Tolerance

I’ve had the word “tolerance” stuck in my head on and off all week. I felt the Spirit pulling me to write about this most of the week but was having trouble getting this post finished.

Earlier this week I was out running some errands when I noticed a halal meat market in a shopping center. Several doors down I also noticed a Hindu temple. It got me thinking about tolerance and what the world says we should accept and “tolerate.”

Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines tolerance as such:
a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own
b :  the act of allowing something :  toleration

I had been reading in 2 Kings and this is some of what I read:

For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
2 Kings 17:7-8 KJV

And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
2 Kings 17:9-12 KJV

Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
2 Kings 17:13 KJV

Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.
2 Kings 17:14 KJV

And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
2 Kings 17:15-16 KJV

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
2 Kings 17:19 KJV

And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin.
For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
2 Kings 17:20-23 KJV

The reason the Lord told the Israelites to dispossess the heathen from the promise land was for their own protection. He KNEW they would start to accept heathen traditions and practices for their own and would forsake His covenant. He KNEW how they would turn from Him, His love for them, and from serving Him if they did not rid the land of those who worshiped false gods. Unfortunately, they did not drive them all out of the land and they paid the price for it, becoming tolerance to other practices. Being accustomed to the wrong practices and heathen traditions. Falling prey to superstitions and fearing gods that actually weren’t gods but demons.

Look at where we are today. We are told by the world we MUST tolerate everyone’s religion. That we MUST accept everyone despite what they believe and what god(s) they fear. And if we do not we are condemned by the world as being hateful and bigots.

Why?

What does it do if we accept this?
Much like the Ishraelites tolerance can and will will turn our hearts and minds away from the Lord. We do not have to accept heathen practices and tolerate them. Everyone runs around yelling “Tolerance! Tolerance!” when they themselves refuse to tolerate those who follow Christ. Anything having to do with God they kick out, become offended, and hate, so why should we have to “tolerate” their practices?

We shouldn’t.

Christ didn’t teach us to tolerate and accept everyone’s practices and beliefs. He tells us to love others in a Godly way, not to tolerate them. You can share Christ’s love for someone without tolerating what they believe.
Christ tells us to pray for those who despise us (Matthew 5:44), but we don’t have to accept their own beliefs and allow our minds to think that what they believe is “okay.”

The phrase “agree to disagree” is quite common. You might have also heard others say something along the lines of, “you believe what you believe and I believe what I believe, let’s leave it at that” That’s what the world and society tells us to do and that’s how they have conditioned others to think.

The world and society want us to tolerate everyone. They want us to accept everyone despite what they believe and hold dear to their hearts. They want us to become this mesh of a religion that says “it’s okay” to be whatever you want and to believe whatever you want despite the Truth. They want to cause so much confusion in what we are to accept that it will water down the true teachings of Christ and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

But God tells us otherwise:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 KJV
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

The Mark, the Beast, the Number

Revelation 13:16-17 KJV
(16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
(17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Most other Bible versions only note two implications of the mark of the beast. Brandon pointed out to me earlier in the verse above that you see there is the mark, OR the name of the beast, OR the number of his name.

It actually makes a lot of sense to me that satan would use other means for his insignia in the world. It also helps his cause that it would cause divisions. Some might argue that the only form of mark will be through a microchip, such as the ones I posted about previously and at a local tattoo shop near you (RFID chips now installed in Dallas). Others will argue that it will only come from the Roman Catholic church. There are probably many theories out there with variations that I wont get into in this post. But what if there are different versions of the mark with the same meaning and cause?

We are told that the number of the beast is the number of a man.
Revelation 13:18 KJV
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Some say that the number is representative to the number of names satan has. I can understand how someone might come up with this false interpretation especially if they don’t understand how to count the number of a man (what does that really mean, anyway?). I’m also sure satan has more than 666 names. The verse also clearly say “it is the number of a man,” not “it is how many names he has.”

Let’s talk about the numbers.
We know through the Bible and history that the Romans were in Jeresalem. They were, after all, the ones who hung Christ on the cross with the consent of the Jews, to put it lightly. With the Romans about, it would be safe to say that their traditions and systems were being adapted by God’s chosen people, much like what happened when the Israelites didn’t fully destroy the Canaanites out of the promise land back in the days of Joshua. Adapting to other practices that were not from God seem to be a common theme throughout the Old Testament.
The point of me bringing this up is to point out that during the time Revelation was written the most likely the numerical system used was roman numerals.

