The Mark of the Beast is Not a Microchip or Sunday Worship
This video series addresses the common question of what is the Mark of the Beast. With the advent of new technology, many Christians claim that the Mark will be a microchip that is implanted under the skin of everyone who accepts the Mark of the Beast. Other Christians, primarily Seventh-day Adventists, maintain that the Mark is actually the act of worshiping on Sunday. In this three part video series, Larry explains why neither of these theories are possible. Click on the video below to watch the first video or on the upper left corner of the video to watch the other two videos in the series.
Link: The Mark of the Beast
Click the video above to watch the first video in the Daniel series. If you wish to watch the other videos in the series, you can either click the “PLAYLIST” option in the upper left corner of the screen to select the video you wish to watch or click the link above for a listing of the entire series.
One thing you have to do when dealing with the first beast in Revelation 13 is involve Daniel 7. The 4 beasts in Daniel 7 are all fused together to create the first beast in Revelation 13. And what does a beast symbolize in Bible prophecy? A kingdom. The first beast will be made up of at least 4 kingdoms.
With all due respect, I can’t accept your suggestion, here’s why:
John used metaphors to describe the beast that comes up out of the sea. “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.” (Revelation 13:2)
His metaphors are analogies indicating the fierce and deadly behavior of the beast when it appears. The resemblance of a leopard indicates swiftness and agility. The feet of a bear indicates defense will be impossible and the mouth of a lion indicates crushing power.
I understand the temptation to refer back to Daniel 7 because the same three beasts are mentioned, but this creates more problems than it solves. Please consider these basic issues:
1. History reports that each successive kingdom in Daniel 7 engulfed a larger portion of Earth. The territory controlled by ancient Babylon (which was smaller than California) was engulfed by the Medes and Persians. The Medo-Perisan empire was engulfed by the Grecians and the territory controlled by the Grecians was eventually engulfed by the Romans. The mighty Roman empire at its zenith controlled less than 15% of the world (Europe, portions of Asia Minor and northern Africa).
This fact stands in contrast to the beast in Revelation 13:1,2 which will be given authority over the whole world. “. . . And It [the beast] was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7, insertion mine)
2. The ancient empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome have disappeared. Yes, the land they once controlled remains and descendants of the ancient empires still live in these territories. However, the four beasts in Daniel 7 represented four governments and these four governments have been non-existent for more than a thousand years. The beast in Revelation 13:1,2 has nothing to do with these ancient, non-existent governments.
3. The four beasts in Daniel 7 were political in nature. Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome did not rise to power for the express purpose of persecuting God’s people or appeasing God’s wrath. This is unlike the beast in Revelation 13:1,2. The devil will bring this future beast of a government for the purpose of destroying God’s people. “The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. . . .It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them.” (Revelation 13:2, 7)
4. The beast in Revelation 13:1,2 does not yet exist. The components are present, but the assembly has not taken place. The leopard-like beast in Revelation 13:1,2 is not the ancient and non-existent empire of Rome (the fourth beast in Daniel 7) or the little horn power (the papacy) that ruled over Europe during the dark ages. It will be much larger and inclusive. (75-80% of the world is not Christian!) The beast will have seven governors (seven heads). It will be a crisis government, formed by world leaders in response to God’s wrath. Specifically, the beast will be created of great chaos to appease God’s destructive wrath. The beast will be given authority over the entire world. It will severely punish everyone who violates its “sin-less” laws. The Bible leaves no wiggle room: “All inhabitants of the earth will worship [obey] the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8, insertion mine)
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