Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.
The Bible teaches that in the Tribulation, the Antichrist will deceive the people with signs and wonders. They will be deceived into worshipping his image. They will also be given the chance to receive the Mark of the Beast, which is needed to buy and sell in the Tribulation. The number of the Beast is 666. The people that take the Mark would later receive a sore and finally be cast into the Lake of Fire to burn for Eternity at the end. Those who did not take the Mark have their heads cut off, but will be saved from Hell.
Revelation 13:15 "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. 16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Revelation 16:2 "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 19:20 "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Revelation 15:2 "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and 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 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
People used to believe that the Mark of the Beast was the barcode found on items in stores. It is not the Mark of the Beast, but one of the first forerunners for the Mark. Shockingly, the numbers 666 can be found in most barcodes with the first, middle and last bar representing the number six.
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Today there is a microchip implant for humans. This chip is an integrated circuit device that is in a silicate glass and is implanted inside the HAND. This subdermal implant contains an ID NUMBER that is linked to information in an external database. The information it holds today is personal ID, medical information and contact information. They say that the medical risks can be a SORE, such as cancer or a tumor.
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I honestly believe that the Rapture is about to take place at any time. I am also thankful that the Bible teaches a Pretribulation Rapture because those who are saved now will not have to go through the seven year Tribulation (1 Cor. 15:49-53, 1 Thes. 4:13-18). We are in the last church period before the Tribulation called Laodicea(Revelation 3:14-22) and the signs of the last days of the Church Age are already here (2 Timothy 3:1-7).
The United Nations(Revelation 13:7, 19:19), Roman Catholic Church(Revelation 17) and the world have been paving the way for the Antichrist to come and have people accept him. The one world government talked about in the book of Revelation can be easily set up by the United Nations. The Pope on the seven hills, who is a forerunner of the Antichrist already meets inside the United Nations building (Zechariah 11:17, Daniel 11:37).
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Now there is a strong forerunner for the Mark of the Beast, the microchip implant that contains a NUMBER. In the Tribulation, this chip will be able to locate any person and also allow them to buy and sell. Those who rightly divide the Bible understand that in the Tribulation, unless you take the Mark you will be poor because without the Mark you cannot buy or sell(James 5:1-6). Notice how the side effects of the microchip can cause a SORE, just like the real Mark of the Beast will cause in the last of the Tribulation.
There are too many coincidences to say that the Tribulation is not close. If you are saved you will not have to worry because you will be Raptured before it comes, but if you are lost without Christ then you are in for much trouble. I plead that you will get saved right now by realizing you are a sinner and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone(Romans 10:9-19). If you do not get saved now and go into the Tribulation then faith alone cannot save you from Hell. You will have to have faith and works like taught in the many verses in Hebrews through Revelation(James 2:24). If you take the Mark of the Beast then you cannot be saved. To be saved in the Tribulation, you must resist the Mark and doing this will result in your head being cut off.
Note: The Mark of the Beast will turn into a white spot like leprosy (Lev. 13:13, 53). This is not for certain, but it could be possible that those that take the Mark of the Beast can be saved by repenting and getting baptized by Moses and Elijah (Acts 2:38, 2 Kings 5:1, 1 Peter 3:21). I WOULDN'T TAKE THE RISK!...
TRUST JESUS CHRIST NOW AND WITNESS TO YOUR FRIENDS,
SO THAT YOU NOR THEM WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION!
2 Corinthians 6:2 "..now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.."