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Mark of the Beast PRE-CONDITIONING (Mark of the Beast, Part THREE):

Foreshadowing – a warning or indication of (a future event). So, for example, many episodes of the American TV cartoon called “The Simpsons” portrayed events that hadn’t YET happened but happened many years later (e.g. the 9/11 attacks, etc.)

Therefore, what a “foreshadow” is, is a foretelling of things to com Pre-conditioning, on the other hand, is a condition that must be fulfilled before other things can happen or be done. Therefore, the “pre-conditioning” of the masses FOR the “Mark of the Beast” just simply means getting people to accept the “concept” OF “The Mark” BEFORE the actual process of The Mark being globally instituted happens! Make sense? 

Here is just a quick “preview” of what the Mark of the Beast will BE like, folks……what’s happening in China right now – in September of 2018:

And in Revelation 13 [New Testament, book of Revelation, Chapter 13], we start to see a more clearer picture of the End Times global world leader who will demand worship from ALL of the Earth’s inhabitants (even Christians!) He will require every man, woman and child to get a “Mark” in their right hand or their foreheads in order to be able to buy or sell. And whomever does NOT have this “Mark” will NOT be able to buy or sell and WILL (immediately, or eventually) be KILLED for refusing “The Mark!”

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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 nameHere is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six”
[- Revelation 13: 16-18]

He will ALSO have the ability to perform FALSE MIRACLES, such as bring down fire from heaven in the site of men!

Revelation 13: 13-15 says: And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed”. 

Therefore, the world’s soon gonna have a one world government leader who “appears to be the answer to all of the Earth’s problems”. He’ll perform “false miracles” like bring fire down from heaven in the site of men, and look/talk/act SO compelling, that he’ll deceive MANY – even many of those who call themselves “Christian!”

And HOW will he be able to do this, you might ask? Answer: He’ll be indwelt with the power of Satan! And there’ll be ONE way and only way ONLY to NOT be deceived by the one world government leader, the “Anti-Christ” and that’s THIS: Have your name recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life! “What’s the Lamb’s Book of Life?”, some might be wondering. Answer: It is Jesus’s “record book”, if you will, of all his FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS! Therefore, YOU must have YOUR name recorded in Jesus’s Book of Life in order to A) receive eternal salvation and B) NOT be deceived by the Antichrist!

“So how is one able to do THAT?”, some may wonder. And the answer is simple: CALL UPON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE, REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND *OBEY* CHRIST IN YOUR DAY TO DAY *LIVES!* It sounds easy. But it’s really not. It takes SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE!!!!

Parents: Imagine your lives before children, before parental responsibilities. Things were so much easier then, huh? But then children came into the picture and things became harder, am I right? So it is with following Jesus. Following Jesus is NOT for the faint of heart! It takes DISCIPLINE! It takes SHEER DETERMINATION! It takes TOTAL AND COMPLETE *FAITH!* And the REASON it takes disciple is BECAUSE of HIGH SPIRITUAL WARFARE!

For when you TRULY follow Christ, YOU will experience “persecution” in some way, shape or form! And folks, if you can’t handle a little persecution as a Christian NOW, how will you EVER be able to handle it LATER, when the persecution hits a FEVER PITCH, when Christians are rounded up, arrested and KILLED for refusing to take The Mark of the Beast? It begs of question!

Many Christians of today think that The Mark of the Beast is FAR, FAR AWAY into the future and/or that we’ll be raptured out of here BEFORE The Mark of the Beast takes place. However, NEITHER of those scenarios is the case, according to the bible! Jesus said in Matthew 24:34 “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled”. In other words, in Matthew chapter of the New Testament, the disciples of Jesus come to Jesus privately and ask him what the signs of the end times are. And Jesus tells them all of the signs of “the last generation”.

