REVELATION 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
"in their foreheads". Is this a tattoo or a chip?
No. It is a mindset. A controlled way of thinking.
Controlled by someone else.
You become a second-hand person as you cannot think for yourself. You have to agree with the religious system.
REVELATION 22:4 And they (God’s servants) shall see his (God’s) face, and his name shall be in their foreheads.
God’s name is not written on people’s foreheads. God’s name is in their minds.
The mark of the beast is to oppose this and get God's name out of people's minds and thinking.
In the forehead is the mind.
Marked in the forehead means it dominates their thinking. Then the hand is marked as their thoughts control their actions.
The mark of the beast is thus mind-control. Often called brainwashing.
The antichrist who is one person will control human minds in the same way that God, Who is one Person, controls the minds of His servants.
The mark of the beast opposes God’s thinking and will thus seek to remove God’s name from people’s minds. Thus God’s name will no longer be in their foreheads.
Christians will no longer be able to answer the question, "What is God's name".
AMOS 6:10 Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
How is it possible to not mention the name of God?
Christian’s think of God as a Trinity of three Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Church-goers cannot find one name for three Persons. The Trinity God has no name, just three titles.
A further problem is that the terms "God the Son" and "God the Holy Ghost"are unscriptural.
"God the Father" is Scriptural, but only in the New Testament, never in the Old Testament.
The Trinitarians are unable to explain these facts.
God never revealed His name in the Old Testament.
His name was given as JHVH or YHWH.
But these are unpronounceable.
People changed them to Jehovah or Yahweh, but these names are just man-made so that we can pronounce them. They are not the true names JHVH or YHWH.
Samson's parents asked for the Angel of the Lord's name.
JUDGES 13:17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
JUDGES 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
JUDGES 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
So God had appeared to them in the form of the Angel of the Lord. But His name was secret.
God appeared to Jacob in the form of a man and wrestled with him.
GENESIS 32:29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
God never revealed His name in the Old Testament as it was secret.
When God became a Man, then He took on the human name Jesus.
By inventing the Trinity at the Nicene Council of AD 325, the Roman Catholic Church got rid of the name of God. This Council was dominated by the emperor Constantine. Politics and religion were mixing into an unhealthy hybrid sludge that produced a paganized church system that was no longer staying with what was written in the Bible.
Since then the antichrist spirits have managed to set up a church system with a dictatorial Pope at the top. The Protestants have followed this example of one-man human leadership.
Getting into Heaven as a church-goer depends upon my faithfulness to my church or denomination. Thus I fool myself.
Forgetting that there are 45000 different kinds of denominations or churches.
So which one is right? Are any of them right?
I JOHN 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
The apostolic fathers were the first Christians.
The “little children” are the end-time Christians of the last church age of the Laodiceans with its thousands of different church beliefs.
But many antichrist spirits were unleashed right at the beginning of the first church age.
So religious deception has been rampant throughout the seven church ages. The demons keep learning and getting smarter. Many are far cleverer than what we are. So how can we avoid being fooled?
I JOHN 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
But these wrong spirits were unable to remain Scriptural. That is how we recognize them.
They make up beliefs that are not written in Scripture.
Thus we now live in an age where there is a multitude of Scriptural errors that have been fine-tuned over the centuries to sound very plausible. A mixture of truth and error is far more dangerous than a straight error. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is an accurate description of the church world today.
REVELATION 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The beast is the dominating power of centralized and organized religion. A toxic mixture of religious deception, political power, and mind-boggling wealth.
The Vatican has risen in its spiritual or religious power until it now controls 1.4 billion Catholics.
This tiny city-state, dominated by Saint Peter’s church in the form of a key, has less than 800 citizens and is thus described by the prophet Daniel as the “little horn” or little power. Little in size as its area is one square kilometer, but powerful in its world-wide influence.
In addition, since becoming the world’s smallest independent state in 1929, the Vatican City has become the world’s wealthiest global organization.
