We see this phrase “Abomination of Desolation” in Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, and in the Old Testament book of Daniel, chapters 9 and 12. We talked briefly about the Abomination of Desolation in our previous post, linking it to the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 and also the opening of the 6th seal in Revelation 6. In Matthew 24, the Jewish people were given a very serious warning from their TRUE MESSIAH JESUS who DESCRIBED a FUTURE abomination of desolation by drawing their attention to the writings of the Old Testament Prophet Daniel. Jesus told them that when they SEE the abomination of desolation (AOD) STANDING in the Holy Place (Matthew 24)…where it ought not to be (Mark 13)… RUN for the MOUNTAINS. So great was the sense of urgency, that Jesus even warned them NOT to stop and get their belongings..just RUN!
Matthew 24: “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
Mark 13:14: “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
In both Matthew 24 and Mark 13, Jesus referred us BACK to the WRITINGS of the OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET Daniel. Jesus said “let the reader understand“….Let’s go back to the writings of the Prophet Daniel to see what he had to say…
Daniel 9:27: And he (antichrist) will make a firm covenant with the many for one week (7 years), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing (overspreading) of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
Daniel 11:31: “Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.
What in the world could this AOD possibly be? It is serious enough for Jesus to warn His Jewish brothers and sisters about. It also shows up in the Old Testament book of Daniel in more than one place and appears to be connected with the “regular (perpetual) sacrifice” and desecration of the Sanctuary (Temple). Daniel 9:27 indicates that this “AOD” event occurs in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation, so after 3.5 years. It apparently “stands” in the “Holy Place”, either Jerusalem or even the Jewish Temple, and it will bring DESOLATION. It is labeled both a DESECRATION (blasphemy, defilement, impiety, irreverence,profane, sacrilege), and a DESOLATION (state of emptiness, complete destruction).
As it so happens, this is the perfect week to talk about the abomination of desolation because it has it’s foreshadowing or “type” in Hanukkah. Tonight, December 27th at sunset, begins the 6th day of Hanukkah.
During the silent period between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, in the second century BC, the Holy Land was ruled by Antiochus IV, King of the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs. Antiochus’ followers eventually erected a Statue of the pagan god Zeus (the devil) and sacrificed an unclean animal (pig) on the alter in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Worship of anything other than the true Triune God, Elohim, is considered idolatry. Although the Jews do not yet recognize their MESSIAH YESHUA (Jesus), they do understand YHWH IS God the Father. Worship of ANY OTHER “god” is idolatry and is an abomination before God. The Greek word for abomination is bdelygma, which means a foul or detestable thing. Erecting a statue of Zeus in the Jewish Temple and sacrificing an unclean animal on the alter was considered to be the ultimate abomination. This is the DESECRATION of the SANCTUARY that was written about in Daniel 11:31. To complete the Jews’ “Hellenization” (converting to Greek culture), Antiochus banned the keeping of Sabbaths, Jewish Feast Days, circumcision, animal sacrifices, and even made possession of the Torah as a capital offense, punishable by death. Basically, Antiochus completely banned everything that was associated with the worship of YHWH. As you probably guessed, Antiochus is a FORESHADOW of the antichrist. Some Helenized (apostate) Jews were “okay” with these rules because they loved Greek culture, but the Jews who loved YHWH and believed in God’s Word (Torah) were not happy.
In the narrative of Maccabees, after Antiochus issued his decrees forbidding Jewish religious practice, a rural Jewish priest named Mattathias sparked the revolt against the Seleucid Empire by refusing to worship the Greek gods. Mattathias killed a Hellenistic Jew who stepped forward to offer a sacrifice to an idol in Mattathias’ place. He and his five sons fled to the wilderness of Judah. After Mattathias’ death about one year later in 166 BCE, his son Judas Maccabee led an army of Jewish dissidents to victory over the Seleucid dynasty. He destroyed pagan altars in the villages, circumcised boys and lived as a band of Jewish outlaws. The term Maccabees as used to describe the Jewish army is taken from the Hebrew word for “hammer”.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple following Judah Maccabee’s victory over the Seleucids. According to rabbinic tradition, the victorious Maccabees could only find a small jug of oil that had remained uncontaminated by virtue of a seal, and although it only contained enough oil to sustain the Menorah for one day, it miraculously lasted for eight days, by which time further oil could be procured. This happened during the “silent years” between the Old and New Testaments.
