There has been a lot of speculation about the Beast of Revelation, trying to pin down who he is. While we can’t identify the Beast as an individual, his role is to cause trouble for the people of God–that much is clear. Revelation explains his role thus: “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13:7, KJV)
Verse 8 goes on to explain the great division in the people of the world: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the beast], whose names are not written in the book of life…” So we have two camps: those who are WITH the Beast, and those with whom the Beast is making war, whom Revelation identifies as saints, or people having their names in the Book of Life.
Now there is a lot of symbolism here, and I don’t think the Bible intends that we have to give a specific identity to this Beast in order to understand what we are being taught. Likewise with the mark that it talks about later in the chapter. This mark could be a tattoo, could be some object, or it could be just a spiritual mark that you can’t actually see. But it goes on to say something very interesting about those who follow the Beast and those who don’t.
Revelation 13:17 says, “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.”
Now isn’t this what is happening in our country today? Here we have Donald Trump, who refuses to go along with the politically correct doctrines, and we have all these media companies (NBC, Univision, ESPN) saying, “We will not do business with you.” Add to that Macy’s and other companies. Isn’t this what Revelation told us would happen? If you don’t go along, you can’t buy or sell.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not equating Trump here with the people of God. I question his honesty. But one thing he is doing right now is defying the dogma of the day, which in Biblical terms I would call resisting the beast. So he is coming under fire. My point is the tactics of the Left and how they seem to be fulfilling prophecy.
We have Brendan Eich, the President of Mozilla, who lost his job because of his support for California’s Proposition 8. We have Aaron and Melissa Klein, the young Christian bakers in Oregon who turned down a lesbian wedding cake order in Oregon, who have since been fined $135,000, lost their business, and been ordered by the Oregon Labor Commissioner not to speak about it. We have Eric Moutsos, a police officer in Salt Lake City, who lost his job for merely ASKING (not demanding) for another role in a Gay Pride parade other than actually riding in the parade.
Aren’t these the beginnings of the fulfillment of this prophecy?
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