The prophet Daniel was inspired to picture this foul religious system as a "little horn." After the four great ruling kingdoms of the Gentile world—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Alexander's Greco-Macedonian Empire and finally Rome—Daniel describes a "little horn" coming up among the early resurrections of the Roman Empire: "I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words." (Daniel 7:8).
In verses 25-27 of this same chapter, Daniel is inspired to describe the actions of this pompous "little horn" and how it would continue right up to Christ's return and His rule over the nations: "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time. But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
Notice that this "little horn" is different from the pagan empire (v. 24), for it is, in fact, a religious empire! Note also that the human leader of this foul system speaks "pompous words" against God, persecutes the true Christians and intends to change times and law. The Roman Catholic Church has done just that, as Scripture predicted— teaching that the Ten Commandments were subsumed to church authority, and that by its authority it could change God's commanded seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 4:9-11), substituting the pagan "day of the sun" in place of God's Sabbath.
Renowned modern historian Will Durant writes: "The serious temper of the Jewish Sabbath was transferred to the Christian Sunday that replaced it in the second century" (The Story of Civilization, vol. 3, 1972, p. 599). How did this happen? A Roman Catholic study course tells us that "the [Roman] Church transferred the obligation from Saturday to Sunday" (Father Smith Instructs Jackson). The Catholic Mirror agrees: "The Catholic Church. by virtue of her Divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday" (September 23, 1893). If you wish further information about the true biblical Sabbath, please write for our powerful and enlightening booklet, Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath?
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