by Tad Lindley
Your right hand will become your credit card, your debit card, your driver’s license, and your commercial fishing permit card all rolled into one. All you will have to do is to pledge allegiance to the image of the Beast, and take the Mark. Will you do it?
The Bible tells of a time coming when a law will go out across planet earth requiring all people to have what we know of as “the mark of the beast”. As the future unfolds before us, a man will rise to power who is the AntiChrist. The AntiChrist is represented by the beast that comes out of the sea in Revelation 13:1-10. This is a composite of the beasts that Daniel saw in his vision (Daniel 7). People will worship the government of the AntiChrist.
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. His 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 church were persecuted, or where God’s chosen people in Germany were slaughtered in Hitler’s Holocaust. He 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 are used to having the freedom to worship as we understand. 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 components, 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?
For some reason I happened to be in an office at the high school many years ago. The loudspeaker came on and everyone else in the office stood up and turned toward a corner file cabinet and put their hands over their hearts. Someone tapped me on the shoulder and urged me to face the file cabinet while everyone began to recite in unison, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”. It was then that I noticed a 2 inch by 4 inch American flag decal stuck on the file cabinet. All over the building in every room people were doing the same thing, pledging allegiance to an image, the American Flag.
When the AntiChrist comes to power, across the world, school children will as a daily ritual, instead of pledging allegiance to the American flag, 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? When the time comes, will you be found worshipping the beast?
Will you 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)
Today, two thousand years after the Revelation was recorded, we now know what the mark will 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. Without it, you will not be able to hold a job, own property, buy food, sell your fish, or receive medical services. 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, AK.