DIGITIAL CURRENCY and THE MARK OF THE BEAST

DIGITAL CURRENCY & THE MARK OF THE BEAST.  Digital currency is a form of currency that is available only in digital or electronic form. It is also called digital money, electronic money, electronic currency, or cybercash.

Digital currency is a money-like asset that is primarily managed, stored or exchanged on digital computer systems, especially over the internet.  Digital currency may be recorded on a distributed database on the internet, a centralized electronic computer database owned by a company or bank, within digital files or even on a stored-value card.

Digital currencies exhibit properties similar to traditional currencies, but generally do not have a physical form, unlike currencies with printed banknotes or minted coins. This lack of physical form allows nearly instantaneous transactions over the internet and removes the cost associated with distributing notes and coins.

Usually not issued by a governmental body, virtual currencies are not considered a legal tender, and they enable ownership transfer across governmental borders. This will undoubtedly be challenged by world governments for a myriad of reasons.

These types of currencies may be used to buy physical goods and services.

Digital money can either be centralized, where there is a central point of control over the money supply (for instance, a bank), or decentralized, where the control over the money supply is predetermined or agreed upon democratically. (excerpts taken from Wikipedia).

(Caution to the reader: anytime you see the term ‘democratically’ used by any world government when it comes to your money, beware!)

So, what’s the problem with digital currency?

1.  Complete loss of privacy. Perhaps you read or heard, recently, that the Biden administration is working to require financial institutions to report any deposit over $600.00 made by or received by the average citizen. “Why”, you might ask. Control of your money and finances, control over your buying or selling, and oversight of your every move.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is one of the two final stages of the establishment of the Globalist-Marxist One World Government and the precursor of the coming anti-Christ, also known as The Beast in the Bible. The other stage is control of your health care and health care system, which is complete (see social security and medicare).

 2.  A digital or cashless economy appears to be a precursor or ‘a conditioning’ for what is to come – a time when people must accept a MARK, i.e., “an engraving or an etching, a stamp, a sign or an image, either on his or her right hand or forehead, to be able to buy or sell.

What has Digital Currency to do with, what some consider a myth, about “The Mark of The Beast”, as found in the Bible?  You read and decide (and, I will help.)

THE MARK OF THE BEAST

Revelation 13:15-18  “And it was given to him 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. 

“And he 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. 

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

The Mark of The Beast – What is it?

MARK: In the Greek, ‘charagma’.
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ag-mah).
Definition: a stamp, impress, sculpture; engraving, a stamp, sign; properly, an engraving (etching); (figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties.  A stamp, an imprinted mark: of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of Antichrist.
  • “And he 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.

The most popular and most prevalent view of the Mark of the Beast” is some sort of seal for the followers of Antichrist and the false prophet (the spokesperson for the Antichrist). The false prophet (the second beast) is the one who causes people to take this mark. The mark is literally placed in the hand or forehead and is not simply a card someone carries.

Recent breakthroughs in medical implant chip and RFID technologies have increased interest in the Mark of the Beast spoken of in Revelation chapter 13. It is possible that the technology we are seeing today represents the beginning stages of what may eventually be used as the mark of the beast. It is important to realize that a medical implant chip is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be something given only to those who worship the Antichrist. Having a medical or financial microchip inserted into your right hand or forehead is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be an end-times identification required by the Antichrist in order to buy or sell, and it will be given only to those who worship the Antichrist.

“Many good expositors of Revelation differ widely as to the exact nature of the mark of the beast. Besides the implanted chip view, other speculations include an ID card, a microchip, a barcode that is tattooed into the skin, or simply a mark that identifies someone as being faithful to the Antichrist’s kingdom. This last view requires the least speculation, since it does not add any more information to what the Bible gives us. In other words, any of these things are possible, but at the same time they are all speculations. We should not spend a lot of time speculating on the precise detail”.  (GotQuestions.org)

A common erroneous perception and is that this “MARK” will be available before the “Great Tribulation Period”, that is, before the  Sixth Seal of the Scroll is opened and before the “Rapture” occurs.  This gives the impression that everyone, including professing Christians, will have to make a decision about taking this “MARK”, which is incorrect.

