|Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM|
There are many ideas, philosophies and opinions about the Mark of the beast. Having an idea or opinion is not in itself bad, but should never be assumed as fact. There are many web pages and opinionators that are pushing ideas that simply cannot be proven.
The bible should always be our inspiration. We shouldn't go to commentaries, or opinionators until after we have gone to the source. Which includes me, so lets start.
The mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name is first mentioned in the book of Revelation in the bible. It is mentioned only three times, first in Chapter 13:16-18,
Which tells us about it, then we are given a warning in Chapter 14:9-11, and then shows us the wrath of God upon those that have freely taken the mark, Chapter 16:2.
Dispelling an untruth. One of my least favorites is a seventh day adventist claim that The Mark is symbolic and that God also seals us with His Mark in our forehead and by the fact that we are sealed with His law and that the law is to be a sign upon our HANDS and FOREHEAD. So they say the Mark then is symbolic of our keeping Gods law. So the Mark of the beast would be symbolic of those that don't keep the law, most notable that don't keep the sabbath. And then they remind us the verse in Chapter 14:12 that reads; Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
This is a harmful doctrine and closes a persons eyes to what is happening in the world. We are told over and over by Jesus, Paul and John to keep watch or that day will come upon us like a thief. And they're not talking about a pre-rapture but about signs that will declare that the coming of the Lord Jesus is near. So keep watch.
Since I was a lad I was drawn to prophecy. Only to find out that everyone has an opinion. I get several books sent to me from ministries that are quite interesting, some pretty far-out but most of them trying to sell me this idea about the mark as being a sunday law that the Catholic church will invoke. Reading any literature from the seventh day adventists or any of their those that have branched from her knows that this is their highest claim. The whole point in their literature is to bring us to observing the sabbath day law in the ten commandments. That is usually the point when I feel disgusted that I waisted time on this garbage and throw it away.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
This one scripture in the new testament pretty much blows there whole doctrine. To what then is John referring to when he says the those that keep the commandments of God.
A sunday law, when more of the world is athiest than ever before, and the Catholic church wanting a uniting of all religions more than ever before and the idea of the vatican invoking such a law is very unlikly at best. There is no proof of such a law ever becoming world wide, and would not matter, as all it takes is a look in scripture to find the truth. In all the book of Acts you cannot find one time that observing the Jewish Sabbath is ever enforced on non-Jewish converts (gentiles). There arose up certain Jewish Christians that began saying that the new converts needed to observe Jewish law and customs, that all gentile Christians should be circumsized, you will notice that this letter sent out to gentile Christians that keeping of the LAW was not commanded.
And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and KEEP THE LAW: to whom we gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
There are many other verses which disclaim observance of the law and the Jewish Sabbath. Why did Christ observe the Jewish Sabbath? I have heard this many times. Why did Christ observe the Jewish Sabbath? The answer is simple. Jesus was a jew, under the law. The law of moses was in effect until his death, buriel and ressurection. Hebrews 9:16.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Now back to truth. Christians have heard for years that 666 is in the bar code. Is this true? stay tuned...
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