Major Prophets in the Old Testament

The World Should Have Seen This Coming

For well over 1000 years the world has wondered about what is generally referred to as, “the mark of the beast.” What is it? If nothing else the term has evolved over the years. One thing has been consistent over the past 1000 years. The world has turned to science as its interpreter. That, “mark,” had evolved from tattoos, to fashion, jewelry, computers, names deciphered by Roman Numerals, to microchips, and a number of other best guesses keeping up with the advance sciences the world has to offer. Why so many guesses? And why has mankind continued to rely on science as its interpreter and god?

Thousands of years before mankind began applying their best guesses upon that mark, God had Ezekiel record the reason why Satan was banished from Heaven.

Your conduct was perfect from the day you were created until you began to do evil. You were busy buying and selling, and this led you to violence and sin. So I forced you to leave my holy mountain, and the angel who guarded you drove you away from the sparkling gems. (Ezekiel 28:15-16 GNB).

For lack of a better term, all we had to do is follow the money. In plain words Ezekiel tells us, Satan introduced his system of buying and selling in Heaven. Money was never part of God’s system. But God allowed Satan to try his system of buying and selling in Heaven for a time. Until that system showed how corrupt it is. Satan refused to give up his system. He insisted his system of buying and selling allowed superior angels to elevate themselves above others.

How can that system of money work in Heaven where everything is created by God and equally shared? It was God’s wish to provide every need for His created beings. But that was not good enough for Satan who wanted more. Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud. (Ezekiel 28:5 NLTse).

Pride controlled Satan’s thoughts and actions. He promised to elevate the angels who supported him. His only goal was to elevate himself. “Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign LORD: “In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’ But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are a god. “Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign LORD: “You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone– red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald– all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:2 NLTse), (Ezekiel 28:12-15 NLTse).

Satan was allowed to walk this earth to spread his ideas so the Universe could see once and for all where those concepts would lead. We’ve seen how Satan’s agents took what was given to them. Like Satan, his agents never had enough. We see it in the Bible. Nebuchadnezzar was given the world. God gave Nebuchadnezzar the world, until he placed all the credit upon himself. As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ “While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. (Daniel 4:30-31 NLTse). Satan introduced that thought.

The same exact thing happened with Hitler, who set his eyes on conquering the world. Stalin, Lenin, and others followed the exact same route. Riches were for the few on top, and everything is never enough.

A few years ago the world had millionaires. Then billionaires. Today we have trillionaires who are not satisfied. It never seems to be enough for them. Today we see billion dollar companies backing of all things, the overthrow of the United States government including the end of capitalism, and a full submission to communist ideas. Do we really believe politicians will end free enterprise and replace it with a marxist society? We only need to look at how some communist countries are run. A few like Po Pot closed down factories and went to an agricultural society. Millions stared to death or were assassinated in the process. Socialists like Hitler took over hundreds of companies while allowing a few choice companies to operate as if nothing had changed. Except for granting multi-million dollar military contracts. All paid for by taxpayers. We can see that is the concept discussed in backroom meetings today.

Pride has been embraced in many forms throughout the world. Pride in home ownership, pride in fashion, lawns, wealth, and materials. But pride has taken a dangerous turn in many forms. One of which is boasted as gay pride. Few people stand against one’s sexual orientation. They live with the motto of, “you live your life the way you want, allow me live my life the way I want.” As with the devil and his followers, equality is never enough for radicals in the gay community. After winning gay rights in many parts of this world, radicals felt a deep need to push their agenda. They want the right to teach their life styles on others. They claim they cannot feel secure until their lifestyles are taught in schools. They claim they cannot feel whole unless everyone practices their life styles. Like dictators of the past, they possess a deep seeded need to force their beliefs upon the world.

It may seem like a rather strange union between communists and the gay community. Since 1917 communism in some forms has embraced homosexuality as allies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism_and_LGBT_rights

This shouldn’t surprise people. Although Hitler and Stalin outlawed homosexual activities, others rallied and sometimes participated in the acts. The fear Stalin had was that homosexuals were often pedophiles. Which is still true today. But most modern dictators choose to overlook that analysis and embrace the homosexual life style as a way of advancing their numbers. Which we see today.

Protests in Poland leading up to the 2020 presidential election included demands to legalize pedophilia, free those in prison, and allow minors to undergo sex change operations. Much of this is now bubbling to the surface here in the US. The majority of radical protesters arrested reveal long arrest records for pedophilia. Radical groups are joined by radical members of the gay community. District attorneys on the far left have released pedophiles no matter what the circumstance of their charges were.

This combination of lust for money, power, and freedom to perform every sexual practice without restraint is the foundation of the far left movement today. Why is this so profound today? The Bible contains one explanation covering a few short verses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 NLTse).

There has been way too much speculation on the mark of the beast to take an objective open view showing how the Bible has always explained what the mark of the beast is and exactly when it can be seen. But here we will follow through a few key verses to show how turning a single page reveals the mark of the beast.

Then another angel, who had power to destroy with fire, came from the altar. He shouted to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Swing your sickle now to gather the clusters of grapes from the vines of the earth, for they are ripe for judgment.” So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath. The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle. (Revelation 14:18-20 NLTse).

