John MacArthur gets a question about the tribulation period and the Mark of the Beast
Man: in regard to the half of the tribulation period, when men would be required to have the Mark of the beast in order to buy and sell. My question, is once a person takes the Mark is there any possibility of him coming to christ?
John: Yes, I think, you know, in the seven year tribulation coming in the future (unaudible) … the tribulation is a seven year period, right? The rapture of the church, is seven year and then Christ comes back and sets up his kingdom. Now, in that seven year period, really two things happen. God begins to judge the world and with a series of holocausts… and at the same time he begins to redeem his people, Israel. And in the process of this the Antichrist establishes his rule and in order that to function in the economy of the Antichrist you\’ll have to take the Mark of the beast. Now the Mark being the number of a man, Revelation 13, six, six, six. Six is the number of man, right? Seven is the number of perfection. And man always falls short of perfection. Six, six, six, it\’s always sixes, never seven. So the number of a man and apparently what\’s gonna happen: you take the Mark on your hand or on your forehead, and we\’ve talked a lot about that, you know, that that\’s kind of a computer situation, we\’re now moving fast toward the time when we\’re going to do everything we do by cards and by numbers and all that, and those numbe…. the thing about a card is the problem if you lose it… and they\’ve already devised systems to put a number on your hand and your forehead. You go through a scanner and you know, that\’s how you buy and sell. That\’s automatic that you deduct from your bank account.
Now, the question is, if you\’re living in the tribulation period and you take this Mark, in other word, you identify with the beasts empire, will you still be able to be redeemed? And I think the answer to that is yes. Yes.
Otherwise there would be no salvation of anybody in the end of tribulation and you\’ve got to have the salvation of folks in the end of the tribulation. You\’re gonna have the Jews redeemed, you\’re gonna have, according to revelation chapter 7 and a numeral number of gentiles redeemed so many of them could not even be counted across the earth. So, I don\’t think the fact that someone takes that a sentence to permanency, anymore than you being a part of this world system once in your life means you\’ll have to be a part of the system all your life. Well, especially when the 144 000 start the ministry in the second half.
Man: Yeah, that\’s true.
John: That will make it a little tough.
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