The original seven hills of Rome are shown in the diagram below. The Lateran Basilica (big church) and Lateran Palace are shown on the Caelian hill.
The Pope has thus recovered the power that the pagan Roman empire lost when the barbarians conquered them. The Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline hill was the centre and headquarters of the pagan Roman empire. The deadly wound of the Caesar's Capitoline hill is now recovered as the Pope's Lateran Basilica on the Caelian hill.
REVELATION 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The Lateran is the official headquarters of the Roman Catholic church that is run by the Vatican City.
This is the fulfillment of the following prophetic vision of Revelation Chapter 17, where a woman symbolizes a church.
REVELATION 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Rome is the City of Seven Hills. The Lateran church and the Vatican City rule 1.4 billion Catholics worldwide from Rome.
REVELATION 13:18 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.
A score is 20. This number is 666.
The beast is the system of man-made denominational religion that is ruled by a one-man head.
It is the centralized church organization that is governed from the Vatican where the Pope rules as supreme dictator and figurehead.
The mark of the beast in our foreheads is when we absorb the unscriptural beliefs of the denominational church systems that follow the example of the mother Roman Catholic church.
REVELATION 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
This powerful church is called a harlot. She is also called a mother of harlots.
REVELATION 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
The Protestant churches came out of the mother Catholic church.
The Protestant churches followed the Catholic beliefs of Trinity and one-man church leadership. God is not impressed with us for doing this as He describes our church systems as harlots, women who are unfaithful to our Husband Jesus Who is the Word of God.
Churches simply refuse to only believe the revealed Bible truths.
Catholic beliefs must infiltrate the Protestants because the Catholics are the world’s best at building up a huge church system. And the Protestants are desperate to build up a big church system as the image to the Roman Catholic beast.
My church is bigger and better than yours. Competitive churchianity.
The number of the beast is a secret code that hides the identity of one man who is falsely claimed to stand in the place of Christ.
At all costs, Jesus Christ must be removed as the Head of the church.
The church must not be ruled just from the Bible.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
To imitate the Catholic church, each Protestant church must be ruled by a man, or worse still, a woman.
Some women manipulate and dominate the male church leader. Many women do the same for their husbands.
According to the Catholic church, the Pope is the successor of the only man who has the key that opens the door to Heaven for you.
Thus this man takes the place of Jesus.
Jesus is the Door to Heaven. He said
JOHN 10:9 I am the door:
But this man is claimed to have the key to the door so that he alone has the power to open the door for you when you die.
This false claim enabled the Pope to rise to power over the barbarian tribes that destroyed the pagan Roman empire.
Thus Papal Rome, the Rome of the Popes, was able to rise up from the ruins of the pagan Roman empire and conquer the conquerors of the Roman empire.
The Pope finally became the king-maker and spiritual head of the barbarian tribes who occupied the Roman empire.
But far more importantly, Rome was able to stop millions of people from getting into Heaven by getting them to take their eyes off Jesus and follow the wrong path. The barbarians now sought to serve and please the man who was the Door-opener who in their minds stood in the place of Jesus.
God hates a New Testament elevated priesthood.
REVELATION 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Nikao means to conquer.
Laity is a word that tends to mean people.
So ambitious men began to elevate themselves as a five-fold priesthood by conquering the laity and suppressing the people. Then one of the five-fold ministries had to rise above the rest to be in full control.
Today this tends to be the pastor who rules his or her church.
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch died around 110 AD, said that "Your bishop presides in the place of God”.
Notice the antichrist spirit in a major early Christian church. Making an unscriptural statement that elevates a man to be in charge of the local church.
Soon there was a man in charge of all the churches in a city, like the bishop of Rome.
Then in AD 607 Boniface III, the bishop of Rome declared himself to be the universal bishop of all the churches on earth.
Give a man power over some people and he spends the rest of his life trying to gain even more power over more people.
John the Revelator had died around AD 100. As the last of the apostles died, the wolves were moving in to take authority over the church. A human leader was taking the place of God.
