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ISRAEL, 70 WEEKS/ANTICHRIST/MARK OF THE BEAST
Questions Nos. 516 to 525


CHAPTER FIFTEEN


Question # 516: "Will the 144, 000 Jews be killed in the Great Tribulation?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: 
"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."(Revelation 6:9-11).

Yes, when the souls of the Jews that were under the Altar cried for vengeance, they were told to rest a little season until their fellow servants and also their brethren should be killed. The 144,000 Jews will be martyred by the antichrist in his last ride in the last three and a half years of Daniel's Seventieth Week.

Quote W.M.B.: 368-1 {269} "And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet... a little season, until their fellowservants... and also thy brethren, that should be killed... as they were, should be fulfilled… Thy brethren had to yet be killed, which means the hundred and forty-four thousand yet to be called in the tribulation." (The Fifth Seal 63-0322).


Question # 517: "Some people say that the Tribulation period is for 7 years {after rapture}. But I believe that it is only 3 ˝ years. Which one is correct?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: There will be 3 ˝ years of tribulation

Quote W.M.B.: "392. "The Bride, when she's taken from the church, then the church age will cease. Laodicea goes into chaos; the Bride goes to glory; and the tribulation period sets in upon the sleeping virgin for three and a half years while Israel is getting its prophecy; then tribulation sets in upon Israel; and then comes the battle of Armageddon which destroys all things. And then, the Bride returns back with the Groom for a thousand years, the millennium reign; after that comes the white throne judgment; after that comes the new heavens and new earth and the new city coming down from God out of heaven. Eternity and time blends together." (Ques. & Ans. COD 64-0830E P: 46).


Question # 518: "Over Daniel seventy weeks, was the first 3 ˝ years equating by Jesus Christ's ministry, or the one week has not yet started?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: 
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:24-27).

Quote W.M.B.: "Daniel 9:24-27 - "Now, if they've already had sixty-nine weeks and lived it exactly the way God said they did, and it happened exactly the way God said it would do, then there's one more week promised to the Jews." (Seventy weeks of Daniel 61-0806 P:50).

Quote: "And in the middle of this week... Now, here's the seventy... Now, if these exactly was seven years, each one of the weeks, and we've already had sixty-nine weeks, then we have the Gentile age, and we know we're at the end of the Gentile age, then there's one more week left for the Jew…And that's exactly seven years. If this was seven years, that's seven years, 'cause He said, "There's seventy weeks determined upon thy people." So we know we got seven years for the Jews. Is that true? Now, look at it. If there's a question, I want to know it... And in the middle of the week, the middle of this Jewish week (See?), that's three and a half years-the antichrist, the prince, a prince that is to come... And remember, he comes out of Rome. The prince that is to come (What is he? A pope, a prince amongst the people.) that is to come... There'll rise up a Pharaoh who doesn't know Joseph." (Seventy Weeks of Daniel 61-0806 P:85).

Quote: "The moment He starts that seventieth week or seven years, the church is gone." (Seventy Weeks of Daniel 61-0806 P:98).

This is a good question; many people are puzzled by it. According to Brother Branham's teaching, there is yet one week left for the Jews. This week begins after the rapture of the church, and the church is not yet raptured, so this week has not yet begun. On the Seals, Questions and Answers, Brother Branham denied saying as above and said 3 ˝ years are left to the Jews. We need to stay with the Scriptures.


Question #519 : "I would like to receive guidance regarding the End time Message doctrines, if you wish. I am confused about the '70th week of Daniel' (about the number of years left for the Jews)."


E.O.D.H. Answer: How many years are determined for the Jews now as regards to the Daniel's 70 of weeks? There had been two schools gone out ever since the Prophet was in the land, and had not been cleared in the minds of the people. The school which is in the majority believes that 3 ˝ years are left and have their quotes of which they quote C.O.D. vol.2 pg.859 questions 208 & pgs. 1125-1126, question 370-371 etc.
Daniel's Seventy Weeks is a period of time allotted to the Jews for their repentance. It has nothing to do with Gentile times of repentance. This time covers the period of time from Daniel's day, when the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem was made, to the ushering in of the Millennium. It tells the entire destination of the Jewish race, all the way to the consummation when they are in their Homeland.
'Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy Holy City.' These seventy weeks deal with the Jews in their Homeland. For almost two thousand years the Jews have been scattered all over the world but now they have returned home and are declared a Nation.
This period of time - 'seventy weeks', has been divided into three parts:-

"Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:25-27).

1. The going forth of the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem is seven weeks.
2. The rebuilding of Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah is sixty-two weeks.
3. From the commandment to the Cross in A.D.33, sixty-nine weeks are already past or fulfilled.