Roman numerals
roman-numeral-symbols

Now let’s go back to what John said about the number of the beast.
“Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:”
“and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (666)

Speaking of Romans, if you look into the Roman Catholic church (and I suggest you do) they have many titles for their “leaders,” the highest being the pope.
I have many issues with the Catholic church as they do not follow the true Words of God in MANY, many areas. Even calling a priest “father” goes against what Christ said in Matthew 23:9. (And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Matthew 23:9 KJV) The hierarchy of the Catholic church does like to put themselves in comparison and in the place of Christ quite often.
For example, the pope’s Latin title is “Vicarius Filii Dei” (“Vicor of the Son of God”). I wont get into the problems I have with those claiming to be the stepping stone to Christ right now, but if you take this title in Latin (and many of their titles fit into this as well) and compare it to the roman numerals you get this:

(non-roman numerals = 0)
VICARIVS FILII DEI-sm

(For more information on this visit: http://www.remnantofgod.org/666.htm)
It makes sense to me that the number of the man is not exactly his birth name but his title or “placement” on this earth. There isn’t exactly the specifics in the Bible that state it’s going to be his birth name or a name everyone calls him.
So far given the number of the name and counting the number of the beast this is the only thing I’ve seen that makes sense. I know the Roman Catholic church has something to do with a lot of Revelation and their more recent campaign for unity complete with “Come Home” ads and billboards furthers my suspicion.
For those who would argue that it’s either false religion OR trans-humanism (man and machine/mixed DNA), why couldn’t it actually be both? They’re fully capable of ‘joining forces’ in the future and I’m sure they will or already support each other in their ‘efforts to improve mankind.’

Yet something is still missing. There’s still what I feel is a third part that I haven’t noticed or hasn’t been revealed yet (to me or others, I’m not sure). I have more to say on the subject and this is not a ‘new’ discovery for me. For some reason I have felt led to finally talk about this as I haven’t much on this blog in the past.
There’s plenty to talk about with this subject but for now I’ll wait until I have more instruction on what to write about with this.

RFID chips now installed in Dallas

Yesterday, Brandon and I had eaten lunch at a local pizza shop. Upon leaving Brandon looked down at their newspaper racks and pointed out the Dallas Observer which featured this photo on the cover: (Note: I don’t usually read the Observer or newspapers in general. The Observer is also full of sex ads, a warning for those of you who might be interested in reading the article. I suggest looking online to avoid these ads.)

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The actual printed cover states: “The Implanted” “Go inside DFW’s high tech labs and tattoo parlors where the relationship between man and machine is being reinvented.”

It’s clear to me that these microchips in the hand (RFID chips) are quite possibly the early stages of the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-17; 14:9-11; 19:20; 20:4). When reading Revelation we are, in a human way of thinking, reading it as things that will happen suddenly. Most might think that it will be “all of the sudden” there is a choice to be made. They misunderstand the gradual process and conditioning society is being led into by the devil.
Satan is boastful and proud, that’s for sure, but when it comes to his own plans he’s going to attempt to bring things about under the radar and unnoticed by the masses. He is attempting to condition the minds of all the people into thinking that whatever he suggests is “not that big of a deal.”
They have already started implementing microchips into credit and debit cards. They have new readers that when you have one of these cards you have to insert the card a certain way instead of sliding it. How long before all cards are this way? And after they find a way to show how easily those systems could be “hacked” and suddenly need a “better and more secure” way of payment, how long before suggesting these implants?
I’ve read many articles of people that already have these implants to use for payments, among other things, and I don’t find it that surprising. Satan’s way of working is a slow trickle. To suggest things slowly so that it seems we’re just advancing in technology and as a race to make his plans seem normal.

One of the issues I believe a lot of believers will fall into when it comes to the mark of the beast is their Bible version. We all know there are many versions of the Bible out there and there is a lot of controversy about just that.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the verses I referenced above in different versions:

Revelation 13:16-17 KJV
(16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
(17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
(Brandon’s note: There are three different versions of this mark. “…he that had the mark, OR the name of the beast, OR the number of his name.”)

