Categories: Mark of the Beast Date: Feb 9, 2008 Title: The MarkThe scenery is there - the "play" about to begin.
We are getting very close to the end of this dispensation. We have seen Israel established already, we daily hear of the Apostasy raising, there are earthquakes and pestilences in divers places and there's the creation of the Transatlantic Common Market, too, as the first step in creating a Transatlantic Union, and this will be the first step towards setting up a one world government.
But, what has been maybe the most debated issue during the centuries of the Christianity - the question, what is and will be the Mark of the Beast - has just in these past decades got a solemn choice. Today we truly have something to fulfill all of Rev. 13:16-18. Nothing is missing of its scope anymore.
First of all, some observations from the Bible, compared to the original Greek text. Apostle John wrote this nearly 2000 years ago - The Book of Revelation 13:16-18:
16 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:
17 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.
18 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.
People that understand the original Greek have commented it:
*receive (didomi did' -o-mee) -- to accept (something to be administered).
**mark (charagma khar' -ag-mah) -- to describe (as a badge of servitude (to identify)).
***Six hundred threescore and six (chi xi stigma khee xee stig' -ma) -- six hundred and sixty six (666); to "stick", i.e. prick into the body for recognition of ownership.
Strong's Concordance has a helpful addition: "Stigma (stig’-mah), from a primary stizo (to "stick", i.e. prick); a mark pricked in or branded upon the body. To ancient oriental usage, slaves and soldiers bore the name or the stamp of their master or commander branded or pricked (cut) into their bodies to indicate what master or general they belonged to, and there were even some devotee’s who stamped themselves in this way with the token of their gods".
And why will this particular mark be the worst of blasphemy? The Old Testament tells of a revelation, where the righteous of Jerusalem were marked on their forehead (Eze. 9:4). Some theologians say, that this mark was of shape "X" - which, by the way, today is the brand name for Verichip Corp.'s chip implant, the "Xmark". Grotesque an implication to the Mark of God indeed.
The judgments were about to fall on Jerusalem. But before it, the Angels of the Lord marked His righteous with a mark on their foreheads, that the Angels of Judgment wouldn't touch them. One maybe wonders, what was that sign? The Hebrew original states it: "set a mark ("TAV") upon the foreheads of the men. . ." It was two Hebrew letters, "tav" and "vav", pronounced together, "TAV".
When times have passed, the Hebrew lettering has changed. The Dictionary of Gesenius, (p. 857 in Finnish edition), states of this "TAV": "It is a mark of the shape of the CROSS, with which horses and camels were marked. In the Maccabean coins (150 B.C.) it ("TAV") was marked with a CROSS."
Thus, translating this Bible passage precisely, it says: "and set a mark of the CROSS upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof", The mark of the Cross then saved from God's wrath - and still saves - if we have or will let the Lord Himself mark us to be His own.
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ, is most fair. He will even let Satan have his all time desire to be fulfilled. One day Satan will step into the Temple in Jerusalem, having entered into the Antichrist (cf. Luke 22:3), and "shewing himself that he is God" (2 Thess. 2:4). And the greatest blasphemy of all will be completed in that, that he marks all his worshippers using the mark of God. And they all will end up in Hell.
But, coming back to the technical part, it seems to be that even death cannot keep people away from these emerging techniques. In recent years we have witnessed many powerful medias growing. Today, the Internet is full of information - "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Dan. 12:4). The word "many" has its Greek origin, "rab", which 36 times in the Bible has also been translated into "much". "Much" is really running to and fro in the Internet, and our knowledge has surely increased. Yet we have a lot of these five minute spots of the microchips in the Google Video and YouTube, presenting positive comments only, from the manufacturers like Verichip Corp., there is however little told of their development process. But one thing we know of them without further evidence: "Lithium metal is extremely reactive with body moisture and is corrosive to skin, nose, throat and eyes (may cause blindness)." So, that, when "on-skin", but how about "in-skin"? A tiny lithium battery is the source of energy for the chip implant. Revelation 16:2 states: "And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image ". That's "a sore", in Greek "helkos", in singular.
There are already implications, which tie these implants to cancer: studies between 1996 and 2006 revealed lab mice that had the chips implanted in them developed malignant tumors.In the light of this, however justified, it is not much rewarding to add a word or two to this following statement: "Researchers tag wild animals with active RFID transponders to monitor the animals' movements easily as they roam their native habitats. Implanting passive tags is very common practice for livestock and other controlled animal populations". Yes, small addition fully justified today, "other controlled populations, like human beings".
In mid 90's, I accidentally run to a speech, which had a deep impact. It was the testimony of Carl Sanders, who was in charge of conceiving the microchip. Carl Sanders is an electronics engineer, inventor, author and consultant to various government organizations as well as to IBM, General Electric, Honeywell and Teledyne. He spent thirty-two years of his life in design engineering and electronics — designing microchips in the Bio-Med field. Carl (now a Christian) was senior engineer in charge of the project, which culminated in the microchip that we talk about now: "... a microchip that I believe is going to be the positive identification and 'the Mark of the Beast' ", says Carl Sanders. And when you hear his testimony, it will shock you and stir your soul, too! (videospeech, part one and two)
I've said it many times before: all this development & big-ticket activities cannot be just a harmless package of coincidencies. And there are horrific connections to it. And now when even better "tattooing" is existing, the question raises: "Who will be the "Jew" of the new Millennium"?
Passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Bush on May 11, 2005, the Real ID Act mandates that all U.S. citizens will receive a National ID card by May of 2008. The acceleration of these technologies and communications are swiftly taking us into George Orwell's "1984" "Big Brother government" scenario. Mr. Orwell was right - only he was off a few years. Incidentally, Hillary Clinton's favorite books were "1984" and "Brave New World", where the government controlled all facets of society through technology. And isn't it a curious coincidence, that the President of the United States of America, under the 'Emigration Control Act of 1986', Section 100, has the authority to deem whatever type of identification is necessary?
Mrs. Sinikka Salo, one of the leaders of the Bank of Finland, already some years ago, said: "From now on (2006), whichever rolling twelve months, and after that we don't need cash money AT ALL". Yes ... all the young and the old, wise and the poor, systems, applications and passwords and passports... actually, 'A better Passport - the human hand' -project is already ongoing: the US has an option on Immigration Naturalization Form I833 to have the microchip put in the hand.
Well, there's actually this only one way to "carry it all out securely". And it is here. It has been prophecied (Rev. 13:16-18).
"What shall we then say to these things?" (Rom. 8:31) Having been severely tempted by Satan, "from that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt. 4:17). His servant, the Apostle Paul wrote: "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." (Rom. 13:11). Amen!
And, Dear Reader, have you already been marked with the CROSS of God? If you have not yet come to know your only Lord and Saviour, I solemnly want to warn you, that this offer of Salvation - the Gospel of Grace - is about to end. Will you one day wake up and find out: "They went. And I was left behind!"?
The Door is still open. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10:9-10).
He died - that you might live forever in Heaven with Him. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts. 16:31).