PROPHETIC STUDY 5, MARK of the BEAST, 01.10.19

Highlighting some of the major events believers need to be aware of/watching for is the purpose of this PROPHETIC STUDY series. It is in no way intending, pretending, or attempting to: (a) introduce new prophecies, or (b) be comprehensive. Rather, its purpose is that of calling attention to the times we are in so that God’s people would take seriously the need to be prepared for what is near-at-hand, soon to become reality.

What is most significant about one of the signs that, although it has not yet been legislated, all the preliminary ingredients are in place. Only the actual implementation remains. How it will be implemented, what it will actually consist of, no one can be certain; however, due to recent technology, there are indications that lend themselves to very obvious possibilities, one such primarily being that of the use of the microchip implantations (refer YouTube reference below) which would expedite such legislation and delivery with utmost ease, providing a smooth transition from voluntary recipients to legislated action required of all citizens. In fact, there is documentation of institutions and corporations utilizing the procedure of microchip implants with voluntary recipients, those of whom see this as a convenience in a world of multiple, simultaneous daily transactions. This could be introduced at any time; however, the mandatory aspect would most likely be held back until such time as the dictatorial one-world leader is in power. 

Although much has been made of the mark of the Beast, it has also become the brunt of many jokes, as fewer and fewer believers take it seriously. Some Pastors have been reported as having advised their congregants not to worry about it; that God’s Grace will take care of those who mistakenly accept and receive it. That is absolutely not the position God’s Word takes. Not only does Scripture fail to endorse such thinking, but instead speaks to quite the opposite. 

In order to dispel such erroneous rationale, and myths, STUDY CORNER is going to look up close and uncomfortably at exactly what God’s Word informs, advises, and warns us about. Remember, we are going to go ONLY on God’s Word, not on any individual opinions.

Let us begin with the outcome, and work backwards; starting with the punchline will have more impact:

Revelation 19:20

Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The initial prophecy comes upon the heels of the description of the first, and second beast, each of whom are agents of Satan’s, one representing the one-world false/apostate church/religion, and the other being the one-world global political leader, the ultimate antichrist of the ages. They work together, reinforcing one another initially, but once the political leader has everyone’s endorsement and trust, and he no longer needs the support of the religious leader, he will exterminate him. 

That is when the mark of the Beast will be introduced:

Revelation 13:15-18

15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

It is important to note that even prior to the prophetic details, it is clearly spelled out that only those whose names are NOT in the Book of Life are the ones who will worship the beast and accept his name or number: “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev.13:8). 

Revelation 14:9-11

9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 

10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 

11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and

Rev.14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

whoever receives the mark of his name.”

It couldn’t be much more clearly substantiated than in these previous passages. There is nothing negotiable about this. There is absolutely no validity to claims about God’s grace, or any other excuse that is made for trying to get people off the hook from what it will mean if submission is made to this procedure. 

And it’s also very clear, as part of this prophecy, that those who overcome will not have partaken of any form of worship or giving of honour to the beast’s mark, number or name: “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. . . sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb . . .” (Rev.15:2,3). 

There is no victory; there is no hope; there is no deliverance; there is no salvation for those who give their allegiance to the Beast by accepting his mark, number, or name, regardless of what exactly it is, where exactly it may be placed. So for those who get caught up in those details, that is not what is important. All that matters is that your relationship with the Father/Son/Holy Spirit is sound and in right standing so that you will not be deceived, duped, intimidated, bullied, or coerced into accepting the number, mark, or name regardless of what form it takes, or where it is placed. Those details are irrelevant. 

Then there are those who believe they will be raptured prior to the tribulation period, so they do not need to be concerned with the mark, name, or number of the Beast. To those I say: so why is God wasting His time, bothering to WARN HIS PEOPLE about it, then?  This warning is for those who consider themselves believers. It goes without saying that unbelievers would take the mark, number and/or name. Why would they care?! They do not know God’s Word, and they do not care about what it says even if they’ve heard portions of it. The warnings are for you, believers . . . .   

Furthermore, God’s true followers, who have been faithful and resisted the mark of the Beast will receive special protection. Notice that they are exempt from the horrible plagues that are visited upon the rest of humankind: “So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image” (Rev.16:2).

For those who are faithful, and overcome, having resisted all temptations and pressures, even persecution, torment, and death; to them is given to reign with Christ/Messiah our Lord, for a thousand years throughout that special Millennial Period:

“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years”(Rev.20:4).

Stay close, dear ones, and walk in the LIGHT, walk in the SPIRIT, walk in the footsteps of the MASTER, and you will not need to worry; He will carry you through, even if you do have to live through the GREAT TRIBULATION.

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References:

Revelation 19:20

Revelation 13:15-18

Revelation 14:9-11

Revelation 15:2,3

Revelation 16:2

Revelation 20:4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tvb76sfPFg&list=PLFExJF2KBSH2vs7pli7ztBnjxG_snYE1B – list of about 20 different videos depicting microchip use and how it may be implemented.

 

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