In other words, Jesus is saying there that THE GENERATION that sees those things come to pass (SIMULTANEOUSLY) will NOT pass away until all things are fulfilled. Well, guess what, folks, WE are that “last generation” of Matthew 24: 4-51. How? I can prove it to you:

  • There HAVE been MANY “false Christs” (such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, etc.)
  • There HAVE been MANY wars and “rumors of wars”
  • Nations & Kingdoms ARE starting to rise up against one another
  • There HAVE BEEN/ARE famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places
  • Many Christian people (in Africa & Middle East, etc.) ARE/HAVE BEEN imprisoned/tortured/killed for the name of Christ
  • Christians ARE hated in EVERY nation on Earth
  • Many people ARE “offended” at a great many things and HATE one another
  • False “prophets” ARE arising and ARE deceiving many
  • Sin IS abounding and love IS growing cold in today’s world
  • The gospel of the kingdom (of Jesus) IS being preached in all the world

In fact, Matthew 24:14 proclaims the following: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come

So, as far as I can see, we’re STILL living out the FIRST part of Matthew 24:14, the 2nd part of Matthew 24:14 hasn’t happened, yet! Just like Revelation 13:16 hasn’t happened YET……..Though it soon WILL!

In today’s world, there are MANY precursors (“previews”) to “Mark of the Beast“:

1). Students in Texas told they can’t enter cafeteria, use the library, and/or participate in “school functions” UNLESS they carry around a “GPS-enabled” ID card

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/08/texas-school-district-rep_n_1949415.html

Down below: (Anita Fuentes of Open Your Eyes People Ministries discusses the above news story IN GREAT DETAIL, as well as talks about the BIBLICAL IMPLICATIONS of such a news story and what it means for the present time and near future time!) 

2). Domino’s offered Russians a lifetime of pizza if they got tattoos of the company’s logo — and then it had to end the offer because too many people got inked

https://www.businessinsider.com/dominos-free-pizza-russia-tattoos-promo-ends-early-2018-9

3). Companies start implanting microchips into workers’ bodies

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-microchip-employees-20170403-story.html

4). Gene-editing method revives hopes for transplanting pig organs into people

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/10/gene-editing-method-revives-hopes-transplanting-pig-organs-people

5). The big chip card switch: living with EMV

https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/emv-chip-cards-one-year-later-consumer.php

6). A Genetic Revolution – New gene-editing technologies pioneered by East Bay laboratories bring hope to patients with incurable diseases

http://www.diablomag.com/March-2018/A-Genetic-Revolution/

Diablo Magazine! Ha! Diablo is the Spanish word for DEVIL! Go figure! And OFCOURSE “Devil Magazine”‘s gonna have a “favorable view” to DNA-Editing, since DNA-Editing is what Satan planned ALL ALONG!

7). Intro to Mobile Payments

https://squareup.com/guides/mobile-payments

8). Monster Energy drinks are from Satan – Daily Mail

9). The over-riding temptation to buy/own/use an Amazon Alexa, etc. (in and of ITSELF), as well as THE EXPLOSION of “Alexa” and “Alexa related products” in just about EACH and EVERY U.S. home! [As well as homes across the world, probably!] As in, it’s become MORE increasing aware that if YOU don’t have/own/use an “Alexa” of some sort, YOU are NOT considered a part of “modern technological society”. People in fact are REFUSING to see how Amazon Alexa is A) tied in to artificial technology (i.e. Antichrist technology) and how B) the Gov’t will USE Alexa to “track and record” its citizens! TRUE! It will also somehow (in MY opinion, anyways) be TIED INTO the “Mark of the Beast”, as in “interact WITH The Mark”.

10). Students in Denmark were instructed by their teacher to PUT A MICROCHIP into a STARFISH – WITHOUT the Starfish’s consent ofcourse (and the Starfish RESISTED – because the Starfish is SMART! However, humans are NOT Starfish! Therefore, those that take the Mark simply won’t HAVE the ability to “remove the microchip from their bodies!”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=Asry6QJR4hA

11). “Micro-chipping your PETS“…..It won’t be long before they start micro-chipping PEOPLE…..they’ve already done that in offices in Sweden…….

12). ETC.

And folks, that does NOT even include all the famous authors, celebrities, Youtubers, etc. that are touting “666” clothing and hand signs! But we’re HERE, folks! We’re HERE, already! Mark of the Beast is JUST AROUND THE CORNER! We’re already seeing all the 7+ “pre-conditionings” for it!

Why does Satan have to PRECONDITION THE MASSES for something? Answer: Because MOST human beings (on a base level) are ADVERSE to his Satanic “policies” and Satanic “agendas”. That’s why they have to be “warmed UP” to them! That’s why they have to be “pre-conditioned” TO them! Basically, Satan wants humans to become SO desensitized to “sin” and to “blasphemy”, that it “doesn’t even bother us anymore!” Because when it “doesn’t even bother us anymore”, we’ll stop caring so much about righteousness and when Christians (as a whole) stop caring so much about righteousness, SIN REIGNS! UNRIGHTEOUSNESS REIGNS! SATAN REIGNS!

