By Terry Lane
Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto (before now) have ye asked nothing in my name: ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24) Leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, He told His disciples: “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14) This, He was saying, would be different from the past. In the past, and in the Old Testament, the picture you get is that they didn’t ask for everything in Jesus’ name, at least it doesn’t appear that they did it as directly as we do now as true Christians. Everything we have as a true Christian is in the name of Jesus. Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing” so Jesus’ name is in this sense our key, so to speak, into everything that we have from Him. His name, it could be said, is the main key to the whole Kingdom of God; it is the key that unlocks every door.
St Paul, upon one of his many journeys, ran into some philosophers. St Paul said to these philosophers, “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an alter with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship.” (Acts 17:23) There is a strange phenomenon taking place these days in that mankind is in the process of creating this very self-same thing (an unknown god) in that they have never created one quite like this ever before. Paul went on to say to these philosophers that the True God is the God in which we live and move and have our being. He told these philosophers that they should seek the Lord and feel after Him and find Him. The problem we have these days is that mankind is not putting his feelers out in order to find the True God but to the contrary, he is putting his feelers out to an unknown god and is in the process of creating this unknown god in which he will eventually live and move and have his being. The True God is the One in which we should live and move and have our being but what if mankind found his way into this new god in which he could live and move and have his being? And what if the way into this new god in which mankind could live and move and have his being was through science, technology and computerisation? We have to ask ourselves: would it be possible to create such a god? You would have to say that it is now scientifically possible to create this new kind of a god as opposed to the True God in which we should all live and move and have our being. You do find yourself wondering if this is what all of this science, technology and computerisation is all about. Mankind has actually reached the stage whereby, instead of he being a creation of God, he now believes that he can create god and be god himself.
In the book of Revelation you read of a false prophet who tells mankind that they should make an image unto the Beast (Antichrist) and that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed. The picture you get here is that of a manmade god created by man’s own hands. An all-seeing-eye god that is to be omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful and as being like a real god who will be entrusted with decisions concerning life and death and that can cause (somewhat miraculously) as many as would not worship this image of the Beast to be killed. We read that you worship this image of the Beast through receiving the mark or THE NAME of the Beast or the number of his NAME into your right hand or forehead and that no man will be able to buy or sell, save he that have the mark or THE NAME of the Beast or the number of his NAME. The picture you also get from this image of the beast is that it is created in the image of man, in that the beast is a man, in that the number of the beast is the number of a man, his number being six hundred threescore and six (666). So the picture you go on to get is that of: let us create the image of the beast in our image and after our likeness in that it is created in the image of the man of sin as created by man. You picture here a kind of a celebration of man, in that man has finally become as a god and that this image of the beast is set up as a kind of a worship of this Devil man (Beast) and that man and the Devil has finally become his own god to the exclusion of the One True God; that mankind has reached the point in which he shuts out the One True God and that he now lives and moves within the spectrum of the god whom he has created with his own hands as inspired be the Devil himself and as initiated into receiving the mark or the NAME of the Beast or the number of HIS NAME by the false prophet himself. It is at this point of INITIATION via the false prophet into worship of this image of the Beast and unknown god, that mankind is now given the NAME of the Beast into his right hand or forehead. It is through this NAME that mankind will now have the new key to the new kingdom, so to speak, in that mankind, unlike he ever did before, will now have to ask for everything in HIS NAME – not as asking in the name of Jesus but as asking in the NAME of the Beast and Antichrist.
Looking again at Revelation 13:1 you read of the Beast (Antichrist) as having seven heads, which are symbolic of the seven Great World Empires of man, as inspired by the Devil, all of which have been anti God (Antichrist Empires) and so we have a kind of a picture of the Beast in that he has always been somewhat in existence and his last manifestation in the seventh head, will be that of the coming Antichrist World Empire. This same verse in Chapter 13 verse 1 talks of a NAME that is upon these seven heads and upon his heads – “THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY.” We are told that there will come a time that no man will able to buy or sell, save he that have the mark, or THE NAME of the Beast, or the number of HIS NAME either in his right hand or in his forehead. Most people interpret this mark, or name of the Beast, or number of his name, as having something to do with computers and technology placed into their right hand or into their forehead and they would be right. You would have to say in today’s world and in any identification system, that technology is the order of the day. Further to this, mankind now longs for a sophisticated and non-corruptible identification system; one that would be found to be totally trustworthy, reliable, incorruptible, and as offering them total security and giving them access or a kind of a key into the new and upcoming computerised age. This is where THE NAME of the Beast will come into full play as coming to the world all nicely gift wrapped in science and technology, this being the sugar coating of the poison inside the pill. Most people these days have their eyes fixed on the technology that is going to be placed under their skin, this in itself being bad enough, but how do people feel about having THE NAME of blasphemy placed, not only into their right hands but worse, being placed into their very foreheads. Stop yourself right now and ask yourself: how do you feel about having a computerised name placed into your forehead: not only a computerised name placed into your forehead, but to be more exact, the very computerised NAME of blasphemy placed into your forehead or in other words, the name of the very blasphemer himself, the name of the son of Lucifer placed into your forehead? Jesus said, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” (Matt. 12:31) In short, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit means that God, through His Holy Spirit has counselled you to receive His True Gift of Salvation, Jesus Himself, into your very heart and life. This offering you pardon for any past wrongdoing and mistakes and also giving you secure help should you make further mistakes in the future. Should people reject God’s counsel and therefore reject Jesus, Jesus being God’s greatest gift of love to the whole world (Jesus died for the sins of the whole world) then this act of rejection is interpreted as being highly disrespectful to God in that you have thrown His True Gift of Salvation back in His face and have therefore rejected any hope of forgiveness from God and have sentenced yourself to a life without God. Receiving THE NAME of blasphemy, THE NAME of the Beast into your right hand or forehead is in this same sense, receiving the Devil into your heart and trampling God underfoot.
It has to be said here, that God would forgive you for receiving technology into your right hand or forehead in order that you might buy and sell but He cannot forgive you for receiving THE VERY NAME OF BLASPHEMY into your right hand or into your forehead. The problem the world will have is that you will have no choice, in that you will not be able to take the one without the other. In receiving the mark, or in a sense the technology, you are in the same sense receiving THE NAME, or in other words, the number of HIS NAME, which is the same as THE NAME. In receiving THE NAME, you are rejecting Jesus and treading God underfoot. Watch out for 666! On a positive note, one day in the distant future, “At the NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:10)
Where iniquity doth abound, Grace doth much more abound!
On Love We’ll Sail Right Through The Night