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The Mark of God & The Mark of the Beast by Maria Merola

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The Mark of God & The Mark of the Beast Revealed Sunday,
April 26, 2009 at 3:26am

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of Yeshua the Messiah of Israel!

The Mark of God & The Mark of the Beast Revealed
By Maria Merola

In this episode, Maria will be discussing the “Mark” or the “sign” that Yehovah marks his own people with “in the forehead” (Ezekiel 9, Revelation 7 & 14). The Holy Sabbath Days & Feast Days of the Lord (Leviticus 23) are a “sign” which God says are between him and the children of Israel (all believers in Messiah) FOREVER! This means that we are commanded to keep them under the New Covenant, and that they were never meant to go away. The devil also has a “mark” or a “sign” that he marks his own people with, which are the “antithesis” to the Mark of God and they are the 8 Pagan Sabbath Days celebrated by witches, Wiccans, and Satanists since the Tower of Babel. These Satanic “Holy Days” have been disguised to appear “Christian” by the Vatican. The Sabbaths of Yehovah will ultimately be the “sign” that separates the true believers (who have the “seal” of the Holy Spirit in their foreheads) from the counterfeit Mother Harlot Church who follow the Feast Days of the Beast (Papacy).


Yeshua/Jesus warned us to “beware of the leaven” (Yeast) of the Pharisees of his day. Today nothing has changed within Christendom, we have the “Doctrines and Commandments of men” (the Papacy) being taught in the Church and in Seminaries. This, my friends is the “Leaven” or Yeast that grows within the church today and it is a “bacteria” that hinders us from seeing him as the Unleavened Bread from Heaven. Yeshua Messiah is that “Bread of Life” and he is revealed in his Holy Feasts, for they are the THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (Revelation 19:10). Those who "have his testimony, and keep his commandments" are they who will have the right to "eat from the Tree of Life”(Revelation 12:17, 22:14) And to those who“overcome” the Beast and his system, Yeshua offers us the“hidden manna,” the mysteries to understand the Kingdom.

Revelation 2:17 “....To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

Eight Pagan Sun God Sabbaths

1.) Imbolc Saint Valentine’s Day: February 2nd-February15th

2.) Ostara (Easter): Rome changed it to Passover week to identify her with Christ’s Resurrection. March 21st-March 25th (Pope changed to Passover week to confuse with Christ)

3.) Beltane (Mayfest) (goddess of fertility/Mary): May 1st

4.) Midsummer Solstice (First Day of Summer):June 21st (Catholics call it St. John’s Day)

5.) Lugnasad (Catholic Mary’s Ascension):August 1st-August 15th

6.) Mabon (First Day of Autumn):September 21st

7.) Samhain (Halloween) Catholic “All-Saints Day” or“All-Souls Day”:October 31st

8.) Yule (Christmas) birthday of false Christ: December 21st-December 25th

Last week I sent out a teaching about the microchip implant being just one aspect of the “Mark of the Beast” but in the podcast I will be doing tonight, I will be addressing another aspect to the “Mark of the Beast” besides the literal computer chip that will go underneath the skin.

When interpreting prophecy, we must see that there are usually 3 or 4 “layers” of understanding. God’s Torah teaches us to “love the Lord” with 4 aspects our being: “heart (spiritual), mind (intellectual), soul (emotional), strength (physical).”

In Jewish thought, these 4 layers of understanding apply to all 4 aspects our being.