I’m honestly scared for humanity (especially Christians!) Many Christians today are just in the dark and have NO IDEA of the “hell” that awaits them in today’s world! Things are going to get BAD! Really, really bad! Right before Jesus Christ returns, it’s LITERALLY going to be “Hell on Earth!” (Sorry for my words there but that’s the ONLY way I can think of to describe it). The bible says that love is gonna wax COLD (meaning, people are gonna hate and BETRAY one another for NO REASON!) Meaning, many family members, friends and coworkers will be DIVIDED amongst themselves, concerning the Mark of the Beast. Some will TAKE the Mark, while others WON’T! And the ones that have or DO take “The Mark” will HIGHLY TRY TO COERCE/PRESSURE the ones who haven’t taken the Mark TO take the Mark! Arguments such as:

  • “Oh, come on, just take The Mark. It’s not gonna kill you. I’m sure God won’t send you to eternal hell/the lake of fire for needing to feed yourself/your family!”
  • “Oh, come on, it’s not that bad. Besides, my health has improved by leaps and bounds and I look better than I have in 30 years!”
  • “Oh, come on, what are you waiting for? God knows you need to eat!”
  • Gosh! What’s your @!#$$% problem? Are you REALLY that paranoid over a new economic system? You’re retarded! I feel sorry for you! What an IDIOT!”
  • “You better take the Mark……..or else they’re going to KILL YOU! You don’t want to be KILLED, do you?”
  • “They’re honestly going to kill me/us/them IF you don’t take The Mark! You wouldn’t want ME/them/us to be KILLED, would you?” 
  • “Now, I know what you’re thinking…….so and so is the Antichrist, right? Only, he’s not the Anti-Christ! He just wants to make the world a better place. What’s so wrong about THAT? Why do you hate “the leader” so much? Don’t you KNOW that “the leader” cares GREATLY for you? That “I” care greatly for you? I just don’t want to see you suffer!”
  • “Jesus is an @@#$ and a liar! Why has Jesus made YOU suffer so much if he “cares so greatly FOR you?” I can’t BELIEVE you’re actually following what a 2,000 year old Jewish rabbi says!”
  • “Ya know……nobody cares about Jesus or the bible anymore. You’re irrelevant! ONLY by taking The Mark will you ever gain stature or being taken seriously in today’s world!”  
  • “Geesh! I can’t believe you’re THAT worked up over the Mark. It’s JUST a Mark to be able to buy or sell, nothing more. What are YOU so afraid of?”
  • “I’m going to turn you in if you don’t get The Mark. I REFUSE to be an enemy of the state. YOU on the other hand…..?”
  • “I’m not harboring a fugitive of the state. So you better get The Mark OR ELSE!”
  • “If you don’t take The Mark, we’re through!”
  • “If you don’t take The Mark, I’m gonna torchure/kill you/your family/your children/your pets/etc.”
  • “You won’t get your latest paycheck/bank deposit/driver’s license/passport, etc. until you take The Mark”
  • ETC. 

And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the IMMENSE PRESSURE that many people will feel (even Christians) to take the Mark in order to feed themselves/their families/their pets and/or their friends. But folks: We’ve got to start training ourselves NOW…..training ourselves to RESIST TEMPTATION!

Cause like I said, evangelist Anita Fuentes brought up a VERY good point in one of her most recent bible sermonettes when she said: “Folks…..if you can’t resist something as simple as a chocolate bar NOW, what makes you think you’ll be able to resist The Mark of the Beast later?” And she’s right, it’s the ULTIMATE temptation of temptations, the FINAL TEMPTATION of mankind! 

So, for example, WHEN you’re at the grocery store and you see that chocolate bar or that donut or whatever else looks good and/or you drive by the latest fast food joint, seeing an advertised picture in the window of the place and it looks SO good and SO delicious and your body and your brain is just SCREAMING to have that chocolate bar and/or delicious, fattening product…..Learn through the spiritual disciple of Christ to PUT DOWN THAT CHOCOLATE BAR ETC. AND NOT BUY IT and/or to DRIVE BY THAT FAST FOOD PLACE AND NOT GO THERE! And believe me folks, it takes SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE! I myself even am currently in the process of trying to train myself to DEFY TEMPTATIONS at the grocery stores and in fast food places!

