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Hosea 4:6 says,

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge …”

Whosoever takes the Mark is damned!

Revelation 14:9–11tsww5

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud G3173, voice, 

If any man G1536

worship G4352, the beast and his image, and receive G2983, his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

 The same shall drink G4095, of the wine of the wrath G2372, of God which is poured G2767, out without-mixture G194, 

into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented G928, with fire and brimstone

in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of

their torment G929, ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who 

worship G4352, the beast and his image, and whosoever G2983, receives the mark of his name.

 The following definitions are obtained using Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

Loud (G3173), Megas, me’-gäs, loud, loudly, large by dimensions, great in size

 

If any man (G1536), ei tis, meaning if any, if any man, whosoever, he that, should anyone

Worship (G4352), proskuneo, pros-kü-ne’-ō, meaning to kiss the hand, as in a dog licking its master’s hand; to fawn over or crouch in submission to, literally or figuratively prostrate oneself in homage or do reverence; to worship

Poured out (G2767), kerannymi, ke-rä’n-nü-mē, meaning to mingle, by implication to pour out for drinking

Without mixture (G194), akratos, ä’-krä-tos, used here only in the New Testament meaning unmixed, pure; as wine undiluted; thus, poured out in full measure, full strength: the undiluted wrath of God

Wrath (G2372), as in the Wrath of God, thumos, thü-mo’s, meaning passion, as though breathing hard; thumos is similar to hot anger, wrath, or the passion represented in strong feelings; thumos is emergent, a developing displeasure fermenting and growing in the mind, a longing for revenge, and a desire to injure the ones at fault for the offense, this expression ruminates from God but is delivered by the authority of God’s Word, thus immutable and unchanging

Receive (G2983), lambano, läm-bä’-nō, as in to take or receive, many applications used this word literally and figuratively; the word lambano means to receive willingly or freely as in Revelation 14:9–11, which carries the specific concept of receiving a mark of some kind (i.e., to willingly allow oneself to be marked or stamped with … as in Revelation 19:20 and 20:4 “… deceived them that had received the mark of the beast …[1]

To drink (G4095), pinō, pē’-nō, literally meaning to drink; metaphorically, pinō means to receive or drink into the human soul in order to revive, fortify, or nourish the soul unto salvation or damnation

Torment (G928), basanizo, bä-sä-nē’-zō, derived from G931 or basanos, bä’-sä-nosbasanizo represents torture or to be tormented; basanos is similar to the touchstone used to confirm the purity of either gold or silver, that which is used to reveal or force the truth.

Torment (G929), basanismos, bä-sä-nē-smo’s, meaning to torment or torture for the purpose of discovering the truth; basanismos represents the condition of those suffering in the grip of torture

The following is a transposition of Revelation 14:9-11 using the above word definitions.

Let it loudly be proclaimed, whosoever, as in any person, who either bows down or worships the Beast, or reveres its image, or willingly receives the Mark of the Beast will receive in full and undiluted form God’s unyielding and passionate displeasure as it grows and develops into a harmful and destructive force against the individual’s living soul, wielding a diverse and unending torment. The torment will be provided in its full strength and poured out upon and into the human soul to its fullest measure thereby resulting in the unending damnation and destruction of the individual’s living soul.

It may appear simple on the surface to say we will not bow down and worship the Beast or its image; however, not taking the Mark will likely be the most difficult decision anyone ever has to make. The mark will represent the currency and identification of the day. Every government, state, city, store, business, or shop will require the Beast’s mark before allowing any form of business. Not receiving the Mark will be comparable to not receiving a paycheck, cash, or payment services. Christians will not be able to purchase the most basic of items, pay their taxes, feed their families, or even make mortgage or rent payments on their homes. The Mark of the Beast will be invidious and telling about a Christian’s commitment.

[1] From Thayer’s Greek/English Lexicon of the New Testament, 371, section I.

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