MARK OF THE BEAST

Seemingly, the most popular and most prevelant view of the Mark of the Beast” is some sort of a 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 “tribulation period”* begins and before the “Rapture”* occurs, so everyone, including professing Christians will have to make a decision about taking this “MARK”.

I will show the reader, in the next several pages, the Biblcial facts (not suppositions or denominational presuppositions)

 1.  The WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE of the “Mark of The Beast”.

 2.  Anyone on earth after the mid point of the Great Tribulation cannot be saved

 3.  The Mark of the Beast will come much later than you might have previously thought

The main passage in the Bible that mentions the “Mark of The Beast” is Revelation 13:15-18. Other references can be found in Revelation 14:9, 11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, and 20:4 but, we need to start at the beginning.  Please, bear with me and read to the end.

THE TRIBULATION JUDGMENT SEALS

(As I have written on many times *The tribulation of the “Last Days” began in or around A.D. 1 and have continued progressively until this day.  It would appear that we are not experiencing the opening or breaking of the 5th tribulation seal)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse

      1  Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.




The Second Seal—War

      

      3  When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.




The Third Seal—Famine

      

      5  When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”


The Fourth Seal—Death

      7When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.




The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

      

      9  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; 10and 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?” 11And 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.




The Sixth Seal—Terror

      

      12  I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

An Interlude

      REVELATION 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”



The 144,000

      

      4  And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

5from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.



*A Multitude from the Tribulation



 1.  (As found in the Bible, there is only one second advent of Christ, there is no secret 2nd appearing. 

 2.  As found in Matthew 24:29  “But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 3.  v30And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn,

and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

 4.  v31 “And He 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.

There is only ONE example of “a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,
 “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  This is the Church, raptured, and in heaven”.

      Revelation 7:9  After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,
      

“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying,
 “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
      

      Verse 13. “Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” Verse 14. I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

      Verse 15. “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. Verse 16. “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; Verse 17. for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets

Revelation 8:1 says, “When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Verse 2. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
      

Verse 3. “Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. Verse 4. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. Verse 5. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

THE TRIBULATION JUDGMENT TRUMPETS

      Verse 6. “And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
      Verse 7. “The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
       Verse 8.  “The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, Verse 9. and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.
      Verse 10. “The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. Verse 11. The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
      Verse 12. “The fourth angel sounded, and 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.
      Verse 13. ” Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

The Fifth Trumpet—the Bottomless Pit

Revelation 9:1 Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. Verse 2.  He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Verse 3. Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Verse 4. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Verse 5. And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. Verse 6. And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.     

Verse 7.  “The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. Verse 8. They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. Verse 9. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. Verse 10. They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. Verse 11. They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

      Verse 12/ The first woe (Bowl) is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.




The Sixth Trumpet—Army from the East—Mid-Point of The Great Tribulation

      

      Verse 13. Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Verse 14. one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” Verse 15. And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. Verse 16. The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. Verse 17. And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. Verse 18.  A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths. Verse 19. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

     Revelation 10:20 – 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; (v21) and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

NOTE:  No one will be saved after this point; after the midpoint of the Great Tribulation.

The Two Witnesses

      Revelation 11:1 Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.

Verse 2. “Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

Verse 3. “And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Verse 4. “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. verse 5. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. verse 6. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.

      Verse 7. “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. verse 8. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Verse 9. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. verse 10. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

      Verse 11. But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. verse 12. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. verse13. And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

      Verse 14.  The second woe is past;  behold, the third woe is coming quickly.




The Seventh Trumpet is Sounded—Christ’s Reign Foreseen



Revelation11:15 says,  “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
verse 16. And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, verse 17. saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

Verse 18. “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Verse 19. And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.”

The Woman, Israel

      Revelation 12:1 says, “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; verse 2. and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.

The Red Dragon, Satan 

      Verse 3.  “Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. verse 4. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.



The Male Child, Christ

      

      Verse 5.  “And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. verse 6. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.




