In the YNCA article titled ‘Why Should You Worry’ there was given a background historical outline that showed the actions taken by men that led to World Wars I and II. In that article, there is some history that was prophesied in the Bible and is of great concern to Christians around the world. The scriptures are replete with symbols that require knowledge of the scriptures in Greek and Hebrew, along with history to help in the understanding of the scriptures and help reveal the meanings of the scriptural symbols that have important significance to the salvation of mankind.
Many people have heard about the mark of the beast in the Bible, but few understand the true meaning of this symbol in the scriptures believing that in the end times many people will have some physical mark on their bodies that will identify them as doomed to destruction or lost to the Creator’s plan of salvation.
2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
The people who worship the image of the beast and have the mark of the beast will have some type of type of loathsome sore that is malignant on them; this means the sore will spread apparently from person to person.
We find in the book of Revelation chapter 19 verses 20 and 21 the beast that gives the loathsome mark works with a false prophet who deceived people into receiving the mark of the beast. Both the beast and the false prophet are defeated and captured by the one who comes from heaven leading his armies, sitting on a symbolic white horse, symbolizing power and speed, and are thrown into the lake of fire.
In Revelation chapter 19 verse 21 the ones who were following the beast and false prophet were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one sitting on the white horse who is identified as King of Kings. We also find in the book of Matthew chapter ten verse 34 that the Messiah Yahshua would have a sword he would use to turn people against one another. Yahshua is recorded in the scriptures as saying he did not come to bring peace to earth but a sword.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
The scriptures also identify just what the sword is Yahshua would wield when he came to earth.
7 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Elohim. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
The scriptures clearly identify the sword that comes from the mouth of Yahshua is the word of Elohim, the very words that have been given to mankind in the scriptures, commonly known as the Bible.
12 For the word of Elohim is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
As further substantiation that it is Yahshua who wields the double-edged sword from his mouth, the word of Elohim, read in the book of Revelation, chapter one, about the one who appears to the Apostle John and has the two-edged sword coming out of his mouth read Revelation 1:12-18.
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Now we can understand that the beast and the false prophet that cause people to receive the mark of the beast, will be thrown into the lake of fire by Yahshua; the people who follow the beast and false prophet will be killed by the word of Elohim that was spoken by Yahshua and recorded in the scriptures also describe enough about the beast and the false prophet to allow for their identification. In the book of Daniel an angel describes just who or what the symbolic beast described in the book of revelation is to Daniel in a vision means
19 “Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 “I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.
The beast described in Daniel chapter seven is called a fourth beast which has ten horns on its head and another horn before which three of the ten horns fell and that horn was very boastful and appeared larger than the three horns which fell before this horn. The angel gave a description to Daniel that will help identify the beast and false prophet.
23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom, ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25’He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26’But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever
The scriptures tell the fourth beast is a kingdom that follows three kingdoms and the fourth kingdom will have several kings; three of which will yield their power to another king or horn that is very boastful will speak against the saints and the Most High. This king will attempt to make alterations in the times and the law; the saints will be given into his hand for some period of time. The beast is described several times in the scriptures but another identifying characteristic is found in Revelation chapter 13.
3:1 And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head, a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6 He opened his mouth to blaspheme Yahweh and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
In these verses, we learn more about the beast that will help reveal its identity. The beast had one head that seemed to have a fatal wound, but the fatal wound was healed. Satan symbolized by a dragon has given his authority to the beast with the head with the fatal wound that was healed, and men worshiped Satan through the beast. A second beast, symbolized as a little king that appeared larger than the other kings in the fourth beast government was given a mouth that was to utter blasphemies and to have authority for a period of time. All inhabitants of the earth, many tribes, and peoples that speak different languages and will reside in different parts of the earth will worship this beast with the boastful mouth.
The scriptures give more details about this beast that is also a kingdom that had three kings fall before it and this kingdom (another beast that works in conjunction with the fourth beast government to deceive the world) will wage war with people who are religious, called saints in the scriptures.
11 Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14 Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Here is information on the second beast (a king) that is the horn that has a boastful mouth full of blasphemies that exercises authority on behalf of the fourth beast which is a kingdom, (with several kings). This beast, a smaller government, is a king that appears larger than the other kings of the fourth beast government that had what appeared to be a fatal wound but was healed. This beast has a boastful mouth full of blasphemies that causes people all over the world to worship the fourth beast government. This beast king has the appearance of a lamb; the same symbol used for the Messiah, but has two horns and speaks like the dragon, the symbol of Satan. This is the beast that causes many people to receive the mark of the beast on their right hands and in their foreheads symbolizing their minds. This beast also makes war with the saints and wins over them until Yahshua returns to earth to establish his government.
