is final.
As it was at the time of the coming into existence, so will it now repeat as Catholics and Protestants unite upon the basis of the trinity-dogma which will be forced upon all Christians. The Protestants who are united will make themselves strong and play a role in trying to force all such evangelical groups who believe otherwise to receive this mark. The state will once again work hand in hand with the church. "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and enslaved, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads,
And that no man might buy or sell, except he that had the mark " (13: 16-17).
The World Council of Churches will be displeased that there are still Protestant fellowships who reject to be part of that unification. They are the ones who believe in the one true eternal God, Who revealed Himself to bring salvation unto us and redeemed us through Jesus Christ. They will reject the antichrist because they recognise Christ as the only Head.
This dogma marks the wrong Christianity and the false knowledge about God and Christ. Therefore, this institution as no other organisation has persecuted those who taught and believed differently. Much blood was shed in the past. Those who will not take this mark of the mother church will face persecution. Whoever receives and believes the trinity dogma and is baptised accordingly in the trinitarian formula bears automatically this mark. As generally known, the Roman church contends that in her alone is salvation and it is only possible through her sacraments. The clergy in that church administers all the religious acts from birth to death. But with what result? Their members who had received and partaken of all their sacraments land supposedly in the invented purgatory. Is that salvation? The Holy Scripture teaches totally different (Acts 4: 10-12).
The papal church has placed its invented "Sacrifice of the Mass" against the only valid and once for all Sacrifice of Christ. Seemingly, something baked is being turned into the literal Christ, carried about, worshipped and eaten. All those who could not accept such teaching were placed under the anathema in various church councils. Thus saith the lord in His Word about the Redeemer and His finished redemption work: "By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Heb. 10: 10+12+14).
In God's plan of salvation He is the only One acting through Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Holy Spirit works according to the proclamation of the Word of Truth. The church acts in her own name in the formula "In the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost." The true Church of Christ acts according to God's commission in the New Testament covenant name of the Lord Jesus Christ in Whom alone God's salvation for mankind is found.
In Rev. 17 all the other churches who join the mother church are included in the term "Babylon the Great, the mother of all harlots". There it is also found written about what she carries on her forehead: "And upon her forehead was a name written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.
And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder." (17: 5-6).
The Protestant daughter churches who are marked with the same trinity doctrine return to the mother's bosom. So it will again be "Babylon the Great" who was drunk with the blood of the martyrs. John saw her as she is and was astonished. All who believe the trinity doctrine and are members in the respective denominations bear already that mark. Those who out of biblical conviction cannot submit to this dogma will suffer persecution and the boycott. In the same way, with the same mark, this church forced her first persecution, she will also put in force the last one.
The fateful part is, that Truth and falsehood are so similar, that if it were possible even the elect should be deceived (Mt. 24: 24). In Matthew 7, from verse 21, the Lord speaks about those who have done great things, which actually happen by the moving of the Spirit, as known today by trinitarian TV evangelists and charismatic meetings. These people tried to justify themselves, but the Lord rejected them as evildoers He even never knew. The true moving of the Spirit will always be according to the true teaching of God's Word.
It must be permissive to ask:
Why has God Himself never spoken about a "trinity"?
Why has no prophet ever mentioned a "triune God"?
Why has no apostle spoken about three persons in the Godhead?
Why are the terms "God the Son" and "God the Holy Spirit" unknown in the Bible?
Why was there no debate with the Jews or in apostolic days about the Godhead?
Why was not a single person baptised into a trinitarian formula in apostolic days and in post-apostolic time?
Why did all the apostles, having had precise knowledge of Mt. 28: 19, exclusively administer baptism by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2: 38; 8: 16; 10: 48; 19: 5; Rom. 6: 3)? The reason is, that they were taught by the resurrected Lord Himself and they had the revelation by the Holy Spirit that Jesus of Nazareth was "Immanuel" which means "God with us". They knew that the New Testament covenant name was Yahshua, which means Yahweh Saviour, just as "Immanuel" means God with us. They knew that the only true God revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This happened for our salvation in the New Testament covenant name into which all sons and daughters of God are baptised during the time of the New Covenant.
Whether in words, deeds or baptism - all that is done according to the will of God in His Church does not happen in a nameless, magic sounding formula, and not in repeating of titles, but in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3: 17). Not in titles or in a formula will every knee bow, but in the holy covenant name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 2: 9-11).