Now if the Jews already had sixty-nine weeks, then there is only one more week left for the Jews.

Now, from the Cross to today, almost two thousand years has past. This time started when the Jews rejected their Messiah and the Gospel was turned over to the Gentiles. This "time" called the 'Seven Church Ages Time' was spliced in and given to the Gentiles to repent. This 'Gentile time of repentance' will end one day and the Gospel will be turned over to the Jews, and then will begin the last or seventieth week of Daniel's Seventy Weeks.

Quote W.M.B.: 'Now, if they've already had sixty-nine weeks and lived it exactly the way God said they did, and it happened exactly the way God said it would do, then there's one more week promised to the Jews." (Seventy Weeks of Daniel 61-0806 P:50).

Quote: "Now, here's the seventy... Now, if these exactly was seven years, each one of the weeks, and we've already had sixty-nine weeks, then we have the Gentile age, and we know we're at the end of the Gentile age, then there's one more week left for the Jew". (Seventy Weeks of Daniel 61-0806 P:85)

Now, according to Daniel 9:26, Messiah is to be cut off after three score (sixty) and two weeks. So seven weeks for rebuilding Jerusalem and sixty-two weeks when Messiah is cut off equals sixty-nine weeks.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week…" (Daniel 9:27) - This is yet prophecy. "…and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease…" (Daniel 9:27)
This one week here is Daniel's seventieth week which is yet left to the Jews.


Question # 520: "Also concerning the seventy weeks of Daniel, how many years are left? Is it three and a half years or seven years (i.e. 1 week)? God bless you, as you, by the help of God, try to answer this question."


E.O.D.H. Answer: I answered this question for a precious minister brother from Zambia. I will insert the answer here.


ONE WEEK LEFT, ONE WEEK'S YET DETERMINED

Quote W.M.B.: 105 "Now, we find out, that down through these ages, we had the Holy Spirit come in, and then God, back in the beginning, begin to tell then at the rejection of Christ... God showed John exactly what would take place during the Gentile reign. Now, you haven't got any limited time like the Jews, but we got a sign. We got a sign post. Well, God did with the Jews just exactly what He said He would do in them sixty-nine years--or 483 years, but sixty-nine weeks. And one week left, one week's yet determined. Now, we cannot apply it in here, 'cause this is Gentile, the church. How many understands that? What's left to happen? It might be at any minute. There isn't nothing else left. We're at the end time." (Seventy Weeks Of Daniel 61-0806).


WHEN'S GOD GOING TO START THEIR LAST WEEK? I DON'T KNOW

Quote W.M.B.: 160 "Do you see where the Scripture proves that the seventy weeks was forty-nine years? Do you see where the sixty-two weeks was 434 years? Do you see where the sixty-nine weeks then was... What was it? Eight hundred and--483 years--483 years till this time... You see where the Prince was cut off. See, it taken forty years for them Jews to finally get into the place where God said...Look over here where the Gentile age has come through everything that we said it would do (where--not what we said it would do, what the Bible said it would do)--, come right down to this last age, and for forty years them Jews has been returning back in here getting ready for God to do exactly what He did here. They went out that way, and they come in that way.And Israel is back in her homeland."

Quote: 162 "Now, when's God going to start their last week? When? It may be today. It may be before the sun sets tonight. God will declare it. When it is, I don't know. I'm wondering. But I'm going to bring something here that--now in a few minutes; and I don't know whether you're going to believe it or not. But I've got to say it anyhow, I believe. We're at the homeland. The Jews are in a homeland. We're at the end of the age, ready for the rapture. The rapture comes; the church goes up; we're caught up to meet Him in the air. We all know that. The Stone that was cut out of the mountain is ready to come at any time. And when It comes, what does It do? It does away with the Gentile age. It's all over, and God completely quits dealing with them. "Let him that's filthy be filthy still; let him that's holy be holy still." See? What does He do then? He takes His church, the Holy Ghost filled. What's the filthy? That's the sleeping virgin and them that comes up for judgment way over in here… where she comes up to the white throne of judgment and has to be judged by the redeemed. Paul told us not to take a matter to court, because the saints would judge the earth. That's right. We're at the end time, sure." (Seventy Weeks Of Daniel 61-0806).


