The righteous man perishes [at the hand of evil], and no one takes it to heart;Faithful and devout men are taken away, while no one understands
That the righteous person is taken away [to be spared] from disaster and evil.He enters into peace [through death];They rest in their beds (graves), Each one who walked uprightly [following God’s will, living with integrity].
Philippians 1:21-24 (AMPC)
For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]. If, however, it is to be life in the flesh and I am to live on here, that means fruitful service for me; so I can say nothing as to my personal preference [I cannot choose], But I am hard pressed between the two. My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; But to remain in my body is more needful and essential for your sake.
55 But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 He said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 But they shouted out loud, stopped listening, and together they all rushed at him, 58 ran him outside of the city, and began to stone him to death. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” After he had said this, he died.(or Literally fell asleep) It is my conclusion that Stephen did not feel even one of those stones thrown at him after the heavens opened and he saw Yahshua standing at the right hand of the Father. The passage says nothing about him suffering and I would say that Stephen was in ecstasy just as I was in my vision. Notice how Stephen prayed for those who stoned him, very reminiscent of Jesus when He said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
HELPS Word-studies says this:
5480 xáragma – properly, an engraving (etching); (figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties. 5480 /xáragma (“brand-mark”) was originally any impress on a coin or a seal, used by an engraver on a die (stamp, branding iron). 5480 (xáragma) later became “the identification-marker” (like with an owner’s unique “brand-mark”). [Ancient documents were validated by such stamps or seals (see Plutarch, Agesilaus, 15:6; De Lysandro 16:2, ala DNTT, 2, 574).]
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says this:
STRONGS NT 5480: χάραγμα χάραγμα, χαράγματος, τό (χαράσσω to engrave);
a. a stamp, an imprinted mark: of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of Antichrist, Revelation 13:16; Revelation 14:9, 11; Revelation 15:2 Rec.; (πυρός, the mark branded upon horses, Anacreon () 26 (55), 2). b. thing carved, sculpture, graven work: of idolatrous images, Acts 17:29. (In various other senses in Greek writings from Sophocles down.)
So, what modern day machine could engrave, stamp or brand a hand or forehead quickly with accuracy and precision?
I believe that I’ve been revealed by the Holy Spirit that the small white machine that I saw in the beginning of the second vision was giving people the Mark of the Beast in and on their right hands. The Lord has revealed to me more than once that this Mark will be able to be seen on the outside of the body and it will also include a computer chip that will change a person’s DNA so that they are no longer 100% human. I do not believe that the RFID chip is powerful enough to be the mark of the beast. That being said I would not take it into my own body. I also do not believe that the mark of the beast can be given to a person forcefully or accidentally. I believe that in order for it to be given, the person must renounce Jesus Christ, Yahushua haMashiach as their personal Lord and Savior before it will be allowed to be placed in and on their body.
So which bible version is the most accurate to the original intended meaning? I believe the version below is.
Revelation 13:16-18 (AMPC plus my own revelations from the Holy Spirit)
“16 Also he (the first beast) compels all [alike], both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be marked with an inscription [stamped or burned in with a laser] on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 So that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp (mark, inscription), [that is] the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is [room for] discernment [a call for the wisdom of interpretation]. Let anyone who has intelligence (penetration and insight enough) calculate (Compute, Strong’s 5585) the number of the beast, for it is a human number [the number of a certain man]; his number is 666.”
Some of you may not know what the consequences are for taking the Mark of the Beast, we can find it here Rev. 14:9-11 (AMPC) “Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his statue and permits the [beast’s] stamp (mark, inscription) to be put on his forehead or on his hand, 10 He too shall [have to] drink of the wine of God’s indignation and wrath, poured undiluted into the cup of His anger; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no respite (no pause, no intermission, no rest, no peace) day or night—these who pay homage to the beast and to his image and whoever receives the stamp of his name upon him.”
Just before the verses above (Rev 14:1-5) one group of the 144000 stood on mount Zion with Jesus and also with their Father’s name inscribed in their foreheads. These next 2 verses are for the followers of Yahshua that were not of the groups of 144000.
Rev.14:12-13 (AMPC) “Here [comes in a call for] the steadfastness of the saints [the patience, the endurance of the people of God], those who [habitually] keep God’s commandments and [their] faith in Jesus. 13 Then I heard further [perceiving the distinct words of] a voice from heaven, saying, Write this: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are the dead from now on who die in the Lord! Yes, blessed (happy,to be envied indeed), says the Spirit, [in] that they may rest from their labors, for their works (deeds) do follow (attend, accompany) them!”
After this in Rev.14:14-20 we see that the grapes are harvested to make the wine of God’s wrath to be poured out full strength upon the sons of disobedience. WE THANK GOD THAT HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THIS! and we “wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thess. 1:10 (NKJV) “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thess 5:9-10
The Lord wanted me to leave you with these comforting verses:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Romans 8:35-39, 18-19 (NKJV) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Blessings Love and Peace to you all!