” You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and these words which I command you today shall be in your heart….. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-6,8, NKJV).
Last week I texted a friend and asked him: “Why would the antichrist cause people to take a mark specifically on the right hand or on the forehead?” I left him with the following scriptures to read (Exodus 13, Deuteronomy 6 and Daniel 7:25). His response was merely: “Good question!” I followed up with him this past Sunday night over a late dinner. The answer truly reveals the evil of Satan and the antichrist. My friend looked at me wide-eyed and made a commitment to dig deeper into scripture and particularly into prophecy.
God calls for His law (the Commandments) to be written on the hearts and minds of His people. The ordinance for Israel to follow the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread was to be a similar sign on His people’s hands and foreheads. It was to be a permanent remembrance of the goodness of the Lord and how HE delivered His people out of bondage from Egypt. So when Daniel is told that the “beast” will try to change the set times and laws (Daniel 7:25) we can know that this is Satan’s attempt to remove God out of the minds and hearts of would be believers.
We use our right hand and place it over our hearts when we make a pledge. Imagine a person proclaiming to be Jewish or Christian but following half-heartedly. It would be easy for that individual to be deceived into taking the mark. This sign comes with a pledge to worship the beast and the dragon. The deceived is now sealed with death which will ultimately lead him/her into the Lake of Fire. (Gehenna), Christians, now is the time to fight and advance against the deviil’s armies. In the next post, I will show why the armor of God is the perfect defense against Satan’s strategies. EJ