The prophecies of Revelation 13 have nearly reached their complete fulfillment as movements in the world clearly indicate. The United States government under the initiation and influence of Roman Catholicism will pass religious laws under a secular guise that affirm Rome’s mark of authority, namely a National Sunday Law. Pope Francis, the first openly Jesuit Pope, has shown much interest in the politics of the United States, and in 2015 became the first and only Pope to ever address a joint session of the US Congress in which he spoke on the “common good,” a Catholic social teaching. It cannot be argued that the philosophies and principles of Rome have not in a great degree shaped the policies of the United States. In fact, former President Barack Obama stated “‘Simply put, this country and this world benefit from your commitment to Jesuit principles.’”1 Additionally, former U.S. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan in 2018 said the following “Catholic Social Teaching serves as an antidote to the ‘deeply serious’ problems in society today.”2 And current U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said “Pope Francis and the Catholic Church have a 'central role' in promoting religious liberty.”3
With that in mind, consider the following excerpt taken from the National Catholic Reporter. “Pope Francis will have a rare opportunity to revamp the leadership of a large segment of the U.S. Catholic Church in the coming year, as a high number of bishops in dioceses across the country are reaching the traditional retirement age of 75. In fact, nine residential American bishops are already 75 or older. Five more will turn that age by the end of June 2020. Although prelates can serve past retirement age at the pope's pleasure, it is expected that many of the 14 will be replaced. And beyond those 14, eight other U.S dioceses are already operating without a bishop after retirements and transferals of their former prelates to other areas. Church historians say the unusual circumstance of such a grouping of openings gives Francis a unique chance to make a long-lasting mark in a relatively short period of time on the direction of the U.S. church, especially as the bishops' conference continues to deal with the continuing crisis of clergy sexual abuse. ‘This large clumping of ordinaries turning 75 over the last several years and now coming up allows Francis — like all popes — to try to create bishops and leadership in his own image,’ said Christopher Bellitto, who has written extensively on the history of the papacy. ‘It's as crucial a time for church leadership since the 16th century,’ said Bellitto, referring to the Council of Trent, which tried to respond to the causes of the Protestant Reformation by stemming corruption among bishops…Bellitto said the number of cardinals reaching age 80 indicate Francis ‘has got to name a new batch before the year is out.’ 'As with bishops, he'll try to remake the college of cardinals in his own image,’ said the historian. As in the past, look for the names and places we don't normally hear about.’”4
The choice of wording is highly significant. Again, “This large clumping of ordinaries turning 75 over the last several years and now coming up allows Francis — like all popes — to try to create bishops and leadership in his own image.’” In other words, these vacancies will enable Pope Francis to appoint leaders that hold his sentiments and will carry out his agenda, and will essentially be an image of the Pope, therefore the Pope will be able to shape the policies of the church and leave a mark on the church. Notice the words from the article, “Church historians say the unusual circumstance of such a grouping of openings gives Francis a unique chance to make a long-lasting mark in a relatively short period of time on the direction of the U.S. church.” Most assuredly the Roman Catholic Church will leave its “mark,” it is called the Mark of the Beast, and that in a very short period. Pope Francis’ appointees in the United States will influence politicians to enforce Roman Catholic decrees and sustain the church’s institutions and then the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will result.
It should be noted that President Donald Trump retained to this day his Catholic Advisory Board. He also stated the following: “‘Catholics in the United States of America are a rich part of our nation's history…’ The United States was, and is, strengthened through Catholic men, women, priests and religious Sisters, ministering to people, marching in the Civil Rights movement, educating millions of children in Catholic schools, creating respected health care institutions, and in their founding and helping the ongoing growth of the pro-life cause.‘I have a message for Catholics: I will be there for you. I will stand with you. I will fight for you,’ he said.”5 Mr. Trump in June of 2019, while addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition, thanked Catholics and Evangelicals for their support, stating, ““We’ve got your back --- got your back…You came out like no movement in history. There’s never been a movement like happened in 2016… We’re winning the fight.”6 Perhaps most shocking however is the admission made by White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, at the 2019 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. While calling for a Catholic Great Awakening in the United States, he expressed, “‘The principles of our Catholic faith are alive and well and well-respected in this administration and are driving many of our policies.’”7
In Bible prophecy, it is apostate Protestant America that forms an image to popery and urges the inhabitants of America and the world to receive the mark of Papal authority, enforced Sunday worship, the Mark of the Beast (read Revelation 13:11-18). It is clear that the stage is set for the initiation and enforcement of a National Sunday Law beginning in America and then extending to the world. “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.”8
8. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 573