“He required everyone – small and great, rich and poor, free and slave – to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And No one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or his number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” – Revelation 13:16-18
I have seen a lot of people start talking about the Mark of the Beast more and more in the past year or two. It’s both encouraging and discouraging hearing the talk about it. It’s encouraging to see so many people looking ahead, as we ought to be as Christians, to the future and end times. But it’s discouraging to see how confused and misguided many of my fellow believers are regarding the end as well. I have written quite a bit so far regarding end times in both part 1 and 2 of Terms and Conditions. I have also already talked about the 4 Horsemen, their meaning, as well as future Babylon the Great. I encourage you to read those if you have not already. Throughout those other journals I glossed over the Mark of he Beast, but I did not spend a lot of time on it in them because it wasn’t my primary focus. Now, it is my focus. Primarily, it’s my focus to answer many of the misguided questions I have seen or heard regarding the mark of the beast. Some of these questions are:
What if a believer receives the mark of the Beast?
Is the Covid Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?
What if a Christian is restrained and forced to take the Mark of the Beast?
It’s unformal or improper to answer a question with a question, but no one ever said I was supposed to be formal. In response to these questions, I want to shift our attention to 3 alternative questions that will help us better get down to the root of the problems brought up in the originals. These are the right questions we should actually be asking:
What is required to receive the Mark of the Beast?
What did the Bible tell us to be watchful of?
What is the Antichrist’s goal?
As we discussed before, the four Horsemen in Revelation represent the Beginning of Sorrows. The events they represent are not part of God’s Wrath. More importantly, they lead up to the Great Tribulation/Persecution of Christians led by the antichrist before we are caught up to be with Christ at the commencement of the Day of the Lord, which brings upon God’s wrath unto the world. Matthew 24, Revelation 6 and 7, and Revelation 13-14 are all parallel passages that support this.
As I stated in The Four Horsemen Journal, the first 2 Horsemen represent the revealing of the Antichrist and his military conquest on his way to establish a one world order with his 10 kings who grant him authority over the world once they are victorious. The antichrist will conquer the world and become the supreme dictator over the entire planet. As we just learned last time, stubborn Babylon the Great will be the last nation in the way, being too proud and arrogant to bow. But this newly conquered planet has suffered much from worldwide war against superpowers. It has taken a toll on the agriculture and economy. Famine and inflation is the result. On top of that, the antichrist has another problem: there is a rather large population of people who greatly oppose what he has done and is doing. They seem to have him figured out. The antichrist’s new world is filled with CHRISTIANS! THAT is where our topic for today comes in. The antichrist kills two birds with one stone. He solves the hunger problem by pulling a “Thanos”. He will kill those who reject him as their god and by doing so, have less mouths to feed. His new world will have gracious people. No longer will it have those who disapprove of him. The world will worship the antichrist as god. He will declare himself to be God. And all those who do not worship him and accept his mark will no be ale to buy or sell, and have a death warrant on their head. “If you want food, if you want to participate in my new world, worship me and receive my MARK!”
Ladies and gentlemen, what is required to receive the Mark of the Beast?
You will have to reject the One True God and claim the Antichrist as God. On top of that, if you do not, then you will not be able to buy or sell anything. You will be demonized. You will not deserve to live in the eyes of the world. Answer you own question now: Will a believer accept this Mark of the Beast? No. This is Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. It’s the unpardonable sin. You will have full knowledge and awareness of what you are doing if you claim a mortal man to be God.
When Jesus made the statement about the “unpardonable sin” in Matthew 12, he was talking directly about the scribes and Pharisees. They just witnessed the power of Christ when he healed a demon-possessed man. In response, the religious leaders said, “It is only by Beelzebul,” or “By the prince of demons that he cast out the demons” In short, the scribes and Pharisees rejected the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. They were rejecting it by claiming Jesus’ works to the power of the devil. It wasn’t a measly doubt or just denying the truth. Instead, they were wickedly contradicting what they had seen with their own eyes.
