There is a well-known prophetic passage in Revelation 13 that describes a coming time where people will have to receive the ‘image of the beast’ on their right hand or forehead:
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. And he causeth 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. (Revelation 13:15-17)
As we have blogged about before (here & here) this passage has naturally led to lots of speculation on what form this mark will take and, at times, a degree of hysteria over how populations will be forced to take the mark. This prophecy above was penned approximately 2,000 years ago and never before has the time so ripe for these words to be literally fulfilled. There are almost weekly news updates concerning the developments of technology and the appetite to launch systems that are huge steps in the direction of fulfilment of this passage. Take these two reports on the BBC website below which describe significant developments in the last few weeks:
These demonstrate this invasive technology is in place and we appear to be going through a process where the media is gently getting us used to the need for this. We believe the scene is set for the arrival of the ‘antichrist’ who will compel all to pledge allegiance to him with the use of this mark. Whilst we make NO attempt to predict when this will happen, we can confidently assert the technology is in place and that we are edging closer towards accepting it as normal. We suspect that all it will take to persuade huge populations to take this mark is a combination of some financial catastrophe or similar fearful event and a supernatural display by a world leader that would cause all to willingly surrender all freedoms to him. The passage above finishes with an interesting comment:
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13:18, emphasis added)
If there is a call for wisdom, it is vital to be aware of two things: Firstly, we need to be clued in with what Scripture says about the end times and secondly, we need to be aware of what is going on around the world. A study of both these things will reveal that they match up very closely. Are you ready to make some very difficult decisions to follow Jesus Christ? We fear that on the most part, the church is currently unprepared and is very likely to be seduced into apostasy and worse still into taking this ‘image of the beast’. Please, for the sake of your eternity, make Scripture your barometer of truth and do not get caught off-guard – it is time to exercise Godly wisdom rather than burying our heads in the sand!
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)