The giving of the Mark of the Beast, as recorded in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, takes place between the 7th Tribulation Judgment Trumpet and the 1st Tribulation Bowl of Wrath, which is well after the rapture which occurs after or during the breaking of the 6th Tribulation Seal of the Scroll.

The 7th Tribulation Judgment Trumpet:

  • The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;
  • and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

    The Pouring out of the Bowls of God’s Wrath
  • Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
  • and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

So, those still on the earth after the Rapture but before the 7th Trumpet, will have decided to accept or reject the Mark of The Beast, thereby declaring their allegiance to the Beast and sealing their fate for eternity.

You have been informed.  This is for real.  Now, ask yourself, “what should I do”?  This is the simplest of question to answer, but it can be the most difficult to do.  The answer is to submit yourself and give your life to Christ and be loyal to Him always.  He will forgive all your sins, give you a clean heart and a new start in life.  He will protect you and guide you through these difficult and challenging Last Days.  He has also prepared a place in His Father’s House, for all who come to Him as a child.

If you want to talk or correspond, just make a comment and I will be in touch.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

DIGITAL CURRENCY ON THE RISE

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What is digital currency?  Read here, at, Investopedia.com – Digital Currency for a full description.

NEW YORK POST:  Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Friday he could see the US central bank eventually issuing its own digital currency, calling it the “last mile” in a digitalization of the payment system that is already in train.  ( The New York Post.com – Fed actively working on U.S. digital currency )

NASDAQ:  Digital currencies are certainly poised to impact financial systems. According to the World Economic Forum, roughly 86% of the world’s central banks are exploring the benefits and drawbacks of central bank digital currency.  ( NASDAQ.com – The future of digital currency)

WEFORUM:  This new currency could change the way we see money. Central banks around the world are experimenting with so-called Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). But what is it and why does it matter?  CBDC is a digitized version of domestic currency where the central bank issues new money equivalent to – and redeemable for – its domestic currency, often removing the equivalent amount of currency from the money supply. ( WEFORUM.org – New digital currency could transform how we see money )

 FORBES:  Digital Currency: The Future of Your Money.  Digital currency has the potential to completely change how society thinks about money. The rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum and thousands of other cryptocurrencies that exist only in electronic form has led global central banks to research how national digital currencies might work.  Digital currency is any currency that’s available exclusively in electronic form. Electronic versions of currency already predominate most countries’ financial systems. In the U.S., for instance, the physical U.S. currency in circulation is only about one-tenth of the overall money supply; the remainder is held in various bank deposits in electronic form.  ( FORBES.com – Digital Currency )

CNBC:  China is arguably leading the world in developing a national digital currency, a project it has been working on since 2014.  The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been spearheading work on the digital yuan, a so-called central bank digital currency (CBDC) that aims to replace some of the cash in circulation. Real world trials are already underway in the world’s second-largest economy. Here’s what we know so far about the digital yuan or its official name — the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP).  ( CNBC.com – China’s digital yuan; what it is and how it works )

 

 

THE DRAGON, THE BEASTS AND THE LAMB – When will this occur and why should I care?

Knowing the identity of “the Dragon, the Beast which comes out of the sea and the Beast which comes out of the earth” will help you understand (1) the chronology of End Times events, (2) The ferocity of the Last Days Judgments (3) How to prepare (4) The timing of the Rapture (5) The timing of the Mark of the Beast (666), without which, no one will be able to buy or sell.

Please, understand, that Bible prophecy has been 100% accurate to this point in history.  It is 100% certain that what the Bible teaches is yet to come, will happen.  Read, learn and prepare.

Scriptures teach, in Matthew 24: 31, “Jesus will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other”, that is, those who’s names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, from Revelation 13:8, tells us that “only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” will enter into the new heaven, the New Jerusalem. And, Revelation 21:27, says that, “nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 

It would then appear that those who are left behind may have one more chance at redemption, but many will die and suffer greatly in the Great Tribulation through the sounding of the 6th Trumpet.  There will be cosmic disturbances, astroids will crash into the earth and the earth is set ablaze. The seas and rivers will be contaminated and polluted so that many will die. The sun and the moon are darkened and fierce creatrues will come out of the great bottomless pit to torment and hurt many.

