The reason I am posting this is that there seems to be some common misconceptions around it. Some misconceptions around the mark of beast has been bothering me for too long.
It is a very long post but if you want a understanding/discussion of the mark of the beast then read on.
For Paul has said:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
So I had decided to take a closer look at the chapter of Revelation 13 to get a clearer understanding of the mark of beast. There is a couple of things I have noticed from reading this chapter:
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed."
Then John spoke on of how it has happened. Notice the word And
which is added to the start of each verse or two so you may have to look at whole of the 2nd half of the chapter especially starting with the beast with two horns coming out of the earth.
If we take into the account that the first beast before this one is Roman Catholic/Rome, then latter beast has to be something new and different...it has to be done in order to deceive us, to make us think it does not come from the same beast.
And read further on:
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,"
By showing some so-called miracles such as the 'slain in spirit'. Could this got some people into believing that these miracles were from Jesus when they were not?
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
The beast deceived them by so-called miracles so that when people believed the 'beast' on the base of seeing his miracles, they should make an image
to the beast.
I have just looked up a greek word of 'image
' - Blue Letter Bible - Lexicon
Note the meaning of greek word of image: - to be like
. Would the word 'example
' fits in?
...they should make an image to the beast, ...
Could it be that they are following the examples
of the Catholic church/Rome authorities? Ok read on...
Jesus did not command us to build the temples otherwise we would have neglected the need of the lost and poor people! I did not find any verse to command new testament believers to build a new temple! Yet the believers continue to followship with others believers in the houses, rooms or exisiting buildings.
Remember that Jesus has said that he will tear down the temple and rebuild it in 3 days? He was not only talking about being buried for 3 days but he was also talking tearing down the physical
temple and rebuild it as a spiritual
Yet people continue to build temples and then called these temple buildings 'the church', are these so-called 'churches' becoming their idols? These took most of their money just to keep them going and then zero or very small remaining money goes to support the poor or the ministry abroad?
And be closed for almost whole of week apart from a couple of mornings and evenings? Yet the bars are open 24/7, it's not hard to see why anyone who is in a desperate need of help would have turned up first at the bar!
Thus neglecting one of the very first two greatest commandments of God:
...And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”.
...to take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the poor and the lost souls!
Roman Catholic took in so much money to build so many huge cathedrals across the Europe. Their huge cathedrals buildings were ones of their idols.
You can see this is following the same pattern of the Roman Catholic system. Thus making 'an image
' of the very first beast!
"Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye."
"For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof."
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
I will repeat:
By tithing, in order to keep the building of the churches going? To build bigger ones and to foot the extra bigger bills? And to pay for the salary of the pastors? Are these scriptual? Wasn't it exactly that the Rome has been doing that for hundreds and hundreds of years? People kept going back to the same building and having not learned anything, not going anywhere to preach, even to help the poor or going abroad?
And again, are these scriptural? There is nowhere I can find in the bible to support these. Tithing was the part of the old testament and so was the temple!
Note how Paul has financed
In the chapter of Acts 20:
I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
You will see that Paul has travelled far beyond Israel and he had to work hard to support himself since he does not want to take advantage of the people he was preaching the gospel of Jesus to! He has set an example for us to follow.
On supporting the weak:
For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
By building temples and pastors getting paid, is this how 'that they should make an image to the beast
' meant by that?
And then, 'And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast
Churches becoming bigger and more powerful and now getting involved with politics? Similar to the one of Roman Catholic/Rome authorities system?
No wonder Jesus has said:
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
We should have observed more weighty matters such as helping out the needs etc rather than focusing on small things such as observing sabbath or tithing to the church building. We do not need
the huge buildings to meet our brothers and sisters in Christ!
On observing Sabbath, Paul couldn't make it clear enough:
Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
If you want to observe Sabbath then go ahead and be fully persuaded in your own mind.
Reading further on in Revelation...
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Notice the word: Give life unto the image of the beast - the image of the first beast came alive. The churches are already doing the same as Roman Catholic. Therefore the 2nd beast is pointing us to go back to the system of 1st beast - Roman Catholic.
...both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
See the word both
- The beast is speaking
that anyone who would not worship the beast should be killed
! If the beast is speaking already, we would have heard of it by now and if the beast is causing, we would have seen some christians getting killed but no, probably not yet for now?
It seems obivious to us that the purpose of the 2nd beast is to deceive us in thinking this is a completely different system to Roman Catholic/Rome and that it is of Jesus Christ while leading us going back into the similar system of the Roman Catholic, which killed countless of christians. Back to where the first beast is doing the very same job again, by killing christians! It is hard to believe that it would happen again but look at the worsen state of the world, something that would make the churches/governments to consider doing some drastic actions, we will never know.
Thus on Revelation 14, regarding the killings by the beast:
Here is the patience of the saints
So we understand that 'image' has to do with following the pattern of the first beast. The mark of beast has to do with worshipping/taking the mark or else be killed
! Hence we need the patience!
Once I understand these verses, I no longer have to worry about whether we have taken the mark or not...! So that we can carry on labouring for Christ.
Remember that Jesus has said in Matthew 24:
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect
And in Mark:
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Notice that Jesus is using the word 'Christ
' rather than Jesus
? Clearly, he was talking about the spirits.
Obviously in the same chapter of Matthew 24, Jesus simply pointed it out that he is not here on the earth until his second coming:
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
That is Jesus Christ we will see then!
Hope this post will clear up some confusions and concerns regarding the mark of the beast.