SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
10:30 AM (ONE GATHERING for September, In-person + livestream + KIDS!, IBC campus)
666 Mark of the Beast Revelation 13:11-14:3
Mark of the Beast? Mark of the Lamb?
As our province requires people to be vaccinated to access certain services and spaces an old track of end-times prophecy sermons starts to play in the back of my mind. Revelation 13:17 says "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
How do we respond to governments when they introduce increasing restrictions (always in the name of the public good)? What tensions do we need to live with, and when do we say "no"?
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Key Text: Revelation 13:11-14:3
NAB Statement of Faith
9. We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth
(Ephesians 1:9–10, Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally, and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1–3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28–29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20–21; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18).
THE END IS COMING! - Apocalyptic Fever is Everywhere.
We are in the Last Days...
“With the movement of St. John the Baptist, and especially with the life, Cross and Resurrection of Christ, the eschata, the new age began; the kingdom of God was inaugurated. But from the perspective of the Church, the "last things" in themselves are expected to take place mainly in the future, at the glorious Parousia, that is, at the Second Coming, the future appearance of the Lord in glory (Mt. 24:30; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16-18; 1 Tim. 6:14-15). It is then and there that we will have the fullness of the eternal kingdom of God; when we will experience a perfect koinonia communion with God in Christ, as our soul yearns it. This is the height and the depth of our faith and the wealth of glory that awaits us (Eph. 1:17-18).”
Mark of the Beast explainer Revelation 13:16-18
There is no unintentional “getting the mark of the beast”. “the mark of the beast is most likely a sign that identifies you as something you already are—namely wicked and evil, a person of the dragon.”
Antichrist figures are those that bring persecution and/or deceive. Throughout church history these have been identified with various figures such as popes, politicians like Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Khrushchev, Saddam Hussein, JFK, Pope John Paul II—the last few suffered wounds to the head (125, Gorman, RRR).
Hexakosioihexekontachexaphobia and 666 in Revelation 13.
What Does the Mark of the Beast Tell Us?
Christian responses to centralizing powers
The Babylonian - "Peace and Security”
How do we compare the “Babylons” we live under? What makes Babylon better?
Is this the end? Jesus and John on the last days...
1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.
LANDING THE PLANE
The Mark of the Lamb?
Rev. 7:1-8, 14:1 “Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.” The 144,000 represent the entire community of the redeemed.
The Return of the King/Bridegroom Matthew 25:1-13 13 Therefore stay alert because you do not know the day or the hour.
“Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Ready”
Vicit Agnus Noster, Eum Sequamur - “Our Lamb has conquered; let us follow him”
Sources for Further Study and Used Today
Reading Revelation Responsibly, Michael Gorman; I Was In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, Melissa Archer;Various Revelation Commentaries, NT Wright, NIVAP
For Reflection and Discussion