Sunday, February 16, 2014

John MacArthur's Mark of the Beast Deception

This was discussed in some comments, so I had planned to post these videos. On the second video I do not agree with everything, he uses non-KJV Bible verses [the third one does too] and believes in the millennial kingdom but warns about how in Revelation those who refused the mark were martyred by the Antichrist. Which is just further proof of how MacArthur here denied God's truths.  Any preacher who tells you that you can take the mark of the beast and still be saved, is a wolf in sheep's clothing and a deceiver. I can see these types holding church chipping parties one day. They will tell their congregations to obey and to line up. This is evil and a direct contradiction to the word of God. You'd think horrible statements like this would mean they'd be out of the preacher business tomorrow, but these wolves have plenty of the spiritually blind following them. Irony of Irony over on MacArthur's home page "Grace to You" he has written an article called "The Pathology of False Teachers".

Elsewhere on his website there is an article called "Unforgivable?" dated Oct. 30, 2013 written by Phil Johnson, where the excuse making for this false teaching exposed in the videos above is in full force, with complaints about "online gossip" and continues to restate the falsehoods about the mark of the beast.

"his whole issue suddenly became a matter of intense controversy when it was mentioned on a provocative radio program. It’s certainly not worth all the ink that has been wasted and all the bandwidth that has been consumed by angry people demanding explanations and retractions. This much should certainly be clear from the biblical text (and I think would be affirmed by all sides): Taking the mark of the Beast is high treason against Christ and will be judged by God accordingly. Meanwhile, the Lord is “good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon [Him]”...

The false pre-trib Rapture is being used to deliver endless lies.

Revelation 14:11
King James Version (KJV)
11 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.


Within His Word said...

It is John MacArthur's CALVINISM that causes this error, and really every other error he teaches. He teaches works for salvation, which leads to hell of course. But this mark of the beast thing, is also due to his calvinism, because he denies the existence of free will, thus reasoning that a person could take the mark of the beast, and escape judgment due to being part of the anti-biblical calvinist "elect".

Anonymous said...


OSAS, loved by the. Baptist, and pure trib rapture, also loved by them and others, are the most deadly doctrines spiritually. Like you have said in the past, the litmus test to a spiritually sound church is their alliengence to ecumenucial unity and desire to be friends with catholocism.


Leahlive said...

Well thank you. I got caught in that web of MacArthur's "False Preacher" article. I had not yet seen these vids and see how they Wolves are even calling each other out now. WOW. Sick of this putrid world and the magnitude of evil so out in the open.

Come Jesus Come...

Lillianna White said...

Hi and blessings to you!

Thank you for posting this, I have been warning people about this exact thing. Even other wolves have stated this same lie. It's like watching them all converge in the same whirlpool towards the one world religion and po- uh, you know... antichrist.

It started with the pre-trib lie long ago and fluffed everyone up to escape all suffering. Even if we know that it is post trib, what many forget to do is prepare (psychologically, spiritually, etc.) for going through a lot of persecution. I can see it already starting, like the steam rising before the water starts boiling. All those things including death will be expected of us. Some people are 'prepping' in physical ways, but I just don't have the resources for that. I depend on God from day to day anyway so I'm not worried. But what is most important is being prepared to face these things. In other countries it has been a reality for a long time. Will the American Christians be able to endure the same things? Do they love the Lord as much? The test is coming. You can't run the race to win and cross the finish line in glory when it is asked of you if you are laying on the couch watching TV everyday, loving the things of this world. Take heed!

Again, thank you for your work sister! ( :

Anonymous said...

Thank-You Bible Believer for posting these videos. I had the opportunity to hear Mr. MacArthur speak of this on Brannon Howse's Worlview Weekend radio program. Mr. Howse did not even question Mr. MacArthur's belief concerning salvation regardless of taking the mark of the beast literally surprised me, since Mr. Howse hosts a "discernment ministry." He did not call out Mr. MacArthur by asking him which Scriptures support his mistaken belief system and on that day, I lost respect for Mr. MacArthur and no longer promote him to my peers.

