The Bible says:
Daniel 7:25, "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
The word of Rome says:
"The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ." "The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.
This is a copy of a Calendar published by the Vatican showing the change made by Pope Gregory back in October of 1582. Daniel's prophecy stated the beast would change "times" and "laws" and as many already know, the Vatican did in fact change the Calendar in the past! This I am happy to say is common knowledge among most living today.
Many of us are also aware that the Vatican changed the 7th day Sabbath to Sunday as well. That is the main issue I would like to illustrate on this page. The prophecy of Daniel is 100% accurate on this point without a doubt!
To illustrate this fact, I have a few facts I would like to make you aware of. Back in 1869 the Roman Catholic church put out a letter that attacked the Protestant believers for their desire to keep to the Word of God. In this letter, that I have listed below, the Roman Catholic church uses many Bible verses to prove that the Protestant churches are not doing as they should if they truly want to be considered Bible believing Christians. In essence their main argument was upon the Seventh Day Sabbath and that all Protestants were keeping a first day Sabbath according to Rome instead of the seventh day Sabbath according to the Scriptures. The Vatican declared and historically proved I might add, that THEY are the ones that changed the Sabbath to Sunday, NOT the Bible! Yet all the Bible embracing Protestants were still attending church on Sunday anyway. So... Rome's challenge was that if you claim to be Protestants, why is it you are keeping a doctrine which Rome itself can prove with 100% accuracy she invented without a single Bible passage as proof of that change? The Vatican was declaring that since the Bible itself NEVER allowed for the change, and they themselves had proof THEY made the change anyway, and Protestants the world over were doing as the VATICAN suggested over what the Word commanded. They "assumed" the Vatican MUST be above the Bible because "all the world was wondering after this beast" and doing as Rome declared was doctrine. Are not Protestants bound by that which is written? Are they not bound to "Obey God rather than man" according to Acts 5:29? Yet since we have historic proof as well as modern day reality, we see the Protestants aren't really protesting at all. They ARE doing as Rome suggests over and above that which the Word commands. It appeared the Vatican had a case.
Of course the main issue of this challenge was to try and convert the Protestant into thinking as does the Catholic, and therefore realize they may as well return to mother Rome. They wanted them to realize that the Bible is NOT the "Sole Authority" and therefore not worthy of a trustworthy embrace. The Vatican thought they had "proof" the Protestants believed as they did regarding Sola Scriptura. The Vatican was hoping by this letter to convince the masses that the Catholic church must be the true church because all of the Protestants were doing as she suggested in regards to Sunday keeping.
I am sure this letter, as well as a series of articles that appeared in the "Catholic Mirror" which by the way, was an official "organ" of Cardinal Gibbons back in 1893, caused many to return to Rome as their home. However, the wonderful irony of this whole thing is, I am also sure it backfired as well. This ministry alone has seen MANY people come to know the Truth about the Sabbath by merely sharing with them this ADMISSION of Rome that they are indeed the ones that thought they could CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS as Daniel prophesied the BEAST OF ROME WOULD DO!