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Mark of the Beast

The Mark of the Beast is often misunderstood as a physical mark (or chip) placed on people, during the time antichrist is on earth, for those who worship antichrist and his system. However, that is an assumption based on misunderstanding of scripture.

The Mark of the Beast will be dealt to most of the people on earth (Mat 24:24, Rev 7:3-4, 12:9-15, 13:11-16) while antichrist is here because they will have been deceived into worshiping him and his system (Rev 14:9), and they will have served him because they will believe he is the Messiah. This mark is not a physical mark because it is based on what people feel in their hearts; and therefore it goes much deeper than a physical trait. No one can hold us down and force us to feel something in our hearts and therefore a physical mark cannot change our minds. God cares more about where our loyalties lie, than what someone has made us do to ourselves physically.

This mark is in one’s forehead and in one’s right hand (Rev 13:16), and these terms are symbolic. The mark that is in people’s foreheads is in their brains, and it is those people’s belief that antichrist is the Messiah or God, which he will claim to be. This is the mark of deception that is brought forth in the flood of lies from satan’s mouth (Rev 12:15). The mark in the right hand represents someone’s works in serving the system of antichrist, and doing his will. The right hand in biblical times was always symbolic of power or work.

The Mark of the Beast is mutually exclusive with the Seal of God, meaning that everyone on earth will have either the mark or the seal. The Seal of God is protection against the torment that those with the Mark of the Beast will suffer (Rev 7:3, 9:1-11, 14:9-11,16:1-4, 8-14, 17-21). Those with the Mark of the Beast will continue to be plagued through the tribulation unless they wake up and repent, and turn against antichrist (Mar 3:28-29, Luk 21-12-19, 1Jo 1:9, Rev 16:1-4, 8-14, 17-21) before Jesus returns.

Those without the Mark of the Beast will not be allowed to buy or sell (Rev 13:17), and that can be accomplished by many ways even though the mark is not a physical mark. One such way as there may be a card issued to those who have proven their loyalty to antichrist when they have worshipped him, but that card would not be the mark. God’s people will be provided-for none-the-less because they will remain faithful to Jesus Christ and not fall for antichrist.

The only way to avoid receiving the Mark of the Beast is to read, study, and understand the Bible (2Th 7-12, 2Ti 2:15, Rev 7:1-4), as even many professing Christians will be deceived, along with the rest of the world (Mat 24:22-24, Mar 13:20-23, Rev 12:9-15, 13:11-14), because they don’t care enough for Jesus to pick up God’s Word and read it. Those people who will be sealed by the Holy Spirit as protection are those who know and love Jesus Christ and His Word (2Ti 2:15, Rev 7:3-4), as He is the Living Word, and this sealing will be accomplished before antichrist arrives (Rev 7, 9:1-12).

The receiving of the Mark of the Beast does not condemn someone to die in the Lake of Fire, however, they will be in danger of this sentence (Rev 20:4-6, 11-15) if they do not repent and turn back to and serve Jesus Christ once they realize what they have done. Those who do not do so by the time Jesus Christ returns will have a chance in the Millennium Kingdom to be taught and disciplined to learn the ways of God and forsake their selfish ways (Eze 44, Rev 20:1-6). During this time, they will be considered spiritually dead (Eze 44:23:25, Rev 20:4-6, 12-13), and at the end of the Millennium, they will be tested one last time (Rev 20:7-9), and if they fail this test, after the Great White Throne Judgment, they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:11-15). If they instead pass and are found in the Book of Life, they will be granted eternal life at that time (Rev 20:5, 21, 22).

If someone is truly saved by Jesus Christ, though they may be deceived when antichrist is here, they will overcome in the Millennium, or perhaps before, because they love Jesus Christ and they will do what it takes to make it right (Rom 1:16, 11:23-27, 1Ti 2:10). The only way to salvation is to accept it through Jesus Christ (Joh 14:6-7, 1Th 5:9, 1Ti 2:10, 3:15), and our lives will reflect that salvation if we are truly saved (Tit 2:7-15, 3:1-8, 14-15, Jam 2:14-26, Rev 2:4-5, 20:11-13).

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Lake of Fire

The Lake of Fire is the final destination of anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life  at the end of the Millennium (Rev 20:15). The fire in this lake is God’s Consuming Fire that burns up everything that offends Him. Once thrown in the Lake of Fire, the soul of that person will cease to exist and will be blotted out from all memory and all records. It will be as if those souls had never existed.

At the return of Jesus, at the 7th trump, the false prophet (antichrist, satan’s physical form) and his beast system (satan’s spiritual influence) will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20), and this will leave only the last part of satan’s trinity, satan in his basic form, which will be bound and locked away in the pit until he is released one last time at the end of the Millennium (Rev 20:2-3).

