Revelation 14:9-12 (NLT):
"Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.”
12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus."
Revelation 7:13-14 (NLT):
"Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”
14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”
Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white."
Revelation 20:4-6 (NLT):
"Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years."
*****The bottom line is- don't ever worship the Beast nor take the mark of the Beast, no matter who tries to excuse it and give you a false hope. It will cost you your salvation and result in eternal torment if you do. It is the ultimate test of faithfulness to God in the midst of persecution. Starvation and death will have to be suffered (consequences of not worshiping the Beast and taking his mark) in order to pass this test. If you fail that test, it's game over.
The reward of eternal life is greater than the sufferings like starvation and death in the midst of persecution in this world.
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