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The '666' Mark

Posted by: Administrator on November 21, 1997 1:08:44 PM (21672 Reads)

- There are two protagonists: God vs. Satan (or Devil, Old Serpent, Beast, Dragon)

- Do you know that both God and Satan mark their respective followers? God marks them "in the forehead." The Beast marks them "in the forehead and on the right hand."

- The "Mark of the Beast is "666." When do you think is this being done? In the past, now, or in the future?

 

THE "666" MARK

Yesterday, Today or Tomorrow?

 

 

One topic commonly discussed, not only in the churches but in social circles as well, is the "666 Mark" of the Beast. With the advance in computer technology, interest on the subject has gained momentum that many of those hooked-up in the Internet receive a dose of information on the matter. The basis is found in the following verses of the last book of the Holy Bible:

 

Revelation 13:16-18 "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."

 

A. MAN’S INTERPRETATIONS

 

The religious "in-thing" today is the speculation that the mark is related to computer chips/lasers/bar-codes/scanning gadgets/ with the modern way of transacting business through computers. Simply put the time is near, they say, when the Beast or the Anti-Christ will establish himself as world ruler. That is what many people are saying.

 

"He will set his throne in the Temple in Jerusalem . He will bring order to the world and will be loved and admired by a lot of people. Part of his agenda will be to organize all the peoples in the world with a "numbering system", for identification and for other reasons.

 

Some have said that the social security cards we use now are a "prototype" of the mark of the Anti-Christ. Some say that the mark is a tattoo put onto the hand that will be digitally encoded with all vital information of that person. Some say it will be a computer chip, implanted just below the skin on a person's neck or wrist that can be read with a scanner. Followers of the Beast and the Anti-Christ will wear the mark, but followers of the Lamb will refuse it. This refusal will result in the deaths of countless brothers and sisters who are here during that time period."

 

The following information is currently circulating in cyberspace sent as a chain letter. It is a speculation of the mysterious "666" mark of the Beast (Good if the person concerned here does not consider it as a libelous guess.):

 

(QUOTE): "Since we're all using MICROSOFT products here, I thought I'd just let you know these facts... Do you know that Bill gates' REAL name is William Henry Gates III? His official REAL name NOW, is BILL GATES III. So, what's so eerie about this name? OK, if you take all the letters in Bill Gates III and then convert it in ASCII code (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) and then ADD up all the numbers...you will get 666, which is the number of the beast!!!

 

Coincidence ha? Nope. Take Windows 95 and do the SAME thing and you will get 666 too!!! And the same goes for MS-DOS 6.21!!!

 

Okay, that's the first part, now the next - For those of you fellas who still have the OLD excel 95 (not office 97), then try this out:

 

1. Open a new file.

2. Scroll down until you see row 95.

3. Click on the row 95 button, these highlights the whole row.

4. Press tab, to move to the second column.

5. Now, move your mouse and click on help THEN about Microsoft excel.

6. Press ctrl-alt-shift and click on the tech support button simultaneously.

7. A WINDOW WILL APPEAR, TITLE: THE HALL OF TORTURED SOULS this is really eerie okay...it has a doom style format and you can walk all around the hall...and on the sides of the walls are the names of the tortured souls...

8. NOW WALK UP THE STAIRS AND THEN COME BACK DOWN, FACE THE BLANK WALK AND THEN TYPE IN EXCELKFA. This will open the blank wall to reveal another secret passage. Walk through the passage and DO NOT fall off, when you get to the end, you will see something really, really, eerie..."

 

At this point of time, countless witnesses all over the world have verified this point... It's really an eye opener. It could be a joke by MS programmers, if not then it's for REAL!

 

Wouldn't be a surprise if Bill Gates were "The Antichrist"? After all it was already foretold in the Bible that someone powerful would rise up and lead the world to destruction. And Bill Gates definitely have that kind of power in his hands. More than 80% of the world's computers run on Windows and DOS (including those at Pentagon!) If all his products have some kind of small program embedded (like this Hall of Tortured Souls) that can give him control, setting off nuclear arsenals, creating havoc in security systems, financial systems all over the world, etc . . .all from his headquarters isn't a far off reality!

 

Just using Internet Explorer may just allow him to map out what you have on your computer bit by bit each time you log on. Perhaps the endtimes are near and this is just a tip of the iceberg. ‘He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.’ Revelation 13:16-18

 

Something for you to think about. An eerie E-mail for everybody to think about..." The Bible, in the Book of Revelation says that without the sign of the beast one would not be able to buy, sell, do business transactions, etc..... and my question to you now is this - ‘Is Internet now a necessity in doing business?’ The Internet also bears the sign.... Note that the Internet is also commonly known as the World Wide Web or WWW.

One other way we write W is V/ or (VI), so .....

 

W W W

VI VI VI

6 6 6

 

This give me something to ponder upon ... Isn't everything going towards the Internet? (i.e., buying / selling goods, business transactions) Isn't Microsoft always on the move to have a monopoly when it comes to software technology? And now the Internet?

 

The book of Revelation also says that the mark of the beast will be carried on one's hand and one's forehead...If the Internet would indeed be the sign of the beast aren't we all starting to carry it on our hands and foreheads??? Screens (forehead) and make use of the mouse (hand) ??? Are things finally falling into place or are we just letting our imagination run??? Remember, the devil came to cheat, steal, and to destroy... so be VIGILANT !!!!"

 

PROOF that Bill Gates is the Devil: The real name of ‘the’ Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III. Nowadays, he is known as Bill Gates (III), where III means the order of third (3rd).

 

By converting the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values and adding his (III), you get the following:

 

B - 66

I - 73

L - 76

L - 76

G - 71

A - 65

T - 84

E - 69

S - 83

I - 1

I - 1

I - 1

--------------

666 !!!!

 

THE NUMBER OF THE DEVIL....Some might ask, ‘How did Bill Gates get so powerful?’ Coincidence? Or just the beginning of mankind's ultimate and total enslavement???? Before you decide, consider the following:

 

MS-DOS 6.21

77+83+45+68+79+83+32+54+46+50+49 = 666

 

WINDOWS 95

87+73+78+68+79+87+83+57+53+1= 666

 

Coincidence? You decide.... To agree or to not agree with the WWW or the Beast’, is not the question. What if the WWW is the 666? Or Bill Gates is the Beast? What will you do? Cancel subscriptions to the Internet? Resign from Microsoft? Set out a campaign against Bill Gates in the Internet? Shut down all Windows 95 forever? It will not do you any good...

 

"Think about all this and pray, pray really hard, or else... Never stop believing...."

 

‘My comment about this mail? Whether true or not - it's up to you. However, no harm knowing about it. Just in case, it's real and it happened, we are aware. But, if the above is true what are we gonna do about it? Continue to backslide? Continue to "fight" among ourselves? Continue to slumber and sleep? NO! Definitely not!"