May God forgive me for making idols out of preachers and teachers and putting my trust in them, instead of our LORD Jesus Christ. Oh, wretched soul am I.

Bible Believer said...

Yes the Calvinism definitely is linked and well I suppose they think the elect will get in even if they march off to the mark of the beast, he had to provide an out.

This is what you get when you have types who won't examine themselves to see if they are in the faith, and yes I agree about the litmus test regarding Catholic church.
I saw this recently looks like MacArthur has some other weird teachings...

Leahlive, thanks I agree.

Lillianna, yes I agree so many lies but notice how all these false preachers are very much the same. I am curious very few of pastors are warning about NWO but that also includes warning about the mark of the beast too in most cases doesn't it? They were all fooled by the globalist wars so why not be fooled at taking a "chip" for peace and safety reasons while preaching the false meaning of Romans 13 they love so well?

Anon I am glad God has brought you away from the false preacher. Realize we have a "network" in place and most of the known ones are wolves. I had my time I was listening to MacArthur, about time I was visiting the Calvary Chapel though he is one I figured out too was preaching false things and of course then I found the other false connections.

Lillianna White said...

Yes, it is an interconnected network of wolves. They all promote each other, etc.

I have researched a lot of things and one thing I stumbled upon online was that 501c3 churches now have a list of things that they are forbidden to talk about. One thing was the NWO, one was the new age, all the typical things that we do need to know about at this critical time. (Even if they wanted to speak out on these).

I have also had my time of listening to radio speakers, etc. and what I noticed was among believers they will develop such a loyal following and cleave to a speaker like the long lost dad they never had or something, and when they discover some error they either take the ostrich approach or their hearts are shattered. It is a dangerous thing and these guys cultivate a charismatic warm and fuzzy demeanor specifically to deceive. It's that bad. And notice how the pope has been wooing in the crowds from all directions... gays, atheists, 'separated brethren', liberals, poor, etc.? Same sort of thing at work. I have friends too who I try to talk to, but it all falls on deaf ears. "oh, he couldn't be the one, look at what a humanitarian he is... Did you see how he hugged that disfigured man? So sweet!" It's like talking to a wall. 'Willfully blind' I call it.

Leahlive said...

I had a friend post this today on Facebook asking believers to diligently pray. I made a comment about it probably not being much different than the Catholic NIV, ESV etc. Her niece and I had a lively discussion about how this was so warned about in the bible and she became very receptive.

When I shared it on my page, a Christian friend whom follows Joel Osteen and many false teachers, tells me that this was a hoax and it is just from one of those gossip mags.
My question is if you or any of your readers have heard about this J.K. Rowling writing a bible version.

Leahlive said...

So true Lilliana, only I translate "willfully blind" to "dumb on purpose". God Bless.

FaithGuy3 said...

Pretty much MacArthur has played his part in this Hegelian Dialectic game with these Emergents like Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and Doug Pagent.(and these fake discernment sites like Rapture Ready and Brannon House are playing everyone along for the ride with this, making MacArthur like he's some apostle)

Ultimately, it ends up keeping Christians watching in these last days further in the dark(like myself for a long time), b/c the messages they're telling you is that it's ONLY these Emergents that are bringing in this Apostasy in the last days church.

Like I mentioned in other BB's blogs comments sections - even the NON-Emergent Church members(ie-ones NOT yoked with Purpose Driven nor Willow Creek) are just as rotten and spiritually corrupt as the EC members. For example, you still see CCM, the (New Age)Message Bible, Christ-deniers like Richard Foster, contemplative prayer, pastors secretly meeting with DHS officials, etc in these NON-Emergent Churches.

IOW - don't let these types like Roger Oakland, John MacArthur, et al fool you into thinking otherwise. Scripture clearly says...

1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world.

No, there are not "many" Emergent Church leaders.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure what the pre trib rapture has to do with it. I accept the rapture, but do not believe that one can accept the mark of the beast. Ofcourse, I do reject calvinism.

