Posts Tagged ‘5th seal’

The Mark of the Beast

September 19, 2010

Revelation 13:

“16And 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:

17And 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”.

Although this prophecy is documented in Revelation 13, it actually takes place in the fifth seal prophecy of Revelation 6. Given that there is the possibility that we are about to see the third seal prophecy fulfilled, a warning is in order.

It may seem fanciful to anyone stumbling on this post that the enforced marking of “civil society” by a totalitarian regime on a global scale could take place but if at some time in the future the reader is faced with the prospect of taking a tattoo, brand or chip, the truth of this prophecy will be self-evident.

The forehead is reserved by God to mark those that belong to him. This is shown some time later in the trumpet prophesies when 144,000 people in the nation of Israel are marked:

2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Satan will use a mark on the forehead or right hand to force allegiance to him.

Anytime prior to the mark of the beast (Satan’s mark) being taken, the invitation of God to eternal life is open. The moment the mark of the beast is received, the invitation is closed, the door to eternity is shut. You have sold your soul.

The choice will be yours: Jesus or Satan; eternal life or eternal destruction. For the right to buy and sell, will you sell your soul?

Jesus’ case for your redemption and refusal to take the mark of the beast is this, from Mark 8:

36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The Beginning of Sorrows

January 16, 2010

In his Olivet discourse (a dual prophecy describing end-times and the destruction of Jerusalem 70 AD), Jesus made this prophecy:

Matthew 24

6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

There have been two World Wars that satisfy “nation rising against nation” and plenty of famines, pestilences and earthquakes, Haiti just being the most recent, so are we ready to move on to verse 9? No, first we must check-in to a parallel prophecy in the Revelation of John that details a sequence of events ushered in by the opening of seals of a book – the Apocalypse. The relevant seals here are 2 and 4:

Revelation 6

4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

8And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Rev 6:4 corresponds with Matt 24:6,7 in regard to wars and Rev 6:8 corresponds to Matt 24:7 in regard to famines, pestilences and earthquakes.

Depending on the interpretation of Rev 6:8 “power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill”, either A) 1/4 of the earths population will die or B) an undefined fourth part of the earth will experience varying degrees of death as a result of the causes described. If the correct interpretation is A) then clearly this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. If B) is correct then the prophecy could be in effect currently.

There is another seal prophecy which if interpreted literally sets a time marker; seal 3 sets this criterion:

Revelation 6:6

A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny

This means that for this prophecy to be fulfilled, wheat will cost 3 times more than barley on world markets. In November 2009 wheat was 1.36 times the cost of barley FOB Gulf of Mexico so conditions then did not match the time marker of seal 3 if that is what it is but in August 1996 wheat was 2.79 times the cost of barley. The freezing northern hemisphere weather could cause  wheat prices to spike in 2010 as they did in the food crisis of 2008 so the ratio could change drastically in the coming months. Bloomberg, on January 10 2010 reported wheat prices climbing to a five week high.

Adopting the position that condition A) has not been met and neither has the time marker we should not move on to the next prophecies but if the conditions have been met, what’s next?

Matthew 24:9

9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Revelation 6:9 and 11 (5th seal)

9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Revelation 13:7

7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

The second two verses and the “him” in Rev 13:7 refer specifically to the activities of the first beast of Rev 13; the totalitarian world government that will demand allegiance to a Luciferian (Satanic) regime. Obviously bible believing Christians will be dissenters – and will  suffer the consequences.

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