Summary: You don't have to be affraid of the RFID micro-chip for technology can NEVER be the Mark of ther Beast. The true mark is a spiritual mark.
The Mark of the Beast
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
STATEMENT:- My assignment today is not to make you shout, it’s not to excite your emotions or to stimulate your senses. My assignment today is to mess you up, to destroy your preconceived ideas and to cause you to question yourself to the point that you make sure your soul is anchored in the Lord.
Because where we are headed a shout isn’t going to work, a prayer will cost your life, and churches will be just old buildings, so you need to make your calling an election sure. Playtime is over, choose you this day whom you will serve, rather the world or God, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
The Bible says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways, if you are double minded you will be deceived.
It’s sad but true nonetheless, if the rapture were to take place before I finish this message I believe that there are some here right now that would go through the tribulation. Although you may be sitting here in the church saying thank you Jesus and Hallelujah with their lips their hearts are far from God. Isaiah 29:13 says “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men”.
So it is my duty to mess you up so that prayerfully it will scare you out of hell.
OPENING:- Today I am going to talk a bit about “the Mark of the Beast”. It is something that many people are curious about but have great reservation in trying to understand it. For centuries people have speculated about the meaning of the Mark of the Beast and the infamous number 666. Superstitions, fear, uncertainty, and incorrect teachings have gripped the minds of people causing ideologies to be developed and to have people believe all kinds of things, like the computer, ATM cards, or some RFID micro-chip implanted in your hand is the mark of the beast and if you have a bill that cost 666 or receive change in the amount of 6.66 that you are doomed and on your way to hell.
LISTEN:- Technology can NEVER be the mark of the beast! Micro-chips, satellites, I.D. cards, etc. may be used to help track and keep count of, but it cannot be the mark itself. Therefore there is no reason to fear or believe that because you have an ATM card or if you were to receive the RFID chip that you are on a fast track to hell.
TODAY:- I am going to talk about:
1. The Beast who/what it is.
2. The 2nd beast which is the False Prophet who/what it is
3. The number of the Beast its meaning
4. The Mark of the Beast what it is
5. The Punishment for receiving the Mark.
Ω In order to figure out any part of the Mark or the Number of the Beast we first need to understand who & what the beast is.
REVELATION 13 vs 1-10.
1. THE TERM BEAST when dealing with prophecy refers to either a kingdom, empire, governing system as a whole or the dictator leading it – just as the king or president represents his country symbolically. Proof is Revelation 17:8. The Bible will interpret and explain itself.
2. Out of the sea – represents power rising amid people, multitudes, nations, and tongues. Proof Revelation 17:15. Jews looked at the sea as something troublesome and dangerous.
3. 7 Heads and 10 Horns – Heads = headquarters of government. Horns = Kings or rulers. Proof Revelation 17:12.
5. Gets its seat and authority from the dragon. Who is the dragon Revelation 12:9.
6. They that dwell upon earth worship him. Revelation 13:8.
So the beast is a governmental alliance that come together and unite an attack God, His temple, and those that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:6.
REVELATION 13 vs 11-18.
The 1st beast is a political power, the revised roman Empire, that is lead by a world dictator who is empowered by the dragon Satan himself. You may be familiar with the term New World Order, that is a term used to basically describe the 1st beast.
This 2nd beast comes from the earth not the sea like the 1st beast this is symbolic of Babylon because this is a religious system lead by the false prophet. Babylon was the place that false religion started. The Tower of Babel, Nimrod, and the false religious system started here Genesis 11.