On March 24, 2009, the Lord gave me a dream. In the dream, our dog was on fire. It was not gruesome – I could see the dog perfectly, and the dog was not even yelling – but the Lord was trying to show me something. I said to those standing there (my family) to leave the dog alone. We would not help it. It seemed like such an unfortunate thing to do. Why would I just stand there and let the dog burn? Why would we not help the dog? This was very much unlike what I would do in the natural. What was the Lord trying to say? I was inclined to just dismiss the dream and to assume that maybe the Lord was telling me that the dog needed more exercise or it would (figuratively) “burn up”. Later on that day, I found out that my daughter Elizabeth, who never seems to get any type of dreams like this, had had an absolutely apocalyptic dream that same morning. She said she thought about it all day as she was at school. When she got home, she told me, “Dad! I had a dream this morning! The sun fell to the earth and there were fires everywhere. We were driving in our car and trying to get ahead of the people on the road in order to escape the fires. I was telling you, ‘Dad, keep going, keep going!'” All of sudden, the dream I had about the dog made sense. Combined, the dreams depicted a cataclysmic circumstance in which fires would burn and great peril would be present everywhere. There would be no time to even get the dog. We would have to leave the dog behind, and press on.
On March 7, 2009, just 17 days before that, David Wilkerson, who accurately predicated the stock market crash over ten years before it happened, and who is a respected preacher of the word of God, gave the following message: “I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message … AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN … Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires … If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.” (Read the full message at http://www.worldchallenge.org/coverletter/an_urgent_message) Because I had heard about this prophecy several days before my daughter had the dream (though she herself did not at all know about it), when I heard my daughter tell me the dream, it had quite an impact on me. Why did God give me and my daughter these correlating dreams on the same day? What was our response supposed to be like? What was I personally to do? First, I am determined to follow David’s recommendations and also to keep a full tank of gas from now on, rather than driving on near empty as I sometimes do. In case of an emergency, there may be no time to fill up on gas. It could mean the difference between life and death. Second, I prayed that day and felt strongly compelled not to sleep that night, but instead to write the following article. I have honestly never had such a compelling feeling in all of my life – a feeling of compelling doom and disaster which is on the horizon.
The article I have felt compelled to write is on The Mark of The Beast. I have written it because, according to my research, and the testimony of God’s people, I believe the time is right. Though this article was mostly written between March 24 and March 26, 2009, at the time that this article is just getting ready to go to press, I tuned into the 700 Club of March 30, 2009 to hear Pat Robertson say the following words: “The Bible talks about a time when there will be a global economy when people can’t buy or sell without the mark of the beast, whatever that is. It does, for all the world, look like this crisis is setting the world up for the fulfillment of prophesy. It is unbelievable how these things – things that you didn’t dream were possible a few years ago.” (The 700 Club, March 30, 2009, 8:51 min – 9:13 min, www.cbn.com) Pat Robertson is one of many whose words correlate with the belief that we are living in the very end of days prior to the return of Christ. I have personally testimony, that the Lord has shared with me, that will bring this point home even clearer. Watch for “He is coming back soon, Part 2” which will be published soon. If you have not read Part 1, you may want to do so at http://fcet.biblemessages.com/he-is-coming-back-soon/. I have also realized that in writing this article, it is impossible to write down everything I want to say in just one article. Therefore, this is just part 1 of The Mark of the Beast. At least several more are expected to follow.
In response to the dream that my daughter had and the one I had, both on March 24, 2009, I could not sleep but instead prayed. I felt impacted like I have never felt before. I knew that the Lord was telling me to do something. I agonized with the Lord in prayer. I did not feel the leading to just kneel down and pray for any length of time, as I often do, but instead confessed to Him what was on my heart and felt burdened to write an article on The Mark of the Beast. Why The Mark of the Beast? Because I’m very conscious that the world stage is being set to bring on The Mark of the Beast. Of course, I did not say that The Mark of the Beast will occur in a month or even a year. I don’t know when it will occur. But I think it’s the right time to publish this message.
God has a time and a place for everything. There is some insight in this article that was not even possible a few weeks ago, because things have happened in the world even in the last few weeks which form part of this article – things that I myself didn’t even know a few weeks ago. I am also concerned about a teaching put forth by certain Bible prophecy teachers that says that The Mark of the Beast is not possible at this time, on account of required events that allegedly have not yet taken place which I and others believe have already taken place. This issue will be dealt with in the body of this article, and I trust that, after reading it, you will agree, there is nothing Scripturally inhibiting The Mark of the Beast from occurring in our lifetime and even in the near future. I encourage you therefore to read this article over carefully, and to check the references carefully, as well. There are many opinions on The Mark of the Beast, some of them radically conflicting. Yet the book of Revelation says it is to be read, heard, and heeded (Revelation 1:3) – so there is no reason to shrink back and every reason to forge ahead. I have tried to avoid being dogmatic on any area that I am not 100% sure about. My prayer is that the Lord will teach you through this to help prepare you for the coming days.
