Where do they get this nonsense from? They get it from their horrible distortion of the meaning of Rev. 14:9-11: “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.”
A full exposition of this passage would take far too long at this point, and the reader is referred to my sermons entitled The Book of Revelation: Chapter 14 for a detailed, exhaustive study of all these things. But the following brief points can easily be made:
It is true that anyone who dies worshipping the Beast and his image, and with the (symbolic) mark of the Beast upon him, will go to hell – but why will he go there? He will go there because he dies in his sins! This is the only reason anyone goes to hell. All Papists serve the Antichrist, and are spiritually and figuratively (not physically!) marked as his possessions. If a man dies as a Papist, he dies outside of Christ and is therefore eternally lost.
However, since all Papists have the mark of the Beast upon them figuratively, the moment any Papist is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save him, repenting of his sins, he becomes a child of God and is no longer a Papist! And as such he now has the Father’s name written in his forehead (Rev. 14:1) – again, not physically, but figuratively.
Arminian Futurists, according to their false doctrine of salvation, believe a man may be saved today and lose his salvation tomorrow. Thus in their theology it is entirely possible for a true Christian to lose his salvation if he is bar-coded on his forehead or hand or has some microchip implanted under the skin of these body parts. But this is not the teaching of the Bible! God’s Word plainly teaches that His elect are brought by sovereign grace to Christ for salvation, and once saved they will never again be lost. This is the blessed doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, or eternal security in Christ.
To teach that a man who takes a mark, or a digital device, in this way, either forfeits his salvation or can never be saved, is surely one of the most horrible false doctrines ever invented. It is nothing less than creating a second unpardonable sin, of which the Bible knows absolutely nothing.
Let us see how “Now the End Begins” propounds this hellish lie. And remember it is not just this one Futurist “ministry” – this is the belief of pretty much all of them:
“Listen to me people, because your eternal soul depends upon it. If you miss the Pretribulation Rapture, and are reading this during the time of Jacob’s trouble, do not take the Mark of the Beast, or have anything to do with the image, name or number of the Antichrist. Do not worship him in any way, shape or form. You will be executed and beheaded for your refusal to do so, but you will spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus for your faithfulness. But you need to know that God will not, under any circumstances, forgive you for taking the Mark of the Beast or worshipping the Antichrist, that is the one sin that God cannot and will not forgive you for.”