When the day comes, and it is soon coming, the word of God says: “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: 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” (Revelation 13:16-17).
The key word here is “…causeth…”: The devil, aka Satan can only “cause” those who he has power over to receive the mark of the beast. For those that believe in and follows Jesus Christ, the devil has no power over because “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17). “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ: (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
Every day, we must do as the Apostle Paul said: “Fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12).
The mention or sight of these words stirs up fear and fearfulness into untold numbers of people. However, the Holy Scriptures says: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
“For God is love” (1 John 4:8).
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 4:26).
Jesus Christ says: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
“I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
Let us keep looking up to the stars at night holding fast to the promise of our Lord, Savior and King Jesus Christ, saying:
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).
“And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 2:28-29).
When time ends on the Last Day, the Day of Judgment, “Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:11).
Let us standfast, stedfast and strengthening each other enduring eveyday to the end; and to spread the gospel of peace to turn people to righteousness to follow Jesus Christ.
“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death” (Proverbs 12:28).
“They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
Once we have come to knowledge of the truth through the gospel, we faithfully follow Jesus Christ everyday, and pray always to endure to the end: “For surely there is an end” (Proverbs 23:18).
Knowing that this heaven and earth will pass away, every human being would be wise to take heed of God’s warning to come to repentance of sins (Mark 1:15) (John 3:16-18) to inherit eternal life in Paradise because the alternative is Perdition: the second death in the lake of fire.
In the Book of Revelation John foresaw the Day of Judgment, saying: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15).
Absolutely nothing in this world on this earth will be remembered except the word of God: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17).
Jesus says: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
“Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39–40).
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
Following Jesus is not on today, then off tomorrow; then on again the next day: We must faithfully follow Jesus Christ daily!
Jesus expressly commanded this when he told his disciples, saying: “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [DAILY], and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
This is of utmost importance because we do not know when the time is: in other words, we do not know when we will pass away. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Once we daily take up our cross and follow Jesus daily we are at peace knowing that on the Last Day, the Day of Judgment, “… the dead in Christ shall rise first…” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living” (Romans 14:7-9).
Jesus preached throughout his mission and is still relevant to this today, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch” (Mark 13:33-34).
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37).
“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen” (Romans 15:33).
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death” (Revelation 2:10-11).
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:10-13).
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:16-17).
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), says: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3).
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
“I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).