Paul set up the church in Ephesus by getting a group of local elders to preach and oversee the local people. He did not put one man in charge. Certainly not one man in charge of a number of local assemblies.
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
ACTS 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Men setting themselves up as one-man leaders in order to get people to follow them.
This was the first crucial error in the church. Human leadership by an elevated holy man. This soon became a one-man dictatorship of the church.
Elevation of people requires unscriptural titles.
The Bishop of Rome was then called the Pope.
Pope Gelasius I, ruled from AD 492 to 496. He began to be called Vicarius Christi or Vicar of Christ.
This meant that he stood “in the place of Christ”.
This is still an official title of the Pope.
When Jesus was asked about future events, He first said that our biggest problem would be deception. The most subtle deception would come from the church leaders. The first example was Judas, an apostle.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
So for over 1500 years, since just before the year AD 500, the Pope has claimed to be “in the place of Christ”. A lot of people can be deceived in that length of time.
In 1871 the Ladies of the Royal Court of Belgium made a Triple Crown for Pope Pius IX who had declared that the Pope is Infallible in 1870.
On the triple crown was written: CHRISTI VICARIO – IN TERRA - REGVM
This means “He rules on earth in the place of Christ”.
The red ovals indicate where the writing is. It is the only triple crown with writing on it.
But the Latin numbers do not add up to 666.
The number of the beast is the number of one man.
Not a succession of men who are Popes.
So who is this mystery man from whom the Popes derive their spiritual authority?
Around AD 754 an amazing change of policy was made by the Pope.
When the Barbarians took over the western Roman empire, then the emperor of the eastern Roman empire at Constantinople was responsible for the protection of the Pope in Rome.
But the Lombards had moved into northern Italy and then they began to move south and threaten Rome.
Realizing that the eastern emperor in Constantinople could no longer protect him, Pope Stephen II made a staggering move.
In AD 754 he decided to travel to Paris to speak to Pepin who was the Mayor of the barbarian tribe called the Franks.
If Pepin marched south and defeated the Lombards, then the Pope would crown Pepin as king of the Franks. Then only Pepin’s children could be king after him as the Pope would create a new royal bloodline. Thus the Pope became the king-maker and spiritual head of the barbarians.
In addition, Pepin must give the Pope the extra red portion of Italy as the Papal States. The Pope already ruled the yellow portion of land.
Where could the Pope get such authority from?
The Pope developed a doctrine about saint Peter.
Jesus said to Peter:
MATTHEW 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
The Pope claimed that only Peter could open the door to Heaven for Pepin as he alone had the keys.
The Pope then claimed, falsely, that Peter had been the first Pope in Rome and that his authority to open Heaven’s door had been passed on to the succession of Popes who followed after Peter.
In other words, if Pepin did what the Pope asked him to do, then Pepin would be doing Peter a favour as Peter was the first Pope. Thus, when Pepin died, then Peter would open Heaven’s door for him.
This was total blasphemy as it made salvation an issue of good works.
More especially works that suited the Pope as he would benefit from the land grab, called Pepin’s Donation. In addition, the Franks would protect the Pope. Thereby Pepin thought that he had bought his way into Heaven. And the Pope gained the Franks as a powerful protector. This made the Pope independent of the eastern Roman emperor.
More importantly, it claimed that “Peter stood in the place of Jesus” since it was Peter who decided who would get into Heaven.
In other words, entry into Heaven depended on being subject to the beliefs of the Pope.
To prove his point, Pope Stephen produced a forged document called the Donation of Constantine which claimed that Constantine had given the Pope all the land in western Europe, including Italy.
The Donation of Constantine is a forged Roman imperial decree by which the 4th-century emperor Constantine the Great supposedly transferred authority over Rome and the western part of the Roman Empire to the Pope. (Wikipedia)
This forgery was taken by Pope Stephen to Pepin, leader of the Franks.
This forgery was used by the Pope (and other Popes) to claim territory that did not belong to the Roman Catholic church.
This is basically theft.
