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THE SIGN OF THE BEAST

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on February 3, 2009

THE SIGN OF THE BEAST

By Fr. Abe Arganiosa

Link: http://thesplendorofthechurch.blogspot.com/2008/09/sign-of-beast.html

Bro. Franz Luigi Lugena with Fr. Abe Arganiosa in The Splendor of the Church TV program discussing the issue: THE SIGN OF THE BEAST

Last August 24, 2008 our program received a text message from Mr. Jerry of Casiguran requesting us to discuss the ‘Mark of the Beast‘ from the Book of Revelation. He states that it is frequently presented in the Hope Channel and is eager to know the answer of the Catholic Church. As a response we decided to dedicate our next program on the topic. What is presented here is a mere portion of what we discussed on air but we hope to provide the basic answer to our readers.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE SACRED SCRIPTURE:

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” [Revelation 13:18 New International Version]

Based on the above citation the Mark of the Beast corresponds to a man’s number or the number corresponds to the name of a human person.

Among the anti-Catholic religious groups, there are two very prominent in accusing the Catholic Church of being the anti-Christ by associating to the Church Rev. 13:18 particularly to the Pope. These two are the IGLESIA NI CRISTO [INC] and SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST [SDA]. They claim that:

The Pope is the Beast because of the Papal Title Vicarius Filii Dei which corresponds to the number 666 when their Roman numerals are counted:

VICARIUS FILII DEI

V = 5

I = 1

C = 100

A

R

I = 1

V = 5

S

F

I = 1

L = 50

I = 1

I = 1

D = 500

E

I = 1

__________

TOTAL 666

• As a proof they claim that the title Vicarius Filii Dei is written in the tiara of the Pope.

When Catholic apologists demand that they show proofs of this claim, specially that of the Pope wearing a Tiara with inscription: Vicarius Filli Dei, they presented these two bogus drawings which only fools shall accept as evidence:

CATHOLIC ANSWER:
• The Book of Revelation refers to a name of a person, not a Title. • Vicarius Filii Dei is never a Papal Title but VICARIUS CHRISTI. • None of the Papal Tiaras bear the words: Vicarius Filii Dei. To prove our assertion here are one fresco and numerous genuine photographs of the recent Popes wearing various Tiaras. Not a single tiara contain their self-invented Title:

Pope Innocent III [1198-1216] Blessed Pope John XXIII [1958-1963]
WIKIPEDIA:
•”Vicarius Filii Dei” is, in fact, not one of the pope’s titles, though the Donation of Constantine (a medieval document forged in the name of the Emperor to legitimate the temporal power of popes) does use it to refer to Saint Peter specifically. [Note: If vicarius filii dei is truly the sign of the anti-Christ then the anti-Christ will be St. Peter. This is preposterous. Because it will mean the Holy Spirit descended on the Anti-Christ during Pentecost and that 2 Epistles on the Bible bears the name of the Anti-Christ.]

Blessed John XXIII

Blessed John XXIII

Pope Paul VI [1963-1978]

Pope Paul VI

WIKIPEDIA:

• Four sources are sometimes given to back up the claim, including two witnesses who claimed to have seen Pope Gregory XVI wearing a tiara with Vicarius Filii Dei on it in 1832 and 1845, the purported existence of a photograph of an early twentieth century papal funeral showing a tiara with the writing, and the assertion that the tiara with the writing was used to crown Eugenio Pacelli as Pope Pius XII in 1939.

Venerable Pope Pius XII [1939-1958]

Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII in Sedia Gestatoria & with the Tiara

WIKIPEDIA:

•None of the claims holds up to scrutiny. One of the occasions where the Pope was “seen” wearing the tiara was supposedly during a Pontifical High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In fact popes never wore tiaras during Mass. It was never used as a liturgical item. In addition the tiara used for Pius XII’s coronation in 1939 could not have been worn by Gregory XVI as it was manufactured thirty-one years after Gregory’s death. All the tiaras potentially worn by Gregory still exist; none have writing, nor does the tiara worn by Pius in 1939.

WIKIPEDIA:

•Finally, no evidence as to the existence of the supposed photograph has been produced, nor is it credible that a black and white photograph, taken from a distance inside a darkened St. Peter’s Basilica, in the absence of modern photographic technology or even zoom lenses, could have picked up writing on a far-away tiara, had such writing existed. A photograph of a tiara supposedly on the High Altar behind the coffin of Pope Pius X, at his canonization in 1954 decades after the supposed original photograph, could not see the jewels on the tiara, much less any supposed writing.

