The Mark of the Beast

OVERCOMING THE EIGHTH

"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: 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." (Rev.13:16,17)

I am not going to discuss the possibility of a colossal computer being the Beast, ....nor the possibility of imprinting invisible identifying numerals upon people's foreheads and hands, ....nor the use of optical scanners, ....nor buying and selling with "plastic cards", ....nor "EFT" (electronic funds transfer), nor even worshipping on Sunday rather than Saturday, .....as the mark of the Beast. Nor will we take time to try and identify the nationality or who the Antichrist might be.

It is obvious that any manner of manipulating and monitoring the affairs of men at the endtime will incorporate a computer system and a human element behind it to direct the programming. However, the Holy Ghost wishes to reveal the character of the spirit which will perform these acts through humans; ...not the computer system, ...not the process, ...and not the specific individual or individuals. But a revealing of a spirit.

REVEALING THE ANTICHRIST

Our focus will be somewhat different. We are going to approach the understanding of the mark from a more Biblical and spiritual standpoint, rather than a literal one. In other words, we're going to accent the spiritual aspects, rather than any physical or literal processes which have been or might be invented to fulfill these events.

Why? Let me ask you? When God marked you as his own, how did he do it? Did he do it physically? During the times of the Old Testament, men were circumcised literally and marked in their flesh that they were Jehovah's and in covenant with Him. But now, in the New Testament of Jesus Christ, men are circumcised spiritually in the heart, without hands, an operation of the Spirit, ...of God. (Col. 2:11-12) Know you not, that you were sealed with God's seal and mark when you received the Holy Spirit of promise, the gift of the Holy Ghost? (Eph. 1:13) "The foundation of God standeth sure, ....the Lord knoweth them that are his." (2 Tim. 2:19) God can see the seal or mark he's placed upon his own.

RECEIVING A MARK

"And he causeth all both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,"...

It is obvious that it will effect All people at all levels of society over the world. It will include the bag-lady, the corporate executive, and as well as those who know freedom or slavery.

"To receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:".

This is very similar language to that found in Exodus 13:9, "And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand and for a memorial between thine eyes...that the Lord's law may be strong in thy mouth." God said if they would keep his Word that it would mark them in their hand and between their eyes (the middle of the forehead).

An angel "set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done." (Ezk.9:4) Those that were marked by the angel in Ezekiel's vision were to be preserved in the midst of the judgments which later came upon Israel in that age.

Neither of the previous two Biblical examples spoke of marks or signs or identifying marks upon the literal forehead and hands. Both were of a spiritual nature, unseen to the human eye or senses, ...the results of obedience and the godly life of the worshiper.

Have you ever considered the spiritual nature of the mark of Revelation 13, that spiritual aspect which only the angels and demons can see, ...rather than the literal? Every natural or visible aspect of the kingdom has a spiritual and invisible quality, too. (see 1 Cor.15:46-47)

In Ezekiel 9:4 the "mark" was a mark or scratching, ....which confirmed that individual's blessing of preservation and sealing from a time of judgment, while the "mark" in Rev. 13:16 is a mark, an imprinting, an etching, ...which identifies the individual's curse of death and sealing unto judgment and destruction, rather than from it.

It seems so appropriate that God marks and seals the righteous, while the Devil marks and seals the adulterous and ungodly. Both groups sealed! Those who served God and keep his Word are sealed with the Father's Name in their foreheads, (Rev.7:3,14:1) The Unfaithful Prostituting crowd are sealed with their father's Name, ....the Devil's Name, ....the Beast's Name, ....the Harlot's Name, ....and in their foreheads, too. (Rev.13:16-17,14:11)

"in their right hand"

In scripture, the right hand represents numerous times "strength", "power", and "authority" of God. (Ex.15:6, Matt.26:64, Eph.1:20-21) In Deuteronomy 33:2 the right hand represents the place from which came God's Law..."from his right hand went a fiery law for them." Jacob's right hand was the instrument of devine ordination as he prayed for his two grandsons; Ephraim and Manasseh. (Gen.48:13-18) The right hand (thumb, toe & ear) were anointed in rites of consecration, sanctification, and cleansing of the Old Testament priesthood. (Ex.29:20, Lev.:23-30)

The Right Hand referred to "the right hands of fellowship" (Gal.2:9) which were given to Paul and Barnabus by James, Cephas, and John to acknowledge and place approval upon their ministry among the Gentiles.

Therefore scripture speaks of the right hand in relation to strength, power, authority, God's Law, devine ordination, anointing for consecration, and brotherly fellowship.