 

Those of us who are far away from GOD, don't run any more - come back, come back to the FATHER. HE loves you with an everlasting love. HIS love and compassion never cease. HIS steadfast love is new every morning. Those of us who have disagreement, displeasure, disappointment and unforgiveness with one another, let's learn to forgive and bury the hatches, putting aside our differences and work towards one goal. The goal of reaching the world with the gospel of CHRIST. We have been distracted. We are so concern about who is right and who is wrong, but look - what the enemy is doing? He is coming violently against the world and the BODY. This is not a time for us to fight with each other within the BODY OF CHRIST. This is the end times - all the more we need to unite together to fight the enemy not among ourselves.

 

Those of us who are lukewarm, come on, don't slumber any more. Let's wake up from our slumber, put on our armors and go to war. Let's look beyond our needs and see the needs of others. Then, we'll realize how fortunate we are, how blessed we are, how good and faithful GOD is. Then, we'll think about being God’s extended hand and feet to touch the lost and the hurting.

 

And to sharing the CHRIST with people - both saved and unsaved. To the unsaved - the salvation plan, To the saved - lift them up, encourage and edify one another. Pray about it we need to do something about our present condition. Don't procrastinate and delay.

 

Also, do send to as many people you know as possible. I mean Christians. Remember Bible says that being a watchman, we are to announce when there is danger - if we don't, then GOD will hold us accountable for the lives of those we did not warn. Ezk 33:6

 

This is something for you to think about. Is it real? Well, let it be known then to others. God bless you. Always......!!!!!! " (UNQUOTE)

 

(Comment: The foregoing chain letter presumably came from some religious organizations judging from the tenor of the message.)

 

 

MORE CONJECTURES REGARDING THE "MARK"

 

There had been several speculations in the past regarding this mysterious mark. One of these was once associated to the title of the head of the oldest sect.

 

(QUOTE) The leader of the sect is known as the Vicar of Christ, or Vicar of the Son of God. Expressed in the Latin words and assigned the Roman numeral equivalent, it adds up to 666:

 

V -  5

I -  1

C - 100

A - 0

R - 0

I -  1

U (V) -  5

S - 1

F - 0

I -  0

L - 50

I -  1

I -  1

D - 500

E - 0

I -  1

________________

   666

=============

 

Like the first one, the foregoing appears to have originated from some religious people. During the Dark Ages several nations encountered economic difficulties. One or two were stricken with epidemic diseases, and war was raging in several countries. Religious people then also thought of the impending rule of the Beast. Fear gave birth to some religious sects, and until now their forte is the impending end-times. In recent history, when the "cold war" was at its height, there was also a speculation that the leader of a powerful nation would eventually reveal himself as the antichrist.

And now, with the advance in information technology, we are again with the different hypothesis on the Mark of the Beast and his impending rule. It appears that the interpretation of Bible prophecies is anchored on current events. The very people promoting the words of God seemed to have missed what God says regarding Bible prophecies:

 

2 Peter 1:20 "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."

 

What does "private" here mean?" Does it imply any man’s interpretation, including the religious leaders?

 

 

WORDS OF GOD IN THE HOLY BIBLE

 

God is a Spirit (John 4:24). He spoke so that He could relate to us (John 1:1). His words are those found in the Holy Bible (2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16). We are physical beings, earthly, and could only comprehend the literal-physical meaning of the words. Perhaps, we can ascribe further meanings to them through symbolism, but at most limited to moral lessons. It is written, God’s "language" is expressed in parables:

 

Ezekiel 20:49 "Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?"

 

When God spoke of the trees making other trees their king, is this not in parable?

 

Judges 9:9 "But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. 11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. 13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon."

 

Who can explain the parable except God Himself through His words! It was prophesied, Jesus Christ would speak in parables:

 

Psalms 78:2 "I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:"

 

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Did He not imply that His words are like prophecies that will all come to pass? When He said, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again," did His listeners, including His apostles, understand Him? It is written, "the laws (words) of God are spiritual (Romans 7:14)." Jesus Christ revealed His "language" in the following:

 

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

 

"Private interpretation" therefore includes all people, apostles and religious leaders not excepted. Only God can interpret His words. Like prophecies, "not a jot or a tittle will come to pass without being fulfilled." God should be the sole SPEAKER over the microphone. His servants serve only as the speaker system. Any sound not coming from the SPEAKER is the pestering hum and hiss, a noise. Perhaps the meaning of the following is now revealed:

Revelation 5:1 "And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David , hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."

 

Is it any wonder therefore why all hypothesis or educated guess in the past regarding the identity of the Beast and his mark of "666" were all erroneous? Who can explain God’s words with His spiritual language but the Lion of the Tribe of Juda or the Root of David alone!

 

Mark 4:34 "But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples."

 

Why do some people take upon themselves the authority to explain the words of God? Did the apostles and prophets take this authority? It is written, these chosen vessels of God acted only as His spokesmen.

 

Ephesians 4:11 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"

 

Perhaps, their relationship with God is better illustrated in the following: God is the One speaking over the microphone, and the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers should act only as the Speaker System. Without someone speaking over the microphone, there could be no sound but the pestering hum and hiss.

 

Why does God forbid WOMEN to speak in the churches (1 Corinthians 14:34)? Who is the MAN and who are the WOMEN in the eyes of God (Isaiah 54:5, Galatians 3:28? How many people see this relationship of God with His chosen servants? How many people commit the mistake of looking at PERSONS as if they are the ones talking over the microphone?

 

Which is the book referred to in Revelation 5:1-5, considering that God was speaking in parables? Is there anyone who can explain the words of God, that are expressed in parables? Peter, John, Paul, or the other apostles?

 

John 10:6 "This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them."

 

Very clearly, the BOOK refers to no other than the HOLY BIBLE! But the Natural Man, who is limited to intellectual, sensual (of the senses) and emotional perception, cannot swallow his ego and says, "Can I not open the Holy Bible, read and understand the contents? Did not God give me the intellect to comprehend His message?" Could we imagine the Apostles saying this? This is precisely what is happening in the Christian religion today, that is why it is divided into 1001 denominations, each claiming the truth!

 

 

THE CHOSEN AND THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

 

The life of Jesus Christ and His disciples, while a historical event as part of the words of God, must be in parables! Our Lord said, "Not a jot or tittle will come to pass till all be fulfilled."

 

People at that time may be classified into the CHOSEN of our Lord and the RELIGIOUS PEOPLE under the leadership of the Scribes and Pharisees. The leaders were condemned by our Lord, calling them: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell (Matthew 23:33) ?" How could our Lord do this to them when they were teaching the word of God, advocating righteousness, and were supposed to bring people to God?

These are the religious people who, surprisingly because of the spiritual blindness were the ones, instigated the crucifixion of our Lord on the crosss:

 

Scribes and Pharisees

 

The Scribes were a class of learned men who made the systematic study of the law and its exposition their professional occupation. Also called "lawyers" (Matthew 23:35), "doctors of the law" (Luke 5:17), "rabbis" (Matthew 23:8). They devoted themselves to the preservation, transcription, and exposition of the law. To safeguard the sanctity of the law, they developed an extensive and complicated system of teaching, known as the "tradition of the elders" (Matthew 15:2-6). All higher instruction was in their hands.