WE'VE ALREADY HAD 69 WEEKS -THERE'S ONE MORE WEEK LEFT FOR THE JEW

Quote W.M.B.: 165 "And in the middle of this week... Now, here's the seventy... Now, if these exactly was seven years, each one of the weeks, and we've already had sixty-nine weeks, then we have the Gentile age, and we know we're at the end of the Gentile age, then there's one more week left for the Jew. Is that right? And that's exactly seven years. If this was seven years, that's seven years, 'cause He said, "There's seventy weeks determined upon thy people." So we know we got seven years for the Jews… If there's a question, I want to know it. See? Now... And in the middle of the week, the middle of this Jewish week (See?), that's three and a half years--the antichrist, the prince, a prince that is to come... And remember, he comes out of Rome. The prince that is to come (What is he? A pope, a prince amongst the people.) that is to come... There'll rise up a Pharaoh who doesn't know Joseph." (Seventy Weeks Of Daniel 61-0806).

I noticed that Brother Branham asked for questions on the Seals, and they asked about seventieth week of Daniel; but in all his emphasis, of not saying one week left to the Jews, which in truth and in fact, he did as above, he made no reference to the Scripture like he did in the Daniel's Seventy Weeks teaching of 1961, though he typed out Christ's Ministry for three and a half years and stated that three and a half years is left to the Jews.

Quote W.M.B.: "In the time of Daniel, now, the second half of the seventieth week... Now, remember, Messiah was to be cut off in the midst. That's the middle. Well, what's half of seven? Three and a half. How long did Christ preach? [Congregation answers: "Three and a half."--Ed.] That's right. Now, But there's determined yet to the people what? Another three and a half year. (Fifth Seal 63-0322 P:117)

Quote: "These messengers of the Revelations 12, these two prophets, they're going to preach, "The Kingdom is at hand." See?... The time, last three and one-half years of Daniel' seventieth week promised to the Jews, His people...Remember now, that to prove that, that this is Daniel's last part of the seventieth week...Now, seventy weeks was promised, which was seven years. And in the midst of the seven weeks, the Messiah was to be cut off to be made a Sacrifice. He would prophesy three and one-half years, and then He'd be cut off for a sacrifice for the people, and there is still a determination, that three and one-half years is still determined for Israel." (Sixth Seal 63-0323 P: 72)

Quote: "And while the tribulation's falling, in there comes these two prophets of Revelations 11 to preach the Gospel to them. And they preach a thousand, one hundred and three score days. See? Well, that's exactly, with thirty days in the month, like the real calendar has, is exactly three and one-half years. That's Daniel's seventieth part--last part of the seventieth week." (Sixth Seal 63-0323 P: 78)

I once held to this second teaching, but concluded that one week is left to the Jews from his original teaching, and most important the Scripture in Daniel 9, which says, as I quoted above: "After sixty and nine weeks, Messiah shall be cut off", and also, "He…" the prince (Pope), "…shall confirm the covenant, with many for one week" (seven years). In all of this, I do not contend with ministers, who feel to hold on to three and a half years. I can understand their position, as I held on to such teachings in the past until I closely examined the Scriptures and the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. I trust that this has helped you in some little way. Please feel free to ask about other doctrinal matters. I will be glad and most willing to be of service to you and the precious saints.

A most outstanding diagram used by Brother Branham, when he preached on Daniel's Seventy Weeks, is in circulation. In that, he clearly depicted that one week is left to the Jews.


Question # 521: "Please explain Daniel 9? Who is the 'he' who confirms the covenant with many?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: Concerning your question, many people get confused with that "HE", and cannot differentiate if it is Messiah or the anti-Christ, as "he" in the same chapter, also refers to the Prince Messiah. The simple answer is that he who confirms the covenant with many for one week (7 years) is the anti-Christ. If we follow the Scriptures in Daniel 9 we can verify that easily.
"And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." (Daniel 9:26).

The prince that should come was Titus, the Roman General, son of Vespasian, the Emperor in AD 70, when the Jewish Temple was destroyed.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27).
"And he" refers to the Roman spirit, which continued in the Roman Church, in the popes for 2000 years. In the Endtime that spirit of anti-Christ is incarnated in a pope who will make a covenant with the Jews. But the anti-Christ will break his covenant in the midst of the 7 years that is left for the Jews. This shows that the Jews will be brought in, because of the gold standard, into the Federation of Churches and the One World Government. Only the 144,000 will stay out (Revelation 7, Revelation 14), "These have not defiled themselves with women" (churches), and will finally be martyred. On The Fifth Seal you can find some more information about the Jews' covenant with Rome.