To receive the mark and worship Satan is to claim that the work of the Holy Spirit in those who it abides in and are being persecuted for are of Satan. It is to flip the table and say, there is a God, and Satan is he. That is the requirement to receive the mark.
True Believers in Christ WILL NOT COMPLY!
Next question: What did the Bible say to be watchful of? 2 Thessalonians 2, along with many passages in Revelation make it clear that the Antichrist must first be revealed. And just by following the Biblical narrative, clearly the antichrist still would have to go to war against nations first before his Mark can be established. He needs his one world order and be its supreme ruler in order to force such a thing. He still needs to declare himself as God and sit in the Temple in order to require others to worship him as God. Never in scripture do we read, be watchful of this mark of the beast because its going to sneak up on you and you could possibly take it.” No. We are not there. We must be prepared, but we are not there. Many things still must take place. So, again I ask you to answer your own question: Is the Covid 19 vaccine the mark of the beast? No.
And finally: What if a Christian is restrained and forced to take the Mark of the Beast? Will they have to endure the wrath of God? Will they lose their salvation? I follow up with the question, “What is the Antichrist’s goal”, because we must remember why Satan has his buddy, the Antichrist, in the first place.
Revelation 12 describes a war going on in heaven. This is before chapter 13 where we get introduced to the beast/antichrist in the second reiteration of the story. Michael and his angels defeat Satan and his demons by the power of the blood of the lamb. Satan is then cast out of Heaven and down to the earth. (This is separate from the Genesis account mentioned a few verses earlier in Rev 12) Verses 13-18 says that when the Dragon realized that he had been thrown down to earth, he pursued the woman, (Israel) But the woman was given wings that she may be saved for a period of time from him. Then verse 17 says,
“And the Dragon was angry at the woman and declared WAR against the rest of her children – all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.”
Who holds onto the testimony of Jesus? Christians. True believers. How does Satan wage war against them?
Then the dragon took his stand on the shore beside the sea. Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. – Rev 12:18 – 13:1
The antichrist is the tool for Satan to make war with God’s people. He is mad. He cannot touch Israel for the time being, so he raises up and empowers the antichrist to make war with the children of God. The mark of the beast is his method in doing so. The one world order is his method in doing so. The antichrist himself is his method in doing so. Don’t be distracted with the mark of the beast and whether or not you will take it. Remember WHY it will be instituted. It was created so the antichrist could have a legal permit to kill YOU and all true believers in broad daylight. Satan does not want you to take the mark and become on his side. That’s impossible. He wants to kill you! That’s why it will be so blatantly obvious when it comes to fruition. Satan does not care about the famine! He doesn’t care about not being able to feed everyone. Those are just lies to deceive the world into doing what he has been trying to do since time began. He will deceive the world into happily exterminating true believers. They will be cheering him on. “How dare you consume our precious food and breathe our precious air if you deny our antichrist. You are better off dead.” There will be no restraining or forceful giving of the Beast’s mark. He wants your will bent towards him. But if your will is already bent towards Christ, then you are his enemy and you do not belong with him, rightfully. The Lord will not allow you to be stripped from his own hands. Satan knows that, so he will just get you out of the way.
If you are the Lord’s, you have the Mark of Jesus upon your heart. Satan can’t touch you. He can kill you, but he can’t touch your soul. He doesn’t want you at that point. He only wants you dead, so you can’t save anyone else’s soul and lead them to Christ. True believers are marked by Christ. And someday, Jesus will return and gather together all who have received the mark of Christ, once it has grown to its full number.
I am a lot more concerned as to whether or not you have received CHRIST’S MARK! If you have, comment “Amen!” If you have not, but would like to, reach out to me using my “connect” page or the Softly Spoken Truth Facebook page. Or find that someone you know who is a Follower of Christ and talk with them. Thank you for reading! God Bless!