…in order that you might buy?
Too often the phrase, “Mark of the Beast” is tossed around without many even knowing what it is! Then the phrase often associated with the “Mark of the Beast” is “being able to buy or sell”. So, the question needs to be asked, “If you are buying and selling when others cannot, what is it you sold in order that you might buy?” Let’s examine the text, in context, regarding where these words are mentioned:
“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. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:9-12 (KJV)
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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: 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 13:15-17 (KJV)
What is the “key” to understanding these portions of Scripture? Read it again. Found it? The key to understanding what constitutes the Mark of the Beast and the ability to “buy or sell” is simply this: “worship”. It has ALWAYS been about worship beginning with “Cain and Abel”. And that same battle wages today between satan and those who are followers of Christ. Worship. Satan desires only what God should receive: worship. So, in order for satan to receive it, he had to devise a method where man would be deceived, tricked and made to think he is honoring God when in fact, the honor is going to satan and it has everything to do with “worship”. If satan appeared in front of you and said, “Worship me”, would you do it? Of course not. He’s not that stupid. He’s a liar and that from the beginning, so he would devise a way for you to do it thinking you’re doing it for God when in actuality it is going to him.
Let’s make something clear. The “Mark of the Beast” has nothing to do with a RFID chip which you might have heard and see publicized on Facebook or other news source. This is a smokescreen. To simply get around this all one would have to do is have the chip implanted in some other part of their body and not the forehead nor the hand. That makes sense. However, due to misinformation you have people declaring they would refuse this chip because of where it is stated it will be implanted. The devil laughs at our ignorance. If you review the verses above, you will see in fact, it has nothing to do with one’s hand or forehead, but everything having to do with “worship”.
Who are you worshiping? God or satan?
The key is the last part of Rev. 14: 12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God…” Where in the “Commandments of God” is found anything having to do with “worship”? And the patience they must have regarding this is because there will be many, sadly, the majority of followers of God who will make this claim, “We do not have to follow the Commandments of God because it was given to the Jew”, or “The Commandments of God is the “old” covenant”, or “Jesus fulfilled the law”, etc. Now, help me to understand this point: “If the Commandments of God were no longer binding upon man, then why would John who wrote this in 95AD, some 64 years after Christ died and resurrected, is still saying we should be in “keeping” with the Commandments of God? Notice, he makes no mention of the “Commandments of Jesus”, but the “Commandments of God” which are found firstly in Exodus 20. The ONLY Commandment having anything to do with the actual worship of God is found in the Fourth Commandment and it begins with an interesting word, “Remember”. Remember what? The Sabbath day. Why remember? Because there would be a time when men would forget or be told otherwise. Well, Bro. John, what about the Sabbath day? To keep it holy. Bro. John, how about I keep the first day, Sunday, holy? What say you?
“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Ex 20:9-11 (KJV)
Wait a minute, Bro. John. Are you telling me what is written in Exodus, originating with God in Genesis, is what I have to keep in Revelation?
“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev 22:14 (KJV)
Well, Bro. John, there is no secret I want to be saved and I want to go to heaven, so what must I do? It is already stated.
So, the question you need to ask yourselves, when the day comes when you can “buy and sell”, what was it you “sold” for this privilege when God’s people cannot buy nor sell in that time which is not too far in our future? The fact you are able to buy and sell means you have received the Mark of the Beast, which means you are lost because you chose to keep the traditions and customs of man, simply, serving satan instead of choosing to “worship” God according to the Commandments given to all men:
“And he (Jesus) said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 (KJV)
So, if the Sabbath is the seventh day, Saturday, from Friday sunset until Saturday sunset, what am I doing when I keep Sunday? Well, is Sunday holy? Not according to Scripture, for only one day was made holy and even God cannot remove what He made only and He did not make any other day holy! And if Sunday is not holy why do I keep and worship on Sunday? If God did not say so and there is not ONE SCRIPTURE which says He did, then who am I worshiping on Sunday?
Are you buying and selling? That ought to tell you who you are worshiping! What is the time-frame? Soon and very soon, you will hear the United States proclaim, by law, what is referred to as the “National Sunday Law” where all men MUST worship! They will attempt to tie this in with another lie called “climate warming”. Now that I have told you, what will you do?
December 12, 2016