Why this article is important now
The vantage point of this article is that we are living in the very time of Revelation 13. You should read the entire chapter before reading further. References will be made to it below and you must be familiar with it. Because I believe that some of the events of Revelation 13 have already happened (e.g. Rev 13:3) and some have yet to happen (e.g. Rev. 13:16-17), I believe it is crucial for the church especially to get a good solid grip on this chapter so that she will not be taken by surprise as it all unfolds. The world stage is moving with surprising speed right now. Since September 29, 2008, when the stock market fell by 777.7 points, we have entered into a new phase in world history. Like clockwork, you are going to see things happen, and unless you are prepared, you may well miss the important signs and events. We are promised a blessing in Revelation 1:3 for those who “read,” “hear,” and “heed” what is written in this book. While the entire book is not that easy to understand, there is a time and a place for everything and I believe that right now, for those who seek to understand Revelation 13 and who do understand it, it will help them tremendously in their walk of faith with the Lord. I pray that at least some blinders will be lifted in the writing of this article. Pray before you read it, that God would do just that. Daniel 12:9 reads, concerning revelations that had been given, “these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time”. These words imply that the closer we get to the end, the more we will be able to understand and comprehend the words that are written for us in books like Daniel and Revelation.
Too much money
The USA is printing up far too much money right now in an effort to try and solve the current economic crisis. This is significant. If the USA had decided not to print up so much money in order to deal with the current economic crisis, there might well be hope. But since one of the “cures” has been to print up money, she has devalued the US dollar and it will eventually fall. The tumble of the US dollar is on its way. I do not know exactly how much the US dollar is going to be worth, but to quote evangelist Pat Robertson, whom I agree with on this point, “Inflation is on its way.” It’s a basic principle of the economy that if you put too much money into circulation, you devalue the currency. This principle cannot be escaped but only postponed for a very short while. Because the USA is the USA does not mean she is immune to these effects. Sadly, because no other solution can be found at the present moment, the printing up of money to pay off debt has been used as a “convenient way out”. Glenn Beck seems to have done a good job at covering this. See http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandingpage&streamingFormat=FLASH&referralObject=3479955&referralPlaylistId=playlist.
Far worse than being announced
The situation is far worse than people (and especially US politicians) are publicly declaring, according to “GlobalEurope Anticipation Bulletin”. For the shocking “raw truth” details (which I cannot confirm is indeed the “raw truth” but which looks to be a whole lot more honest than is being reported in the news), please have a look at http://www.leap2020.eu/GEAB-N-30-is-available!-Global-systemic-crisis-New-tipping-point-in-March-2009-When-the-world-becomes-aware-that-this_a2567.html and see what you think.
Call for global currency
As recently as this month, at least two world leaders have called for a global currency. One of these is China, reported just this week at http://ca.us.biz.yahoo.com/ap/090324/as_china_global_currency.html?.v=9 and http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b0324103A and http://www.thespec.com/article/536038 among many others! Why is China doing this? In part, China is worried about the USD 1 trillion (plus) that they have loaned to the USA. They are wondering if they will really be able to get it back. They are worried about the strength of the dollar. Who else is calling for the creation of a global world currency? Russia. You can read about this at http://www.themoscowtimes.com/articles/detail.php?ID=375364. You may also wish to read http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/russia-to-propose-new-global-common-currency-and-the-kremlin-is-not-alone/. Both of these were published just this month.
In case it’s not obvious, there is a definite tie-in between the declining US dollar and the call to create a single global currency. And the idea is not altogether new. While Barack Obama is reported to have dismissed the idea of a single world currency just this past Tuesday (March 24, 2009) (http://www.reuters.com/article/usDollarRpt/idUSN2434732920090325), yet the Bible predicts that a global currency will arrive one day. The mark of the beast is, itself, the global currency that the Bible tells us will come. How do I know? Well, the Bible simply tells us that no one was able to buy or sell apart from the mark. The mark was used for the purpose of buying and selling. On what level? On a global level. For we read, “And he (the beast of Revelation 13:11) causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:7-8)
The two beasts of Revelation 13
The two beasts of Revelation 13 constitute an amalgamation of nations. For a long time, you and I have been in the dark about these nations. But a time comes for their identities to be revealed. Here, I will give you my best shot at it. Though I am not infallible in this matter, I believe that some prophecy scholars are correct in making the following interpretations (these are not my interpretations only): The first beast having ten horns and seven heads is a combination of the following European nations including Russia: Germany (4-headed leopard, each head representing a “Reich” or kingdom), Russia (bear), lion (England).
