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Understanding Revelation 14:9-10: What is the mark of the beast?

December 8th, 2013 |

Imagine that God gave you a warning, a warning so important that if you did not listen to it and heed it you would be eternally lost.  What would you do with such a warning?  Would you ignore it?  Would you spend no time studying it?  Would you trust a pastor or priest’s interpretation of the warning even if they could not explain it from Scripture?  Certainly not, for it would be too great of a risk to ignore or guess at the meaning of such a warning. Yet this warning is not a figment of one’s imagination, it is reality.  The Bible warns us in Revelation 14

“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,  he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:9-10)

Theories regarding the mark of the beast abound, a microchip, a tattoo, a number 666, yet ask those who present such theories to prove their theories from the Bible.  Ask them to prove who the beast is, using every point of Revelation 13. Ask them to prove what the mark of the beast is from Scripture.  Can they do it?  No friends unfortunately many cannot.  With tears in His eyes God declares “His watchmen are blind, They are all ignorant; They are all dumb dogs, They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Isaiah 56:10) The parable of the wise and foolish virgins tells us the state of our Christian world at this hour “While the bridegroom (Jesus) was delayed, they (Christians) all slumbered and slept.” (Matthew 25:5)  The Christian world is asleep, unprepared for the final test.  The mark of the beast is soon to be enforced yet the vast majority of the Christian world has no idea what this test is about.  And if you do not understand what the final test is about, you will be deceived.  This final message has an urgency not sufficiently understood by the world today.  Beloved, now is the time to be prepared.  Now is the time to study the word of God like you have never studied before.  While many are spiritually asleep you need not be, you can be ready for Jesus return.  Jesus loves you with an everlasting love, you are of great value in His sight, and He gives the warning of the mark of the beast not to condemn anyone, but to save them from eternal loss.

“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.  And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:6, Romans 13:11)

Today beloved, let us study the Bible and discover what this mark of the beast truly is.  Let us allow Scripture to interpret Scripture, so that there is no doubt.  Let us watch and be ready “for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44) Read More »

The forgotten commandment – Is keeping the Sabbath important?

October 30th, 2010 |

In the very heart of the law of God, there is a commandment that has been neglected by the majority of professed Christians in the world today.  It is the largest of the Ten, yet it is mentioned by the Christian world the least.  While it begins with the word “remember” it is seemingly forgotten. Even though it was spoken directly by God, in many Christian pulpits today this topic receives nothing but silence.  Although it was written directly by God Himself, many pastors are trying to erase it.

Yet God still declares  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:1, 8-11)

In Exodus 20, God spoke the Sabbath commandment Himself, He wrote it on tablets of stone and again God declares in the New Testament “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”(Matthew 24:35 NIV) Based on the words of Jesus His commandments still stand. But could it be that we have forgotten the only commandment from Jesus that begins with the word “remember”?

Is keeping the Sabbath important, for modern New Testament Christians such as ourselves?  If so what is required by the Lord in order to keep the Sabbath holy? Which day is the Lord’s day?  And if we intentionally neglect God’s commandment, could it keep us out of heaven? Friends these are vitally important questions, yet the Bible has clear life giving answers! Let us study the Bible today to find the answers to these questions, but before we do so let us ask for the Lord’s help in prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today we have valid and important questions, but Lord we are so thankful that you have valid and clear answers. Guide us today Lord in the way we should go. Help us dear Lord, send your Holy Spirit to teach us your ways, and then empower us to follow your path wherever you lead us. Open our eyes dear Lord so that we may see wonderful things from your word today. Help us to follow you. May we have open hearts and open minds as we discover the answers to our important questions as we read directly fro your inspired word today. We thank you Lord for blessing us so much and hearing and answering our prayers. We pray all these things in the precious name of your son Jesus, amen.

Is keeping the Sabbath important for Christians today?

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