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The Mark of the Beast

What is the truth about the Mark of the Beast?

Is the Mark of the Beast actually a thing we Christians are going to have to face in the future or we are facing it now?

First of all: Who is the Beast?  What is the mark of the Beast? Who is marked?   What is the church?  Who are the churches? Are the tribulations and rapture still going to happen? Did some happen already? Or it is happening right now!

If there will be judgment, it is not our body, it is not our soul because as it is written souls that sin will die so there is already a pre-judgment to our souls. As Paul says that all have sinned and short for the glory of God. When we talk about our spirit, it is not ours, God owns it and God will not judge His Spirit, the Spirit will be returned to Him. How will it be returned and who will return it if the bodies are already dead?  Though it is an innocent question “who will return it?” Do not forget that God is everywhere, as soon as the Spirit leaves the body it goes back to God.

The human spirit is a gift to all born with water and blood and the image of God and likeness is upon them. When the father of mankind disobeyed God, the Spirit that he had that we were supposed to have had been degraded to the spirit of man; but because of the sacrifice made by the second Adam, Jesus, he reconciled us to God and gave us a chance to be born again in the Spirit of God.

Our body, soul, and spirit become one and we call it: me, I or myself as a child of God; an individual with two natures; flesh and spirit. To judge us by the Father of the sin that He knows we cannot resist due to sin being part of our body for some reason; it becomes like a chronic disease that fights our own body system.  We can only be immune to sin disease by not missing our prescription from heaven the daily dose of ACTS (adoration, confessions, thanksgiving, and supplications)—Prayer.

Now going back to the mark of the Beast, who is the Beast? We can just assume that they are those powerful oligarchs controlling our lives headed by the prince of the world who fed their nostrils with the power of his air. These beasts hate people enjoying their lives. They choke us with the power of their money but they know they cannot choke our souls.  Our bodies all have the same ending that their money cannot change the outcome and will eventually see decay, and join the dust of the ground.

The mark of the Beast is not a tattoo on the skin of the forehead but a mark in the heart of those who submitted to evil thoughts in exchange for money and lucrative promises, including power and authority to rule over the kingdom of those who rejected their deceitful acts and decided to be with righteous living. The mark of the Beast can only be discerned by their work; it could be outside making noise from broken storefront windows, Looting, banging on parked cars, and physically hurting those who are on their way stopping their behavior including peace officers.

We can say that the mark on the forehead could mean the work of our mind which is the starting point of our behavior is purely evil thoughts and the mark on our hand is the act of controlling human moral character. Many centuries ago there are many different interpretations about the mark of the beast and it’s all just opinion. Every generation has its own experience of hardship, famine, wars, survival of the fittest, the rule of the iron hand of the church, and Roman atrocities. From the Garden of Eden until the time when civil governments are formed people are more burdened with corruptions of the powerful.

Sometimes the evil command is coming from inside a well-protected building (leaders) mandating their minions what to do and when they signal to start the unruly behavior these beasts are like robots that will do wherever and whatever task they are commanded. They are part of the system that brings an unpleasant environment instead of peaceful living. It seems that they are receiving something to keep their loyalty and obedience to the Prince of the world. These leaders even in their deathbeds will not give up their souls up to their last evil breath.

Some beasts are really good at playing church and they entrapped many to believe what they do and say are full of truth until these victims are hooked to this act and give their loyalty to these actors instead of giving their loyalty to God. They also use innocent bodies as the front to do their wicked works and turn people away from believing that their own body is the church itself.

When the traditional church does not do what they are supposed to do like visiting orphans and widows then they are not in obedience with the Word of God. We are the church, the body of Christ and what we are just doing is giving authority to the leaders to manage the congregations’ finances instead of us doing the work. We delegate the work.

Our confidence as Christians we are the chosen ones to receive the gift of salvation and every non-Christians can join in with humble submission and contrite hearts to the Father through the Son Jesus and be united as one spirit.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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