Besides, if a person believes in the pre trib rapture, then saved christians won't be here to accept the mark anyway. Just those left behind. Altho, I do believe that some will be able to get saved during the tribulation time. Certainly not those who accept the mark.

Do most pre trib people teach that you can take the mark? That doesn't make sense to me.

Faith said...

"Yes, it is an interconnected network of wolves. They all promote each other, etc.

I have researched a lot of things and one thing I stumbled upon online was that 501c3 churches now have a list of things that they are forbidden to talk about. One thing was the NWO, one was the new age, all the typical things that we do need to know about at this critical time. (Even if they wanted to speak out on these)."

Yeah, notice all of these FAKE discernment ministries don't even touch 501c3 with a 10 foot pole(yes, that includes the KJB-defending ones too).

For example, Chris Pinto promotes Calvary Chapel quite a bit. While Brannon House has "exposed" the SBC, he admits he still goes to an SBC church(saying how there are still some "good" ones). Jan Markel is pretty much in this "religious right" mindset(and plays CCM nonsense at the end of her broadcasts). Chris Rosebrough is a staunch Lutheran, a works-based denomination. Mike Hoggard has his own 501c3 church building(although he lied about how it's not a 501c3).

The list goes on - but as you can see, they all have one thing in common - they support the organized "church" system through and through, and do everything they can to lead you to it. And it ultimately really doesn't make any sense when you hear Pinto, Hoggard and House being in constant concern over Freemasons infiltrating these buildings.

Bible Believer said...

Yes they have rules they have to follow and which things are censored. I always found it odd churches refuse taxes when Jesus said render unto Ceaser. I agree about the people following men and yes it is almost like they are following their long lost dad, and the preacher can do no wrong and if they hear something they ignore it, or are led to falling away. The center of their faith seems to be that preacher and not Jesus Christ. You are right they play nice and use the charisma to get people. The Pope is doing IMO PR work, probably even given to him as a list, to appear "nice", "kind" and good. The reach out to atheists and obvious displays with a very disfigured man were part of this. Ratzinger was pushed aside earlier on instead of them waiting for his natural death, because of many of these issues.
I keep hearing about how "nice" the Pope is, even from total secularists now.

Bible Believer said...

With the Apollo status some were writing on one board, that the statue is not damaged enough for being underwater "so long". I wouldn't doubt there being funny business so this statue would be found at the "right time" or as another diversion.

Bible Believer said...

I think that is a satire website about Rowling rewriting a bible.

Bible Believer said...

Hey nothing to stop a wicked freemason to play the game of warning about the freemasons.

One thing to remember about followers of Satan is they all lie and do so convincingly to the majority of people.

I think the Emergent thing was just one of their diversions. Are their emergent based churches? Sure, but since left and right and the majority of flavors are headed to the same place, it really makes no difference. It's just more good cop/bad cop stage show stuff.

Oh pretrib people taking the mark--in the Left Behind series they had a character who took the mark and said he could still repent of it and go to heaven.

"Let us pause for a moment and recall the Chang scenario as related in The Mark. Chang did not deliberately choose the mark of the beast and he did not not reject the preaching of the gospel. But he had the mark of the beast...and according to the storyline, was still saved.

The authors portrayed Chang as retaining his relationship with God because he did not deliberately choose the mark of the beast:

"I didn't choose the mark. It was forced on me."-Chang (The Mark, page 354)

If a person receives the mark of the beast without deliberately choosing it, then he is still saved? In Chang's case that is exactly what happened!

These semantics are deadly and could cause many to receive the mark of the beast if they are not thoroughly exposed. The Bible does not make provision for a person to take the mark of the beast unwillingly or to receive forgiveness after he takes it. The Bible is forthright regarding the matter of the mark of the beast:

"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..."

Tim LaHaye's use of the word, "accept" has placed an unbiblical question mark into the minds of his readers. He wrote,

"Those who accept the mark will be cast into hell 'and shall be tormented with fire and brimstone...'"

