One of the most controversial elements of the book of Revelation in the Bible is the matter of the Mark of the Beast, or what is suggested that the AntiChrist will force on mankind. Well, I believe I have a couple insights to share in this regard that occurred to me yesterday evening.
I am interested in this, like many others, and over the last several months, I have been following the work of Irvin Baxter, and his “End Times” ministry. You can easily Google Irvin Baxter, and this will give you access to many of his videos, and his work.
In this blog, I want to briefly discuss the AntiChrist, and offer what I believe are some interesting questions regarding certain connections regarding the “Mark of the Beast” that I have heard mentioned, but not emphasized. For instance, have you, in your study of the ‘end times,’ or the Mark of the Beast, ever stopped to consider that the “beast,” the ‘old deceiver,’ the AntiChrist, and ‘dragon’ [or source of evil] are all referring to the same thing? So, is the dragon and Satan both referring to “evil,” and they are simply different terms for evil?
Another question is this: Is Evil essentially the negative pole of Creation, the positive pole of which is Good ? So that the “energy source” for Satan, the AntiChrist, the dragon, the False Prophet, the “beast” and the ‘old deceiver’ all have the same “source”? And what is not mentioned is that it is God that provides this negative “source” of energy…. to power the duality of the Creation? And the reason for this? Without a Yin and Yang, or a duality, or a good and evil within Creation, how would we Souls learn the difference between the two?
Let us never forget that God is one Energy, not two or more… and yet, what part of the multiplicity of Creation is not God? So, is it not reasonable to say that the entire Creation is sustained by God, but no single part of Creation “is” the whole of God? I believe that God is Neutral Spiritual Energy, or NSgy. And NSgy is an Absolute Energy, and NSgy is the only Reality there is, which is God. So, everything of Creation was, in fact Created by God as a projected Creation.
And… the ONLY element of Creation that is Real in an Absolute sense is God, who is not part of the Creation, and yet it cannot exist without the constant support of God.
In other words, if we take the entire structure of, and purpose for… the “End Times,” we wind up with the possible ending of an age-old battle between Good [God] and evil [Satan, or the evil Angel who wanted to compete with God]. And no, this is not clearly, or precisely stated in the Bible, but the references are there for us to use… or not?
Revelation 13:1, …and saw a beast rise up out of the sea… Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast: who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
As Irvin Baxter points out, 42 months = 3.5 years, or “times, time and half a time”.
And now a most important part of Chapter 13. 13:6. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb…
Have you perhaps read this passage and not taken note of : whose names are not written in the book of life ? This clearly states that the “sons of God,” whose names are written in the book of life will not worship the AntiChrist [or beast], and they will not take the “Mark of the Beast”.
Now a crucial question: Is the mark physical, or is it “taken” Within a person? What I mean by Within is this… There are two realities going on with each person. However, only really Enlightened people are aware of the Spiritual reality Within themselves. And if one is Enlightened, does this then mean that ones “name” is written in the book of life of the lamb? And since ones name is written in the book of life [ones Soul has “earned” ones status of Spirituality by having retained ones love of God], and therefore… one will not let go of ones Spirituality to embrace the offerings of the “Beast”. In other words, that which determines whether or not one will follow Satan is determined by the evolution of ones Soul, or the level of ones Consciousness?
This would mean that the “chosen” of the “Lamb” of God are those Souls that have remained true to God, over many lifetimes, not just this lifetime?
And this is an important point the Bible is making. And this point, although subtle, also makes clear that those whose names are in the “book” will not deny God for any part of the allurement of the AntiChrist. And many in the book will suffer and some will die. And these are those who Christ, on his return, will draw to himself as he returns in the “Resurrection”.
If Baxter is correct, and I believe he is, then as soon as Israel and the Palestinian Authority sign a “temporary” Peace Agreement, the final seven years until Armageddon begins. And this means 3.5 years until the AntiChrist is revealed as the Desolation of Abomination, at which time the Jews in the West Bank must run for their lives.
I will point out some further points regarding the book of Revelation, and parts of other books that relate to the end times in the near future.