If you believe this interpretation is flawed, I would encourage you to visit http://www.endtime.com/video-library and watch the first few videos of “Understanding the Endtime level 1” and I think you will be compelled to have to very seriously consider this argument. While I don’t necessary endorse everything that is taught, I believe that Irvin Baxter has “nailed it” when it comes to understanding who exactly these nations represent. However, I think he goes a little too far in saying that they represent a one-world government. In part, I believe he is correct. But I believe this first beast (Revelation 13:1-10) represents the European side of the so-called “one-world government”. In reality, it’s not a one-world government, but a conglomerate of nations representing the European side of things. There is also a North American side – the second beast.
The first beast from the sea. The second from the earth.
This first beast comes out of the sea (Revelation 13:1) – that is, a densely populated region of the earth. This is Europe (including Russia) and her surroundings. In Revelation, a “sea” can represent a “sea of people” as we see in Revelation 17:15: “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues”. The second beast (Revelation 13:11-18) represents the other missing world elements in the equation of world-power, that is, the USA. You may wish to read the republished article at http://fcet.biblemessages.com/is-america-mentioned-in-bible-prophecy/ which is written by Steve Wohlberg – I think you will have a hard time refuting the logic and the explanations that are given (note, I don’t endorse Steve Wohlberg in every area).
This second beast is the one that enforces the mark. This second beast, according to Revelation 13, works with the first beast, for we read, “he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast” (Revelation 13:12b). Why is the world’s largest superpower all of a sudden forming an alliance with Europe? I believe because of debt. We read in the Bible, “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.” (Proverbs 22:7) It paints a picture of the USA working together with and even on behalf of the European and Russian communities. Why would they do this? Because it comes at a time when the USA realizes that it is in desperate need of working with these nations in order to secure its own survival. This perfectly explains the two beasts of Revelation 13 and how, and why, they work together and why it is that the second beast (USA) “makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast (European union and Russia)” (Revelation 13:12). This time is very fast approaching.
Revelation 13, then, mentions the dragon (who is Satan) and two beasts (who I believe represent (1) the European/Russian powers and (2) the US power). The European nations could be more than just Germany, England, and Russia, but these three are mentioned because they are “keys” in the “power equation” and symbolize the dominant European powers that form this European “beast”.
What is the mark of the beast?
What is the mark of the beast? According to Revelation 13:16, it is a mark that will be enforced by the second beast (that represents the USA, I believe) as a global economic currency, and the mark will be placed on the hand or the forehead. It could be something like a microchip or tattoo. I think that more than likely it will be a microchip due to technological advances that have been made in recent years, but that remains to be seen. My eyes were wide opened when back in October of 2008 I heard the news report that, projected that within a year (therefore by the end of 2009), every airport in the US is projected to have electronic reading devices installed that would enable your airline ticket to be electronically stored in cell phones (I imagine it is probably stored in the SIM cards of GSM phones). Technologically, then, the infrastructure for all of these electronic reading devices will be setup, world-wide, by 2009 or possibly 2010 in other countries. If you want to “Google” it, just put in “Goodbye long lines? Airlines introduce paperless ticketing” (in quotes).
Tie-in between electronic readers and microchips
To anyone who understands this, this should be quite an eye-opener, because these electronic reading devices would be the same type of devices that could be used to read microchip implants. These same type of readers are currently being used today that allow microchipped credit cards to be read. Credit card readers use the same type of technology as microchip implants. Why might this be particularly significant? Well, because it would appear that the next logical step in the sequence is to simply transfer the microchip directly to the human body. USA government approval for microchip implants was given in 2004 (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6237364/). They are being used by humans already (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5439055/ and http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/06/09/spain.club/). And serious discussion for placing microchips directly into humans for the sake of business transactions has been around for years – at least dating back to 2003 (see http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2003/11/61357).
