I hope and pray everyone happening upon this place, or if a subscriber no one will overlook the article below my comments. It is a very important article in these times.
Redundancy is necessary and needed in these times — that said it is vitally important to know the difference between what the world and men and women preach and what the inerrant Word of God tells us. All of us so there should be no confusion at all be it be true believer, heathen, atheist — whomever.
The Mark of the Beast is NOT, will NOT be a RFID chip, barcode, so on as is so predominately mentioned and it categorized being. Anyone can take about 76 seconds of their life, do an image search of “mark of the beast” and see what I’m writing about here. The misdirection, misinformation and lie being believed by the world who might believe in the mark, and especially in those professing to be disciples of Jesus and thus claiming to know the Holy Bible is that “Mark” will be a barcode? A RFID chip implant? Something known to the finite mind, the lost mind, the mind paying no mind to the words within the Word of God. If never taking the time before to read and come to know perhaps now is the time to do so. Forget brevity. Forget one verse. Forget only 140 characters. Because eternity — a long, long, LONG time depends upon the knowing, the believing, the living in kind. Do not concern yourselves so much with worldly hastiness missing what God has told us and desires us to know — the truth. The facts. His Word to us:
The First Beast
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”
And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,a that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.b And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
If anyone is to be taken captive,
to captivity he goes;
if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
with the sword must he be slain.
Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
The Second Beast
Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,c and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence ofd the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,e to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.f
Revelation 13 — English Standard Version
a 6 Or tabernacle
b 7 Some manuscripts omit this sentence
c 12 Or on its behalf
d 14 Or on behalf of
e 16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see >Preface
f 18 Some manuscripts 616
The Mark of the Beast
And, or in their foreheads: 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Revelation 13:16-18 — King James Version
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 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. 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.”
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.b
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
Revelation 14:9-13 — English Standard Version
Footnote: b 12 Greek and the faith of Jesus
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, 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: 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. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 14:9-13 — King James Version
First, what is all to frequently omitted is the Biblical fact there are TWO beasts. The first is the son of perdition, the Antichrist who the world will worship. They will TAKE HIS NAME IN THEIR BODIES LITERALLY in such worship. Not a barcode. Not a RFID chip. They will TAKE HIS NAME MARKED PERMANENTLY INTO THEIR BODIES — either in their foreheads or on their right hands. This beast is the son of Satan. The second beast is pure evil and demonic as the first, and is the Antichrist’s false prophet who will seduce, mesmerize and hold captive the people of the world through many signs and wonders which they will “ooooooh” and “aaaaaaaah” over thinking they are the most wonderful (and fearful) things ever witnessed. They will adore, worship, bow to and do whatever the first beast (Antichrist) and second beast (false prophet) tell them they ought to do, what they need to believe. They will be slaves imagining themselves finally free and living in Utopia. Heaven on earth in the greatest illusion and deception ever carried out on the earth in earth’s history.
Many will say, have said, how can this be? And there will be, are many scoffers and doubters, many walking in darkness as the Word of God tells us:
The Day of the Lord Will Come
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
2 Peter 3:1-7 — English Standard Version
They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”
Jude 1:18 — English Standard Version
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 Timothy 3:1 — King James Version
“‘Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”
Acts 13:41 — English Standard Version
Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and beating for the backs of fools.
Proverbs 19:29 — English Standard Version
No One Knows That Day and Hour
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
Matthew 24:36-39 — English Standard Version
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Luke 21:36 — King James Version
People mock, scoff, deny. People spit upon the Word of God. Many do say, “Where is the sign of His coming?” not believing, or growing impatient — whatever their reason to be ensnared in sin and held captive by the Evil One.
We tend to think everything must happen, the most important things happen within our lifetimes. In our sinful, finite and base minds we fail repeatedly to bow before God and learn to understand Him and His Word.
The Bible clearly tells us the last times began with the appearance, 33 years of life on earth, and murder and consequent conquering of death of God come to earth in form of God / man — Jesus Christ Lord and Saviour. That was the beginning of the end. The beginning of the last days.