Tim LaHaye's use of the phrase, "accept the mark" is confusing many. The Bible says "and receive his mark." One's heart attitude of being accepting or defiant about taking the mark will not sanctify taking the mark of the beast. Chang did not choose or willingly accept the mark of the beast but he was put in a position where he had to confess Christ and denounce the beast and he did NOT do this! He merely remained silent and tried his best to physically resist the implantation of the mark. Because he did not verbally choose to accept the mark and it was given to him against his own will, the authors had him retain the seal of God and his salvation. This example is anti-biblical."

Lillianna White said...

Hi all,
Yes, that's exactly what I was saying about the pope. It's like a laundry list. It is working too. I get into a lot of forums and you won't believe the magnitude of a following he has obtained from the liberal, secular world, and they are promoting him like there is no tomorrow. There is definitely an agenda there...

With the apostasy, it is like smoke and mirrors. Everyone points fingers at the other group but it's all of them. Mostly all of it (99%) is apostate now anyway. I totally agree. I have seen plenty of websites that hold up John MacArthur (like way too many!) that are discernment oriented. I leave them little warnings about him. It is 100% true that you can't trust any teacher, especially now with the apostasy. But we don't need to, we are supposed to follow Jesus, not these men anyway.

The deception about the mark is like this:
1. The wolves tell you you can take the mark and still be saved. (However the seed is planted, what sprouts in a time of chaos is that tempting idea. The brain will weed out the extraneous details of how it happened to Chang and just leave you with 'take the mark, can still be saved.)
2. My conviction after reading the scriptures cover to cover numerous times is that the rapture is post trib (at the end). So believers will be here for the mark. Otherwise there would be no point in a tempting deception anyway. Even if it were pretrib, there are 'saints' on earth who are not to take the mark either, but I feel that we are them. But anyone who takes it ends up in the lake of fire. The pretrib is another deception so that believers won't believe that the antichrist is who he is since 'they are still here, so it couldn't be him, and it couldn't be the mark, etc.' when the bible clearly states that the rapture won't come until after the antichrist is revealed. 2 Thess 2; 1-12
3. Then, when we are still here, the temptation will come in all the disaster to take it or starve, so many probably will. (But not us!) This is why I go around warning all over about this. Christians are being led to that temptation deliberately. They will be like a deer in the headlights. They won't recognize it due to the rapture timing and will cave to temptation with the help of the wolves who planted the seed in their minds that it's okay. That's the whole trap. Satan wants them to take it and he is using these churches and 'leaders' in the church. Don't read their books, don't listen to their words. Read your bible, pray, and you will hear the voice of the true Shepherd. And... DON'T TAKE THE MARK no matter what. It's better to starve in anguish than land in hell forever. Freewill, predestination, whatever, let's put it this way, if you are one of the elect, your freewill will refuse the mark upon pain of death.

I read about another thing he wrote, he uses the terms 'believers who refuse the mark' to infer that there are believers who don't! Very subtle craftiness of words in there.

Anonymous said...

When I was at Calvary Chapel a few years ago I remember the pastor talking about Thessalonians 2. Even though he read verse 3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

..he told us that we would be raptured before Antichrist was revealed.

I remember being in a women's Bible study at that Calvary with the pastor's wife, and when the subject of Antichrist came up, the ladies were adamant that we wouldn't be here when he was revealed.

Since I'd been brought up with pre-trip rapture in the Baptist church I didn't think too much about it.

After I left Calvary Chapel and started reading the Bible for myself, finally, it began to be clear to me that there is not going to be a pre-trib rapture. Quite a shock to have a life-long belief refuted by the Bible. But I am so grateful to my Lord and savior for showing me - I'd been asking Him to show me the truth in His Word.

Lillianna you are so right - we cannot listen to any man at this stage. The bible is the only source of truth and comfort at this time.

Bible Believer, I have agonized over friends believing people over the Bible. I can show them Bible verses that contradict what people say, but I just get a blank look. The delusion is getting stronger.

Anonymous said...

If the rapture was post trib then would we not know when the rapture would happen?

Where as the bible says that the rapture is unknown.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

Where as the second coming is the obvious return of Christ. Mat. 24:27-31. The rapture is sudden and unknown.

