Don Perkins, Mark Of The Beast
Don Perkins is one of my favorite teachers in end times prophecy. He has a God given ability to make deep truths simple. I will list the key scriptures for this study, and then review the seven points listed by Don Perkins.
Revelation 13:16-18 King James Version (KJV)
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Revelation 16:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 19:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 King James Version (KJV)
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Refer to the above listed scriptures in reference to the following seven points made about the mark of the beast.
1)What is the Mark of the Beast? It is a physical mark in the tribulation period, given to those who submit to the Antichrist. (Revelation 13:16-18). They will give over their will and life to the Antichrist. There will be a cashless society. One cannot buy or sell without the mark.
2)How will it come into use, and how will it be enforced? Revelation 19:20. II Thessalonians 2:9-12. The culture is gradually becoming conditioned to receive this mark en masse. Great delusion will come upon all of the populace. Most people do not even realize that we are ALREADY primed to receive the mark. The False Prophet will enforce the mark. Christians and Jews will be persecuted.
3)How long will it be used? It will be used for three and one half (3 1/2) years, during the second half of the tribulation period.
4)Who will receive the mark and why? Everyone will receive it (Revelation 13:16). They will receive it in order to conduct any kind of transaction. The Antichrist desires for everyone to worship him only, and not God.
5)Our culture is conditioning people to receive the mark. Barcodes have been placed on people’s foreheads. We were shown images of this. One day it will become mandatory. These chips can lead to a tremendous invasion of privacy.
6)What happens to those who take the mark of the beast? They cannot repent and are damned to hell for eternity. They will also receive noisome and grievous sores because they received the mark of the beast. Revelation 14:9-10, 16:2.
7)A warning is given against receiving the mark of the beast. Revelation 14:6, 9-10. Three angels will be preaching for the first time, and the third angel will warn people of the consequences for receiving the mark of the beast!