December 22 – The Mark of the Beast is coming!

December 22
Zechariah 2:1-3:10
Revelation 13:1-18
Psalm 141:1-10
Proverbs 30:18-20

Zechariah 2:5 – It seems that the man with the measuring line in Zechariah 2:1 is measuring to build a wall around the city to keep out invaders. Zechariah is sent to tell the defense contractor – you can’t build a wall as good as the wall of fire the LORD will build!

Zechariah 2:8 – From Jimmy DeYoung:

The city of Jerusalem is mentioned 37 times in this prophetic book and here in the second chapter the prophet refers to the holy city as the “apple of his eye”. That phrase is speaking of the “pupil” of the eye, the most sensitive spot on the entire body. This is a warning to those who might consider touching – attacking – the city of Jerusalem.

Zechariah 3:2 – We saw in Revelation 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and what is he doing? Attacking Joshua the high priest. But the Lord defends Joshua.

Notice the interesting phrase “a brand plucked from the fire.” John Wesley identified as such.

At the age of five the Wesleys’ home caught on fire in the night. All the children were removed safely from the house, but when they were counted, John was missing. A farmer from nearby spotted little John looking out of an upstairs window amid the leaping flames. Several neighbors climbed on each other’s shoulders, ‘till the man on top was able to put his arms around the boy and pull him out of the flames to safety. Only moments after he was rescued, the entire house exploded in flames. Ever after, for the rest of his life, John Wesley referred to himself “as a brand plucked from the burning,” quoting Zechariah 3:2, which says,

Zechariah 3:5 – New garments is a theme throughout Scripture. See Joseph in Genesis 41:42, the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:22, and the guest without a wedding garment in Matthew 22:10-12. In each case – Joseph / the son / the guest / Joshua – could not earn new garments. Joseph was in prison, the Prodigal Son was broke , the wedding guest was probably either poor, maimed, halt, or blind (Luke 14:21), and Joshua despite being high priest “was clothed with filthy garments” Zechariah 3:3. But why should we be surprised? As Isaiah said, ” all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

Joseph, the son, the guest (if he chose otherwise), and Joshua all could obtain new brilliantly white garments only because they were washed in the blood of the Lamb! (Revelation 7:14).

Zechariah 3:10 – Again we find George Washington’s favorite expression – “under the vine and under the fig tree.” God will give Israel rest!

Revelation 13:3 – Many Bible scholars see this as a “fake resurrection” – attempting to imitate Jesus’ resurrection.

Revelation 13:8 – There’s only two choices – worshiping the Lamb or worshiping the Beast.

Revelation 13:17 – You may have seen the movie “A Thief in the Night” – it discusses the mark of the beast.

While the mark of the beast won’t be released until the tribulation, there has been efforts to
pave the way in technology and social acceptance. People in past decades have noted that within the UPC codes, found on virtually every item bought or sold, appear to contain 666.

Former Wisconsin Governor and US Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was advocating for a company that implants microchips into humans.

And most recently, China is implementing a “social credit” system, that places people on a blacklist resulting in their inability to travel and excluding them from prestigious schools.

Revelation 13:18 – People must have the mark, the name, or the number (Revelation 13:17) in either their right hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16), for six possible applications. Beale suggests that 666 refers to “completeness of sinful incompleteness.”

Psalm 141:3 – The Psalmist is asking God to keep him from sin. What’s the first area that he asks for help in? Controlling his mouth! Let’s pray for help to control our tongues as well!

Proverbs 30:20 – The writers contrast the honest, legitimate romance of a man with a maid with the denials of an adulteress. Avoid the way of the Proverbs 7 woman, avoid her house – it is the way to hell (Proverbs 7:27)!

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