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Which Mark?

I have a hard time making decisions, especially when faced with a menu.  I usually find out what my husband is having and then pick the same thing just so I won’t feel bad if his meal looks better than mine!  What if I make the wrong choice?  Well, the stakes aren’t too high in that case…

In the end, though—I’ve been reading the book of Revelation at the end of the Bible—a decision must be made.  Every person on earth will have to decide whether he will accept a mark on his forehead or hand (a chip, maybe) that identifies him as a subject of the world ruler (a.k.a. “the mark of the beast,” Rev. 13:16-17)—OR whether he will accept on his forehead the name of Jesus Christ and God the Father (Rev. 14:1; 22:4).  You must decide whose side you’re on! 

What are the implications of your choice?

If you go with the majority and accept the mark of the world ruler, you will …
–be able to buy, sell, and carry on the business of life for a while (13:17)
–experience eternal torment, with no rest forever (14:9-11)

If you refuse to confirm and and accept God’s name on your forehead, you will…
–be deprived of the necessities of life (no buying/selling) for a while (13:17)
–live joyfully in God’s bright presence forever (3:12; 14:1; 22:4)
–reign forever and ever with Him (22:4)

Which will you choose?  Will it be the temporary comfort or the lasting joy and pleasure?

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