What one power alone fits this description? Only one – Papal Rome. It is a Roman power, coming directly out of pagan Rome. As political philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote in one of the great political treatises of all time, The Leviathan: If a man considers the origin of this great ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned on the grace thereof.
History shows that the papacy uprooted three kings in order to consolidate its position.
The papacy certainly was different from the other kingdoms. The papacy is a religious power. The papacy has persecuted people, such as in the Inquisition.
And it is still in existence today. And it would have to be, because according to the texts above it will exist until the end of this world.
Then, finally, another crucial characteristic is that it would think to change times and law. Daniel 7:25
Did the papacy do that as well? Though historically the change of the Sabbath to Sunday is rather involved, these few quotes – all from Roman Catholic sources – answer the question:
Question – Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer – Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question – Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer – We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea A.D. 364, transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p.50, 3rd Edition, 1957
Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday. Rome’s Challenge, www. immaculateheart.com/maryonline, December 2003
Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts: 1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath.
The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes,
the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws. It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible. Peter R. Kraemer – Catholic Church Extension Society, 1975, Chicago, Illinois
Many quotes like this exist, which show the origin of Sunday keeping, a practice that has no sanction in the Bible.