WOW….Just right now, at this VERY moment when I’m writing this out, the Lord has revealed something onto me. And that’s THIS: the “irresistible urge” to buy fattening products is INDEED in and of itself a “precursor” to the ULTIMATE TEMPTATION that people will feel to take the Mark of the Beast WHEN the Mark of the Beast comes about! WOW! That’s CHILLING! I feel convicted, even!

For I must admit, I am one of those people who have struggled with occasional temptations of fattening food and fast food! And sometimes, the temptations to buy those things are just UNBEARABLE! (It’s probably actually somewhat similar to what an alcoholic feels when they can’t get their alcohol, etc.) My body is just SCREAMING for fattening food! So sometimes I feel overpowered BY these temptations and go ahead and buy the food “just to shut my brain up”, already!  

But then, after consuming it, I don’t ever feel better folks, I feel WORSE! And EVEN MORE hungry than I did before! They say that sugar addiction is 10 times worse than being addicted to cocaine! (And I’ve never personally been addicted to cocaine, but I imagine it’s pretty addicting). So I guess that’s essentially the “point” that Anita was trying to make…..

For if sugar has become “the god of their lives”, then it won’t be long before the Antichrist ALSO becomes the “god of their lives”. Because ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING that takes us AWAY from Jesus Christ, (including addiction to sugar/fattening foods) can easily become “our god” and ANY “god” before Christ is a “precursor” to the Antichrist!

I know that I’ve written many, many posts on this subject and apologize for writing so many, but I REALLY need people to get this! That’s WHY I write so many posts on this subject and repeat my warnings, over and over and over again! Because I want to make 100% sure that YOU know the truth of the bible and that YOU, my dear readers, do NOT cave to ANY LIE brought about by Satan, demons or the world! I want to make sure that YOU are prepared to endure in the Last Days! I want to make sure that YOUR name will be recorded in the Lamb’s (Jesus’s) Book of Life! I want to make sure that YOU endure till the End!

And last but not least, HERE is a video that’ll hopefully PREPARE YOU to RESIST the Mark of the Beast and well as all of its “temptations”: {P.S.: DON’T FORGET TO ALSO PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS FOR THE STRENGTH & WILL TO CARRY THROUGH THE TRIBULATION *WITHOUT THE MARK* – NO MATTER WHAT! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!} 

 

 

**VERY IMPORTANT!!! The Coming Tribulation/Persecution: Revelation 2:10**

As more and more Christians in general society and the workplace are being persecuted by those with an agenda of “unrestrained perpetual sin” [i.e. the openly homosexual activists that are currently fighting for gay marriage rights, as well as Atheist and/or Satanic activists who want to stamp out as much of Christianity in public and in private as much as humanly possible], I am constantly brought back in my mind to the words of Revelation 2:10 which state: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life“.

[Rather or not the 10 days in question is an ACTUAL 10 days or a “figurative” 10 days is up to debate, as many bible scholars think “they” have the answer and the number of their answers are as many as the number of ice cream flavors at Baskin Robbins, if not even more so, lol].

There’s also 3 other bible passages that deal with this topic as well: (Luke 21:12, Matthew 10:19, and Mark 13:11), which I’ll quote down below. Because lets face it, if you’re one of those Christians who thought that going through the great tribulation/testing of your faith met staying at home, indoors, and doing nothing BUT reading your bible and praying all the time, you’re in for QUITE a rude awakening! Truth be told, there WILL be persecution on every Christian…….atleast, every TRUE biblical-roots Christian, that is. Now, the DEGREE of persecution is going to differ from person to person, depending on the circumstances.

But before you go ANY further into this post, please watch the following enactment video called : “Would You Die For Your Faith in Jesus Christ [Yeshua]?” at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj1d9h7IL0I

Have you ever really noticed how the Devil NEVER, EVER persecutes the WORLDLY CHURCHES? No, in fact, all the WORLDLY churches (such as Joel Osteen’s Lakewood, Texas prosperity church, Benny Hinn’s church, etc.) are some of THE RICHEST churches IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! Why is that, do you think? On other other hand, pastors who do NOT agree with gay marriage etc. oftentimes get reprimanded and/or lose their jobs!

And just like Revelation 2:10, Luke 21:12 states: “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues [interesting it says TO and not FROM…odd?], and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake“.

