Rabbi’s Reflections -Sunday, September 1, 2019
Shavuah Tov *|FNAME|*,
Rabbi’s note: Spoiler alert! Please read this RR written by Raymond Finney. It is quite sobering (and could even be considered depressing). However; there is critical information first revealed by Yeshua and repeated here. Lastly, remember Yeshua came so that we would not fear death.
Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Yeshua’s End-time Warning – A Lesson for You and Those You Love
September 1, 2019
In today’s RR, I (Raymond Finney) present a warning from the Bible. Violating this warning will nullify your salvation. Please learn the warning; teach it to your family and others whom you love.
THE UNHOLY TRINITY. In a future RR, I will say more about faith during the Tribulation. During this time, called by Yeshua the worst time in all history, an Unholy Trinity will rule the world.
Shomair Yisrael will be abolished; all Believers will be persecuted.
The Unholy Trinity will be the opposite of and will oppose the Holy Trinity. Satan will attempt to replace God the Father; the Antichrist will attempt to replace Yeshua, God’s Son; and the False Prophet will attempt to replace the Holy Spirit. Satan is described in multiple Bible verses. The Antichrist and the False Prophet are described in the Revelation, chapter 13, although the Antichrist is called by different names in fifteen other Old and New Testament books.
MARK OF THE BEAST. The Antichrist– called the Beast by the Apostle John in the Revelation– will rule many nations (many people) through his cruel regime. He will initiate the ability to follow every citizen at every moment through electronic surveillance.
Three pieces of this surveillance system will be required. THESE PIECES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS MOMENT. THIS PLAN COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY. ALL THAT IS LACKING IS THE POLITICAL WILL TO DO SO! The three required “puzzle pieces” are:
** First requirement– a “mark:” This device is called the “mark of the Beast.” Read Revelation 13:16-18: [The Antichrist– the Beast] causes all [people], both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
In this passage, “666” is not well defined, creating much speculation. Many an unpopular leader has had the letters of his/ her name manipulated to total 666, “proving” this leader is the Antichrist. In the Bible’s numerology, “6” is the number for man or sin; “7” is the number for God or Divine perfection. Thus, 666 is the trinity of sinful man. It is not clear how this number fits the Antichrist. Of course, he will have a regular name, but he may mock God’s Word by adding “666” to his name (“John Doe, 666”).
Rabbi’s note: The sixth letter of the Hebrew “aleph-bet” is “Vav” (aka “Wow”). So 666 could be Vav-Vav-Vav or Wow-Wow-Wow or just simply WWW (world wide web). End Rabbi’s note.
“Mark” translates the Greek charagma, which is a term for an image or even horse branding. Scriptures speak of the Antichrist being revealed. The world will probably not know the identity of this evil man and the empire he is planing until he abruptly appears on the world stage. Compare the Antichrist in the future and Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s. If I had space (perhaps in a future RR), I would give hints from the Bible to better define the rising Antichrist. I believe he is alive today, biding his time until his master (Satan) helps him make his move.
Many Bible students suggest this “mark” is an implantable microchip. Pets, race horses, and other animals are now frequently “chipped” to establish owner identity.
An implantable microchip– VeriChip– is now on the market for sale. The chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin with a large-bore needle– a trocar. Insertion causes the same discomfort as obtaining a laboratory blood test. A skilled operator could “mark” citizens in less than one minute each. The chip measures information programmed into it, such as, location of the wearer (through GPS location data), body temperature (to confirm a living host), the citizen’s identification number, and so forth. The VeriChip can be coupled with a radio transmitter component to transmit data to satellite receivers in space.
As prophesied in the Revelation, probably the preferred insertion site would be the right hand. Look at your right hand. At the base of your thumb, find a shallow, somewhat triangular depression with tendons on both sides and bone at the bottom. Dubbed the “anatomic snuffbox,” this depression was used in previous generations to hold snuff (finely ground tobacco leaves). The user would quickly inhale (sniff) the snuff into a nostril. If a person has no right hand (amputation), the chip will be inserted in the forehead. (We all have a head, although not optimally used by some people.)
In no way do I question the integrity of the VeriChip manufacturer. In case of a takeover of world governments, the Antichrist would merely appropriate (steal) the factory manufacturing the chips and produce them for his use.
** Second requirement– a global satellite positioning system: Satellites (communications, weather, GPS, etc.) abound in space at this moment. Radio-transmitted chip data will be collected from implanted citizens and re-transmitted to earth-stationed computers.
** Third requirement– a high-speed computer network: Computers have grown to amazing capacity and speed. High-speed, high-capacity computers are available at this moment. The location and activities of every citizen could be easily followed in real time.
