Everyone is familiar with the text:

“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.” Rev 13:17 (KJV)

Imagine the scenario when you spouse comes in carrying groceries and they remark,

“Honey, the strangest thing happened at Walmart.  I was standing in line and the family ahead of me were declined.  I mean, I didn’t see a credit card nor did they attempt to pass a check.  The cashier just told them they would not be able to purchase groceries.”

“So, what happened?”

“When the cashier pressed the button to contact the office, they slipped out the door!”

“Hmmm, they must be that group of people who are defying the government.”

“Yeah, must be.  I’m glad, though, we got our stuff.  What you want for dinner?”

Would you think it strange or realize when you’re able to make your purchases as before, and others are not able; or, those neighbors who were always pestering you about the Sabbath day being Saturday and God’s judgments were soon to fall and you quite frankly ignored them and suggested they hadn’t need to stop by again.  Yet, for your own comfort level you check the back of your hand, rush to the bathroom to peer into the mirror and see nothing on your forehead, you walk away muttering, “This must be something else.  It cannot be what they talked about in church on Sunday.”

There are a lot of beliefs floating around out there and nobody is giving the devil any credit.  One thing for certain, while many of you DO NOT read your Bible, he surely has it well understood and he will not do the obvious, and even if he did, it would still catch many of you by surprise!  You have no real idea what the “Mark of the Beast” is.  You have no idea what that infamous number “666” really mean.  Revelation 13 speaks about two beasts and a dragon and as far as you know it could very well be about “Barney”.  Some of you know about that, though!

There will come a time, my friends, when some people you know will begin to disappear and I’m not talking about that foolish thing called, “Secret Rapture”.  I’m talking about God’s people who can no longer function in society, buying and shopping as you do and are.  You see, they were worshiping at that Adventist church down on such-and-such street, which was closed down and boarded up by the sheriff’s department.  You thought it was just news until, well, the funniest thing happened, they could no longer buy or sell, and you could!

What does this mean?


August 14, 2016