…And It’s NOT What You Think:
In Part 1 of the Golden Nuggets of Truth Series, we examined the basics of Truth – what, and Who the Truth is.
In Part 2, we performed an exegesis on God’s Law, and demonstrated conclusively that Scripture declares the Truth – God’s law – as unchanging:
Your Word is True from the beginning: and every one of your righteous laws endures FOREVER. -Psalm 119:160
In Part 3, Who Changed the Sabbath to Sunday? we investigated just who changed the Sabbath to Sunday – and does resting on Sunday REALLY honor the day of Jesus’ resurrection?
In Part 4, We Turn Our Attention to Perhaps the Most Widely Discussed Prophesy in World History: The Mark of the Beast.
Does the Scripture Reveal What the Mark of the Beast Actually Is, and is it Possible the Mark is Already Here?
Speculation on what the Mark of the Beast actually is are rampant today. Theories range from an invisible 666 bar code system tattooed on the right hand or forehead, to a computerized financial system using credit cards or cryptocurrencies to force all buying and selling, to micro-computer chips or RFID tags implanted underneath the skin.
Nowhere in the Bible does the Almighty categorically say what the Mark of the Beast is. To be sure, He has given us some very good clues, which point the believer to the truth: but of the Mark itself scripture provides no clear cut definition. Nevertheless, in spite of this apparent lack, and we will soon discover that Yahweh is by no means at fault here, the prophecy concerning the Mark of the Beast deserves careful consideration; for it is a revelation of such awesome prospect that only fools will continue to ignore it.
However, a close examination of Scriptural texts regarding the Mark of the Beast reveals that God has set before mankind a Spiritual Riddle, the answer to which lies in the Word of God itself.
The gravity and urgency of this prophecy demands that we fearlessly present the facts to all who genuinely seek to escape the wrath of Yahweh, the Almighty God of Israel.
In our efforts to identify the Mark of the Beast we will initially confine ourselves to a logical assessment of the scriptures alone:
|Revelation 13:||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.”
The Divine Punishment
|Revelation 14:||9: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
|Revelation 16:||2: “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”|
What is before us is the most terrifying threat in all of Scripture. It would behoove us to look to Scripture to reveal what exactly the Mark of the Beast is, so we will not be deceived by it when it is implemented.
Notice that according to Rev 14:9, receiving the mark of the Beast in one’s right hand or forehead is equivalent to worshipping the beast and his image.
Rev 14:11 reveals that those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name will be tormented forever and ever.
- To begin with the Mark is described in (Revelation 14: 11) as The Mark of his name.
What the Beast’s name is we are not told; but it would appear from this clue that the Beast’s mark is in some way related to his name.
- Secondly we are told in (Revelation 13: 16) that the mark is to be placed in the foreheads or right hands of those who accept it.
Understanding Bible Prophecy
There exists in Scripture a fundamental principle regarding the origin and understanding of Bible prophecy. The principle is mentioned in this passage:
|2 Peter 1:||20: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Bible prophecy is not the product of human intellect or will power. It is a gift from God. Holy men of old were inspired by the Holy Spirit: or, as the text says, “they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
In exactly the same way, the understanding of Bible prophecy is also not a matter of human intellect or will power. One must be given the understanding just as the prophets of old were given the prophecy. In other words, spiritual eyesight is also a gift from God. This means that without the Holy Spirit it is virtually impossible to correctly understand, appreciate or even believe a Bible prophecy. Understanding must come from above either through:
- Direct revelation, which very few of us are privileged to receive, or
- From the Bible itself, and then only if the Holy Spirit opens our minds to understand.
As far as this generation is concerned, we must look to the Bible to interpret itself.
Bearing these basic facts in mind, we will now seek to solve the mystery of the Mark of the Beast by comparing Scripture with Scripture.
When we do this we see that Yahweh also places His Name (His seal) in the foreheads of those who follow Him.
|Revelation 7:||2: “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3: Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4: And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
|Revelation 14:||1: “And I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having the father’s name written in their foreheads.”|
After examining these verses about Yahweh’s name, one cannot fail to see a similarity with those verses containing those two clues about the Beast’s Mark or name.
For here in this prophecy we are given a preview of two groups of people.
- Those who accept the Father’s Name or Seal in their foreheads.
(Revelation 7: 2-4, Revelation 14: 1)
- And those who accept the Beast’s Name or Mark in their foreheads.
