This an attempt to answer the one of the LIES being spread by our separated brethren like Ms. Ellen Gould White, Mr. Eliseo F. Soriano, Mr. Conrad J. Obligacion and other who believed that the Pope is the fulfillment of the Apocalyptic vision of St. John when he wrote the last book of the Bible (Revelation).
First, let us read what the Bible said about St.John's vision:
Revelation 1:11-18 New International VersionThe Beast out of the Earth
11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666.
In the passage above talks about the beast that bears the number 666. The verses can stand alone and has explanation already. But there are people who likes to play with illusions..ehehehe! That is why an understandable passage they complicate it!
Let us dissect the verses in Rev.13:
Q. What is the MARK TO BE GIVEN to the people?
A. The NAME of the BEAST or the NUMBER of its NAME.
Q.What is the NUMBER of the BEAST?
A. According to the New Int'l Version the NUMBER of the BEAST is 666. Some versions of the Bibles are 616 not 666.
Here is an example of 616:
For me, I don't care about the number if which is true 666 or 616... In our Salvation History class it tells us that 6 is an imperfect number while 7 is the perfect number for the Hebrew people. Since it is a triple 6 it means that person bears that number is so wicked and imperfect.
But, as clear as the daylight sun that it is WRITTEN WORD for WORD that it is A NAME of the BEAST NOT a TITLE... Since Vicarius Filii Dei is a TITLE then they got a wrong conclusion!
Q. Then who is the fulfillment of this passage?
A. According to the wikipedia an online encyclopedia..
Most scholars believe that the number of the beast (v.18) equates to Emperor Nero, whose name in Greek when transliterated into Hebrew, retains the value of 666, whereas his Latin name transliterated into Hebrew, is 616; The "mark of the beast" (v.16,17) which the narrative does not identify, is used to distinguish the beast's followers. It has been speculated that the "mark" may be an Imperial Roman seal, or the Emperor's head on Roman coins.Here is the calculations of the name of Nero...
Click: Nron Qsr
Domitian. Ethelbert Stauffer, a German Protestant theologian, said number 666 may refer to Roman emperor Domitian since he reigned at the time of the Apocalypse, as proposed in the Book of Revelation. Domitian was also said to be called "The Beast" secretly by Romans, Greeks, Christians and Jews.
Second, let us take a look on the Papal Tiaras if they bears the alleged words Vicarivs Filii Dei
As we have noticed that all the tiaras DO NOT BEAR the title Vicarius Filii Dei... From this point we can conclude that all the accusations are ALL LIES and this title is a PRODUCT of HALLUCINATION these desperate people.
Third, Vicarius Filii Dei IS NOT THE OFFICIAL TITLE of the Pope.
Fourth, let us take a look of the calculations of our brethren...
I think they already forgot their elementary days when their teachers taught them on HOW TO COUNT the ROMAN NUMERALS... ^_^
Now, we will have some refreshment and review from our elementary days...
My teacher taught me that counting the Roman Numerals: if the BIGGER VALUE precedes by a SMALLER VALUE there will be a subtraction.
Example: I = 1 and V = 5; IV = 4; 1 -(minus) 5 = 4
If the SMALLER VALUE precedes by a GREATER VALUE there will an addition
Example: V = 5; I = 1; VI = 6; 5 +(plus) 1 = 6
Now, lets count CORRECTLY the value of VICARIUS FILII DEI...
V = 5
I = 1
C = 100
A = 0
R = 0
I = 1
U = 5 (in latin letter U can be substituted by letter V)
S = 0
I = 1
L = 50
I = 1
I = 1
D = 500
E = 0
I = 1
Following the CORRECT COUNTING of the Roman Numerals
V (5) + I (1 ) - C(100) A(0) R(0) + I (1) - U(50 S(0) = 143
5+1 = 6 minus 100 + 1 - 50 =
F =0 I = 1 - L = 50 + I = 1 + I = 1 =47
D = 500 E = 0 I = 1 = 501
Heheheh!.. See? How their lies decoded? as clear as noon day sun that they are lying!