The Tiara of the Servant of God Pope VI on display at Immaculate Conception Basilica museum in Washington DC

WIKIPEDIA:

Contrary to claims of a cover-up, all tiaras manufactured since 1800 still exist and are on public display, with a number being sent around the world as part of the Saint Peter and The Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes exhibition which visited the United States in 2005. Only a handful, notably the Belgian Tiara of 1871 and the Gold Tiara of 1903, have any writing at all. The 1871 tiara’s inscription is not Vicarius Filii Dei or anything that could be confused with it, but CHRISTI VICARIO – IN TERRA – REGUM (To the earthly Vicar of Christ).

Pope Leo XIII [1878-1903]

Pope Leo XIII

WIKIPEDIA:

•Many historians, academics and mainstream religious leaders view the story as a classic anti-Catholic myth, a story for which no evidence has been found. Even some Seventh-day Adventist scholars no longer support the view that the “666” of Revelation relates to any inscription on a papal tiara.

WHO IS THE BEAST?

•Nero – Scholars who believe that the Book of Revelation refers to historical people and events argue that the number represents Nero. In Hebrew gematria, every letter has a corresponding number. Summing these numbers gives a numeric value to a word or name. The Greek spelling, “Neron Caesar,” transliterates into Hebrew as “נרון קסר” or “nrwn qsr”:

Resh = 200

Samekh = 60

Qoph = 100

Nun = 50

vav = 6

Resh = 200

Nun = 50

______________

TOTAL 666

Pope Pius XI [1922-1939]

• DOMITIAN The German Protestant theologian Ethelbert Stauffer, arguing that gematria had been the most popular form of numerology not only among Jews but also in the Graeco-Roman world, conceived a Greek gematrical procedure to explain the number 666. Judging from the precise information that the Book of Revelation gives about the person behind the number 666, Stauffer concluded that the “beast” can in general only refer to a Roman emperor and that this Emperor must be Domitian, because he had reigned during the proposed time of origin of the Apocalypse and supposedly was called “The Beast” as a “secret derisive nickname” by Romans, Greek, Christians and Jews.

Α = 1

Κ = 20

Α = 1

I= 10

Δ = 4

Ο = 70

M = 40

Ε = 5

Τ = 300

Σ = 200

Ε = 5

Β = 2

Γ = 3

E = 5

____________

TOTAL 666

Pope Saint Pius X [1903-1914]

THE PROBLEM OF THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO:

* The INC must have realized that their attacks had boomeranged on them because nowadays there are many calculations of the name FELIX YSAGUN MANALO that sums to the number 666. On the part of Catholic Apologists, it is not the official doctrine of the Catholic Church that Felix Manalo or Ellen Gould White are Anti-Christs. However, we are showing their followers calculations of their founders’ names in order to show the ridiculous nature of their accusations against the Catholic Church especially to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.

•FELIX [5 letters] because Felix is Latin but if it is translated to Tagalog: PELIKS = 6 letters]

•YSAGUN [6 letters]

•MANALO [6 letters]

= 666 ERAÑO GUZMAN MANALO [translated to Filipino] IRANYO GUSMAN MANALO

IRANYO: 6 Letters

GUSMAN: 6 Letters

MANALO: 6 Letters

_________________

666

The Founder of SDA

ELLEN GOULD WHITE

E

L = 50

L = 50

E

N

G

O

V = 5

L = 50

D = 500

W [V + V] = 10

H

I = 1

T

E

______________

TOTAL 666

IN ONE OF THE BLOGS LISTED IN OUR LINKS ENTITLED PASUGO BLOGSPOT OR SAVINGTHE RAINFORESTS THE BLOGGER GAVE US A MORE SCHOLARLY CALCULATION OF THE NAME OF FELIX MANALO USING THE GREEK AND ROMAN NUMERIC VALUE. We were not able to present this calculation on TV because I only learned of SAVING THE RAINFORESTS the first week of September.
Here are the calculations:
Using the numeric value as listed in the photo text above:
FELIX in Greek: 605
FELIX in Roman: 61
605 + 61 = 666

YSAGUN in Greek: 660
ISAGUN in Roman: 6
660 + 6 = 666

SUMMARY:

• Year INC was founded: 1914

• Ysagun [in Roman]: 6

• Manalo [in Greek]: 192

• Manalo [in Roman]: 1050

TOTAL 1914 – (6 + 192 + 1050)

1914 – 1248 = 666

The live telecast of The Splendor of the Church as seen inside the Control Room

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