Bible Discussion Thread

 
  • Edna on Romans 8:9
    How is the mark on christians different than the mark of the beast?
  • Chris - in Reply on Romans 8:9
    I don't understand your meaning of "the mark on christians". Are you referring to something that some Christians supposedly put on the outside, e.g. a cross, Jesus pendant, etc.? Or, maybe you're referring to Ephesians 1:13,14: where we have been sealed (or, marked & secured) by the Holy Spirit as God's Own?

    However, the mark of the Beast, though we can't say for sure how it will be evident, seems to be an identifier on the skin or maybe under it, that reveals a person's decided position to follow & obey the rule of Anti-Christ. And this most will gladly do, so that they can still "buy & sell" & presumably lead somewhat normal lives, without being victimized or suffer hardship or even death.
  • Edna - in Reply on Romans 8:9
    Hello, Chris. My name is Aaron. I'm responding on the behalf of my great grandmother, Edna, who posted the original comment.

    I think she was referring to the seal on the servants of God, mentioned in Revelation 7:3. She was asking what the difference between that seal and the "mark of the beast" was.

    Thank you for response! I never expected to get such a thorough response so quickly!

    I'll relay your comment to her.

    Thanks again!
  • Edna - in Reply on Romans 8:9
    Hi, Chris!

    This is Aaron, Edna's great grandson, again.

    Is there an email address that she could use to ask questions? I'm trying to figure out how to make using the discussion function as easy as possible for her. She is fairly inexperienced with using the internet, and I have been receiving her replies, just one so far, and sending those to her myself. Is there was an email address that could be used in the same way as posting a comment? If not, that's ok.

    Again, I really appreciate you taking time to answer her question. I think she liked that a lot.

    Have a blessed day!
  • Chris - in Reply on Romans 8:9
    Hello Aaron (& Edna). I don't believe that we can use personal email addresses on this Site, as it's a public Site & you know how problems can occur by doing so. If your great grandmother hits the Reply button on the Comment she wishes to respond to (or, else start a fresh Comment to bring up a new Topic or question), then we should all see it. Having said that, your comment to me, & some from others, don't always give me an alert in my email, so I actually stumbled onto your comment now, as I try to peruse as much of the input into KJB Online as possible. And of course, there are many capable, knowledgeable brothers & sisters here who would be willing to give answers, if I miss it. Hopefully, it will all work out for her.

    To her question: I understand that she was referring to Revelation 7:3 ff. There would be several views on this portion of Scripture, but to me, if it seems clear in the Bible, then I accept it as given. We're not told how this Seal of God is applied to the foreheads, whether visible or not: likely visible. And then again, it applies to the 144,000 (12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel). Some see this number as referring to the Church, since the purity, indeed the evidence, of any of the tribes, are virtually non-existent today. But if we say that it's the Church being spoken of, then why mention the tribes, & why such a relatively low number of people who are sealed? Again, I believe that this speaks of Israel, as we (the Church) have already been sealed by the Holy Spirit & as I also believe that we will not go through the Great Tribulation & we will not be here in Revelation chap 7, but with the Lord in Heaven.

    So the Revelation Seal is one from God placed upon the 144,000 of Israel, whereas the Mark of the Beast, is that mark or name that is required to be put on all those left on Earth so they can serve the Anti-Christ & be able to live. But for how long? As the Wrath of God will soon be poured out on all living on Earth at that time.
  • Edna - in Reply on Romans 8:9
    Chris,

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thorough response! I'll make sure she gets your message.

    Thanks again,

    Aaron and Edna


 

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