Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The connection between worshiping the beast and taking the mark

Popular preacher John MacArthur has stated you may take the mark of the beast and that's okay, it isn't an unforgivable sin to do so. How tragic that such a heretical teaching is being spewed out by such a popular preacher. It would appear Satan is using John MacArthur to deceive the masses. What does the Bible say about this mark and what should we be looking at concerning those who take this mark and why? Here are some verses to ponder...

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?' 
Rev. 13:8  'And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.' 
Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 
Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 
Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 
Rev 13:15  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. 
Rev 13:16  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: 
Rev 13:17  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. 

Take notice of what happens with this beast and what he causes/does - 1. he deceives 2. by his deceptive power and wonders, he causes those whose names are not written in the Lamb's book to worship him, and to receive a mark. 
It is clear from verse 8 that all will worship the beast, their allegiance is proven by the taking of a mark. Notice as well those who do not take a mark or worship the beast will be killed {verse 15}. What is the significance of all this? There is a  connection between  worshiping the beast and receiving a mark, it all goes hand in hand {no pun intended}. Those who take the mark prove themselves to be worshipers of Satan, he is their father. 

What does the Bible say is the fate of those who worship the beast and receive the mark? 

Rev 14:9  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, 
Rev 14:10  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: 
Rev 14:11  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. 
Rev 16:1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 
Rev 16:2  And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. 
Do you see the connection between worshiping the beast and taking the mark? This mark is the end result of worshiping Satan. Those who do so will face wrath and eternal damnation, why? Because they deny Christ and worship Satan and they prove who their 'father' is by their worship of him and receiving his mark. To tell sinners they can take this mark and still be forgiven is the most heretical teaching of our day! Those who take this mark are already marked by God for eternal damnation, for their names are not written in the Lamb's book of life {verse 8}. John MacArthur should be marked and avoided by the remnant, for he teaches falsely. May God grant us continued discernment in these apostate times. 

What becomes of those who do not worship the beast and receive his mark? 

Rev 15:2  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 his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 
Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 
Rev 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. 

And all God's people say 'AMEN' !!!!


Susan said...

Amen! Those verses also state that an angel warns everyone before the mark is implemented, but like with all warnings many will listen to the liars instead of listening to the truth (just as it has always happened, even in the Old Testament).

It's much easier to think you can take the mark and repent later so you don't have to be tortured or killed or starve to death etc, by not taking it. People are so soft and spoiled these days. Many will want the easy way instead of dying for the faith. The Bible says "their "god" is their belly". I know I'm guilty of that too, so I know I need God's superhuman strength and faith to resist what is coming.

lyn said...

Very true. All who do not take the mark WILL be killed, that is something to ponder. For anyone to say one can take this mark and still repent later is pure heresy.

I've been thinking about what will soon take place concerning all of this, I know when that time comes God will give us the strength we will need to not worship the beast and receive his mark and to face death. It's a shame that most preachers are not even expounding on this truth.

Darrel said...

Rev. 13:8 is key to who will receive the mark and who will not. The names found in the Lamb's Book of Life have been written there from before the foundation of the world, those not written there will suffer their fate of taking the mark and the eternal consequences---the Lake of Fire. See also Rev 17:8.

The decree of the angel in Rev. 14:9 & 10 makes it clear that taking the mark seals the fate of all that do to all it's consequences. There is no provision for a person to later renounce the mark and be "saved" but rather SHALL drink of the full wrath of God. As the seven angels of Rev. 16 poured out their 'bowls of the wrath of God' notice that no one who received this wrath repented (Rev. 16:9 & 11) which completely nullifies the nonsense of MacArthur when he says one can take the mark and repent later. Funny that he provides no Biblical backup.

Since all of this (the beast, false prophet, the mark, etc.) come about through massive deception I suppose it is fitting for the current 'angel of light' (JM) to deceive people into thinking that taking the mark is no big deal---I can just repent of it later on and get saved (again?). There is no such 'provision' in the Scriptures, only the wicked imagination of a deceiver. The Scriptures indicate that this sin of taking the mark cannot be repented of and therefore puts it in the category of the unforgivable sin. Since our Lord said that every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven men except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28 & 29) I have to conclude that taking the mark IS blaspheming the Holy Spirit and therefore never to be forgiven. It also places those that teach this lie guilty of the same blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, especially JM. Feel free to jump in here and prove me wrong, but this is the inescapable conclusion I've reached after many months.

lyn said...

Well said Darrel, I cannot improve upon what you have clearly stated!