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THE MARK OF THE BEAST, ARE THERE SIGNS?? It is a well known fact that the various beast that Daniel tells us about is closely related to the beast mentioned in Revelation 13. It is obvious that the rising of the beast, will not be from some insignificant nation which has no significant power, influence or money. It makes more sense to assume that the beast rising will be from a nation or group of nations that has both money and military might.
We are told that the beast in revelation 13 will enact laws that will affect the livelihood and very life itself of those who refuse to go along with these laws. 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, Rev 13:17.
Not only this but we are told that the end time beast will seek to attack the believers and changes laws. Compare these words of Daniel, Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws. Dan 7:23-25.
There are signs that the end time beast spoken of in these verses is more and more being given rise. As also is the persecution of the believers, that was foretold to accompany this rising of the beat. "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws." Dan 7:23-25.
WE NOTE THAT LGBTQ-ISM IS NOT THE ACTUAL BEAST. But we also note that those who refuse to endorse or go along with the LGBTQ agenda, can expect strong repercussions. These repercussion are very simular to that which those who refuse the mark will encounter. This should cause us to rethink, just what it means to take the mark of the beast.
Perhaps it is more than just receiving a computer chip as many today, sem to think. John tells us that the very livelihood of those who refused to accept and endorse certain laws, would be put in jeopardy.
Today it’s obvious today that people from every walk of life are fearful (and in some cases terrified), to publicly say anything which makes it appear that they disagree with the LGBTQ lifestyle. This includes educators, entertainers, many in the news media, actors, athletics, janitors, ministers, and even entire cooperation's, etc,
It is becoming more and more evident that anyone who does not plaster LGBT rainbow stickers all over himself, his resume and the windows of his business risk the possibility of having his or her commercial interests terminated with extreme prejudice. Most people in the media, most professional athletic, and most people who run a business, are fearful of saying ANYTHING, which may seem to imply that they disagree with the LGBTQ agenda and lifestyle.
The freedom to do so has been taken away, but most people are afraid to say it publicly. We should consider the fact that it may be possible that this mark is not a physical branding. Perhaps the way this mark is displayed is via our verbal consent and expressions of allegiance: Thus a signet of thought and belief (forehead) and acting on that allegiance (right hand).
15 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. 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. Rev 13:15-17. We see something simular to this taking place now.
YOU CAN NOW BE THROWN IN JAIL--- A Kentucky County Clerk was in the hot seat because she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses due to her stand on these basic guidelines. Kim Davis was thrown in jail. She has since obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to go against the basic moral principles our great country was founded on.
We as believers are now faced with the issue of where we do we stand in regards to the LGBT lifestyle. The stand we take will cause us to be identified (marked), as being either pro gay/LGBT, Or as being anti gay/LGBT.
YOU CAN NOW BE FIRED FROM YOUR JOB-- Curt Schilling a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired for publicly stating his opposition to men being allowed to use the ladies restroom with women and young girls. In a facebook post Schilling stated: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves.” As a result of this comment on the part of Schilling, ESPN fired him. In a statement, his employer ESPN said "ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.“
Christ sounded a warning thousands of years ago, He warned that the time would come, when those who take a stand on the word of God would do so at a great price. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matt 10:22. Now that it is evident that this prophecy is being fulfilled and the great persecution of the church has began, many believers are ill prepared to deal with it. Most believers seem to be in a state of shell shock. They are totally ill prepared to deal with the LGBT backlash which is being directed toward those who stand on the word.
Many church pulpits have not sought to prepare the believers for the consequences that comes as a result of taking a stand on the scriptures. We are told to be armed with a mind set, which is willing to suffer for the stand we take. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1st Pet 4:1.
Instead of the believers being taught to arm themselves in this manner, the message that draws the crowds today is the one that tells the believers to expect, name and great wealth and prosperity. (I am not against having money, if you think I am, send me some and see if I send it back..smile).
Starting in the 1980s, the "name and claim your prosperity" gospel became very popular among the believers. This message proclaimed that with the proper faith technique, perfect health, fabulous wealth, and worldly success, was there for the taking. Therefore the focus of many believers was on four basic items. 1. prominence, 2. power, 3. possessions, and 4. position. There was hardly any mention of enduring trais and persecutions, in fact the believers were assured that they would be raptured from the earth, before the end time tribulation began.
YOU CAN NOW BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS- Aaron and Melissa Klein thought that they still had the right to take a stand in our great country : The owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel According to The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry , the lesbian couple suffered great angst. One of the women “felt depressed and questioned whether there was something inherently wrong with the sexual orientation she was born with.” They said she had “difficulty controlling her emotions and cried a lot.” “The other woman “experienced extreme anger, outrage, embarrassment, exhaustion, frustration, intense sorrow and shame” simply because the Kleins refused to provide them with a wedding cake.”
