Having “overcome” the Beast, the saints stand on the Sea of Glass and sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb – Revelation 15:1-4.
The fifteenth chapter introduces seven angels poised to empty the seven “bowls of wrath.” But first, we see the picture of “overcoming” saints standing on the “sea of glass” and “singing the song of Moses and of the Lamb.” This victorious company has overcome the “beast, its image, mark, and number.”
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All men and women that refuse to follow the “Lamb” will render homage to the “beast” and take its “mark” – Revelation 13:16-18.
The “false prophet” uses the economic power of the first “beast” against anyone who refuses to give full allegiance to it. The “mark of the beast” is an economic tool. Commerce is the lifeblood of the World-Power and leveling economic sanctions against peoples is its primary enforcement mechanism. And economic restrictions mean deprivation and suffering.
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When we imbibe the values of the existing world order, we begin to take the “mark of the Beast” – Revelation 13:16-17.
Discussions on the “mark of the Beast” focus on deciphering the significance of its number, ‘666.’ Understandably, we wish to understand it to avoid taking it. But to do so we must recognize the scriptural background behind it, the difference between the “mark” and the “seal of God”, and the identities of the two resultant groups.
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Nebuchadnezzar implemented his dream by “setting up” the great golden image to glorify his majesty and sovereignty – Daniel 3:1-7.
The King invested great effort to make his dream a reality. First, he “set up” an enormous image to represent his majesty and the irresistible power of his empire. Then, he commanded all the “peoples and nations and tongues” of his realm to render homage to his image or face certain death in the “burning fiery furnace.”
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