By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Receiving the mark is much enhanced in the world today through modern day technology that appears as being beneficial but is only a prelude to what is warned against in God's Word. (Comment)
A newspaper article flashed this headline: AP Stockholm 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.
A recent newspaper article reported by the New York Times; and later by the NBC Network: More than 4,000 Swedes have implanted microchips in their hands, allowing them to pay for travel and food. THOSE WITHOUT CHIPS FIND MAKING CERTAIN PURCHASES A CHALLENGE. Cash has become cumbersome for consumers, costly for the government, and now represents only 1% of Sweden's economy. In fact, only half of Sweden's 1,400 bank branches still accept cash deposits.
These articles were disturbing enough but a long way from home. However, it is now in America's own backyard: AP WISCONSIN FIRM OFFERS MICROCHIP IMPLANTS; to log onto computers and to make food purchases, drawing more attention as to its eventual potential.
Who knows; with identity thief being a issue, if this device becomes immune to such; would it not be welcomed as a replacement of credit/debit cards. The reason one might want to refuse 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: 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).
Receiving the mark is condemned in God's Word; along with the reason why:
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).
Receiving the mark will be a reality during the Tribulation Period. Those receiving the mark, according to God's Word, will receive eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 14:10). They will pay the eternal price of having chosen Satan and evil over God and righteousness.
During the Tribulation Period one must either worship the image of the beast (the Antichrist) or be killed. There will be no room in the 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 worshiped 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).
John saw in his vision the Tribulation saints, who refused to worship the Antichrist or to receive his mark. Christ's Millennium (or thousand year) reign on earth will be one of righteousness, peace, and love.
After the thousand year reign; Satan (also called the Devil), that great deceiver, will be released for a short while, then will be cast into his final place of confinement, the lake of fire and brimstone, 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).
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).
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; such as receiving the mark, even in its preparatory stage, but will walk in the truth that Jesus spoke of!
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