The words “eyes of man” in Daniel 7:8, do point to a leader. Likewise, Revelation 13:18 speaks of man with a number being involved “for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” This refers to the man who heads the beast power.
The ancient method of deriving the number of a name is to take the numerical value of all letters and add them up to get the sum. If we want to apply this test to the papacy, we must find the official name of the pope, who is the head of his church.
The official title of the pope is found repeatedly in the publications of Rome. In the weekly Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor, of April 1915, we have the interesting statement that the letters of the official title are inscribed in the pope’s miter. Here is the actual quotation: “The letters inscribed in the pope’s miter are these; Vicarius Filii Dei, which is the Latin for ‘Vicar of the Son of God.’
Today, the pope’s miter does not contain the Latin title, but the words are incorporated into the coronation ceremonies of each newly crowned pope.
So, by getting the numerical value of the Roman numerals of the title Vicarius Filii Dei, we actually come to a definite number 666:
The prophecy of Daniel chapter 7 is not saying that Catholics are not Christians. There are many sincere, loving Catholic Christians. The system, however, is called Antichrist because it has usurped Jesus‘ authority and attempted to change His law.
The majority of the people in the world will follow the Antichrist (Revelation 13:3), thinking they are following Christ. But the very elect will be safe (Matthew 24:23, 24). They will be safe because they test every spiritual teaching and leader by the Scripture (Isaiah 8:20).
In His service,
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