If you have been following this series from the Who Is The AntiChrist? Then you must have read those on The Mark of The Beast and seen how we may have all been affected through all the facets of society.
The tentacles cover institutions such as education, where all sorts of lies and theories are being propagated and the truth frowned upon; the financial institutions have been set up and controlled by few elite families; the religious institutions have been taken over by ecumenism, which is clearly anti-First Commandment of God.
What more shall I say of the military or social welfare or health system and the rest? The whole system is messed up and does not ink of the fear of God.
Wickedness is being exercised at an alarming rate as if God does not exist. The worst are the places of worship, which are supposed to bring forth truth and remind God’s people of His love and judgement. But it is those places that have caused many to stumble or head in the wrong direction altogether (Malachi 2:7-8). Their foundations are based on the Babylonian system.
In essence, Satan is in control of almost every facet of our society, that God has labelled Babylon, whether private or public, governmental or religious. Now, does this mean that we cannot escape the plans and purposes of Satan for the World? Does the Bible reveal anything to us about our future? What should those who believe and fear the Lord do in these circumstances?
First, you must know that the acceptance of the mark is like a ritual of passing into the Abyss with a seal or stamp of “No Return”. Then you also want to take stock of what you stand to benefit from this Babylonian system if it is truly worth the sacrifice. Sacrifice? Yes, it is a life-costing sacrifice.
Every human being, irrespective of your colour, race, gender or creed must be sacrificed. We have been made like that and none of us can change it. We are beings of sacrifice. But, you are the one who will decide the spiritual entity whom you will surrender yourself to as a sacrifice.
The truth is that God demands your life as a sacrifice, but unfortunately Satan wants the same as well. This was why Jesus said you cannot serve two masters; one dwells in the North (Heaven) and the other in the South (Hell). You must choose and then fully surrender your soul.
Paul the apostle begged the believers in Rome that they should willingly surrender themselves as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).
You want to serve God? Surrender your soul to Him. if you don’t surrender it to Him, you will inadvertently surrender it to Satan. Those are your only choices – God or Satan.”
Promote The Glamour – Hide The Rituals
As you may know, Satan presents himself as an angel of light, and he was. He was a light-bearer until he corrupted the light that he carried in God’s Presence through rebellion towards God. That is why rebellion is the core of the Mark of the Beast.
In his subtle and deceptive activities among people, he promotes the glamour of self-worship and sin-worship: “Do What Thou Wilt”. He does this through his army of recruits such as Hollywood stars, politicians, famous, rich people and even preachers. The people are covertly invited to eat with Satan in the dark.
Boosted by the media, when the people see or hear of these glamorous promotional and soap operas, they WILLINGLY surrender their intellect, emotions, will and mind – their soul, to him.
Their thinking change and they model their lifestyle choices accordingly because the food they fed from at the table of Satan has dehumanized and desensitized them what is unholy and abominable.
All they are made to see and know are the glamorous and dazzling parts, but the ugly parts – rituals – are well hidden. They never reveal the blood sacrifices of relations, the physical, emotional and sexual abuses they will suffer. Only the glamour.
Once they are captured, they get imprisoned in his camp with all sorts of covenants and oaths, he throws their prison key away (Isaiah 14:17) and then reveals the real worship – Satan worship, by which time it is usually too late. Any of his subjects who wants to opt out is warned and then put into rehabilitation or is quickly eliminated!
For those of you who still revel in attending all these megachurches (and even minichurches) that are nothing but schools of Babylon; they rehash the previous sitcoms/soap operas from the pulpits to you, reminding you of what happened at the last episode of Eastenders, Preachers of L.A. or The Big Bang Theory instead of the impending judgments of God, you’d better take your Bible and run!
Ever heard of music or football stars undergoing rehabs? It is usually because the human will of the victim is trying to break free from the merger of the iron (demon) and clay (soul) in their personality.