PRINCE TO COME-THE ANTICHRIST, WILL MAKE A COVENANT WITH THE JEWS

Quote W.M.B.: 141 "We see the church, the coming of the Stone. Let us take the last age… "And the prince that is to come, which is the antichrist, will make a covenant with the Jews, and in Daniel 9:27. And in the middle of the week, three and one half years, the beast will make a covenant..." … And he makes a covenant with them, and in the midst of the seventieth week, he breaks--the antichrist breaks his covenant with the Jews, "thy people." Why? Now, when you read in Revelations 11 that…He will send His two prophets, and they'll prophesy in that time." (Seventy Weeks Of Daniel 61-0806).


BEAST, THIS PRINCE HE'LL BREAK HIS COVENANT WITH THEM

Quote W.M.B.: 170 "What's these two prophets going to do when they come? This beast, this prince that shall scatter the power of the holy people, what will he do? He'll break his covenant with them after three and a one half years. He'll oust them. Now, people thinks that's Communism. That's just 'cause the Spirit of God hasn't dealt with you yet. It's not Communism; it's religion. The Bible said it'd be so close it'd deceive the very elected if possible. Jesus said so. See, we're in the last one." (Seventy Weeks Of Daniel 61-0806).


Question # 522: "Concerning Daniel 9:27, how can the anti-Christ make the overspreading of abomination desolate?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: Daniel 9:26 speaks of the first destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple by Rome, through the son (prince) of Vespasian, the Emperor. Daniel 9:27 speaks of the spirit of Rome upon another prince (pope) in the Endtime, which shall make an agreement with Israel for the "gold" when the economy fails. But in the midst of the week (seven years) he breaks his covenant and takes away the right of the Jews to sacrifice and worship God according to the Law. The Temple shall be defiled, which is abominable to the Lord, like when the first Temple was destroyed. Wickedness shall prevail and the persecution will be upon the Jews until the end of the three and a half years, when the Lord will judge Rome.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Daniel 9:27).


Question # 523: "The Bible tells us that the day of the Lord shall not come until there is a falling away and that man of sin be revealed. My questions are - Is this scripture yet to be fulfilled or already fulfilled? I know people who say when the Pope moves to Israel in the last three and half years of the seventy weeks of Daniel then is the scripture fulfilled?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: This Scripture carries a simple and a compound meaning. There is first a falling away from the Gospel of Christ (1Timothy 4) "Some shall depart with the faith. Then that man of sin be revealed." That happened at the Opening of the Seals, the man of sin, antichrist. That same Scripture has a connection with the Third Coming of the Lord when the man of sin, the beast proper, reveals himself in Israel.
Quote W.M.B.: "3rd verse. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that... (m-a-n)... man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition… And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
Not then (See?), not then, but in his time... See, at the breaking of that Seal we know exactly what it was. Who is this man of iniquity? Who is this man of sin, this fellow that's a working iniquity, would he be revealed in his time?
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:... (deceivers, you see, deceiving the people off into something. See?)... only he... (God)... that... letteth will let, until he... (the Church--Christ, the Bride)... be taken out of the way.
And then shall the Wicked one be revealed... (at the breaking of the Seal, at his time. Paul said, "Not in my time, but in the time when he'll be revealed. See?)... What a statement. My. After the Bride is taken away, then this man of sin will reveal himself. She, the true Bride of Christ has been elected out of every Church Age." (First Seal 63-0318).


Question # 524: "In Rev. 7:6-8 the tribes of Joseph and Manasseh are mentioned. Now is Manasseh not of Joseph? Why are they separated? The descendants of Judah, Simeon and others are not separated from their tribes. Please clear this confusion with Scriptures?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: The tribes of Joseph and Manasseh are mentioned in Revelation 7:6-8. Manasseh is Joseph's elder son. Why are they separated? I will quote Brother Branham.

Quote W.M.B.: "Notice, and when Joseph, rejected by his brethren, he was given a Gentile wife. Potiphar give him... Or Pharaoh give him a Gentile wife, and he bore Gentile children: half Gentile and Jew. They give a great symbol that when Jacob was blessing them, Ephraim on one side, Manasseh on the other, he crossed his hands and give the younger child the blessing; and the two kids was added unto the twelve tribes, which was only ten at that time, and he blessed them in Jacob himself; and Joseph, his prophet son, standing there said, "Father, you've done wrong." Said, "You put your right hand blessing on the young child, where it ought to went on the old one'. He said, "I know my hands was crossed, but God has crossed them." Why? Israel, having the rights to be a Bride, rejected and sold their birthrights, and the--went from the old son, Israel, to the new, Gentile, and the blessings went from there through the cross to the Bride." (First Seal 63-0318 P:110)