In essence, this is a simple process of following the story to the end of the chapter where the end of the judgment process is clearly described. Almost every religion believes in a judgment process. There are over a dozen major Christian beliefs on the judgment process. But here is what the Bible says about that judgment process and what happens immediately after the judgment process draws to a close. Turn the page and the Bible tells us exactly what will happen next.

Then I saw in heaven another marvelous event of great significance. Seven angels were holding the seven last plagues, which would bring God’s wrath to completion. (Revelation 15:1 NLTse).

Immediately after the judgment process in Heaven ends, another event follows. That event is the seven last plagues. The first plague explains what the mark of the beast actually is.

Then I heard a mighty voice from the Temple say to the seven angels, “Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” So the first angel left the Temple and poured out his bowl on the earth, and horrible, malignant sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. (Revelation 16:1-2 NLTse).

For the first time the entire world can see who is saved and who is lost. Before the world ends, every person alive on the earth at that time will know if they are saved or lost. People will see the difference and know the difference. There will be no doubt in anyone’s mind.

We need to share this information today because it is the the only warning this world will ever receive about the judgment of the living in. Before Satan and his angels could be tossed out of Heaven, Satan’s followers had to be judged. God’s angels had to know who stayed in Heaven and who had to go. Somehow Satan’s followers were identified. Satan’s followers were marked with the original mark of the beast.

When we follow political news around the world today, we see something rather unexpected and bizarre. We see radial and moderate communists coming out of the closet. We see them protesting in the streets, making speeches, revealing their goals and demands, we see them openly censoring people, the media, and every opinion that is not inline with their agenda. We are seeing things happening we never expected to see. We see an ex-vice president running for president who barely won the nomination from an open communist. We see an ex-vice president publicly embrace socialist concepts and ideals. We see his running mate who forged a political carried from the bodies of aborted babies. And is proud of the deaths she is responsible for. We see a wannabe vice president who associates with and protects satanists, and claims she is a woman of faith. We see people who started multi-billion dollar businesses from their parents garage with the belief, billions of dollars is never enough. We see groups of people easily controlled, easily manipulated into believing, everything bad that happened in their lives was someone’s fault, but they bear no responsibility for their own actions. We see the devil’s influence over lives coming to the surface.

We can look back over history in the Bible and beyond what the Bible has recorded. We can pick any date in time and see the same implications. People were always driven by pride and greed. Some always blamed short comings on others. But today seems different. Today seems more open. As if some unseen force has united radical factions who never seemed to get along suddenly join forces as if this was planned in basements or secret meetings throughout the world. No one can deny the actions we see today are coordinated, planned, and executed with near military precision. When we take a step back to look at the full picture we can see people, leaders, and organizations behind the mess this world is in today and the battles that lie ahead. But for years, we all knew there was little chance all those radical factions would ever unite. They never trusted one another. They never agreed on major topics. Their overall plan was to reduce many of those factions to rubble. But something united those factions. Something brought radical factions together for a time. No one could have pulled that off without being clearly identified. No one except the devil.

When we look at what we see today, no one can deny the fact, it is getting easier to tell the difference between those who will be saved and those who will be lost for eternity. There still remains a host of gray areas. No one should ever judge another. That is a Christian attitude still shared by many. But that basic attitude is being eroded. Chipped away with every news story, and every new, unexpected event we see unfold in 2020.

The left intentionally targets actions to provoke conservatives into violent reactions. As we watch those events unfold, we can’t help but be surprised at how restrained most people are. It enrages some to see their statues toppled and monuments desecrated. People see their churches burned, their saints disgraced, their priests and pastors murdered for what they teach, and endure calls to abolish their history. The left pushes from every imaginable direction. The left threatens civil war, social disobedience, blames conservatives for every imaginable problem, and pushes at Christians like poking a tiger in a cage. But there is no response, no retaliation. Step back and witness God’s power over His people telling them to wait. God is reminding people, “vengeance is the LORD’s.” World wide, people grasp onto that promise and believe it.

When we take an objective look at both sides we see nothing short of a supernatural, unseen intervention. We see people being restrained from acts of vengeance on a divine level. We also acts beyond normal protests, actions go beyond that of attracting attention to a situation. We see devilish actions perpetrated in attempts to provoke physical responses. But retaliation has been restrained. We see God’s hand on his people and the devil moving his pawns around, willing to sacrifice as many as necessary to gain what? What are the devil’s plans at this point? We know the outcome. At the end of those last seven plagues the devil gathers his army under one banner.

“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.” And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” (Revelation 16:15-17 NLTse).

Today we can see the armies gathering. When we look at communist countries, not one trusts the other. Every single one of them is either prepared to defend themselves against other communist threats, or preparing to conquer other countries. There is no trust among communist. Not when world conquest flows through their veins. But for some reason we see normally warring, untrusting factions gathering in the streets to over throw the US government and other democratic governments throughout the world. Exactly what united those forces at this time? It could be none other than the devil himself. Known for working in the shadows for over 6000 years.