Sunday 21 September 2014

Mark of the Beast: Can you be saved from it?

Can someone be saved by taking the Mark of the Beast? The answer is a catergorical no.

This is what Revelation 14 says:
"Revelation 14:9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

While the nature of the mark as to whether it's physical or spiritual is disputed, one thing is as clear as day, those who are deceived by the Anti-Christ themselves shall not be saved.

The context is not a question of whether or not someone who has taken the mark has the oppotunity to repent, is an irrelevent point in the first place, because those who follow the Anti-Christ at the end of days will not have the incentive to actually repent.

There is a difference between an unforgivable sin and a sin that a person is not forgiven of because of their no repentance or lack thereof.

The people who take Anti-Christ's mark, do not have forgiveness robbed from them for one simple reason, They will not repent anyway and because they will not repent, they will not be forgiven.

The question of being forgiven after turning away from Anti-Christ is not even raised by the author of the book of Revelation, simply due to the fact that those are decieved by him will not seek forgiveness, hence it would be pointless to even suggest or entertain that idea.

Whether John Macarthur teaches this or not is another question but if this he is what he is teaching that one can be saved despite taking the mark, he has (I am not trying to be offensive towards him here) missed the point that the passage is trying to make.

Answering Judaism.

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