The scriptures inform the world that the fourth beast kingdom will still be in existence when the Messiah returns to earth to establish his everlasting government. The fourth beast government will be comprised of least ten kingdoms one of which is different than the others and is a religious government that will have power supported by the larger fourth beast government to causing people all over the world to be deceived and to receive the mark of the beast. The fourth beast government came after three governments that have fallen.
In the book of Daniel, there is a description of three governments that rise and fall before a fourth government rises. These three governments are generally agreed upon by Bible scholars and history scholars to be the government of the Babylonians, symbolized by the lion in 626- 539 BCE, Medo-Persia, 539-330 BCE, symbolized by the bear and Greece 330-63 BCE, symbolized by the goat. You can read about these kingdoms and Daniel’s vision concerning them in the book of Daniel chapter 2, 3 and 8.
The Roman Republic was formed in 509 BC and expanded its influence and control in what is today known as Italy during its existence. In 44BC the man who had been a virtual dictator, in the Roman Republic, by systematically overpowering his political rivals, was assassinated by jealous s members of the Roman Senate.
In 27 BC Gaius Octavius became ruler of The Roman government that subsequently became known as the Roman Empire because Gaius Octavius solidified his power by defeating his political enemies. He assumed absolute power of the government and was given the title of Augustus, which means exalted or holy one.
The reign of Augustus from 27 BC until 14 AD was the beginning of the expansion of the Roman Empire or the fourth government described in the book of Daniel. The Roman Empire expanded its control and influence throughout the territory known today as modern Europe. The Roman Empire took control of Greece, Egypt, Palestine, and other large amounts of territory. The Roman Empire was comprised of not just the people of Italy, but citizenship was granted to the peoples of conquered territories as well.
The Roman emperors wisely included peoples of conquered lands onto the Roman political structure, not having any power over the central government of Rome, but by bestowing power over regional territories and by allowing them to accumulate wealth by power of office, thus the central Roman rulers secured the loyalty of many conquered peoples to Roman rule.
The Roman rulers generally were tolerant of the social mores’ of the conquered peoples including their various religions and gods. One exception was in the region called Judea where the last visible tribe of Israel known as Jews led several rebellions against Roman rule and as a result, the Jews were defeated, their temple in Jerusalem destroyed and their Jewish priesthood dismantled.
The Roman Empire was comprised of a strong central figure at its head with power distributed throughout its body by strong but less powerful regional rulers and still less powerful rulers comprised of conquered peoples of different nations in the remote areas of the empire. In remote areas, the Roman Emperors allowed the rulers of the conquered peoples to remain in power. These local rulers were called subject kings and they were responsible to regional rulers put in place by the head of the Roman government the Emperor.
An example of this form of local government was in Palestine that included Judea. Herod the Great was allowed to remain as a local ruler after the Romans conquered the area of Palestine, which included Judea, in 63 BC. Herod was initially given his power by Mark Anthony, but after Anthony’s defeat by Gaius Octavius Herod was allowed to remain the ruler of Palestine. Herod was subject to the authority of Pontius Pilate wealthy roman that belonged to the equestrian order.
40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
The Roman Empire was a fourth kingdom that was strong even though it was comprised of different peoples and even though it was strong it did not remain.
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. 24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
This fourth kingdom is the fourth after the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar as described in the book of Daniel chapter 2 verse 37. The scriptures are clear, when compared to history, as to the identity of the fourth kingdom and when more is compared from the scriptures to history it becomes even clearer as to the identity of the fourth beast.
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head, a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. 4 Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”
When the history of the Roman Empire is studied, it is learned that the Empire was in disarray and slowly disintegrating, beginning in 180 A.D. when Commodus became Emperor. After Commodus, the Severan Dynasty ruled from AD 193-235. These rulers were not successful in maintaining the efficient rule established by Octavian and many years of civil war took place causing the disintegration of efficient rule from Rome by Emperors. The Empire was on the brink of collapse when in AD 312 Constantine invaded Italy and won a significant battle of the Milvian Bridge. Before this battle, Constantine claimed he had a vision of a cross that had the inscription “In this sign, you will be the victor” Constantine took this vision to mean the God of the Christians had great power and that he must allow this sign to flourish.
Constantine declared the Edict of Milan in which he proclaimed religious tolerance including Christianity. Constantine declared himself a Christian and brought together the Catholic Church from both Rome and Byzantium at the Council of Nice where the Catholic Church established the doctrine of the Trinity, established Easter, and changed the Sabbath from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week. In 330 AD Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire that came under his sole rule to the old Greek City of Byzantium and renamed the city Constantinople and in 337 AD Constantine declared Christianity as the favored religion of the Roman Empire.