The beast and the false prophet are all that will perish in the Lake of Fire until the end of the Millennium, at which time anyone who is not found in the Book of Life will also be destroyed in the fire (Rev 20:15). This is known as the Second Death (Rev 20:14). The First Death is the death of the flesh body, and for those who have not yet overcome, it is the spiritual death of those people, which means that the spiritual body becomes spiritually dead, or liable to die (in verses about the Millennium, these people are often referred to as the dead, such as Eze 44:25) and therefore they become mortal souls. This is as opposed to the First Resurrection, which is experienced by those who have overcome by the time of the return of Jesus (Rev 20:4-5). Those who go through the First Resurrection receive immortal souls from the beginning of the Millennium (Rev 20:4) and will be guaranteed eternal life and will not have to worry about the Second Death (Rev 20:6).

Those who pass the test at the end of the Millennium will experience the Second Resurrection. These will then also have immortal souls and will enter into the Eternal Kingdom of God, or Third Earth Age (Rev 21-22).

At the end of the Millennium, death and hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:14) and these negative things will no longer be remembered entering the Third Earth Age (Rev 21:4). Though most believe that those who are sentenced to the Lake of Fire will suffer forever, this is actually a mistranslation from the Greek ‘eis aion aion’, which means ‘until the end of the age’, loosely translated. In the Eternal Kingdom, no one will know death, or pain, or sorrow, or suffering. There will only be love and happiness.


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The Deadly Wound

One doesn’t need to study end time prophecy long before coming to the deadly wound, but you don’t have to be an expert to understand the deadly wound. We are going to take a walk through the events leading up to and constituting the deadly wound that is given to one of the heads of the beast.

Let’s first take a look at what Revelation has to say about it:

(Rev 13:1) And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
(Rev 13:2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
(Rev 13:3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Now let’s break down this image and take a look at it together:

Rev 13:1

This beast is the one world political system that gains its momentum during the first half of the tribulation and precedes the one world religious system that is in place under antichrist. This political system has seven divisions which are roughly by continent. Of course seven is the number that represents spiritual completion of God’s will. The seven-headed beast has ten positions of leadership, or offices, or estates, which are headed by ten kings or officials – the number ten means law here. Each one of these seven divisions, or world nations, serve the purpose of satan’s will, though overall, it is all according to God’s will. But in serving satan’s will, they do not give glory to God. Instead, they are trying to circumvent God and bring their own salvation to the world, just as Nimrod, and the men that followed him, were doing in building the Tower of Babel. This world government is trying to bring peace to the world by its own means, however God said that until He returns, there will be no peace, and that anyone who claims they will bring world peace is lying. There shall be no peace in this flesh.

(Jer 6:13) For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
(Jer 6:14) They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

(Jer 8:9) The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?
(Jer 8:10) Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
(Jer 8:11) For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

(Eze 13:8) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.
(Eze 13:9) And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
(Eze 13:10) Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
(Eze 13:11) Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

(Jer 12:12) The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.

(1Th 5:1) But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
(1Th 5:2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
(1Th 5:3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The peace of this modern day Tower of Babel is built with untempered mortar, meaning that it is weak and this tower will not stand for long. It will begin to fall just as soon as it begins to achieve some height. God didn’t allow the builders of the original Tower of Babel to succeed and He won’t allow the builders of this one to succeed either.

We saw the foundation of this modern day tower begin to be laid in the early 1900’s just after the first world war, and in the late 1940’s, the United Nations was established. Now the nations of the earth belong to this tower and are the builders of its structure. They are even the bricks of its structure. The untempered mortar is the thin thread of the illusion of peace that they are working to achieve. But we know from the Bible that no true peace can be attained except with the love of God. The builders of this tower are doing their work and are completely and purposely leaving God out of everything, just as in the building of the original tower in Genesis 11. When peace is enforced, the hostility isn’t magically removed from the hearts of those who hate each other. It still exists there and festers, and eventually, it will explode into war. The only way to have true peace is to have God and the only way to have God the Father is to have God the Son, Jesus Christ and to dedicate your life to serving Him. Anything short of that will fail. True love cannot be forced, and it cannot be enforced.

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(Joh 14:7) If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Rev 13:2

(Rev 13:2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
This seven-headed beast, the same as the fouth beast in Daniel 7, has traits from each of the three beasts that preceded it.

(Dan 7:4) The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

The United States who was made great by the providence of God, but began to turn away from Him just as ancient Israel did, for which reason it was knocked off its pedestal and made to stand on its own like the rest of the nations of the world.

