Revelation 14-16 ~ Day 117~ The angels can see your mark!

I don't often go back to old posts to see what I have written in the past, but today I was curious...what did I get of today's reading before?  Sadly, my memory is so bad, I read this post and thought, "Wow! I don't even remember writing that!  I like what it says!" Hahaha!!   So, I decided to repeat a lot of what was said and add a little more.

Let's talk a minute about that “mark of the beast” from chapter 13.  I always thought it was a literal mark that everyone would be able to see. Yet, one thing I know about Satan, he loves to imitate God. 
God marks his followers (Rev. 7:3).  We are already marked according to what Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13 and 4:30.  We are marked with the Holy Spirit.  It’s not a tattoo or implanted chip.  The proof that we have been marked with the Holy Spirt is that we have a repentive heart, we exhibit fruit of the Spirit, we are conforming to God’s commands and we have love for His people. 

So, why would I think that Satan’s mark is an obvious outward symbol that humans can see?  Maybe his mark is manifested by people doing the exact opposite to what is listed above as the mark of the Holy Spirit.
So, even though we humans can’t see obvious marks of who belongs to Satan and who belongs to God, the angels can!!!! And when it is time to reap the harvest, like we read about in ch. 14, it will be obvious to the angels on how to separate the two.

Today's reading says that first Jesus will swing his sickle (14:14) and then an angel swings his sickle to gather the grapes doomed for the wine press (14:19).  These verses remind me of what Jesus said in Mark 13:27, "And he will send out his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens." 
There will be a separating of people, those with the mark of Jesus from those with the mark of the beast.

Reading about the wrath of God can be uncomfortable, even for a Christian who will be saved from it.  However, my footnote made a good point: 
“But unless we face the necessity of God’s judgement we will never see our desperate need for his mercy.  A God with only a grandfatherly kindness would not inspire our repentance, obedience and worship.” 
Isn’t that the truth?!  
Those “fire and brimstone preachers (Edwards and Whitfield) of the 1700’s had it right!  That’s why their time in history was called “The Great Awakening”.  I think it’s time our culture wakes up again to the justice and mercy of God, because we are getting closer and closer to the harvest time!”
It's time now for people to choose which mark they want. You don't get the choice of no mark at all.  One mark is freely given by your choosing, the other will be forced on you (Rev. 13:16).  
I choose the mark of the Holy Spirit!  I want those angels to see clearly which way to send me when they start doing their separating!!


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