As a result the Kleins have suffered greatly. Their business was subjected to boycotts and pickets. LGBT activists and their supporters threatened any wedding vendor that did business with their bakery. Mrs. Klein said her five children were subjected to death threats. Eventually, the bullying became so severe the family had to shut down their retail store and Mr. Klein had to take a job picking up garbage. Today, Mrs. Klein continues to make cakes in her home. Today anyone who dares to publicly take a stand for the basic moral guidelines, which our country was founded on, can expect to be subjugated to a all out witch hunt. If you own a business the intolerance level is now so intense, you may be driven out of business. The viciousness of the attacks upon you, your family, your business, etc, knows no limits.
YOU NOW RUN THE RISK OF NOT BEING HIRED IN THE FIRST PLACE--- There has been a dramatic increase of discrimination, and intolerance against those of us who still stand on the basic moral principles our nation was founded on. Most companies have jumped on the bandwagon of all inclusiveness and tolerance for all, (tolerance for All except those who still seek to stand on certain basic moral guidelines).
EVEN OUR STATES ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM ECONOMIC ATTACKS. The state of North Carolina North is facing economic boycotts because of their rest room law. Certain activist groups were upset because of North Carolina’s restroom laws. The law states men and women were to use biologically correct bathrooms. The law prevents female students from having to share a bathroom or locker room with biological males. This law known as, “HB2” was passed hurriedly during a special one-day session in March. Most of the attention has focused on the bill’s transgender-restroom conditions: It requires that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than their gender identity, in public facilities, including schools.
The bill’s backers say this is essential to avoid sexual abuse in bathrooms and locker rooms, while its opponents note that sexual abuse by transgender people is practically unheard of, while attacks against transgender people are common. Since then, there has been a financial backlash leveled at the state of N.C.
PayPal has canceled plans to build a new operations center in Charlotte, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned state employees from making nonessential work trips to North Carolina, and composer Stephen Schwartz has announced that he will not allow his musicals to be performed in the state. Support for the move poured in from equal rights groups as well.
The NCAA announced that it is pulling all of its championship events from the state of N.C. As part of here campaign stand Hilary Clinton, used a statement where she said that the organization was "right to pull the games," adding, "Discrimination has no place in America.“NCGOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller puts forth the following argument to no avail, “This is so absurd it's almost comical.
I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men's and women's teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA's logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women's bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women's team?”
Even ones wealth is not enough to protect them from this relentless onslaught. Brendan Eich, was forced to resign as CEO of Mozilla Corp, a silicon-valley tech company that’s known for the Firefox web browser. He was forced out after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to a political campaign in support of Prop 8, California’s referendum to ban gay marriage.
There are LGBT websites which list many of the companies they deem to be gay friendly. It’s not a farfetched notion that one day soon, These various companies Job applications may ask, if you are in favor or same sex marriages, and restrooms which are open to all, etc, If the only acceptable answer if you want to get hired is “yes I’m in favor” what choice do you have?
SHUTTING DOWN YOUR CHURCH?? A LOSS OF TAX EXEMPTION???--- University of Illinois law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson says it’s possible that institutions will be pressured to give ground on gay marriage by federal authorities: Such as the Internal Revenue Service, which could take away an institution’s tax-exempt status. She notes, for example, that the federal government now reads its laws against sex discrimination “to include sexual orientation discrimination, which opens a whole layer of potential threat” to religious organizations.
There is already a push in our western society to penalize those religious institutions, who opt to maintain their religious stance against same sex unions. A CALL FOR CHURCHES TO LOSE THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS???? In a stunning statement, Jeran Artery, Chairman of Wyoming Equality argued that churches who do not support same sex marriage should lose their tax exempt status. “Churches that lobby to have freedoms and rights taken away from ANYONE should absolutely have their 501(c)3 status revoked!!”
Many today are indifferent to what is taking place in regards to the LGBT movement. That attacks against those who refuse to go along with the LGBT agenda, is viewed as, “their problem.” Many erroneously think that they are safe and that their rights are free speech and liberty are safe. Therefore they hold their peace. Besides many will say I am not into all that religious stuff. To each his own, live and let live, who am I to judge.”
There are those who say that they are the way they are by birth. When we as believers share the good news that Jesus spoke of a new birth, that brings true change, we are shouted down, for being bigoted and insensitive. In the next chapter we address this issue. CAN CLICK ON BOOK COVER AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO GO TO THE NEXT CHAPTER.
BY BIRTH OR BY CHOICE?
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