(Dan 7:5) And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

The Soviet Union/Russia who introduced the idea of communism into the world and put it into practice, and began to slip at its peak, but also recovered while still giving the impression that it is lying dormant, just to rise up again at an opportune time to deceive supposed allies and regain its place as a superpower.

(Dan 7:6) After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

The kenite nation along with its four hidden dynasties that slowly gnaw away at the freedoms of the citizens of the world and gently lead them into captivity and prepare them for the next beast.

(Dan 7:7) After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

The one world political system of the first half of the tribulation is used by satan to prepare his way as antichrist and form the structure that he will use for his second beast, the one world religious system. This seven-headed beast will utilize the methods of control of the leopard beast. It will operate just like the communist system of the bear beast. And it will speak and make itself sound and appear that it is a great civilization just like the eagle beast.

(Dan 7:8) I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

But never fear. Christ will not allow this horn or power to stand for very long. Keep your faith that all of this happens according to God’s plan and for very good reason.

Rev 13:3

There will be an event that occurs to one of these seven world nations, and that nation will be the Middle Eastern head. A kingdom divided against itself shall not stand, and this is what the deadly head wound will be. War will begin in the Middle Eastern head between many muslim nations and the nation of Israel. Those nations that come against the nation of Israel will be backed by Russia and many Christian nations will come to the aid of the nation of Israel, whom they see as an ally.

Ezekiel 38-39 tells of a similar war to what is being seen here, but that chapter actually details the entry into Armageddon, which happens at the end of this flesh age between God’s elect and satan and his forces. Satan will have God’s elect surrounded, true Israel, those who remain faithful to Jesus Christ throughout the tribulation, but Jesus will come in just before antichrist acts to destroy His elect and destroys his forces. However, antichrist loves to try to copy everything that God has, but on a more fleshly level. So in this deadly wound, this happens on a more literal level as the forces of Rosh, Gog and Magog, which represent Russia, will surround the physical city of Jerusalem in the nation of Israel, at which time satan will come in to stop this war and impersonate Jesus. None-the-less, this is one head that is divided against itself and you cannot have a stable governance with the chaos of civil war.

(Mat 12:25) And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
(Mat 12:26) And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

This is satan’s kingdom (as all the nations serve him) and satan knows it can’t stand if it’s divided against itself, so he knows he must do something to prevent it from crashing down to the ground, so He will come in at the nick of time to halt the impending doom. The whole world, except those sealed by the Holy Spirit with the truth of God, will believe that this war is the war of Armageddon, and this is just the deception that satan needs to achieve his goal. He will come in just as the city of Jerusalem is surrounded and end this war and bring in a false world peace, and the world will believe that this is Jesus Christ coming to bring in a new age of love and peace. Antichrist will have finally arrived to usher in the second half of the tribulation.

(Luk 21:20) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Satan coming as antichrist is this desolation, as he is the desolator.
(Luk 21:21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

Once he arrives he will take his seat in Jerusalem claiming to be God/Jesus Christ. This is not a place you want to be when he is here, and in the near future, God will rain down hailstones on this city over a hundred pounds.

(Luk 21:22) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

(2Th 2:1) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
Before Jesus Christ will return at the 7th trump, there must be some things that take place first.
(2Th 2:2) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Do not be deceived.

(2Th 2:3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Before Jesus Christ returns there will be a falling away, an apostasy, in which people will be led away from the God they love and to a false Christ. Satan, as antichrist, is this son of perdition—he is the first one who was sentenced to death for his rebellion from God. His only goal is to have God’s children follow and worship him instead, and he will sit on his throne in Jerusalem pretending to be God.

(2Th 2:4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

(Rev 13:4) And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

When satan ends this war, the world will be in euphoria because they will believe they have just witnessed the end of all war. As mentioned earlier, this peace is a false peace because man will still be flesh and God said that flesh shall never have peace. Peace can’t be enforced because no one can force you to get rid of the hatred that is inside you. The only way to truly rid yourself of that hatred is through the love of Jesus Christ. This hatred will always fester just to be released when it is under enough pressure. This may appear to be the end of all war, but this is just the beginning of a major spiritual battle—the biggest war ever seen on earth in this flesh age.

(2Ti 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(2Th 2:10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God, the Truth. If you love Him, you will spend time with Him. The best way to spend time with Him is to know Him and study Him. Study the Word of God.

(2Th 2:11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
If you don’t, you will be one of these who is led astray in the tribulation as you will believe all of satan’s lies, and God will allow it for His ultimate purpose.
(2Th 2:12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Study the signs of the times so that you’re not led astray by all of this cunning deception planned by satan. He knows scripture better than almost anyone and he knows just how to twist it to deceive all but the most skilled biblical students, those sealed with the truth of the Holy Spirit.

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