More importantly, this was used to claim the spiritual authority of the Pope over all the churches.
The above document of Pope Leo IX quotes from the Donation of Constantine in order to claim that the Pope is the supreme head over all the churches including the Greek church of Constantinople.
The whole authority for the Pope’s claim is the fraudulent statement that Peter (Petrus in Latin) is Vicarius Filii Dei. (In place of the Son of God). This document was written in 1054.
The underlined words are. Vicarius filii Dei In place of the Son of God.
No Pope ever claimed this title.
But the Popes falsely claimed it on behalf of Peter.
Thus, the only man who was claimed to be Vicarius Filii Dei was Peter. But Peter is not to be blamed as he never made this false claim.
In Latin, a “u” and a “v” have the same meaning and are interchangeable.
We still see the idea in English. uu is double u. But we write ‘double u’ as W, as if it is two v’s.
Now comes a subtle point.
To turn this name into a number we have to write it in capital letters
V and U are the same in Latin because it is easier to carve a straight line for V than a curved line for U.
For example The Chicago Public Library.
What was written about Peter in the false Donation of Constantine?
The donation reads in part as follows in Latin: (capitals added for emphasis) –
... ut sicut B. Petrus in terris VICARIUS FILII DEI esse videtur constitutus, ita et Pontifices, qui ipsius principis apostolorum gerunt vices, principatus potestatem amplius quam terrena imperialis nostrae serenitatis mansuetudo habere videtur, conscessam a nobis nostroque imperio obtineant...
In English that is-
... as the Blessed Peter is seen to have been constituted in the place of the Son of God on the earth, so the Pontiffs who are the representatives of that same chief of the apostles, should obtain from us and our empire the power of a supremacy greater than the clemency of our earthly imperial serenity is seen to have conceded to it,
This claim is that Peter stands in the place of Jesus on earth. The Popes are the successors or representatives of the chief apostle Peter. Constantine is supposed to be giving the Pope greater power than what Constantine has.
This is a fraudulent claim that the Pope is supposed to be the supreme authority because he is supposed to be the representative of Peter.
Look at the medal that Pope Leo produced in 1825. The woman is the Roman Catholic church. She rules the world. Once again, the Popes are claiming supreme power on earth.
Let us consider the Anglo-Saxon tribes of barbarians.
Columba was the last messenger to have a powerful supernatural ministry before the Dark Age that started in AD 606. In those days Christian missionaries tended to live in monasteries and spread the truth from there.
Two tribes, the Angles and the Saxons, invaded England to conquer that part of the Roman empire.
The two tribes fused to form the Anglo-Saxons.
Columba went from Ireland to build a monastery on the island of Iona. His influence and followers went into Scotland and down into the middle of England.
His followers, like saint Gall, went into Europe as shown on the map above.
Columba died in AD 597.
The Dark Ages could then set in as the Roman Catholic Church vigorously opposed his Bible teachings by emphasizing that only Peter could open the door to Heaven.
The Roman Catholics were established in the city of Canterbury in Kent in the south.
Columba’s followers were established in the monastery of Lindisfarne in the north. The battle was on for the Anglo-Saxon souls of Northumbria.
In those days the king decided what the people had to believe.
This was the church age of Thyatira, a dominating woman.
So, a woman Hilda who was in charge of the abbey (a large monastery) at Whitby in AD 664 organized a synod to decide between the two sides. The King of Northumbria would have to judge who had the better argument.
The Roman Catholics claimed that no one has authority over Peter (and thus his successors, the Popes).
King Oswiu then asked both sides if they agreed that Peter had been given the keys to the kingdom of heaven by Christ. Did they agree that Peter had been pronounced to be "the rock" on which the Church would be built? They all agreed. Oswiu then declared his judgment in favour of the holder of the keys, i.e. the Roman Pope. The Northumbrian Anglo-Saxons converted to Rome from Columba.
This was an essential step in the eventual Romanisation of the church in England.
The followers of Columba retreated back to Iona. The Pope had won in England and the Dark Age grew darker.