However, ONCE a Christian is “arrested” and/or “severely persecuted” for being a Christian (or consequently, for whatever “erroneous charges” that the dark side can come up with as a RESULT of a person being a true Christian who tries to follow the Lord’s will in their lives, NO MATTER WHAT), the bible gives us VERY CLEAR instructions on WHAT we are to do and say WHEN that happens. The following two bible passages command us to do the following:

Matthew 10:19 says: “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak

Mark 13:11 states: “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost“. 

And DO you, as a true bible-believing Christian, ever get that creepy feeling in your stomach that somebody (somebody from the dark side of forces) is watching you and just WAITING to punish you somehow for doing the Lord’s will and/or for being a true Christian that follows the bible and supports Israel/Jerusalem/bible prophecy?

Conspiracy theorists talk all the time about concentration camps for Christians someday, while others even suggest that beheading will someday become the preferred form of capital punishment in this country (America). As to how much of that stuff is actually true, one can only guess. BUT…..If I don’t write another post on here in a very long time or you don’t hear back any replies from me for a really long time if you make a comment on here, then that probably means something controversial happened and please pray for me.

Also: Please pray for me and ALL fellow Christians all over the world that are being persecuted for Jesus’s namesake.

However, also please rejoice somewhat whenever a person is persecuted for Jesus Christ’s namesake! For Jesus Christ said the following in Matthew 5: 11-12Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

Romans 5:3-4 state: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope”.

However, you also might be wondering WHY the good Lord makes us suffer forms of persecution in our lives. That is because he wants to test our faith and even try to strengthen it and make our faith EVEN STRONGER!

It’s really no different than car companies crash-testing cars that they make. They keep crashing them over and over again in the “testing process” to learn how to make them more crash-safe and/or durably crash-free. So it is with Jesus Christ and our faith. He sometimes allows us to suffer persecution SO THAT we will learn *perseverance*.

And then, if/when things get REALLY bad, it’ll then seem “normal” and be like a walk in the park for us, faith-wise, since God will have already given us by then the necessary emotional, mental, physical and spiritual tools to deal with persecution and opposition during the previous “crash-testing” process of our faith. Because lets face it, when we already HAVE everything we need, we feel as though we have no need for God in our lives, it’s a PRIDE thing! But whenever things go bad in our lives, OH HOW WE SURE HAVE NEED OF THE GOOD LORD THEN, am I right? 😉

Therefore, like it or not, God uses suffering as a means to draw us closer to HIM! And he does it for our own spiritual good! (Even if, during the TIME of the persecution, it doesn’t feel or seem like that). Remember the words of God in Hebrews 13:5 which state: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee“. So in other words, draw close to God/Jesus Christ at ALL times (ESPECIALLY during times of suffering) and he will draw close to YOU!

Remember how Abraham was tested in the Old Testament? Abraham loved his son Isaac SO MUCH (the son that God MIRACULOUSLY gave to Abraham and Sarah in their OLD AGE), that God was no longer sure whom Abraham loved more, his son or God. That’s WHY God had to test Abraham and see where Abraham’s heart truly was. And then, after Abraham had proven himself faithful and that he placed God even above his own son, God rewarded him DILIGENTLY.

And let us also not forget Job in the Old Testament. He was a GENTILE, yet God was bragging about how faithful of a servant Job was, all across the board. Satan the Devil was angry and more or less said to God “oh yeah? Take away everything he owns and he will curse thee, I am sure”. So God took Satan up on the challenge and guess what? Job lost everything in one day (his cattle, his 10 children, his money, even the love and respect of his own wife!) But still, Job still kept the faith. And God eventually gave back to him ten-fold what he had lost during the “crash-testing” process of his faith. That’s where the popular saying comes from which states “the more you suffer, the more you gain”.

However, SOME people easily give up at the first sign of persecution and it’s THOSE few people I’d like to pray for, today: someone says something not so nice to them on their Christian witnessing Youtube page, an open homosexual at the workplace calls them out for being so “hateful” towards the homosexual lifestyle, a non-Christian friend, family member or stranger calls them “crazy” for believing in things they can’t so-called physically hear or see, they see more and more things in the News about “Christians” being PUNISHED for their beliefs and so they’re too afraid to profess their “Christian beliefs” in public or amongst their friends.

