October 17, 2017
Loren C. Due, PhD, DMin
Is this something that we have to worry about at this juncture in life with so many tragedies and catastrophes happening all around us? Harvey, Las Vegas, and Irma just seem to be nuisances that won’t go away. The old saying that if is one thing it is another – seems so true. The real question is can we ignore the question in the heading of this article since it does not appear Jesus is coming as soon as we would like Him to come. If Jesus is delayed because Father God has deemed it so there is nothing we can do but patiently wait.
But while we wait, times seemed to be getting more and more desperate as evil flourishes on every side and more people gravitate to the concept of good being bad and bad being good. What confusion confronts those of us as we continue to read the Bible and look for truth, honesty, integrity, righteousness and so forth. We continue to be reminded by the Word of God that we must be true to ourselves and not let the evil of the world consume us.
I wonder with all the Biblical knowledge available; it is still a dire situation of truth that relates to the fact that unless you read the word of God with a clear understanding and receive confirmation from the Holy Spirit you could make a mortal choice that will haunt you throughout eternity. There are so many denominations, beliefs and doctrines that you must thoroughly study to show yourself approved unto to God an individual rightly dividing the Word of Truth. But if you error in rightly dividing the Word of Truth you could spend eternity with Lucifer. You are probably wondering why I am taking so long to get to the root of my concern. It is because I want “YOU” to know for yourself the truth about the question asked in our title.
The first phase of this exploration is WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO TAKE THE MARK AND WORSHIP BEAST? We find the answer in the following scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible:Revelation 16:1-2 (KJV) 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. 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. Let’s see how it is stated in the Amplified Bible: Revelation 16:1-2 (AMP)1 THEN I heard a mighty voice from the temple sanctuary saying to the seven angels, Go and empty out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s wrath and indignation.2 So the first [angel] went and emptied his bowl on the earth, and foul and painful ulcers (sores) came on the people who were marked with the stamp of the beast and who did homage to his image.
Both renditions of the scripture gives us to know that the angels knew exactly who to inflict with the painful (ulcers (sores)).What must be clearly understood is that only those who had the mark and who worshipped his image were subject to the being marked. Someone is going to say what if you only take the mark but refuse to worship his image. You will still be in violation of the scripture if simply take the mark. I understand there are books and plays that say that God will place a mark on His own – those who confess him as Lord and Savior. That mark is invisible only seen in the supernatural realm by God, the angels and those whom God has equipped with the gift of discerning of spirits.
That “mark” occurs I believe when you receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You receive it because the real you which is your spirit has been transformed out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. You become a marked vessel for the glory of God when places His spirit over your spirit; you also become His child when you become born again.
The only choice an individual has to avoid Hell is not to take the mark of the beast and not worship his image. Let me say it a little different – you can’t do either one or the other. No mark and/or No worship of the beast or his image-period. The following scripture describes those who will live eternally with God: Revelation 20:4 (KJV) 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
What will you do?