The Everlasting Gospel

by Martin Barlow

Why should you read this?

One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of reading material these days. No matter what your interest, there is plenty in which to spend your time. Time is our most valuable commodity. So why have I taken my valuable time in writing? And better question yet, why would I expect you to take your precious time in reading this?

There are a few reasons. This is written for Christians and those who want to be. While there are many truth filled books that present the last day message of the Bible in its' beauty, this paper is meant to present the vital truths for this time in the simplest form possible. I believe that there is but little time to get ready for the things that are about to happen. The Bible describes the time of the end like this: "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:26)

Man has lived for nearly two thousand years taking their whole lives in growing as Christians and getting ready to face their eternity. If indeed this is the very end of time (and I believe that the signs all point to this) there are people right now who will have to make their "calling and election sure" very quickly. You should remember that God's Word tells us very plainly that Jesus is coming back to receive His people unto Himself, and it very plainly tells us what kind of people He is coming to redeem: "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:27)

You may not have been taught that the church is to be in this perfect condition before Jesus' coming, but it is very clear in the Scriptures that this must be the case. We are told just how this is to happen too: "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," (Ephesians 5:26) It is through the study of God's Word, the Holy Bible, that we are to be sanctified (set apart, and made holy) and made ready to go to heaven with Jesus. Think about it: In order to have a holy church, there must be holy people. Individuals make up the church of God here on earth.

We have been told explicitly that it is the study of the Bible which will build for us the proper relationship with God and decide our eternal destiny. The Bible doesn't teach that salvation is something we receive because we make a simple decision once in our life time. Salvation is a way of life! It is the result of the transforming power of God through His holy Scriptures. We must know the Scriptures for them to benefit us in this way. Please consider these passages:

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." (Hosea 4:6)

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16)

This paper is not meant to give every detail of the plan of salvation, but there are essential truths that are to be presented to every person in these last days. I will try to do this in the simplest way possible, knowing that time is very important to all of us. If you see the validity of these simple truths, you will be required to dig deeper into the study of God's Word that you might know the truth, for yourself, and the "truth shall make you free!" Those who study and understand the important truths for this time will not be ashamed when they see Jesus face to face.

Preaching the Gospel

As Christians, we know that it is our job to preach the gospel. Jesus commissioned His disciples: "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) Just before He finished His ministry here on earth, Jesus also said: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14) Notice that He said "this" gospel. While the principle and theme of the gospel (the salvation of man) remains the same, the gospel can take on different particular points. The gospel in Noahs' time was all about the salvation of man, but it specifically required the building of an ark. The people had to prepare by securing their place on that ark. The gospel in Moses' day was all about the salvation of man too, but it specifically required the people to place the sacrificial blood on the lentil and door posts of their homes.

Jesus referred to "this gospel of the kingdom," and if we read Matthew twenty-four in context we can see just what He meant. This chapter begins with the disciples asking Jesus a question, and then Jesus is answering their question in the words of this chapter. They asked Him: "what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" The great subject of this chapter is the second coming of Jesus and the end of the world. Jesus is telling us that the gospel message about the second coming and the end of the world must be preached in all the world and then the end will come. Notice the sequence: the gospel message; goes to the whole world; the end comes.

The Everlasting Gospel

This brings us to the heart of the matter. Jesus has told us that there would be a gospel message that would have to be preached to the whole world before His second coming and the end of the world. Where do we find such a gospel message? Rest assured, the Bible has the answer to this question. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people," (Revelation 14:6) Here we find it! The everlasting gospel that is to be preached to everyone on the earth. There is no doubt about it. This is the gospel that Jesus prophesied would be given.

There are many who have taught that the book of Revelation is a closed or sealed book. I have heard some preachers say that we are not even suppose to study this book, and that it will just confuse us if we try. Is the book of Revelation suppose to be understood in these last days? Remember, we have already seen 2 Timothy 3:16 which tells us that ALL Scripture is inspired and profitable for doctrine, reproof, and instruction in righteousness. The very name Revelation means to reveal, not to seal or close or hide. Revelation 1:1 says: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:" Obviously, the purpose of this book is to show God's people something important.