Then, after awhile, they just stop trying to live for Jesus Christ altogether, thinking to themselves that it’s “too hard”, “too much of a burden” in today’s world, and try to mildly blend INTO the world. They think that as long as they don’t become a full-fledged Satanist/Hindu/Wiccan/Buddhist/Atheist/etc. but still merely “believe” in God, that God will forgive them and that they won’t go to hell/eternal condemnation after they die. But sadly, those folks are mistaken. Because HERE is what Jesus Christ has to say about “lukewarmness” in people and in churches:

Revelation 3: 15-17 states: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

However, to those that ENDURE persecution and OVERCOME it by MAINTAINING and even STRENGTHENING their faith, Jesus Christ has THIS to say:

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” – Revelation 3:21

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” – Revelation 2:10

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” – James 1:12

 

 

 

“I’ve Become a Christian: Now What?” Part One

When one decides to become a Christian and gets baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (FULLY submerged baptism, not sprinkling), one will receive the free gifts of Salvation/Forgiveness of Sins and Everlasting Life. And along with this comes the gift of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of Truth that will tell you “this is of God” or “this is NOT of God”, in other words, the gift of Spiritual Discernment.

However, the MOMENT you become fully-submerged baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons will IMMEDIATELY set you apart and put you on their “SPIRITUAL HITLIST” of people to spiritually attack. Because quite technically, becoming a fully-submerged baptized Christian in the name of Jesus Christ makes YOU, the Christian believer, one of Satan’s BIGGEST threats in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE (next to the Lord Jesus Christ & the Lord’s angels, themselves!) Basically, the more people turn to Jesus Christ and AWAY from the throes of Satan, the less souls that Satan will be able to steal away from Jesus Christ Almighty!

“But how exactly does Satan try to steal away a soul from Jesus Christ?”, one might ask. Well, the answer is simple: subtlety. He’s not gonna come out with the full-blazing spiritual guns, sort’ve speak, and loudly proclaim to you: “hi, I’m Satan and I’m here to try to steal your soul away! mmuhhahahhaha” No, he’s gonna be far more subtle than that. He starts out small, then works up big. For example, maybe the first thing he’ll do is use non-believing friends, family and coworkers to try to make you feel “ashamed” or “guilty” of your faith in Jesus Christ and/or to make you feel like a “religious bigot” of sorts. And then, he slowly branches out from there in his attacks.

He will then use non-believers around you to “tempt you” in doing things that go against the bible. Things like “go ahead and keep the extra change, it’s ONLY 2 quarters, nobody’s gonna care or notice”, “go ahead, get a soda refill without paying for it, nobody’s gonna care or notice” or “the bible never condemns drinking, ya know? So what’s the harm in it?” or “the bible doesn’t really prohibit pre-marital sex, sex is a gift from God, so it’s REALLY not gonna hurt ya to partake of it before marriage” or perhaps “it said that God gave us every single plant so there’s really no harm in smoking hash/marijuana/grass/mary jane”.

Well, we know first-hand that people have actually died from the synthetic “hash/marijuana” being marketed to people today as the following articles demonstrate:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/06/health/synthetic-marijuana-denver/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/02/marijuana-pot-edible-death-colorado-denver/7220685/

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/man-bites-dog-eats-dog-high-spice/story?id=16660512

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/03/05/tainted-spice-linked-to-kidney-failure-outbreak/

So yes, there is REAL HARM in it, not only physical and mental harm, but spiritual harm as well, MARK MY WORDS!

But going back to the topic at hand, spiritual warfare. If you attempt to save yourself for marriage, Satan will no doubt try to tempt you with lust, pornography, and the like. And he will MOST SPECIFICALLY use a non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to do that. And if THAT doesn’t work, Satan will try a slightly different approach. He will get the non-believing boyfriend/girlfriend to put pressure on you. “Oh what, you don’t love me? Is that it? Are you cheating on me or what? Yeah well, EVERYBODY’S doing it and you’re gonna have trouble finding someone who isn’t!” to try to SHAME you into pre-marital sex.

And if and when you DO ever cave to the temptation of pre-marital sex, Satan will use the “guilt” and “shame” you feel over it to EVEN FURTHER drag you down (spiritually speaking). Satan will try like heck to get you to believe the LIE of “well, I’ve already done it once, I might as well keep doing it since Jesus Christ is too ashamed of me, now!” And then, once Satan has you hating yourself, he gots you right where he wants you and you are “fair game” to him, spiritually speaking.

