Monday, September 16 2013
Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it." Ezekiel 9:4
The mark of God and the mark of the beast has to do with the eternal position of the person who either serves God with all of his heart, or serves the world system and the religion of the beast! Forget for a moment all that you have heard and received from the traditions of your ancestors, all of the best selling books on the rapture, tribulation and end times, and lets take a hard look and examine where we stand with God at this very moment in time!
Millions have been enamored with all the prophetic teachings about the end of time and when all of these things will take place and even the disciples asked Jesus to tell them when these things would be. Although extremely interesting and provocative the point is this: everything you've heard about these events is either in the past or in the future, but what about now? If you die today and stand before a holy God it is not going to matter when or if there is going to be a rapture, because you have just experienced one! What matters is that you were marked as a son of God by being washed in His blood having surrendered your heart to the control of Holy Spirit.
Eternal life must become the focal point of our prophetic teaching and preaching because the outcome always leads us back to the cross where we are forced to examine the spiritual condition of our soul! In this message I will attempt to simplify the meaning of being marked, either with the mark of the beast or the mark of God. Jesus said you would know his disciples by their fruit, or in other words the character traits that are exhibited in a person's life. I don't mean the religious talk that one picks up from being in church or the fact that they quit smoking, drinking and cussing and cleaned themselves up on the outside, no, the fruit I am speaking of is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is the very nature and character of God!
To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. "Utterly slay (slay to destruction) old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin with My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Ezekiel 9:5,6
WHO IS LIKE THE BEAST?
So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Revelation 13:4
We could discuss and speculate what or who the beast is until the proverbial cows come home. The problem with this is when we reach this point we are very close to the end of all things. Millions have died having heard these prophecies, some washed in the blood of Jesus and many others marked for eternal death away from the presence of the Lord! The question to be answered is where is your eternal position in Christ and have you surrendered your heart to Him who died and rose again to give you life forever?
To make things simple your battle is with the dragon and the dragon is Satan and Satan has come to rob, kill and destroy your eternal soul and bring you down to Hell! It wont matter what the number 666 means or what the mark of the beast really is when you stand before God at the "Great White Throne Judgment!" What will matter is what mark is on you, the name of God on your forehead and the blood of Christ that has washed away your sins, or the mark of a person lost and perishing, headed for eternal damnation forever! Son of God or son of the devil, there are only two positions available, no maybe, no purgatory, no membership or baptism, no communion nor good deeds, only by making Jesus Lord by repenting of your sins can make you a born again disciple of Christ! Note: The Great White Throne Judgment is reserved only for un-believers. Revelation 20:11- Believers will stand at the judgment seat of Christ. II Corinthians 5:10,11
Throughout scripture there is a distinction made between the good and the evil, the righteous and the wicked, the good seeds and the tares and the sons of God and the sons of the devil. You either serve God and worship Him only, or you serve Satan and worship the beast that controls the entire world, the choice is yours! From cover to cover the Bible describes what eternal life is and who our battle is against and what we have to do in order to be saved. Don't listen to the voice of complacency about your eternal destination because you have been a good, moral upstanding church going citizen, when in fact you are in all likelihood busting Hell wide open because you didn't make Jesus the Lord of your life!
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9
THE MARK OF GOD
Then I looked, and behold a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1
Is your Father's name written on your forehead: belonging to God, or are you marked for destruction and bound for eternal damnation? Those who have made Jesus Lord and repented of their sins and surrendered their life under the control of the Holy Spirit have been marked as sons and daughters of God and if you could see in the Spirit you would have a new name given to you, the blood of Jesus would cover you and the fruit of the Spirit would be growing in your life, all marks of a born again new creation in Christ!
There is no guesswork when it comes to being a follower of Christ and in I John 5:12 it states that he who has the Son has life, but he who does not have the Son has no life. When one becomes born again, the Spirit of God descends into his soul and brings with Him the very life of God. This life is manifested within the heart of the believer and shines out into a darkened world testifying that this is in fact a son of the living God. Don't be deceived into believing that because you prayed some little prayer when you were six at church camp or you were co-hearsed into being baptized (or sprinkled) or took communion or (mass) or joined the church that you belong to God because unless there was a drastic change in your character and behavior I would doubt that anything happened in you life.
In order to receive the mark of God there requires a metamorphosis resulting in the total transformation of the one who makes Jesus the Lord of His life! As the scripture states: If anyone is in Christ he becomes a new creation, old things pass away and all things become new! From a worm to a butterfly, from a sinner to a saint from a wretch to a person bathed in the grace and mercy of a loving God who cares for us more than we will ever know this side of Heaven's gates. Are you marked with His blood, are you born again, empowered with His Spirit and abiding in the living vine of Christ, or are you carrying the mark of the beast? If you don't know then you are lost, perishing and in need of the Savior's blood to wash your sins away! Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for you that you might in turn surrender your heart and will to Him and become a new creation in Christ! Don't delay, the time is near and the end of all things is at hand, if you don't know Him and you have been convicted by this message, cry out to God and ask Him to save your soul and mark your life as one who belongs to Him! I promise you will never be the same!
Then I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, "Now salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night has been cast down. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." Revelation 12:10,11