“And deceived 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, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. 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.” Revelation. 13:14-18.
The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favour of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed – however important they might be from a Bible standpoint – must necessarily be waived. … In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the institutions and usages of the church the support of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists. Nay, more, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain in Protestant America the supremacy which she has lost in the Old World. And that which gives greater significance to this movement is the fact that the principal object contemplated is the enforcement of Sunday observance – a custom which originated with Rome, and which she claims as the sign of her authority. It is the spirit of the papacy – the spirit of conformity to worldly customs, the veneration for human traditions above the commandments of God – that is permeating the Protestant churches and leading them on to do the same work of Sunday exaltation which the papacy has done before them. –The Great Controversy, pp. 444, 573.
Questions to think about:
Do we see the signs in our current time, and the process of fulfilment of the above prophecy?
Did you notice that the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant churches are already united according to the above Bible prophecy?
Are God’s children fully prepared with a Christlike character of purity to face the final prophesied events?