End Times – John The Revelator

The End Times According to John The Revelator

 

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John of Patmos, also known as John the revelator,  was the author of the Book of Revelation. Typically this is the book that comes to mind when the end times are mentioned, although the events described by John do not pertain much to the church. By the time the events of the tribulation that John describes happen, the church is, of course, already taken up in the rapture. Revelation does hold important clues for watchers of the end times.

 

The last part of Revelation 15 talks about the Antichrist, the image of the beast and the mark of the beast.

 

Revelation 13:15-18, “He was then permitted to give life to the statue to that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. He required everyone — small and great, rich and poor, free and slave — to be given a mark on the right hand or forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.”

 

Granted, none of these things will be made known in the Christian’s lifetime but events that allow these things are already happening. We have already discussed the Antichrist and how he will make a treaty with many and be the ruler of the world during the tribulation (One World Government or New World Order) and how the Third Temple must be built by at least the middle of the tribulation. But what about the image of the beast and the mark of the beast? It is purely speculation but the image of the beast, as being described by John, was made to have life and to speak. This could be anything in this day and age of the internet and computers. Anything can be made to look alive, or so it seemed to John. Perhaps the image is a hologram. The technology is here today where the Turkish President and the Pope are being beamed around the world as a holographic image.

 

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The mark of the beast is still a mystery today. There are so many technologies available today to fill this role.  Will the mark be an electronic tattoo on the forehead or hand? Will it be an implantable RFID microchip? Will it be some sort of permanent tattoo or branding?

 

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No one can be sure what the actual mark of the beast will be until the time comes to take it but one thing we can be sure of is that the technology is already here to support the system that will require the mark to buy or sell anything.

 

Again, there is not too much in Revelation that points directly to prophecy that would mean much to those looking for His return but it is important to realize that the technologies, economic systems, and governmental bodies that will exist during the tribulation are being positioned at this very moment which puts us ever closer to our eternal life outside of this world.

 

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