|Can a Christian receive the Mark of the Beast?|
by Terry Watkins||Copyright © 1999 Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
Can a Christian receive the Mark of the Beast?
No. At least, not before the Rapture.
What is the rapture?
The Rapture is an event, in which the Lord Jesus Christ will "call-up" all the truly saved Christians. The rapture occurs before the tribulation, and the Mark of the Beast.
If someone has truly received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, they will not be on the earth during the Tribulation.
What about Christians after the rapture?
Before examining "What about Christians after the rapture?", because the rapture is under attack today, let’s briefly examine the rapture from the scriptures:
One frivolous argument against the rapture is the word "rapture" isn’t even in the Bible.
Just because the word "rapture" is not in the Bible, doesn’t mean the event rapture is not in the Bible. For example, the word "trinity" is not in the Bible, but thank God, the trinity is in the Bible (Matt. 28:19). The word "millennium" is not in the Bible, but the 1000 year period event of Rev. 20 – millennium, is in the Bible. In fact, the word "bible" is not in the Bible!The word rapture comes from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Greek word harpazo in 1 Thess. 4:17. The Greek word harpazo means "to snatch or catch away".
I think the word rapture is the perfect word. The word rapture means ecstasy, beautiful joy, transport of delight, caught up.
The "rapture" truly will be "beautiful, ecstasy, transport of delight"!
Yes. Definitely. RAPTURE is the perfect word.
Bible verses that describe Christians "caught-up" or raptured:
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
Notice, the above verses can NOT be the second advent that occurs AFTER the rapture:
In Revelation 19, AFTER the tribulation, the Lord Jesus Christ comes back on a white horse, in war, and casts the false prophet and the beast into a lake of fire.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Again, look at 2 Thess. 1:7-9:
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
Many, many more verses could be given, but there is obviously TWO coming.
In the first coming, before the tribulation, spoken of in 2 Thess 4:15-18 and 1 Cor. 15:51-55:
In the second coming, after the tribulation, spoken of in Rev. 19 and 2 Thess, 1:
It does not take a "genius" to notice these are TWO totally different scenarios. But it does take someone to believe the Word of God.
Where is the church after Revelation 3?
It’s interesting the first three chapters of the Revelation, is a panoramaic, historical view of Church History, from start to finish (Alpha to Omega-Rev1:8). In other words, after Revelation 3, the church age is over. In Rev. 1-3, the Lord Jesus Christ is "judging" the churches past works – but after Revelation 3, the "church whom Christ loved" is mentioned no more.
Where, oh where is the church. . .?
Revelation 4 begins with: ". . . COME UP HITHER. . ." – somebody’s coming up and in heaven – kinda like in 1 Thess. 4:17 ". . . Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up. . ."
Didn’t John say that "come up hither" "was as it were of a trumpet"? Like in 1 Cor. 15:52 "…for the trumpet shall sound…" or like 1 Thess. 4:16 – ". . . and with the trump of God:. . ."
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.
It’s also very interesting that not Peter, not Paul but John "the beloved", you know. . . "the disciple whom he loved" (John 19:26), you know. . ."Christ also loved the church" (Ephesians 5:25) is the one "caught up" in Revelation 4. Hummm. . . Interesting. . .
By the way, did you notice who is called "the servants of our God" in Rev. 7? The children of Israel – not the Gentile church.
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Christians are told to look for the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ – not the Antichrist.
Christians have been delivered from the wrath to come.
One very important fact about the tribulation – the tribulation is NOT the wrath of Satan or the antichrist – but the WRATH OF GOD. It’s not Satan persecuting Christians. It’s the wrath of a holy God "judging" this earth, Satan and Israel.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
And God is NOT going to pour His wrath on His children. How do I know? Because He promised and thank God – God cannot lie. ". . . which God, that cannot lie, promised . . ." Titus 1:2
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thess. 5:5
I love this next "promise". Notice the context of it – "wait for his Son from heaven". Why? To "delivered us from the wrath to come" – the tribulation. When? The rapture BEFORE "the wrath TO COME". What else could it be? If it’s AFTER the tribulation – the wrath has ALREADY come! It’s not hell. We don’t "wait for his Son from heaven" to deliver us from hell – we was delivered from hell when we got saved! It’s got to be the rapture.
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess. 1:10
But notice who will experience the wrath of God.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36Could the Lord possibly have made it ANY clearer?
God’s children will be delivered form "the wrath of God."
And don’t forget, God rescued Noah. . . before the wrath.
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
And don’t forget, God "raptured" Enoch. . . before the wrath.
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God TOOK HIM. Genesis 5:25
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5
God "translated" Enoch. . . ". . . and we [those still alive] shall be changed. . ." 1 Cor.15:52
And do not forget, God "took out" Lot. . .before the wrath.
Remember what the angel told Lot. . .
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be COME THITHER. . Genesis 19:22
The angel could NOT pour out the wrath of God until Lot "come thither". Halleluah!
Friend, there is NO WAY God is going to "pour out His wrath" on His children.
Back to our original question . . .
What about Christians after the rapture?
As they say, "that’s a horse of a different color".
What does the Bible say about the tribulation?
Whoever receives the mark of the beast and worships the beast, will "drink of the wine of the wrath of God . . . be tormented with fire and brimstone . . .for ever and ever" Revelation 14:9-11, 19:20
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
What if someone received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour during the tribulation and then receives the mark of the beast – will they also "be tormented with fire and brimstone . . .for ever and ever"
Yes. It looks that way. But remember. . .
The mark of the beast is received AFTER worshipping the antichrist or the beast. It’s not just receiving a mark – it’s worshipping Satan.
"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark. . . " Rev. 14:9
In order to NOT be, ". . . be tormented with fire and brimstone . . .for ever and ever . . ." you can NOT receive the mark.
And if you refuse the mark. . .
You can not "buy or sell":
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:
If you refuse the mark, you will not be able to purchase even the essentials, such as food, water, utilities, etc. Basically, the whole world and Satan will be against you.
You will "lose your head" – you’ll be beheaded:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. 20:4
Apparently, during the tribulation, the infamous guillotine will be resurrected.
It’s interesting, in Sept., 1999, A&E Channel (Arts and Entertainment) did a special on the guillotine. It ended with this remarkable, statement:
"Although the blade no longer falls today, we may not have heard the last of the Guillotine." (A&E Channel)
In order to be saved during the tribulation, you can not take the mark. And if you refuse the mark, you will not be able to but or sell, and you will be beheaded.
I certainly do not claim to understand all we’ve just read, but it looks as if, during the tribulation there is an element of "enduring" that is not applicable before the rapture.
I believe this is what Matthew 24:13 means:
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matt. 24:13
Notice the context of Matthew 24 – the tribulation :
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:21
Notice the "endure to the end" in Mark 13:13:
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mark 13:13:
Again, Mark 13 deals with the tribulation:
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, Mark 13:24
In the light of these verses, let me give you some advice if you’re not saved NOW – do it NOW!
You don’t want to go in the tribulation.
Salvation is very simple before the rapture – after the rapture – it’s not so easy.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3
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