Rejecting the Beast’s mark!
Scripture reading for December 17th: Job 12-14, Psalm 100, Revelation 13
Key Scriptures: Revelation 13:15-18 “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”
Satan, during the last days of the tribulation, through the false prophet, caused an image of the antichrist to be set up to promote false worship. This image could talk and sought to deceive those who dwell on the earth. This beast image was given breath and a decree for all earth’s people to receive the antichrist’s mark, the mark of a man, “666”. This mark would be permanent on the forehead or the hand, and would be required to buy or sell goods or services. Thus the antichrist would put great pressure on all the world to worship Him and receive his mark, which was a counterfeit of God’s mark or seal on the 144,000 sealed in next chapter. The key thought here is the call for wisdom–666 is the number of a man who claims to be god. Be wise–don’t take the mark!
Psalm 100:3 “Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He Who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sealing me and those who believe on You with the mark of the Holy Spirit living in us. May You give wisdom to me now and to those who will live during the time of antichrist to reject the mark of the beast and worship You alone.
Job 14:13 “Oh that You would hide me in Sheol (the grave), that you would conceal me until Your wrath is past, that You would appoint for me a set time, and remember me!”