Just some food for thought today…
(13:13) And he works great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth before men. (13:14) And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and came to life. (13:15) And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. (13:16) And he causes all, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, that they should receive marks on their right hand, or on their foreheads, (13:17) and that no one may be able to buy or sell except he that has the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
For many years, students of the word of God have attempted to understand what this means, and what the “mark of the beast” is.
I believe that we are becoming very close to understanding this mystery.
Let me spin a modern scenario for you to contemplate:
Let’s take gay marriage, for instance.
It seems to me that people are infected, spiritually. There’s a strong move of a malevolent spirit running rampant in the United States, and around the world.
This is how something like the mark of the beast could be implemented:
First off, I believe that according to Daniel 11:37, the Antichrist will be homosexual.
Secondly, remember that all those who take the mark of the beast are deceived into taking it!
(13:14) And he deceives my own people who dwell on the earth by the signs which were given to him to do before the beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and came to life.
Ask yourself this question: How many people (self professed “Christians” included) would (could) be deceived by this: (Antichrist speaking…)
“I am tired of all the homophobe Christians in society today. Homosexuals are people too, and they are worthy of equal rights—the same rights that everybody else are afforded.
“So today, as a sign of solidarity, I strongly encourage ALL PEOPLE, the young and old, the rich and poor, to show your solidarity for gay marriage, and take the mark of solidarity today!”
“And the mark of solidarity will be the rainbow!”
(13:16) 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: (13:17) 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.
Notice the text says:
No one can buy or sell except he who:
“Has the mark, OR the name of the beast, OR the number of his name.”
It’s not a stretch to see this taken to this extreme: (once again, antichrist speaking…)
“We are serious about the LGBT community, and gay marriage. So serious, and so adamant about equal rights for all people everywhere, that not only will you be ostracized in the world community for not showing your solidarity, but that no one will be able to buy or sell anything, or conduct any commerce, without the rainbow mark, as a sign of solidarity.”
There’s more to the rampant exponential rise of homosexuals in the country today then meets the eye.
For those of you who know your Bible, we’ve seen this type of deviant behavior before:
(19:1) The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth (19:2) and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” (19:3) But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. (19:4) But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. (19:5) And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” (19:6) Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, (19:7) and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. (19:8) Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” (19:9) But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. (19:10) But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. (ESV)
Brothers and sisters of God, see that no man deceive you.
Remember that people will not blindly take the mark—people are deceived into taking it!
Coming soon, the door will be shut once again (Luke 13:25), and this age will be over.
How many people do you know would take a mark and show their solidarity for this cause?
We can see the potential ease of this happening today, even without this Elijah-like character calling fire down out of heaven to validate his evil plan.