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Is this the Mark of the Beast?

 

4/30/2016

In the book of Revelation 13:16-18 it reads, “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: 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.” This beast makes or compels people to take this mark. Many people believe that this mark of the Beast that people will be required to take in their right hand or in their forehead is an actual visible mark, but COULD THERE BE ANOTHER EXPLANATION? Why not the left hand or either hand?  We must allow the Bible to give the interpretation.  

WHY THE HAND? The use of the hand is indicative of action. We use our hands to work and do different activities. “The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.” Psalms 9:16 and “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting” I Timothy 2:8. When we look at these scriptures we can see that the works of our hands can be either for good or evil. In the Bible to give the hand was a sign of submission to others and acknowledgment of an oath or pledge. See Ezra 10:19, Ezekiel 17:18 and Revelation 10:5-6 “Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever…”

In the Bible right signifies power. Jesus sat down on the right hand of the Father. Again the right hand denotes power and strength, the right hand is the place of authority as in Luke 20:42-43, “And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool.”  In the book of Mark 10:37 two of Jesus disciples wanted a place of power and authority, they wanted to sit on his right hand and on his left.  In Exodus 15:6 Moses said, “Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.” Today we shake hands using the right hand and when we swear on the Bible during a trial or to be sworn into office the right hand is always used.

Since right denotes power and strength could this mean the mark of the beast is the power that the beast exerts over people and the actions that people perform as they carry out the agenda of the beast?

Let us take a look at this scripture in Revelation 16:13-16 which says, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”   What did John see?  “Listen carefully. This is what is occurring today, like frogs, messengers are carrying messages from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and the mouth of the false prophet unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world.  We must understand, unfortunately, in the United States of America, today we are using the Secretary of State to this end, when the Secretary moves from nation to nation like a frog. This is the movement, hopping and leaping like a plane or helicopter. As the Secretary of State is being used to this end, representatives from other nations also carry messages from the mouth of the dragon, and the mouth of the beast, and the mouth of the false prophet.”  Taken from the book Ending Terrorism in the United States God has warned U.S. pg. 192-193.

We must understand how the beast talks, how the dragon talks, and how the false prophet talks. The false prophet says “if we go to war it will be swift victory; ten years later you are still in warfare.” a false prophet speaks words contrary to what God has spoken. How does the dragon speak, he says “I will take what I want.”  How does the beast speak? “I will control what you do, if your country does not do what we tell you we will impose sanctions and you will not be able to buy or sell.” If you do not do what we say we will withhold financial aid from your state or country.  You will submit and allow a sexually perverse curriculum to be taught in your schools. The U.N. operates this way which is composed of many nations.  If you do not do what we say, we will put you out of business or we will not conduct business in your state or country.

The Beast-- you cannot buy or sell unless you take this mark.

The Beast exerts power over the person.  In a story from the U.K. a Christian College student was expelled from school after it was discovered that he had posted on Facebook his belief that homosexuality was wrong, he also mentioned his support of Kim Davis, the woman who refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples seeking to get married because it violated her Godly belief that marriage is between a man and a woman only. He was studying to become a social worker.  A hearing was held against him and he was told that because of his beliefs he “may have caused offence to some individuals” and had “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”  The committee also concluded that his belief would affect his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker,” and was consequently advised that he was “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.”  He was kicked out of school and he can no longer pursue his goal to become a social worker. UK-student-expelled-over-facebook-post-citing-biblical-law-on-homosexuality    We also have a case right here in the good ole USA  Student-files-suit-after-being-expelled-from-counseling-program-over-views-on-homosexuality.

THE BEAST--we will control your ability to earn a living unless you submit and change your way of thinking.  You must denounce your way of thinking and submit to the government.

This is happening today in the United States: Christians are losing their businesses and livelihoods because they refuse to submit to a government seeking to impose its will upon them, a will that is against God and the Biblical definition of marriage.  But this submission does not come only in the form of our fight against the homosexual, LGBT agenda but anytime a government seeks to impose its will upon people, a will that is in direct opposition to the word of God and people are punished because of their refusal to submit. Look at what happened to the three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego they were thrown into the fiery furnace when they refused to bow to the golden statue that Nebuchadnezzar had made. Look at Daniel he was thrown into the lion’s den when he refused to stop praying to God. Look at Paul and Silas, they were thrown into the innermost prison when they refused to stop preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus. What about us, will we submit to the will of the government? Will we allow our minds and hands to be used to further the agenda of this government as it exercises the power of the beast?

