Post by canada on Oct 4, 2018 13:17:06 GMT -6
Thank you Venge for your opinions.
If you take the number of the beast and the mark of the beast to be spiritually understood rather than literal, you likely take the image and possibly the false prophet to be spiritually understood also.
As noted earlier, I attempt to take the Word literally if at all possible.
I take the numbered beast to be literal because a specific pope summed at 666 in three languages, rode a white horse, had a specific bow and crown as that seems to fulfill the scripture of Rev 6:2 even though that passage does not say "it is a pope".
I take the "image of the beast" that dies and yet comes back to life, as close to being literal because each and every pope is considered to be the "Image of Peter" sitting in the "Chair Of Peter" and wearing the "Ring of Peter".
A pope or "peter" dies and the Vatican hierarchy simply elects another "peter" to replace the previous one.
Within the walls of Vatican City exists a huge bronze statue of their "peter" on earth. So many have bowed down to and kissed its foot that the toe is near worn off. If I saw you bowing down to a statue or image, I would not consider you as being saved ... nor myself.
I take the "mark" to be literal because Roman Catholics are baptized with an X or cross mark placed upon their forehead at baptism and adult Roman Catholics have an X or cross mark placed upon their forehead on Ash Wednesdays. I have yet to see an RC make the "sign of the cross" with their left hand, but I guess that is possible.
I am not a hyper literalist, nor do I attempt to spiritualize Revelation, but I do find the above evidence convincing.
When we spiritualize a biblical passage, I find many take too much liberty in directing their findings to match their personal position ... whereas I find the literal is more confining to the Word.
It has been nice chatting with you and hearing the diverse interpretations of others.
As noted earlier, I do not expect others to believe my findings until our Great God and Father literally destroys Vatican City.