The Angel, Michael

      

      Verse 7.  “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, verse 8. and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Verse 9. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Verse 10. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
      “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

Verse 11. “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Verse 12.“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

Verse 13. “And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. Verse 14. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Verse 15. And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. Verse 16. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. Verse 17. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

The Beast from the Sea—Between the 7th Trumpet and the 1st Bowl

Revelation 13:1 says,  “And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.
      Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. Verse 2.  And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. Verse 3.  I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; Verse 4. they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” Verse 5. There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. 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.

      Verse 7.  “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. 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. Verse 9. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. Verse 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 Beast from the Earth

      

      Verse 11.  “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. Verse 12. 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. 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.”

     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, 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.

NOTE:  The placement and timing of Revelation 13:15-17 and the Mark of the Beast occurs AFTER the 6th Tribulation Woe (Bowl) which is at the Mid Point of the final 7 years of the Great Tribulation period (aka, Daniel’s 70th Week).

Revelation 13:15 – 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. 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, 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.

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.

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

      Revelation 14:1  Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. Verse 2. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. Verse 3. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. Verse 4. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. Verse 5. And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.”

      Verse 6. “And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

      Verse 8. “And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.”



Doom for Worshipers of the Beast

      

      Verse 9.  Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, Verse 10. he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

      Verse 11. “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

      Verse 12.  “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

      Verse 13.  “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”



The Judgment Reapers

      

      Verse 14. “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. Verse 15. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Verse 16. Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.


      Verse 17. “And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Verse 18. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.”

Verse 19.  “So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

THE TRIBULATION JUDGMENT BOWLS

A Scene of Heaven

      Revelation 15:1 says,  “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.
      Verse 2.  “And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.

      Verse 3. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,


            
      “Great and marvelous are Your works,
 O Lord God, the Almighty;
 Righteous and true are Your ways,
 King of the nations!

      Verse 4.  “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
 For You alone are holy;
 For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU,
 FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.”

      Verse 5.  After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, 6and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes. Verse 7. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. Verse 8. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished

 1.  The “Last Days” began around AD 1

 2.  The first through the fourth tribulation seals have been progressively broken since AD 1 and are overlapping.

 3.  The Fifth Tribulation seal is now being broken and all the events of the 5th seal have been manifest except the revealing of the ‘man of lawlessness’, which is the antichrist.

4.  The Sixth Seal will mark

      • The the final 7 years of the Great Tribulation Period
      • Cosmic disturbances, darkned sun, blood moon
      • Sealing of the 144,000
      • The Rapture
      • Multitude from the tribulation before the Throne of God

5.  The antichrist will require people take “The Mark of the Beast” sometime after the 6th Trumpet or between the 6th Trumpet and the 1st Bowl judgment.

Unless you would endure the horrors of the Great Tribulation period, now is the time to accept Christ Jesus as your Lord and your Savior.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Link to more on this matter, The Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast

FOOTNOTES

Revelation 13:7
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 14:11
“And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Revelation 16:2
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 19:20
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

Revelation 20:4
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

IMAGINE

#I.   IMAGINE with me, if you will, standing in the community square, talking with neighbors on just another ordinary, sunny day, when suddenly there is a rumbling beneath your feet. Then, without warning, the skies turn dark. You are blinded by a flash of light in the heavens. Then a deafening sound cracks above you, and thunder continues as a roar with an intensity that shakes you and your surroundings.

But this is only the beginning of this living terror. Drops of water, the size of which you have never experienced, slowly begin to crash into and all around you. Water begins to rise on your feet and within minutes you are knee deep in angry swirling flood waters.

A fierce wind begins to blow and spray the surging waters. Your mind is in a panic. You search frantically for your family and look about for high ground. The waters are now shoulder-deep and lifting you off the ground.

Your mind flashes back to a warning you had heard, but had ignored: “A flood is coming”.  No one had ever heard of such a thing. It was as ridiculous as it was fantastic.

All the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain is falling upon the earth.  You scan the horizon for Noah’s Ark.

You think, with deep sorrow and panic, “If I had just believed, I could have been saved”. It’s too late, the waters overcome you. You are lost.

Then God said, (Genesis 9:11). “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; 13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14“It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh”

The date is now sometime after Sunday, December 6, 2020.