Claiming that Peter stood “in the place of the Son of God” with the keys of Heaven in His hand allowed the Pope to win the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Roman Catholicism.
Two brilliant and energetic Anglo-Saxon Catholic monks, Boniface and Willibrord, then spread obedience to the Pope throughout the Netherlands and Germany.
Willibrord set out with 11 disciples for the Netherlands. They became missionaries to the Frisians.
The pagans all wanted to keep Peter happy as he had the keys. Thus, they willingly submitted to the Pope as the successor of Peter. This established the Power of the Pope in northern Europe in the 700s.
Willibrord and Boniface were both totally loyal to the Pope and brought the barbarians of northern Europe into submission to the Pope.
These two maps show the influence of the Pope spreading as monasteries were established.
The above map shows how the Pope’s influence moved north into England from Canterbury thanks to Hilda of Whitby.
Then Boniface spread the Pope’s influence into Germany as he established monasteries.
So, the Anglo-Saxon missionaries played a major role in establishing the Pope’s authority in northern Europe.
Another barbarian tribe used one monastery to control hundreds of other monasteries.
The barbarian tribe of the Burgundians occupied the area of Burgundy and in AD 910 the most influential monastery of the Dark Ages was founded at Cluny.
The Abbot of Cluny became the absolute ruler of all the new monasteries that Cluny monks founded.
Eventually, Cluny ruled at least 314 other monasteries.
Cluny, in turn, was under submission to the Pope.
So, the Popes, who were far away in Italy and very corrupt at this stage, gained credit amongst the barbarians from the dedication of the Burgundian monks.
The Pope also learned the advantages of one man being in charge of many monasteries. The Pope intended to be that man.
He also intended to be in charge of all the monasteries.
The Anglo-Saxons and Burgundians were two barbarian tribes that helped to break up the Roman empire. But they were converted to Catholicism because they believed that Peter opened the door to heaven for them. They served Peter to earn his favour. In the process, they played an important role in establishing the power of the Pope as the head of all the churches in the Dark Ages.
The reason for the success of these Roman Catholic missionaries was their claim that Peter was Vicarius Filii Dei. He had the keys to open the door and thus stood in the place of Jesus, the Son of God, as the person who decided whether or not to let you into heaven. The barbarians thought that a person only gained Peter’s favour if that person was in submission to his successor, the Pope.
Salvation depended on the long line of Popes that started with Peter. It is the longest line of rulers in the world. The authority of the Popes depends on them being successors to Peter.
REVELATION 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The succession of Popes goes right back to the beginning as Peter and his brother Andrew were the first two apostles to be chosen.
The “beast that was” means there always WAS a Pope, since they claim that Peter was the first Pope.
“And is not” means that the Pope dies.”
“And yet is” means that a new Pope is elected.
The Papacy is the only enemy of truth that has been in existence throughout all seven church ages.
But all these ideas of Popes, Cardinals, and Archbishops are simply unscriptural titles that come out of the bottomless pit. They were invented to elevate a holy man above the congregation.
Let us look at the number of the beast.
There are two steps to get the number from a Latin word.
First, write the words in capital letters.
Secondly, pull out the letters I, V, X, L, C, and D since they are the only letters that have a number.
So VICARIVS FILII DEI becomes
V = 5 + 5 (as it appears twice) = 10
I = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 6
C = 100 = 100
L = 50 = 50
D = 500 = 500
Total = 500 + 100 + 50 + 10 + 6 = 666
The ultimate evil.
The Pope elevating himself above everyone by claiming to be the successor of Peter who alone has the keys to open Heaven’s door.
But is the Pope the successor of Peter?
There is no historical evidence that Peter was in Rome.
Peter was the apostle to the Jews. He wrote two letters from Babylon where there was a large Jewish community that never went back to Jerusalem when Cyrus the Persian released the Jews.
GALATIANS 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8: (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Simon Peter was married. Popes are not allowed to marry.
MATTHEW 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
Popes always take on a new Christian name.