(Revelation 13: 16)
In other words, the Mark of the Beast and the Seal of God are both names and are both placed in the foreheads of the people who receive them. Here we can clearly see that the Beast is attempting to duplicate or counterfeit the Almighty’s programme by similarly inscribing his mark, his name in people’s foreheads. This passion to counterfeit the Almighty is a typical Satanic trait: for he never tires of counterfeiting the handiwork of God: not just to be like Him – which would be admirable – but to replace God. Beware of spiritual counterfeits which are substitutes of the genuine article.
These facts leads us to the conclusion that the Beast’s Mark is simply a counterfeit or substitute of Yahweh’s signature and seal. It follows that any information which we obtain concerning the Seal or Signature of Yahweh will obviously help us decipher the mystery of the Mark of the Beast.
Yahweh’s Sign & Seal
According to the dictionary, the words sign, seal, signature, mark, inscription, etc. are synonyms. That is, they are different words with shades of similar meaning.
Yahweh’s seal, in short, is linked with His sign, His signature and His Name. And so for that matter is your own sign or signature. It is simply an inscription of your own name.
Well may we now ask, “What then is the Almighty’s Sign? Is it a visible signature, mark or name that He inscribes on the foreheads of His people?”
Obviously not, for this is a symbolic prophecy and, besides, Yahweh’s law expressly forbids us making or receiving any marks on our bodies. (Leviticus. 19: 28)
The Most High would hardly, therefore, expect His servants to receive a literal mark or tattoo on their foreheads if His law expressly forbids receiving marks.
Yahweh’s signature or sign is certainly not a literal inscription or mark on the forehead.
Well then, what is it, and what does it stand for? Yes, what is the special sign or seal which is to be placed in the foreheads of the servants of the God of Israel?
For a sign to be worthy of the name, must of necessity manifest itself in some way. Indeed if it does not exhibit its presence, even occasionally, it cannot justifiably be called a sign.
We will allow the Holy Scriptures to tell you what it is:
|Exodus 31:||13: “Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye know that I am the Lord that sanctify you.” (King James Version)|
|Ezekiel 20:||12: “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.” (King James Version)|
|Ezekiel 20:||20: “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.” (King James Version)|
And there you have it.
The Sabbath days in the Almighty’s law are His signature, the special identifying SIGN He places on His people to signal to the universe that they are His: and that He has set them apart to sanctify them.
This is confirmed in Revelation, which identifies the people living at the end who will NOT be deceived by Satan and the Anti-Christ as those who “keep the commandments of God AND their faith in Jesus”:
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 14: 9-12
“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
What of the Almighty’s Seal?
We are also told in the scriptures that Yahweh seals His people with His law.
|Isaiah 8:||16: “Bind up the testimony, SEAL THE LAW among my disciples.”|
In other words, the Almighty seals His people with obedience. Obedience, incidentally, is doing what the Most High commands, following in His steps, endeavouring to behave like Him.
Where does Yahweh place his Seal & Signature?
The Scriptures tell us that they are inscribed in the believer’s ‘forehead’ meaning his/her ‘mind.’
|Hebrews 8:||10: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”|
|Deuteronomy 6:||8: “And thou shalt bind them (the laws of God) for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” (In the forehead, the mind)|
|Exodus 13:||9: “And it (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes (In the forehead, the mind) that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth.”|
According to these Scriptures, the Almighty’s signature is defined as being the Sabbath days in His law: the very same law He has scheduled Himself to inscribe in the believer’s forehead, his mind. Yes, believe it or not, Yahweh’s Sabbath days constitute His signature, His sign: and like Himself they cannot be changed or done away with.
The Almighty’s Sabbaths
Do you know what the Almighty’s Sabbaths are? Can you turn to the Holy Scriptures and identify the Sabbath days of the Holy One of Israel?
The answer is: they are the seventh day of the week (Saturday) and the seven annual Sabbaths mentioned in Leviticus chapter 23.
(The Feasts of Unleavened Bread. Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles)
These Sabbath days are the sacred memorials of Yahweh’s finest achievements in the Plan of Salvation.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. -Genesis 2:2,3
And the Lord said to Moses, 13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the Lord, sanctify you. 14 You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.15 Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death. 16 Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. 17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’” -Exodus 31:12-17
Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it Holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. -Exodus 20:8-11
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. – Leviticus 19:3
Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them.