 

The Pharisees, also known as chasidim, meaning "loved of God" or "loyal to God." They were haughty because they believed they were the only interpreters of God and His words. The Pharisees were highly respected by the masses of the Jewish people.

 

Priests and Levites

 

The word PRIEST is related to a word meaning "holy," and indicates one who is consecrated to and engaged in holy matters. The Aaronic priests had to meet very rigid standards (Leviticus 21:16-24); in the sanctuary they ministered in special garments, and adhered to definite rituals. They represented the people before God offering sacrifices and praying in their behalf.

 

The LEVITES were the descendants of Levi through his sons Gershom, Kohath, and Merari (lExodus 6:16-25, Leviticus 25:32). They were the substitute for fellow-Israelites in duties pertaining to God (Number 3:11-13, 8:16). The Levites were not necessarily priests. They were supported by tithes (Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-24) for they received no tribal territories in Israel.

 

Numbers 18:24 "But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites…"

 

One distinction of the RELIGIOUS PEOPLE was they did not recognize the Father, the God that they worshipped. Jesus rebuked them:

 

John 8:54-55 "Jesus answered... it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him..."

 

The CHOSEN PEOPLE, on the other hand, God has this to say of them:

 

Hebrews 8:11 "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

 

The RELIGIOUS PEOPLE took pride in professing to worship only one God. But as revealed to James the apostle, this is not enough:

 

James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

 

Today, how many people profess worshipping the one true God but continue to be a great mystery? Christ emphasized the importance of KNOWING the one true God in the following:

 

Mark 12:28 "And one of the scribes came, and... asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is , Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God… this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

 

It was made to appear that KNOWING, not just believing, is a PREREQUISITE to "loving God," and in turn a requisite to "loving the fellowmen." How many people realized this? Even in the Old Testament, when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, the First Commandment is actually an introduction of God of Himself. Perhaps the FirstCommandment cannot be interchanged with the Second or the Tenth Commandment, for it is a prerequisite for the rest.

 

While these things are read and even memorized from the Bible, how many people "see" and "hear" the truth? Could this not be the spiritual "blindness" and "deafness" that our Lord was talking about during His time? Did the word of God pass away in our time? (Mark 13:31 "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.")

 

The key to the recognition of God is revealed in John 8:19: "...Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also." Knowing the identity of Jesus is a requisite to the recognition of God! Professing to know Jesus Christ, but declaring God is a mystery is contrary to what our Lord said. The identity of Jesus was revealed to John the apostle in the book of Revelation:

 

Revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come , the Almighty."

 

The identity of the Beast, on the other hand, is likewise revealed to John in:

 

Revelation 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and…they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is ."

 

 

THREE MAJOR DOCTRINES

 

How easy for many Bible believers to claim KNOWING God and loving Him thinking that they already know Jesus Christ. Who does not know that Jesus Christ is the Son of Mary, born in Bethlehem, grew in Nazareth, preached and performed many miracles? That, Jesus was falsely accused leading to His death on the cross, and on the third day He rose again from the dead? That, Christ went up to heaven and will be coming back again?

 

However, it is a fact that although many people have the foregoing recognition of Jesus Christ, yet they cannot agree as to Who Jesus Christ really is! God is the judge through His words. From the second century after Christ, there are three major doctrines preached on the identity of JESUS CHRIST.

 

1. THE ARIAN DOCTRINE (Advocated by Arius, 265-356 A.D.)

 

The doctrine teaches that "Jesus Christ is only a man and never a God." These are the supporting verses:

 

Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man..."

 

1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (Plus many more verses)

 

Arguments in favor:

 

a. How could Jesus Christ be a God when the Bible is very explicit that God is not a man?

 

b. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit -- a created being. The Lord says there is no God formed before or after Him:

 

Isaiah 43:10 "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD...before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."

 

A variation to this doctrine is the teaching that Jesus is only a "mighty God" for there is an Almighty God by the name of Jehovah.

 

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God..."

 

The name of the Almighty God is Jehovah taken from the following verses of the King James Version of the Bible:

 

Exodus 6:3 "And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them."

 

Psalms 83:18 "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."

 

(The name JEHOVAH was coined by Peter Galatin, a Roman Catholic Cardinal, in 1518 (Encyclopedia Americana, 1967 Edition, Volume 16, Page 9). The King James version of the Bible was published in 1611; thus, the adoption of the name.)

 

Jesus Christ, the "mighty God," recognized the supremacy of the Father who is the "Almighty God:"

 

John 14:28 "... I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." (Plus many more verses)


2. THE TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE (Championed by Athanasius, 295-373 A.D.)

 

The doctrine teaches that God is composed of three divine persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Each person is a God, but one person is not the other two persons. The three persons are co-equal in everything.

 

Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is a man (1 Timothy 2:5, plus many more verses).

 

He is also God:

 

1 John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true...even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." (Plus many more verses)


3. THE ONENESS DOCTRINE (Taught by Sabellius, 199-217 A.D.)

 

The doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is the Father:

 

John 10:30 "I and my Father are one." (Plus many more verses)

 

Jesus is also the Holy Spirit:

 

2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is that Spirit..." (Plus many more verses)

 

The name of God is Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38). A variation to the doctrine is the perception that Jesus is the Father. The Holy Spirit is only a force of God. Emperor Heraclius in 638 A.D sanctioned this.


FACTS:

 

All three major doctrines teach and profess that JESUS CHRIST is the Savior. Each doctrine is fully supported by Bible verses; yet differences among them cannot be reconciled.

 

DOCTRINE OF THE APOSTLES:

 

Warning that "another Jesus" would be introduced after the apostles:

 

2 Corinthians 11:4 "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted..."

 

Galatians 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."


THE TRUTH:

 

God is represented by His words (John 1:1). God will never contradict Himself for He is perfect and omniscient. Therefore, any conclusion on the identity of Jesus Christ that contradicts what is written could not have come from God. It is only the product of human reasoning. God condemns human wisdom in spiritual matters:

 

1 Corinthians 1:19 "...I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe?... 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God ..."

 

 

SPIRITUAL TEST FOR THE THREE DOCTRINES

 

1. ARIAN DOCTRINE - If Jesus Christ is only a man and never a God, why did He accept worship, before and after His death and resurrection, when only God deserves worship (Matthew 4:10; Revelation 22:9)? What more, it is clearly stated, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) "

 

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."

 

Is it not clear that JESUS CHRIST, the Word made flesh, is God as stated? Thus, the contradiction to what is written under this doctrine.

Regarding the variation where it teaches that Jesus is only a Mighty or Minor God, and the Father is the Supreme or Almighty God: Could there be two Gods in the following?

