PRELUDE TO ACCEPTABILITY
"Receiving the Mark"

Prelude to acceptability is something that serves as a preceding event, or introduction, towards one's acceptance; as receiving the mark spoken of in God's Word.  There is much in the world today that is geared towards acceptance through modern day communication devices opening the way.

We are seeing acceptance of ungodliness as the mainstream media adds flavoring.  The social media likewise helps nurture its growth.  Then Hollywood; sports figures and many others, who have gained stardom, help to increase acceptance of all manner of ungodliness which is contrary to God's Word.

PRELUDE TO ACCEPTABILITY
ACCEPTANCE OF THE MARK

A newspaper article flashed this headline as an attention getter:  Employees getting implanted with microchips along with a video showing the inserting of such between the thumb and index finger of the hand.   The co-founder of this device stated "It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys".

Who knows; with identity thief being a huge issue, when this device becomes more immune to such; would it not be welcomed as a replacement of credit/debit cards, etc. that require the swipe of a card to buy or sell.

Prelude to acceptability of such, and the reason one might want to be wary of acceptance, is noted in the Book of Revelation:  He causes 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, except he that has the mark or the name of the beast (or Antichrist), or the number of his name. 

Here is wisdom.  Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast; for it is six hundred threescore and six (or 666) (Revelation 13:16-18). 

THOSE WHO RECEIVE THE MARK

Scripture reveals a reason why one should never receive the mark of the beast (666):  If any man worship the beast (or Antichrist) and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire, and brimstone (Revelations 14:9-11).

There will be those, during the Tribulation Period who will receive the mark of the beast (or Antichrist) and worship him.  They will, according to God's Word, receive eternal punishment in the lake of fire.  They will pay the eternal price of having chosen Satan and evil over God and righteousness.

THOSE WHO REFUSE THE MARK

Prelude to acceptability comes during the Tribulation Period when one must either worship the image of the beast (or Antichrist) or be killed.  There will be no room in the beast's (or Antichrist's) empire for the worship of any other than himself. 

The Book of Revelation reveals:  "I (John) saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Christ, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast (or Antichrist), neither his image, neither received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years" (commonly referred to as the Millennium reign of Christ) (Revelation 20:4).

TRIBULATION SAINTS

Those who John saw are the Tribulation saints, who refused to worship the beast (or Antichrist)!  Christ's Millennium (or thousand year) reign on earth will be one of righteousness, peace, and love. 

After the thousand year reign; Satan, that great deceiver, will be released for a short while, then will be cast into his final place of confinement, the bottomless pit, as revealed in God's Word:  "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation 20:10).

TRUTH OR DECEIT

Prelude to acceptability is often dressed in deceit; a deception to enhance one's own desired concept of life rather than adherence to God's Word.  Acceptability, or not, lies in one's ability to identify what is truth or not.  Jesus said:  "If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).

Prelude to acceptability of ungodliness is first believing a lie.  Those who receive such are ignorant of God's Word or choose to accept only what does not conflict with their desired lifestyle.  There is an easy to believe path to walk (the way of destruction); rather than the strait and narrow way which Jesus spoke of (Matthew 7:13-14).

Scripture reveals that the believer in Christ is to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is their reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:1-2).  Such an individual will not be subject to the falseness of deceit but will walk in the truth that Jesus spoke of!

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