Jesus Christ Is Coming Soon, Are You Ready?

“4 But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. 5 For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.” -1 Thessalonians 5:4-8, BSB

The word “darkness” refers to being blind, not knowing the truth. The rapture will not surprise the believers in Christ because that is the hope that we have, to be with Jesus.

The words “sons of the light” mean that the believers know the truth about the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the events that will come.

The word “sleep” shows that a person is not aware of reality and not in a state of alertness. It also means not being prepared spiritually to meet Jesus Christ.

 The words “awake and sober” suggest that the Christian must be doing God’s will before the event that will make us “be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” [1 Thessalonians 4:17] 

As Christians, we must not only continue in faith, love, and hope but strengthen it. Faith keeps us from abandoning Jesus Christ and stops Satan’s arrows from hitting us. Love will keep us close to our Lord and will motivate us to encourage others through the gospel to come to Jesus for salvation. Hope makes us focus on the return of Jesus Christ, which will keep us working for the kingdom of heaven.

If you are not a Christian, the rapture of the church will get you by surprise. You will stay behind and go through a time of great tribulation that has never been seen in world history as Matthew 24:21 clearly states, “For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.”

The good news is that you have time if you are reading this. All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus died in your place by taking upon Himself your punishment of sin on the cross. Jesus was our atoning sacrifice. A person’s sin demands God’s punishment because God, who is a righteous judge, must bring justice. We are all born in sin. The moment we get to the age of accountability, we will know between right and wrong. When that happens, everyone will understand that they are guilty before a righteous God. No matter how good we want to be, all of us will always choose to sin. It is impossible not to. The second you put your faith in Jesus Christ, all of your past, present, and future sins are pardoned because His atoning sacrifice [His death on the cross and resurrection] covers it all.

Once you are saved through faith in Jesus becoming a born again Christian, you are required in a daily fashion to repent because when we fall into sin, it will put up a wall between the person and God. However, when one sins, salvation is not lost. God will not use a believer who is in disobedience, which will invite God’s discipline unless the Christian repents right away.

Can You Get Saved After Receiving The Mark Of The Beast?

9 And a third angel followed them, calling out in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image, and receives its mark on his forehead or on his hand,

-Revelation 14:9, BSB

Here, the angel from the Lord is about to reveal the eternal consequences of those who do receive the mark, 666 on their body.

10 he too will drink the wine of God’s anger, poured undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented in fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.

-Revelation 14:10, BSB

The wrath of God will be administered to those [Romans 1:18], who get the mark of the beast. This is seen in Revelation 16:2, which says, “So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and loathsome, malignant sores broke out on those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.” The ones who don’t have the mark of the beast will not get the sores. It shows a difference between those who have it and those who don’t. The other reality for those who do get the mark is that their destination will be the Lake of Fire. They will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

Everyone who has and will rejected Jesus, their torment will be visible to God’s holy angels and the Son of God.

11 And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. Day and night there is no rest for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

-Revelation 14:11, BSB

In the Lake of Fire, the ungodly and those who receive the 666 will be in torment for all eternity. Receiving the mark of the beast translates to the worship of the antichrist and his statue, thus making it clear that the person chose Satan over Jesus Christ.

Now, a question might surface, is there is a stronger verse that plainly states that receiving the mark of the beast will prohibit a person from repenting and getting saved? If the verses I mentioned above are not clear enough, then this one will be. See below.

8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb who was slain. -Revelation 13:8, BSB

Once you get the mark of the beast, you will no longer have the opportunity to get your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. It will show that you were never saved and have chosen which side you are on. God’s wrath and hell will be your portion, but the ones with their names written in God’s Book will not receive it. The mark of the beast [666] will distinguish those who are genuinely saved from the fake ones, who claim to be Christians, but are self-deceived, and are headed for hell.