The Mark of the Beast

The Open Bible Studies Number Twenty-Four

God's special warning

What threefold warning does the third angel give?

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:" Revelation 14:9-10.

Note — The beast represents the papacy; the image to the beast represents another ecclesiastical body dominating the civil power. And over against the seal of God stands the mark of the beast, the mark of apostasy. Against this false and idolatrous worship and the reception of this mark, God sends this solemn warning.

 

What power is to enforce a certain mark?

"And he (the two horned beast" causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:" Revelation 13:16.

Note — The two horned beast is understood to represent the United States Of America. As this nation repudiates her principles of civil and religious liberty and becomes a persecution power, other nations will follow her example in oppressing those who refuse to yield their allegiance to God.

 

persecution of commandment keepers

How will the dragon treat God's remnant people?

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17.

 

How far will the enforcement of this mark be urged?

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 15:2.

 

Over what do the people of God finally gain the victory?

"And I saw . . . them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." Revelation 15:2.

 

How is the remnant church described?

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17.

 

Question — Which is the Sabbath day?

Answer — Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Question — Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?

Answer — "We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." — Peter Geiermann, the Convert's Catechism of Catholics Doctrine (1946 ed.), p 50. Geiermann received the "apostolic blessing" of Pope Pius X on his labors, Jan. 25 1910.

 

In all matters of religion, whose commands should we obey?

"We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29.

"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Matthew 4:10.

 

Through what agency will Satan cause deception in the last days?

"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he . . . deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;" Revelation 13:11-14.

Note. — This, we understand, refers to spiritualistic manifestations and miracles to be wrought to fasten men in error and deception.

 

What will influence the nations to gather for the battle of the day of God?

"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Revelation 16:14.

 

Why will men be allowed to fall under the delusion of Satan?

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.

 

Why did Jesus partake of our nature?

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" Hebrews 2:14.

 

What was Christ's weapon against Satan?

The word of God "It is written" (See Matthew 4:4-10)

"And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. John 5:16.

 

Why did Cain kill Abel?

"For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous." 1 John 3:11, 12.

 

Who does Paul say will suffer persecution?

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12.

 

What final call to come out of Babylon is to go forth?

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18:4, 5.

 

What will be the first plague and upon whom will it fall?

"And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Revelation 16:2.

 

What has Daniel said of this time?

"And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." Daniel 12:1. (See Ezekiel 7:15-19.)

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