In verse three, there is a wonderful blessing pronounced upon all those that study this book: "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear [understand] the words of this prophecy, and keep [follow] those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Revelation 1:3) Again, it is easy to see that God wants us to study this book and conform our lives to it's message.

At the end of the book, John was plainly told not to seal the book: "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand." (Revelation 22:10) There has been much confusion about this book being sealed, but the confusion is the result of the fact that God's people have not studied the book. They have been led astray by false shepherds for it is very easy to see that the book is not, and never has been sealed in any way! The promise for the closing scenes of this world's history is: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) And if we will only study the prophecies, we too will know what to expect in these last days.

The Angels of Revelation

The book of Revelation is written in symbolic language. This will become more evident the more you study the prophecies of the book. It is important though, that if we are going to take anything that the Bible says as symbolic rather than literal, we must make sure that we learn the symbolic meaning of figure from the Bible itself. The Bible is clear on this point: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." (2 Peter 1:20) We cannot allow ourselves to simply pull the answers to the symbols from thin air. No matter how sensible they may look, we must look to the Bible in order to find our questions.

The word that is translated angel in Revelation 14:6 can also be translated as messenger. You can easily check this out by using a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance which can be purchased in just about any Christian book store. You can also go to your public library and find this important Bible study tool. If you look up the word in Strong's and cross reference it with the lexicon found in the back of the book, you will find this: 32. aggelos, ang'-el-os; from aggello [prob. der. from G71; comp. G34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a pastor:—angel, messenger.

When we see this word used in the Bible it can mean a literal angel, but it can also mean a messenger. Notice in the above definition: "by impl. [implication] a pastor." In other words a pastor or preacher gives a certain message and is a messenger. This only makes sense. Rather than being a literal angel who gives this everlasting gospel message, it is a message that the preachers or disciples of Jesus Christ in the last days will be giving. In the following verses, we see the first angel (or message), followed by a second angel, (or message), which is followed by a third angel (or message). Each one of these three messages are a part of this last day gospel message which is to be preached in all the world. We should pay close attention to them; understand them; and follow them with our very lives.

The First Angel

What are the messages that are given to us as the everlasting gospel? "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (Revelation 14:7) There is much said in the Bible about fearing God. There are some 130 places that I have found where the Bible speaks of fearing God. This alone makes this an important subject, but I think it is important to understand what it means to fear God. Some think of this word fear as meaning to be afraid of God or what He might do to us, but if you will study through the Bible you will find that it is not always so. For the sake of the time and space that it would take to do a study on fearing God, I will just tell you what I have found, and challenge you to study for yourself.

If someone is not living their life for God and His kingdom, there is very much to fear about God. There is a price to pay for sin, and all those who do not avail themselves of the plan of salvation that has been made available through Jesus, will indeed pay that terrible price. But if we love God and long to serve Him, we will fear Him in an altogether different way. The Christian fears God the same way a child fears a loving father. This fear is a deep respect for God's will and a fear of doing anything that will displease Him or bring reproach upon His kingdom.

We are also told to give glory to Him. How are we to do this? In order to understand how to give glory to God, we must understand what this glory is. Look very closely at these verses: "And he [Moses] said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he [God] said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." (Exodus 33:18-19) This text shows clearly that God's glory is His goodness, His righteousness, His character. We give glory to God when we exhibit His character to the world. Jesus said it like this: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) How do we give glory to God? We show forth His good works.

Remember, we are not saved by our good works: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) But because we have been redeemed by our Savior, we are to become the light of the world and show forth that wonderful character of God in our good works. How is this accomplished? "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory [goodness] of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18) Step by step, as we perform the good works of God, we are changed from glory to glory back to the image of God. Remember this is how man was created in the beginning: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27)

Next, Revelation 14:7 tells us why we are to fear God and give glory to Him. The hour of His judgment is come. Notice that the verse doesn't say that the hour of His judgment will come one day off in the far away future. It says that the hour of His judgment IS come. Please understand that the purpose of this paper is to give you an overview of this everlasting gospel message. There is more study that is required. I only hope to show you enough in this writing to entice you to want to study more and more into these important subjects. We all know that there is a coming judgment day. Judgments will be poured out on this world for the iniquity that it has practiced. We all need to understand, though, that in order for the judgment to be executed in the future, there must be an investigation to see whether we are guilty or innocent. This judgment is taking place right now in the heavenly sanctuary where Jesus presides as our High Priest. In the Old Testament sanctuary, or tabernacle service, the high priest went into the most holy place (where the mercy seat of God was located) once a year. The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus does this same service for us in heaven. The only difference is that in the Old Testament, this was rehearsed each year to teach the people the plan of salvation, but Jesus will only do this work one time and it will forever eradicate the sins of the people.

