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Mark Of The Antichrist 666: Will It Be Subtle Deception Or Blatant Challenge To Throne Of God?
Today, I'm going to address the topic of the mark of the beast (666). For some reason, there seems to be a great fear by many Christians that they could accidentally take the mark or somehow be tricked into doing so.
What most people fail to understand is that this is not about some high tech mark but about a man who will claim to be God and force the world to worship him. This mark is merely an identifying symbol that you must accept or face isolation from the known world and/or death.
This mark will be forced upon mankind at the midway point of the tribulation period by a man known as the Antichrist. If you are unfamiliar with the tribulation period and its events and characters, please go to my website or my Youtube channel. Both sources will provide an abundance of information on all things related to the end times.
Certainly, we should be aware of the various devices that are available to make the mark feasible. However, you're not going to wake up one morning to find out that the nifty plastic decoder ring you took out of the box of cereal and wear proudly has been revealed on the news as a symbol of your pledge to the Antichrist. According to the Bible, there are a number of things that must happen first before the mark is put in place on a global scale...many of them supernatural.
Here are a series of events taken straight from the Bible that must happen before the mark can be introduced and actually mandated as international law:
1. The Antichrist must march into the Jerusalem temple and declare himself to be God (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
2. The Antichrist will demand worship from the whole world and he will receive it (Revelation 13:8).
3. The false prophet, the Antichrist's high priest, will perform wondrous signs causing lightening to come down from the sky and along with other miracles (Revelation 13:11-14).
4. The false prophet will erect a statue of the Antichrist and make it speak (Revelation 13:14-15).
5. When the statue of the beast speaks, he will demand that everyone must worship the Antichrist and take a mark either on their forehead or on their right hand (Revelation 13:15-17).
6. Whoever does not take this mark will not be able to buy or sell (Revelation 13:17).
7. Before anyone actually takes the mark, God will send out Angels throughout the world proclaiming from the sky not to take the mark of the beast but worship God. The same angel will also proclaim the punishment for taking the mark...being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 14:9-11).
According to the literal Word of God, these seven events must take place before the worldwide mark of the beast can be distributed by the Antichrist. As stated, these seven events will happen sometime around the middle of the tribulation period and one right after another. It should also be noted that it wouldn't make any sense for God to send out Angels to warn the world of the mark if some had already taken it. You will be granted ample and thorough warnings that cannot be mistaken. One interesting fact is, we can't even get past event number one without the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple. That is still yet future.
Something else I find interesting regarding the mark is found in Revelation 13:17.
"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."
This passage lists three possibilities for the mark. 1) It may just be a mark, 2) it may be the name of the beast or 3) it may be the number of his name which is 666. Certainly, it doesn't really matter. Either you have the identification mark or you don't. It need not be complicated, but due to our fast paced technological society, we feel somehow that it must be. I'm not saying that it won't turn out to be some advanced verichip hybrid, but whatever it is, God will make it clear to every soul on earth that taking the mark of the Antichrist will have eternal and severe consequences (Revelation 14:9-11).
In conclusion, according to the Bible, it will not be possible for a person to mistakenly take or be fooled into taking the mark of the beast. It will be your choice, and you will absolutely know all the facts and consequences associated with making such a decision.
You will also have to witness a multitude of supernatural events before you have to confront the decision of whether or not to take the mark of the Antichrist.
Certainly, this message is directed more toward those who will be left behind then Christians on this side of the rapture. But if you do not know the Lord, you can avoid this horrible time period by accepting Jesus as Savior, repenting and turning from sin, and turning your life over to the Lord from this day forward.
If you would like to accept Jesus as Lord pray with me right
Father, I know that I am a sinner and cannot obtain salvation in and of myself. I come to you in the name of Jesus asking that you forgive me of my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and guilt. I trust and believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay my sin penalty. I accept this free gift of salvation, and from this day forward, turn my life completely over to the Lord. I thank you and praise you God for giving me a new life in Christ. Amen.
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May the Lord bless you and keep you in this final hour.
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