Already in the Old Testament God gave the promise on Mount Sinai about His name, " in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee." (Ex. 20: 24b).
When the birth of the Redeemer was announced His name was clearly uttered, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus (in Hebrew: Yahshua); for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,
Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which, being interpreted, is God with us." (Mt. 1: 21-23).
All ministries placed by God in the New Testament Church act under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, by the authority of God's Word in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The whole clergy acts using the formula "In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost", not even mentioning the name which is the actual point in the commission. Not one time did a prophet or an apostle even blindly repeat such a formula. No wonder, that in this same formula all spiritualism and occult practices take place in the so-called Christian countries.
All of you who are God's people, listen: If you are in trinitarian denominations and churches - this is the hour of Truth, the hour of decision, the complete unveiling of Christ and also the total exposure of the antichrist. The light is being separated from the darkness. The message to God's scattered people is going forth now as the last call: "Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Cor. 6: 17-18; Rev. 18: 4).
The thus saith the Lord in this Scripture passage is very clear. Only those who come out of the Babylonian-trinitarian realms can be truly baptised into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12). Christ and the antichrist are mutually exclusive. A mixture between these two camps is impossible. No one can remain neutral. One group is sealed by the Holy Spirit, the other is marked by the beast-system.
Whoever hears the trumpet sound of the everlasting Gospel must follow the divine call. Now the decision must be made, whether to follow Christ or the antichrist, whether we are sealed by the Holy Spirit after having received the Word of Truth, or whether we accept the mark of the beast and remain in error. The false teaching about a triune God is unknown to the prophets; the false triune baptism is unknown to the apostles. God has utterly rejected the false religious system altogether.
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Znamení může být pozemské, ale také duchovní poznávací znamení. Nikdo přece neočekává, že uvidí někoho, kdo nese jméno a počet zvířete jako viditelné poznávací znamení. Pavel řekl: „Já nosím znamení Ježíše na mém těle.“ (Gal. 6:17) Jistě nenesl jizvy toho Ukřižovaného, nýbrž duchovní znamení. Kdyby je nesl zjevně na odiv, bylo by to rovno posměchu. Co je znamením, vlastní identitou této náboženské instituce? Abychom se toto dozvěděli, musíme se vrátit zpět tam, kde vzniklo. Jestliže víme, čím bylo vyvoláno pronásledování tehdy po vzniku římského státního kostela ve 4. století, budeme také vědět, čím bude vyvoláno potom. Znakem mateřského kostela je jím vymyšlená víra trojjedinosti, která říká, že je Bůh údajně od věků složen ze tří samostatných osob, které mají být všechny stejně věčné, stejně vševědoucí a stejně všemocné. Tato státem žádaná a vynucená víra trojjedinosti byla prostředkem nátlaku a vyvolávala krutý tisíciletý čas pronásledování Židů, křesťanů a muslimů, kteří věřili jinak.
Následující citáty jsou ze svazků:
„Ostrom – 28. 2. 380 – VÍRA TROJJEDINOSTI STÁTNÍM NÁBOŽENSTVÍM. Theodosius I. Veliký, kterého západořímský císař Gratian po smrti Valence roku 379 povýšil za císaře Východu, předepisuje všemu svému poddanému lidu křesťanskou víru trojjedinosti formou, jak bylo schváleno koncilem v Nicei roku 325.“
„Konstantinopol – 1. 5. 381 – VÍRA TROJJEDINOSTI ZÁVAZNÁ PRO KŘESŤANY. Na druhém ekumenickém koncilu schválili kněží dekret vydaný v únoru 380 císařem Theodosiem I., ve kterém vyzývá všechny římské poddané k přijetí křesťanského vyznání víry trojjedinosti, jak byla formulována na koncilu v Nicei roku 325. Víra trojjedinosti, která obsahuje trojjedinost Boha Otce, Syna a Ducha svatého, tím byla povýšena pro všechny křesťany na platné vyznání víry a státem vyžadované náboženství.“ (B. Harenberg, Chronik der Menschheitsgeschichte, str. 212).
