By David L. Matthews
(BMW International Ministry)
YOU ARE being led into a snare that is coming on the whole earth. Luke 21:35- ‘For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth’
REVELATION 13:13—‘And he performed great and miraculous signs even causing fire to come down to earth in full view of men.’ (14) ‘Because of the signs, he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants on the earth.
He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. (15) ‘He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image be killed.’
(16) He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or his forehead, (17) ‘so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name’.
(18) ‘This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast for it is man’s number. His number is 666.’
REVELATION 14:9-12 ‘’A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice, “if anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the fore head or on the hand,’’
(10)’ he, too, will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.’ (11) ‘And the smoke of their torment rises up forever and ever. There is no rest, day or night, for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.’
(12) ‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.’
THE WORD ‘’MARK’’ MEANS: Strong’s definition in the Greek G5480xapayuacharagmaKhar’-ad-mah. From the same as G482:: a scratch or etching, that is, stamp (as a badge of servitude) or sculptured figure (statue):-graven, mark.
G5482 xapa, charax, Khar’-ax from ‘charasso’ (to sharpen to a point; akin to G1125 through the idea of scratching); a stake, that is, (by implication) a palisade or rampart (military mound for circumvallation in a siege):-trench
G1125 ypapco, graphograf’-o A primary verb; to ‘grave’, especially to write, figuratively to describe: -describe, write(-ing-ten). And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (rev.13:17) MARK i.e. a scar
The needle makes the mark: a chip is inserted with a bar code in it, (www= World Wide Web) that is the Greek character for six six six (666). All your medical information and everything needed to be known about you, in order that a scanner can be waved over your right hand or forehead, in order to that you may buy or sell, get medical treatment, drive, fly, hold a job, etc. You must prepare yourself to be found among Revelation 15:2 ‘And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had gotten the victory over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God.’
Few people truly understand the full meaning of the salvation they receive when they accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. They never realize that they are missing the greater portion of the birthright; they do not understand the covenant of salvation that they are offered through the blood of Christ—often because it is misrepresented, distorted, or simply not taught.
They lack understanding of a covenant-keeping God who wants them to be made whole, delivered, or protected, literally or figuratively, to be healed, preserved, save self, do well. You should be healed when your sins are forgiven. The problem frequently begins even before a person accepts Christ. It is not uncommon for ministers to offer the following invitation to receive the Lord Jesus as Savior:
How many here have the assurance in your hearts that if you died tonight, you would go to heaven? Would you please raise your hands? Thank you. You may put your hands down now. Would those of you who don’t have the assurance in your hearts that you would spend eternity in heaven if you died tonight, please raise your hands? Thank you. Now those of you who would like to have the assurance in your hearts that if you died tonight you would spend eternity in heaven, would you please come forward? If you want the assurance in your heart, come forward and receive Jesus as your savior.
Scripturally, there are serious problems with this approach. It does not teach believers to see salvation in Jesus the way God ordained it; this approach only provides them with “fire insurance”. Romans 10:9-10 reads, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
A closer look at key words in this passage makes it clear that God offers more than fire insurance. The work “confess” means to assent to covenant or acknowledge. Jesus (Iesous in Greek and Yeshuwah in Hebrew) means the salvation of Jehovah or Jehovah the Savior. The word “save” is sozo, which means “to be made whole, delivered or protected literally or figuratively, healed, preserved, save self, do well.”
So, when one confesses or assents to covenant with Jesus, the Covenant Lamb (the salvation of Jehovah), one has come into agreement with Jehovah, the Covenant-keeping God, for Him to be your rescue or safety, (physically or morally), deliverance, health, save saving.
Confession has been preached without giving the real understanding behind it. This has caused most Christians to be robbed of a binding blood contract or covenant with God Almighty through the blood of Jesus Christ. They miss out on all that God is and wants to be to them—their complete salvation (rescue or safety, physically or morally). Webster’s Dictionary defines covenant as “a formal, solemn and binding agreement.” Making It Plain Romans 10:9If thou shalt make a covenant with your mouth – (a verbal binding agreement) The Lord Jesus -The Master, the Covenant Lamb of the All Mighty God, who is the rescue or safety, physically or morally, deliverance, saving health, save (make whole) saving, of Jehovah or Jehovah the Savior
And shalt believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt—be made whole, delivered, or protected, literally or figuratively, healed, preserved, save self, do well. Romans 10:10for with the heart man believes unto righteousness—believes all that is written in Isaiah 53:1-12
And with the mouth confession—covenant, an agreement
Is made unto—rescue or safety (physically or morally), deliverance, health, save, saving (daily living by the Covenant-keeping God’s saving grace). The Greek word for saving is peripoiesis, which means preservation of a purchased possession. We are purchased by the blood of the Lamb of Jehovah.
Savior: (Hebrew) YASHA: means to be open, wide or free (i.e.: by implying to be safe; the causative means to be free or succor; succor means to run to; defend, deliver, e.g. help, preserve life, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save (-ior), get victory. It is translated salvation, save, savior in Isaiah 62:11, 12; Zechariah 9.9; Ezekiel 38:29 (25-29).
Soul: the Greek work (psuche). That same Greek word is translated 105 times in the New Covenant (New Testament): translated as “soul” (58 times) ; “life” (40 times); “mind” (three times), “heart, heartily, us, you” (one time); “souls were saved by water”—(total person —eight times ), as in I Peter 3:20; the man with the withered hand in Luke 6:6, 8; life or soul was made whole, sins forgiven, body healed.
Jesus was put to death to bear the sin curse of this world. We enter into the New Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ. The blessings and curse of scripture are found in Deuteronomy 28. God said that as long as His people (who verbally agreed to the blood covenant by the blood of bulls and goats) walked in covenant with Him, He would not permit the sickness and disease and the calamity of the sin-cursed world to come on them. If they broke the blood covenant, they broke their protection or covering from God.
Galatians 3:13-14 reads, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Deuteronomy 28:61 informs us to be redeemed from every sickness and plague.
In Acts 2:38 Peter preached to Jews who understood the meaning of covenant, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Even today, we Gentiles receive this scripture without first understanding that the Lord Jesus Christ is now the covenant Lamb.
We are seldom taught that we should verbally assent or agree to Almighty God’s kind of salvation (rescue or safety, physically or morally) found in Isaiah 53 and made plain in Galatians 3:13.
Finally, we do not understand what the Lord Jesus has redeemed us from (Deuteronomy 28) before we turned from our sins to the living God. By His blood we enter into contract or covenant with the Almighty God to be made whole (saved).
Romans 10:10 reads, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession (contract or covenant) is made unto salvation.” (Rescue or safety, physically or morally; deliverance; saving health; save [make whole]; saving) To the Jews that Peter preached to, Jesus was a stumbling block.
No other nation had a covenant or contract with Almighty God for salvation (Yeshuwah: deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, save [make whole], saving preservation of health, welfare).
The Jews of that day understood that when the Ark of the Covenant was with them and they were in right covenant with God, they would live under covenant blessings.
They would be victorious in battle, the sickness and disease of the world would not affect them, and they would be financially prosperous. It also meant that their land would be healed of any plagues (even their animals would be healed) and their kingdom would be restored to them. That is the understanding they had. (To be continued).