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Why Will Anyone Accept the Mark of the Beast?

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Garland-Green
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:57 am
Why would anyone agree to be marked with a number that has evil implications? Even people who have never read the Bible are generally uneasy with the number 666 because of the press it receives. Films and novels use it to invoke terror and mystery. Some even make jokes about the mark, but Satan’s demonic activity is no laughing matter.

So why will the world accept this mark during the Tribulation? To answer that question, we must understand the power and persuasion of the Antichrist. Let’s examine how and why the mark will be implemented.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2022 5:53 am

To answer the question ("Why Will Anyone Accept the Mark of the Beast?"), outright, then: any one, combination, or all of these things:

  • because they worship Mammon,

        ▫ Revelation 13:17 New International Version

        17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.


  • they fear death more than they do YHWH (if they even believe He exists) when it comes to life or death decisions:

        ▫ Revelation 13:15 New International Version

        15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.


  • the dragon (as he always does), makes close-counterfeits of YHWH's legitimate things (be it miracles [e.g. raining fire from heaven], or having false, close-sounding religions even in Jesus' Name (in YHWH-incarnate's Name), but then when you compare what they say to what is written and the Commands, they're false, denying the Father and the Son [e.g. Islam, for instance, says cutting off a thief's hand as punishment vs. in Scripture, YHWH says make the thief pay restitution...besides the glaringly obvious, Islam denying the deity of Christ (YHWH-incarnate) / the Lamb who is the atonement sacrifice. The slightest deviance and it becomes just one of the many broad ways that deceive]).

        ▫ Revelation 13:13-14 New International Version

        13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

        ▫ Revelation 13:11 New International Version

        11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.

        ▫ 1 John 2:22 New International Version

        22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.

      • Revelation 12:9 New International Version

        9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.


  • they're willfully idolaters...they disagree with YHWH (the Creator) but agree with, and actually like, the fallen creations' nature, which includes the dragon's ways, and they admire the brute force of the beast...

        ▫ Revelation 13:4 New International Version

        4 People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?

        ▫ Revelation 13:6-8 New International Version

        6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[a]

        Footnotes
        a. Revelation 13:8 Or written from the creation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was slain

        ▫ Colossians 3:5-10 New International Version

        5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[a] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

        Footnotes
        a. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient

        ▫ 2 Timothy 4:4 New International Version

        4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.


  • they feel forced..."or else".

        ▫ Revelation 13:16-17 New International Version

        16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

        ▫ Revelation 21:8 New International Version

        8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”


And if they're dressed like a lamb but speaking like a dragon, beware of those who mix truth with lies... unholy mix...unequal yokes...accepting of myths (unreliable accounts of history, twisted truth, if not totally made up stories)...

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That answered, isn't this strangely specific (how it's emphasizing a distinction)?

      • Revelation 13:12 New International Version

        12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.


What is the earth...in contrast to the inhabitant?
All the systems (precipitation, plate tectonics, volcanic activity, the wind[s]... the very elements...?) of the earth? including its animals (or are animals considered as "its inhabitants [the earth's inhabitants]" along with us)?
The lifeless substrate and the living... ?
submitted ...under its dominion/reign? following its ways? instead of YHWH's Way? What is the earth doing to worship the beast along with the inhabitants...?

There's something to this.

Agriculturally, what is happening, I wonder... [for sure, no land sabbaths, no man tending to / working the land, mixing diverse kinds of seed... what else? Everything that blasphemes YHWH...]

I'm kind of mind blown right now. at the depth...of blasphemy and how closely it resembles now. But the spirit of antichrist isn't new. It's just that one in particular is incredibly pervasive...its ways authorized all over the place.

      • Revelation 13:7 New International Version

        7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.


TL;DR - why? because they don't believe YHWH. simple as that.
 

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