The power of the beast government of Rome declined and was declared dead by a Byzantine historian. In fact, the last ruler of the combined western and eastern portions of the Roman Empire was Theodosius 1. At his death in AD 395, he left the eastern portion of the empire to his 18-year-old son Arcadius and the western portion to his 10-year-old son Honorius. The western portion was subsequently led by a series of weak leaders that could wield no real power over the population in the western portion of the Roman Empire.
In AD 476 Germanic Troops mutinied and elected a Gothic commander as king. This king, Odoacer, was the first Germanic ruler of the empire and removed Romulus Augustulus from power and exiled him to Constantinople. This head of the beast government appeared to receive a fatal wound.
In 800 AD Pope Leo, the Third anointed Charles the Great who became known as Charlemagne Emperor of the Romans because he had come to Leo’s aid when the Pope was being threatened by a rebellion in Rome. Pope Stephen 11 had also anointed Charlemagne’s father Pepin as a ruler because he agreed to protect the Pope’s land when Pepin was the ruler of the Franks. Charlemagne launched military campaigns against the Saxons the Lombard’s and other peoples of the former Western Roman Empire and forced them to become Christians.
Charlemagne established some key innovations in his government in which he gave large tracts of land to local rulers for their support. These men became known as counts and the territories became known as counties. The counts were kings in miniature because they had judicial, administrative and military authority in their counties. Charlemagne also established a parallel church district that became known as a diocese headed by a bishop with authority for matters of the church. Both counts and bishops were vassals of Charlemagne and were overseen by Charlemagne’s representatives known as missi dominici who traveled throughout the empire overseeing economic and legal matters on Charlemagne’s behalf.
Charlemagne was instrumental in reviving the culture of the western empire by causing the church to codify its’ laws or canonizing these laws and instructing bishops and abbots to set up schools to train clerics and monks. The training was done in Latin that promoted the standardization of a common language. The simplified handwriting that was developed in this period was known as Carolingian minuscule and is the ancestor of the modern printed alphabet.
Charlemagne was responsible for reestablishing the power to the western portion of the Roman Empire by uniting the Christian lands of Western Europe and establishing the power of the church and the groundwork for the establishment of a new political entity the German state. Charlemagne’s rule became the model for future kings in the Holy Roman Empire by the fusing of the Germanic, Roman and Christian’s cultures that became the basis of the European civilization. An interesting footnote is that the word king is taken from the Germanic name for Charlemagne ‘Karl’.
The Holy Roman Empire is considered by most of the world to no longer exist, but the culture of the Empire does still exist and according to the scriptures will exist until the Kingdom of heaven is established on earth. In the Holy Roman Empire, there were a number of kings that coexisted with the papacy until the Roman Catholic Church was able to establish itself as a kingdom separate from the other kingdoms of the empire with its headquarters in an independent state known today as the Vatican. This Kingdom exists with the help and support of the governments of the world but depends mostly on its support from the cultures of Europe.
The Catholic Church has spawned offspring that are largely known as Protestants that believe, for the most part, the same doctrines as the Roman Catholic Church with the exception they claim little or no allegiance to the office of the Pope, but still adhere to the doctrines of Christianity that the world is forewarned about in the scriptures.
The scriptures predict the formation of this fourth beast government that will have ten kings and a king will arise that will appear different than the other kings and three kings will give their power to this different king. There is also a description of a second beast that appears like a lamb, symbolizing peaceful religion, but speaks with the voice of a dragon, symbolizing Satan, and blasphemes the name of the creator
2 Thess 2:2-4
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The identity of the man of sin has been the subject of speculation among people who have studied the scriptures for hundreds of years. The revelation of the man of sin can be achieved with the study of scriptures and history. The man of sin is titled the man of lawlessness in the later editions of the English Bible that succeed the King James Version.
By comparing the scriptures in both the old and new testaments it can be seen that the man of lawlessness has the same characteristics as the little horn (Dan. 7:8&11—7:20-25) the second beast (Rev. 13:11-17), another king (Dan. 7:24 &11:36&8:23)
The fourth beast, which is a government, on which little horns or smaller kings reside, gives power to the smaller kings and to one of the kings that is different from the other smaller kings also has the same characteristic as another symbol that opposes the saints and the host of heaven. This symbol is none other than the Dragon symbolizing Satan that is cast down to earth to mislead the entire world (Rev. 12:3).
In the book of Revelation chapter 17, there is an account of a woman who sits on a beast that has seven heads and ten horns or kings just like the fourth beast kingdom. This symbolic woman is described in chapter 17 of revelation as a prostitute and a great city that rules over the kings of the earth. This prostitute and great city rides on the back of the fourth beast government and controls many peoples and tribes on the earth.
The symbolic woman was symbolically dressed as royalty and was responsible for the spilling of the blood of the saints and was responsible for much adultery that symbolizes idolatry (Strong’s #4202).