Some people think “once marked in the name of God, always marked in the name of God” but that’s just not true! For when Christians become luke-warm or REPEATEDLY cave to Satan’s temptations (such as “go ahead and have pre-marital sex on a continual basis, God’s not gonna care”, “Jesus doesn’t care if you continually party, he partied himself at the wedding at Canaan”, “go ahead and continually smoke hash with the coworkers, it’s alright”), the mark of God on them/the burning fire in their hearts FOR the Lord (brought on by full immersion baptism) will start to “fade/die out” over time until one day, it’s hardly ignited in their hearts at all and then, if the person STAYS on the path of darkness, the flame in their hearts FOR God might just disappear altogether. And the only way for them to RE-IGNITE that flame in their hearts FOR the Lord Jesus Christ is to once again, read God’s Word/the bible, REPENT of all sins and RE-APPLY the bible to their lives!

“But why is baptism even NEEDED in the first place?”, one might ask and the simple answer is this: baptism (the “ceremonial washing away of sins” is not only done TO Jesus Christ himself in the river Jordan in the New Testament by John the Baptist) but the bible has about 12+ passages that command baptism and they are as follows:

1. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit

2. Mark 1:5 “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins”

3. Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,”

4. Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”

5. Matthew 3:6 “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”

 6. Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized is saved but he who does not believe is condemned”

 7. Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and every one of you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”

 8. John 3:5 “Jesus answered, most truly I say to you, unless anyone is born of water and spirit [baptized], one cannot enter the Kingdom of God [heaven]“

 9. Acts 10:48 “With that, he commanded them to baptized in the name of Christ

10. Acts 22:16 “And now, why are you delaying? Rise and get baptized and wash your sins away by calling upon his name”

11. Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead

12. Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”

13. Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism

14. 1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

[[**And for those who think or worry that babies go to hell if they’re not baptized, John 15:22 says: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin“. In other words, babies are pardoned. Except in the cases of the Old Testament where a whole entire city was wiped out, the decree of Herod, and the decree of the Lord against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, all babies are pardoned. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven“. ]]

Even though Satan STILL tempts those who are “already his” (spiritually speaking) — (this is evidenced for example when famous people spiral further & further out of control due to Satan FURTHER tempting them to go even FURTHER and FURTHER down the path of darkness such as “go ahead, join the million dollar club”, “open up a new nightclub”, “go ahead and do some Hollywood drug using/dealing on the side, it’s not gonna kill you” and the like) — he’s actually far more interested in the “saints of God” (that is to say, TRUE biblical-roots Christians who not only have the testimony of the Word of God/the Holy Bible written on their hearts, but actually go out and APPLY it to their lives). Why? Because THOSE people are the true “threats” to him. But basically, his goal is to tempt ALL. He wants to keep those already under his spell IN his spiritual grip and he wants to try to get those who are OUT of his control (true Christians) INTO his control, if that makes any sense.

Jesus said in John 15: 18-23 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also

Matthew 16: 24-26 says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

John 16:23 says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

So in other words, Jesus Christ NEVER promised that being a true Christian would be “easy”. In fact, he suggested it would be anything BUT easy in today’s evil, evil world. However, in John 16:23, he reminds us not to worry about the trials and tribulation we will have in this world because he’s ALREADY overcome the world.

Matthew 5:10 states: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven“. Verses 11-12 go on to say: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

So in other words, when you TRULY live for Jesus Christ, people are gonna take notice and some are gonna severely persecute you for it. However, when this happens, Jesus Christ says to be glad since your rewards in heaven will be great whenever this happens. And the REASON why we are persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ is because he (Jesus) wants to TEST our faith and teach us how to have STRONG FAITH, even in the face of Adversity! Think back to Abraham in the Old Testament. The Lord wanted to test Abraham and his faith to see if he (Abraham) valued the Lord above, first and foremost before everything else in his life. And thankfully, Abraham passed the test. We also read about a guy named Job (pronounced Yob) in the Old Testament who also had HIS faith put to the test. And once again, he ALSO thankfully passed the testing of his faith. But there are some out there who when their faith is tested, fall.

Matthew 7: 24-27 states: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”. In other words, how strong is our faith and trust in the Lord? Will we bow out and give up at the FIRST sign of persecution or will we hold strong, even IN SPITE of major adversity, like Abraham and Job did in the Old Testament?