The Roman Catholic Church is depicted in scripture by various delineations and symbols, and based upon the Bible specifications given, the papacy fulfills each description to the very letter. One of the representations that the Bible assigns to the Roman Catholic Church is the “little horn that became stout” of Daniel 7 and 8. “And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 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, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” Daniel 7:20—25.
Many identifying characteristics are given in the above scripture that point unequivocally to the Roman Catholic power, however the distinguishing mark that will be examined is the one that states that this power would “think to change times and laws.” It cannot be denied or refuted that the Roman Catholic Church has assumed the authority to change God’s laws and she boastingly admits of such. The Roman Catholic Church has taken upon itself the authorization to expunge the second commandment entirely from the Decalogue; and in order to preserve the number, divide the tenth commandment into two. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church supposedly transferred the solemnity/sanctity of God’s seventh-day Sabbath from the seventh day of the week to the first. From its own Converts’ Catechism of Catholic Doctrine:
“Q. What is the Third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment is: Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."
Q. How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves,, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church."
However, God’s world is ever so clear that He has not changed any particle of his law or His words: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” John 5:17 and 18. “For I am the LORD, I change not” Malachi 3:6. Another bold and fallacious assertion made by this haughty power is that the church is infallible and cannot err according to scripture. Therefore the recent actions performed by this church and those who represent it are nothing new and are repetitions of former acts. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that Pope Francis has followed in the footsteps of his predecessors in adding to and taking away from the Word of God. Claiming to be the Vicar of Christ, or earthly representative of Christ, while in Sweden beginning the ceremony of what he considers to be the official end of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Francis has composed and proposed six new beatitudes. “The Pope has offered a new list of Beatitudes at a Catholic Mass in Malmo, Sweden…New situations require new energy and a new commitment, he [Pope Francis] said, and then offered a new list of Beatitudes for modern Christians.” Not surprising either is that one of his beatitudes pronounces a blessing upon those who care for the environment—which he connects inextricably with Sunday sacredness; it reads thus: “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.” Another of his beatitudes declares a blessing upon individuals who join the ecumenical movement, the unifying of all denominations. This is not in any wise consistent with Biblical principles, and Protestants should have no dealings with joining Popery or any other denomination that tramples upon the laws and Words of God, but should maintain the protest. Francis’ beatitude reads thusly: “Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.” The implications from Francis’ beatitudes are that those who do not fall into these categories-- those taking action on climate change, and those working toward forging ecumenical alliances, will not receive blessings but rather, a curse. And just as Pope Francis claims to be the Vicar of Christ, the blessings and curses will come from him and the groups he represents, the Jesuits and Roman Catholicism. God’s Word declares the curse or persecution that will be brought upon God’s people from this iniquitous system, the very persecution inflicted upon the Protestant Reformers in past ages, only to a greater degree.
It would be well for all to recall the words of scripture with the understanding that only God can pronounce blessings and curses, and surely those who add to or take away from God’s Word will incur God’s curse, his wrath and ultimately the second death, if unrepentant. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” Deuteronomy 4:2. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” Revelation 22:18 and 19.