God and Jesus work Their plan in Their time. Not ours. To us we may think there is no way the “end times” could possibly go on for 2,000 plus years! How could that be!? We need to stop thinking worldly, stop thinking limited, stop thinking in earthly human finite terms and seek the Holy Spirit to indwell us, instruct us beyond our understanding and ability — which the Holy Spirit will do in sincere faith from us.
The last days began with the coming, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The last of the last days we are now living in as the door of grace is almost closed and the fulfilling of almost all Bible prophecy. The coming short reign of the Antichrist and his false prophet are going to be the worst fascism this world has ever witnessed. The tribulation and events will be the worst ever in world history and the worst the world ever has witnessed or will ever witness prior to the return of the Lord. The Beast is going to go to war with the saints. Slay them. Behead them. Torture them. Attempt to remove every one of them and the One True God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ from the earth and all memory of the One True God, Jesus and their faithful true believers. All those that somehow survive the Great Tribulation of 7 years and have not taken the name of the Beast upon their bodies.
We’re close — very close to the collapse of the world’s economies, increasing wars, divisions, apostasy, false teachers, and every evil and vile imagination and act of man, woman and child as foretold in Scriptures and the coming of the first and second beasts to enslave the world.
The time is short. Shorter than longer. All must see, hear, smell and know that. If not? Open your darkened eyes and see. Remove all the noise and hear the truth. And inhale deeply and then cough out the stench discovered of the time at hand. Turn to the Lord and His Word.
For there is a melding, a merging that has been going on — all the pieces being put in place for the appearance of the first and second beasts — of commerce, religion and politics. This melding is white hot and being forged more and more each passing hour.
Do not be deceived.
Do not be caught unawares or unprepared.
For the Lord is coming back — one more time. Sooner than later.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Merging Of Commerce, Religion, Politics – Stepping Stone To Mark Of The Beast?
July 9, 2019
By PNW (Prophecy News Watch) Staff
Reprinted from: Prophecy News Watch
In a previous ruling, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Establishment Clause of the Constitution doesn’t force the government to purge itself from all religious reflection.
“Precluding general references to God would do exactly that,” the federal appeals court ruled.
In Canada, the government has been more than willing to communicate politically correct progressive messages by means of what is being called the “Homosexual Loonie”.
Canada’s gold-colored $1 coin is affectionately called the “Loonie” from the Loon bird that adorns its cover design. However, the Canadian mint has now released a commemorative Loonie to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexual sex in Canada.
Perhaps recognizing the challenge of how to memorialize legal sodomy on a coin, the Mint opted to celebrate this milestone with a more coy “stylized rendering of two overlapping human faces . . . the two faces will form one whole face in front view composed of two eyes with eyebrows, a nose, a mouth and two ears with a small hoop earring on the left ear.” There are also rays emanating from the men that give the image a “holy aura”. No doubt, we are to assume they are rainbow rays.
Conservative Canadian Christians have called the new coin a highly offensive attack against God, and protests were previously set up at the Canadian Mint in Ottawa to try to stop its introduction. The protesters argue “the politicization of our coinage and the aggressive push of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender agenda on all Canadians needs to stop”.
Such political messages on currency remind us of the passages in Revelation 13 which warn us that one day currency and the ability to conduct commerce will be directly related to both religion and politics.
Whereas there is a lot of debate about the technology that will be behind the “mark of the beast” such as digital currency, microchip implants, etc., the clear message of Revelation is that this mark is a merging of commerce, religion, and politics. Only those who worship the Antichrist will get the mark and only those with the mark will be able to buy or sell.
There has been growing concern in the Conservative and Christian community over the potential for blacklisting by the financial community. Similar to how Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have taken to banning organizations that disagree with their left-leaning policies, we now have credit card services, banks and other financial services under pressure to do the same.
Although MasterCard’s board says it is committed to the principle of allowing “all lawful purchases,” online payments platform Patreon says that MasterCard asked it to withdraw service from Islam critic Robert Spencer, founder of JihadWatch.org, in August 2018.
Mastercard also pressured a payment processor to cut off service to the conservative activist and think tank founder/author David Horowitz. Although this action took place last year, the processor later reinstated service following pressure from Breitbart News and other conservative media.