"in the forehead"

The forehead, the prominent part of the head, or amid face, has been spoken of in scripture as where God seals his saints for security and preservation (Ezek.9:4, Rev.7:3) and of "Holiness" unto God. (Ex.28:38)

The forehead also speaks of UnHoly things, such as a "Whorish spirit" (Jer.3:3). Within the forehead of a Whore exists a pattern of values, thought-life, and a mind much different and opposed to the thought-life and mind of Holiness in a virtuous Woman. A Prostitute's forehead or mind is driven by Satan's word (which is simply a perversion of God's Word) while the Holiness forehead or mind operates from God's principles.

Therefore the forehead in scripture speaks to us righteousness in sealing, preservation, and Holiness unto the Lord; and, also reveals ungodly character, too, such as an unfaithful, unvirtuous, and whorish spirit.

The Bride of Isaac was marked as His bride, in her Hand and Forehead or face. "At the time of the evening" Eleazar found a bride for the Master's son, Isaac, and gave Rebekah "a golden earring" (a jewel for the forehead) "and two bracelets for her hands". (Gen.24:11,22) Eleazar relates this to Rebekah's brother in Gen. 24:47 when he said "I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands."

It becomes clear, that even a surface look into the scriptures gives us a much better understanding of what God means by the forehead and hand, ...than do everyday newspaper events.

NO MAN MIGHT BUY OR SELL

"And that no man might buy or sell, .."

Merchandising in the scriptures is quite different than that of groceries, hardware and dry goods.

Proverbs 23:23 speaks of buying and selling the truth, "Buy the truth and sell it not." Isaiah spoke of buying in 55:1, "yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price." He was speaking of salvation being for sale without price for all who would come and buy.

Jesus spoke of buying and selling in Matthew 25:9 when the five foolish virgins were told, "but go ye rather to them that sell, (oil) and buy for yourselves." It is understood that the oil represents the Holy Spirit, the born again new creation life, which is only "sold" by a gospel preacher and "bought" without the price of money. Jesus even spoke of it in Revelation 3:18 as he counseled the Laodicean church to come and buy gold which he had for sale. "I counsel thee to buy of me", he said. Of course, it is plain that he was speaking figuratively of gospel righteousness, not literal merchandising.

Buying and selling in scripture refers to different facets of the ministry of the Word of God, ...of salvation, ...of receiving Truth, and ...of consecration in holiness unto Christ. The buyers, ...are the listeners. The sellers, ...are the ministers -- preaching the anointed gospel of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, ...if "no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark", then buying and selling, ...preaching the gospel truth, ...is legislatively restricted to only those preachers and churches who agree to work within the principles and guidelines of the Harlot-Beast Ecumenical church system which is composed of worldly Catholics, Protestants, Pentecostal, Charismatics, and any other deceived church people who fail to hear the call to "Come Out of Her My People."

Subsequently, no preacher or church organization will be allowed "legally" to sell, ...or preach the uncompromising Apostolic gospel truth of the New Testament, ...or allowed "legally" to listen to preachers of righteousness and holiness unless they are sanctioned by the "religious establishment." And if they are sanctioned, they will have compromised, preaching a worldly, ritualistic, carnal gospel like those of the main-line denominations. It is a gospel that looks good on the surface but is driven by pride, lust and rebellion; without the power the Holy Ghost to truly change the heart of a man and woman through Godly sorrow and repentance.

For example, during the days of the conception of the Methodist Revival in England. The Anglican Church of England closed the church doors to the Wesley brothers and George Whitefield. They were illegal preachers -- called "Irregulars". So they preached "illegally" to thousands in the fields of England, and often in the beginning with persecution. They did not compromise the gospel message of Truth or there would have been no salvation and no revival.

Preacher friend and church member, what will you do when the intimidation to stand and preach the uncompromising gospel in doctrine, separation and righteousness becomes so strong that you have to declare yourself openly, among your friends, neighbors, and church friends? Will your mouth be shut? Will you just silently go along with the crowd? Or will you even perceive what is going on?