The Torah is divided into four levels of teaching. They are: P’shat, Drash, Remez and the Sod. Brief explanations are below:

1.) P’shat Level The P’shat level is the plain sense of the text. What does it actually say? Every word, phrase, and thought has a meaning, there is no word that is redundant or idle. Even if it appears to be, it is not. It is filled with meaning for us to learn. (Physical or literal application)

2.) Drash Level The Drash level is where truth and principle are presented. Truth can only be truth if it is confirmed. Confirmation as we know must come in the form of evidence and evidence must be at least two or three witnesses. (Intellectual, or rational)

3.) Remez Level The Remez level is the underlying theme or story that is told while speaking of other things. It is how prophecy is laid into the story of history. This level shows the plan for Yashua’s redemption and restoration. (Emotional application or parables we can relate to)

4.) Sod Level The Sod level is the mysterious and coded level. This involves the understanding of numbers along with the meaning associated with certain numerical values. For example, the number 1 represents “Echad” or Oneness, “Two” represents struggle, division or witness, etc. This level also involves the meanings of names. (Spiritual application or metaphor, allegory)

In the prophecies concerning the “Beast” system, there are 4 applications:

1.) The Beast’s Government – A corporate political system (intellectual, drash)

2.) The Beast’s Economy – A form of currency, the microchip implant (emotional, remez)

3.) The Beast’s Religion – A religion that deviates from scripture (spiritual, sod)

4.) The Man of sin – A man who will counterfeit the Messiah (literal, physical, p’shat)

This beast system will counterfeit the true Messiah at his second coming. Our Messiah Yeshua will have the “government upon his shoulders” and he will “rule and reign for a thousand years.

1.) Yeshua’s Government – (Isaiah 9:6-7, 22:21)
2.) Yeshua’s Economy – (Isaiah 55:1, Jeremiah 32:44)
3.) Yeshua’s Undefiled Religion – (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2)
4.) Yeshua, the manchild who will rule all nations – (Isaiah 9, Revelation 12)

In all three of these streams of influence we can see aspects of how the “Mark” of the Beast will have an influence upon people:

1.) The Mark of the Beast will have a political aspect:The Central Computer system in Luxembourg Germany has the acronym"BEAST" The European Union headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium, and has a huge computer system they call “the Beast.” It is an acronym for the Belgian Electronic Accounting Surveillance Terminal. The Beast of the scripture is a corporate “man” with “ten horns” and “seven heads.” This “corporate man” is a government headed by “the man of sin” the Antichrist.

2.) The Mark of the Beast will have an economic aspect:The microchip implant will replace currency so that no man might “buy or sell” unless they have this microchip implant. It will only be available to those who “worship” the Beast through his counterfeit religion which will also include his counterfeit “holy days.”

3.) The Mark of the Beast will have a religious aspect:The counterfeit holy days of “Sunday” Sabbath and pagan sun god worship festivals will be instituted as the official days of the Antichrist religion. Those who refuse to honor Satan’s counterfeit “holy days” and decide to honor the Feast Days of Yehovah will have to lose their lives for obedience to the commandments.

4.) The Beast has a physical image:The “image” of the Beast will be the Abomination of Desolation that sits in the temple of God, the 3rd Jewish Temple when it is built; Revelation 13:14-15, Revelation 14:9-11.

The Image of the Beast

What is the “image of the beast”? In order to find out, we must find out what the “image of God” is:

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person , and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

Yeshua, the “Son” is the “image” of the Father as seen in Hebrews 1:3. In the same way, Satan the master counterfeiter will have an “image” and it will be the “Son” of Satan himself who masquerades as the true Messiah.

The Vatican proudly boasts that the Pope is the "The Visible image of Christ on earth…”

In the Catholic Catechism:

Pg. 235 #882 it says: “For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.”

The word Vicar in Latin literally means “substitute.” Is the Pope the substitute for Christ? Another way of using the word “anti” according to the Greek dictionary of the Strong’s Concordance of the Bible is to say “instead of” or “substitute” for. Do we have the Pope “instead of” Christ? Or as the Vicar (substitute) of Christ? Or is the Pope the “Antichrist”? Well, here we have it, the word “anti” does not only mean against or opposite, as you might think, it literally means “substitute” in Greek, or “vicar” in Latin. The Catholic Church admits in their catechism that the office of the Pope is the seat of the Antichrist!

