What is The Mark of The Beast?

How do I know what The Mark of The Beast is? OK – because the Bible does not say exactly or explicitly what this ‘mark’ is, there are as you would expect a 100 different views on what The Mark of The Beast is, and that alone should tell us something.

It tells us that we should stop trying to figure it out. But surely that’s irresponsible?.. surely we need to know what it is exactly? Nope and here’s why. Let’s see what The Bible DOES say unequivocally about The Mark of The Beast.

Later in the text The Bible tells us explicitly what The Mark of The Best will cause to happen, and here there is no question. In other words, when we see this particular thing happen, at that point we will know we are looking at The Mark. So what is this event or thing that will tell us?

How you’ll know The Mark of The Beast when it appears (proving to date it hasn’t!)

The Bible says; “that no one without the mark could buy or sell without it.” So there we have it – if a chip comes on the market and you can still buy and sell – it isn’t The Mark – period! We can stop worrying about wether we have taken it or not and wait for this buying and selling scenario to happen which will tell us what we are dealing with. And it makes perfect sense. It’s not The Mark itself or the form it takes that is the problem – that is largely irrelevant – card, chip, tattoo or whatever and too much breath is wasted trying to answer this. It’s the division that The Mark will cause between sheep and goats, and which side we choose to be on that will causes all those that take it to be rejected by God.

The Mark will be a life and death choice to separate sheep from goats

It appears from The Bible (and it makes perfect sense) that God deems it necessary, in order to expose to all of humanity good and bad the real thoughts and intents and hearts of men, to divide the real sheep from the real goats – those that really love God, from those that really love the world and would rather save their own skin than see truth prevail, making the closing scenes of history a matter of life and death – to eat or not eat – to work or not work. We can all say we show our allegiance to God with our minds and lips, but lip service will no longer do when the truth becomes ever more in focus to those that love God and delusion becomes ever stronger to those that don’t as the Mark appears.

Ultimately our actions will determine where our faith and our allegiance really lie, just as it did when Abraham took his faith into action when he tied his Isaac to the altar regardless of the possibility of losing his own son – just as God did later with Jesus.

The Antichrist if and when he comes onto the scene will attempt to do what all dictators do and have to date failed – namely to to gain total control of the world. And there is only ONE way to do this; to control ALL buying and selling. Basically control all money transactions. And of course this will be extrapolated to getting a job (or not being able to get one for all those that refuse this mark).

To summarise

If some person, some organisation or some government comes to you and says you must take this tattoo, this day of worship, this micro-chip, this barcode, this card or whatever, and buy not taking this thing you cannot buy and sell in any way at all – your allegiance will be tested beyond anything else that is likely to happen because this will be a matter of eating or not eating – and what better way could a dictator like the one described i the Bible see which side you are really on – just as it was with Shadrach Meshach and Abednego.

Here is something very important we need to know about The Mark; The Bible says; “and He causeth all to receive a Mark…” – not forced all to receive a mark…” What does this tell us? It tells us that most people will probably embrace this mark when it appears, and history and common sense tells us that this would be the way to go for anyone that wanted to impose such a thing on the entire population of the world. Any force would be greeted with resistance as it was in the past and defeated. This really will be a – if not – the – ‘strong delusion’ The Bible warns us about.

Finally though, however it happens, and it will as we see it taking shape right now, the message to all Christians must be; do not fear man – only fear God!


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Does it Matter Which Bible Translation I Read?

So should you worry about reading different versions of The Bible? Well, not if you are not worried about the fact that many of the Bibles translations we have now contain quite conflicting teachings (remember not so long ago there was pretty much one Bible in general use – The King James – but now we have literally 100’s, and most of these were translated into text sufficiently differently to existing Bibles in order to obtain a copyright – yep that’s right – without changing the text sufficiently they cannot sell the best selling book in the word! These new translations are then sold in the main by publishers for profit).

So why am I writing this article? I’m writing it as i have just read of a Christian brother accuse another of being a ‘false teacher’ based on the fact that he believed Christians may actually go through at least some of the Great Tribulation, and quoted Revelation 3:10 as proof the man was wrong. Fair enough I thought – I guess he’s done his homework (the accuser) and proceeded to check the verse in more than one version – The NIV Bible 90% Christians have read over the last 40 years and the King James Bible – the only one that really widely available to people many years ago. (see the verses and the 2 versions below). Surprise!