But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them. -Ezekiel 20:12,13
I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and be careful to obey my rules, 20 and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’ 21 But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. -Ezekiel 20: 19-21
Yahweh’s Sabbaths (7th day of the week, Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of tabernacles) are the divinely appointed anniversaries of His work of creation, redemption and sanctification. Each one points to Jesus- (Yahshua in Hebrew) the true savior of all mankind.
They represent the Almighty’s signature and as part of His holy law are scheduled to be inscribed in the very minds of his true followers. This means that they will be understood, accepted, appreciated, remembered and observed for all time by the true children of the Most High.
In short, the Almighty is going to seal and sign His people with OBEDIENCE, WITH HOLINESS.
When that event occurs, we will bear His Name in our minds and actions: which means we will perfectly reflect our heavenly Father’s holy character.
Why are these Sabbath days so important? They are important because they are a declaration of faith in the Person, the character, the handiwork and the sanctifying power of Yahweh the Almighty God of the Hebrews, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
In modern terms the Sabbath days listed in Leviticus 23 are the Eternal’s trade mark, His signet, His signature, His company seal, His badge, the symbol of His presence, His Name: and when they are faithfully remembered, kept in mind, (in the forehead) by a true believer they signal to the universe that person is Yahweh’s property and that He is even now impressing His Name upon that person’s soul.
|Isaiah 8:||16: “Bind up the testimony, SEAL THE LAW among my disciples.”|
|Hebrews 10:||16: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”|
Now do you understand? Have you begun to grasp the awesome, spiritual significance of Yahweh’s Sabbaths? In truth, in very truth, they alone constitute the Almighty’s Signature which He inscribes upon the minds of believer’s; which week by week and feast by feast strikingly sets them apart from all the peoples of this world.
Yes, the Eternal’s unchanging signature is the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday) and the seven annual Sabbaths in the Sacred Calendar. Take these Sabbath days away, remove them from the environment of worship and you will lose the one and only identifying sign that distinguishes the servants of the God of Israel, from the rest of humanity. That is a fact, a fact which will increasingly amaze you the more you consider it.
Now that you know what Yahweh’s Sign is, it only remains for us to decipher the Mark of the Beast; bearing in mind that it must be some clever substitute or forgery of the Almighty’s Sign. To do this we will again rely on the Holy Scriptures (only) to direct us to the answer.
EVERYTHING Satan ever does is a counterfeit or forgery of Yahweh’s laws, nature, and ways.
Lucifer NEVER creates anything new, and always seeks to be “like the Most high”:
How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ -Isaiah 14:12-14
Most students of Bible prophecy will allow that the Beast of Revelation 13 and the Little Horn of Daniel 7 are one and the same power. Compare these two characters and you will see that they both came to the fore in the last days. They both blaspheme God and persecute His people; both continue for a period of three and a half years and both are finally destroyed by the Saviour at His return to earth. In other words, they are the same power.
Paul’s prophecy of the Lawless One, the Man of Sin is also another eye opening commentary on this same satanic power who will arise in the last days to oppose Yahweh and his law. (2 Thessslonians 2: 1-2)
You will notice in this chapter how the Apostle Paul describes the activities of the Antichrist as ‘lawlessness.’ He calls him the ‘Man of Sin,’ (Verse 3) the ‘mystery of iniquity.’ (Verse 7)
The original Greek word translated as ‘lawlessness’ in verse 7 is anomia (Strong’s G458), which means:
1. The Condition of Being Without God’s Law
2. Contempt and violation of God’s law
What is sin? What is iniquity?
According to the Holy Scriptures “sin is lawlessness.” Sin is breaking one or more of God’s commandments. Sin is an expression of Satan’s character and in its advanced stages it always manifests itself in a self-deluding enmity and rejection of Yahwehs law. The Bible states plainly:
|1 John 3:||4: “…sin is the transgression of the law.”|
The ‘Man of Sin,’ as the term implies, is an antagonist of divine law. He absolutely detests the Almighty’s law and every commandment in it. He not only breaks Yahweh’s law, but his main objective is to lead others into breaking it, into disobedience, into sin. That’s why he’s called the ‘Man of Sin.’
According to the prophet Daniel (chapter 7: 25) the main thrust of the Beast’s hatred is directed against the divine commandment dealing with sacred times. And this can only mean the Sabbath commandment, which alone deals with the element of time.
|Daniel 7:||25: “And he (the little Horn) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”|
The only laws in Scripture which deal with the element of ‘time’ are the Sabbath laws of the Most High. These laws are directy linked with the Feast days in the sacred calendar.
