Saturday, April 27, 2019

Revelation 14-16 ~ Day 117~ Everyone is marked!

Everyone gets one!  Follower of Christ or follower of the Beast, everyone gets marked.

If you are a follower of Christ, an angel, "having the seal of the living God" will put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of God." (7:3)
What I read on Day 113, the 144,000 symbolize all of God's redeemed people.  That means you and me!  So, all redeemed people get a seal.  Well, isn't that familiar language?!!

We read about God sealing his people in 2 Corinthians, "Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come." (1:22)
Also, we read, "When you believe, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit." (Eph. 1:13)

As, for everyone else, those who don't follow Christ, well, they receive a mark as well. Who knows if it is visible or not. Theirs, like our "invisible mark", is on their foreheads as well or their right hand. Their mark indicates they follow the Sea Beast (which we know from yesterday's reading, represents multiple antichrists; so perhaps an ideology, not one person) (13:16).

So, everyone gets a mark!!  You either take the one God freely gives, or the one Satan "forces" (13:16) on you.  I cant' help but think of that saying, "Not making a decision is a decision."  This is truth for today, not some future time period.  God is already actively marking his followers!

I am so glad I have His mark!! I am especially glad after reading, "If anyone worships the beast and it's image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand they too, will drink the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath." (14:9-10) 😳

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