Incarnation of the Mark of the Beast

Acts 8:9-13

Incarnation of the Mark of the Beast.
Simon had all the characteristics of someone living by the incarnation of the mark of the beast. He amazed all the people with his sorcery, just like it is written, “The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.” Revelation 13:3b. Simon boasted great things, and all the people acknowledged him to be the “Great Power of God”, as it is written “It will oppose and will exalt itself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that it sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming itself to be God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4 All the people followed Simon because they were amazed with his great authority, “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for 42 months” Revelation 13:5.

What Simon didn’t have was the Holy Spirit. When someone has the Holy Spirit, they glorify Jesus Christ and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a fiery tongue. Today, people live by the mark of the beast because they are amazed with its sorceries. It is the thing that has power over physiology and is able to form emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. It is able to heal, has power over life and death, empowers with authority, provides uncanny intuition and knowledge, gives great feelings, provides extraordinary skills and talents, enables amazing physical abilities etc. It also has power over external properties, which anyone who owns any device knows. Television, radio, Alexa, computers, etc. are all under its sorceries. People lust for the incarnation of the mark of the beast. What they don’t have is God’s Spirit. In fact, they grieve the Holy Spirit, discard the need for Jesus Christ, and considers the mark of the beast to be the “Great Power of God.”

“Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city
and amazed all the people of Samaria.
He boasted that he was someone great, 
and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed,
“This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 
They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.”
Acts 8:9-11

Wolves Among the Sheep/Beast in Human Skin.
It is said here that, “Simon himself believed and was baptized.” but it also made it clear that Simon was amazed with the “great signs and wonders” that Phillip was doing. Simon was not following the way of Jesus Christ; he was following after the power that Phillip had to do great signs and miracles. Simon was nothing more than a wolf in sheep clothing trying to pass himself off as a Believer. Unlike the silence of Phillip, Peter unleashed his fiery tongue of the Holy Spirit to say to Simon, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Acts 8:23 Not only was Simon bitter and captive to sin, but he also thought he could buy the power of the Holy Spirit with money. The power of the Holy Spirit is not to amaze people with great signs and wonders, it is to glorify the name of Jesus and to proclaim the Good News. Peter made it very clear how he felt about Simon’s unGodly intentions, “Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!” Acts 8:20

Today, the churches are dominated with people who choose the incarnation of the mark of the beast for all the feelings of power and amazing wonders that it can do. But they do not have the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is with us for one primary reason, to glorify the name of Jesus Christ and to spread the Gospel. All through the book of Acts, phrases appear like, “Being filled with the Holy Spirt…” then it relays an experience of Jesus Christ being glorified and the Good News shared. The world is filled with wolves in sheep clothing/beasts in human skin, they are baptized in a church ceremony and express outward shows of belief. They are doing exactly what is written about, “It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander His name and His dwelling place and those who live in heaven.” Revelation 13:6. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.

“But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God 
and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 
Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere,
astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.”
Acts 8:12-13

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11

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