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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Mark of God (Ezekiel 9)

The last couple of years, there has been a lot of talk about the "mark of the beast." Is the "C. vac" the mark of the beast, and so on. Perhaps the question we should ask is "Why would Satan want to use a mark of the beast?" The answer is found in Ezekiel 9.

In Ezekiel 9-12, God gave Ezekiel a vision of the final destruction He would send upon Judah due to their sin and turning away from God. Then God told Ezekiel to share these prophecies with the Jewish exiles in Babylon by acting out what would happen.

This method of prophecy seems strange to us. But Hebrew thought consists of illustrations. So this made perfect sense to them, if they would just choose to hear it.

God told Ezekiel that Jerusalem would be burned and many would be killed. King Zedekiah would try to escape through a hole in the wall. But he would be captured and taken off into exile, never to see the land of Israel again.

So Ezekiel acted out these prophecies and the exiles asked what the messages meant.

I wonder what they thought a few years later in 586 BC, when those prophecies Ezekiel gave them came true. God sent King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to invade Judah for a 3rd time, completely destroy Jerusalem, burn the temple, kill many of the people, capture King Zedekiah, and take the survivors into exile to Babylon.

But before God sent Nebuchadnezzar to Jerusalem, He put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieved the detestable sins rather than accepting and conforming to them:

Ezekiel 9:3-4 The Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."

Satan's desire is to be God and so he tries to copy God. A time is coming when he will mark those who choose to refuse Jesus, embrace sin, and worship the Antichrist as God.

Before that time occurs we will see many embrace what God sees as detestable. Government leaders, the people, and even some church leaders will turn away from God and conform to the standards of the world, just as they did in Ezekiel's time. In fact, we are already seeing that today, aren't we?

Ezekiel 11:12 And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.

But God promises to remove those who have "the mark of the Holy Spirit," those who grieve and lament over the detestable things, before He brings His final wrath upon a world who worships sin rather than Creator.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

2 Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

If you have repented of your sin and trusted in Jesus as the LORD of your life, you have been marked by God for salvation with the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise and never have to worry about the mark of the beast.

When the restrainer, the Holy Spirit, is taken out of the way in the Rapture, God's people are removed, then the Antichrist, the lawless one, is revealed as he signs the 7-year covenant with Israel, kicking off the 7-year Tribulation period of God's wrath on this earth.

2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed

Daniel 9:27 And he will confirm a covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering

Every day that we are still here is another day God is waiting for more to repent and turn to Jesus before He takes His followers out of here and then unleashes His wrath. But a time is coming when He will say, enough is enough.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

If He chooses to say that enough is enough today, have you received the mark of God, the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance?

Will you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus as the LORD of your life, today?

Dear Lord, Thank you for your amazing grace, your patience towards us, not wanting any to perish but for all to come to repentance. Yet even though your desire is that none would perish, You still give each person the choice. You give every one of us the opportunity to choose eternity with You or without You. Lord thank you for loving us enough to give us a choice. Thank you for making your invisible qualities, eternal power, and divine nature clearly seen so that each of us can know without question that You are the eternal God, Creator of the universe, who loves us.

Dear Lord, today and every day, I choose You to be the Lord of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins, washing me completely clean through Jesus' sacrifice in my place, and sealing me for eternal life with the Holy Spirit of promise.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

Luke 21:28 When you see these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

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