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Provisions for Mark of the Beast in Trump’s Tax Reform Bill

December 11, 2017

 

“As a people, we are called individually to be students of prophecy.”1 For those who are familiar with the end-time prophecies of Revelation 13 regarding Popery and apostate Protestant America, it is evident that the tax reform bill by Donald Trump plays a significant role in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Such students of prophecy understand that through this very bill provisions for the enactment of the National Sunday Law is made. Who would have thought that in a tax reform bill would be a measure that removes the separation between church and state, which is another delivery on a campaign promise made by Donald Trump to the religious right who brought him in office and advise him. The US News and World Report outlined exactly what is in the bill as it relates to religion and politics. Under the subheading, “Removal of Ban on Churches, Nonprofits from Participating in Political Activism” the article reads: “In a nod to the religious right, the tax package repeals the Johnson Amendment that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations – including tax-exempt churches, trusts and charities – from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have sought to repeal the amendment, calling it an imposition against these organizations' freedom of speech. Critics of the move argue that repealing the Johnson Amendment would blur the lines between charity and politics, enabling organizations to make political campaign contributions that are tax-deductible.

 

Since his 2016 presidential election, Trump promised his base that he would eliminate the amendment and, on May 4, he signed an executive order ‘to defend the freedom of religion and speech’ – seen as a step toward loosening the restrictions the Johnson Amendment establishes.”2

 

Do we as Bible-believing, liberty of conscience-defending persons understand the implications of such a bill? This bill means that no more is there a separation between church and state and that pulpits can be used for politicizing and government offices used for preaching. The church now would have the ability to dictate to the state to carry out its decrees.

 

Revelation 13:13-15 says, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 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. 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.”

 

These scriptures bring to view that it will be the deceived people of America that call for the Mark of the Beast and vote it in (enforced Sunday worship, initiated by Popery). “‘Saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast.’ Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people, a most striking evidence that the United States is the nation denoted in the prophecy.”3

 

It should not be forgotten that the largest voting bloc in America is comprised of churches (Roman Catholics and Evangelicals). Donald Trump realized during his campaign that if he could get all the churches to vote for him that he could easily win the election. Popery, a composition of church and state also realizes that the largest voting sector in America is the churches together. Roman Catholicism has always had a keen interest in American politics (since America was founded on the principles of separation of church and state); and it is her studied aim to take over the United States by controlling her policies by infiltrating her government positions. This is the work of the Jesuits (see The Great Controversy page 235). During Mr. Trump’s campaign he pledged to fight and defend the interests of Roman Catholics, and he pledged the same to Evangelicals. Since October 31, 2016 through October 31 2017, the wall of separation between Protestants and Catholics has come down, and now this ecumenical body of one united church will take control of the government, and in order to retain their seats, the politicians will yield.

 

“The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: ‘The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ Revelation 12:17.”4

 

With this in mind, it is expedient for churchmen to completely remove the separation between church and state so as to influence the civil government, and this is exactly what is happening. “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.”5 We have come to just such a time; and as Christ admonished His disciples, He is saying to us, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:37.

 

1 White, Ellen, Counsels to Writers and Editors (1946), page 41

2 https://www.usnews.com/news/economy/articles/2017-11-30/these-clauses-in-the-gop-tax-bill-may-surprise-you

3 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 442

4 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 592

5 White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 445

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