by Tad Lindley
A few weeks back I brought you a message entitled The First Mark of the Beast based on a sermon by the Rev. Jimmy Toney. The first mark of the beast is the question mark. It is man questioning the truth and accuracy of God as first found in Genesis 3. The second mark of the beast is found in the book of the Revelation 13:16-18.
My late grandmother’s first social security check, much to her dismay came in the exact amount of $666. Christian and non-Christian alike readily recognize the number 666 as being connected with the end time and the rise of the AntiChrist and the dreaded mark of the beast. Fortunately for my grandmother’s peace of mind, her next check and those everafter were in the amount of $667.
The power of the mark
The Bible tells of a time coming when the AntiChrist will rise to power. At that time a law will go out across planet earth requiring all people to have what we know of as “the mark of the beast”. The government will put a mark in your forehead or your right hand. Your right hand will become your credit card, your debit card, your Quest card, your post office box key, your driver’s license, and your commercial fishing permit card all rolled into one. Without it you will never be able to get on an airplane again. Your state of Alaska ID will not get you through TSA in Bethel. Only the mark of the beast will suffice. All you will have to do is to pledge allegiance to the image of the Beast, and take the Mark. Will you do it?
False prophet, “Worship or die!”
The AntiChrist will have a religious leader, who is represented by the beast that came out of the earth in Revelation 13:11-18. He will lead a universal church that endeavors to have as its members every person on earth. This religious leader’s job will be to work miracles and to lead people to worship the AntiChrist and his image. The False Prophet will also be in charge of an Inquisition, much like what we see in European history where those who did not agree with the Catholic Church were persecuted, or where God’s chosen people in Germany were slaughtered in Hitler’s Holocaust. The false prophet will cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:15)
Two new laws
As free citizens of the United States of America, most of us are used to being able to go into any store and buy what we have the money to buy. We can buy a plane ticket anywhere in the country and hop on a plane to go there. We are used to having the freedom to worship as we understand. We can own property. We have access to health care, and we can work jobs. But that day will come to an end. At that time the world government of the AntiChrist will put into place a system that has two significant laws, 1) worship of the image of the AntiChrist, and 2) a mark that people will receive either in their foreheads or in their right hand.
Will you worship the image of the Beast?
When the AntiChrist comes to power there will be no more Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Across the planet, school children will as a daily ritual worship the image of the Beast. People will face an image, which might be a flag, a statue, or a picture, and they will recite the pledge that is found in Revelation 13:4, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? How about you and your family? When the time comes, will you be found worshipping the beast?
Who will take the mark?
Our natural response is to say, “No way will I take the mark of the Beast!”, because you know from reading in Revelation 19:4, that those who do so will be lost forever. But the mark of the Beast will be extremely difficult to refuse. He [the False Prophet] 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 that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)
The technology already exists
Today, two thousand years after the Revelation was recorded, we now know what the mark will probably look like. It will be an ID chip that is unique to every person on the planet, similar to the technology that is already being used in dog racing. It will replace cash. If you go to many stores today you put your debit, credit, or food stamp card into a chip reader. Those cards can easily be stolen, lost, or duplicated. Now imagine if that chip could be implanted into your right hand or your forehead. The technology already exists for this to happen.
Will you take the mark?
Without it, you will not be able to hold a job, own property, buy food, sell your fish, or receive medical services. You will lose your PO box, your PFD, and your financial peace of mind. For the Christian and the Jew who are able to recognize the mark for what it is and refuse to take it, it will be the most difficult three and a half years that we have ever known. They will be hungry times. Instead of filling our bellies with food, our hearts instead will have to be filled with the promises of God and the hope of his glorious appearing. Do you have enough of God’s promise hidden in your heart to say, “No”, to the mark?
Tad Lindley is a minister at the United Pentecostal Church in Bethel, Alaska.