Super action packed days are ahead when the events surrounding the mark of the beast unfold. Of course, the issuing of the mark of the beast and the satanic reign of the antichrist has the attention of even the world in our hour. Too few seem to be fully aware of the ugly and painful sores which will break out on those who take the mark!
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. (Rev 16:1,2)
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. (Rev 16:10,11)
Observations About Those Painful and Ugly Sores:
- The first of the seven bowls of God’s wrath begins when painful and ugly sores break out on the bodies of those who took the mark, making those people alone the targets of this bowl of God’s wrath. So a temporal punishment even here before physical death is in store for those who sin in that way.
- Since such painful and ugly sores have NOT broken out on people across the world for any mark, ID card, etc. that they have already taken (and since no particular mark on the forehead or hand is presently needed to buy or sell) then we must conclude, based on scripture, the real mark of the beast is NOT out yet.
- The painful and ugly sores are not going to heal. At the point of the fifth bowl they are still present and inflicting agony. In fact, the eternally doomed people who have the mark, and the accompanying painful ugly sores, are in such agony they gnawed (or “chewed” Greek) their own tongues (which created more pain and agony)!
GREATEST DANGER: The sin of taking the mark of the beast is not forgivable, unlike what five point Calvinist John MacArthur and other false teachers declare. [It is to your spiritual DISadvantage to listen to or read anything from heretic John MacArthur.] Those who take the mark of the beast will be tormented with burning sulfur, as the angelic warning stated (Rev. 14:9-12).
The reign of the antichrist is only 42 months (Rev. 13:5) and it will be ended by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at Armageddon. Hence, for a Christian to defect by taking the mark, will cost him his salvation (over that single act) plus inflict him with extremely serious pain from ugly sores. He will only live another 42 months maximum in an utterly crazed society with the ability to buy or sell. Such is a most serious error, since the SOUL of man is his most valuable possession!