Thus saith the Lord, ....ministry brother, .....the binds and restrictions will become so restrictive, that each will have to choose to either compromise the preaching of the gospel or become uncooperative with the formal religious ecumenical community of Apostate Christianity, Catholicism, the Harlot's daughter systems (Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, and all non-Holy Ghost filled believers, the worldly Charismatics, and lukewarm Pentecostals. These will work together formally and informally in one spirit to wield the political sword to bring the earth and the Bride into greater captivity. Some will know better than to cooperate, but they will see no other alternative. All their labors for the Lord are at stake, so they will think. Their organization and denomination is too large to bring to a halt -- as would occur if it became illegal. The Pentecostals, especially will find themselves in a predictament. They have the Holy Ghost. They see what is going on. But many won't be able to see any rational way out other than fitting in with the IMAGE which everyone else is agreeing to project. Rock the Boat or Get out of the Boat? You must do one or the other. And the best time to start is NOW! Pray my friend that you will have the power to make the right decision at that hour or souls will be lost, ....maybe even yours. What should you do? "Come Out of Her My People"



VICTORY OVER THE MARK

Praise God, there will be those who will have "gotten the victory over the Beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name." (Rev. 15:2) They will be of the caliber of that 7000 group in Elijah's day. They will not bow to a lukewarm, mingled, mixtured ecumenical church spirit of this Endtime. These will refuse to submit to pressure to compromise and will keep proclaiming the Truth of the same gospel that the New Testament Apostles preached.

How can you get Victory over the Mark of the Beast?

1st > You must get your thinking straight.

You must understand what is going on in the earth today, ...OR, you will take the Mark of the Beast in your forehead. Pray for the Spirit of God to reveal to you How the Devil is working and reaching toward you through the spirit of the False church (which proclaims itself christian so boldly) to deceive you and pull you away from the Truth of God's Word and have you accept man's opinions, which sound so reasonable. You must see that there is a false church trying to deceive the true church. You must know that the truth is the same gospel preached in the Bible and recognize the false for what it is -- a perversion of the truth -- even if you are not ordained or anointed to cry out against it.

2nd > Don't be moved from the Word, ...the Scripture in your Bible, ... to keep fellowship with anyone.

Do as the early church did and "continue stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine" (Acts 2:42) and teachings. You can read -- so read the Bible --You can understand as well as any preacher if you will pray as you read. It does not take scholarship. It takes the spirit of revelation and anointing to teach. Rely upon Jesus to teach you -- he will. Don't let your preacher or any preacher tell you that what the Apostles taught the church in Acts and the Epistles is wrong -- right for their day but culturally wrong for ours. That is the AntiChrist! It's that simple.

3rd > Stay with the Original Plan of Salvation as was taught to the New Testament Church in the book of Acts.

{Please note: The Epistles of the New Testament were written to disciple church people, not to instruct the un-converted in how to be saved.}

Once people believed upon Jesus Christ and repented of their sins, they were baptized in water in the name of the Lord Jesus every-time. Never saying in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost, but always "calling upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16) If you have not come to this yet, find a preacher who has and have him baptize you. Bring your life into harmony with the scripture and what was taught and Originally delivered to the saints.

Also, once people believed upon Jesus and were baptized they were prayed for to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:15, 19:6) Pray until you receive the Holy Ghost just like they did in the book of Acts. It is harvest time; it is time for the original to come forth again. (Mrk 4:28) When the Original Bible Holy Ghost came to the church at Pentecost, the Spirit spoke in other tongues. (Acts 2) When the Holy Ghost came to the Gentiles at Cornelius' house they spoke in tongues, too, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 10) (If you profess to being Born Again, Has the Spirit given Utterance to you yet?) Apostle Paul spoke in tongues after he received the gift of the Holy Ghost. (1 Cor 14:18) Even the Ephesians, after being baptized over, were prayed for to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. (Acts 19) Yes, God has confirmed it in the mouth of more than three witnesses : The Jerusalem Church, the Caesarean Church, the Ephesian Church, and the Corinthian church. The Original Churches of God were Holy Ghost filled, tongues speaking churches.

They of that 1st generation of believers were our examples of the Original Holy Ghost Seed. Since we are of the Endtime Generation, the days of the latter rain and Harvest Age, (James 5:7) God is pouring out His Spirit again at Harvest Time, just like he did in the Bible at the Original Holy Ghost Seed sowing time. Remember that Harvest Time is simply a returning of that same original seed that was sown in the beginning. That is why the middle stages look different, but the beginning and the end display the same seed. Don't settle for a salvation experience which is one iota less than what our New Testament book of Acts brothers and sisters experienced! The Holy Ghost is for every believer -- not for just some special or select few!

4th > Keep a Christ-like Spirit!

Don't take on a bad spirit toward the worldly church folk and those who, you might think, are of the False Church as they persecute and ridicule you. Remember to forgive them. For they know not what they do ! Pray for them. Some of our brothers and sisters are caught up in the False spirit and don't realize it. Some of the church of God is entrapped in Mystery Babylon, that's why he said "come out of her MY People". Some are to come at the 11th hour. Prepare your heart and spirit to receive those whose eyes come open to the truth at, seemingly, the last moment. Keep your spirit right. It may be that you can help pull one out of the fire of God's judgment.

