The Mark of the Beast and Frontlets
“But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” – (Mt.23:5,28).
We see here scriptures in the Old Testament that shed much light on the mark of the Beast and they have been totally overlooked by preachers in these end times. God is here showing us great truth concerning something that God says should be a sign in your forehead and in your hand which should immediately make us think about the mark of the Beast, which is placed in the same two places – “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” – (Rev.13:16).
We have once again the Devil counterfeiting God and getting as close to God’s truth as he can in order to deceive more effectively. In these verses of the Old Testament God is exhorting the fathers in Israel to teach the Word of God to their children. To put the Word of God in their hand and to read it with their eyes and so put it in their minds and in their hearts. To let their eyes be fixed upon the Bible constantly. To have fathers teach the Word of God in their homes and talk about the scripture all the time with their children. As it is written also in the New Testament – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” – (Eph.6:4). A godly father not only provides bread for the body, he provides bread for the soul also. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God.” We must not have our children with fat bodies and skinny souls. We must nurture them with the milk of God’s Word and then strong meat so that their souls can grow along with their bodies. “For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age…” – (Heb.5:13,14).
It is the responsibly of fathers to teach God’s Word to his children. This responsibly is not to be shirked and transferred to the pastor or Sunday school and Christian colleges and Christian schools. It’s to be done in the home, by father, with mother as his helpmate. It helps him be the head of the home, the Bible teacher of his family with the pastor and church teacher just assisting him. If father shirks his responsibly in the home, it will have tragic consequences on his children and grandchildren. God doesn’t tell you to home school your children with mother teaching them English, math, history, geography etc – God tells father to teach them the Bible. Are you obeying God’s Word on this most important matter? To have your home-schooled children smarter than public school children in these subjects and ignorant of God’s Word, is to be deceived by Satan. Teach them God’s Word – teach them God’s Word – teach them God’s Word. Desire a godly child, not a smart child.
Frontlet means forehead, not a phylactery worn by Jewish men on the outside of their foreheads, but to put God’s Word in the mind inside the foreheads. Jewish phylacteries consist of 30 pieces of scripture from these three places in my text and written on small pieces of paper covered with leather and tied to their forehead and hand. They are worn mostly by orthodox Jews today. But notice in (Du.6) that nothing is mentioned about wear or dress or clothes. God is saying nothing about the outside or outward appearance to be seen of men, but He was pointing to the heart and soul on the inside that was to receive God’s Word – “Therefore shall ye lay these my words in your heart and in your soul” – (Du.11:18).
Lest you say how foolish the Jews are in wearing their phylacteries, let me remind you of all the so-called Christians who carry their Bibles to church only for a show of pride. God doesn’t want you to just carry the Bible around with you on Sundays that you may look religious to others and yet you don’t read and study and teach the Bible to your children at home. This is also foolishness and pride just the same as the Jews – to appear righteous to others. God wants His Word in your mind and heart and soul, not on the outside in a little leather box on your forehead and hand. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” – (Du.6:6).
In my text it starts with the key vs. – “And thou shalt love the Lord the God with all thine heart, and with all the soul, and with all thy might’ – (Du.6:5). Our Lord Jesus quotes this as being the greatest commandment of all. “And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all the heart, and with thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” – (Mk.12:29,3)). If you love God the Father, you will love God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved by Him. And then you will love God’s Word and you will put it in your mind and heart and soul and you will teach God’s Word diligently to your children. If you love God, you will love His only begotten Son because Jesus Christ is the Word of God – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth’”– (Jn.1:14). Love God with all your heart soul and mind and put His Word in your heart, soul and mind.
If you love God, you will love God’s Word and you will love God’s Son and you will bind God’s Word for a sign upon your hand and as frontlets between your eyes. If you don’t then you will very soon love the Antichrist, and when you receive the mark of the Beast, you are showing the universe that you are a hater of God (Rom.1:30) and you hate His Word that tells you that you will be condemned in hell for eternity for getting the mark. You have chosen Antichrist over Christ. “He that hateth me hateth my father also” – (Jn.15:23). They wouldn’t believe God’s truth in His Son and so they believed the lie and the son of perdition instead. They wouldn’t believe in God’s righteous Son and so they believe in wicked Antichrist instead. This is the reason God wrote it like he did in (Du.6). All the God haters will soon be shown up for what they are – 666 in their forehead and hand will show it – they are haters of God and His beloved Son and God’s Word.
Failure of Fathers to put the Word of God in their children’s hands and hearts and heads will allow the Beast to write his number and name in their hands and foreheads and doom them forever in hell. If you will not teach your children God’s truth then you leave them wide open for the Devil’s lie– the Antichrist-Beast.
We know for an absolute fact that God loves us, but do you love God? Are you saved? Are your children saved? Do you teach them God’s Word every day, diligently, not once in awhile, when you feel like it? Teach them everyday in home Bible school. One half hour a week in Sunday School will not do the job. What if you went to school only a half hour a week? How long do you think it would take to graduate? You’d be a hundred years old before you learned to read and write. The more you love God, the more you love God’s Word and the more you love God’s Son, for He is the Word – “His name is called the Word of God” – (Rev.19:13). Those that love God will lay up God’s Word in their hearts as evidence of that love. Christians today don’t truly love the Lord Jesus. If they did they would love God’s Word. They choose instead the pleasures of this world – “Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”.
The time of the Beast and the great tribulation will show the greatest period of spiritual warfare that has ever been on earth. The frontlets speak of a ‘war front’ - a zone of conflict between two armies – God’s saints and Satan’s aints. The Beast is the ‘front man’ for Satan, he will be the person that masks the true identity of Satan who controls the Beast by possessing him from within. I believe in order to be consistent, 666 will be placed in the forehead and in the ‘forehand,’ not the back of the hand, we are already being programmed to use our palms. In new credit cards with RFID chips, you just wave the card in the palm of your hand over a reader. Whether you love or hate God will be brought ‘up front’ – to the ‘forefront.’
Are you saved and born again? If you’re not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith for forgiveness of sins. God loves you and gave His only begotten Son to be your Savior and sacrifice. Show your love for Him and believe His gospel. God offers you eternal life and all the inheritance of a child of God. Is God your Father? Be born again and become a new creature in Christ – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” – (Jn.1:1). If you love God, you will be saved by His Son and love His Word and bind it for a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes. For all God-haters, the alternative is receiving 666 in their forehead or right hand. The mark of the Beast will show plainly who loves God and who loves Satan.
The number 666 is the number of worldly man. It stands for the world without God. All the worldly sinners who refuse salvation in Christ will receive 666. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” – (Jn.15:19). “All the world wondered after the beast” – (Rev.13:3). Satan is the God of this world over all worldly people who love the world and not God – “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him” – (I Jn.2:15). And then comes Antichrist-Beast in (vs.18) – “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” Consider this: this world weighs 6.6 sextillion tons. There are 6 billion people on earth after 6000 years. This world revolves at a speed of 66,600 mph as it revolves around the sun.
The Mark of the Beast and frontlets.
Pastor Mike Storti
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