Christian Persecution | Renounce Faith | Worship Antichrist | Receive Mark of the Beast

Around 111 AD, in the days of Pliny the Younger (62-113 AD) and Emperor Trajan, early Christians were subjected to the ultimate test of fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ—worship the emperor’s statue and the images of the pagan gods or be led away to execution. As governor of Northern Asia Minor, Pliny the Younger wrote Trajan:

Meanwhile I have taken this course with those who were accused before me as Christians: I have asked them whether they were Christians. Those who confessed I asked a second and a third time, threatening punishment. Those who persisted I ordered led away to execution. For I did not doubt that, whatever it was they admitted, obstinacy and unbending perversity certainly deserve to be punished …. Others who were named by an informer said that they were Christians, and soon afterward denied it, saying, indeed, that they had been, but had ceased to be Christians, some three years ago, some many years, and one even twenty years ago. All these also not only worshipped your statue and the images of the gods, but also cursed Christ.

One can only wonder what it would have been like to stand in the shoes of those Christians who were before Pliny the Younger, knowing that the ultimate test had arrived. Though we can never know that particular test, Christians may one day face a similar situation if we are the generation that is alive when the Antichrist has power over the entire earth (Rev. 13:7). All people at that time, including Christians, will be forced to worship the image of the Antichrist and receive his mark to buy and sell. To refuse this will mean execution or to be led away into captivity (Rev. 13:15; 13:9,10; 20:4).

To renounce one’s faith under persecution is to be placed under the category of the fearful (Rev. 21:8, KJV), according to A. T. Robertson:

There are eight epithets here used which apply to various sections of this direful list of the doomed and the damned, all in the dative (case of personal interest). For the fearful (tois deilois). Old word (from deidō, to fear) for the cowardly, who recanted under persecution, in N.T. only here, Matt. 8:26; Mark 4:40 (italics his).

To worship the image of the Antichrist and to receive the mark of the beast will mean loss of salvation for the Christian (Rev. 14:9-12). If we are that generation, the following Scriptures will especially be important safeguards for us:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Rev. 12:11, NIV).

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt. 10:28, KJV).

Source: The Believer’s Conditional Security, Copyright Dan Corner.

Worldwide Revival or Antichrist Worship

Will there be worldwide revival as some uninformed people predict? Not according to the Scriptures. The best verse to describe the future devil worship of the religious world is Rev 13:4 which reads:

Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”

It will be devil worship because the devil gave authority to the Antichrist! People then will be so depraved they will knowingly worship the devil, who empowers the Antichrist. They will also worship the Antichrist, which is idolatry. The future doesn’t include a worldwide revival, but a society which is so sinful it is shocking compared to what we now know!

Rev 13:5,6 describes the frightening antichrist as proud and blasphemous, even slandering God and those in heaven. The most disturbing verse in the Bible regarding end times and the Christian is Rev 13:7:

He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

According to Rev 13:10 the saints will still be here, having not been raptured as many falsely hoped:

If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

Captivity or death are the two possible fates of the saints, who must endure to the end of their lives (Mt 10:22) and be faithful to the Lord Jesus. Rev 12:11 tells at that point how to do this.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

For more information on the important subject of end times and the Antichrist, please listen to the audio message below by Dan Corner, Director of Evangelical Outreach and visit his informative evangelical website for Biblically solid information regarding the Mark of the Beast and Antichrist.

The Antichrist (mp3)

Is Sunday Worship The Mark of The Beast? | Dan Corner

The Saturday Sabbatarians have some strange views about Sunday worship, which are very dangerous! They also totally ignore the Scriptures which show first-century Christians religiously met together on Sunday (the first day of the week) so they can blame the alleged change from the Jewish Saturday to the Christian Sunday on the Catholics:

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. (Acts 20:7)

Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. (1 Cor 16:1,2)

The Saturday Sabbatarians ignore those Scriptures and go a giant step into the devil’s hands! By their teaching that Sunday worship is the mark of the beast, they indirectly set a snare before the last generation to take the real mark of the beast, since they will not recognize it for what it is! Since they think Sunday worship is taking the mark of the beast such people will be receptive to the real thing. (Remember: False doctrine often leads into more dangerous false doctrines, as shown here.)

Antichrist 666 Mark of the Beast Rapture by Dan Corner

The Defeat Of The Antichrist

There will be a 42 month period that the Antichrist (also called the beast) will ravage and destroy multitudes, especially the saints and Jews (Rev. 12:1-17; 13:7). It will be the bleakest and darkest period of human history and will extend over the entire globe! The Antichrist, the evil world dictator at the time, will have complete control over all financial transactions, even the simplest grocery purchases. His reign will suddenly end after 42 months and his fate is clear:

But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (Rev 19:20)

Sandwiched in between the details about the Antichrist is a highly important piece of data that should be carefully remembered. That detail is, the people who take the mark of the beast and worship his image were deceived by miraculous signs performed by the false prophet, who will be promoting the Antichrist! Hence, not all supernatural signs are from God.

One final point: If Rev. 19:20 is compared to Rev. 20:10, the Antichrist and false prophet are still conscious and in torment 1,000+ years after being thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur! That fact is destructive to the Jehovah’s Witness and Seventh Day Adventist doctrine of annihilation for the wicked dead. The wicked dead will be conscious forever, just like the righteous overcomers who enter God’s paradise kingdom. Furthermore, the doctrine of universal salvation for everyone is destroyed by these same Scriptures. Rev. 12:11 is also a vital Scripture to have memorized for that period.