U tohoto znamení se skutečně v podstatě jedná o učení trojjedinosti. Ono je také převzato a obhajováno jako žádný jiný bod vyznání víry tradičních protestantských konfesí. Jak v katolickém kostele, tak také u protestantů nyní dochází k tomu, že si dělají pravou rukou znamení kříže. Mnohonásobný vrah císař Konstantin prý viděl na nebi kříž. Později jeho státní kostel zavedl pokřižování povinně pro všechny. Pod znamením kříže trojjedinosti, při čemž předříkávají: „Ve jménu Otce, Syna a Ducha svatého“, vedl římský kostel všechna svá ukrutná křížová tažení a pogromy. Židé a jiní byli nuceni líbat krucifix anebo zemřít.
Před Konstantinem neexistovalo podle psané historie církevních dějin žádné křesťanské učení trojjedinosti, jen pohanské trojice; také znamenání se křížem se neprovádělo. Docházelo jen ke kristologickým roztržkám. Biblicky věřící nenosí krucifixy, ani se neznamenají křížem, oni věří Božímu spásnému skutku, který byl učiněn Kristem na kříži Golgaty. Jsou přesvědčeni o tom, že Bůh byl v Kristu a smířil svět sám se Sebou smrtí na kříži. Pavel, prakřesťané, i oni dosvědčují: „Jsem s Kristem ukřižován. Tak tedy již nežiji já, nýbrž Kristus žije ve mně.“ (Gal. 2:19b–20)
Z církevních dějin je rovněž známo, že v prvních staletích po Kristu neexistovala ani římsko-katolická ani římsko-ortodoxní anebo nějaká jiná církev jako organizace. Existovaly jen různé křesťanské směry, které pak byly od doby Konstantina shrnuty v jeho „Imperium Romanum“ do jednotného kostela. Na koncilu v Nicei (325) ještě nebyl žádný papež, kardinál a pod., ani na koncilu v Konstantinopoli (381) a Efezu (431). Dějiny papežů začíná Leo I. v roce 441 po Kr. V Nicei se shromáždili zástupci různých křesťanských směrů a náruživě diskutovali. Pomocí státu vznikla ve 4.–5. století první organizovaná křesťanská konfese jako státní kostel. Nebyla založena Kristem a proto také s Ním nemá nic společného ani v učení, ani v praxi.
Znamení této světové instituce, od níž vychází pronásledování, je reprezentováno svojí hlavou jako nejvyšší učitelskou autoritou. Jestliže tedy někdo povstane proti nejsvětějšímu dogmatu římského kostela, totiž proti trojici, pak ho k smrti urazil a je v jeho očích kacířem, dítětem smrti. Vizte citát z Nového času pro budoucnost: „Poněvadž také druhý vatikánský koncil v dekretu o ekumenismu (č. 20) vzpomněl jen na ty křesťany, kteří věří v trojjedinost Boží, je třeba přezkoušet, jak dalece křesťanská jsou ještě jiná společenství, která zavrhují víru trojjedinosti.“ (Vydavatelství. Herder, Lexikon sekt … str. 151). Pro dialog není místo. Rozhodnutí tím padlo provždy.
Jak při vzniku, tak i nyní při sjednocování katolické a protestantské konfese se stane toto vymyšlené trinitářské dogma absolutní povinností pro všechny křesťany. Přitom se protestantské semknutí posilní a vynutí na všech evangelických skupinách přijetí tohoto znamení, při čemž stát bude kostelu nápomocen: „Všechny, malé i velké, bohaté i chudé, svobodné i porobené přivede k tomu, udělat si znamení na své pravé ruce nebo na čele,
a kdo to znamení nemá, nesmí nic kupovat nebo prodávat …“ (v. 16–17)
Světová rada konfesí nese velice nelibě, že ještě existují zvláštní protestantské společnosti, které se velikému sjednocení brání. To jsou ti, kteří věří v jednoho, pravého věčného Boha, jenž se zjevil k naší spáse a spasení v Ježíši Kristu. Oni antikrista zavrhnou, protože uznávají Krista jako jedinou Hlavu.
Toto dogma poznamenává následovníky falešným poznáním Boha a Krista. Proto tato instituce již v minulosti prolévala krev jako žádné jiné seskupení při pronásledování jinak smýšlejících a věřících. Také ti, kteří nepřijímají poznávací znamení mateřského kostela, budou potom vystaveni pronásledování. Kdo na druhé straně věří dogma trojjedinosti a je pokřtěn trojjediným způsobem, automaticky nese znamení zvířete. Jak známo, římský kostel si nárokuje, že jen v něm samotném je spása, a jen skrze něj a jeho svátosti může člověk být blahoslavený. Hodnostáři v úřadujícím kostele vykonávají při lidech od jejich narození až k jejich skonu náboženské úkony – s tím výsledkem, že jejich spoluúdové, zaopatření všemi spásnými svátostmi, dorazí do vymyšleného očistce. Je to blahoslavenství? Svaté Písmo říká něco jiného (Skutky 4:10–12).
