WARNING - Do Not Take The Mark Of The BeastWritten by Michael Bradley
This article, on mark of beast, will be short, sweet and straight to point. This will be an extension off of articles that I just did on all of events that will be occurring leading up to return of Jesus back to our earth to set up His Millennium Kingdom.
In first article I did titled "Basic Overview of Main End Time Events", I gave you verse on how False Prophet will set up a system on how he and Antichrist will try to get everyone to receive mark of beast on either their foreheads or their right hands. The verse goes on to say how no one will be able to buy or sell anything without this mark. The verse also says that anyone who will not worship Beast will be killed.
Due to importance on this one issue, I'm going to go ahead and restate this verse. I will then give you verse on God's warning regarding this event. This verse is talking about False Prophet and what he is going to do.
"He was granted power to give breath to image of beast, that image of beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship image of beast to be killed. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has mark or name of beast, or number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate number of beast, for it is number of a man. His number is 666." (Revelations 13:15-18) Now here is real scary part. God Himself says in Revelations that none of His people are to receive this mark of beast. If they do, they will end up coming under His wrath that will be released upon earth during latter part of Tribulation.
God then pronounces what is most dire warning imaginable if any of His people receive this mark. He flat out says that in addition to suffering His wrath that will be poured out during these last days - that they will also end up in Lake of Fire and Brimstone where Antichrist, False Prophet and Satan will eventually go.
In other words, you will go straight to hell when you die - no if, ands or buts about it! Let these words sink in to your memory banks and don't ever forget them in event that there is no Rapture and Tribulation takes place in our lifetime. Here is verse giving all of us this dire warning:
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of wine of wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into cup of His indignation. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in presence of holy angels and in presence of Lamb. And smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship beast and his image, and whoever receives mark of his name."
7 Year TribulationWritten by Michael Bradley
As you will see in Scripture verses listed below, Great Tribulation will last 7 years. At midpoint of Tribulation, Antichrist will seat himself in Temple of God that will have to rebuilt by Jewish people. He will proclaim himself to be God. This event is called abomination of desolation by prophet Daniel. Jesus Himself specifically refers to this event in New Testament.
Jesus says that once this event occurs, that His people are to literally run for hills. Jesus says that last three and half years of Tribulation set off by abomination of desolation will be worst tribulation and time of trouble that world has ever seen. He says that had these days not been shortened by God Father, that no flesh would be saved. I feel Jesus is implying that man probably would have destroyed earth at or shortly after Battle of Armageddon. The Antichrist starts to lose control of his empire. Other nations come against him in battle of Armageddon. With availability of nuclear weapons, my guess is that Antichrist may have been willing to "hit button" if he thought he was going to lose his empire. If he hits button, chances are other nations he is going to fight against will also be willing to hit button, and you thus could end up in a full scale nuclear war.
You have already seen what an ego-maniac this man is going to be from description of his personality in above verses. With him being under influence and control of Satan, I feel most logical conclusion is that both he and Satan would be more than willing to hit nuclear button if they thought they could not retain control of their built up empire.
I really feel that this is what Jesus meant when he said that no flesh would be saved if God had not shortened these days at end of this Tribulation. Here are key Scripture verses on 7 year Tribulation.
1. This first verse from Daniel shows that 7 year Tribulation is initially established by Antichrist confirming a covenant with Israel and then in middle of covenant he will set up abomination of desolation.
"Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in middle of week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on wing of abomination shall be one who makes desolate, even until consummation, which is determined, is poured out on desolate." (Daniel 9:27) One week has been determined to be one year. How do you know that? Because in middle of week, Antichrist sets up abomination of desolation. And we already know that once abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 42 months or three and half years to go before end. So that tells us that one week is equal to 7 years. This is how you know that Tribulation is for a 7 year time period.
2. The next verse from Daniel specifically tells you that once animal sacrifice is taken away from Jews and abomination of desolation is set up, that there will be 1290 days until end!! 1290 is three and half years and 13 days.
"And from time that daily sacrifice is taken away, and abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand, two hundred and ninety days (1290). Blessed is he who waits, and comes to one thousand three hundred and thirty five days (1335)." (Daniel 12:11-12) Notice in first part of above verse that it says "the daily sacrifice is taken away." This refers to fact that when Jewish people rebuild their Temple, they will once more reinstitute practice of animal sacrifice as they did in Old Testament. The Antichrist will allow this to go on for a time, but when he sets himself up to sit in Temple of God in abomination of desolation, he will take this privilege away from Jewish people! This verse is giving you two key pieces to let you know when we are at midpoint of Tribulation - taking away of animal sacrifices and Antichrist seating himself up in Temple proclaiming himself to be God. At that point, we have 42 months or as Daniel says above, 1290 days which is three and half years plus 13 days. The last sentence refers however to people going a little longer - 1335 days. This may be referring to when Jesus comes down and destroys armies that have come against Jerusalem in battle of Armageddon - time period for Jews to come back to their homes since a lot of them will have been in hiding during last three and half years.