October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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The Mark of the Beast . What Is It? Part 2

(Cont'd from page one)

How The Universal Church Helped
To Bring Europe Together

The ultimate emergence of the beast power in Europe will absolutely STUN the world! It will truly become the greatest global super-power the world has ever seen! It will be so great, so powerful, so economically viable, productive and successful that it will evoke WORSHIP from the masses under its sway, as well as adoration, adjuration and worship from nations all over the world!

The coming super-state in Europe will be mostly of ONE RELIGION! And what is the majority religion of Europe? In most cases, it is ROMAN CATHOLIC.

Hitler brought about STATE WORSHIP! With his constant emphasis on the "super race"; his carefully orchestrated nighttime torchlight parades; his foam-flecked, shouting, mesmerizing speeches, caused the German people to utterly subject their personal will to Hitler's will. In the infamous Nuremburg Nazi rally just before World War II, Rudolf Hess shouted to the frenzied crowds, "Hitler IST Deutschland! Deutschland IST Hitler!" "Hitler IS Germany! Germany IS Hitler!" Thus, the adoration of the man and the state became one. Utter pagan idolatry. It will happen again!

The coming "beast"; the dictator of a United States of Europe, will be hailed as a "deliverer"; he will be worshiped! History proves that many woman fainted at the sight of Adolf Hitler during one of his parades! The adoration of the masses toward Hitler was a kind of pagan idolatry! But the Bible says BOTH the Beast and the False Prophet will be worshiped.

Already, there are countless MILLIONS of people in dozens of nations who WORSHIP THE POPE! They adore, revere, and WORSHIP a human being who takes the very titles of God Himself! The present-day pope is no doubt worshiped by more people than any pope in all history! Waiting in the wings, soon to emerge, will be a super-dictator; a new "savior of Europe"; a major POLITICAL figure, who will weld the ten nations together into the greatest power the world has ever seen. He, also, will command adulation; adoration, WORSHIP from his followers.

Remember, the Bible says the nations will WORSHIP THE BEAST, just as millions worshiped Adolf Hitler! There will emerge TWO individuals who will command WORSHIP from the nations—the Beast, or the political/military leader, AND the "false prophet," or the ecclesiastical leader.

A recent issue of Time magazine pointed out that the pope is one of the greatest men of the century; how he is WORSHIPED by millions!

One of the reasons for that adulation, especially among the millions of Catholics in Eastern Europe, is because he was instrumental in helping to form what will emerge as the BEAST!

When Cardinal Wojtila, a Pole, was elected pope, I said before many large audiences it was tremendously significant, for the pope in Rome was now POLISH! I knew this would prove catalytic in helping lessen the hold of the Soviet Union on Poland, and through such a move, lessen the iron grip of Russia on other nations in Eastern and Central Europe, as well.

For years, I have repeatedly stated in my sermons, radio and television broadcasts that, "a `United States of Europe' will be formed, consisting of TEN NATIONS, FROM THE URALS TO THE ATLANTIC, possessing nuclear weapons."

The pope, during a visit in West Germany, called for a "United Europe from the Urals to the Atlantic"! Have you looked at a map of Europe lately? The Urals are a mountain chain deep inside Russia—EAST OF MOSCOW! The reason I used that expression for so many years is because it was used by the geopoliticians, men such as Makinder and Haushofer, who believed the major power in the world lay in the heartland of Europe! The heartland of Europe; Central Europe, was the core of the many revivals of the "Holy Roman Empire", ruled over by many, many popes in Rome. In most instances, it was a GERMANIC kingdom!

Notice carefully! The POPE is now calling for the forming of a UNITED STATES OF EUROPE! Bible prophecy says the strength of IRON will be in this final resurrection of the Beast, but the weakness of clay. Which nation is IRON? Which nation had the "Iron Chancellor"? Germany, in the person of Bismark! Which nation decorates its soldiers with the IRON cross? Germany! Yet, as any metal-worker knows, clay, if it finds its way into a mold where iron is being poured, will weaken, perhaps ruin the thing being formed. In like fashion, even though the coming ten-nation combine will be formed together by the unifying agent of RELIGION, under the great Universal Church at the behest of the POPE, it will not STAY together for long! Read carefully the eighteenth chapter of Revelation, and see how the BEAST will eventually "hate the whore" and make her desolate!

The false prophet will bring about STATE WORSHIP for a time—but it will really be SATAN they will be worshiping!

Notice! "And they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? ... and it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:4-8).

Now that you know who, and what, is the BEAST, and you can clearly identify his IMAGE, you can look for his MARK!