Again, this is happening today in the United States; Christians are losing their businesses and livelihoods because they refuse to submit to a government seeking to impose its will upon them, a will that is against God and the Biblical definition of marriage. Fired-for-preaching-Georgia-dumps-doctor-over-church-sermons

The Beast is using fear and intimidation to get people to submit. People are afraid to speak out against this issue because many are afraid they will lose their jobs or people will turn against them.

THE BEAST:

  • I will cancel my concert in your state (North Carolina and Mississippi) because you have enacted a law that denies transgender people the right to use bathrooms of their choosing and gives Christians the right to refuse service to people that violate their Christian beliefs regarding marriage. Bruce-Springsteen-cancels-North Carolina-show-to-protest-bathroom-law

  • PayPal pulled their plans to expand in North Carolina after the state passed the "Bathroom Bill” also “founders and chief executives of more than a hundred companies, including Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) urged North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to repeal the legislation.”  Paypal-scraps-North-Carolina-expansion-plan-over-states-lgbt-law

  • We will expel your child from preschool because you do not agree with our teachings on homosexuality and gender identity.  A four-year-old was expelled from preschool because her parents objected to their daughter being taught about same-sex relationships and wanted to opt-out of the teachings.  Two days later after her mother had a meeting with the school she received a letter stating that “her child is not a “good fit” for the school and that the letter represented her final day as a student.” Four-year-old-booted-from-preschool-after-mother-objects-to-lessons-on-homosexuality-gender

Christians all over the nation and in other countries are being impacted by laws that protect a behavior and lifestyle that is against nature and God’s laws.  Governments are telling people to comply or suffer the consequences.  We will teach your children what we want them to know even if it is against your values and you have no choice, you must comply as long as your children attend public schools. The-war-on-children-the-comprehensive-sexuality-education-agenda. School districts you will teach comprehensive sexual education or lose federal funding.  This is exactly what the Obama administration has said to certain school districts in the United States.

In many cases, if you refuse you cannot buy or sell, if you refuse to submit you will not be able to earn a living because we will make you pay fines or force you out of business, therefore you will not have money to participate in the economic system. And if you comply you have in effect submitted to the power and authority of the beast. We must keep in mind that our war is not with people, but with spirits, spirits of devils. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12.

When a government has total power over people, the people must submit to their authority or else suffer the consequences.

Let us examine the forehead--In the Old Testament, the priests were required to place a Mitre upon their heads when they went into the holiest of holies once a year. “And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.”  Exodus 28:38.  In II Chronicles 26:19 King Uzziah was struck with leprosy in his forehead, why the forehead? Because he took it upon himself to burn incense before the Lord, burning incense before the Lord was for the priests only. He stepped out of his office and intruded into a place not intended for him.  He became lifted up in pride; this pride occurred in the mind and had a direct impact on his actions.

God told Ezekiel in 3:8-9, “Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.” God said his forehead was strong; he was not speaking about the fleshly forehead; he was speaking about the mind, because where the mind goes actions follow.  It begins in the mind, if we follow the mind of the flesh our actions are fleshly or wicked actions.  If we follow the mind of the Holy Spirit our actions are spiritual.  This is why Paul said to be renewed in the spirit of our minds.  He said to think on these things, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8. God was telling Ezekiel that he had made his mind stronger than the minds of the people who were doing wickedly and for him not to be afraid of the people. 

This is what God is speaking to us today, “Do not be afraid of the PEOPLE,” behold I am with you, whithersoever you go.” For us to not be afraid and walk-in boldness we must do as Paul said in Ephesians 6:13-17 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  God is saying in Philippians 4:9 “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

In Revelation 17:5 we see a woman with a name written upon her forehead, “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” this is not an actual woman but it is a representation of a nation. Therefore this is not an actual forehead but the mindset or mentality of the nation, a nation in sin and wickedness, full of abominations.  This is mystery Babylon. PLEASE NOTE: Mystery Babylon rides the Beast and other nations will hate her.

Take the mark in your forehead, we will change your way of thinking, we will change your views from what is right to what is wrong. They call good evil and evil good.

So, to recap we can take a different approach to what the mark of the Beast actually is; what is this mark that people are required to take in their foreheads or hands, or suffer the consequences of not being able to buy or sell? Our hands are indicative of works and the forehead is indicative of the mind, thoughts and the right hand denotes power.  Ephesians 1:20-21 says, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.”

Therefore when we take this mark in our forehead or hand we have given the BEAST power over us and this power controls our thoughts and actions and people who use intimidation to force others to comply with the actions of the beast are in fact being controlled by the beast. These people have in fact taken the mark in their forehead and right hand.  Is this the mark of the Beast? FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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By: Nadine Richmond

The Church Readiness Ministries

 

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