Papežský kostel staví proti jednorázové, před Bohem jediné platící oběti Krista, své vynalezené obětní mše. Tam se oplatka údajně promění v reálného Krista, nosí ji dokola, uklánějí se před ní, a sní ji. Všichni, kteří takové proti Kristu namířené učení nemohou přijmout, byli rozhodnutím koncilu prokleti. Tak mluví Pán ve Svém Slově o Spasiteli a o Jím vykonaném skutku spásy:
„… a na základě této vůle jsme my skrze obětování těla Ježíše Krista jednou provždy posvěceni … tento ale obětoval jenom jednu oběť za hřích a potom se navždy posadil na pravici Boží … neboť skrze jedinou oběť On ty, které posvětil, přivedl k dokonalosti.“ (Židům 10:10 + 12 + 14)
Ve spásných dějinách Bůh jedná jedině skrze Ježíše Krista, našeho Pána. Duch svatý působí na základě zvěstování spásy Slova pravdy. Kostel jedná ve vlastním jménu ve formuli „ve jménu Otce, Syna a Ducha svatého“ – ale Církev Kristova jedná v pověření Božím v novozákonním jménu smlouvy Pána Ježíše Krista, v němž samotně je spása Boží pro lidstvo.
V 17. kapitole je s ohledem na všecky konfese a svobodné konfese, které se sjednotí s mateřským kostelem, užíván pojem „veliký Babylon, matka všech smilnic“. Tam je ještě jednou řeč o znamení na čele: „A na čele jejím bylo napsané jméno: Tajemství, Babylon veliký, matka smilnic a ohavnosti země.
A viděl jsem tu ženu opilou krví svatých, a krví mučedníků Ježíšových; při pohledu na ni jsem velice užasl.“ (v. 5–6)
Protestantské dceřinné konfese (denominace), které se vyznačují stejným učením trojjedinosti, se vracejí zpět do mateřského klína. Tak to bude zase „Veliký Babylon“, který je opilý krví mučedníků. Jan viděl tu věc, jak je a žasl. Všichni, kdo věří učení trojjedinosti a jsou spoluúdy odpovídající konfese, již to znamení nesou. Ti, kteří se z biblického přesvědčení nemohou sklonit pod toto dogma, budou pronásledováni. Stejným způsobem a stejným znamením, se kterým prosadil první kostel první pronásledování, bude vykonávat i to poslední.
Ten podvod spočívá v tom, že to převrácené bude natolik podobné pravému, že kdyby to bylo možné, byli by i vyvolení svedeni (Matouš 24:24). Matouše 7:21–23 vztahuje Pán na takové lidi, kteří hovoří o mocných věcech, jak to dnes známe od televizních evangelistů trojjedinosti a charismatických shromáždění. Přesto, že se tito lidé pokoušejí ospravedlňovat, posílá je Pán jako činitele nepravosti pryč, ty, které On nikdy nepoznal. Opravdové působení Ducha souhlasí vždy s opravdovým učením Slova Božího.
Zde se musíme ptát:
Proč Bůh sám nemluvil nikdy o„trojjedinosti“ nebo „svaté trojici“?
Proč žádný prorok nikdy nezmínil „trojjediného Boha“?
Proč žádný apoštol nemluvil o „třech osobách uprostřed Božství“?
Proč v Bibli nestojí pojmy „Bůh Syn“ a „Bůh Duch svatý“?
Proč se v židovství a za času apoštolů neodehrála ani jediná debata o Božství?
Proč se za času apoštolů a v poapoštolském čase ani jednou nekřtilo ve formuli trojjedinosti?
