I am thankful that I am sealed by the mark of God, a Child of the King.
Romans 13:6:,Revelation 13:5-8,14-17, As I was reading in Romans this morning; I came across this verse and thought Hmm even the beast will be placed there by God. How will we know when we have reach the time when the leaders are lead by the beast and we should not follow them? I am going to answer you with another section from Revelation 13. The beast will have a statue that breathes and will force us to worship it. He will force people to take the mark of the beast. It is at this time that we will have a choice, take the mark or we won’t be able to buy and sell goods. It will be like the time of Hitler, people will tell on people. Hitler was not THE beast, his reign was destroyed. The whole world was not deceived. When the beast comes, the whole world will be deceived. Until that time, do we assume that all of the authorities are God’s servants? Well, this is why we vote, why we should pray earnestly before voting. Not all the people in power around the world are Godly people. Many are not. But if we accept that even the beast is placed in charge at God’s will. Then all these others are as well. We are to follow the rules. But remember that when it comes down to it if man’s rules are contrary to God’s rules; we must follow God’s rules first.
Take for example Daniel in Daniel chapter 6, The king had ruled that they must pray to just the king, This was contrary to God’s rules- Worship only the lord your God. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. Now read Revelation 13:8, protection for not obeying Man’s rules when they are against God’s rules. Once you are saved and have God’s mark, the Holy Spirit; you are protected. The beast can not hurt you. He can take away our right to buy and sell. But we will still be CHILDREN OF THE KING and the beast can not harm our souls. He can not have them.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it 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 Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.