QUESTIONER: Oh, my question is in regard to the latter half of the Tribulation period, when…when men will be required to have the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell. My question is once the person takes the mark, is there possibility of Him coming to Christ?
JOHN: Yes, I think, you know, in the seven-year Tribulation coming in the future, we’re gonna get into this, so probably a week from Sunday night, maybe this Sunday night, maybe a week, I’m not sure. But the Tribulation is a seven-year period, right? The Rapture of the church, seven-year Tribulation, then Christ returns, sets up His Kingdom. Now, in that seven-year period, really two things happen. God begins to judge the world in…with a series of holocausts; and, at the same time, He begins to redeem His people Israel; and in the process of this, the antichrist establishes his rule; and in order to function in the economy of the antichrist, you have to take the mark of the beast. The mark being the number of a man, Revelation 13, 666. Six is the number of man, right? Seven is the number of perfection, and man always falls short of perfection, 666, always sixes, never seven. So the number man, and apparently what’s gonna happen, you take the mark on your hand or on your forehead; and we’ve talked a lot about that, you know, that…that that’s kind of the computer situation. We’re now moving fast toward the time when we’re going to have to do everything we do by cards and by numbers and all of that, and those number…the thing about a card that’s a problem is you lose it, and they’ve already devised systems to put the number on your hand and on your forehead, and you go through a scanner and, you know, that’s how you buy and sell. It’s automatically deducted from your bank account.
Now, the question is, if you’re living in the Tribulation period, and you take this mark, in other words, you identify with the beast’s empire, will you still be able to be redeemed? And I think the answer to that is yes. Yes, otherwise there would be no salvation of anybody in the end of the Tribulation; and you’ve got to have the salvation of folks in the end of the Tribulation. You’re gonna have the Jews redeemed. You’re gonna have, according to Revelation chapter 7, “An innumerable number of Gentiles redeemed, so many they can’t even be counted across the face of the earth.” So I don’t think the fact that someone takes that is a sentence to…to permanency anymore than you being a part of this world system once in your life means you have to be a part of the system all your life. Well, especially when 144,000 don’t start their ministry till the second half.
QUESTIONER: Yeah, that’s true, yeah.
JOHN: That’d make it a little tough.
Ce spune Biblia:
16. Si a facut ca toti, mici si mari, bogati si saraci, slobozi si robi, sa primeasca un semn pe mana dreapta sau pe frunte,
17. si nimeni sa nu poata cumpara sau vinde fara sa aiba semnul acesta, adica numele fiarei sau numarul numelui ei.
9. Apoi a urmat un alt inger, al treilea, si a zis cu glas tare: “Daca se inchina cineva fiarei si icoanei ei si primeste semnul ei pe frunte sau pe mana,
10. va bea si el din vinul maniei lui Dumnezeu, turnat neamestecat in paharul maniei Lui; si va fi chinuit in foc si in pucioasa, inaintea sfintilor ingeri si inaintea Mielului.
11. Si fumul chinului lor se suie in sus in vecii vecilor. Si nici ziua, nici noaptea n-au odihna cei ce se inchina fiarei si icoanei ei si oricine primeste semnul numelui ei!
12. Aici este rabdarea sfintilor, care pazesc poruncile lui Dumnezeu si credinta lui Isus.”
4. Si am vazut niste scaune de domnie; si celor ce au sezut pe ele li s-a dat judecata. Si am vazut sufletele celor ce li se taiase capul din pricina marturiei lui Isus si din pricina Cuvantului lui Dumnezeu, si ale celor ce nu se inchinasera fiarei si icoanei ei si nu primisera semnul ei pe frunte si pe mana. Ei au inviat si au imparatit cu Hristos o mie de ani.
Oameni buni, studiati Biblia la modul foarte serios astfel incat sa puteti judeca orice invatatura primita!