If a person dies during this time without having found redemption, they will be lost forever in the outter darkness and then cast into the lake of fire.

Finally, after the sounding of the 5th Trumpet, God will pour out His final wrath, and no one will be saved from the eternal death, therafter.

Know what is coming and get ready.

I am trying to find a balance between keeping this short and simple enough to read and understand, yet comprehensive enough to give full disclosure of the important points.  Still, to some, this will be a long read, but, I pray that it will be well worth your time.

I will start in Revelation 13, introducing the DRAGON, THE BEAST FROM THE SEA AND THE BEAST FROM THE EARTH.  Then, I will give a chronology of the Bible, leading up to Revelation 13, and to the end of the Book of The Revelation, to help frame the timing of these events.

THE DRAGON (Satan)

Revelation 13:1 

  1. “And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.

 

 

 THE FIRST BEAST (The Anti-Christ)

Revelation 13

  1. Verse 1. “… Then I saw a beast
  2. coming up out of the sea,
  3. having ten horns and seven heads, and
  4. on his horns were ten diadems, and
  5. on his heads were blasphemous names.
  6. Verse 2. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and
  7. his feet were like those of a bear, and
  8. his mouth like the mouth of a lion.
    1. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
  9. Verse 3. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed.
  10. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;
  11. Verse 4.they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast;
  12. and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”
  13. Verse 5. There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and
  14. authority to act for forty-two months(3.5 years) was given to him.
  15. Verse 6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
  16. Verse 7.It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and
  17. authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
  18. Verse 8.All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
  19. Verse 9.If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.

 

THE SECOND BEAST (The False Prophet)

Revelation 13:11

  1. Verse 11.  Then I saw another beast
  2. coming up out of the earth; and
  3. he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.
  4. Verse 12. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And
  5. he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
  6. Verse 13. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
  7. Verse 14. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast,
  8. 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.
  9. Verse 15. And it was given to him 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.
  10. Verse 16. And he 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,
  11. Verse 17.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.
  12. Verse 18. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.

WHEN DOES THIS OCCUR?

You can see when the Beasts of Revelation appear and when the “Mark of The Beast” is given, by following this chronological outline of the Book of The Revelation:

We will start with THE TRIBULATION SEALS: “The SCROLL OF THE SEALS”, found in Revelation 5:1, which represents “that which has been hidden and is now being revealed”.

Revelation:  (The Greek word, “apokalupsis”):  an uncovering.

Transliteration: apokalupsis.
Phonetic Spelling: ap-ok-al’-oop-sis.
Definition: an uncovering.
Usage: an unveiling, uncovering, revealing, revelation.

apokálypsis – “revelation, unveiling” – is principally used of the revelation of Jesus Christ (the Word), especially a particular spiritual manifestation of Christ (His will) previously unknown to this extent, because it has been “veiled and covered”.

THE SEALS of THE SCROLL:  Revelation chapters 6, 7, 8:1

SEALS, 1 through 4, have been successively and progressively open (revealed) since around AD 1 through the current day. It appears that the fifth SEAL is now in the process of being opened.  The sixth seal is too opened at a future date, which appears to be in the not-distant-future.

1st SealRider on the White Horse (continuously since AD 1)

2nd SealWar (continuously since AD 1)

3rd SealFamine (continuously since AD 1)

4th SealDeath (continuously since AD 1)

5th Seal Martyrs (progressively occurring now)

6th Seal Terror, Cosmic disturbances (Yet to come, soon)

      • The Interlude
      • The sealing of the 144,000
      • The Multitude from the Tribulation in Heaven (The Rapture)

7th SealSilence in Heaven for ‘half an hour’.

THE TRUMPETS: Revelation chapter 8:1 – chapter 9

1st Trumpet – hail and fire, mixed with blood  –  a third of the earth was burned

2nd Trumpet something like a great mountain burning – a third of the sea became blood;  and a third of the creatures died; a third of the ships destroyed.