 

Isaiah 43:10 "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD... before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."

 

Thus, the contradiction to what is written!

 

2. TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE - Where is the clear recognition of ONE GOD when each divine person is a God deserving worship, and one person is not the other two persons? This doctrine, therefore, advocates worship of the Father, of Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit. Each entity, however, is separate and distinct that does not represent the other. Each person is called and considered GOD!

 

The Father will be found in heaven, so is the Son Jesus, as well as the Holy Spirit. If one person is not the other two, where is the claim of belief in ONE GOD? Thus, the conclusion under this doctrine that God really is a mystery. If God remains a mystery to the adherents of this doctrine, is it not contradictory to the truth that God’s people, both in the Old and New Testament, "know the Lord from the least to the greatest of them (Jeremiah 3:34)?"

 

Hebrews 8:11 "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

 

Proponents of this doctrine take "shall know the Lord," to mean in the future. Thus, according to them, the Lord can only be clearly recognized in the future. If so, why did our Lord rebuke the religious people under the leadership of the Scribes and Pharisees for "not recognizing the Father?

 

John 8:19 "Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."

 

John 8:54 "Jesus answered… it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him…"

 

Belief in ONE GOD without clear recognition is not enough. This view is good only to the low level of the devils:

 

James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe..."

 

3. ONENESS DOCTRINE - while the portrayal of "Jesus" under this doctrine is a "look alike" of the real Jesus, the distinction is revealed by kind of "language being spoken:"

 

Revelation 13:11 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."

 

The real Jesus spoke the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE:

 

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit..."

 

The Beast speaking as a dragon is actually Satan:

 

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

 

The "language" of the Dragon is the "literal-physical" language:

 

Matthew 4:3-4 "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

 

Does not this ONENESS doctrine, like the other two, advocate the literal-CONTEXTUAL understanding and application of the words of God? Examples: How did the Lamb, Jesus Christ, speak about TITHES and Offering? Sabbath? Clean and unclean food? Temples/Chapels, Churches, and Cathedrals? Miracles? Righteousness? etc.

 

The THREE DOCTRINES cropped up more than two centuries after the apostles. For not passing the spiritual TESTS based on the word of God, it is clear that they are all the product of philosophy, logic, and human reasoning. God condemns human wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:19-210, philosophy (Colossians 2:8), and pride (1 Corinthians 3:18-20) in spiritual matters (For details and examples, read the articles: DECIPHERING GOD’S SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE, ORIGIN OF THE PASTORAL SYSTEM, JESUS OF THE ORIGINAL APOSTLES, GOD OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT, MIRACLES AND WONDERS, TITHES AND OFFERING, plus many more, in the web site.)

 

QUESTION AND MORE QUESTIONS:

 

1. What is the real identity of JESUS CHRIST? As Jesus said, recognition of Him follows the identification of the Father (John 8:19). If we will notice, not one of the THREE DOCTRINES advocates recognizing Jesus by divine revelation.

 

Matthew 16:15 "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

 

Jesus Christ is recognized by the revelation of the Father, so is God equally revealed. The truth is, God introduces Himself to His chosen, instead of the chosen trying to recognize Him. Peter did not recognize Jesus with "flesh and blood," but by the revelation of the Father.

 

Matthew 11:27 "...no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him."

 

John 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..."

 

1 Corinthians 12:3 "... and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost."

 

2. By divine revelation, Who is the God of Abraham and Paul? What is His name? (The questions are answered in the articles: JESUS OF THE ORIGINAL APOSTLES and THE GOD OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT)

 

Any man subscribing to any of the THREE DOCTRINES of recognizing JESUS CHRIST, if truly spiritually honest, will be convicted that GOD STILL REMAINS A GREAT MYSTERY. God promised a "heart to KNOW Him" on condition of "coming to Him with a whole heart."

 

Jeremiah 24:7 "And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart."

 

Does God see the condition being satisfied? If so, why does He remain a great mystery to many people? Since the great majority of the people subscribe to one of the THREE DOCTRINES of identifying JESUS CHRIST, how are they being classified based on what is written? What is the MARK IN THE FOREHEAD?

 

To the CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD whose distinction is their true recognition of Jesus Christ, this is what is stated in the Old Testament:

 

Jeremiah 31:34 "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD…"

 

This truth did not pass away in the New Testament:

 

Hebrews 8:11 "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."

 

There is only "One God and One Lord:"

 

1 Corinthians 8:6 "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things...and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things..."

 

On the other hand, the RELIGIOUS PEOPLE during the time of Christ were rebuked for not recognizing the Lord, so also of the Father Whom they professed to worship. Today, many Bible believers claim to know Jesus Christ yet, deep in the heart, God remains a mystery. Where is the truth in John 18:19 "if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also." ?

 

 

"MARK ON THE FOREHEAD" - SATAN THE GREAT IMITATOR

 

It is revealed that Satan is a great imitator and counterfeiter. This is clearly demonstrated in the current topic. How many people know that the Beast, actually Satan, is only imitating God in marking the people in the forehead? Since the Old Testament, God has been marking His chosen people:

 

Ezekiel 9:3 "And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up...And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be do ne in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark..."

 

Who can explain the words of God? The people? Any man? Moses, Elijah, Paul, Peter? They are expressed in parables! No man is worthy for all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-12, 23). Only the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David , can "break the seals and open the book (Revelation 5:1-5)."

 

Jesus had to explain His words to His disciples (Mark 4:34). How does God explain His words today? He guides His CHOSEN who only act, as the "speaker system" for He alone is the authority to "speak before the microphone." Let us hear His voice:

 

To read the Holy Bible:

 

Isaiah 28:10 "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"

 

To discern the spiritual message:

 

1 Corinthians 2:13 "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

 

 

MARK IN THE FOREHEAD - CHOSEN’S IDENTIFCATION

 

Take note of the parable of the grass and tree:

 

Revelation 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."

 

Literal grass? Or, people?

 

Isaiah 40:7 "...because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass."

 

Psalms 103:15 "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth."

 

1 Peter 1:24 "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:"

 

Literal tree? Or, people?

 

Judges 9:8 "The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us."

 

Romans 11:17 "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree..."

 

Matthew 7:19 "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

 

God commands smiting all those who do not have His MARK in the forehead, but sparing spiritual grass and trees actually symbolizing the CHOSEN. From the different "lines, a little here and a little there," grass and trees are people who have the mark of God in the forehead!

 

Ezekiel 9:5 "And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women:"

 

Satan, the imitator and counterfeiter, also commands smiting all those who do not have his MARK in the forehead and on their right hand:

 

Revelation 13:15-16 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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:"

 

Satan the great imitator has deceived the people of the world.

 

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

 

Deception is not based on fear but on appeal and enticement. Satan through his ministers attracts people with teachings of righteousness.