In the New Testament, Jesus chose to reveal HIS TRUE IDENTITY as the SON OF GOD, the MESSIAH, during Hanukkah, also called “The Feast of Dedication”. The miracle of the oil that kept the Temple Menorah lit miraculously for 8 days symbolizes God’s CONTINUOUS LIGHT for ETERNITY. This is why the celebration of Hanukkah is also called the “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”. JESUS, whose name Yeshua totals 888 in Biblical Hebrew gematria, IS the LIGHT OF THE WORLD and HIS LIGHT WILL CONTINUE FOREVER. What better time to reveal HIS TRUE IDENTITY.
John 10:22: At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. 24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
When Jesus spoke of the abomination of desolation in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24), His Disciples understood very well the imagery of the Maccabean revolt and Hanukkah. They KNEW about Antiochus IV and the IDOL of the Statue of Zeus that had been erected in the Jewish Temple. Jesus had just finished telling them that the stones of the Temple would be thrown down, not one stone left upon another. They understood that something LIKE what happened in the days of Antiochus IV, something like an IDOL DEFILING THE TEMPLE would again happen in the Last days, just before Jesus’ return. Is Jesus saying that the abomination of desolation is a Statue of Zeus that will be erected in the rebuilt Jewish Temple? We see that whatever this is, it should be recognizable to the Jewish people AND it is going to bring about DESOLATION. What is the AOD?
Daniel chapter 9 makes it seem very likely that the abomination of desolation is a PERSON, not a statue, because Daniel uses the phrase “ONE who makes desolate“. The meaning of desolate is to be laid waste, uninhabited, completely destroyed. The word for “wing” is kanaph meaning overspreading, edge, covering…”of birds, of cherubim, and abomination is about something impure, detestable, filthy, disgusting….an idol.
Daniel 9:27...but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; ON THE WING OF ABOMINATIONS will come ONE who makes DESOLATE, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
Daniel 9 makes it clear that this abomination of desolation is a person. God Almighty HAS ALREADY DECREED that this “ONE who makes desolate” will EVENTUALLY be COMPLETELY DESTROYED. Daniel 12 states that the abomination of desolation will be “set up” or “GIVEN OUT” (per the literal translation). If the AOD is a person, how can we understand those verses (“GIVEN OUT”)?
Daniel 12:11: From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
Literal translation of Daniel 12:11: and from the time of the turning aside of the perpetual [sacrifice], and to the giving out of the desolating abomination, [are] days a thousand, two hundred, and ninety.
Daniel 9:27 states that the antichrist will put a stop to sacrifice and oblation in the “middle of the week” (middle of the 7 year Tribulation). Daniel 12 says that from the time that the sacrifices are abolished (middle of the week according to Dan. 9:27), and the Abomination of desolation is set up” (given out), there will be 1290 days, which appears to be 30 days more than the 1260 day Great Tribulation.
You are not alone if you find this confusing. Many good Biblical Scholars have very different ideas about what all of this means; however, I will tell you that they nearly all agree that the abomination of desolation IS the antichrist. Matthew 24 warns the Jewish people that when they See the antichrist standing in the HOLY PLACE, they need to RUN for the MOUNTAINS! Mark 13 uses similar and yet SLIGHTLY different wording..admonishing the Jewish people to RUN to the MOUNTAINS when they see the antichrist standing where “it ought not to be“. Most Bible Scholars believe that this Holy Place, where it “ought not to be” will be the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Israel WILL rebuild the Temple, and the antichrist WILL stand in the Temple.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4: Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed (ANTICHRIST), the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (seat means “seat of authority”,not a literal “chair”.)
The antichrist is going to come into the Temple and display himself as being God, but he is NOT God! He is a FAKE, an ABOMINATION before the LORD. It says in Daniel that the antichrist will stop the sacrifices and grain offerings in the “middle of the week” (after 3.5 years). Many Biblical Scholars believe that the Jewish Sanhedrin will re-institute the animal sacrifices in the 3rd Temple, and that the antichrist will STOP the animal sacrifices and will walk into the rebuilt Temple in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation claiming to BE GOD. This is possible; however, it’s hard to imagine that the RE INSTITUTION OF animal sacrifices would be anything but an INSULT to God who has already offered up His own Son Jesus Christ to be the Sacrificial Lamb of God. The blood of bulls and goats CANNOT take away sin! Animal Sacrifices were only a SHADOW of what was to come…JESUS CHRIST, our MESSIAH.