Imagine that you are a store merchant who relies on credit card processing but MasterCard and Visa decline your account for promoting “hate”. Without the ability to process credit cards, you would be out of business overnight.
Or your personal PayPal account is shut down for doing business with organizations that PayPal rules to be “extremist”. Realize that the CEO of PayPal has revealed the multi-billion dollar service partners with the leftist organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to decide who should be blacklisted from their company. Using “company corporate values” as their defense, PayPal has taken intentional steps to deny access to conservatives.
This is a big concern for Christians because the SPLC has taken an anti-Christian slant in recent years, targeting groups like James Kennedy Ministries and the Family Research Council just because they hold Biblical views about sexuality and life. Such irony! They argue “values” as their defense, all the while denying conservative Christians the same “values” argument.
Crowdfunding services such as GoFundMe have already shown how easy it is to shut down those they disagree with when they closed the account of Christian Rugby player Israel Folau who was raising funds to fight his legal battle with Rugby Australia, having been fired for criticizing homosexuality on Instagram. Folau’s campaign had raised more than $750,000 from several thousand donors before the site closed the account and refunded all donations.
With Facebook now looking at introducing its own digital currency, the Libra… Imagine if the use of such currency were directly linked to your Facebook profile. If Facebook will ban your posts critical of homosexuality or abortion, will they also ban your ability to use their instrument of commerce? In other words, you could be restricted in your ability to use this currency based on your religious or political views.
The interesting thing about Facebook’s new currency is that unlike Bitcoin, which is an open system, Libra is closed and will be highly gate-kept. Facebook announced the currency in partnership with 27 other major corporations, firms, and non-profits, including Visa, MasterCard, Spotify, Lyft, Uber and eBay.
These Founding Members make up the Libra Association, which will be in charge of processing transactions for the network and maintaining its version of the blockchain. By the coin’s tentative launch in 2020, the project hopes to expand to roughly 100 members.
So, bear in mind: this is not just Facebook but a conglomerate of some of the biggest players in the world, essentially launching its own entirely new monetary system controlled by corporations instead of the government. This is a very significant development, not unlike China’s Social Credit System that monitors and punishes citizens who do not ‘toe the line’.
A centralized network like Libra loses all of the features we associate with cryptocurrencies. The Association will be able to blacklist users they don’t want to serve, they will be able to rollback transactions they don’t like, and like a bank, they will have total access to all your financial information: who you paid, when you paid, why you paid, and how much you paid.
Given Facebook’s reputation for mismanaging user data and its flippant approach to privacy, an understandable concern from the community and even lawmakers has been, “Can we trust Facebook with our money and its related data?”
Many of us can live without Facebook but few of us could live without our credit cards for a week. Thus far, Mastercard, Visa and most banks have not given into the blacklist pressure, but it is just getting started. An extreme event may be just the catalyst needed to move them to take more drastic action. In fact, following the Hegelian dialectic, they just might provoke that ‘extreme event’ themselves.
With respect to world religions, only Christianity is being challenged legally. Only Christians and the one true God are being marginalized. Only Christians and the one true God are being isolated. We should expect to see a ‘change-up’ in these legal challenges in the not-too-distant future as Satan inspires the next step in his tripartite assault: elimination.
The elimination of God will effectively be accomplished simply by changing the definition of God, followed by changing His identity. Bible believers know this to be the case as we are plainly forewarned: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there shall come an apostasy first, and that man of lawlessness be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he, as God, sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)
Psalm 2 anticipates our present circumstances: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers (of industry?) take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His Anointed (His Christ) saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us’.” (Psalm 2:2-3)
So long as it is in the world, the Church is a restraining force in society. It is these “bonds and cords” that provoke the antagonism of the world, not simply because of their restraint, but because of He Who has ordained them, “the Lord’s Anointed”.
For those lacking discernment, those who fail to see the ‘change-up’ that is to come, they’re going to be ‘fanned’; their reaction will be a ‘swing and a miss’.
The prophetic merging of commerce, religion and politics is happening slowly and subtly, but surely.
The prophet Habakkuk states it like this: “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; but at the end it shall speak and not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come and will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
These societal changes could prove to be some of the most dangerous and prophetic developments of 2019.