Growing up, I attended a public school in New York City (The Beacon School). The book “1984” made it in the curriculum’s must read along with a few more novels about dystopia (A Brave New World- which speaks of Eugenics (which is gaining momentum in the news), and The Jungle) which all by the way, heavily propagandized Socialism. Big Brother, Surveillance, Thought Police (Political Correctness) are prevalent in this book published way ahead of its time in 1949. Does anything sound very familiar? Of course! We are living in that kind of society as we speak, maybe not the full scope of what is intended but we are in the beginning stages where full implementation is yet to be perfected.
The Literary world classifies “1984” as a dystopia but I beg to differ. It may be just that but it is looking more and more like a blueprint of what is to come since current events are aligning and pointing that we are drawing closer to what is talked about in the The Book of Revelation as a “One World Government” spearheaded by none other than the antichrist himself, it is more evident that that kind of society is ultimately the endgame.
The Beast out of the Earth
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666.
Some Seventh Day Adventist and Catholic theologians say the mark spoken of in verse 17 is allegorical, but if not bearing the mark actually prohibits one from doing any kind of transaction, wouldn’t that make for a better case that it is something physical/tangible rather than allegorical? I know a lot of people don’t see eye to eye on this but it is vital to make up your mind on this since bearing the mark is actually pledging allegiance to the beast with grave eternal consequences.
“There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.”
As believers, we are called to discern what this mark might be. Everything boils down to speculation in what form it will come but we know it is the one spoken of in the Bible when it becomes mandatory for the whole world and getting it will become a matter of life or death. Lastly, Ignorance is definitely NOT strength. The ruler of the kingdom of the air wants you to stay ignorant so that when his plan unfolds, you will be completely defenseless.
I am no scholar, but as the blogosphere is a platform where people in all walks of life can share their thoughts on any particular subject, I am deeply compelled to share this, just as I am interested in reading your thoughts on this also. We might not all agree but it makes for a good discussion.
P.S. Please check out the Eugenics link. It is quite disturbing but it is something a believer in Christ ought to know about. Lastly, if you have not seen the movie called “Equilibrium,” you must check it out.
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