The Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast
There is a time of grace when the people of God are sealed. Only those who are sealed will be able to enter into the eternal Sabbath.
Revelation 14 speaks of the name of the Father and the Lamb written on people’s foreheads. 12000 from each tribe is 144000. However, we know that there are more than 12000 in each tribe. This means not all, whether physical or spiritual, will get the seal. The seal signifies belonging. May we be identified as people who belong to Jesus.
A seal confirms authenticity. When Jesus was buried in the tomb, the Roman soldiers sealed it. Many will be deceived. Even believers will be led astray. The beast made it almost impossible for people to reject receiving the mark of the beast. Those who do not receive the mark of the beast but follow the lamb will receive the seal of God.
666 is the number of the beast and the number of man. In the Bible, it is written that man in his pomp but without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
The number 6 may be best on this earth but it is incomplete with God. Jesus says to fill up the 6 jugs, he is the 7th one. The Samaritan woman had 6 husbands, he is the 7th one.
The reason God explains his victory in 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 bowls. It is 777. Mankind who are fallen are 666. Jesus Christ came to fill us and we can become 777.
Where is the seal given? The right-hand does the work. The forehead represents the person, the philosophy, the belief and the direction that we face. We cannot face a direction where our forehead is not. The seal of God is put on the forehead. Those who are trained by the Word to be like Jesus Christ. Humanism inspires people. Rationality without God’s word can stand against the Word. We Christians have to make sure that we are rational with the Word of God, with the foundation of God’s Word.
Those who receive the seal of God will sing a new song. A new song means the new covenant, the new wine in Greek. It has redemptive significance and quality that we cannot find in this world. It is a song of complete victory, like the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15, 6:1, 5:8). How does it sound like? It is the new language, the heavenly language that we speak. It is the language that Adam uses with God, it is a language that allows us to have fellowship with God.
Those who receive the seal of God are those who are not defiled but kept chaste. Those who prioritise following the shepherd all the way, that shepherd is the lamb. Those who are sacrificed, martyred and those who do not have deceit and lies in their mouth. Only by the blood of Jesus can we qualify. When the Word of the truth comes into us, the lies and deceit will go out.
People talk about the mark of the beast as a chip. Some people even say covid 19 vaccines are like that. What I believe is that it is a spiritual battle, it starts from the spiritual, and it may become physical. I learnt from the Levites when people were worshipping the golden calf, the Levites who took the sword and killed the 3000 do not worship the calf. It begins with your faith and it becomes physical. The mark of the beast, before it becomes physical, it is a belief system.
Who will be sealed?
1. Bondservants of God will be sealed
2. Those who groan will receive the seal (Ezekiel 9:4, Revelation 17:5)
3. Those who are prepared as brides (Revelation 14:4-5, 19:7-8)
Who will receive the mark of the beast? According to Revelation 13:13-14, those who depend on signs without the Word of God, those who depend on material things and those who depend on the flesh rather than the spirit, will receive the mark of the beast.
Those who lead us away from God and from doing His work is an idol. Anything that hinders me and draws me is an idol, even a family member.
Those who are sealed will not be harmed by the 7 bowls. If we are here, we would not be harmed. I pray that all of Zion Church, including myself, will be sealed by the seal of God on our foreheads.