Not too long ago many of the Protestant Reformers believed that the office of the Pope was the office of the Antichrist. Let’s see who these men were: Wycliff, Luther, Calvin, Tyndale, Knox, Sir Isaac Newton, Fox, Wesley, Finney, Moody, Spurgeon. Could they be right? Let’s see what the popes have had to say about themselves:

“We declare, assert, define and pronounce: to be subject to the Roman Pontiff is to every human creature altogether necessary for salvation…” (Pope Boniface VIII)

“We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty…” (Pope Leo XIII)

“ I am all in all and above all, so that God, Himself and I, the Vicar of God, have but one consistory, and I am able to do ALMOST ALL THAT GOD CAN DO…. what therefore, can you make of me but God?” (Pope Nicholas)

Theory or Speculation:Now please understand that this is merely a theory of mine. But in order for Satan to “claim” that he is God according to 2nd Thessalonians 2, he would have to take on the role of the CREATOR! So, how can Satan claim that he “created God”?

Well one way is through “cloning.”

There is a group of so-called “Christians” on a web site entitled “Christians for the cloning of Jesus.”

They want to take the “Shroud of Turin” and use the DNA in it to “clone Jesus.” This may very well be the IMAGE spoken of in Revelation 13. The “Shroud” is now in the possession of the Vatican, although it had been in the possession of many others up until the 21st century. At this site, the alleged plan is to arrange the “cloning of Jesus” on March 25th 2000, so that his birthday would land precisely on December 25th in the year 2000.

If they did in fact succeed in using the DNA from the Shroud to clone “Jesus” on March 25th 2000, then that would make him ready to act as an impostor of Jesus Christ by the year 2030. Satan has always wanted to be God, the Creator, and now, he may finally get his chance to “create God.” Of course even if this “cloning of Jesus” becomes a reality, it may have his physical characteristics yet it still won’t possess the divinity of Jesus Christ----his Holy Spirit.

This cloning process would be the epitome of the “creature” trying to become the “creator” as Lucifer said in Isaiah 14:14 that He would become “Like the most high God.” Cloning “Jesus” would be the ultimate blasphemy of man trying to create and become God; hence the number 666 is a trinity of “man becoming God.”

Though this is merely a theory of mine, I believe that a “clone of Jesus”, made from the “Shroud of Turin” could very well be the IMAGE to the “beast.”

Recently, there has been a lot of attention turned to the “Shroud of Turin” by the Roman Catholic Church. The “Shroud of Turin” is said to have been a cloth that was used to wrap Jesus’ corpse when he came off of the cross. This “Shroud” allegedly has an impression of Jesus’ face and entire body left from his blood. Many scientists have studied it and have found it to be authentic, although there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Shroud.

Maitreya the “Christ” for All Religions

In 1984 the New Age Church made an astounding claim. They published a full page ad in the New York Times and in Newspapers globally stating that “The Christ” for all religions is here, and that he possessed Pope John Paul II.

Satan’s false Christ called the Antichrist will profess to be a “reincarnation” of Jesus Christ.

Will there be a “clone of Jesus” from the Shroud of Turin sitting in the 3rd Jewish Temple?

Will the next Pope, the “8th King” of Revelation 17 be the one who will be possessed by Maitreya the “false” Christ for all religions? Does this sound far-fetched to you? Well think again! The New Age Author, Lecturer, and “channeler”, Benjamin Crème says: “Jesus will be here too, at home in Rome, ‘possessing’ the Pope.” The New York Times ran a full page ad as well as newspapers worldwide back in 1984 that read:

“In the last 2000 years Jesus has worked in the closest relation to the Christ, saving his time and his energy where possible and has special work to do with the Christian Church. He (Jesus) is one of the Masters who will very shortly return to outer work in the world TAKING OVER THE THRONE OF ST. PETER IN ROME. He will seek to transform the Christian Church, insofar as they are flexible enough to respond correctly to the new reality which is the return of Christ and the Masters will create.”---Benjamin Crème----“Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom.”

Here, Jesus is warning that false Christs and prophets will try to deceive us into believing that Jesus is physically going to manifest “here” or “there”, but Jesus said “Believe it NOT!!”

Jesus tells us that when he returns it will be in the sky for all to see!