The Antichrist will need to employ implantable microchips/ satellites/ computers to implement his evil mark of the Beast scheme. After a short period of time (few days) to program the computer software, the Antichrist could implement inserting the mark of the Beast almost immediately. When writing the Revelation, the Apostle John must have been clueless how this system could work. Yeshua knew, of course, as He dictated this information to John.
With existing technology, the Antichrist could identify and track every person in the world and locate him/ her within a one meter (one yard) radius. If someone offends the Antichrist, the Antichrist’s soldiers can locate the person immediately and accurately at any place in the world.
WHY WOULD ANYONE SUBMIT TO BEING “CHIPPED?” John answers this question (Revelation 13:17): … no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. The Antichrist’s economy will depend solely on the mark. There will be no cash, checks, or credit/ debit cards. To purchase anything, say, a loaf of bread, a citizen would swipe his/ her right hand across a chip reader. The chip would be read the cost (of the bread) and immediately deduct the cost from the citizen’s account.
We are becoming so enthralled with technology that many people– especially younger people– will be wildly enthusiastic about the mark. For example, I am amazed that anyone would purchase an Alexa or similar listening (spy?) device for his/ her home. But, millions line up to have Silicon Valley employees listen to and permanently record their private conversations. In January 2018, Amazon reported that more than 100-million Alexa units have been sold! And, Alexa is only one such device now in operation.
Benjamin Franklin would never have had an Alexa-like device in his home. He said: ““Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Our rapidly changing attitudes will make it easy for many citizens to accept– even request– the mark of the Beast! Teachings of the Bible will be forgotten or disregarded, whereas news media and propaganda messages will be believed and followed.
The Antichrist will care nothing about bank accounts or purchase of bread. He will be mostly interested in keeping tabs on every citizen and being able to locate a misbehaving citizen at a moment’s notice, if imprisonment or execution is required.
Although I am not an avid technology consumer, I would like the convenience of this system. I have read the Bible, though, and I will oppose– and refuse– chip insertion, even to death.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU REFUSE TO BE CHIPPED? The simplest penalty is that you will not be able to purchase food or any service. You will literally starve. Since you cannot pay property taxes, you will be evicted from your home. You cannot receive medical care. And, so forth. In other words, you will be a non-person (without a home or legal standing in your nation).
In George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eight-four” (“1984”), he wrote of a fictional totalitarian state of the future. Newspeak was imposed on the captive populace. Citizens, called “unpersons,” were erased from public and private memory. The Antichrist will have many “unpersons” erased from society. The poor living souls remaining during the Tribulation will be slaves to the Unholy Trinity’s tyranny.
Because of your non-compliance in refusing the Beast’s mark, expect to be visited by soldiers, arrested, and imprisoned or executed. Recall how Third Reich Jews were treated in the 1930s-1940s. Horrendous injustices happened then (including millions of deaths) in a “civilized nation” (Germany). The Antichrist’s regime will make the Nazi thugs look like choir boys.
Yeshua warned (Matthew 10:21-22): “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
WARNING– WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU AGREE TO BE CHIPPED? Consequences far greater than anything the Antichrist can impose will await you. Read Revelation 14:9-11: Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
Why is an implanted chip any worse than a credit card? The Bible is silent, but the previous passage may give a clue: “If anyone worships the beast and his image,….” I suspect the citizen must sign or recite an oath of loyalty to or worship of the Antichrist as a prerequisite to receiving the chip. Satan/ Antichrist will want to be worshiped. What better time is there than this? This choice may be given: “Citizen, do you wish to receive the chip and be able to live in this society? If so, declare your worship of the image [of the Antichrist] set before you.” See Revelation 13:12, 14 for worship of the Beast. I use a credit card, but I do not fear I will lose my soul because of the card. I do not worship the credit card vendor.
Imagine future pressures put on citizens. Babies and children will need milk, food, housing, healthcare, and so forth. What parent would deny such necessities, when a simple needle (trocar) insertion will provide for the family’s needs? I have had four young children and two grandchildren. I would do anything for them. I would give my life for them, but not my soul.
In summary, let me re-state the dilemma presented in this Scriptural passage:
REFUSE to accept the Mark of the Beast:
** You will be completely cut off from society. You will not be able to purchase anything.
** You will likely be killed by the Antichrist’s government.
** Because you have been obedient to God, your place in HEAVEN is secure.
AGREE to accept the Mark of the Beast:
** You will be a member in good standing of society. You will be able to purchase things.
** You will not be an enemy of the Antichrist’s government.
** Because you have been grievously disobedient to God, your place in HELL awaits you.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS WARNING FROM YESHUA.
PLEASE TELL YOUR LOVED ONES OF THIS WARNING.