Hmmmm... I put this on this message board yeaterday but I dont see it now so I will re-post it. Have you ever noticed that Christians seem to have come up with all sorts of interpretations concerning what the Mark of the Beast is in the Book of Revelation? Speculation abounds and stories are made up about the government implanting a computer chip in your body, and all manner of strange explanations. Have you ever missed something that was right in front of your face, only to discover much later that all you had to do is look at the obvious? Let’s just go ahead and take a look at Revelation Chapter 14 where we are actually told what the Mark of the Beast is… Revelation Chapter 14: 6: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7: Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9: 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, 10: 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: 11: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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. 12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. After the warning against the worship of the beast and his image the prophecy declares: "Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Since those who keep God's commandments are thus placed in contrast with those that worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, it follows that the keeping of God's law, on the one hand, and its violation, on the other, will make the distinction between the worshipers of God and the worshipers of the beast. The last thing in the world that human nature wants to do is obey God. People who retain their sinful nature do not want to keep the law of God. Rom:8:7: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Jn:3:20: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. Jn:3:21: But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. You know, human nature is funny… sometimes when we do not want to do something, we can manage to come up with all sorts of excuses, pretending not to see things, and so on, to avoid facing the truth. But are we not really hurting ourselves by doing that? Don’t you want to know what the truth really is? Don’t you want to be ready for the second coming of Christ? People do not wish to see that God plainly is warning them that if they do not keep His commandments they will receive the Mark of the Beast. And instead of just taking the Bible as it reads, they would rather act as if it were some great mystery and then set about to concoct all manner of explanation about what the Mark of the Beast is. Sad but true. And you know, just in case some how, some way, in your Bible studies you came away with the impression that the death of Christ has made it where you no longer have to keep God’s commandments, He is trying to set you straight on this in the very last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. Over and over again God sends the message to us that His people are those who do His law, His enemies are those who don’t. And His people are the ones who are going to heaven, His enemies who do not keep His commandments are not going to enter into heaven. Rv:12:17: And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rv:14:12: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rv:22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Can anyone honestly believe, after reading and pondering just this one passage in the Book of Romans, that God is excusing us from keeping His Law because Jesus died on the cross? Is it now acceptable to God that we keep our carnal mind, which is at enmity with God (an enemy to God) because we are forgiven of our past sins? Please read this and think about it… Romans Chapter 8: 1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 1Jn:2:29: If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 1Jn:3:7: Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.