The Beast: His Mark and Image.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Revelation 13:16‭-‬18 NKJV

The mark of the beast is here. It has not yet been implemented, obviously, but the technology is here; and, it is far more sinister than we could have possibly imagined.

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
Revelation 14:9‭-‬11 NKJV

We understand whomever receives this mark forfeits ALL HOPE. They cannot change their minds. They are literally selling their souls and all sales are final. No refunds, no exchanges. They will spend an eternity in the lake of fire, with no reprieve, and there will be nothing they can say or do about it. But why is that? Could it simply be:

He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
John 12:25 NKJV

We know that Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Out of fear, presumably for his own well-being, he chose his life over the Lord. Yet, he was forgiven. Why? He repented, obviously. Not just a “Hey pal, I’m sorry. I should’ve stuck by you. My bad”. Rather, it was a gut-wrenching, desperate, brokenness. He had already declared Jesus as the Christ. He had already acknowledged He was the Way. He had a profound moment of weakness, for which he was profoundly sorry. He did not choose his life after that, but rather died a martyr.

So why won’t people who take the mark have that chance? What if someone takes the mark out of fear, but then later repents and wants to follow Christ even to the point of death?

The logical answer to that is they WON’T change their minds. Perhaps it is more accurate to say they CAN’T. They will be physically/ cognitively incapable of changing their minds.

But how?

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 1:28‭-‬30‭, ‬32 NKJV

The KJV says “reprobate” mind in place of “debased”. According to Strong’s, “reprobate” comes from the Greek word αδόκιμος, or adokimos, meaning unapproved, rejected, worthless.

Perhaps this is what happens upon taking the mark of the beast, only modified a bit. The evil deeds listed above are the magnified results of someone who has been turned over to a reprobate mind, a mind rejected by God and essentially worthless.

But people have done incredibly wicked things and then, by God’s grace, have been born again into Christ….so they couldn’t have had a reprobate mind. They still had a choice. Right?

Certainly. But there comes a time when a man can reject God so many times, blaspheme the Holy Spirit, until God says “Fine. Have it your way”. Such a person made the ultimate decision to reject God.

So as it will be for those who take the mark, but allow me to suggest more.

In the next post, I will suggest why and how taking the mark is the final rejection of God and a decision that will leave its bearers incapable of repenting and thus being saved. Stay tuned.

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I hope you are healthy!

Around here…. not so much.

It seems like the four of us have been taking our turns with the ick since New Year’s Eve. It has hit my little man the hardest.

He was Dx last Wednesday with both the flu and strep throat. He showed big signs of improvement over the weekend so returned to school on Monday, only to come home, throw up, and go straight to bed. Tuesday and Wednesday, no fever or vomiting and an improved appetite so he prepared to go to school today. Nope. More vomiting at bedtime last night. So back to the doctor today. He’s lost 3 lbs in this ordeal.

Now I am NOT one to run to the doctor for every sneeze or hang nail, in fact I honestly don’t know the last time I went myself, but with all this talk of sepsis etc, I’m not taking any chances with him.

My girl, however, had a bout with a fever, cough and sleepiness but was excited to return to school this morning.

How about you? Have you been bitten by the flu bug?

The Feminist Movement is Demonically Inspired

You need to read this.

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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Even before I was born again, I knew that something about the Feminist movement was very wrong.  I wasn’t able to discern things as I can now. But I could see something in these women that was distasteful to me. I wanted nothing to do with them.

I remember watching Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan and others, screaming at women to “burn their bras” and to rule over men. As a matter of fact, they were also telling women that they did not need men – that men were inferior to them.

Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man 

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of…

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Winter on the Homestead 2018

Just posting some pics of our homestead, for posterity. Ha ha. It is COLD. 

Not much happening at the fire pit, ha ha.

The kitties actually have fun playing in the snow.

Our sweet Applebutter couldn’t wait to play in the snow.

Dougie had fun frolicking for about 5 minutes, then he decided he much prefers to be inside.

Black Copper Marans did not want to get out this morning.

Neither did these. Ha ha.

I was so disappointed the male Cardinal wouldn’t let me get a good pic. Here he is just a red smear in the blueberry bush.

Our son is sick, or he would be rolling around in this white stuff like only an 8-year-old boy can. 

You have much snow where you are? 

Here’s a thought….

God, through Paul, tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that we see through a glass darkly but in the end we will see reality for what it is. Some are content with the status quo of not seeing clearly. They continue to swallow the “blue pill” day by day. The reasons vary, I suppose. I, however, am not satisfied with seeing through a reality distorted by the prince of this world, the enemy of our souls. The end of that passage states the greatest is love. We are told elsewhere that perfect love casts off fear. If we want to see clearly, to have our eyes opened as the story relays in 2 Kings ch. 6, we need only ask and walk by faith in the Truth. That Truth being Jesus. He alone offers the “red pill”, salvation through His shed blood. Having chosen the red pill, I am astonished at how many Christians continue to swallow the blue. I do not judge them. Rather, may we all be reminded of Romans 12 and no longer conform to the patterns of this world but have our minds renewed so we may see clearly God’s perfect will.

Just what happened in Parksville, KY over 100 years ago?

I live in Parksville, KY. The other day the local library’s archive department posted a series of articles published in a local paper dated October 1909. 
Rain poured down from a clear sky and in only one section of the man’s farm for 10 days. Then in December of 1909, just two months later, this article appeared:

After sharing this on a private FB group, my friend Ray did a little more digging and found this article dated Oct 1910, exactly one year later from the initial mystery.

What is this phenomenon? Does anyone know? I’m curious. I’m also curious to find out if this continues to happen in that same spot, over 100 years later. Or was it a special message to this particular man?