 

2 Corinthians 11:13 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness..."

 

Perhaps everybody may profess to know this. This, however, is applied as the doctrines of every denomination dictate. The word of God is the judge. During the time of Christ, who may fall under the category of "ministers of righteousness?" Did not the religious leaders, the Scribes and Pharisees, preached "righteousness by following the law?" Did they not preach "love of God?" But the application of the law is limited to "man’s understanding" as distinguished from what Christ expounded to His disciples. The literal application of the law only cleanses the "outside." That is MORALITY that Jesus Christ admitted to have only "cleansed the outside" (MATTHEW 23:25). This is the "standard of righteousness" to the people. This is the appeal and attraction.

 

Christ, however, emphasized "cleansing the inside (Matthew 23:26)" first which is the "standard of righteousness to God." Christ preached SPIRITUALITY but the RELIGIOUS PEOPLE could not comprehend. (For details, read the article: CLEANLINESS ON THE "OUTSIDE " AND "INSIDE.")

The religious leaders were morally upright, but spiritually destitute in the eyes of our Lord. Otherwise, He would not have called them:

 

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

 

 

GOD IS MARKING HIS CHOSEN IN THE FOREHEAD

 

If we are to ask God what His "mark in the forehead" is, He guides us to the book of Revelation where this topic originates: </p>

 

Revelation 14:1 "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads ."

 

God is speaking "spiritual things." The number of "hundred forty and four thousand" could not be literal-physical, so is the "mark" literally-physically indicated in the "forehead."

 

The MARK of God is the "Father’s name that is written in the foreheads" of the CHOSEN. Jesus Christ gives the clue to the "Name of the Father."

 

John 17:6 " I have manifestedthy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world...and they have kept thy word."

 

John 17:26 "And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

 

Perhaps people are thinking of the different "names" given to the Father in the Old Testament: "I am that I am," "Lord," "Lord of hosts," "Jealous," "Lily of the Valley," "El Shadai," "Yeshua," "Rose of Sharon," "Jehovah," "Yahweh," etc. If we will notice, Jesus Christ never mentioned any of these names. Yet, He said, "I have manifested thy name," "I have declared thy name." It is because all those mentioned are only "titles" to describe the Father, the Almighty God, the God of the Old Testament.

 

How many people "see" that God had not yet revealed His name in the Old Testament?

 

Isaiah 52:6 "Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I."

 

Christ is speaking "spiritual things." Christ is "speaking in tongue." How did Jesus "manifest/declare the name of the Father?" In the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we find our Lord simply introducing Himself! This gives credence to what He said that, "If you have known Me, ye should have known the Father also." Manifesting the "Name of the Father," therefore, is actually the introduction of JESUS CHRIST of Himself.

Did any of the Disciples recognize Jesus on their own personal capability? Peter recognized Jesus, not with "flesh and blood," but by the revelation of the Father:

 

Matthew 16:15-17 "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

 

The MARK OF GOD in the FOREHEAD therefore, is actually the true recognition of Jesus Christ! True recognition of Christ is clear identification of God! Clear recognition of God is clear understanding of His words, for God and Jesus "is" represented by the Word (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13).

 

How important is the clear recognition of God? Jesus clarified this when a Scribe asked Him about the First Commandment of all:

 

Mark 12:28-31 "And one of the scribes came, and...asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is , Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart... this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

 

How many people realize and appreciate the THREE STEPS mentioned by Jesus Christ?

 

First - KNOW God

Second - LOVE God

Third - LOVE fellowmen

 

Can the sequence be interchanged? That is what people are trying to do for having missed the First Step. Now the MARK OF GOD in the FOREHEAD is revealed! The MARK OF GOD is the clear recognition of JESUS CHRIST that leads to the real identity of God (John 8:19), and the crystal-clear comprehension of His words!

 

In the Ten Commandments, the First is actually an introduction of God of Himself. "I am the Lord they God, thou shalt not have strange gods before me." God would not have listed that as First, if it is not a requisite to the remaining Nine commandments. That is how important the true and clear recognition of God is! Recognition of God is "engraved in the mind," thus, the MARK IN THE FOREHEAD!

 

To repeat, is it enough to simply believe in ONE GOD? The religious people during the time of Christ, under the leadership of the Scribes and Pharisees, believed in one God!

 

James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe..."

 

Our Lord rebuked them for not recognizing the Father:

 

John 8:54 "Jesus answered...it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him..."


"666" THE MARK OF THE BEAST

 

If the MARK OF GOD is the true recognition of JESUS, then the MARK OF THE BEAST is simply the false or erroneous cognition of CHRIST. "666" therefore is the sign for NON-RECOGNITION OF JESUS! "666" is the number of man:

 

Revelation 13:18 "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." (Score is equal to 20.)

 

What is the number of MAN? What is the number of GOD? In the book of Genesis, God gives us the clue to the number of MAN when He created him on the 6th day (Genesis 1:26-28). God’s number is "7" revealed when He rested on the 7 th day after creation (Genesis 2:2).

 

Now where did the Beast get his number of "666?" It is written, it is the "number of man." Why triple "6"? As revealed, if the MARK OF GOD IN THE FOREHEAD is the true recognition of JESUS, then the MARK OF THE BEAST IN THE FOREHEAD is simply the NON-RECOGNITION OF CHRIST!

 

Who is the originator and architect of the THREE DOCTRINES (Arian, Trinitarian, Oneness) of recognizing Jesus? Is it not MAN? And his number is "6"! Now it is unveiled why the number of the Beast is "666" which fittingly corresponds to the THREE DOCTRINES devised by MAN for the non-recognition of Jesus Christ!

 

Who, then, is "JESUS" under the THREE DOCTRINES? He must not be the TRUE CHRIST! He is the FALSE CHRIST! He is the BEAST! He is the ANTICHRIST! He is SATAN, the great deceiver!

 

How is CHRIST distinguished from the BEAST? Here is the "description" of the TRUE CHRIST, compared to the "description" of the BEAST or the FALSE CHRIST:

 

Revelation 1:8 " I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

 

Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

 

Revelation 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."

 

 

JESUS CHRIST was the ALMIGHTY yesterday:

 

1) The FATHER GOD told Abram that He is the ALMIGHTY:

 

Genesis 17:1 "...the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect."

 

Isaiah confirmed that the Almighty is the ONLY GOD:

 

Isaiah 44:6 "Thus saith the LORD… I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."

 

Isaiah 43:10 "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD... understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."

 

The ALMIGHTY GOD is now revealed as the Son of God, in the flesh:

 

1 John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God..."

 

As to why JESUS is called the Son of God, when He is the ALMIGHTY GOD, is due to the following reasons:

 

FIRST - The ALMIGHTY GOD, a Spirit, made a Testament (Genesis 17:7). He has to manifest Himself in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV), in order to fulfill His Testament, that requires the death of the Testator (Hebrew 9:16).