Hebrews 9:24: For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Hebrews 10:4: For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the animal sacrifices continued for 40 years (40 is the number of trial/testing/judgment), and then Rome burnt Jerusalem and the Temple to the ground, and the animal sacrifices STOPPED. However, the need for animal sacrifices stopped after Jesus ‘ death and resurrection because Jesus WAS the TRUE and FINAL sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
God did NOT come to dwell in a house made with human hands..God’s TEMPLE is now mankind, not a building. He literally dwells inside of mankind via the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 66:1 This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?
1 Corinthians 3:16: Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
When 2 Thessalonians states that the antichrist will come into the Temple of God stating that he is God….this COULD have more than a single fulfillment. First, he could definitely walk into the rebuilt 3rd Jewish Temple and state that he is God..or something to that effect. He doesn’t have to use those exact words for this prophecy to be fulfilled. However, these Scriptures could also be fulfilled in a different way. In the middle of LAST NIGHT, HOLY SPIRIT spoke to my spirit and told me that when the enemy of mankind takes up residence in a human body, THAT will be an abomination, a DESECRATION of that which is meant to be HOLY. God created mankind to be INHABITED..by HIS HOLY SPIRIT! Since Jesus’ crucifixion and Resurrection, our bodies are supposed to be the TEMPLE of God; however, the antichrist will POSSESS a human body, making IT the temple of satan. To my knowledge, when a human man (antichrist) is indwelt by the red dragon (satan), that is the only time in human HIStory in which satan DIRECTLY inhabits a human body. Yes, demons have inhabited human bodies (demonic possession), but satan is not a demon. Demons are disembodied Nephilim, the offspring of the union between fallen angels and the “daughters of men” (Genesis 6:4). Satan is no part human, so this will be ENTIRELY different, and considered the ULTIMATE ABOMINATION before God. Satan is the ENEMY of humanity, the “accuser of the brethren”, who came to kill and destroy.
WHAT IF Matthew 24 is referring to the antichrist indwelling a human body (the current Temple of God) as the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (also known as the ABOMINATION THAT MAKES DESOLATE)? Personally, I think that the prophecy of the AOD standing in the Holy Place, where it “ought not to be” may have a dual fulfillment, meaning that this “event” MAY take place in the rebuilt Jewish Temple (or JERUSALEM), but MAY ALSO be fulfilled when satan, the enemy of mankind, indwells a man… this is the ABOMINATION THAT WILL BRING DESOLATION!
Mark 13:14: But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
“Matthew 24: 15: Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
The Bible warns us that in the last days, there will be ‘LYING SIGNS AND WONDERS”. In fact, we are even TOLD that the COMING of the antichrist will be according to the working of satan, using “LYING SIGNS AND WONDERS”! We should expect no less!
2 Thessalonians 2:9: The coming of the lawless one (antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
There is going to be some kind of false miracle that will take place around the middle of the seven year Tribulation. Scripture indicates that it is going to appear that the antichrist will have a deadly headwound that will be healed. The antichrist is going to FAKE a resurrection! Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. The antichrist will APPEAR to have a similar thing happen, but his “resurrection” will be FALSE. This MAY BE when the devil OFFICIALLY takes up residence in the HUMAN BODY of the antichrist. Scripture also indicates that the whole world will WITNESS this false miracle. We’ve already got “fake news” all set up and ready to run this story. This may be the time when the antichrist steps into the Temple of God (human body) to declare that he is God. Perhaps the simple fact that he will declare to have been resurrected will be HOW he declares himself to be God! He’s a lot more subtle than people expect! We expect that this “event” (fake deadly headwound that is healed) will happen in Jerusalem, but anything is possible.
The enemy of mankind, the devil, will be thrown down to the earth in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation and will persecute the Jewish people and anybody who worships Jesus Christ for 3.5 years. HE WILL FAKE A RESURRECTION and take up residence in a human body (antichrist) for 3.5 years. This “deadly headwound/fake resurrection EVENT will LIKELY happen in Jerusalem (Temple Mount). His claim to resurrection may be HOW he STEPS into the TEMPLE OF GOD (human body) CLAIMING to be God (claiming he was RESURRECTED)! JESUS CHRIST ALONE is the TRUE RESURRECTION..and JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUE GOD!