#II.  IMAGINE with me if you will, that you are talking with a neighbor on what appears to be just another ordinary, sunny day, when suddenly, there is a great earthquake; and the sun becomes black, and the whole moon became like blood; and asteroids and meteorites fall to the earth, like a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky appears to split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island are moved out of their places. (Revelation 6:12-14)



Then, hail and fire, mixed with blood fall to the earth; and a third of the earth is burned with fire, and a third of the trees are being burned, and all the green grass is burned.

Something which looks like a mountain, burning with fire falls into the sea; and a third of the sea becomes blood, and a third of the creatures in the sea, die; and a third of all the world’s ships are destroyed.

A great meteor falls from heaven, burning like a torch, and it falls on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters become wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

A third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars are struck, so that a third of them would are darkened and the day does not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.

Then you look, and hear a loud voice in the heavens saying, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth”. (Revelation 8:7-12)

Your mind flashes back to a warning you had heard, but had ignored: “A Great Tribulation and the ‘End of Days’ is coming”. No one had ever heard of such a thing. It was as ridiculous as it was fantastic.

You think, with deep sorrow and panic, “If I had just believed, I could have been saved”. But, it’s too late, the terror overcomes you. You are lost.

Are the examples ridiculous and too fantastic to believe?

Please consider this: The odds against – yes, AGAINST – Jesus Christ having fulfilled just 48 of the over 450 prophecies written about Him, is a ratio of 1 to 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. (This is 1 to 10 to the 157th power)

To give you a perspective, electrons are very small objects. They are smaller than atoms. It would take 2.5 TIMES 10 to the 15th power of them, laid side by side, to make a strand one inch long.

Even if we counted 250 of these electrons each minute, and counted day and night, it would still take 19 million years just to count a line of electrons one-inch long. 19 MILLION YEARS!

These “IMAGINE” stories are not just ‘stories’.  These are real events which have been proven by the incredible accuracy of God’s Prophetic Word.

IMAGINE #1 has already come to pass.  IMAGINE #2 is at our doorstep.

I pray that you take them as seriously as they are given.

https://www.whitestone2020.com/urgent-prophetic-word-for-2020

https://whitestone2020.com/2020/07/27/is-another-type-of-flood-coming/

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

NOAH

Books have been written, movies have been made and plays have been created about Noah and The Ark.

Is it true, a legend or a myth?

Once you get past the dramatic effects, the playwright’s imagination, the stage drama, the literary license and production embellishments, there is a Truth to be seen and a lesson to be learned. But, the whole truth will only be found in the Bible.

The Bible gives great detail about Noah, his life, his family and his homeland. We get details about the reasons for the construction of The Ark and even greater detail about The Ark, itself.

We can find many lessons from the account of Noah’s life, his relationship with God, the people of the earth, about God’s intentions for His Own creation, about faith and obedience to God’s Word and the cost of rebelliousness and sin toward God.

But, who would have thought that we could find answers to a 21st Century quandary from an ancient, 4,800-year-old, event?

By all accounts, our twenty-first century world is full of the same “wickedness of man” was which prevalent during Noah’s days. “Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil, continually”.A careful, prayerful study of God’s Word regarding the Last Days should lead you to see the concurrence of events pointing to the breaking of the breaking of the 6th Seal of the Tribulation judgment and the imminent return of Christ.

Jesus tells of these concurrent events in the twenty-fourth chapter of the book of Matthew and concludes His narration with the warning “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.“ (Matthew 24:37)

I.  JUST LIKE IN THE DAYS OF NOAH

Genesis 6:5. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.

 

a)   There can come a point when sin is so great, that God will blot out all mankind. We may have reached that point, again.

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. 10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

b)   You can find favor with God, and He will consider you as “blameless”.

However, the Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and that we can only be made Righteous “by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus”.

      Genesis 6:11 “Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
      13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. “

c)   God always makes a way of escape for the Righteous.

Genesis 6:18 “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19“And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20“Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

21“As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” 22Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.

d)   Prepare to endure to the end, for it is the one who endures to the end who will be saved!