The books of Daniel and Revelation teach that during this time of investigation and judgment, one thing will be blotted out for each of us who have claimed the name of Jesus. Either our sins will be blotted from the sanctuary above and we will be found innocent (by the blood of Jesus Christ), or we will have our names blotted out of the book of life, and found guilty. Here are some verses which represent these facts clearly:

Sins Blotted Out

"And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders." (Nehemiah 4:5)

"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." (Isaiah 43:25)

"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee." (Isaiah 44:22)

"Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged." (Isaiah 51:1)

"Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?" (Isaiah 51:9)

"Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger." (Jeremiah 18:23)

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" (Acts 3:19)

Names Blotted Out

"Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written." (Exodus 32:32)

"And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." (Exodus 32:33)

"Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they." (Deuteronomy 9:14)

"Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it." (Deuteronomy 25:19)

"The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven." (Deuteronomy 29:20)

"Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous." (Psalms 69:28)

"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." (Revelation 3:5)

Here are back to back verses which show us a contrast between both of these: "Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out." (Psalms 109:13-14) We want to have our sins blotted from off the record in heaven, not our names blotted from off the book of life! What we are doing just now in this judgment hour is deciding which will be the case.

The last phrase of the first angels' message is "worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." The everlasting gospel is calling us and men everywhere to return to the worship of the true God of heaven, the CREATOR. We are living in a time when very few people believe in the Bible account of creation. Evolution has become the doctrine, and infidelity the religion in our land. Even among professed Christians, there are many who believe, at least in part, the theory of evolution. I have heard many professing Christians who say that they believe that God started the evolutionary process. They probably do not realize it, but Darwin, the father of evolution, believed this also. It is NOT what the Bible says! God wants His people to believe in His Word and trust His truth, no matter what the scientist say, and no matter what kind of "evidence" they trump up. God is the Creator, and He tells us that this is one of the two great reasons that we are to worship Him. The other reason is that He has redeemed us by His great plan of salvation.

There is an important truth that has been well nigh forgotten where this is concerned. The fourth commandment points to God as the Creator: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11) As one of the ten commandments that God wrote with His own finger on tables of stone, we know that the sabbath commandment can never be changed or done away with. Yet most of the world's professed Christians do not know or understand that they are suppose to keep this day holy.

The words that are written for us in the everlasting gospel message of Revelation 14:7 are obviously taken directly from the words which God wrote for us on those tables of stone. Compare the two verses: "worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (Revelation 14:7) vs. "the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is" (Exodus 20:11) An important part of the everlasting gospel message of Revelation 14 is the call to come back and worship on the true seventh day Bible sabbath. Most of the Christian world believes that Sunday is the day of worship, but the Bible is clear that it is the seventh day of the week, the day we call Saturday. {NOTE: There are in-depth Bible studies available for each and every one of the topics discusses here. Please ask the person who gave you this paper for more FREE information}

The Second Angel

"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Revelation 14:8) The second part of the everlasting gospel message is the warning that Babylon is fallen. For this message to do us any good at all, we must understand what Babylon represents. This is obviously very important to have been included in this gospel message, but where are the preachers? With so many churches in our land, why do we not hear sermons and Bible studies about the identity of Babylon? The churches and teachers are all but completely silent on this subject. Every church should be preaching about this important subject, and your church should be teaching its' people who Babylon is!

