The Mark of the Beast

Mention the mark of the beast and the most common response you get has something to do with the number 666. That’s understandable since the book of Revelation says the mark of the beast is the name of the beast or the number of its name which we are told is 666.

Further, most popular beliefs about this mark is that it will be a tattoo of the number “666” or something else on the right hand or forehead. I don’t believe that. Others believe it will be a computer chip implanted inside the right hand or forehead. I don’t believe that.

I will tell you what I believe it is and why I believe it and you are free to agree with me or not. It’s more than a tattoo or computer chip – much more. In fact, there are people today who bear this mark and are doing everything they can to stamp you with it. And unless you understand exactly what this mark is they will succeed in doing just that. You won’t see it on your right hand or your forehead, but it will be there.

Let me explain…listen to this sermon.

North Carolina Values

North Carolina has become part of the Eastern Front on the war against those whose values are based upon the Biblical teachings concerning sexuality, values that have been largely embraced by civilizations, Christian or not, for thousands of years. And history has witnessed the decay and death of civilizations that have turned from those values and embraced sexual values such as homosexuality.

The war came to North Carolina when Charlotte passed a non-discrimination ordinance allowing transgendered individuals to use public restrooms in accordance to their perceived sex.

The North Carolina legislature convened an emergency session to address Charlotte’s NDO. The NC Senate and House passed a bill that invalidated Charlotte’s NDO by giving the State the lone authority to create NDOs rather than individual municipalities. The bill stated that persons may only use public restrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate unless they have undergone sex-change procedures.

NC Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, essentially an act of war to the LGBT militants and their army which currently consists of the Presidents, CEOs, and high ranking officials in dozens of companies among whom are: Levi Strauss & Co, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Twitter, Coca-Cola, Hyatt Hotels, Citibank, Choice Hotels, Bank of America,,, Hilton, American Airlines, IBM, Starbucks, PayPal, Wells Fargo, Facebook, and on and on.

These companies are flexing their financial muscle in an effort to bully North Carolina to repeal the law. One of these bullies, PayPal, has decided to not open a facility there that would have brought hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the state. Instead PayPal is looking for a state that shares its values. What are PayPal’s values? Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman made that quite clear in his condemnation of North Carolina’s audacity to pass a law requiring males and females to use restrooms that correspond with their biological sex. Schulman said…

“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture.”

That must mean that PayPal’s core values and principles include the belief that males who self-identify as females have the right to use a bathroom or locker room designated for females and females who self-identify as males have the right to use a bathroom or locker room designated for males.

In fact, every corporation that has declared war against North Carolina’s bill to restrict public restrooms and locker rooms to the sex on one’s birth certificate must share PayPal’s immoral values.

No need to feel sorry for PayPal though. Immoral values rejected in one state find ready homes in other states. Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock along with Montana’s senior Senator Jon Tester co-wrote a letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman inviting him to expand his company to Montana.

Governor Steve Bullock (D) and Senator Jon Tester (D) co-wrote a letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman expressing strong interest in PayPal relocating positions to Montana.
In a joint statement Bullock and Tester said…

“Unlike North Carolina, we believe that an inclusive business environment creates a strong business environment.”

So, Bullock and Tester are in effort saying…

Unlike North Carolina we leaders of Montana believe that a male who thinks he’s a female has the right to use public facilities designated for females regardless of whether those females are grown adults or minor children or whether they feel uncomfortable or fearful in the presence of a biological male while using those facilities. Of course, females would have the right to use public facilities designated for males also. Equal opportunity you know.

It appears Montana’s governor and senior senator have already capitulated to the homosexual militants immoral demands, bowing down to the Money Idol. But that doesn’t surprise me. Tester’s immoral values are have been known for years. He is an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood, an organization that murders and butchers babies, millions of babies. So twisted and despicable is Tester’s value system that even after a series of videos were released over the last several months from the Center for Medical Progress providing indisputable evidence of Planned Parenthood murdering, then butchering, harvesting the organs of the slaughtered babies, he still supports funding Planned Parenthood. Given that demonic mindset believing males and females should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice is natural. Sin begets sin.

But the attack on North Carolina isn’t limited to corporations that supply all the foods and toys we seem to have an insatiable appetite for or states that are happy to stab their fellow states in the back by groveling at the feet of companies carrying the Money Idol with them.

North Carolina is also being attacked by the giant industries of sports. The NCAA is scheduled to hold men’s basketball tournament games in Greensboro in 2017 and Charlotte in 2018. But that may change in retaliation for NC taking a stand for traditions values. The NCAA released a statement saying…

“Our commitment to the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has not changed and is at the core of our NCAA values. It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events.”

The NCAA’s core values sound a lot like PayPal’s.

The NBA is also threatening North Carolina with economic sanctions.

And the entertainment industry, not to be outdone, has joined the war against North Carolina. Lionsgate Entertainment pulled the production of a new TV series from NC and taken it to Canada.

And the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, canceled an upcoming show slated for Greensboro, North Carolina. So, if you’re looking for him you may find him in the women’s bathroom.
Make no mistake what’s happening in North Carolina is a war, a war of values, a war to determine right from wrong, good from evil. But it’s a war fought mainly on the battlefield of money. That shouldn’t be surprising.

Economics, money, is the weapon of choice for Satan and his demons. That is made clear from Revelation 13.

“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?

“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

“If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.

“Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666” (Revelation 13:1-18 ESV).

(There is much in these verses that I will not touch upon right now. I did a sermon on the Mark of the Beast that can be accessed at for a deeper analysis of this chapter.)

A couple of things to bear in mind. The Beast, Satan’s agent to destroy mankind, is alive and well today in the form of godless governments and godless organizations that war against the saints and all that is holy. The only difference between them and the ultimate Beast is one of geographical scope and consolidation of power. What we are witnessing today by corporations and governments and entertainers is a battle in the war against the saints, Christians. And the main weapon is economics.
Image for a moment living in a society that requires you to pledge allegiance to every demonic, godless lifestyle and desire fallen man can conceive of with the penalty for not doing so being unable to buy and sell anything – food, clothing, or shelter for you or your family.

What will you do when a grocery store refuses to sell you food because you believe marriage is between one man and one woman, because you believe homosexuality is a sin, because you believe unborn babies are human beings and that killing them is murder, because you have North Carolina values? Folks, that’s where we’re heading right now.

Corporations that provide much of what we use every day have already bowed the knee to Satan. They will one day refuse to sell you anything unless you agree with their values. If you choose to deny Christ you will be forbidden to go to school, play sports, own a home, get a driver’s license, and on and on.

So, what do we do? We fight, today. We fight by becoming more biblically literate. We fight by praying for wisdom, discernment, and courage. We fight having resolved that we will not deny our Lord. We fight knowing that the Beast and his values will be overthrown. We fight knowing these corporations, and entertainers, and governments that have bowed the knee to Satan will one day bow before us as we stand alongside the risen Lord.