3rd Trumpet – a great star called Wormwood fell from heaven, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

4th Trumpet – a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened, and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

5th Trumpet – The Bottomless Pit a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the bottomless pit; smoke, of a great furnace; the sun, the air were darkened; came locusts, and they hurt only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Revelation 9:12  “The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

NOTE:  The Scroll Seals, 1 through 5, mark the ‘days of distress’ leading up to the beginning of the 7-year Great Tribulation (also known as “Daniel’s Seventieth Week”).

The 7 years of Great Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th Week) begins with the opening of the 6th Tribulation Seal and will reach the halfway mark, 3.5 years, at the sounding of the 6th Trumpet.  

The “first woe” is complete at the end of the 5th Trumpet, and, just before the sounding of the 6th trumpet.

The second half (3.5 years) of the 7 years of the Great Tribulation will begin with the pouring out of God’s Wrath on earth (the bowl judgments).

6th Trumpet – The Army from the East

      • The Angel and the Little Book
      • The Two Witnesses

Revelation 9:20 says, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; verse 21. And they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”

Revelation 11:14  The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.  

*The Second Woe comes and ends with the sounding of the 6th Trumpet (Revelation 11:14).

The 7th Trumpet marks the beginning of the second half of the 7 years of Great Tribulation and the beginning of the Third Woe.  Christ’s Reign Foreseen

 

Revelation 12

The Red Dragon

The Male Child Christ

The Angel, Michael

(Revelation 13:1  And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.)

 

Revelation 14

A Scene of Heaven

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

Vision of the Angel with the Gospel

Doom for Worshipers of the Beast

The Reapers

 

Revelation 15 

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.

 

Revelation 16

Six Bowls of Wrath

1st Bowl of Wrath – loathsome and malignant sores

2nd Bowl of Wrath – the sea became blood

3rd Bowl of Wrath – the rivers and the springs of waters became blood.

4th Bowl of Wrath – the sun scorched men with fire.

5th Bowl of Wrath – it became dark

6th Bowl of Wrath – the Euphrates and its water was dried up

Armageddon

7th Bowl of Wrath – “It is done.”

 

Revelation 17

The Doom of Babylon

Victory for the Lamb

 

Revelation 18

Babylon Is Fallen

Lament for Babylon

The Fourfold Hallelujah

 

Revelation 19

Marriage of the Lamb

The Coming of Christ

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

 

Revelation 20

 Satan Bound

Satan Freed, Doomed

Judgment at the Throne of God

 

Revelation 21

 The New Heaven and Earth

The New Jerusalem

 

Revelation 22

 The River and the Tree of Life

The Final Message

                                                                                                                     

Revelation 22: 21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

                                                                                                                     

The scriptures encourage us to “Be Berean”, (hold Scripture in such a high regard that it becomes your daily pursuit, your source of truth and the only reference book or material you would read in search of what is true.)

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

 

More information and studies on:

THE MARK OF THE BEAST

WHEN IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST GIVEN?

THE ANTI-CHRIST AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST

THE OZ, C.R.T., THE DRAGON, & THE BEASTS

(NOTE:  If you are interested in understanding the symbolism in the Revelation , click this link for assistance:  StudyLight.org.

WHEN IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST GIVEN?

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THE ANTICHRIST AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST

The Antichrist?

No one knows who the Antichrist will be, but we do know that when he is revealed he will not be a frightening figure.  In fact, he will be just the opposite until he has gained power.

There is a reference in Daniel 11:21 comparing Antiochus Epiphanes to a type of Antichrist, who is one of the most brutal rulers known in history, easily eclipsing the horrors of Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich.

But, the horrors of Antiochus Epiphanes will pale in comparison to the brutality and horror of the coming Antichrist.

Traits of the Antichrist Described in the Bible

  • Intelligent: Revelation 13:18; Daniel 7:8.
  • Charismatic Speaker: Daniel 7:8 Revelation 13:5.
  • Crafty Politician: Daniel 9:27; Revelation 17:12, 13, 17.
  • Distinct Physical Appearance: Daniel 7:20.
  • Military Genius: Revelation 4; 17:14; 19:19.
  • Economic Genius: Daniel 11:38.
  • Blasphemer: Revelation 13:6.
  • Utterly Lawless: 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
  • Selfish, Ambitious Egomaniac: Daniel 11:36, 37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
  • Greedy Materialist: Daniel 11:38.
  • Controlling: Daniel 7:25.
  • Proud and Self-exalting Above God and Everything: Daniel 11:36; 2 Thessalonians. 2:4.