Quote: 70 "Now before we pursue this thought on Judas, let us go back to the Old Testament and see where God did the same thing. In Genesis 35:23-26, the sons of Jacob were twelve in number and their names were as follows: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun; Joseph and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. These twelve sons' descendants become the twelve tribes of Israel with the exception that Joseph did not have a tribe named after him, for in the providence of God there were to be thirteen tribes, and Joseph's two sons were given the honor of bringing the twelve to thirteen. You know, of course, that this was necessary as Levi was separated unto God for the priesthood. Thus when Israel left Egypt and God gave them the tabernacle in the wilderness, we find the tribe of Levi ministering to twelve tribes named Reuben, Simeon, Issachar, Judah, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh.
The order of the host names them thus in Numbers 10:11-28. There is no mention of Joseph or Levi. But when we look at Revelation 7:4- 8, where it says "there were sealed one hundred forty-four thousand of ALL the tribes of the children of Israel," it names them thus: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin. We are back to the twelve tribes with Levi and Joseph named amongst them, but with Dan and Ephraim missing." (Church Age Book Chap 7 - The Sardisean Church Age P:70)

Quote: "Notice, the natural man even counts backwards. I said he did things backwards. He counts backwards. Watch his count, "Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero." See? He goes back and starts counting. See? He's all... Ten's a bad number. That's right. To start with ten, it's a bad number. They had ten tribes of Israel, and them was just all carnal.
And he had to take Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh the prophet's children and bless them. And when he did, his hands crossed. And he said, "Father, not so, you put your hands on Ephraim, it should be on Manasseh." He said, "God crossed my hands." From the... Taking it from the older son, the law, and putting it up over on Christ. And through that come, through the cross, came the change of the birthright (Amen.), to the younger son. Oh, my. How wonderful. If we had time to go into that: will some other time. All right." (Countdown 64-0209 P:34).


Question # 525: "What is the Mark of the Beast according to Scriptures and the Message of the Hour, and how to avoid it?"


E.O.D.H. Answer: There are various interpretations of the mark of the Beast. It is taken literally by the churches and by Bible expositors to be a tattoo on the hand or forehead. Others think it will be a computer microchip placed into your body by which you can be tracked down by the Beast who will be a monstrous and terrible fellow, while others think it is Sunday worship. People also are afraid of the numerals of 666 in commerce. It terrifies people. These theories are unscriptural.
The number 666 is not visible to people who receive the mark of the Beast, because it is not a literal mark that can be seen, but a spiritual mark. The Scripture says that it takes wisdom to count the mark of the Beast. (Rev 13:18) If this was a literal number, it will not need heavenly wisdom to count the number.
To identify the mark of the Beast in a Scriptural manner, we first must identify the Beast. The Beast of Revelation 13:1, that arose out of the sea is identified as Rome, the dragon. The whore of Revelation 17 rode the Beast. It is a religious Beast and a religious body was formed which was entwined in the Roman Empire. The Beast is just not a man. It is an Empire, a nation, a kingdom, and yet it is a man who is the ruler of the Empire (Revelation 12). This beast is the Roman Catholic Church system.

The person ruling this Roman Empire is the pope. The mark has to do with Rome, from where it comes, through the mother church, which is a whore, because she is contrary to the Word of God.
Vicarious Filii Dei, (Vicar of the Son of God) is written upon the Pope's crown. When checked out in Roman Numerals, it is equivalent to 666.
V=5 I=1 C=100 A=0 R=0 I=1 U=5 S=0 F=0 I=1 L=50 I=1 I=1 D=500 E=0 I=1 =666
There is only one way to worship the Beast and take his mark, which is unpardonable, and end up in Hell, and that is; first to reject the Word and then reject God's messengers with the Word, and then reject the Holy Ghost.
The world has gotten a chance to hear the warning, the Word and the messengers of God, telling them to flee from the mark of the Beast. Some rejected God's counsel to flee. Immediately, as they rejected the Word telling them to flee, and remained with the whore's system, they received the mark of the Beast. A person taking this mark seals his doom. He forfeits his rights to the Book of Life.
What is the mark of the Beast? It is to turn down the Word of God and His messengers and join the whore's system. Affiliation with an organization is potentially taking the mark of the Beast. There will be a church unity enforced. The World Council of Churches will say to join with them and worship together. Little do people know that when they join, they will worship the Beast and take the mark of the Beast.
The mark is a spiritual mark. It is not the number 666. It is coming through the WCC. It is not a tattoo on their hand or forehead. It is on the soul, not on the body. The mark is damnation of the soul and there is only one thing to damn the soul and that is blasphemy.
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6).
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." (Hebrews 10:26).