 

SECOND - The ALMIGHTY GOD, a Spirit, has to manifest Himself in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV), in order to show the "way" (John 14:6), by example (1 Peter 2:21), as model (Romans 8:29) to the chosen few (Matthew 20:16), for NO MAN is worthy for that role (Roman 3:10-12, 23). For this reason, the ALMIGHTY GOD is known as the Son of God (1 John 5:20) and the Son of man (Matthew 12:8). Is it impossible for God to do all these things?

 

2) Isaiah wrote, the FATHER GOD was the sole CREATOR:

 

Isaiah 44:24 "Thus saith the LORD...I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;"

 

This was confirmed by Nehemiah:

 

Nehemiah 9:6 "Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein...and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."

 

Could there be another CREATOR?

 

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."

 

Colossians 1:15 " Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created..."

 

Ephesians 3:9 "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"

 

3) Isaiah wrote of the ALMIGHTY GOD as the ONLY SAVIOR:

 

Isaiah 43:11 "I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour."

 

Could there be ANOTHER SAVIOR?

 

Matthew 1:21 "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

 

Is not JESUS called EMMANUEL that means "God with us?"

 

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

 

 

JESUS CHRIST is the ALMIGHTY GOD today.

 

Literally-physically, Jesus Christ went up to heaven as seen by His disciples (Acts 1:9-11). Two men in white apparel told them that Jesus would come in like manner as they saw Him go up to heaven.

 

Jesus Christ, however, promised His disciples that He would be with them till the end of the world:

 

Matthew 28:20 "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

 

How did Jesus fulfill His promise of being with His disciples till the end of the world? Did He not go to heaven leaving them on earth? God’s words indeed are spiritual! Who was with the disciples at Pentecost? How does Jesus fulfill His promise of "being with His disciples" today? Hereafter till the end of the world? Who is the God relating to the chosen at Pentecost? Today? Till the end of the world?

 

Acts 2:1-6 "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,..."

 

1 Corinthians 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God..."

 

1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you..."

 

Jesus Christ must be the HOLY SPIRIT (2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.") ! Otherwise, He would have lied to His disciples when He told them "Behold, I will always be with you till the end of the world." But Jesus Christ is the Truth (John 14:6). It is the Devil who is the liar and the father of it (John 8:44). What more, look, if this is not a great parable:

 

Acts 20:28 "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

 

How could the HOLY GHOST purchase us with His own blood if He not JESUS CHRIST in the flesh?

 

WHICH was, WHICH is, and WHICH is to come THE ALMIGHTY. Is not JESUS CHRIST expected to APPEAR THE SECOND TIME?

 

1 Timothy 6:14 "That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:"

 

Hebrews 9:28 "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time..."

 

Jesus Christ has come already! What the real Christians are waiting for is His SECOND APPEARANCE! (Not the second coming.)

As our Lord JESUS CHRIST said, recognition of Him follows the recognition of the FATHER:

 

John 8:19 "Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also."

 

Who is God? What is His name? Who is the TRUE CHRIST?

 

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, (or Comforter) The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

 

Colossians 2:9 "For in him (JESUS CHRIST) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."

 

There is only one God, the FATHER (1 Corinthians 8:6a). God is a Spirit (John 4:24). The Spirit God also known as the FATHER manifested Himself in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). The FATHER in the flesh is known as the SON by the name of JESUS CHRIST (John 10:30, 14:9).

 

God was manifested in the flesh for two reasons: FIRST, To fulfill His Testament (Genesis 17:7) that requires the death of the Testator (Hebrew 9:16). SECOND, To show the Way (John 14:6), as model (Romans 8:29), by way of example (1 Peter 2:21), to the chosen few (Matthew 20:16).

 

The FATHER promised Himself to be the Inheritance in the Testament (Numbers 18:20, Psalms 16:5, Ezekiel 44:28) to the PRIESTS. The PRIESTS are the real believers (1 Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6). The FATHER could not have given Himself as Inheritance without frightening the beneficiaries (Exodus 20:18-19). He therefore took the characteristics of a DOVE, now known as the HOLY SPIRIT (Matthew 3:16). There is only one Lord, JESUS CHRIST (1 Corinthians 8:6b). There is only one God (1 Corinthians 8:6a). The LORD is that SPIRIT (2 Corinthians 3:17). "Here, O Israel (the chosen), the LORD our GOD is ONE LORD (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12 29)."

 

This is the TRUE GOD and His name is JESUS CHRIST. His recognition is the First of all the Commandments that Jesus spoke of as prerequisite to the TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS (Mark 12:29), "The Lord our God is one Lord." That, in summary, is the "image" of The Almighty God.

 

Revelation 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

 

The TRUE CHRIST is the God TODAY (is), the Holy Spirit. The TRUE CHRIST is the God YESTERDAY (was), the FATHER. The TRUE CHRIST is the God TO BE SEEN (to come) in the future, the VISIBLE GOD (Colossians 2:9).

 

 

"IMAGE OF THE BEAST"

 

Revelation 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."

 

The Beast is the "other God", the FALSE CHRIST, that is also being worshipped by the people due to spiritual blindness and ignorance. His "description": The Beast (" God") that was, and is not, and yet is. Who is the "God" being worshipped by the people that fits this "description?"

 

The teaching of the ARIAN and TRINITARIAN doctrines is that the HOLY SPIRIT Who is the God today "is not" the Father God Who related to the people in the past. This is not the truth about God and Jesus! As a result, adherents to the two doctrines cannot truly recognize JESUS CHRIST! These two doctrines, therefore, represent the first "6" and the second "6" in the MARK!

 

Compare the teaching of the two doctrines with what is written:

 

2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

 

1 Corinthians 8:6 "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things...and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things..."

 

Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel (referring to the chosen): The LORD our God is one LORD:"

 

Mark 12:29 "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel (referring to the chosen); The Lord our God is one Lord:"

 

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

 

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."

 

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

 

Is not clear that the Father Whose name is JESUS CHRIST "is come in the flesh?" Did not Jesus promise to be with His disciples till the end of the world? What is the NAME of the Father? What is the NAME of the Son? What is the NAME of the Holy Spirit in the following?

 

Matthew 28:19 KJV "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"

 

Did we find any of the apostles ever baptizing "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are NOT NAMES, but appelation or titles!

 

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

 

The kind of spirit in a person is revealed in the following test:

 

1 John 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."

 

Who is JESUS CHRIST "come in the flesh?" Is He not the Spirit God, the Father, to fulfill His Testament by death? Is He not the Spirit God, the Father, the only qualified One to show the Way, by example, as model to the CHOSEN? The two doctrines, ARIAN and TRINITARIAN, by teaching that the FATHER is not the SON JESUS cannot pass the test. As it is written, "this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."

 

Where can we find these two doctrines, in the few or many people?

 

2 John 1:7 "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."

 

The ONENESS doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit and is also the Father. That is similar to the "image" of the TRUE CHRIST, the Lamb! It seems that it has successfully passed the test. But, look if this doctrine passes the following test:

 

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Revelation 13:11 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."