What is the purpose of the Antichrist?

His purpose is to deceive.  The Antichrist is a person prophesied by the Bible to oppose Christ and substitute himself in Christ’s place before the Second Coming.

What will the Antichrist do?

Revelation 13:11 says, Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.”

  • He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence.
  • And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
  • He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
  • And he 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.
  • And it was given to him 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.
  • And he 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.

“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.”  Revelation 13:11-18.

He will doom anyone who receives his “Mark” and worships him, to suffer God’s Wrath.  So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.”  Revelation 16:2

Those which he deceived, those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image, are thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.  Revelation 19:20

WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST

No one knows what ‘the mark’ will actually look like.  There is speculation that it could be an image, (an icon), or a microchip or a tattooed type of barcode used in place of money or credit cards for tracking, commerce and trade.  But, from scriptures we do know…

  • And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be givena 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.
  • Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.  Revelation 13:11-18

WHEN WILL THIS BEAST GIVE HIS MARK?

The popular idea in many church denominations is that

    • the Antichrist will give his “Mark of the Beast” before The Tribulation period but that
    • he will not be revealed until after the rapture of the Church.

Revelation 3:16-17 says, He will “cause 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.”  from, Revelation 13:16-17.

HOWEVER, the Bible clearly tells us that

    • the Antichrist will be revealed BEFORE the rapture of the church and
    • he will give his Mark of the Beast AFTER the rapture of the Church.

I.  Anti-Christ is revealed before the rapture

The Apostle Paul informs us, in 2 Thessalonians1:4  that, “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

(What is “THE DAY OF THE LORD”? To know more, click this link.)

The Great Apostasy and the persecution of the saints occurs sometime during the 5th Tribulation Seal, or just at the beginning of the 6th Tribulation Seal. (Compare Matthew 24: 9-10 with Revelation 6:9-122 and you will see the the great persecution of Believers and accompanied by the Great Apostasy)

We are seeing the 5th Tribulation Seal being opened in our lifetime, the great apostasy or falling away from the faith, false messiahs, great deceptions, a.k.a. the ‘deluding influence’ and alienation from one another, and it is become more pronounced as time passes.

As I have proposed on numerous occasions, the Tribulation Seal Judgments One through Four, (wars and rumors of war, famines, plagues, earthquakes, spread of new diseases) began in or around AD 1.  (click this link for “When Does Daniel’s 70th Week, also known as, the 7 Years of Great Tribulation, begin).

RECAP

  1. Verse 2. “you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
  2. Verse 3“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and
  3. the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, Verse 4. who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”

 II.  The Mark of the Beast comes AFTER the Rapture

And according to the Bible, the Antichrist gives his ‘Mark’ after the Seal Judgments, after the Rapture, and just after the 6th Tribulation Trumpet Judgment and at the advent of 7th Trumpet Judgment, which is the Mid-Point of the Great Tribulation, which is after three and one half years of the final 7 years of the Great Tribulation period.

Revelation 13:16-17 tells us when the Antichrist  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, Verse 17. 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.”  

The placement of Mark of the Beast, as mentioned in the scriptures, also tells us it is immediately following the 6th Judgment Trumpet:

