- Redeemed of the Lord
- Gospel of Christ Brought to the World
- The Global Power Falls
- Warning to the World to not Take the Mark of the Beast
- Blessings On the Faithfull Who Die in Christ
- Massive Body Count
Redeemed of the Lord
Those who are faithful to Jesus Christ has God’s seal on their foreheads. These are the ones who have come through the global tribulation with the testimony of Jesus Christ, as explained in Revelation Seven. These are people like you and I who live on this earth. They overcome great affliction and persecution, even like us today who are suffering under those who operate through the inner presence of the mark of the beast. The inner presence sets itself up as God, tosses aside the need for Jesus Christ, tramples on the Holy Spirit, and are cruel towards those who live for Jesus Christ. Everyone is warned not to live by the mark of the beast. There is a song that the redeemed of the Lord can sing and no one else can, and that is the Salvation song of being washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Let the redeem of the Lord say so. That song will be sung in front of the throne of God.
Just like living in today’s times, overcoming the enticements of sexual pleasures is a huge accomplishment. Those pleasures are to lure people into sin that leads to the introduction of the inner presence of the mark of the beast. Enticements are used to get people to be receptive to the inner presence that forms thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is the “secret knowledge” that has power over physiology. All people are warned not to live by the mark of the beast. Remaining a virgin is to remain faithful to Jesus Christ by staying separate from the world, rejecting the mark of the beast, and turning away from sensual enticements. The Lamb is followed wherever He goes, through the global tribulation He is followed, and through these days of the mark of the beast we follow the Lamb. Just like us, those who come to God through Jesus Christ are purchased from this world by His Blood.
Throughout the great tribulation, and throughout a life under those who govern by the mark of beast, truth is always told by God’s people. That is the truth of the Living God who is the Creator of all things, the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world, and the truth that comes in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In the eyes of God, we are blameless.
“Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion,
and with Him 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder.
The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.
No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins.
They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.”
Gospel of Christ Brought to the World
With the Gospel of Jesus Christ being present in this world, the judgment of God is here. A person can come to God through Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and to be resurrected from the dead to receive eternal life. Or a person can reject God’s Son Jesus Christ and be resurrected to receive eternal torment. All people will be judged according to the Gospel. The Gospel has been proclaimed to everyone on this earth and continues to be proclaimed even as I type this. This is the hour of judgment, today is the day to fear God and to give Him glory, and to worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.
“Then I saw another angel flying in midair,
and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.
Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
The Global Power Falls
The global power that falls is this present world system that governs by the inner presence of the mark of the beast. The collapse of all the nations around the world happens when the central hub of economic power collapses. That is the exact same time that the beast, as in the mark of the beast, is destroyed. That is described in Revelation 18 and Revelation 19. Today, this world is just inches away from establishing a one world constitution. Laws and constitutions of every nation are being changed to conform to a global standard. That includes a global economy, global taxes, and a global monetary fund, etc. Those changes are being forced by the angry mobs and protesters that come against any court rulings that are not from the “left wing.” Those protesters are those living by the inner presence that has power over physiology, and is able to form thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is the mark of the beast. Those standing for the “right wing,” Christians are included in that category, are threatened with death and violence. These are the days of the persecution of those who live by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Today is the onslaught of the great global tribulation and the fall of the global power.
Anyone can look around their city, state, and nation to see that there is not much left of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People are doing their own thing, being their own god, and living by anything other than Biblical standards. Nations around the world encourage those attitudes of individual “empowerment.” They encourage the values of “tolerance,” “community values,” “peace,” and being in touch with the “true self,” The mark of the beast is to Satan what Jesus Christ is to God. Satan works internally through the mark of the beast to establish itself as God, to discard the need for Jesus Christ, and to trample on the Holy Spirit. It thrives on sin and those who govern by the mark of the beast are making the nations “drink the maddening wine of her adulteries. The sin it thrives on is its ability to empower with authority, to enliven emotions to simulate a feeling of moral righteousness, to endow with extraordinary knowledge and insight, to endow with remarkable skill levels, etc. At the same time, it claims to be cleansing the world of hostile elements and elements that “pollutes” its landscape. It has a form of Godliness but rejects the power of God.
“A second angel followed and said,
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’
which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”
Warning to the World to not Take the Mark of the Beast
This is not a world where the global population is tattooed to brand them with their owner’s mark. There are not people walking around with “666” on their forehead nor is “666” tattooed to anyone’s right hand. Likewise, there is not anyone in this world that can point to their forehead and say, “Look, God’s seal is on my forehead.” Everyone knows that there are no external signs that seals the allegiance of a person’s heart. What is being talked about here is an “image” that is able to speak. In fact, Revelation 13;13-15 says that people are deceived and persuaded to live by the mark of the beast. It orders all the earth to worship the beast that has power over the inner workings of physiology, it has healing powers and power over life and death. The world is warned not to live by the mark of the beast. Part of the persuasion to take the mark is the threat of death and the inability to buy or sell if the mark is refused.
“And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth
in full view of the people.
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.
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.”
It’s the image of the beast that is to be worshipped and the image of the beast is able to speak. So, there is nothing on the forehead or the right hand that is going to be able to speak. That would be extremely weird to have a right hand or forehead that is able to speak. The “image” is used in the same way that the word “image” is usually used in the Bible. For example, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 and “For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29
The “image” refers to an inner presence that reveals itself in what we think and in what we do. The mark on the forehead represents thinking according to the image of the beast that is within, and the mark on the right hand represents doing according to the image of the beast within. Today, there is an inner presence that has power over physiology and is able to form thoughts and emotions to influence behaviors. That is the mark of the beast. The world is warned not to live by the mark of the beast. It sets itself up as God while tossing aside Jesus Christ, trampling on the Holy Spirit, and afflicting those who live for Jesus Christ. The people of God are called to endurance and patience while the mark of the beast is unleashed onto the world.
The consequences of living for the inner presence of the mark of the beast is eternal torment, as is described in the verses below. The world is warned not to live by the mark of the beast.
“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,
they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath.
They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever.
There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image,
or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who
keep His commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
Blessings On the Faithfull Who Die in Christ
In these times of living under those who rule by the mark of the beast, it is a cold, cruel, and unloving world. Those who choose Jesus Christ reject the inner presence of the mark of the beast. Those of us who die in the process of holding onto the testimony of Jesus Christ has a great reward ahead of us. We are the redeemed who have been purchased from this world by the Blood of the Lamb. We will be singing our new song at throne of God. Our faithfulness to God through Jesus Christ will follow us into God’s paradise.
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Massive Body Count
There are blessings for those who die in Christ but not for the rest of the world. By the time the two angels finish their harvesting of the earth it is a major, major, spilling of blood. So much blood that it is at least 6′ high and 200 miles in distance. This is definitely a statement to the massive body count that occurs after the first wave and then the second wave of harvested bodies. This chapter is in a global context, so I know this is a global death toll. This massive body count occurs under those who rule by the mark of the beast. Whatever number remains of the followers of Christ, I’m sure they are wondering how much longer they will have to lean on patient endurance.
“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man
with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud,
“Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
So, he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.”
“Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.
Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and
called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle,
“Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.
They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press,
rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.”