But Peter was the surname of Simon.
MARK 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;
Peter baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Popes baptize in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
MATTHEW 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Church-goers say that Peter made a mistake.
But the Popes also claim to be infallible. So how could Peter be wrong?
Neither of these verses is a mistake.
The only way to reconcile them is to realize that Jesus Christ is Almighty God and thus Jesus Christ is the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
As the Father, He was above the Jews in the Old Testament.
The Jews called Him Lord.
As the Son, He was God with us.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
As the Holy Spirit, He is God in us.
The Book of Revelation introduces Jesus as the Almighty.
REVELATION 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
He "is to come" as the Son of David in the Millennium.
That is our great future.
The beast was described as “was, is not, and yet is”.
There is no future tense.
So the beast church system has no future.
It will perish in the Tribulation.
By developing the Trinity, the Roman Catholic Church has destroyed the revelation that Jesus Christ is Almighty God.
The churches also do not believe that the King James Version of the Bible is our Absolute, with no mistakes.
We are not allowed to change any words as we seek to understand it.
William Branham came to reveal the Bible to us, not to replace it with his quotes.
Jesus is the Word and the Word became flesh. Therefore, the Word or Bible must be perfect.
Peter spoke to adults and told them to repent before being baptized.
The Popes first “baptize” babies and then hope that they will repent when they are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none”. No Pope can say that today as the Vatican is so wealthy.
Paul greeted 27 people in Rome in the last chapter of the Book of Romans. But made no mention of Peter. Thus, Peter was not in Rome.
So, where did the Roman Catholic church get it wrong?
MATTHEW 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Peter had a revelation that Jesus was the Christ, the Anointed One.
MATTHEW 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Peter did not believe this because some man-made from flesh and blood had told him. Peter had received a personal revelation in his mind, straight from God’s Spirit.
MATTHEW 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Jesus acknowledges that Peter is speaking for himself.
Peter is not repeating the quotes from some other man or men.
A personal revelation from God is the only way that we can oppose the mark of the beast which is to force us to believe what the church says.
The personal revelation that Jesus is the Christ. He is Almighty God. This revelation is the Rock that we can build our faith on. Jesus is the Word and thus we can believe every word in the Bible. Then we will not go after Trinity or Pope or denomination or one person in charge of a local church as those ideas are not scriptural.
MATTHEW 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
The key with which Peter opened the door to Heaven was:
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Repentance. Then baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Then the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Anyone going through this process will automatically pass through the Door to Heaven because Jesus is the Door. And the repentant sinner has taken on the name of Jesus Christ. Taken on the name of the Door.
ACTS 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
God made this promise for all time and for every place. This is the way to open the door to Heaven and it will never change.
But Peter also had to close a door to Heaven.
That was the baptism of repentance that John had introduced. It worked until Jesus died for our sins.
But after the Day of Pentecost, the baptism of John no longer opened the Door to Heaven.
ACTS 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Ephesus. This is very important. Paul was the messenger to the first church age of Ephesus. What he was doing here was laying a foundation for 2000 years of church history.
ACTS 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost never came down upon the people that John baptized.
ACTS 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
John was a forerunner. He kept pointing to One Who would come after him, the Messiah. Because Jesus had come and died for our sins, John’s water baptism was now closed down. That door that had been open while John preached had been closed and locked by Peter on the Day of Pentecost when he introduced the new baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. Because the Messiah had come, a new baptism in the name of Messiah was needed to open Heaven’s Door.
ACTS 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Paul agreed that John’s baptism no longer applied.
Paul then opened the same Door that Peter did by baptizing in the name of Jesus.
Lord is a title meaning God.
Christ is a title meaning Anointed One.
The human name of God is Jesus.
But many humans have the name of Jesus.
Consequently, we must attach at least one title, Lord Jesus or Jesus Christ, to the name Jesus.
The big mistake the Pope made was to think that only Peter could bind and loose the way to Heaven.
Peter was the first man to do this. He opened the way.