Revelation 12:13: And when THE DRAGON (SATAN) SAW THAT HE WAS THROWN DOWN TO THE EARTH, he persecuted the woman (Israel/Jews) who gave birth to the male child (JESUS CHRIST). 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time (3.5 years), from the presence of the serpent (dragon/satan).
2 Thessalonians 2:9: THE COMING of the lawless one (antichrist) is according to the working of SATAN, WITH ALL POWER, SIGNS, AND LYING WONDERS,
Revelation 13:3 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 filled with wonder and followed the beast.
After much prayerful consideration, these are my thoughts regarding the abomination of desolation. Please pray for discernment! What is the “regular sacrifice” that the antichrist will STOP in the MIDDLE of the WEEK as spoken of by Daniel the prophet? Of course, he was speaking of the daily burnt offering (animal sacrifice done twice a day ) that was offered by the Priest in the Jewish Tabernacle/Temple; however, we are now on the “other side of the Cross”, so I believe that God had a deeper and hidden meaning here that was not revealed to Daniel. The book of Daniel was to be SEALED until the last days. I believe that the regular, PERPETUAL sacrifice that the antichrist stops in Daniel 9:27 is the Christians’ daily walk with Jesus Christ. The Perpetual Sacrifice IS the Christians’ acknowledgement that we have a sin nature and the CHRISTIAN BELIEF that Jesus, God in the flesh, paid the penalty for our sin. Jesus IS the Sacrificial offering that was offered up between the evenings. The enemy desires a kingdom without God, without admitting that mankind has a sin nature that requires a sacrifice (Jesus).
The truth is that THE only way for mankind to maintain a relationship with the Living God is through the Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ. The reason that the Priests would offer up a sacrifice twice a day and double on the Sabbath is for God’s people to be constantly reminded that a BLOOD sacrifice is NECESSARY to enter into and maintain relationship with God. Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin. (Hebrews 9:22). After the fall of mankind, Adam and Eve’s son Cain tried to approach God by offering up a sacrifice without blood (fruits and vegetables). I believe Cain KNEW and UNDERSTOOD the prophecy of the Promised Seed and WHY God required a blood Sacrifice for the atonement of sin and maintenance of a relationship with Him. Therefore, Cain mocked God by offering up fruits and vegetables. It is as though he were declaring to God that he had no sin and that a blood sacrifice should NOT be necessary. However, God ordained very early after the Fall that a blood sacrifice was the only way for man to be in relationship with God. If we REJECT the BLOOD SACRIFICE, then we are REJECTING God. God CREATED us in HIS image, not the other way around. Of course, Cain’s mockery of a sacrifice was rejected, and in his anger and jealousy, Cain killed his brother Abel, which was the first murder on the earth.
Satan’s been around for a LONG, LONG TIME! He knows that mankind cannot maintain a relationship with God UNLESS we recognize that Jesus Christ is the Sacrificial LAMB of God who takes away the sin of the world. Sin must be dealt with in order for mankind to ENTER INTO AND MAINTAIN a relationship with God. This is why satan wants to STOP the “perpetual sacrifice“. Jesus was offered up ONCE for the sins of all mankind; however, man needs to REMEMBER DAILY through regular prayer, praise, and worship, Jesus’ Sacrifice in order to maintain a relationship with God. Jesus taught us that we need to pick up our CROSS DAILY and follow Him. The antichrist will put a stop to the ‘DAILY SACRIFICE’ by banning Christianity and Judaism and at the same time force the worship of himself in the place of the Living God…he is ANTICHRIST. When we read Luke 9:23-24, Jesus almost seems to DIRECTLY warn us about the abomination of desolation in these verses by stating that we must CONTINUE THE DAILY SACRIFICE…and only if we’re willing to LOSE OUR LIVES, will we gain life. Think about it. In the antichrist kingdom, this will be LITERAL. Those who comply with the antichrist’s mandate will gain their physical lives in the beast kingdom, but they will lose their SOULS.