I repeat. Don't fight the false. Remember Stephen. Receiving understanding and revelation is not fighting. If you begin to defend yourself and debate them -- you will be overcome. You will fall right into Satan's snare of strife and contention. Keep your spirit clean. If you don't take a spirit of strife, contention, and debate against the false church -- you can't be overcome by them --even if they persecute you.

5th > Separate yourself from worldliness and unto the Lord in Holiness!

Both aspects must exist. The existence of the 7000 of Elijah's day and their whereabouts were not known to Elijah. But, Jehovah knew, of their existence, location and their separation from the religious evil of their day. They had separated themselves from the backslide temple worship and were on their own. They were just like Abraham. He lived outside of Sodom and would have no part with it. {To "come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, ...and I will receive you" (Isa 52:11, 2 Cor 6:17), is Jehovah's will in every age.} You must prepare now to separate yourself in the spirit, and later physically, from those worldly "christians?" who compose this new beast image of worldly religion. The time will come when Giving the right hand of fellowship and calling them brother or sister will cause you to be overcome by a deceiving spirit and will put upon you the Mark of the Beast in your right hand or in your forehead or both!

Be prepared when the Holy Spirit speaks to you, to withdraw fellowship from the worldly, carnal-minded, undedicated, luke-warm church folk who resist the Holy Ghost. The Lord is drawing you away from the False Church. In time this will mean separating spiritually in your heart and mind, (by no longer regarding them as the True Church) and physically from church friends, natural relatives, and maybe, even family members. (by no longer fellowshipping with them as brothers & sisters in Christ) No one, no matter how much they mean to you, can be allowed to take you from the Truth. The time will come when you will have to stop acknowledging them as members of the body of Christ. Their hearts and minds will have been sealed unto the false church mind set. They will have received the Mark of the Beast in their forehead. Those that are separated unto Jesus Christ, ...will have to dis-fellowship them. Or else we will receive the Mark of the Beast in our Hand of fellowship. Separation. Satan hates it. He has always wanted to fit in, that's why he transforms himself "into an angel of light." (2 Cor 11:14) He wants to be included, too.

Again, let me remind you. You will not take the Mark of the Beast in your forehead (in your thinking and understanding of the things of God) nor in your right hand (in fellowshipping people as christians who are not) if you will believe and accept the message of salvation which the Apostles preached in the New Testament, ...beginning with Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost. If you will be convinced in your heart and not let any "christian" friend cause you to compromise into acknowledging, "well, maybe they do have Bible Salvation", ....even though you know they reject repentance, water baptism in Jesus' name, and the gift of the Holy Ghost which speaks in tongues, and Bible holiness, .....If you will remain firm, you will not take the Mark of the Beast. It will demonstrate that truly you have been sealed unto God in YOUR heart and mind. Truly at this harvest time, All that are called and ordained unto eternal life, will come to this foundation message. All others, regardless of whether they have received the Holy Ghost or not, will receive the Mark of the Beast. They will be considered as part of the Great Harlot religious system and will receive of her plagues and judgments for her sins. Only the Word can protect and shield you. No manifestation or gift of the Spirit will protect anyone on that day!

Marked in the Hand by your fellowship OR Marked in your Forehead by your thinking!

Remember. The WORD OF GOD is linked in scripture to the forehead and the hand. We saw this in Exodus 13:9,16 in the keeping of the Passover and the feast of Unleavened bread, which are God's Law. The forehead and hand also appear in Deut.11:18 when God instructed Israel to "bind them (God's Words) for a sign upon your Hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes." (your forehead) Keeping God's Word is symbolically related to the forehead, mid face and the hand. What WORD mind set is within your forehead?

With what name are we marking ourselves and those we preach to, ....does their forehead read, .... "Holiness unto the Lord" or does it read, ....a "Whore's forehead"?

N A M E S O F B L A S P H E M Y

"And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,..." (Rev.17:3, 13:1)

What names?? As we look at this harlot woman, who has no morals, no vow or covenant with any man, -- we see that she has taken on the same scarlet red color as the Devil's beast. The scarlet color of the devil has become Her color, too. (Rev.17:3-4) It is not two mysteries, but one. They have become ONE, not two. The unveiling of the Beast is to unveil the Woman. To reveal the character and nature of the woman is to reveal the devil and the whereabouts of satan's seat.

We may have many ideas and thoughts about which names of blasphemy John actually saw the beast wearing. However, we can rest assured, with confidence, that of all possible names, ...there is ONE NAME which John DID NOT SEE on the BEAST! There is one name that is guaranteed NOT to be blasphemous! That name is JESUS!

