THE MARK OF THE BEAST BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
29th April, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Revelation 13:11,15-17 KJV
 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  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:  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.
Revelation chapter 13 makes mention of the first and second beast who will have influence over people all over the world in the era of great tribulation. The first beast is the antichrist, while the second beast is his false prophet. This false prophet will erect an image of the antichrist and compel people to worship that image.
According to our theme Scripture, this false prophet will have power to give life to the image of the antichrist, and the image will speak. A recent invention of the first intelligent robot called “Sophia” by a Japanese company, which has human intelligence but doesn’t have a soul, and which speaks with human voice, attests to the truthfulness of this Scripture. Can you imagine living in an era where you’re compelled to worship an image that speaks with human voice, and when you don’t, you’re killed? That’s exactly what the verse 15 of our theme Scripture says will happen to people in the era of great tribulation. Certainly, there will be nothing like “freedom of worship” during that era. Already, there are pockets of nations here and there which do not tolerate any other worship except a specific worship; failure to adhere to such restrictions has led to the public execution of heretics. Imagine when such executions become a global practice!
The verse 16 further reveals that, during such era, this false prophet will cause all people, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, TO RECEIVE A MARK IN THEIR RIGHT HAND, or IN THEIR FOREHEADS. We’re not told the nature of this mark, but modern inventions of microchips inserted in the hands and other parts of the human body attest to the fact that this practice is possible. The difference is that, the mark of the beast will be a global phenomenon; it will be such that the whole world will be governed through a central database which has relevant information on all people, all over the world. The world we live in presently, is already practicing this phenomenon in part. Look at ATM cards used in our banking sector, for instance; it has a microchip that contains relevant information on the individual holder of the card. With just an input of the right code, an individual can cash money from a teller machine at any time of the day. With advancement in technology, especially, in the era of the antichrist, it’s possible for all people, all over the world, to be put on one database, such that, one cannot buy or sell, or do any transaction, unless he/she is on that database. And that’s exactly what the verse 17 of our theme Scripture indicates, 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.”
There are three things mentioned that will enable one to buy or sell in those days, namely, the mark of the beast, the name of the beast, and the number of his name. Revelation 13:18 (NKJV) says, “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” One must have at least any of these three identities before he/she can do any business transaction or access the one-world database. It’s obvious many people, including, born again believers in those days, will compromise and take any of these identities, especially, when one would be killed, if he/she refuses to submit to the status quo.
Will you want to be around during such era?