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The Merchants of the Earth

Merchants of the earth

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After the kings of the earth mourned over the destruction of Jerusalem, so, too, did the merchants of the earth (Revelation 18:11, 15-16). In a previous study I described the merchants of the earth not as traders in goods but peddlers of Judaism[1]—Jewish evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc. who preached Judaism around the Empire—making the doctrines of men (Matthew 15:3-9; 23:15; Mark 7:7-13; Titus 1:14) appear as though they were the word of God. According to Jesus’ parable of the Pounds (Luke19:12-27),[2] his disciples were like tax collectors (merchants of the earth) who did business for the Kingdom of God. If we use this analogy for the merchants mentioned in Revelation 18, then it becomes clear that these men didn’t peddle goods but rather dealt in the business of the Jewish religion. They sought to enhance its power and influence in the Roman world to include gentile proselytes, especially those gentiles who had political power and could realize the will of the Jews of the Diaspora upon those who differed from them (cp. Acts 13:50; 14:4-6, 19; 17:5-9). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Mark

Mark of the Beast

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John tells us in Revelation 13:16-17 that the beast, that is, the false prophet (the second beast) caused everyone “small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.” This mark (charagme – G5480) was a license to carry on life as usual in the land of the beast (the land of the Jews). Except for Acts 17:29, this Greek word is used only in the Apocalypse for the mark given man in his forehead or upon his right hand (Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9, 11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4), eight occurrences in all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Mark of the Beast – Part 2

Many folks believe that one of the signs we are living in the last days is that only in today’s culture could the things of Revelation be understood. Only in today’s culture could some of the things that we find there be done. For example, how could people be prevented from buying and selling in the past? It is only through the technology of today’s culture that such a thing could be done. A computer chip could be implanted in the right hand and scanned by the store clerk and presto, no one could ever steal one’s identity or one’s goods. It all seems very logical and practical, but is it Biblical? We find the foundation for this idea in Revelation 13; notice: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Last Days


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The Mark of the Beast and 666

Mark of the Beast - 666

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It was the second beast of Revelation 13 that caused the mark to be placed on the right hand and into the forehead (mind) of the Jewish people. I believe I have presented a good argument that this second beast was Annas, the High Priest, and the Image of the Beast was his high priestly family—namely seven High Priests who reigned in Jerusalem out of his family, while Annas was still alive. Therefore, if Annas is responsible for the mark that refers to the beast with the deadly wound, the mark should have something to do with Jewish worship that turned the Jews away from God and caused them to ignorantly worship the Beast. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 24, 2010 in Prophecy, Religion, spiritual warfare


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