There is no sacrilege in, ...that blood name (1 Pet 1:9), ...that baptizing name (Acts 8:16), ...that devil casting out name (Mrk16:17), ...that Emmanuel's name (Mat 1:23), ...that Father-Son-Holy Ghost name (Mat 28:19), ...that family name (Eph 3:15), ...that God's name (Isa 9:6), ...that healing name (Acts 3:16), ...that knee-bowing name (Philp 2:10), ...that Lord's name (Lk 2:11), ...that none other name (Acts 4:12), ...that One name (Zech 14:9), ...that preaching name (Acts 8:12), ...that repentance name (Lk 24:47), ...that remission of sin name (Acts10:43), ...that salvation name (Acts 4:12), ...that speaking with new tongues name (Mark16:17), ...that name above every name (Phil.2:9), ...that what so ever you do name (Col.3:17), ...that washed, sanctified, justified name (1Cor.6:11), ...that Word made flesh name (Joh.1:14,17), .......... of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST!

JESUS' NAME. Praise God. No blasphemy there! Brother or sister, minister or church member, ...don't let anyone make you afraid of Jesus' name.

Let me share with you how a regular, good ol' name can be turned into a blasphemous name. Satan has infiltrated the christian religious systems until people's hearts now attribute to their particular religious denomination, creed, organization, or fellowship, ...the same power that is in the NAME OF JESUS ...... and to do so is to make the name of that organization, denomination, creed, church, or fellowship .... a NAME OF BLASPHEMY !!

Church membership doesn't save. Fellowship cards do not heal. Ministerial credentials do not anoint. Preachers can't deliver. Only Jesus matters. He's the only one.

Jesus Christ and the Apostles doctrine is the tie that binds believers together. Thus anything else that man elevates above (if there could be such a thing) and beyond the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, ...is blasphemy! Why? Because man is then attributing unto THE NAME OF ...that individual, that denomination, that church, that creed or that system, (which is represented by IT'S NAME), ...the power of God which HE has reserved exclusively for himself AND for His, ...."God Manifested in the Flesh", ...Name of, ....Jesus Christ!

This is why people can not "Come Out of Her ". They believe in their hearts that God's blessing is there.

VICTORY over THE NAME of THE BEAST

Mystery Babylon has a direct conflict with JESUS' NAME! When one worships under the Mystery of Iniquity umbrella, one area of rebellion will be in the area of JESUS' NAME. An opposition will rise in some manner to the use of JESUS' NAME. There is an innate, unexplainable fear among people to the unrestricted use of the LORD'S NAME. The Name of the Lord Jesus Christ saves, heals, and delivers.

Everything you'll ever need is in that name. That's why the Book of Acts church did everything in Jesus' Name. They believed on Jesus' name, repented in Jesus' name, water baptized in Jesus' name, received the Holy Ghost in Jesus' name, were healed in Jesus' name, cast out Devil's in Jesus name, preached remission of sins in Jesus' name, .....in fact, there was not anything Godly,..which they DID NOT DO in JESUS' NAME?

Friend, don't be afraid of Jesus' name, ...it isn't blasphemous. If there is anything you have been afraid to do in Jesus' name, start doing "whatsoever you do in word or in deed in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Col. 3:17) and you'll be all right. Pray and ask God to show you if and where in your walk with God the name of Jesus might be offensive to you. It might be that simply submitting to Jesus' name in water baptism would remove the last stronghold of Satan, through Mystery Babylon, upon your life. If you are not sure, ask your Pastor to baptize you just like the Apostles did in the New Testament, ..."in the name of Lord Jesus Christ" (never Father, Son, & Holy Ghost) If your Pastor refuses, ....then it reveals to you that the Mystery of Iniquity Spirit of the Great Whore , ....still has a hold upon him.

The Harlot church people do not like to use Jesus' name in water baptism. It is not water baptism they distaste so much -- it is the Lord's name which they distaste! (The Devil has blinded them .) Satan does not want to acknowledge that every tongue and every knee, in heaven and earth, must confess and bow to the name of Jesus Christ! (Isa 43:25, Philp 2:9-11) So Satan keeps all of those he has blinded with an intense opposition to Jesus' name, so he can keep promoting rebellion to God's Word.

Do you want victory over that unfaithful, compromising, adulterous Harlot's spirit? You will be given a portion of victory over "the mark of his (Beast) name" (Rev. 14:11) by simply being baptized in water "calling upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16) rather than Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Do it like the New Testament saints did and you will get victory over the name of the Beast.