Babylon is a term that is used throughout the Bible. It is first found in the book of Genesis in chapters ten and eleven. You are probably familiar with the story of the tower of Babel. That word Babel is exactly the same as the word that is later translated Babylon. We are told very plainly what the name Babel means: "Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:9) The name Babel means confusion. The Lord confused the language of the men who were building the tower of Babel and thus scattered the people and stopped the work on it. In the book of Revelation we find that Babylon is just about the same as it was in the book of Genesis. Babylon represents confusion. The language or teaching of Babylon is confusion.

In the Bible and history, we learn that Babylon was one of the greatest empires that ever ruled the world. It was very far advanced in knowledge, science, strength, and riches. But it was Babylon which took the nation of Israel captive and which destroyed the temple of the true God of heaven, and stole all the holy articles from out of that temple. This wicked kingdom did not worship the true God, Jehovah, but was steeped in Chaldean paganism. They believed in and worshipped a multitude of false gods (idolatry) which is the very worst sin against Jehovah.

This is the symbol that is used to represent the false church in the last days in the book of Revelation. We see this false church represented in Revelation chapter seventeen: "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." (Revelation 17:5) She is described to us as a great whore in verse one, and we understand that a whore is an unfaithful woman that has sold her purity for riches.

The Bible often uses the illustration of a woman to represent a church. God's church is represented as a woman: "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman." (Jeremiah 6:2) There are at least 28 time in God's Word that the church is referred to as "the daughter of Zion." There are at least 152 times that the Bible uses the term Zion to refer to God's church. And this is not just an Old Testament phenomenon, because there are 13 times that we are told that the church is God's bride, such as Revelation 21:9: "Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife."

We know that this is a symbol of the church, but here is a good verse which makes it plain for us: "The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground." (Lamentations 2:10) This verse is speaking of the elders of God's church. Remember, in Bible prophecy, a woman represents a church.

In Revelation chapter twelve, we see this illustration used to represent the true church of God throughout history. The true church is represented as a woman clothed with the sun. This is later contrasted with the picture of the false church, Babylon, which is shown to us as a great whore. What a contrast! If we understand that these women represent churches, we can know that the true church of God is faithful to Jesus, the bride Groom, and that the counterfeit church is unfaithful like a harlot. She sells her purity for the riches of this world. The everlasting gospel is warning us not to belong to this false church or we will be lost. How important this is! Where are the churches, the preachers, the teachers, who are preaching this everlasting gospel message?

This part of the everlasting gospel message is followed up by the words of this verse concerning Babylon: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4) God's last message of love and warning is calling us out from the false worship of Babylon and into the true worship of the Creator.

The Third Angel

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." (Revelation 14:9-11)

Perhaps to explain the solemnity of this part of the message we should begin at the end of the verse and work our way back. What a sober warning is here given that so many words would be dedicated to describing the reward of the wicked who worship the false god and the false church. What is it that could bring on such a display of the wrath of God? The text says "If any man worship the beast," but what beast is referred to here? Three things are mentioned here: worshipping the beast; worshipping his image; and receiving the mark of the beast. While there are many beasts that are mentioned in the prophecies of the Bible, there is but one place where we find all these components together.

In Revelation chapter thirteen, we have described for us, all three of these: the beast (verses 1-10); the image to the beast (verses 14-15); and the mark of the beast (verses 16-17). Much like the second angel, in order to understand this message, we must find out who the beast of Revelation thirteen really is. Bible scholars know that the beast of Revelation thirteen is paralleled by another figure in Daniel chapter seven. Daniel seven describes the same power by using the prophetic symbol of the "little horn." If you compare these sister chapters (Daniel seven and Revelation thirteen) you will no doubt realize that they are describing the exact same power. Let's take a look at these two prophecies and see for sure just what is represented by the beast and little horn.

The Little Horn

Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, The little horn was to come up among the ten horns in the previous verse. In Daniel chapters two, seven, and eight we are given prophecies which define for us the four great world empires from the time of Daniel to the time of Christ. The names of these empires are given to us by comparing each of these prophecies with the other. In Daniel chapter two we have Babylon named for us. In Daniel chapter eight the next two kingdoms are named for us: Medo-Persia; and Greece. The fourth world empire which came right after Greece was Rome. Rome is represented in Daniel seven by "a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly." This beast has ten horns which represent the ten nations or divisions of Europe; (after the fall of the Roman Empire). The little horn power comes up among these nations that we know today as Europe.

before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: This power would be responsible for the annihilation of three of the original ten nations of Europe.

and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. This power would be headed by a man who would speak great things.

