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Donna Danna (25 Mar)
"Mark of the Beast"
Dear John & Doves,
I was reading the article "The Unholy Alliance -- Christianity and The NWO - Part 3" at http://www.rense.com/general21/unholy3.htm and what really stood out was the section which says, "Tim Lahaye, Co-author of the Left Behind book series which depicts a person as being saved even after receiving the mark of the beast. Thinking this to be a fluke, in a conversation with his co-author Jerry Jenkins at the official left behind website in their message board section, we were told their position is that it will be ok to receive the mark of the beast as long as the recipient of the mark is not a worshiper of the beast." If this remark is true, then Jerry Jenkins is promoting unbelief because Revelation 20:4 says, "I saw the souls of them beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, NEITHER HAD RECEIVED HIS MARK UPON THEIR FOREHEADS, OR IN THEIR HANDS; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." This means that a believer cannot worship the beast or the image of the beast, and a believer cannot receive the beast's mark upon their foreheads or in their hands either. So if Jerry Jenkins did really make that statement that a person can take the mark of the beast, but not worship the beast, his statement is totally false according to Rev. 20:4.
Also Revelation 14:9-11 says, "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." So Jerry Jenkin's alleged statement of not worshipping the beast, but taking the beast's mark looks like a manmade loophole to buy and sell in order to physically survive and eat. In any event, according to Rev. 13:15 anyone who doesn't worship the image of the beast will be killed so why take the mark, or the number of his name, or his name in the right hand or in the forehead to begin with if you already know that not worshipping the image of the beast is going to cause your death. It makes no sense, and I wouldn't stake my eternal life on the belief that there was a loophole where I could take the mark of the beast and not worship him and not be eternally damned. According to Rev. 20:4, there is no loophole because a believer cannot take the mark of the beast upon their foreheads nor in their hands if the believer wants to be resurrected and live and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.
I also read a long time ago where someone believed that they could take the number of the beast's name, and they believed it to be different from taking the mark of the beast or from taking the name of the beast. Today I read a similiar thing in the Letters to the Editor in Midnight Call Magazines April 2002 issue which was a reply from the editor. In other words they were looking for a loophole to buy or sell and eat, and not end up being tormented with fire and brimstone for doing so. I think this is a cop out as well. If you read Rev. 13:16-17, it says, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond TO RECEIVE A MARK IN THEIR RIGHT HAND OR 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." I wouldn't stake my eternal life thinking that there is a loophole that you can take the number of the beast's name in the right hand or forehead, but not his name, and mistakenly believe that I was not eternally damned either. I think the number of the beast's name will be a mark or marked in the right hand or forehead as well. If Rev. 13:15 says that you will be killed for not worshipping the image of the beast, why take the added risk of taking the number of the beast in the hopes that you might not be eternally damned. You can't have it both ways. God expects a person not to worship the image of the beast, and to be killed and not to take the mark of the beast nor the number of his name nor the beast's name in the right hand or in the forehead. Also Rev. 15:2 says, "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, AND OVER THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." This is the same sea of glass before the throne of God in heaven depicted in Rev. 4:6. So these people on the sea of glass must be the martyred believers who are in heaven before the 7 angels empty out their bowls or vials of the 7 last plagues. These martyred believers were beheaded for not worshipping the beast, and not worshipping the image of the beast, and NOT TAKING THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST'S NAME otherwise how would they have gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image and over the number of his name. So I really don't think that believers just taking the number of the beast's name are going to be left on earth to repopulate the earth during the millenium which was the reasoning of the editor of Midnight Call Magazine for taking the number of the beast's name. And do people honestly believe that taking the number of the beast's name is going to be some place other than upon the forehead or in their hands?
Also what about the possibility that if you did take the mark of the beast in any way, shape, or form that you will have to worship the image of the beast because the mark may be an implanted microchip that interacts with your brain waves causing you and forcing you to worship the image of the beast, and you have no will of your own after taking the microchip. I wouldn't rule that possibility out. While Satan may like our voluntary worship of him, he isn't beyond deceiving someone being the liar that he is. Does Satan really care how he gets a person's soul to hell as long as he gets it there? I don't think so.
Reprinted by Hope To The End