A Conscious Choice

Most of the paranoia associated with false concepts about "the Mark of the Beast" comes from an underlying false assumption. That assumption is that the Mark of the Beast is something which may be imposed upon you unsuspectingly, secretly, by subterfuge. Many people seem to believe that, though they wish to live good Christian lives, want to obey God, and do not want to come under the Mark of the Beast, that some insidious plotters in Europe, or in the Pentagon, or elsewhere, may be able to secretly impose this hated and mysterious Mark of the Beast upon them by causing them to comply with certain laws or requirements involving registration for a social security number, the issuance of a national identity card, or perhaps submitting to the implantation of a microchip, or an invisible tattoo!

But, notice this scripture and think deeply about what you will read!

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls [Greek: psuche, meaning "lives"] of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years!" (Revelation 20:4).

No one WORSHIPS computer-generated labels on food packages, or identity cards, or computer chips!

Notice carefully! The refusal of these individuals to worship the Beast or his image, or to receive his mark, and who are clearly pictured as being in the Kingdom of God—now exalted as co-RULERS with Jesus Christ—literally costs them their lives!

BUT, it assured their continued possession of eternal life!

Do you see? Here, a conscious choice is to be made! Notice they refused to WORSHIP the Beast, or his image. That tells us they KNEW WHAT IT WAS! They made a reasoned, conscious choice! Just as happened during the infamous "inquisition", when hundreds of thousands were put to death for refusing to give up their Bible-based faith, so the Beast and the False Prophet will be attempting to FORCE Christians to bow down to them in worship. They will refuse, choosing to OBEY GOD rather than man (Acts 4:10, 19; 5:32), and they will be martyred because of that choice! Actually, there were countless hundreds of thousands who were martyred during the Middle Ages for the very same reasons!

Halley says, "...the inquisition was the main agency in the Papacy's effort to crush the Reformation. It is stated that in the 30 years between 1540 and 1570 no fewer than 900,000 Protestants were put to death in the pope's war for the extermination of the Waldenses. Think of monks and priests, in holy garments (sic), directing, with heartless cruelty and inhuman brutality, the work of torturing and burning alive innocent men and women, and doing it in the name of Christ, by the direct order of the `Vicar of Christ.'" (Halley's Bible Handbook, p. 777).

These people were put to death for refusing to worship the Beast, his IMAGE (the great false church; and ecclesiastical STATE, formed like a GOVERNMENT; patterned after the ancient Roman civil government), or to receive his identifying MARK.

Notice Revelation 6:9, 10, where you see the picture of those who were slain for the Word of God, and who cry out,

"How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?"

These dead saints, pictured as crying out from their graves, were murdered MANY CENTURIES ago. It becomes obvious then, that the Beast; the image of the Beast, and the MARK of the Beast, have been around for a long, long time!

Do you see? It is impossible for you to lose salvation "by accident"! It is utterly impossible for some power to so interfere in your life that it imposes upon you a symbol, identifying sign, some "mark" of some kind which causes you to LOSE OUT on salvation!

Notice! "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
"As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
"Nay, and all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor POWERS, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!" (Romans 8:35-39).

Your Bible absolutely promises that NOTHING—the sword (armed force), principalities, powers—can separate you from the love of God, from salvation in and through Jesus Christ!

Read Revelation 20:4 again! Here, resurrected saints are seen as inheriting the thrones promised them by Jesus Christ! (Revelation 2:26; 3:21). They are resurrected because they were martyred. WHY were they martyred? Because they adamantly REFUSED to receive the Mark of the Beast.

That should give you the positive reassurance that, even though some brutal men should forcibly hold you down, implant some kind of an identifying microchip under your skin; even though soldiers would literally hold your arms, hands, and legs and tattoo the numbers 666 right across your forehead, in great black ink, two inches high, it STILL COULD NOT DEPRIVE YOU OF SALVATION! Therefore, such things ARE NOT the Mark of the Beast!

However, make no mistake! The Mark of the Beast is definitely something which will be ENFORCED—will become a matter of law, and people will be ordered to obey it! They will have to make a final, ultimate choice! That choice will be to either submit; to give in and cooperate with the coming socio/economic, military/spiritual system, called BABYLON THE GREAT, which is to emerge as a world SUPER POWER, or under pain of DEATH, to refuse to cooperate—to refuse the Mark of the Beast!

As we have seen, a mark is a stamp, a sign, a symbol, an identifying label! Anciently, Almighty God designated a great SIGN which would always identify His people! That sign was created at the end of the creation week!

Continued on page three

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