  • Seven trumpets are sounded (Seen in Revelation Chapters 8, 9, and 12).
  1. First Trumpet: Hail and fire, mingled with blood, are thrown to the earth burning up a third of the trees and green grass. (Revelation 8:6–7)
  2. Second Trumpet: Something that resembles a great mountain, burning with fire, falls from the sky and lands in the ocean. It kills a third of the sea creatures and destroys a third of the ships at sea. (Revelation 8:8–9)
  3. Third Trumpet: A great star, named Wormwood, falls from heaven and poisons a third of the rivers and springs of water. (Revelation 8:10–11)
  4. Fourth Trumpet: A third of the sun, the moon, and the stars are darkened creating complete darkness for a third of the day and the night. (8:12–13)
  5. Fifth Trumpet: The First Woe, (Revelation 9:1–12)
    1. A “star” falls from the sky, (Revelation 9:1).
    2. This “star” is given “the key to the bottomless pit”, (Revelation 9:1).
    3. The “star” then opens the bottomless pit. When this happens, “smoke [rises] from [the Abyss] like smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky [are] darkened by the smoke from the Abyss” (Revelation 9:2).
    4. From out of the smoke, locusts who are “given power like that of scorpions of the earth” (9:3), who are commanded not to harm anyone or anything except for people who were not given the “seal of God” on their foreheads, (from chapter Revelation chapter,7,and Revelation 9:4).
    5. The “locusts” are described as having a human appearance (faces and hair) but with lion’s teeth, and wearing “breastplates of iron”; the sound of their wings resembles “the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle”, (found in Revelation 9:7–9).
  6. Sixth Trumpet: The Second Woe, (found in Revelation 9:13–21)
    1. The four angelsbound to the great river Euphrates are released to prepare two hundred million horsemen.
    2. These armies kill a third of mankind by plagues of fire, smoke, and brimstone.
  7. Interlude: The little scroll. (found in Revelation 10:1–11)
    1. An angel appears, with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, having an opened little book in his hand.
    2. Upon the cry of the angel, seven thunders utter mysteries and secrets that are not to be written down by John.
    3. John is instructed to eat the little scroll that happens to be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach, and to prophesy.
    4. John is given a measuring rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
    5. Outside the temple, at the court of the holy city, it is trod by the nations for forty-two months (which is 3 and 1⁄2 years).
    6. Two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:1–14)
  8. Seventh Trumpet, (found in Revelation 11:15–19): This is the Third Woe which is followed by the Seven Bowls.
  9. The Beast gives his MARK’. so that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the ‘Mark of the Beast’.
  10. The temple of God opens in heaven, where the ark of His covenant can be seen. There are lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

What Does This Mean to You?

What this means to you and to me is that some will have the opportunity to suffer awhile before the Rapture. But, no Christian will suffer the Wrath of God, following the 6th Tribulation Seal.

Before the Rapture

Other names for the the tribulation Seals 1 through 5 is the ‘times of distress’ or ‘the beginning of birth pangs’.  Christians may suffer during this time. How do we know this?  The Bible says so:

1 Peter1:3  says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

  • verse 4 . to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
  • verse 5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
  • verse 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, verse 7. so that the proof of your faith, beingmore precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”

Revelation 6:9 tells us that, “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal,

  • I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; verse 10. and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
  • Verse 11.  And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been,would be completed also.

After the Rapture

The Great Tribulation also known as The Wrath of God, that is the Wrath of the Lamb, begins with the breaking or opening of the 6th Seal of the Tribulation.

NOTE: The final 7 years of Daniel’s 70 Weeks, also known as the 7 Years of the Great Tribulation, will begin with the Breaking of the Sixth Tribulation Seal. It will reach the mid-point (after 3 1/2 years) at the Blowing of the 7th Trumpet Judgment and will conclude with the pouring out of the 7th Bowl Judgment. 

Contrary to popular denomination beliefs of some, NO ONE WILL BE SAVED AFTER THE SIXTH TRIBULATION SEAL.  (Revelation 16:10-11 warns, Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

Be comforted by this, that God has not appointed us (Christians) to His Wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:9

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

For more on this subject, go to this link:  The Mark of the Beast

 

NOTES:  Bible references for “The Day of The Lord

2 Peter 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Jeremiah 46:10  For that day belongs to the Lord GOD of hosts, A day of vengeance, so as to avenge Himself on His foes; And the sword will devour and be satiated And drink its fill of their blood; For there will be a slaughter for the Lord GOD of hosts, In the land of the north by the river Euphrates.

Ezekiel 30:3  3 “For the day is near,
Even the day of the LORD is near;
It will be a day of clouds,
A time of doom for the nations.

Amos 5      18 Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD,
For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you?
It will be darkness and not light;

19 As when a man flees from a lion
And a bear meets him,
Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall
And a snake bites him.

20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light,
Even gloom with no brightness in it?

Jeremiah 25:33  Those slain by the LORD on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like dung on the face of the ground.

Joel 3  Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

The sun and moon grow dark
            And the stars lose their brightness.

The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

Isaiah 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.