Worshipping the Beast
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
These scriptures are God’s proclamation concerning the Antichrist-Beast. The issues are now made clear, the alternatives unmistakable. “Worship me” cries the Beast, “or be doomed!” “Worship me” cries the Lamb, “or be damned.” The proclamation is in two parts. First is described the doom of those who deify the beast. The doom is twofold. These who take the step in worshipping Antichrist can expect undiluted torment from an angry God. The message is urgent: it is proclaimed by an angel, and heralded in a loud voice. It is short, it is blunt, it is plain, and it depicts the horrors of hell with a fullness of detail. There will be no hope for those who worship the Beast or receive his name or Mark 666. They can expect nothing but the wrath of God poured out upon them in undiluted strength during the end of the great tribulation – (Rev.16:2). Worshipping the Beast is the second unpardonable sin.
Those who worship the Beast, moreover, can expect undying torment from an angry God in the lake of fire. There they will find it impossible to rest, for their days becomes one long horror of anguish and their nights becomes a black nightmare of torment for eternity – forever and ever. They followed the false dreamer of Nebuchadnezzar’s image dream of (Dan.2) and now they find that their idol has feet of clay: Antichrist’s dream has become a nightmare – an everlasting nightmare. Because they spurned the love and grace of the wine of God’s salvation of His beloved Son and His precious blood shed on the cross, they now receive the wine of God’s wrath instead. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36).
In happy contrast with the doom of those who
deify the Beast is the destiny of those who defy the Beast – “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven
saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord from
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” –
(Rev.14:12,13). These are words of comfort and encouragement to the believers
who have received Christ as Savior during the Tribulation. The word is ‘patience.’
The persecution will be intense and thousands will be martyred, the time is
very short in comparison to the glorious future for those who died in the Lord
and have eternal life. God will vindicate the saints, He will avenge them.
Those who defy the Beast will probably die, but death will instantly be
transformed into life. “I’ll make you suffer!” screams the Beast. “You’ll make
us martyred saints!” reply the overcomers. “I’ll
persecute you to the grave,” roars the Beast, “You’ll promote us to glory!”
reply the overcomers. The Beast’s rage against these noble martyrs will all be
in vain. He will utterly fail at last. And the U.S. Antichrist is coming soon.
From the throne of the White House, he will enlarge his empire worldwide. Like
Nebuchadnezzar of old
Now pay close attention. I typed in my
computer the words – “Obama worshippers”
and got 149,000 hits. And that’s for a man who isn’t even president yet. What
will happen if he becomes the first black president of the U.S. and the newsmen
sing his praises worldwide like – “From the slave house to the white house.”
And after eight straight primary victories – and two more almost certain to
ABC’s Jake Tapper notes the “Helter-Skelter cultish qualities of Obama worshippers”, What Joel Stein of the L.A. Times calls “the cult of Obama.” Joe Klein says – “there was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism.” The New York Times’ Paul Krugman wrote – “the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality.” Another wrote that Obama – “Comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.” Many are talking about the ‘spell’ Obama has over his crowds of thousands of adoring fans.
One writer wrote – “The Obama campaign has the feel of a religious revival, a salvation fervor.” Obama is said to “Dazzle crowds with his mesmeric power.” Another wrote – “It’s extremely dangerous to worship a politician. How can people be so smitten with a politician? People are so gullible it’s really strange and scary.” ABC’s Jake Tapper wrote three words – “And Obama wept.” Another wrote – “The crying, cooing and emotionalism surrounding the Obama campaign certainly suggests a craze or cult.” It’s being called Obamamania.
Obama attracts huge crowds of adoring
supporters who cheer his message of hope, chanting “yes we can.” His campaign
is a kind of unsettling craze or a messianic cult. I see people being mesmerized
just like the crowds of Hitler. Hitler was charismatic and full of change
promises too. The people of the
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a stature was a made of Obama as a Messianic figure entitled ‘Blessing.’ The sculptor said the image was a response to the idea – “That Obama is sort of a potential savior that might come and absolve the country of all its sin.” He’s being called ‘Obamasiah.’
Obama is being called the “black Jesus” and the “black Christ” and with many black churches having images of a black Christ this makes Obama very appealing and very deceitful by Satan. He receives a rock star or movie idols’ welcome when he appears before crowds reaching out to touch him or take a picture. He is both a celebrity and a politician as the devil has prepared the way for his Antichrist with movie images and TV images and movie star idolatry.
This second hand idolatry will soon blossom
into full-fledged idolatry. TV has the power to make Obama look like a god
anointed by Oprah. There is something very disquieting and evil with the
worship of Obama. It’s as if the Devil is trying, by all means possible, to get
Obama elected president. The Messiah? More like the
Antichrist being set up by Satan to destroy
Abomination of desolation – (Mt.24:15).
A-bomb-a-nation of desolation.
Obamanation of desolation.
He will begin his presidency as the American Idol President and end by being worshipped as emperor. Already Obama’s image is on photos, canvas, paper, videos, t.v., cakes, murals, tattoos, paintings, valentines, jewelry, mugs, t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, cookies, key chains, purses, neck chains, and he’s not even president yet.
I searched the Net on the word, ‘Obamanation’ and got 1,180 hits and of course they were all
about Barack Obama. There is an Obama Fan Club that wants to replace the
abomination in the White House with an Obamanation in 2008. There is a web site
called ‘obamanation.com’ where a black pastor warns the nation about Obama.
Another asks “will the
I believe the Lord is teaching
Obama is a political savior
who preaches the gospel of Obama, the gospel of a common humanity, the gospel
that, if everyone would join together behind him, he would be the one to make
the world a better place. He offers the theme of reconciliation and unity for
change to a culturally splintered republic as a form of national salvation. As
a black man he wears an invisible suit of armour, a black vest of Kevlar, and
nobody can criticize him for fear of being called biased and a racist. They
would have to confess their sins to Jesse Jackson or Sharpton.
How blasphemous it is to think of Obama as the Christ. Government doesn’t exist
to save souls; it exists to ensure domestic tranquility and provide for the
common defense. When our soul needs saving, the very last place to look for a
savior would be
We are living in perilous times. Are you saved and washed from your sins in the blood of God’s beloved Son. “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” – (Rev.1:5,6). Until you are saved and born again of God’s Holy Spirit, you cannot worship Christ and His Father in spirit and in truth. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” – (Jn.4:23).
Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new born again creature in Christ – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). You are born again into the family of God and God is your Father. You have a new birthday that shall never cease because you have eternal life. And you will never, never worship Antichrist but glorify Christ and Him alone. Do not convince yourself that you are saved even though you have never been born again. It’s a lie from the pits of hell. Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith unto eternal life.
Only the unsaved will worship the Beast – (Rev.13:8).
The Beast will be the unholy of the unholiest.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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