The church is not supposed to go through God's wrath, but that is what the tribulation is. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,"

There will be christians during the tribulation. Those who have gotten saved after the pre tribulation rapture. Those are the ones who will reject the mark. I do not believe that christians living today will have to worry about it.

Anonymous said...

From what I have heard about 2 Thessalonians 2, The "falling away" is the rapture.

It is actually saying that the coming tribulation could not happen until the rapture and then the man of sin is revealed.

Some say that "falling away" means apostasy. But it can mean to depart or to go away from. Even "standing away".

I believe that in context 2 thessalonians 2 is talking about the rapture.

People assume that those who believe in the pre trib are following man over the bible. I believe in the pre trib because of the bible.

Steve B said...

"May God forgive me for making idols out of preachers and teachers and putting my trust in them, instead of our LORD Jesus Christ. Oh, wretched soul am I."

Amen Anon...I too am guilty of this same sin. In my youth, I pointed so many to men...instead of Jesus Christ and His Word.

Kayfabe said...

I tried to tell a Woman recently that John MacArthur was false due to this whole taking the Mark and still being able to be forgiven. She just dismissed me out of Hand as she really looks up to him. She really waved off my comment and told me that I am just looking for the something negative.

Kayfabe said...


I am totally on board with everything you said. I couldn't have said it better.

Lillianna White said...

Hi again,

I have heard that twist too, but it really does mean apostasy, it is a falling away from the faith, not a being caught up to heaven.

I also heard that argument about how then we would know the time, but we still won't really know the exact time.

We are not appointed to wrath, but that doesn't imply we will be removed from the planet. Both are possible simultaneously. Look at the case with Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and many other examples.

Anyone who still believes in the pretrib, let me ask you this: Did you read the bible from cover to cover without the precoloring of it by the words of men, and pray over it? I am asking you in love. Please do! I had been deceived in the same way by the same camps, did the study like I said above, and it was revealed to me numerous times over. 2 Thess 2 is pretty hard to argue with. Do a background word meaning study if you are lost in the shading of the words just to be diligent.

I always urge everyone out of love and concern. Look at it this way, if it was pretrib... great!!!
But, what if it's not? Isn't it better to be prepared for both?
The church will be here for it, some of us will give our lives, a few left over in hiding will be caught up before the final bowl of wrath is dropped. I am totally convinced after much study, prayer, etc. Honestly, who has prayed or fasted over this before studying only God's Word? What do you have to lose?

Thank you and amen to everyone who says yes, devour the bible and forsake the words of men. If their words line up anyway, then it's the same, but if not, better to have the real and recognize the counterfeit words of men! These are the days of apostasy... they are out to intentionally deceive. Be as on guard as you can be. Jesus warned us "Let NO MAN deceive you..."!

Blessings to you all!

Lillianna White said...

2 Thessalonians 2; 1-12

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him***,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you*** by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia)*** first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because ***they received not the love of the truth***, that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion***, that they should believe a lie:

12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Now strip away everything they ever told you about this and think for yourselves, and read it again, pray over it, etc.

It is more important now than ever.

shery said...

I posted a comment regarding John MacArthur with a link to this article, and this is the response I got. Apparently, he, JD Ellis of endtimedelusion also believes that taking the mark can be forgive. Pretty SAD times we are living in.

endtimedelusion commented on Strange Fire Conference Set To Confront Biblically the "God Told Me" Syndrome.

in response to sherry akers:

I was reading your blog recently and noticed how much you raved about John Macarthur….hmm….maybe you didn’t know that he is telling people that they can get the mark of the beast and still be saved……wow. Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:19:13 +0000 To:

I “raved” about MacArthur? I have steadfastly defended the Strange Fire conference. I don’t “rave’ about anyone but Christ.

And you think you know all about the intricate lines woven between the allegorical and the literal in the book of Revelation, which is told in the form of a dream the apostle John had? Wow, you’re much wiser than me. Please, by all means, tell us all what the mark is? Let me guess. An embedded microchip. Golly, such scholarship there, Sherry. Go to the head of the class.