 

The TRUE CHRIST speaks the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE:

 

Psalms 78:2 "I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:"

 

Ezekiel 20:49 "Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?"

 

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit …"

 

Romans 7:14 "For we know that the law is spiritual:..."

 

The FALSE CHRIST or the Dragon or the Devil or the Old Serpent or Satan or the BEAST or the False Prophet speaks the LITERAL-PHYSICAL LANGUAGE.

 

Genesis 2:17 "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (God’s warning)

 

Genesis 3:4 "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"

 

Genesis 5:5 "And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died." (Adam and Eve did not die in the day as the Serpent said.)

 

Following the LITERAL LANGUAGE, Adam and Eve did not die "in the day" that they ate the forbidden fruits. The Serpent, therefore, would have told the "truth!" And, God was made to appear as the liar! Another example in exposing the LANGUAGE OF THE BEAST: The TRUE CHRIST speaks the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE (John 6:63, Romans 7:14).

 

Matthew 4:3 "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God , command that these stones be made bread . 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

 

The ONENESS doctrine (the third "6" in the MARK) does not pass the other test given by God, by subscribing to the LITERAL-CONTEXTUAL LANGUAGE, as the other two doctrines!

 

The THREE DOCTRINES, however, profess the following:

 

And "yet" Jesus Christ "is" the Messiah, the Savior, who died on the cross, and on the third day he rose again from the dead! That really fits the description of "the Beast that was and is not and yet is!" "6" is the number of man, or the symbolic number for the doctrine coming from man in the recognition of Jesus Christ. There are THREE HUMAN DOCTRINES that match the "666" MARK of the Beast! People are deceived in believing " another Jesus ," actually, the BEAST in disguise!

 

 

"MARK ON THE RIGHT HAND"

 

"Right hand" means power (Exodus 15:6). What is to be emphasized is that all THREE DOCTRINES teach that Jesus Christ can be recognized with man’s personal effort, capability, or power. This is not what JESUS CHRIST told Peter when he recognized Him:

 

Matthew 16:15 "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

 

The THREE DOCTRINES teach dependence on " man’s power" or capability, not only in recognizing Jesus Christ, but also in understanding the word of God.

 

Revelation 14:9 "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, 10 "The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation..."

 

We never found this in the Apostles who are the foundation of the truth, and Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20)." The apostles were full of spiritual humility, totally depended on Jesus Christ. They were truly "little children" in the eyes of our Lord. Thus, they were given all the knowledge and wisdom from the word of God.

 

Mark 4:34 "But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples."

 

James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."

 

1 John 2:27 "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie..."

 

1 Corinthians 2:16 "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

 

Where in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament of the Holy Bible can we find the importance of man’s effort, capability, or power in matters pertaining to God? Where in the Bible can we find the need for Seminaries and Bible schools? Each of the 1001 denominations has its own Bible schools. Each denomination claims the truth. Results: division of Christianity. People are deceived in the counterfeit "unity of belief" within the sect! But where is the truth in:

 

Ephesians 4:4 "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

 

The THREE DOCTRINES also emphasize " man’s efforts" through " man’s way" in "doing the will" of the Father in spiritual matters. This breeds self-righteousness that our Lord found in the Scribes and Pharisees and called it "cleanliness on the outside." This is the "Mark on the Right Hand." Man’s way, justified with philosophy, is the prescription to many activities related to God. This is not the example shown by Jesus Christ as model:

 

John 5:19 "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself..."

 

John 15:5 "I am the vine, ye are the branches... without me ye can do nothing."

 

 

MANY PEOPLE ARE DECEIVED!

 

Many people already have the "666" MARK of the Beast in the forehead and on the right hand" without being aware of it. The truth about the "attractive image" of the BEAST or SATAN is confirmed:

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness...

 

Satan is not a frightening or frightful creature as many people depict him to be. He is, in fact, enticing. He does not frighten, but rather attracts many people, in order to deceive. His ministers are actually preachers of righteousness. That is what Jesus Christ found in the religious leaders during His time. They preached the word of God, but our Lord called them:

 

Matthew 23:33 "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"

 

The servants of the Beast are ministers of "righteousness." What is "righteousness" in the eyes of the people? Is it not MORALITY that is akin to RELIGIOSITY? This is what "preachers of righteousness" get from the word of God. This is what Jesus Christ found in the Teachers of the Law who only preached the "letter" in the word of God! This must be attractive to the people; otherwise, many would not have followed the religious leaders at that time. But Jesus told them:

 

Matthew 23:25 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside ... 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also."

 

The "teachers of righteousness" had missed, and are still missing, "cleanliness in the inside" which is SPIRITUALITY. That is what Jesus and the Apostles preached. This is God’s standard of righteousness that the religious leaders cannot "see." (For details, read the article on CLEANLINESS ON THE "OUTSIDE" and "INSIDE".) Because of the deception, many people today unwittingly enjoy "buying and selling" because of the MARK! What do they buy and what do they sell?

 

 

"CANNOT BUY OR SELL WITHOUT THE MARK"

 

Revelation 13:17-18 "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."

 

The first thing that comes to the mind of the Natural Man (1 Corinthian 2:14) is "food, merchandise, or commerce." This is economics, with the use of electronics.

 

Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

 

God, however, is speaking "SPIRITUAL things." God is speaking in PARABLES! Who, now, can explain the "subject of the trade," after God has revealed the MARK OF THE BEAST? If the people are thinking of "buying and selling food, merchandise or object of commerce" with the MARK of the Beast, and they fear of PHYSICAL HUNGER without it, God has this to say about "food and hunger."

 

Amos 8:11-12 "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it."

 

Is it easy to find the "food"? God says, "they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the WORD of the Lord, but cannot find." Do many people see it this way? How easy for anyone "to hear the word of God" with the many ministries now sprouting all over in many places! However, God says otherwise.

 

How many people see that God is giving His words "free of charge?" God is "selling" this "food" FREE!

 

Isaiah 55:1 "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live ;..."

 

Jeremiah 15:16 " Thy words were found, and I did eat them…"

 

Is not the word the "bread" and "milk to God?" Is not the Holy Spirit the "water and wine" to God? What is the subject of "commerce" according to God? Is it literal-physical bread as Satan was thinking when Jesus had His fast in the wilderness (Matthew 4:3-4)? Jesus said, it is "spiritual bread" which is the word of God! Very clearly seen here is the distinction between the LANGUAGE OF GOD and the LANGUAGE OF SATAN.

 

God is "selling this bread, milk, wine and water" FREE! "Buy wine and MILK without money and without price." Is not MILK the word of God according to Peter (1 Peter 2:2)? Does not WATER and wine refer to the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39)? These are the things subject of TITHES and OFFERING according to God:

 

Leviticus 2:1 "And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:"

 

Leviticus 1:14 "And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons."

 

Leviticus 27:30 "And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD."

 

Leviticus 27:32 "And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD."

 

Exodus 13:2 "Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine."