What event must take place before the mark of the beast is enforced? My personal opinion is that the mark of the beast (an enforced mark on the hand or forehead) could not be enforced globally without some type of cataclysmic occurrence happening first. People love their freedom too much to let that happen without there being some type of very strong motivation for allowing it. Thus, I foresee a definite cataclysmic occurrence happening that will be used by the world leaders as an “excuse” to bring in the mark of the beast. This is just my opinion, of course. Scripturally-speaking, a one-world currency would not be the mark of the beast unless it also was accompanied by a requirement to have a mark placed on the hand or the forehand. Today, governments are calling for a one-world currency. This could happen as a pre-cursor to the mark of the beast. With the microchip reader technology in place by 2009 or possibly 2010 in other countries, and especially with a one-world currency in place, the next logical move, I think would be the mark of the beast. I think the world, and especially the Christian community, really ought to be on the look-out for this.
Will Christians be around when the mark of the beast is rolled out?
There are several schools of thought when it comes to whether or not Christians will be around at the time that the mark of the beast appears. One says that the mark of the beast cannot occur at the present time because the “fatal wound” of the first beast (Revelation 13:3) has not yet occurred (and therefore has not yet been healed, either). Some commentators believe that the statement “one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed” (Revelation 13:3) refers to a singular man being killed and resurrected (or “apparently resurrected”), while others believe that a much better interpretation for this is a kingdom that has fallen and has been revived. What a difference in interpretations! Which one is correct? For various reasons, including the fact that the very next verse refers to this “resurrected” beast as a “war machine” (Revelation 13:4), I definitely tend to prefer the second interpretation.
Germany’s fall and rise – a death and resurrection
Irvin Baxter, whom I mentioned earlier, believes that the slain head that comes back to life represents Germany, which, at the end of WWII, was divided in two but which, in November of 1989, was reunited. He says that the “tip off” for understanding this was through an article that he read, which described the sale of German Leopard tanks to another country. The similarities to what Daniel and John write, and Germany, I believe, are noteworthy:
1. Concerning the leopard, Daniel 7:6 says, “dominion was given to it”. Through two world wars, Germany has been given great dominion.
2. The leopard has four heads. John mentions a singular head on the amalgamated beast as being slain and coming back to life (as it were). This would make sense and would correspond to Germany’s “Third Reich” or “Third Empire” under Hitler. The Third Reich fell at the end of WWII. The Fourth Reich is currently on the rise (about 165,000 pages show up when you do a “Google” on the expression, in quotes, “Fourth Reich”. A book has also been written, “The Rise of the Fourth Reich”, by Jim Marrs).
3. A compelling reason to believe that Germany is, indeed, represented by the head that was slain is that, immediately following the statement about the fatal wound that was healed in Revelation 13:3, we read, “And the whole earth was amazed … and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (Revelation 13:3b-4) The emphasis here is that this beast is a formidable “war machine”.
I think that these three reasons form a compelling case and that if true, it means that the beast of Revelation 13:1-2 – this “amalgamated beast” – is “alive and well” today. If this is true, then this means that the mark of the beast could happen in our lifetime. Some preachers do not preach this, but preach an entirely different message, and I’m a little concerned that this could lead to a false comfort for Christians who may think they have nothing to worry about in this regard. Be on your guard!
The World Stage is Being Set
In closing, I believe it is accurate to say that the world stage is currently being set and that there is no Scriptural reason to indicate that Christians will not be present when the mark is rolled out. Based on my earlier reasoning, you can also expect some type of “cataclysmic” occurrence to happen that will be used to justify the bringing in of the mark of the beast. I don’t think it can happen without that. I would tend to side (heavily) with David Wilkerson on this one – something extra-ordinary is going to happen (see earlier prophecy above).
Elwood McQuaid, executive editor of Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, has written in the March/April 2009 issue of Israel My Glory magazine, “Do I personally believe we are living in the last days? Yes, and I am convinced that we are deep into them” (page 10, Israel My Glory magazine, March/April 2009 issue). I believe that if you are carefully watching for them, in the weeks, months, and years to come, you will see the events of the Bible being rolled out before your very eyes.
In my next article on the mark of the beast, I will try to deal with the meanings behind many other verses that I have only just begun to touch upon. There is literally a wealth of information that I feel the Lord has shared with me, and will most assuredly help to answer questions such as:
– How is it that the second beast “makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed?” (Rev 13:12)
– How is it that the second beast “performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men?” (Rev 13:13)
– How is it that the second beast “deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life?” (Rev 13:14)
– How is it that the second beast was able to “give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed?” (Rev 13:15)
These are some of the questions that I will attempt to deal with in the continuation of this series.
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