So I guess scripture is wrong when it tells us the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

JD Ellis

endtimedelusion said...

Rev. 14 tells us it is who we WORSHIP, not acceptance or refusal of physical markings on the body that will determine our eternal fate. Throughout all the church age, men have accepted the "mark" of the beast by worshipping Satan, while others have refused the "mark" by worshipping Christ.

It is a lack of Christ-centered theology that results in these literal meanings being applied, resulting in the loss of the original message. When scripture tells us Satan will be cast in chains, must we be so literal minded that we insist that the chains be made out of cast iron?

Learn from the great church theologians of the past, like Spurgeon, Calvin, Edwards, Gill, and the others, instead of mocking them and holding them responsible for "false teachings'.

JD Ellis

Mike P said...

Taking the mark is as bad as sinning right now, isn't it?
There are many right now who worship the devil and are changed, otherwise what it the use of the tribulation?
In the tribulation, people suffered and still didn't repent. I see it as God giving more chance to repent.
Revelation says that people suffered and still didn't repent.
It looks like there have a chance.
Read Revelation.

proveallthings said...

The following article may explain why John Macarthur absolves those who take the Mark of the Beast:


In a sermon on the parable of the four soils, Macarthur speaks of his ministry as a continuation of the ministry of the four generations of family ministers who preceded him:

“The good news is, when the soil is prepared by God, there’s going to be an explosion of spiritual fruit and the harvest will go on and on and on and on and on and on. A nice young man in our church was recently in Prince Edward Island and I had said in the church service that my great grandfather was a pastor of St. James Kirk Presbyterian Kirk in Prince Edward Island back in the 1800’s. So when he was up there, he started digging around and found all kinds of things about my great grandfather. Thomas Fullerton was his name and he was pastor there at the main church in Charletown(?) [Charlottetown] for about twenty-eight years. He was a chaplain in the Canadian Military and he went to the Bower(?) [Boer] War in South Africa and fought and did ministry among the troops. And you look back and that and you say, ‘Okay, there’s a...his father was also a pastor who had been in Scotland and then gone to Australia and come there and at some point the Lord plowed the heart of that family and it just kept going and it just kept going and it kept going and it came down through my...from my great-grandfather to my grandmother, his daughter, and then through her to my father and then through me and this is the explosion and we’re all in this process somewhere. All of our lives intersect and that’s the...that’s the good news in the story and the disciples needed to hear that because it all basically looked like it wasn’t going anywhere.” (A Diagnosis of the Soils)

When John Macarthur’s great grandfather, Thomas Fraser Fullerton, was minister of St James Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, PEI, he was also a Provincial Grand Master; Most Worshipful Brother, Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M., Grand Master 1913–1914; “In the Grand Lodge he was Grand Chaplain, 1907-10; Senior Grand Deacon, 1911; Deputy Grand Master, 1912 and Grand Master, 1913.” “He presided as Worshipful Master of St. Johns Lodge in 1911. In the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite he received the degrees of the Lodge of Perfection and Rose Croix Chapter in 1903, and the intermediate degrees to 32degree in Charlottetown Consistory in 1911.”

Freemasonry is dedicated to the abolition of Christianity. John Macarthur’s sermon is a tacit admission that his ministry is the evil fruit of Freemasonry.

Micah said...

One of my biggest lifelong questions has always been: "Why can’t people who take the Mark of the Beast be redeemed?!"

My understanding of Jesus' forgiveness became impeded by a wall, whenever confronting those strange and stark verses at the end of the Book!

Recent damnable errors taught by the likes of John MacArthur grieve my spirit. Without repentance, he brashly promises life to those who take the mark. I know that he is but a domino, of the MANY prophesied to fall from the Truth. As a contender for the faith, I do not want to be one with blood on my hands on Judgment Day!

What can I share, that I believe will bless you, helping you to come to a place of understanding?

So, why can’t people who take the Mark of the Beast be redeemed?!

God seems to have made this concept both understandable and significantly beautiful, in the book of Esther, of all places!

