From time to time, the topic of the “Mark of the Beast” comes up in conversation.
According to Revelation chapter 13, the Satanic Beast will enforce his “mark” on everyone; all who do not accept this “mark” will be unable to buy or sell goods. (Revelation 13:17).
In other words, when this happens you will have a black-and-white choice:
- Take the Satanic mark in order to be able to feed, clothe, and shelter your family.
- Resist the mark, and rely on the Lord to feed, clothe, and shelter your family
If you take the mark, you are essentially looking to Satan to provide your physical needs.
If you resist the mark, you are looking to the Lord to provide your physical needs.
This will be a scary moment for all Christians.
The Satanic mark, and the results, are tangible: You will have the means to get what you need, and you can clearly see how, where, and when those needs can be met.
Relying on the Lord, however, doesn’t seem to be so clear-cut: You have no way of seeing how, where, or when your necessary provisions will come. There is nobody giving you a “game plan” for your family. You will be simply taking it day by day, or maybe even hour by hour.
Most people will accept the mark because they want a sense of security and tangibility in caring for their families.
These are the people who either don’t read their Bibles, or don’t trust in the Lord. The Bible is chock full of examples of how the Lord provides for our needs, even in the most unexpected of ways:
When the Israelites were wandering the wilderness for forty years, the Lord provided them with daily food: Manna
(Exodus 16:1-12 ).
When the Israelites ran out of water, the Lord provided that for them as well.
(Exodus 17:1-6 )
During a time of long drought, the Lord provided for the prophet Elijah by sending him food by the use of ravens, and settling him by a source of water.
(1 Kings 17:1-6)
During this drought, he Lord miraculously provided for a poor widow who had run out of food for herself and her young son.
(1 Kings 17: 7-16)
The Lord helped another poor widow who ran out of money to provide for her family by miraculously providing enough oil for her to sell.
(2 Kings 4:1-7)
Jesus Christ miraculously provided food for over 5,000 people with only two fish and five bread loaves.
In fact, Jesus performed this miracle a second time, with over 4,000 people with a few fish and seven loaves.
On yet another occasion, when the overnight fishermen caught nothing, Jesus miraculously gave them an overwhelmingly large netting of fish.
Clearly, the Lord can provide for your family’s needs on a moment’s notice. We don’t need to rely on the tangible things, especially those which originate from Satan’s dominion. The Lord sees, and all you have to do is simply trust that He will provide, and He will. Strengthen your faith. Resist Satan’s world. Don’t let the things you can see with your eyes seduce you away from the Lord. Satan is a master trickster, and once he sucks you in, it will be impossible to get back out of it.
Come, Lord Jesus.