The mouth of the lion is symbolic of the pride and boastful words of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. In the Apocrypha it is written that Nebuchadnezzar claimed to be a god and required all conquered nations to worship him as a god. The Catholic Church also claims that the pope is god on earth. Look at how the world bows down to him when he comes calling. No one and no church is to take our worship but God alone. And yet, look how we worship and bow down to our churches.
Soon a great persecution will break out. The U.S.A. will join hands with Catholicism and will force the world to worship the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The whole world will unite under one government and one religion to enforce Sunday worship.
What would that image be? Well, the only symbol of the Catholic Church’s god-like powers is its power to change the Sabbath from the 7th day of the week to the 1st day of the week. According to the Bible, the whole world will be forced to worship on Sunday. That includes the Muslims, either voluntarily or forced. In verse 15 we are told that if you do not worship and keep holy the 1st day of the week, Sunday, you will be killed. Verse 16 & 17 say, “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark…”
This mark is not a physical mark, as is thought by most in the world today. It is not a computer chip or a branding. The Bible tells us what a mark on the forehead and hand mean. “This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the Lord is to be on your lips.” Exodus 13:9. “Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 11:18.
If you think and agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church, you have the mark on your forehead. If you act upon them and obey the teachings of the Catholic Church, you have the mark on your hand.
Those who love Jesus and take His Name on their minds, in their hearts and on their hands to obey Him will receive His seal. Those who love the false doctrines of the Catholic Church and take its doctrines into their minds and on their hearts and hands to obey will receive its mark. You ask, “How is the U.S.A., a democracy, going to force the world, let alone its own people, to keep Sunday holy?”. There are too many Jews and Muslims and other religions that keep other days holy. Look around at what is happening in the world today. The world wants order. Look at all the crime, family upheaval, world disasters, wars, and conflicts taking place. Look at what terrorism is doing. The churches and governments of the world will unite to bring “peace and safety” to the world. They will think that they are doing it in the name of Jesus. They will think that they must force the world to accept Jesus. Have you ever heard of the “Religious Right”? Those that do not go along with this plan will be eliminated. If you are starving because of famine, war and crime and you are told that it is because of those people over there who will not surrender to the worldwide religious-state power, what are you going to do?