Good Morning! It would be even better if we woke up in Heaven this morning. But it is a day that the Lord made: rejoice and be glad in it. Revelation 20:4 tells us, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
During the Great Tribulation, if you take a stand for Jesus, you will be beheaded. Which makes sense when you consider the violence in the world today. Governments will look for a more ‘humane’ form of execution. The guillotine is a good choice. Think about it. The executioner pulls the rope, the blade falls, and your spinal cord is severed almost instantly. No time to feel the pain as you are thrust into the presence of the Lord. A great way for Antichrist to get rid of those pesky Christians. But you don’t have to lose your head.
How did we get here? Let me show you a verse from Ezekiel…
“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13).
When Gog and Magog invade Israel, the young lions are going to protest. Many Bible scholars believe that the young lions refer to the United States, Australia, and any other country that came out of England, whose symbol is the lion. The Socialist President-elect wants to cut military spending. This is what we may be reduced to: protesting with no show of might. Again, how did we get here, a nation built on the Word of God? Congress would pray and ask God for guidance at the beginning of every session. All these prayers have been recorded in the minutes of the meetings. There were great revivals across our great land. Then we got full of ourselves and turned our backs on God. We started going to Uncle Sam for help instead of God. The government will supply our every need – who needs God? We do! Today everyone is turning to the government for a free handout. But you don’t have to lose your head.
Identity theft is on the rise. But if you have a RFID chip implanted under the skin of your right hand or in your forehead, you won’t have to worry about being robbed of your identity, your cash, your credit cards, anything. Big government can fix it, and make it all better. All you need do is receive the mark. Just a small chip, the size of a grain of rice. It won’t hurt a bit.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brim‐stone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11)
But you don’t have to lose your head. There is only one real choice that leads to life: Jesus. You can take the mark and not lose your head, but death and the lake of fire is where you will end up. If you refuse the mark, then you will lose your head. But you don’t have to lose your head. Before all this happens the Lord will return in the air and receive His church. 1Thessalonians 4:15-18 says, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
I feel sorry for those who do not believe in the rapture of the church. How can we comfort someone with these words if they don’t believe them. But you don’t have to lose your head. All you need do is know that you are a sinner (Romans 5:12, 3:10 & 23). Know that you cannot save yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9). Know Jesus paid the price to get you into Heaven (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Then call on Him and ask Him to forgive you and save you. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
You don’t have to lose your head.
Peace! (Philippians 2:5-11)
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