Romans 12:1: Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Luke 9:23: And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me (perpetual sacrifice). 24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
In the middle of the week the antichrist will outright BAN Christianity AND Judaism (punishable by beheading). He will BAN the worship of YHWH! He will put a stop to the “daily burnt offering and grain offering” in a similar way that Antiochus banned the worship of YHWH in the 2nd century. At the same time, he will “set up” (GIVE OUT) the abomination that will make desolate. He will REQUIRE that every person in “his kingdom” WORSHIP the beast (satan) and take his mark. The false prophet will set up an “image” of the beast and require everyone to bow down to this IMAGE. Unlike the SIMPLE statue of Zeus standing in the Jewish Temple in the days of Antiochus, this IDOL, this IMAGE of the BEAST will be incorporated literally into each person’s DNA, our Temple of God. The mark of the beast IS that which changes each person into the IMAGE of the beast. Each person living in the antichrist kingdom will be required to take the Mark of the Beast on their forehead or hand. To refuse it will bring certain death. This MARK will ultimately REMAKE its recipient from the IMAGE OF GOD (race of Adam) into the IMAGE OF THE BEAST (Nephilim). No longer will that individual be “forgivable” by God, or ELIGIBLE for GRACE. Once a person takes the mark, their “HOUSE” will be DESOLATE…not ABLE to EVER house the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. We’ve again added in parenthesis our interpretation of these scriptures.
Matthew 23:37: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
Revelation 13: 14: And he (false prophet) deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs (false resurrection) which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast (antichrist), telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast (take the mark that will REMAKE themselves into the IMAGE of the beast) who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life. (fake resurrection)
Revelation 13:16: And he (false prophet) causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, (DESOLATING ABOMINATION that is given out)
It appears that the GIVING OUT of this Mark of the Beast (abomination of desolation) will continue for 1290 days. Why is it 1290 and not 1260? Not sure. The giving out of the mark of the beast may begin (at first voluntarily) 30 days before the daily sacrifice is abolished (Christianity/Judaism BANNED), which is 30 days BEFORE the middle of the week. But what will happen to those who RECEIVE the mark of the beast and worship the IMAGE of the beast (antichrist)? Yes, they can “buy or sell”, so they can physically survive in the antichrist’s kingdom for awhile..but they ARE LEFT DESOLATE (no chance of having God’s Spirit) and FORFEIT EVERYTHING! Like Esau, they sold their BIRTHRIGHT for a BOWL OF SOUP (Genesis 25:29-34). The Scriptures tell us that Esau despised his birthright. Truth is, Esau did not realize (until later) what he was giving up to gain a bowl of soup. By the time Esau realized how serious this was, it was too late.
When God pours out His 7 Bowls of wrath…His final judgment, those who have taken the mark will break out in LOATHESOME SORES. Yikes! That is the first judgment against them. To take the mark is to be remade from the Image of God into the image of the beast (antichrist/satan). As in Daniel, the Kingdom (DNA) of man mirey clay (humanity) will NOT mix with iron (fallen angel DNA). They will break out in loathsome sores and boils.
Daniel 2:43: “And in that you saw the iron (fallen angel DNA) mixed with common clay (human DNA), they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will NOT adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.
Revelation 16:2: 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.
But it gets WORSE for those who have taken the mark of the beast, who have taken the ABOMINATION (image of the antichrist/satan) that makes their human bodies DESOLATE. It gets MUCH WORSE….TORMENTED with FIRE AND BRIMSTONE…FOREVER. Forever is a VERY long time.
Revelation 14: 9: Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
I wish I could sugarcoat this, but I cannot. These are very, very serious WARNINGS. God is WARNING people, DO NOT take the mark of the beast! Do NOT worship the beast! Do NOT sell your BIRTHRIGHT for a BOWL OF SOUP! Once this is DONE..it can NEVER be undone! There are very serious consequences, PERMANENT CONSEQUENCES for taking this mark, this ABOMINATION that MAKES DESOLATE. To be DESOLATE is to be without God’s Holy Spirit…forever. Permanently cut off from our Creator, an eternity in outer darkness with the beast and the false prophet, LAKE OF FIRE…is FOREVER. Yes, those who find themselves alive in the antichrist kingdom will be REQUIRED to take the mark..or they will either be beheaded for worshiping Jesus, the TRUE GOD, or simply starve to death because they do not have the ability to buy or sell. But...it’s still better to die in the Lord than to take the mark of the beast. Those willing to LOSE their physical lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will GAIN ETERNAL LIFE, EVERLASTING JOY AND PEACE.
Luke 17:33: Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
However, it is MUCH BETTER YET to receive JESUS CHRIST NOW…while there is still time. Those who BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST, who DIE TO SELF, who crucify the flesh NOW as stated by Paul …will be part of the Divine Rescue. God is going to RESCUE His people BEFORE the time of TRIBULATION through a DIVINE RESCUE (catching away). God Bless!