Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Mark Of The Beast III

 

The End Of All Things Is At Hand

“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully” (Daniel 7:7-8 NIV).

Brethren, this is a continuation of last week's article. Given the confusion and false predictions, we too are saved and the Lord has confirmed after last week’s article that we should continue with this discussion. Therefore, our aim is not to prove others wrong or elevate ourselves or our ministry, but to share what the Lord has revealed to us. Furthermore, we need to point out that this is not an article about the Rapture which the Lord confirmed could take place anytime and in a twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Clearly, from the above scripture in Daniel which is also being repeated in the book of Revelation 13:1-8 we understand that the ‘beast’ will become part of ten (10) nations which will emerge to form a union of ten nations (Daniel 7:7-8) but this union of ten (10) nations will not last as the ‘little horn’ or anti-Christ will remove three (3) nations from the union for opposing him. In terms of the scriptures, this ‘little horn’ will enjoy sweeping powers (Revelation 13:2; 17:13) around the world with no diplomacy or international treaties hindering him. As it is, during the reign of the beast, it will be a completely new world order where after this present order has been abolished a revived Roman empire under the leadership of the ‘little horn’ will rise to power.

Furthermore, brethren as we alluded in last week’s article that in the many prophecies of Daniel, the Lord Almighty referred to Kings and leaders who heads various and different political systems to govern (Daniel 7:2-8) As for the ‘Beast’ he will operate from different rules of government unlike our present political systems where democracy is being embraced and promoted. Briefly, this form of government prevents leaders to enjoy absolute powers which often leads to oppressive laws. As we all know, those who do not implement democratic rule are sanctioned through various trade restrictions and direct investments. These then including (but not limited to) some of the things we mentioned last week are the current political climate and structures that prevent the ‘beast’ from taking control. Additionally, the ‘mark of the beast’ will only be administered during his reign (Revelation 13:13-17) as a form of religious allegiance or loyalty to him and his system of government.

What must happen first before the beast comes to power?

The current world economic system, political system, and monetary system will be taken out of the way (Revelation 13:5-6; Daniel 8:23-25; Revelation 13:16-17). Presently, he will not succeed under the current divided systems of government around the world; he would not be able to set up his one-world government system with its own ‘new’ currency. Neither would he be able to stand up now under the forces of democracy such orderly rules are a threat to his deceitful schemes (Daniel 8:23).

Brethren, we cannot see such a person right now, and like we mentioned in previous articles and visions the Lord gave us, is that there will be a third world war and with the kind of weaponry available today it could literally destroy nations. As it is, this will undoubtedly destroy economies and livelihoods. Thus, the current world powers will fall economically and through military might and thereafter ten (10) Kings will form a union and give their military and economic power to the ‘beast’ (Revelation 17:12-13). Additionally, we believe and through numerous messages to us that there will be a first Rapture which will almost precipitate the coming of the ‘beast’ and life-changing events will follow (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Genesis 19:15-25; Revelation 6, 7, 8, 9).

In conclusion, we encourage true born again Christians to be watchful in prayer, be prepared to meet the Lord soon. Furthermore, the Lord is warning those who prophesy lies in His name those who say that the covid-19 vaccine is linked to the mark of the beast. The beast will demand to be worshipped (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:15). We need to stress that there are brethren out there who are self-styled ‘prophets and prophetess’ please be on the outlook for them and do not be misled by their lofty titles. Such folk are egoist who wants to draw attention to themselves using the name of the Lord Jesus to gain popularity for themselves. It must be noted from scripture that no true prophet of God alleviates him or herself but they humbly serve the body (Matthew 23:12). Thus, praying Christians who read and meditate on the WORD OF GOD will not be easily misled or cling to any wind of false doctrine (Joshua 1:8). Finally, we sincerely hope and pray by God’s grace that this gives some explanation regarding the end-times. We should not think that the revelation of the man of sin will be secret, the scriptures have already laid bare his fruits (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12). Instead, what a Christian should concern him or herself is the Rapture since that event will surprise many because it will happen unannounced.  Finally, the Lord willing there will be a follow up on this article as the Lord guides.

Blessed Grace

Brother Glenn