HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT MARKS IN THE BIBLE
In Gen.4:3-16, the Mark of Cain was the first mark recorded in the Bible as a result of the first murder. Abel and Cain were brothers, who one day went to offer sacrifices unto God. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering. But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” And the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not (he lied, the serpent lied unto Eve and now Cain made the second lie): Am I my brother’s keeper? And God said, what hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. In verse 11-12, the Lord pronounced his judgment on Cain, saying, “And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.” Cain protest to God that his punishment was greater than he could bear, and that anyone who saw him (as a murderer) would kill him. Then God in verse 15 acted, “And the Lord said unto him, therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a MARK upon Cain, lest any finding him shall kill him.” And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. This was the first mark that was set on a person for protection; so that the judgment of God will run its course. The mark on a murderer, the originator of the first spilling of blood on the earth was placed on Cain. The mark was not hidden (may be on the forehead) but visible such that anyone would see it and avoid killing him. A mark to keep him alive but separated from God; verse 19 states, “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord.” I leave you to your imagination, what it would mean for one to wonder away (went out) from the presence of God.
In Ezek.9:2-4, the Ink horn writer went around the city of Jerusalem to put the Mark of God on his elect who sigh and cry for all the abomination that was done in the midst of Jerusalem. In verse 4, the Lord saith, to the man clothed in linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem and set a MARK upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” God was going to bring judgment on the people as in verse 5-6, “And to the others (with the slaughter weapon in their hand) he said, in my hearing, go ye after him (the inkhorn writer that marks the elected people) through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the MARK; and begin at my sanctuary.” Remember 2nd Peter 2:9, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished.”
The Mark of the beast (which is the seal of death and eternal separation from God) is upon the children of disobedience: who reject the Word of God. They worship, take or receive the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name in their forehead or in their right hand. In Rev.14:9-11, “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and 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 ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the MARK of his name.” This is during the great tribulation. But today, people are taking the mark in their hearts, Rom.1:18-32 and 2nd Thess. 2:9-12; study the mark.
This personage is called the antichrist, (Rev.13:17-18) and Satan incarnates in this person, making him the beast. Rev. 19:20, “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet (Rev. 13:16 also) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the MARK of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These were both cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” All who take the mark of the beast, or his name or the number of his name or worship him or his image, end up in the lake of fire; away from the presence of God like Cain. Remember if you take this MARK of the beast, it is eternal separation from God for you choosing Satan’s word, over God’s word and promises; (Rom.1:18-32 and 2nd Thess. 2:9-12). Who will be delighted to have such a mark?
The seal (Mark) of God is in the people who love, believe and are looking for the appearing of the Lord. They are marked by his word of promise, as in Eph.12-14, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED (marked) with that Holy Spirit of promise.” Which marks or seals us until the day of redemption of the purchased possession. The seal of God is by the Holy Ghost that comes to dwell IN you, after the washing by the blood of Christ Jesus at repentance and conversion. If you continue to sigh, witness to the lost and cry about the abominations of this world, the mark of God, the seal, of the Holy Ghost will remain IN you. This Mark is on the INSIDE, it is eternal, which is the earnest of our inheritance. Do you have this MARK OR SEAL OF GOD IN YOU?
Finally in Rev. 3:12, we see the delightful work of God for righteousness, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will right upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” The Lord Jesus Christ, He is God (remember John 1:1-14 and 5:43), the name of the city of God is God himself, for He filleth all in all; and his new name is all about Jesus Christ. The name Jesus was that of the body in which God came and paid the price of sin and reconciled man to God (salvation). Who knows what else is hidden in that name Jesus that God chose to come in to earth. If the name can change and redeem man on earth what will the name do and be like in the new heaven and new earth. Remember that all creation come in that name, and that at the name of JESUS all knees must bow (Phil.2:10-11 and Rom.14:11) of all that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (I came in my Father’s name): In that name only is salvation. He will write his new name upon us (overcomers). The name that is eternal. We shall not be ashamed to be his people and He will not be ashamed to be our God. To get this new name on you, you must be born again, and reject the works and the MARK of Cain and that of the beast. Romans 8:22-23, “—And not only they, but ourselves, also which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our bodies.” We are already signed, sealed and shall soon be delivered to our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory in the translation; for those who are ready, holy and pure. 1st John 5:9-15, is necessary for your study. WHAT MARK OR SEAL DO YOU HAVE? For the believer while on earth the mark or seal is inside you and in heaven Jesus Christ will show why and how he is God as he writes the name not names of God upon us. It will be one name, one Lord and one God. Not three Gods, remember Matt 28:19, it is the NAME not names and in Rev.3:12, it will be NAME not names again; and it will be the same NAME in both cases but with in-depth revelation of what the name JESUS means and is and works in the eternal state. On earth the name was for salvation, deliverance, reconciliation and translation. What will the name be and do in the new heaven and the new earth? Strive to be there to know, see and partake. The time is very close perhaps tomorrow or any moment now. The elects have been boarding for the flight, like Noah before the flood. Be ye ready.
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