The Mark of the Beast

by Jay Atkinson

The two-horned beast of Revelation enforces the Mark of the Beast, either directly or through the image of the first Beast in which he derives his power. These two horns were like a lamb's but he spoke as a dragon and

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 save he that had the mark or the name of the Beast or the number of his name.

He will be given control over the economies and the military of the New World Order in the last days. He opposes God's people. Anyone who will not pledge allegiance to the Beast will be put in a situation where economic sanctions are enforced so that they cannot buy or sell in the market-place.

The two-horned Beast is identified as the False Prophet and will be working closely with the Anti-Christ.

And the Beast was taken and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
The deception of the False Prophet seems to be toward those that have previously taken the Mark of the Beast and extends from there unto the whole world.

If the mark is taken before the false prophet appears, who knows how many millions of Christians have taken the Mark of the Beast already. That god that George Bush heard that told him to invade Iraq is the image of the Beast. The mark will be enforced with the Anti-christ, the beast and the false prophet but even now, those who have refused to accept the truth have grounded them in an ignorance reserved only for the fools who fall with these two. Christians under the delusion are taught that a literal Mark of the Beast will be given others left behind after they are taken up in the rapture. They are lulled into thinking that they are among the chosen, are all saints and will not undergo the trials, apostasy and tribulation that will announce the beginning of sorrows. The Mark of the Beast is spiritual, not physical. It is not a bar code or tattoo or some other nonsense that dilutes the truth and puts the present reality into a dark future. Whoever represents Babylon and worships the Image of the Beast have already taken it.

Comte placed the intellect near the forward part of the brain so that it is direct communication with the organs of perception. The Mark of the Beast at the forehead lies in the consciousness. It is a collective consciousness where the whole of Christendom, save a remnant, have set their minds to the worship of the image of the Beast and think that they are serving God. In the church they are considered fishers of men but since their nets are on the wrong side of the boat, they tempt others to worship the Beast with them. Babylon represents in part, the nature of the Beast at the right hand that ends up exploiting the masses, and then imposes sanctions on those nations that do not worship its image or have taken its mark. The Seal of the Living God is its counterpart and represents the Bride of Christ and those that are part with them. The Mark can be shaken off but that seems to be a limited time offer.

Much of the Book of Revelation is symbolic and these truths can be found by spiritualizing the visions. The words of John are parables with cryptic clues to deeper meanings. We must be open to the suggestion that the Mark in the hand is not literal but figurative. The idea that the whole world would be able to take a physical mark or choose not to would be too obvious and recognized. It has a more subtle, spiritual connotation with our objects of faith.

After Babylon falls, the third angel of the Apocalypse says with a loud voice,

If any man worship the Beast 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 without mixture into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

[298, 254, Revelation 13, 14, 20]

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