First, I am reminded that we are living epistles (Strong’s G1992: a letter, epistle, dispatch, message):

2 Corinthians 3:3
King James Bible
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

New Living Translation
Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This "letter" is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.

Second, I am reminded that as living epistles (G1992: a letter, epistle, dispatch, message), we are also sealed by God!

Ephesians 4:30
King James Bible
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ezekiel 9:4,6a
King James Bible
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

6Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary

Revelation 7:3
King James Bible
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

THIRD, I am reminded that as living epistles (a letter, epistle, dispatch, message), we are also sealed by the signet of God, IN OUR FOREHEADS!

Now for the Revelation contained within Esther. This passage concerns a problem, trying to find a way to undo what Haman had already sent out, in the name and with the Seal of the King’s Signet Ring. This is not only history for us, but reveals kingship principles that amaze me!

Esther 8:8
King James Bible
Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal itwith the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

New Living Translation
Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king's name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king's signet ring. But remember that whatever has already been written in the king's name and sealed with his signet ring can never be revoked."

Notice the words, Written in the King’s Name, Sealed with the King’s Ring, and can Never be Revoked!

Revelation 13:16-17
King James Bible
16And 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:

17And 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.

Revelation 14:11
King James Bible
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.

Jesus truly is the King of Kings!!! The Antichrist is also a king of kings, given his power by 10 lesser kings!

Micah said...


The same rules apply to all kings! Once their message has been written in their name, and finally sealed, it will now forever serve them. It will not return to the King void, but will be accomplished. What has been written and sent, WILL be carried out, and can NEVER be revoked!

Isaiah 55:11
King James Bible
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Revelation 15:2
King James Bible
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, andover the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Revelation 22
3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

As living epistles (a letter, epistle, dispatch, message), we will forever be sealed by the King of Kings' Signet Ring, with the Mark of Jesus’ name in our foreheads, serving Him and what He has willed for all eternity!

I’m against Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine. I believe it to be very dangerous in the age of easy-believism, pray a prayer one time you don’t even understand and get told you’re eternally secure, etc.

I fall more in the camp of Once Truly Saved, Always Saved! Those who endure to the end, are truly saved. I believe scripture clearly warns that people can reject Jesus, fall away, after first having known him.

I believe that the “truly” saved will not be deceived into taking the mark. You could argue that once sealed by the Holy Spirit, that would supercede any future marks. But, the scriptures clearly show that ALL who take the mark of the beast are damned. There is no need to argue potential kingship clauses, at what point the sealing of Jesus’ name takes place for the believer, etc., when scripture is so plain concerning no exceptions for those marked by Antichrist.

Haman resembles the Antichrist, in the story of Esther. He even has 10 sons which are destroyed, like as the Antichrist's 10 kings.

Haman also carried the Kingly power in his hand.

Esther 3:10
10And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

Those who take the Mark of the Beast in their right hand, will be able to function as one with authority from Antichrist in his Kingdom (buying and selling).

Take a look at what happened, after Haman was destroyed!

Esther 8:2
King James Bible
And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

I believe that even as Jesus’ name will be in our foreheads, we will also be given our own authority from Christ Jesus in our right hand!

Luke 15:22, 24
King James Bible
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

We too were once lost, but found through Jesus. We too though dead, are made alive through Christ, and shall be forever raised at the resurrection of the just.

We too will receive glimmering robes of righteousness, the best robes there will ever be! We too shall be shod with His eternal peace, and His rest shall be glorious!

We too will make merry, enjoying the feast of all feasts when we are again returned to the Father!

His name, His ring, given to His restored Sons and Daughters!

I pray that you may grasp the beauty of Jesus' Kingly authority, in the Mystery of our common Salvation!



P.S. I created a PDF that includes emphasis to aid in understanding all of the verses cited. It is freely available for you here:

Micah said...


This principle of Kingship is taught even more clearly in Daniel.