Daniel 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, This power would be different in nature from all the other powers which had ruled the earth.

Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, The man of this power would speak something very offensive to God. The passages from Revelation 13 (quoted later) will lend more light to this one.

and shall wear out the saints of the most High, This power would greatly persecute the true saints of God.

and think to change times and laws: This power would be so bold as to try and change the very law of Jehovah. Obviously God's law cannot be changed as it was written with the very finger of God on tables of stone, but this power would make it appear to the whole world that God's law had been changed.

and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. The saints of God would be persecuted throughout the rule of this power which would last for the exact specified time.

The Beast of Revelation 13

Now we will look at Revelation thirteen. The beast described here and the little horn of Daniel are the same. For now, we will start with verse three, but we will come back to the points of the previous two verses.

Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: This power would receive a deadly wound and become as if it were dead for a time, but eventually it would come back to life as this deadly wound was healed.

and all the world wondered after the beast. After the healing of it's deadly wound it would become more and more popular until finally the whole world would wonder after it.

Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; Here we come to understand that the great words spoken against God are blasphemy. The Bible clearly defines blasphemy as either claiming to be God or claiming the power to forgive sins (see John 10:30-33 and Mark 2:5-7). So this power would claim to be God or forgive sins, or both!

and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Again a specified amount of time is given, the same amount of time as is given in Daniel chapter seven. Daniel 7:25 says "a time and times and the dividing of time." Time being a Biblical word for a year, one time, two times and a half of time would add up to three and a half years. Forty two months are exactly three and a half years.

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:7 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. As stated about the little horn of Daniel seven, this power would greatly persecute the true people of God.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, It is hard to believe that everyone would agree on who to worship. Romans 6:16 tells us "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" The whole world worships this beast by virtue of the fact that they obey him. Some because they choose to, some because they are forced to.

Who Is It?

Who is this power described as the little horn of Daniel seven, and the beast of Revelation 13? Many of the points are quite obvious, some require a study of the records of history, but the conclusion is a clear one. The little horn and the beast perfectly describe the Roman Catholic Church, the Papacy! Not Roman Catholics, but the Roman Catholic system of religion. Look at these facts:

1. The Papacy came up among the ten nations of western Europe.

2. The Papacy "uprooted" three of the first ten kingdoms because of their Arian religion (Vandals, Heruli, and the Ostrogoths). This is a historically proven fact.

3. The Papacy is headed by the Pope, a man.

4. The Papacy was different from the other powers that had ruled the world in that it was not only a political power, but a religious one as well.

5. The Papacy speaks blasphemy against God by claiming the Pope to be god himself, and by claiming the power to forgive sins, i.e. confession.

6. The Papacy wore out the saints of the Most High as it brutally persecuted the true followers of God and the Bible during the dark ages. It is estimated that as many as 200 million Christians were martyred during this period; even conservative historical estimates are around 55 million!

7. The Papacy thought to change times and laws, in that, it sought to do away with the second commandment of the decalogue concerning the worshipping of images (its common practice). It also boasts that it changed the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, to the Lord's day or Sunday for which there is no Biblical authority at all.

8. The Papacy reigned supreme in power for exactly 1260 years, or three and one half years at a "day for a year" (see Ezekiel 4:6 and Numbers 14:34).

9. The Papacy did receive a deadly wound in AD 1798 when Berthier, Napoleon Bonaparte's General, took the Pope prisoner and abolished the Papacy as a world power (at least temporarily).

10. The deadly wound was healed in AD 1929 when Mussolini reinstated the Pope to his throne in Vatican city.

11. The world does wonder after the Papacy. When the Pope makes an appearance any where in the world Catholics and Protestants alike flood the streets.

12. The Papacy does, in fact, receive the worship of the whole world in that not only Catholics are keeping her doctrine, but the whole Protestant world has fallen into "teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men" .There is not a single Protestant denomination untainted by "Catholic" doctrine.

Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Revelation 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

In these passages the Bible tells us something very interesting about this beast: "the dragon gave him his power." Who is this dragon? "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation 12:9) It is, of course, Satan himself. Many understand the role that the Papacy has played in the past, but what will the future hold? God's word is very clear on this subject. Please study your Bible, earnestly asking God to give you the necessary understanding. Most importantly, be ready to obey all that you read!

The Image to the Beast

So the Roman Catholic Church is the beast that we are being warned about in the everlasting gospel message of Revelation 14:9. What about the image to 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 that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." (Revelation 13:15) This verse is telling of the actions or yet another beast which is comes on the scene in Revelation 13:11. This beast represents the United States of America. It is the only beast in any prophecy of the Bible which comes up out of the earth. Every other beast which rises up comes from the sea. Revelation 17:15 tells us that the sea, or water, represents "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." All of the other significant world powers that are revealed in Bible prophecy have come up in the densely populated areas of the old world, primarily Europe and western Asia. This power is said to rise up from the earth, which would be just the opposite of rising up out of the sea. This power would come to be in a place that was very scarcely populated. The new world, or Americas, fit this symbol perfectly.

This new power would have two horns like a lamb. In Bible prophecy, horns are used to represent kings, or kingdoms (see Daniel 7:24). Although the United States would have no kings, it did have two things that took the place of kings. All of the people which fled from Europe to America did so to escape one of two things: a king (civil power); or a pope (religious power). The kings were tyrants who ran the government, and the popes were tyrants who ran the church and the kings. The two great principles that America was founded on were republicanism and Protestantism. A civil government which would represent the common people, and a church which would allow for individual liberty of conscience.

These are the two lamb like horns. They are called lamb like because they are Christian principles and Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. It is very sad to say, but I must tell it as the Bible does. Although this power, the United States, has the two lamb like horns, it will speak as a dragon. The symbol of the dragon always represents Satan. The great Christian nation would change and take on the character of the dragon.

Another interesting sign that this power is the United States is found in Revelation 13:13. This power would make fire come down from heaven in the sight of men. This might well refer to the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan to end World War II, as this would have to be the single greatest event in America's rise to super power status.

The image to the beast takes place when the United States gives up its' Christian principles, and begins to take on the character of the beast and the dragon. What is the character of the dragon and the beast? FORCE. When the United States begins to force people into worshipping a certain way, or not worshipping a certain way, it has made an image to the beast.

There is yet one more thing that the everlasting gospel warns us against; the mark of the beast. There has been a lot of speculation about the mark of the beast. Many people will venture to guess about this mark, but If you ask people if they know for sure what this mark is, almost always the answer is NO. Think about it! God would not give such a solemn warning about this mark, and then leave us to guess what the mark is! There are wonderfully complete Bible studies on the subject of the mark of the beast, and I challenge you to go back to the person who gave you this paper and ask for them. There will be information at the end which will guide you to lots of information on the subject. But for the sake of brevity here, I will let the beast tell you what her mark is. What does the Roman Catholic Church say that her mark is?

"Sunday is our mark of authority… the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." The Catholic Record of London, Ontario Canada 9-1-1923

"The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the Catholic Church." Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About The Protestantism of Today p. 213

"Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act… And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things." H.F. Thomas; Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons

There is a very important principle that is taught in the Scriptures: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16) If we obey God, we are His servants, but if we obey the traditions of men which come from Satans' kingdom, we are undoubtedly his servants. We must choose today where we will place our allegiance. Only those who live according to God's commandments will eat from the tree of life and enjoy the heavenly Jerusalem: "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:14)

Who are you worshipping today?

Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Friend, you should ask yourself this question: Are you comfortable with what you know about these subjects? Better yet: Are you comfortable with what you don't know about these subjects? If you have been touched by this everlasting gospel study, please don't hesitate to act on it. There are loving Christians who would like nothing better than to study with you and help you to prepare for the soon coming of Jesus and the end of the world. Many of us believe that it cannot be long, maybe only months before there is a real crisis upon us. The Bible tells us what the end will be like. Despite all the churches that think they are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, the second coming of Jesus will happen like this: "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

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"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." (Isaiah 58:1)