It does not take much to prove the Church of Rome rides the Beast of the Past. The religion of the West, the Roman Catholic Church and her Protestant daughters are the Babyloina religion of old, called the "Daughter of Babylon"
(Zec 2:7) Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.
That would be the West branch of the Beast but we have one more, the East branch, or LEG. In the Image Daniel defines we see an Image with two legs and two feet. It would seem reasonable ot consider the real possibility the Beast governement will be composed of an East and West alliance. Even today we see something of this nature happening. The Pope visits Turkey and enters a mosque -- they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words so how much is a video worth?