Proč všichni apoštolové v přesném poznání Matouš 28:19 křtili výhradně ponořením na jméno Pána Ježíše Krista (Skutky 2:38, Skutky 8:16, Skutky 10:48, Skutky 19:5, Řím. 6:3)? Protože poznali skrze přímé poučení Vzkříšeného a zjevením Ducha, že Ježíš z Naza-réta je „Emmanuel = Bůh s námi“. Věděli, že jméno smlouvy Nového zákona zní Jahschua, což znamená Jahweh–Zachránce, přesně tak jako „Emmanuel“ znamená Bůh s námi. Věděli také, že ten jediný pravý Bůh se zjevil jako Otec, Syn a Duch svatý. A to se stalo k naší spáse v novozákonním jménu smlouvy, do které bývají všichni synové a dcery Boží v době Nové smlouvy vekřtěni.
Ať ve slovech, skutcích nebo křtu, – všecko, co se děje od Boha a vykonává se podle Jeho vůle v Jeho Církvi, se neděje v nějaké jmenovité, magicky působící formuli, ani opakováním titulů nebo označení, nýbrž ve jménu Pána Ježíše Krista (Kol. 3:17). Ne před tituly a formulemi se budou všechna kolena sklánět, nýbrž před svatým jménem smlouvy Pána Ježíše Krista (Fil. 2:9–11).
Již ve Starém zákoně Bůh s ohledem na Své jméno na hoře Sinai zaslíbil: „Na každém místě, kde vyzdvihnu památku Mého jména, chci k tobě přijít a tebe požehnat.“ (2. Moj. 20:24)
Při oznámení narození Spasitele bylo jasně řečeno: „… kterému máš dát jméno Ježíš (hebr. Jahschua); neboť On to je, jenž Svůj lid spasí od jejich hříchů.
Toto všecko se ale stalo, aby se naplnilo Písmo, které Pán předpověděl skrze proroka, který řekl:
Hleď, panna bude dobré naděje a bude matkou syna, kterému dají jméno Immanuel, to znamená v překladu: Bůh s námi.“ (Matouš 1:21–23)
Všecky služby, ustanovené Bohem do novozákonní Církve Kristovy, jednají pod vedením Ducha svatého mocí autority Slova Božího ve jménu Pána Ježíše Krista. Všichni hodnostáři kostela ale činí každý výkon s užitím formule „ve jménu Otce, Syna a Ducha svatého“, aniž by zmínili jméno, na kterém vlastně záleží, a o které přece při křtu jde. Žádný prorok nebo apoštol ani jednou slepě takovou formuli neopakoval. Proto také ani neudivuje, že i okultismus a spiritismus se v „křesťanské“ Evropě praktikuje v této formuli.
Poslyšte vy, kteří se počítáte k lidu Božímu, ale jste v trojičních (trinitářských) a svobodných konfesích: Toto je hodina pravdy, hodina rozhodnutí, zjevení Krista a odhalení antikrista, oddělení světla od temnoty! Zvěst Boží Jeho roztroušenému lidu zaznívá v tomto posledním volání: „Vyjděte z jejich středu ven a oddělte se, přikazuje Pán, a ničeho nečistého se nedotýkejte, tak vás chci přijmout a: JÁ vám chci být Otcem a vy mi máte být za syny a dcery, říká Pán, ten všemohoucí.“ (2. Kor. 6:17–18, Zjevení 18:4)
To TAK MLUVÍ PÁN této písemné výpovědi je jednoznačné. Jen kdo vyjde ven z babylonsko-trinitářského úseku, může být vpravdě Duchem svatým vekřtěn a zapečetěn do Těla Kristova (1. Kor. 12). Kristus a antikrist se vzájemně vylučují. Smíšení mezi těmito dvěma tábory nemůže být. Nikdo nemůže zůstat neutrální. Jedni jsou zapečetěni Duchem svatým, druzí označeni falešným systémem.
Kdo slyší pozoun věčně platícího evangelia, musí následovat Božímu volání. Nyní padne rozhodnutí, jestli chceme náležet Kristu anebo antikristu, jestli budeme Duchem svatým v Boží pravdě Slova zapečetěni anebo jestli přijmeme znamení zvířete a setrváme v bludu. Falešné učení o trojjediném Bohu bylo prorokům neznámé; apoštolové neznali falešný křest trojjedinosti. Tento naskrz falešný náboženský systém je Bohem cele zavržen. Vše je shrnuto v jednom člověku, jímž je to ztělesněno. Popis a hodnota čísla, označení tohoto muže jsou právě prezentovány již v Písmu svatém. Všichni proslulí učitelé Písma to tak od od reformace viděli. Neexistuje jiná možnost, jak by se daly všecky jednotlivosti seřadit.