Now the Bible makes it very clear that that Mark of the Beast has to be enforced; nobody at this present time has the Mark of the Beast and the reason they don't is because it will be enforced by government, which has not yet happened, although we are very close to this happening...
Revelation 13:15 "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."
When the Bible says that the beast will "speak" and "cause", that means legislation and enforcement - "speak" means to legislate, "cause" means to enforce, so this is saying that Sunday worship will be enforced.
Now the image is an image to the beast, and the beast power is the unification of church and state, these will come together and when they do you will see religious observance enforced on people. Is there any indication of that happening today? Well the United States Supreme Court has this to say about it...
"The essence of appellants' establishment argument is that Sunday is the Sabbath day of the predominant Christian sects; that the purpose of that enforced stoppage of labour on that day is to facilitate and encourage church attendance that the purpose of setting Sunday as a day of universal rest is to induce people with no religion or people with marginal religious beliefs to join the predominant Christian sects; that the purpose of the atmosphere of tranquillity created by Sunday closing is to aid the conduct of church services and religious observance of the sacred day" U.S. Supreme Court by Justice Earl Warren October 1960 McGowan –v - Maryland p 431-434.
Here they are talking about enforcing people to go to church on Sunday. In other words there are plans to enforce this upon people. How does the Papal power relate to this?
"Protestantism in discarding the authority of the church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory and ought, logically, to keep Saturday as the Sabbath, with the Jews and the Seventh day Baptists. For their present practice Protestants in general have no authority but that of the church which they disown, and there cannot be a greater inconsistency than theirs in asking the state to enforce the Sunday laws. It is not a mere legal holiday; it is the Lord's Day, set apart by the Catholic Church. It is a religious holiday, and so long as it is maintained by law it is therefore only a sorry farce to tell us that in this country there is no union of church and state." American Catholic Quarterly Review by John Gilmary Shea. Page 153
It says here that Protestantism, by tossing out the Catholic Church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory.
Any time that you enforce people to keep a religious day, then you have unification of church and state, you have exactly what the Bible reveals when it talks about the beast enforcing this, and there are many organisations and movements today that want this enforced observance. In Revelation 13 it says...
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."
In other words it says here that observance will be enforced on the people and if you don't have the Mark of the Beast you won't be able to buy and you won't be able to sell.
This may worry some people, but if you have trust in God then it should not worry you, because if the Lord could feed millions of people in the wilderness for 40 years then he won't have any trouble feeding those who are faithful to Him in these last days.
However, it says you won't be able to buy or sell. Now, you may wonder how this can be, if you have money how can they stop you, because if you can't buy it at the front of the store you can buy it at the back of the store, money always talks, there has always been the black market, so they would have to take control of the monetary system, and we are moving in that direction very quickly, much more quickly than you may imagine.
Most people now have credit cards, and many now have smart cards. A smart card resembles a credit card in size and shape, but inside it is completely different. First of all, it has an inside -- a normal credit card is a simple piece of plastic. The inside of a smart card usually contains an embedded microprocessor, the microprocessor is under a gold contact pad on one side of the card. Think of the microprocessor as replacing the usual magnetic stripe on a credit card or debit card. Such a card will have your entire bank account details in it. So when you go to the store all you have to do is take your card, punch your number in and it subtracts the amount for what you are buying and it takes it automatically out of your bank account.
This may seem a wonderful invention, but it will also permit you to be boycotted, because all they have got to do is say "don't accept that number" and you have been boycotted.
We are moving very quickly towards the day in which the Bible says that people will be forced to do what the church/state says, or pay the penalty. In this fast moving age of technology they are making it easier and easier to track and control the people of the world and punish those who will not comply with them.