Present Truth Part 15
14:9 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, 14:10 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: 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:9-11 (Emphasis supplied).
Both the seal of God and the mark of the beast come as a result of worship: You either worship God 24/7 or you worship the beast 24/7, there is no middle ground. This is why the present truth gospel for this generation starts with the call to worship God (Revelation 14:7) and the ends with a call not to worship the beast or his image (Revelation 14:9-11). In between these two calls is the call to stop living by the lie that Satan has used to keep us confused concerning the 4th commandment which command us to worship God only, 24/7 (Revelation 14:8).
It is important to note that both the seal of God and the mark of the beast are received in the forehead (see Revelation 14:1 & 9). It is also important to note that the mark and seal is not so much an outer physical mark as much as an inner mental belief that influences whom we worship 24/7: Those who worship God will not have a physical seal on their foreheads but they will be sealed as far as what they believe and nothing the devil does will be able to shake them from their steadfast worship of God and God alone. I Timothy 6:6 tells us what that inner belief is:
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Only those who believe in and live by this truth will receive the seal of God because they will do what is required to live godly and that is:
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. I Timothy 6:11
Those who believe the lie, gain is godliness, will receive the mark of the beast because they believe they can pursue both the riches of this world and the righteousness of God. This belief makes it impossible to live godly because in order to do that we must, flee these things (the pursuit of money): and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness (I Timothy 6:11). I Timothy6:9 & 10 tells us why this is so. It says:
6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus makes it clear that those who try to serve both Him and mammon will end up loving and serving mammon 24/7 (see Matthew 6:24). This is why I Timothy 6:11 says the love of money is the root of all evil and those who covet after (pursue it) will err from the faith and be pierced through with many sorrows.
Be honest with yourself, what principle has guided your life the most: Gain is godliness or Godliness with contentment is great gain.
In my next blog I will deal with why the seal of God is only received in the forehead and why the mark of the beast is received in both the forehead and the right hand. Until then I leave you with this scripture to continue to ponder and pray over:
6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:24-33