3 facts about the Mark of the Beast
There’s quite a bit of talk about the Mark of the Beast currently. Especially with all this talk about a National ID System for Jamaica. Is this the great Mark of the Beast that has been rumoured? Is this how the Mark of the Beast will manifest itself? Well, I believe scripture, as the author of the term, should speak on this matter. Here are three facts about the Mark of the Beast.
The mark of the beast has everything to do with a decision we make for or against Christ. The mark of the beast is a polar opposite to the seal of God. From the very beginning Satan has accused God. Recall there was war in Heaven…
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
God, in His wisdom has allowed the story to play out. Satan started a war, accusing God. Everyone should have a chance to see, evaluate and decide for themselves if God is worthy to be worshipped… or not. Satan always wanted to replace God. Specially, in Isaiah he said…
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isa 14:14
Wanting to be like God, he wants our worship, our adoration and our praise. God in His love has given option to choose. Heaven, is a choice. Jesus says…
3 … I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:3, 15
So, the warning is thus issued…
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. Rev 14:9-10
So now we all have to choose. Will we follow God and his dictates or will we worship the beast? Those who do not accept Christ, will receive the Mark of the Beast. The seal of God “is not any seal or mark that can be seen but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved”. Ellen White, Last Day Events (Chap 15).
Everyone has to make a decision for or against Christ… and failing to make a stand Christ, automatically aligns you as Christ’s enemy.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:16-17
As seen above in Revelation 13, none are exempt. Each of us must have our own conviction. Each of us must be prepared to make our own decision.
It’s not enough to rely on what your pastor says, or build your foundation on what your church says. These are all raw material we must use to make our own foundation. We cannot depend on family, friends or any one else.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
The devil was cast out to Earth, and he has been deceiving and lying to us all. He has no heaven to gain, and he wants us to miss out on it two.
12 … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
In Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, he encourages them to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. God wants us all to individually make a choice for Him.
We will all be judged based on the light we have been exposed. Any one who has been exposed to great light and doesn’t heed it, is in serious trouble. God wants us to make the best choice based on the knowledge we have been exposed to.
It’s sooner than you think
Many people get weary of Christians saying “Jesus is coming soon”. Millions have passed, and yet no Christ. Well… the Bible says…
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, Heb 9:27
So once you die, judgement arrives for you. You are sealed either for God or not. Once we die, our thoughts perish. Our next conscious thought will be God’s judgement. Which begs the question…
When are you going to die?
Like none of knows the hour of God’s coming, none of knows the time when we shall leave the land of the living. The bible tells us many prophecies that have already been fulfilled. If you read Matt 24, you’ll see that it’s wrapping up time. Things are wrapping up. Which of these haven’t we all seen?
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars….
7 … nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
We have to live each day like it us our last. It very well could be. We have to live each day of lives, living, watching and waiting.
I encourage you, if you haven’t yet, accept Christ as your Saviour. Truly get into a saving relationship with Him and understand what He has planned for you. This is the sure way to avoid the Mark of the Beast. The devil wants our worship, adoration and praise. It’s an intellectual and spiritual decision we must make. If we fail to make a decision to be sealed by God, we align ourselves with the Devil, and receive his mark.