The Mark of the Beast
I've become increasingly concerned about the number of rumors and theories flying around the internet regarding the "mark of the beast." After watching what I am sure was TOO MANY Youtube videos and reading too many articles on this subject, I decided to do my best to study it out for myself. I do know that we have entered the season that Yeshua/Jesus warned us about when he urged his disciples, "Watch out that no one deceives you." This was his very FIRST warning and admonition to them when they inquired of him about the end times. He knew there would be a thing called "the internet" and He knew, as spoken in the prophet Daniel, that "knowledge would be going to and fro throughout the earth" with all this modern technology. So I believe that these warnings and prophetic understandings recorded in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 were intended to be for US, living in the times of birth pains and coming tribulation.
Therefore, I believe that if we stay close to the Word of God as our solid plumb line, we will not be caught unaware when the mark of the beast becomes a reality and something that we will be dealing with. There is SO much speculation out there about what this mark will be, and that's the problem: it IS all simply speculation! Some say it will be an RFID chip inserted into the skin, some have decided it will be a chip or a DNA-altering material in a vaccine. Some believe it will be a tattoo. For years we were told that the "666" symbol is actually Arabic letters, and more recently there was a big following of people who were certain that Jared Kushner is the Antichrist because his address in New York City is 666! But in every one of these conjectures, there is something wrong and that one thing is TIMING. My friends, in my view and through my studies, we need to understand that it simply is NOT YET TIME FOR THIS MARK OF THE BEAST BECAUSE THE BEAST KINGDOM HAS NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE EARTH!
Think about what this mark is all about. It is a sign on the right hand or forehead that clearly indicates the person's allegiance to the Beast and his kingdom. The person who has this mark has been deceived by the "Lawless One" (the Antichrist) and all his counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders (see 2 Thess. 2:9-11). THEY HAVE BELIEVED A LIE. And what is this lie? 2 Thess. 2:12 tells us that all will be condemned who have not BELIEVED THE TRUTH, BUT HAVE DELIGHTED IN WICKEDNESS. You see, a choice has been made by the time they are marked as belonging to Satan's kingdom! They have chosen to follow the Beast and his demonic deceptions instead of Jesus, the Righteous King, Son of the Living God.
Revelation 13:5-9 tells us "The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God and to slander His name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - ALL WHOSE NAMES HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE BELONGING TO THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD. He who has an ear, let him hear."
So I am daring to repeat Yeshua's cry: "He who has an ear, let him hear!" You are not going to be unwittingly marked for the beast kingdom by taking a virus vaccine. You will not be tricked into having a chip inserted into your hand. You can choose to take those things if you want, they are still CHOICES YOU CAN MAKE. But until the "Man of Lawlessness" arises and comes to power in the earth, setting up his rule and his one-world religion, there would be no beast to worship! Until a clear choice has to be made between Elohim (God the Father) and His Son (Messiah Yeshua) or the Antichrist and his False Prophet, there will be no need for a mark! IT IS NOT TIME YET.
But how do we get ready for that time? How do we ensure that we are NOT deceived and swept away by the wonders of this "great world religion of peace" and all the counterfeit signs and wonders? I just submit to you that the answer is again found in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2. Remember that the key is BELIEVING IN AND LOVING THE TRUTH. The Truth is God's Torah as we are told in Psalms 119:142, "Your righteousness is everlasting and your Torah is truth" and Psalms 119:160, "All your words are truth and your righteous Torah is eternal." Yeshua/Jesus summed it up Himself when He said, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. "If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey My teaching." (John 14:21, 23-24)
When we make a clear choice to FOLLOW JESUS and no other, and to keep His commands, He comes to dwell within us by the power of His Holy Spirit. Through our love for Him, as evidenced by our obedience, our names are written in His Book of Life. We are marked as His own! Does this mean we will escape persecution or captivity or even death? No. This choice could cost us our earthly lives; but gain us a crown in our eternal lives with Him. The important thing is to stay close to Him and His Word, keeping it in our hearts and in our minds, and continually growing in the power of His Holy Spirit, not loving our lives unto death! Rev. 14:12 says, "This calls for patient endurance on the part of the SAINTS WHO OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS AND REMAIN FAITHFUL TO YESHUA." Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."
"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
May Adon Yeshua (our Lord Jesus) Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. May the Lord direct your hearts unto God's love and Messiah's perseverance.
2 Thess 2:16-17, 2 Thess. 3:5
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Kelly Ferrari Mills