Then all the disciples were able to do the same thing.
MATTHEW 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus,…
And Jesus spoke to them saying:
MATTHEW 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
If you get someone to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, then you have also opened the Door to heaven for him or her.
When the disciples asked about the end time, Jesus said:
MATTHEW 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Deception within the church is our biggest problem.
REVELATION 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
REVELATION 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
White is clean and religious. He had a bow but no arrow. In other words, he was just bluffing. A religious bluffer. Religious deception.
JEREMIAH 9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit:
The arrow of spiritual death is to tell a lie that is different from the Word of God.
“A crown was given unto him”. Around AD 860 Pope Nicholas I was crowned in order to pretend that he was equal to all the crowned kings.
This was a single crown.
Around 1310 this became the Triple Crown of Heaven, earth, and purgatory which made the Popes superior to crowned kings who only ruled on earth.
When the pit of hell opens, demonology pours out of there like a destructive swarm of locusts.
REVELATION 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:
REVELATION 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit.
Demonology is ruled by a crowned religious ruler. The Pope wore a crown for almost 1100 years.
He only stopped wearing the triple crown in 1963 when brother Branham revealed the Six Seal mysteries. The Pope and the Catholic president of America, John Kennedy, both died in 1963. The light from the revealed Seals did big damage to the forces of darkness.
The Seventh Seal is silence. The Seventh Seal never opened.
That mystery cannot be spoken.
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The Seventh Seal hasn't opened yet, you know. That's His Coming.
It represents the Coming of the Lord. This is the biggest mystery in the universe.
REVELATION 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
One of the first fatal mistakes was when the Pope got involved politically with the Roman emperor Constantine.
Constantine gave him the Lateran palace and much money. In return, the Pope accepted Constantine’s authority to dominate the Nicene Council of AD 325 and introduce the unscriptural Trinity.
Another mistake was when, around the year AD 380, the Roman Pope accepted the title of Pontiff or High Priest of the Babylonian Mysteries. These pagan mysteries of Babylon were merged with some Scriptural words into a hybrid religion of Christianity, politics, and paganism. The Roman Catholic Church became Mystery Babylon.
Another fatal mistake began with Pope Stephen II when he went north to Paris in AD 754 in order to deceive Pepin with his false Donation of Constantine.
This political involvement and land-grab just dragged the Popes into the mess of human politics with its wars and endless greed.
Historian Will Durant calls the almost 200 years of corruption and immorality of the Popes between AD 867 (soon after Nicholas I was crowned) and AD 1049 as the lowest point of the Papacy.
In 1929 Mussolini recognized the Vatican City as being independent and that left them free to dabble in illegal money investments which have made the Vatican billions of dollars.
1929 was the year of the Great Depression. The world went bankrupt. This was a warning that recognizing and following the Roman Church as an independent institution is simply spiritual bankruptcy.
In 1945 the Vatican helped many notorious Nazi war criminals escape from Europe to South America. Priests who were sympathetic to the Nazis set up a secret network with false refugee cards, which became known as the Ratlines.
In the 1980s some top Vatican Bank officials could not leave the Vatican City as the Italian police were waiting to arrest them for financial fraud.
In 2019 an Australian Cardinal who was one of the top Vatican officials was sentenced to jail.
Jesus won at Calvary when He said, “It is finished”.
Every soul that will ever get saved was saved back then. All we can do today when we repent is come to the awareness that the Lord bought our deliverance in the year AD 33. We can claim the promise today, but it was settled back there. If we never got saved at Calvary, then there is nowhere else where we can get saved.
But the Vatican continues to conquer year by year as more people are drawn into the Catholic church and thus its power, prestige, and wealth keep growing.
Driven by ambition and blinded by greed, the church world rolls on despite their inability to understand the mysteries of Scripture.
MATTHEW 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
A “strait” is a narrow channel of water. Repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.
That way we are washed clean in the water of the Word.
EPHESIANS 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
:27 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.
Our only works that God is interested in are when we do Scriptural works.