A study of history and the scriptures will provide the information to allow for the identification of the fourth beast, which appeared to have a fatal wound to one of its heads, Western Europe, and Charlemagne revived that head. Charlemagne combined the power of the fourth beast government with the power of a little king that was different from other kings to allow for the rise of the second beast (false religion) with an office with the appearance of royalty (the head of the Christian church also symbolized as a woman prostitute which had power over many tribes of many different languages.
The false religion has a head, the ministry that changed the law and the time (it taught that is was no longer necessary to keep the law, commandments and the Sabbath was changed to the first day of the week from the seventh day). Also, the leadership of this false religion changed the Holy Days in the scriptures to pagan holidays and changed the Calendar from the agrarian Calendar in the scriptures to a calendar based on the earth’s rotation around the Sun.
The man (men) of lawlessness are the head of false religion that rides on the culture of western civilization that appear as royalty leaders of (Christian churches) who teach that it is acceptable to blaspheme the name of Yahweh, to break the commandments by not keeping the law, and to work on Holy Days.
The false religious leaders look religious but speak to deceive the whole world with their false messages leading people to disobey the creator. False religion is throughout the entire world, Revelation 12:9, and most people do not follow the scriptures.
The beast government and its false prophets have deceived people into breaking the laws of Elohim and the world has become lawless according to the scriptures. Most people think (symbolized by their foreheads) it is acceptable to work on the Holy Days (symbolized by their hands) it is not according to the scriptures.
These people who disobey the laws and commands of Elohim by following the laws established by false religion (symbolized by a beast that looks like a lamb but has the horns of a goat) appear to Elohim as having a malignant sore.
The people who have been deceived by the false prophets (the beast with the appearance of a lamb with horns) that work through the woman prostitute (Christian churches) that covers many people and languages throughout the world, that ride on the back of western culture (the beast that supported and protected Christianity) will suffer a very unpleasant fate.
9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10 he, too, will drink of the wine of Elohim’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”
When the terrible fate, described in the scriptures, befalls to those people who were disobedient to Yahweh; they will have no justifiable excuse for their sinful actions during their lifetime. Those who were deceived by false teachers and ignored the commandments of Elohim will suffer the fate, detailed in the scriptures printed in the bible made readily available for them to read, that will be very unpleasant and permanent.
When the time of judgment comes to those who willingly allowed themselves to be marked figuratively with the mark of man’s government and man’s religion it will be horrible and too late to change their ways and they will be thrown into the lake of fire for eternal death.
When studying the scriptures, it is very important to remember that Yahweh uses symbols and figurative speech. Why would the creator use symbols and figurative speech in his book of life the scriptures, which followed, would lead to eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven?
25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’
These scriptures may seem difficult to understand unless one is willing to spend many hours studying not only the scriptures but also history. The Creator of all things, including man, has a plan for mankind and for some, the plan is magnificent, while for others not so much.
While much of the world believe that the Mark of the Beast is a physical mark on people they are missing the true meaning of this symbol described in the scriptures.
The scriptures written by several men over centuries compiled in a book widely held by many people called the Bible has been provided by Yahweh and reveals his plan for mankind. However, as his Son Yahshua, called falsely Jesus in the Bible. stated to his disciples the scriptures were not for everyone to understand.
Studying the scriptures intently and being willing to reject the false teachings of manmade religious doctrines, plus a willingness to accept the scientific evidence of a universe created by a logical superior being or beings is a necessity along with acceptance of that superior being’s rules by which to live to understand Elohim’s plan for mankind.
The Mark of the Beast appears as a malignant sore as described in Revelation 16:2. When this scripture is examined in the Greek Interlinear scriptures Mark of the Beast is an ulcer that is harmful and figuratively calamitous. Greek adjectives: NT:4190 poneros NT:2556 kakos
(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
In plain language, Yahweh views the Mark of the Beast (religious and civilian governments of man that strongly influences man’s behavior) as a harmful and injurious ulcer that is the result of men disobeying the Creators rules.
Those people who don’t take the time or make the effort to learn what Yahweh has given them to read the scriptures and follow the scriptures will injure themselves severely. Of course, Yahweh will easily observe who follows his rules and the example of the Son he sent to the world versus those who openly defy his commands. These people have been warned in writing for centuries how to live and not live their lives. Most will choose not to take the time to read and understand the words and works of Yahweh, to their harm.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity.
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies.
do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
1 “See, I am against you, O arrogant one,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty, “for your day has come, the time for you to be punished.
32 The arrogant one will stumble and fall and no one will help her up; I will kindle a fire in her towns that will consume all who are around her.”
Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
There is good news. Those who have the Mark of the Beast can have it removed!! Read the scriptures and seek knowledge from Yahweh, obey his rules and your future is more wonderful than you can imagine.
1 Cor 2:6-9
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”—
The choice is yours; choose wisely.