The Little horn vainly imagines that he can change Yahweh’s own law.
The Mark of the Beast
From the King James Version it becomes evident that the Man of Sin, the Antichrist, the Little Horn power, the Beast will vainly imagine that he can somehow change the Sabbath days of the Almighty God and replace them with days of his choosing – counterfeit sabbaths! And that dear reader is exactly what the Antichrist has tried to do. He has tried to set aside the sacred Sabbaths of the Most High by popularizing numerous festivals of his own choosing.
In other words, he has dared to think that he could change the commandment concerning time in Yahweh’s law, delete the Signature of the Almighty, by somehow replacing it with his own sign, his Mark!
“But,” you ask, “What is his Mark?” Yes, What is the signature or Mark of the Beast?
There is only one Scriptural-based answer to that question and it presents itself as the only conclusion that the foregoing facts allow; and that one inescapable conclusion is this:
That as the Scripture calls the true weekly Sabbath of Saturday and the seven annual Feast Days (Day of Atonement Being A Fast Day) in the sacred calendar the Sign of Yahweh the Almighty God of Israel – then the Mark of the Beast, the Lawless One, the one who vainly thinks that he can change the Sabbath days in God’s law, by process of simple deduction must be the bogus sabbath of Sunday and all the other pagan festivals which are currently posing as Christian Holy Days. (Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Whitsun, Halloween, All Saints Day, Christmas, New Years Day, etc.)
These popular holidays are certainly not sanctified by the Almighty: and no where in the scriptures are we commanded to keep them. They are pagan festivals in disguise. They originated with the heathen centuries before the Christian era and were incorporated into the Christian calendar long after the Saviour’s resurrection. Certainly they now have a few praiseworthy principles veneered onto their make up, and this has deluded millions of genuine Christians into accepting them as the true holy days of God; but deep down in substance and effect they are the same old festivals of heathenism that Yahweh abhors: festivals of fertility, sexual licence and demon worship.
In short, the popular holidays of SUNday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, etc. are ALL forgeries of Yahweh’s Signature.
They represent the Antichrist’s futile and presumptuous attempt to meddle with the calendar of the Almighty God!
The Bible says of the “Little Horn” power that he would “think to change the times of Sacred Feasts and holy days and the law;” that “calendar and ordinance he shall think to set aside.”
How true this has proved to be. The Antichrist has already attempted to do just that. But his attempted forgery has been exposed. Throughout the world people are becoming increasingly aware that the festivals of Christendom are nothing more than pagan festivals in disguise.
In the light of these facts, therefore, we cannot help but conclude: that the counterfeit religious festivals (Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, Christmas, Easter, etc.) are in reality the Signature of Satan, the Mark of the Beast!
How they originated and came to be adopted by most of the churches is a study in itself, a study you may wish to pursue in the nearest reference library.
Indeed, it is now common knowledge that these festivals are inherently pagan, that they existed long before the Christian era and were only introduced into the Christian worship several centuries after the resurrection of our Saviour. But what is not generally known is that they represent the Lawless One’s efforts to change the Sabbath and Feast commandments in Yahweh’s law and that they constitute the Mark of the Beast.
Comparatively few know this fact.
In view of this, it becomes obvious that there can be no room in the church for bunny rabbits, Easter eggs, hot-cross buns, ghost masks, mistletoe and Christmas trees.
These heathen symbols and especially the observance of the festivals they adorn and accompany, must be discontinued by all TRUE believers who wish to please Yahweh, Israel’s God.
Because once they are recognized for what they are, then a person’s continued use of them can only mean that he/she is unmoved by the severity of God’s warning and has virtually begun to reject the Father’s Name.
It’s Your Choice
And now, dear reader you are obliged to choose:
- Between the genuine and the counterfeit,
- Between the divinely appointed Sabbaths of the Almighty and the festivals of Satan; the pagan festivals he has deluded most of mankind into accepting as the genuine holy days of God.
- Between the Signature of Yahweh the Holy One of Israel and the Mark of the Beast!
Does Anyone Have the Mark Now?