Not everything the King says is final. In Daniel chapter 2, Daniel convinces the King to change his mind about a hasty decree, which had originally called for the death of all the magicians. However, look at the utter finality of a "Firm" decree in chapter 6:

Daniel 6
King James Bible
7All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

King Darius' decree could NOT be changed. Again, the decree was signed in His Name, and Sealed with his Signet Ring!

17And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

King Darius was sorely grieved with himself, but he COULD NOT take back what had been written and signed in His Name, and Sealed with his Signet Ring. Darius fasted from both food and amusements, laying awake in lament until the decree had been accomplished.

He could only trust that God would deliver Daniel from the mouths of the lions.

What the enemy meant for harm, God meant for good to His faithful one.
In the morning, the same stone would be rolled away!

All of Daniel's accusers and enemies were then cast alive into the pit at the King's command!

24And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

Proverbs 26:27
King James Bible
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

The stone meant for Daniel, spoke of the stone meant for Jesus, as death could not hold him!

Though many of us may give testimony to Jesus, even unto the death, death will not be able to hold us either!

Those who reject and push away our Stone, will be crushed to powder, when He rolls back on them.

Matthew 21:44
King James Bible
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

All who take the mark, are cast alive into the pit, just like the enemies of Daniel, the ravenous flames licking as they fall.

Now that we understand the power of the King's decree, prepare to be encouraged!

Check out the decree that followed in Daniel, for ALL PEOPLE, NATIONS, and LANGUAGES, throughout the whole EARTH!

Daniel 6
King James Bible
25Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

How I am so looking forward to the establishment of Jesus' rule and reign. Soon, the whole world with tremble before Him! Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, in every nation, language, and tribe.

Daniel forever prospers in his special place under the King, from that very point onward!

28So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Micah said...


Do you remember Joseph? The enemy accused him, sending him to the very King's prison.

The fate for faithful Joseph, was again the same. He received fine linen, and the Signet Ring was placed on Joseph's hand. He ruled and reigned with Pharoah, second only to Pharoah's preeminence!

Genesis 41:40-43
King James Bible
40Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. 41And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 42And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; 43And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Revelation 3:9
King James Bible
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

I know there is much more that may be said, concerning the Kingship of Jesus, and the authority given to those faithful to the end. I would like to include just three more verses, that speak of the power of Jesus' decrees, as King!

Jeremiah 5:22
King James Bible
Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

Job 22:28
King James Bible
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Psalm 148:6
New Living Translation
He set them in place forever and ever. His decree will never be revoked.
Be followers of Jesus, unto death. For even as He was made alive, we too shall be made alive again!

2 Peter 3:8

King James Bible
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Do not be afraid if death should come near your door.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
King James Bible
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
Look at the trade that is made for that one day of mortal suffering for His name. Do not be ignorant of this one thing.

Revelation 20:4
King James Bible
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.



Here's a link to the PDF once more, with PART II included:

I pray that it will help people in God's timing!

Anonymous said...

I believe JM is in error regarding his teaching onthe mark of the beast. Clearly comparing scripture to scripture one has to be careful how to use a scripture to qualify another. failing to see or deny that the sin of taking the mark of the beast relates to the blasphemy against the spirt is the issue. 2 Thess 2 points out the believe in the lie of the antichrist is to damnation. meaning there is no repentance. However it is done in the face of denying the gospel. THus denying the gospel which is also the testimony of the spirit concerning christ as the savior, leads to a judicial hardening which is confirmed by the worship of the beast. manifested by the identification with him in taking his mark.Like in the prophets God hardens men through their rejection of the truth so that they will be destroyed.Thus one has to conclude the mark of teh beast is a mark that identifies one as a reprobate who cannot repent because his heart has been hardened like pharaoah by His rejection of the gospel and the loving embrace of satan's deception. it shows the times of the antichrist is the time when mercy in the gospel has run its course. Thus we are told all who are in the world whose name are not in the book of life will take the mark. Meaning those in the book who are being saved by the gospel have been saved and that is why having the mark of God on the forehead ( the seal of the spirit) are able to overcome the beast. Rev 14:1-4, 15:1-4

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a mirror of the clip that Macarthur removed from everywhere? I hope someone does. It's a high treason in his side.