Revelation 13:16-17 NIV
(16) It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,
(17) so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Revelation 13:16-17 ESV
(16) Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, (17) so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
(Side Note: ESV’s “to be marked” can imply a forcible implication rather than “to receive” which implies free will in the decision for receiving such a mark)

Revelation 14:9 KJV
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,

Revelation 14:9 NIV
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,

Revelation 14:9 ESV
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Revelation 20:4 KJV
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4 NIV
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4 ESV
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

If you read a more “Modern” version of a Bible you will notice that the verses in Revelation from the King James Version (KJV) say the mark will be “in” their hands or forehead, not “on” as the New International Version and English Standard Version say.

What’s the difference?
When going through to rewrite the King James Bible (yes, that’s what they were trying to do), to give a more “modern” and “understandable” version they write for what makes sense during their technological time which corrupts the written prophesy God has given us of what will come to pass.
Would it make sense to anyone back in the 1600’s to have a mark IN your hand or IN your forehead? Not really, but it was left in the proper translation despite a possible lack of understanding.
So why did they feel a need to change this in the “modern versions” in the 1970’s (NIV) and in the 1990’s (ESV, which is actually a revised version of the 1971 Revised Standard Version)?
Why did they feel a need to change “in” to “on” even while technology was advancing much faster by the twentieth century?

I have seen some that claim that the hebrew word for “on” is interchangable to “in” and therefore the change was made to what made more sense at the time. Of course the GREEK words, which are what the New Testiment is written in, for “on” (επί) and “in” (ἐν) are different so that argument is void. Look up the lexicons if you like, ‘on’ is G1909, ‘in’ is G1722.

The actual truth is although some may not have understood the terms for the word “on” in the KJV, they are actually writing the modern “bibles” from completely different manuscripts. These manuscripts, which have been proven to be false by many researchers, are said to be older and “more accurate” versions of the Word of God. Usually they are found by someone who claims to “recover” them who, in the end, is seeking fame and fortune. And that is exactly what they get. Is that how God works?
Is that how His Words were written?
I didn’t know Moses was seeking fame and fortune and “happened upon” discovering God’s already written words.
I didn’t know the disciples were seeking their own selfish desires while many died trying to spread the Word of God.

It’s not how God works. That’s how cults are formed.

(Note: most stores and people do not tell you they use different manuscripts that they claim are “older” and therefore more “accurate” when rewriting Bible translations. I suggest those who haven’t look into this and see all that has been changed and removed. This is a decent source for such examples: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/esv.htm)

Well, so what? So what if modern “bibles” are changed a few things. So what if the word “in” has been changed to “on”?

The problem is that the Lord, our God, has written down HIS words to help us. To lead and guide us. To tell us beforehand what is to happen. Changing His words changes what to believe. It will lead people to believe He is wrong, which is not possible. It will lead those to misunderstand what is really going on in the world and what to watch out for.

Do you trust the Word of God? Do you trust they are HIS words? Then why are you reading a version that has changed what He has already said?

Revelation 22:18-19 KJV
(18)  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  (19)  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Why does the Bible need to be changed? Because someone has told you it’s too difficult to read? The KJV is easier to understand than most modern bibles, I can testify to that. I’ve had the Lord speak to me through the KJV more than any other “version” I’ve ever tried to read. It completely changed the relationship I have with Christ. It’s the Word of God; it’s infallible, self-referencing, and prophetic, not watered down and confusing. It doesn’t leave others to wonder what God really thinks and feels, especially in the circumstances we are in today with society.

Mark 13:35-37 KJV
(35) Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  (36)  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 
(37)  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
Matthew 10:27 KJV

I used to read this verse and it always made me think of the Bible. It made me think of spreading the Word of God and witnessing to others, possibly in the streets or wherever they might listen.
It wasn’t until tonight when I heard someone read it aloud that I realized that goes for what the Lord tells us personally as well. His Word is true. What He speaks never goes against His own Word.
I probably haven’t been doing enough speaking lately.

I keep rereading this verse and wondering about the spiritual significance of “What I tell you in darkness, speak ye in light”
What are your thoughts?

What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
Matthew 10:27 KJV