Mark of Anti-Christ
There is a small company in the Western hemisphere that produces and sells consumer goods in few outlets in three or four nations. It is owned by a Christian who is strong in his convictions and also elder of the local church. When some people wanted to amend the laws so that marriage could be re-defined in such a way that it contradicts the Bible; he raised his voice against it. He and his business became the immediate target of the media and other activists. The propaganda was so strong against him that the Government decided not to re-issue the business licenses unless the person publicly issues an apology. The company went into a downward spiral. This incident demonstrates how Anti-Christ is active in this world.
“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.” (Revelation 13:16-19) Generally, people think that silicon chips would be made and inserted in the forehead or right hand of a person. While people are looking for that ‘sign’ Lord Jesus may come.
During Lord Jesus time also the Jewish leaders missed the Messiah. They were expecting prophet Elijah to come as forerunner for the Messiah. “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. (Malachi 4:5) They were obsessed with the sign and they missed the real – Messiah. “Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:11-13)
There is a danger for Christians to miss the Lord’s coming by focussing simply on signs. One of the signs is the domination of Anti-Christ. The Christian owner of the company was not compelled to receive a mark in his forehead or right hand. However, he was refused permission to sell or do business. The Anti-Christ demands the mental consent (forehead) to his philosophy of life (or policies) and right hand of partnership (mark in the right hand) to his programmes and agenda. Anti-Christ has already attracted a number of Christians into the system, without the trapped Christians realizing the conspiracy. “Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.” (Romans 14:22)
There would be more similar situations in which we would be pushed to the wall to make compromise with Anti-Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians are not aware of the trap and are making partnership with forces of Anti-Christ. Let us learn to be alert, watchful, discerning and being loyal only to Lord Jesus Christ.