Do not get marked by the beast
Acts 28:11,12 -
And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
The ship which Paul traveled had a figurehead of the Great Twin Brothers - Castor and Pollux. Luke who was giving account of the early Church in Acts specifically brings our attention to this object for he did not do that to the others ships or any other part of this ship. These figure heads were mythological characters sons of Zeus by Leda. These are now known as Gemini in astrology - considered as patron of sailors.
It may surprise you that we Christians have infected ourselves with lots of pagan practices of the Babylonians. Historically it is found that most of the pagan practices of all religions from idol worship, walking on fire, human sacrifice, astrology, palmistry, human worship etc. were all having roots during the Babylonian era. God did not confuse the Babylonians just because they build a physical tower to reach Heaven. Understand the earth is round do which side is up!
To understand the Kingdom of God one cannot use human intelligence. To prove human intelligence foolish God made creation the way it is. He bought Babel tower down which was build in the hearts of man by confusing them.
If one studies the pagan practices of the Babylonians, Syrians, Greek and Roman you will find all these have found their way into the Christian life as traditions through the Catholic Church. This is the reason this church has been described as beast which is the composite of the four beasts describing as the four kingdoms in the book of Daniel.
Some would say this is my own interpretation of scriptures.
Everything in the Bible interprets itself and has historic, archeological and scientific proof. Right from Genesis to Revelation - since we are on this topic on 26th December you may be glad to know we are going to take a procession in Mumbai from Bandra to Borivali on the Word of God being true; we would be releasing datasheets on various topics from the Bible which are very hard to believe and are now proved by science, history & archeology.
Coming back to our message, the Roman Emperor Constantine called himself Christian but also had roots in pagan Roman practices which he had not given up fully. Half of his people were Christians and the other half were pagan Romans. To win this other half he started the concept of whitewashing pagan celebrations with Christian identities. These were latter made official by the Pope when he was crowned king around 475AD (he was removed from kingship during the French Revolution exactly 1260 years later).
The Roman Empire was described as the ferrous beast with ten horns. We know in history that the Roman Empire disintegrated into 10 kingdoms of which 7 still exist and have become countries. Like in Daniel the Lord showed him the little horn (which is now called the Vatican City) which came among the 10 horns. This horn was the cause of 3 other kingdoms from ceasing to exist. All this is not interpretation but historic proof.
Today it is not only the Catholic Church but to some extend even the believer Churches are following many of the pagan celebrations and practices unknowingly since they came from Catholic Church roots.
Do not blindly do what your ancestors or others have been doing; discern everything with the Word of God. You will never know you may unknowingly get marked by the beast.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, the devil came as a deceiving serpent and made Adam and Eve to sin. Even today he moves like a serpent deceiving your people who do not have the Spirit of Discernment. Lord, we pray that You bless all those who call on your Name with your Spirit of Discernment so that they may know right from wrong, your Kingdom from Satan's kingdom...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle' wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7 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 brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
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.
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.
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.
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?
5 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. [ 42 months = 1260 days / years]
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
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.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
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.
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.[1260 years]
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 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, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 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.
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:
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.
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.
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