 

Exodus 23:19 "The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God..."

 

Exodus 29:1-2 "And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish, 2 And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them."

 

Deuteronomy 18:4 "The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him."

 

Ezra 6:9 "And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, ... let it be given them day by day without fail:"

 

Nehemiah 10:36-37 "Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: 37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites..."

 

Nehemiah 10:37-38 "And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house."

 

1. What is fine flour and oil, in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, they are literal flour used in making bread and literal oil which may be olive or coconut oil.

 

2. What are " turtledoves or young pigeons" in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, they are literal birds.

 

3. What are seed of the land, or fruit of the tree, in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man they are...

 

4. What is herd that passes under the rod in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man they are...

 

5. What are firstborn of man and firstborn of beast in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man they are...

 

6. What are firstfruits of the land in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man they are...

 

7. What are unleavened bread and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man they are...

 

8. What is wheat, salt, wine, and oil, in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, it is...

 

9. What is first of the fleece of sheep in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, it is...

 

10. What is tenth in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, it is...

 

11. What is " house of our God" and " treasure house" in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? To man, it is...

 

12. Who are the PRIESTS and LEVITES in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God? Who are they in the LITERAL LANGUAGE of man?

(For details, read the article TITHES AND OFFERING in the website.)

 

The people who have the "666" MARK (slaves of the THREE DOCTRINES of recognizing the false Christ), unwittingly, are "buying and selling the word of God" through TITHES and OFFERING. Are not Dollar, Franc, Deutch Mark, Ringgit, Rupiah, Peso, Yen, Won, Pound, Dinar, Baht, and other currencies needed to be able "to eat the word of God" with the preaching of religious leaders? Is this not "buying and selling" in the SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE of God?

Did not God say, ""Buy wine and MILK without money and without price?" Did Jesus Christ preach "acquiring" the word of God through literal TITHES? Where in the gospels of MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, and JOHN did we hear Jesus telling and reminding the people to give their literal-physical TITHES? Did we hear PAUL, PETER, JOHN, and JAMES tell the Christians of Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Colosse, Thessalonica, Philippi, in the books of Acts and in the Epistles to give or pay their literal-physical TITHES and OFFERINGS? On the contrary, this is what we heard from Paul:

 

Acts 20:33-34 "I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me."

 

When Paul said:

 

1 Corinthians 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."

 

Is this not what he saw and learned from our Lord?

 

Mark 6:3 " Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary…?"

 

Perhaps to the surprise of many who read this article, "the few chosen who do not have the MARK OF THE BEAST and, therefore, ‘cannot buy or sell’ must be greatly joyful!" This is contrary to the general view of fear of hunger and alarming situation that people are made to believe.

 

Jesus Christ however said: Matthew 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." How then did Jesus fulfill the Law on Tithes? (For details read the article on TITHES & OFFERING at the website.)

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

True to what our Lord said in Matthew 5:18 "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." As it is written , Ecclesiastes 1:9 "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." The marking of God in the "forehead," copied and counterfeited by Satan, had been going on since the Old Testament, during the time of Christ, TODAY, and in the future!

 

Originally, the MARK in the FOREHEAD is the divine revelation of the identity of JESUS CHRIST. True recogniton of Christ follows the clear perception of God. Since "God was the Word" and the "Jesus Christ is the Word of God," the MARK separates the chosen from the rest of the people with their clear understanding of the words of God.

 

The counterfeit MARK of the BEAST is simply the opposite: "In the forehead" is for the non-recognition of God; consequently, the muddled understanding of God’s words. "On the right hand" is for man’s personal capability to know and to do things of God. This is simply contrary to the tenet of God. It is against the teachings of Christ and never is in line with the example He showed. The MARK of the BEAST is acquired through wrong teachings.

 

Satan is known by many names. He is the Devil, the Beast, the Old Serpent, Dragon, Tempter, Beelzebub, the fallen angel, the Accuser, the Counterfeiter, the Angel of Light, Prince of Darkness, the "god" of this world, the False Prophet, Beelzebub. And true to what is written, "Satan has deceived the whole world." He has succeeded marking the "rich and poor, great and small," with his false doctrines, unwittingly, spread by people with good intention.

 

Romans 10:2-3 "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."

 

Jesus Christ emphasizes INCAPABILITY, incompetence, ignorance, inadequacy, unworthiness, all geared towards spiritual HUMILITY, by telling His disciples of the KEY to eternal life:

 

Matthew 18:3 "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

 

Examples: Rebuking Peter for spiritual ignorance:

 

Matthew 15:15 "Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

 

Forcing people to become humble:

 

1 Corinthians 3:18 "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise."

 

It is by becoming "little children (2 Timothy 3:15, Isaiah 28:9 KJV)", actually spiritual humility, that the CHOSEN get the MARK OF GOD in the FOREHEAD.

 

In contrast, the doctrines of the BEAST are actually the opposite of what CHRIST taught. It is spiritual PRIDE in spiritual matters that our Lord condemned: personal capability, resourcefulness, competence, self-righteousness, and self-exaltation! Remember the cause of the downfall of Lucifer? "Misery loves company," that is how we see Satan at work.

 

Human wisdom in spiritual matters is condemned:

 

1 Corinthians 1:19 "... I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe?… hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,..."

 

1 Corinthians 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain."

 

Emphasis on human competence and capability ( Mark on the RIGHT HAND) gave birth to the different doctrines of identifying JESUS -- the more God remains a mystery in relation to Christ ( Mark in the FOREHEAD). Take notice that God does not mark His Chosen on the Right Hand. Heed this rebuke:

 

Matthew 11:25 "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."

 

The MARK of God in the FOREHEAD, meaning the clear recognition of GOD AND JESUS CHRIST, follows the clear understanding of His words!

 

 

PENALTY FOR THE MARKS

 

God imposes penalty for not having His "mark in the forehead."

 

Ezekiel 9: "And the glory of the God of Israel... he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city... and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark..."

 

What are the abominations done? Are they not everything that are contrary to God’s words in His view?

 

Revelation 14:9 "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, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:"

 

Diametrically, Satan, the great counterfeiter, imposes the same penalty:

 

Revelation 13:15-16 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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:"

 

The choice is ours, and this is the reward promised by God:

 

Revelation 20:4 "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..."

 

Does it mean literal "beheading for witnessing for Christ?" 1 John 3:15 "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."

 

Finally, the song of the CHOSEN:

 

Revelation 15:3 "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints."

 

Exodus 15:1 "Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God... I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a man of war... 4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. 5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. 6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. 7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble..."

 

Revelation 7:17 "For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

 

Christ’s advice:

 

Matthew 15:14 "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

 

Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

 

Just as God has been "marking His people in the FOREHEAD" since the beginning, today, and in the future; Satan or the Beast is imitating God and counterfeiting the "Mark." In addition, he also marks the ignorant and the foolhardy on the RIGHT HAND. This is being done "yesterday, today, and tomorrow!"

 

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