OK here’s the quoted verse of ‘proof’ that the man was in error – an example of dozens of verses in the NIV that conflict with the King James Bible version;

Revelation 3:10New International Version (NIV)

10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

(this being proof Christians will not go through The Great Tribulation) or in the King James Bible we have;

Revelation 3:10King James Version (KJV)

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Now, a trial (NIV) may be a period of persecution – but a temptation (King James) is most definitely NOT persecution – as many believers having read the NIV example only have come to believe it means – it’s a temptation and nothing more or less. So which is it that is coming on the earth?.. a trial as the NIV says – which could be a dozen things including The Great Tribulation spoken of in The Bible – or a temptation as The King James Bible says – which is plainly pain and suffering caused directly by those that oppose God to His people and nothing else?

Either way – it’s now easy to see that regardless of which translation is right – 1000’s people now take the NIV’s translation and the word ‘trial‘ as proof we Christians will all miss the Great Tribulation – as the King James Bible no longer in general use and the word ‘temptation‘ not seen but may mean this verse has a totally different meaning – like perhaps; the hour of temptation when Satan tempts the whole world to follow him and we all Christian included may be forced to choose? (it came out later had a lesbian on the board or advisors to the NIV translators, and she on tape admitted had they known she would not have been allowed to advise – and miraculously many references to ‘homosexual’ activity being wrong were removed and replaced by… well I’ll let you read it and find out).

Study yourselves

I suggest we do some homework to decide for ourselves which Bible and which ‘translators’ we can trust – who and for what purpose (and I mean the real purpose) it was translated. After all – if I were the Devil, my FIRST target would be to subtly change (mixing a tiny amount of error with the truth is far more lethal than plain error – everyone can taste plain arsenic!) the thing that underpins Christianity – The Bible!  Here is a clue as to a Bible translation you can trust from the Bible itself; The Bible tells us that it’s wise to have many counsellors on any given subject or task – since they will be accountable to each other. An example of this; The King James Bible – translated by over 50 scholars – some with opposing views but ALL accountable to each other in the open having to fight out the true meanings of the text – lest they be seen as manipulative fools by their peers. Or a bad example; Eugene Paterson’s ‘Message‘ Bible – one man translating for what purpose? – a gap in the market perhaps? Who knows, I don’t and you would have to ask him, but remember The Bible tells us; “the love of money is the root of all even” (bad translations say “many” evils!).

Summary

Regardless of wether my example above is right or wrong – it does show that Bibles can say VERY different things that may have very different meanings. Therefore, we think that bearing in mind that our adversary would surely make The Bible his target, it would be very wise to study yourself to see if it is worth differentiating between Bibles – not by fishing for ones that suit your lifestyle – but for ones that tell the plain truth. Learn about Bible history, how it came to us and was very nearly kept out of the common man’s hands was it not for brave men and women that were burned alive for our sakes so we could have it and read it. I have found in my studying that one Bible seems more consistent (some say perfectly consistent) and that is The King James Bible. But you must make your own mind up and not be swayed by me – this is just to get you thinking! Ask the Holy Spirit (the still small voice that The Bible says He can teach you all things) to guide you as remember – we could be wrong!


 

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If God Exists, Who Created God?

You will often hear the argument; “well if God exists, then who created God?” as if it is a legitimate question to ask. This is a legitimate question until you stop to think for a moment about it, whereupon the question itself is seen to be meaningless and not even a logical question to ask. Why?

Here’s how to answer this question; “well who created God?”

Answer: Fact; God must be infinite – timeless by definition – of He is not a God. If so-called ‘God’ or ‘Gods’ were created, then they are not in fact Gods at all – they are created beings by whatever ‘God’ is.

By definition, you can only have one all-powerful, omniscient God/being – you cannot have two or three or four ‘Gods’ that have a kind of power-sharing agreement – otherwise these ‘Gods’ are not in fact real God’s at all, they are at best, semi powerful and labelled ‘Gods’ purely to describe perhaps awesome power but they are by no means all powerful – i.e God.

So if a real God does exist, then He must have existed forever or not at all – period, so the question; “who created God” self destructs. In other words – if God does exist, He MUST exist in an infinite, timeless realm we cannot comprehend – otherwise he is not God and just like us!

So now, knowing we cannot see or ‘touch’ a God that is really an infinite God, it just remains to be discovered if man can or cannot step outside our finite realm into the infinite to understand God, by I rather think that God would not leave that option open to us – lest armed with the full knowledge of infinity and creation we not only mess up the world and bring it to the brink of destruction, that we totally destroy ourselves.