Times We Live In.
We are truly living in an amazing time. A few hundred years ago,
nobody would have ever guessed that there would be men routinely sent
into outer space, or that men would have walked on the moon. Do you
think they could have foreseen that mankind would be capable of
traveling the globe so quickly? What about the World Wars? Could they have
imagined the destructive power of the atomic bomb or the amazing
advancements in modern technology? Maybe not a few hundred years ago,
but there were two men who lived thousands of years ago that saw these
very things. Their names were Daniel the prophet and John the Revelator.
It was Daniel who was told by an angel to "...shut up the
words and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many
shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Daniel
12:4. Have those conditions been met? Until the last few centuries the
book of Daniel has indeed been closed. During the Dark Ages the Bible
was outlawed by the Roman Catholic church and obtaining a Bible could
mean the loss of your life (See Appendix A). Later, during the
Reformation of the Sixteenth century the Bible became more available,
but because of the crude means of printing and its expense, it was still
hard for the average person to obtain. As printing techniques improved
and Bible Societies formed, the Bible began to spread throughout the
world like wild fire. The prophecies foretold in Daniel and Revelation,
which had been "shut up", sprang to life as men began
to comprehend their meaning, and the book which had so long been closed
was opened. Do you understand the importance of this, dear reader? We are
living in the time of the end. The book of Daniel has been opened,
knowledge has increased beyond imagining, and men are indeed running to
and fro across the globe at amazing speeds.
Donít worry, dear friend, the Lord is not willing to leave us in
darkness concerning this time in which we live in. In His Word He has
revealed "...things which must shortly come to pass."
Rev. 1:1 and has given us warnings and reproofs so we may avoid
A Solemn Warning
As a matter of fact, it is for the time we now live
in that God has given the most solemn message the world has ever heard. "And
I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting
gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation,
and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear
God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and
worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains
"And there followed another angel, saying,
Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all
nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
"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:" Rev. 14:6-10.
Some Very Serious Questions
Now, these verses bring up some very serious
questions that need to be addressed, and it will be the purpose of this
book to find the answers to these questions.
! Why does the first angel
with a loud voice call the earthís attention to the Creator; the one
and only true God? Has the world chosen another god in His place, and
if so, what god?
! When does this hour of
judgment spoken of take place? Who are to be judged and by what
! Who or what is Babylon, and
from what has it fallen?
! What is this mark of the
beast that God has pronounced such strong judgments against, and who
is the beast and his image that are responsible for enforcing it?
How can we avoid receiving this deadly mark?
These warnings and judgments
can be quite frightening, but God loves you and has given you a way out
if you are willing to trust and obey Him. Just as surely as the Bible
describes a class of people who receive the dreaded "mark" and
its penalty, it also describes a class who receive the "seal of
God" and have "victory over the beast, and over his
"And I saw another angel ascending from the
east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice
to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we
have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads."
Rev 7:2-3. "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount
Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his
Father's name written in their foreheads." Rev 14:1. "And
I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had
gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his
mark, and over the number of his name...And they overcame him [the
beast] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death." Rev.
To find answers to the above questions and unlock the
mystery of the "beast" and his "mark",
we are about to embark on an amazing journey through history and the
Word of Prophecy. In our journey we will encounter strange symbols,
figures and images. We shall see mysterious numbers with hidden
meanings, beautiful women chased by great red dragons and drunken
harlots riding wild beasts, but most important of all, we will discover
what the "seal of God" is and where He keeps it. Come,
dear friend, let us take that all important quest in search of "The
Dwelling Place of the Fatherís Seal."
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