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. —Revelation 13:16-18

            What are some things we do know at this time from this passage?

  • The 2nd beast” will cause people from all walks of society world-wide to have an identification on their hand or forehead.
  • Without this identification a person will be unable to take part in the buying and selling markets— they will be forced out of the economy.
  • This identification is the name of the “beast” or the number of his name.
  • The one who is wise can calculate the number of the beast.
  • The number of the “beast” is the number of a man.
  • The number of that man is 666.

We can see how we have progressed toward this time when people will not be able to take part in the economy unless they have a particular identification and this identification will be directly implemented by the 2nd “beast.”  This 2nd “beast” also “makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.”  So we will see a world-wide economic system centrally controlled and we will have a world-wide religious system worshipping the 1st “beast” resurrected from the dead (Revelation 13:12).

In recent years we have seen how the whole world can be easily manipulated.  The covid virus was used, no doubt as a test run, for future satanic purposes.  The world readily complied to a handful of “experts.”  It will be similar when Satan seeks world-wide worship for himself.  That has always been his desire.  The world will be manipulated and deluded.

Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” —II Thessalonians 2:5-12

            Those who do not want to believe the Truth about God sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of all that call on Him— well, they will believe the satanic lie, a powerful delusion.  This will be impacting world-wide.  Of course, people can believe the Truth today about Jesus or they can believe the lie and delusion that all other beliefs bring.

            Christ-mas is the celebration of Christ.  It is the recognition that Jesus came to save us from our sins and to a relationship with God through Him.  But a person has to receive the gift (Romans 6:23).  So, brother and sister, let us be offering people that Gift!

Dear Father, by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus, Your Son, may I share the Truth of Christmas with others!

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