The Answer Is:
No one has the Mark of the Beast at this moment in time. (2017) All we are doing now is identifying what the mark is. But when the Antichrist makes his appearance on the world scene, then every soul on earth will be compelled to choose between Yahweh’s signature and the Beast’s Mark. It is at that time, when those who refuse the mark are not allowed to buy and sell, then – and then only – will we be able to say who has the Mark of the Beast. But at the moment, no one has the Mark of the Beast. All we are doing in this article is identifying what the Mark is and what the punishment will be for those who knowingly accept it.
However, your present reaction to this message about the True Sabbath Day will go a long way in determining what you will do when that testing time comes for you to choose between Yahweh’s signature and the Beast’s mark. Whose signature will you accept on the parchment of your soul at that time? That is a question only you can answer. In the past you may not have known anything about the Almighty’s Sabbath days, we didn’t, and God in His great mercy will no doubt allow for our ignorance. But now you know. Never again can you truthfully say, “I didn’t know.”
You now know what the Mark of the Beast is, and with that knowledge comes the added responsibility to obey God’s commandments. In your own interests, therefore, you should carefully consider the conditions and consequences this article has brought to your attention, before making a choice.
And do not needlessly delay; for time is short and the patience of the God of Israel has almost run out. The spirit of the Lawless One, the Antichrist, is already at work deceiving millions of Christians into thinking that Yahweh’s law, the irrevocable constitution of the mighty universe, is obsolete.
Beware of that subtle and dangerous deception: for it has already tricked millions of Christians into sin.
The Scripture teaches that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light:
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. – 2 Cor 11:14
The Scripture plainly teaches that the Man of Lawlessness will deceive nearly the entire world into receiving his mark. In order to accomplish such a feat, worship of the beast and his image, and receiving his mark in one’s right hand or forehead will APPEAR to be good and virtuous.
Hundreds of Millions of Christians around the world will not be deceived into receiving a mandated barcode, computer chip, or RFID tag in their right hand in order to buy or sell.
Hundreds of Millions of Christians around the world ALREADY HAVE been deceived into believing that God condones – Even approves of – observing Sunday as a day of worship, as well as “honoring” Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter and His birth on Christmas – rather than celebrating the 7th Day of the Week, Passover and Feast of Tabernacles as the Creator’s Holy Days.
Hundreds of Millions of Christians around the world however will happily submit to the Lawless one’s decree – his Mark – mandating observance of Sunday (or Friday for Muslims), Christmas, and Easter. It will appear to be a religious decree helping a post-modern secular world return to religion.
The Holy Scriptures abound with examples of how the servants of the Most High were tested on the matter of obedience. The longest Psalm in the Bible (Psalm 119) extols obedience in virtually every verse. In the Sermon on the Mount the Saviour magnifies obedience to a degree few, if any, individuals had previously imagined. The Saviour’s advice concerning the Commandments was as follows:
|Matthew 19:||16: “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18: He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19: Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
So dear to His heart are His Sabbath commandments that this fearsome punishment will be meted out to those who knowingly and wilfully break them.
|Revelation 14:||9: “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10: The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”
When the Antichrist arrives on the world scene, people will be compelled to receive his mark. If you refuse it, you will not be allowed to buy and sell: no matter where on earth you live. But if you accept it, you will drink of the wine of the wrath of God. And that is why it is so important that you really understand – in advance – what the Mark of the Beast is.
IF you study this over and over again, you will see how clearly it identifies the deadly Mark of the Beast.
Will Yahweh protect His people when they can no longer buy and sell?
The God of Israel is well able to miraculously nourish and protect His people when they are expelled from human society for seeking to obey Him. Indeed, He has a plan to care for them in the same way as He looked after ancient Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. In that wild and barren desert Yahweh fed His people for 40 years, much to the astonishment of all the surrounding nations. In (Revelation chapter 12) you will read about a similar plan of 3½ years: when He will miraculously feed and shelter His people in the wilderness.
To be sure some believers will be martyred when the Antichrist arrives on the world scene. But the whole church will certainly not be wiped out. Many, many obedient souls will be divinely protected as that prophecy clearly indicates.
The book of Revelation, awesome though it is, ends with a blissful picture of Yahweh’s obedient people entering the New Jerusalem to live eternally with Him and His Son who sacrificed his life on Calvary to redeem us.
|Revelation 22:||14: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”|
Let no one keep you from reaching that eternal goal: because it is your legal right to be there. Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) has already paid the price for you to enter.
Put your faith in him; express that faith in obedience – and live for all time. That is the message of ALL Holy Scripture.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues. -Revelation 18:4