What is Satan’s aim? He wants absolute control, so he can make ALL things that make you human to fade away gradually, except your physical body, which God created specially for this planet. Unfortunately, once Satan has used up the energy of your body through your exercises in carnality, he will throw you away as garbage.
God Keeps His Own
As the devil is pursuing his evil agenda God has already proven, time and again, that He’s able to look after His own. In Egypt, when God started judging Pharaoh and the Egyptians, His people in Goshen, were dwelling in safety, none of them was touched by the plagues. Again, during the famine at that time of Elijah, God kept Elijah while the whole land was suffering.
Even the widow of Zarephath who had a relationship with God was kept by His power and when things were about turning against her, Elijah appeared in the scene with the anointing of God to cause a miracle. It is needless fear in addition to the rejection of Christ that will cause people to receive the mark of the beast and end up in the Lake of Fire with him.
Elijah was hidden in the vicinity of his enemies (1Kings 17:3), he was in the same land where the famine took place, yet he did not partake in the famine. The same shall take place at the time of the End. David said he has “not seen the righteous forsaken” (Psalm 37:25).
But how did Elijah managed to escape the judgement by famine? He had the seal of God on his forehead.
“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” [Ezekiel 9:4]
“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” [Revelation 9:4]
What is it about the forehead? Forehead spiritually represent the soul – intellect, emotions, will and mind (Exodus 13:16 ESV). In that reference in Ezekiel, the people that were marked were characterized by the reverential fear of God, while the opposite is true for those who received the mark of the beast.
You Will Still Die
But, what if the Lord chooses to “forsake” or not come to “deliver” you? I will say that you would be finding yourself in the same situation as the three Hebrew young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. What should you do?
“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” [Daniel 6:18] This is what is meant by “….they loved not their lives unto the death.” [Revelation 12:11]
Why was their decision seemingly easy? Three things. If you can grasp these three things and become dedicated to them, you are GUARANTEED to overcome the Mark of the Beast!
First, they had consecrated their lives to God. They were fully committed to the cause of Christ (God), they never shied from the shame of the Cross. The Cross – being despised for refusing to conform to acts of ungodliness – has colours of suffering painted all over it and whoever carries it will bear some shame. He will be ridiculed and rejected for refusal to conform (Hebrews 12:2).
Second, they had offered their lives upon the altar of sacrifice (Romans 12:1). These people were dead to the world but living in God. Nebuchadnezzar was dealing with three DEAD people who refused to bow to Satan. Tell me, what more can you do to a dead man? Spit on him? Beat him? Kick him? Chop him up? No, burn him!
Nebuchadnezzar resorted to burning them, having had the furnace of their affliction/fire heated up seven times, that would make the dead man to sizzle, wasn’t it? Right in there, Jesus would be there.
“He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” [Daniel 3:25]
Third, they had the hope of resurrection! This is the hope that neutralizes every form of shame in carrying the Cross. The attainment or qualification into the power of resurrection.
Jesus sums it this way, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” [Luke 9:24]. Paul added, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God” [Romans 8:6-8].Decide Your Eternity
Reject the world, accept and stay with Jesus Christ. That is the only thing you need to do. That is the ONLY way of escape from the judgement that is coming upon those who accept the mark of the beast.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 Emphasis mine]
“Who may go up the LORD’S mountain? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart and does not long for what is false or lie when he is under oath.” [Psalm 24:3-4 GW]
There is a weapon of God, made available to us that no devil from the kingdom of darkness can resist, it is the Blood of the Lamb. By this Blood, you may neutralize every assault against your soul.
“And they overcame him (devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” [Revelation 12:11] God’s Word version says it like this, “They won the victory over him (devil) because of the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up.”
Finally, as you read these words, YOU have the opportunity to determine your own eternity – for better or for worse, death or life, mark of Jesus Christ or the beast – YOU choose.
If you stick with the three-point strategy, you will OVERCOME the Mark of The Beast! Even the Beast and all the people of the world will acknowledge your God like Nebuchadnezzar did (Daniel 3:25-26)
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