The Image of the Beast
In the USA churches can sign a legal contract with the government called a 501(c)(3), and as a result the church then gets certain tax benefits from that.
Normally speaking it is the state that has power over churches, and not the other way around (as in Rome). The USA will have to become the image of Rome (church with power over state) as was prophesied.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak [legislate], and cause [enforce] that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
- Revelation 13:15 (KJV)
On the 2nd of December 2017 Donald Trump changed the 501(c)(3) in such a way that churches now indeed have (some) power of the state, e.g. they can lobby, and propose legislation. Life was given to the image of the beast, e.g. the same "church over state" power structure.
Consider this excerpt from an article:
Then on May 04, 2017 President Trump gave the 501c3 pastors the legal right to speak politically from their pulpits thereby revealing their prophesied fruit of emulating the Church & political State structure of the Vatican. But what Trump did that day was only an executive order. And like Bush's executive order, the pastors knew it was only valid as long as he stayed in office or until the following President removed it. But then on December 02, 2017 in the middle of the night as most Americans slept, which happened to be the actual Biblical Sabbath of the Creator God, Trump and the Senate made that Executive Order permanent US law wherein the 501c3 pastors could legally endorse political candidates as well as legally lobby for legislation. (See page 427 of the new law here) And so as prophesied, all those pastors now have the same Church & State power to permanently stand as the same sinful image of the beast in Rome. But how does this make us realize what their next major move will be? Notice what it says in Revelation about what just happened...
Oh boy. If only half of that is true, we're in big trouble.
Churches can not easily get out of the 501(c)(3) contract, because there are huge fines, so it gives the government power over these churches. I suspect that soon the government will simply prevent certain topics to be discussed (homosexuality, etc), and that the churches (under the leadership of the pope) will legalize the day of worship?!? The pope already "owns" the churches (under one umbrella, e.g. One World Religion), so this is not too far fetched.
I think that's not all either. People on holiday don't pay attention to the news (or any changes in legislation for that matter), and I'm anticipating other changes over the Christmas holidays. Even Ellen White says that the final movements will be rapid ones.
Whatever happens we already know what time it is really...