Genesis 7:1 “Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all of your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. 2 “You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female; 3also of the birds of the sky, by sevens, male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. 4 “For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” 5 Noah did according to all that the LORD had commanded him.

e)  Only those God sees as Righteous will be able to enter the Ark of His salvation, which is The New Covenant of His Blood,

 

II.   OF THAT DAY AND HOUR

“No one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”  Matthew 24:36

a)   “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.  Matthew 24:37

38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41“Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.




b)  Be Ready for His Coming


Matthew 24:42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

 

III.   CHRIST OR JUDGMENT

a)   “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Hebrews 10:26. “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

b)   The Christian’s covenant duty, as we wait for Christ’s return, is to ‘endure to the end’ and to ‘overcome evil with good’.

“For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”  Hebrews 10:30

c)  It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Hebrews 10:31

d)   Keep your confidence in Christ and on His promises, for you have a need of endurance.

Hebrews 10:32. But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings, 33partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. 34For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. 35Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
 

e)   God gives a warning that in these Last Days,

Hebrews 10:37. “FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,
 HE WHO IS   COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.
38 “BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;
  AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

IV.   THE PROVING OF YOUR FAITH

“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, (1 Peter 1:3)

        • v4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
        • v5 who are protected by the power of God through faith
          for a salvation ready to be revealed IN THE LAST TIME.
        • v6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, v7 so that the proof of your faith, being more 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; v8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
        • v9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your soul

a)   DO NOT SHRINK BACK

“But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”

This, therefore, is how we prepare and conduct ourselves until The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

IS ANOTHER TYPE OF FLOOD COMING?

YOU MUST BE READY

The word “flood” is used about 28 times in the Bible. It is used eleven times in the Book of Genesis and refers to God’s Judgment on the world for sin by the Great Flood.

It is used either in general terms or symbolically, twice in Job, five times in Psalms, once in Proverbs, Isaiah and Nahum, once in Luke.

It is used in reference to God’s Judgments, once in Daniel, twice in Matthew, once in Luke once in 2 Peter and once in Revelation. All of these references are related to the End of Days in some way, except for 2 Peter.

But I want to focus on the mention of a flood in conjunction with God’s Judgment and the “End of Days” as mentioned, in Daniel 9, Matthew 24 and Revelation 12.

These references link Past events of God’s Judgments with the Present Day and the Present Day with future Judgments.

Why does this matter? Jesus tells us it is important that we know and stay ready for what is coming and may already be upon us:

The FLOOD is a prophetic mystery, mentioned 4 times in scriptures.  Here are the 4 sections of Scripture and the Mystery of The Flood” revealed!

I.   Genesis 6:5 –  Wickedness, Evil, Regret, Judgment

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Genesis 6:5. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.

Genesis 6:17 “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.

All mysteries have clues. So I present “clues”, which are also links for you to click on for answers.

(CLUES: Why a “flood of water upon the earth”?)

II.  Daniel 9:24 – The Flood, Times of Distress

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“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.

26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

 

(CLUES: What is the seventy weeks? What does it mean “to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness”?

(CLUES: What is the significance or meaning of “seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks”? What are “times of distress”?)

(CLUES: What is the “flood”? What does it mean “even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined”?)

(CLUES: What does it mean “he will make a firm covenant with the many”. Who is ‘he’ and ‘the many’?)

(CLUES: What is the time period, “for one week”? What is “on the wing of abominations will come the one who makes desolate”?)

III.  Matthew 24:37 – The Flood, Getting Ready or Be Left Behind

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“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.”

38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.

42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.

43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?

46 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.

(CLUES: What is this “flood” as found in Matthew 24?)

(CLUES: What does it mean “and took them all away”?)

(CLUES: What does it mean “whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”?

IV.  Revelation 12:13 – The Flood, The Woman, The Dragon, The Child 

 

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

(CLUES: Who is “the woman” and why is she persecuted?)

(CLUES: Who is “the child”?)

(CLUES: What is the “time, and times and half a time”?)

(CLUES: What is the “flood”? as found in Revelation 12?)

All four sections of scriptures are speaking of the same thing. The key word “FLOOD”

When God repeats Himself it usually means He is communicating something very important to His people. Please study these messages as your instruction to GET READY & STAY READY and to be prepared for that day!

Hebrews 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, (v2)    in these last days  has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

God has spoken this message at least four times and in at least four different ways. 

This, therefore, is how we are to prepare and to conduct ourselves until The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”   

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young