The Mark Of The Beast And Living By Faith

Q. I have been reading numerous articles lately concerning the coming “Affordable Care Act.” Written within this law will be the requirment of an RFID. I have also read about our Soldiers being required to receive a microchip, presumably for medical information. The Affordable Care Act will become law on Mar. 23, 2013. Could this be considered the Mark of the Beast , or a precursor to it? I understood that the Mark would not be required until Antichrist is revealed and we believers would already be Ratured. I see the end times signs all around, and am becoming fearful for what lies ahead. I know I belong to the Lord, so why is this fear starting to come down on me, like a heavy weight ?

A. What you’ve read about could be a precursor to the mark of the beast, but remember the mark of the beast will allow the recipient to conduct financial transactions in addition to serving as a declaration of loyalty to the anti-Christ. Chips that contain medical information are still at least one step short of that. Also, the actual mark won’t be introduced until the anti-Christ has been revealed at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and at that time God will warn people not to take it or risk eternal damnation (Rev. 14:9-12). In other words it won’t be something people can be tricked into taking. Of course the Church will be long gone before then.

We all have a natural fear of the unknown. and even when we know the final outcome there’s still enough of the “getting from here to there” to cause uncertainty. This is where our faith comes in.

Hebrews 11:1 says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. To that end, Paul encouraged us to “Fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:4). It was another way of saying to live by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). For us, the uncertainty of our times, though sometimes scary, is a sign that our time on Earth is drawing to a close.

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