Matthew 24:24-27 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Substitute Son of God & Substitute Sabbath

It is imperative to understand that the 4th Sabbath commandment of Yehovah contains the “seal” which identifies him and differentiates him from all of the other false pagan gods. If Satan wants to “Substitute” the image of the Son of God with a counterfeit, then it only stands to reason why he has to also “Substitute” the “Day of the Lord” (the 7th Day) to the day of Sunday for the “sun god” in honor of Nimrod, Tammuz, Mithra, Horus, Apollo and all the other impostors born on December 25th .

In Daniel 7:23, God showed Daniel that “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth.” Daniel saw in his vision, that this 4th beast, (which would be the Roman Empire), “shall think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25). Daniel's vision is accurately portrayed in Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary:

“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.”---Decretal de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap (The Pope can modify divine law) Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary."

So what does 666 mean?

6 = the number of “man” because on the 6th day God created Adam

666 = a “trinity” of mankind trying to become God through cloning or “creating human life.”

The official Title of every Pope is as follows:

Vicarius Filii Dei = 666 in Roman Numerals

Also, the title “Vicar of Christ” adds up to 666 as well

What does “Vicar” mean in Latin? It means “SUBSTITUTE”

What does the word “Anti” mean in Greek? The word “Anti” in the Strong’s Greek Concordance means:


Hence “Antichrist” & Vicar of Christ mean exactly the same thing!

When a Pope decides to “Substitute” the commandments of God with “the doctrines of men” this is exactly what the term “Antichrist means” it means “in place of” or “instead of.”

Listen to what the Vatican claims is their “Mark” of Authority over the Protestant Churches. The Roman Catholic Church proudly “boasts” of her rebellion against the commandment of God:

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The Holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, NOT from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church's sense of its own power…People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become Seventh-day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” (Saint Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.)

“Of Course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act…And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.

“Sunday is our MARK of authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is the proof of that fact.” ---Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1, 1923.

“Protestants do not realize that by observing Sunday worship instead of Saturday Sabbath, that they accept the authority of the Holy Father of the Church, the Pope.”----Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950

“No such law in the Bible…Nowhere in the Bible do we find that Jesus or the apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep the Sabbath day that is the seventh day of the week, Saturday. Today, most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Roman Catholic Church outside the Bible.”-----Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947

“Sunday is a Catholic Institution…..From the beginning to the end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer….from the last day of the week to the first.”----Catholic Press, Sydney Australia, August 1998

“Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her;----she could not have SUBSTITUTED observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is NO SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY.”----Rev. Steven Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, “On the Obedience Due to the Church,” chapter 2, pg 174.----Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York.

The world is already moving towards this civil legislation to make “Sunday” worship mandatory by law:

“Christians will naturally strive to ensure that 'civil legislation' respects their duty to make Sunday holy”----Section 67 of Pope John Paul II's “Dies Domini”, July 7th 1998

“The Pope is calling for Global Sunday Observance”---From the Brook, July-Sept 1998, Vol. 4, No.3

“This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday Laws must be enforced.”---Quoted as "Principles contained in the Constitution" in the original organization (then called the American Sabbath Union), cited in The Lord's Alliance 25th Report (1913) pg. 6

“If we believe religion is true, we should be re-introducing a criminal penalty for those who fail to attend church on Sunday.”----Daily Independent 4-11-98, Sarah Maitland “On the issues of belief.”

A bill to be introduced in the Morobe Tutamang . The proposed Bill expected to draw debate because it seeks to ban all activities –social and economic on Sunday. The Law will carry penalty provisions for operators and agencies caught violating it. Mr. Wenge said yesterday the move was radical one but that was based on “Christian” principles and values. The Bill is being drafted for tabling in the provincial assembly in its first session next year-----Post Courier NewsPaper October 6, 1998 Papua New Guinea

Not only has the Papacy been instrumental in changing the weekly Sabbath from the 7th day (Saturday) to the 1st day (Sunday) after the "sun god" but the Papacy has also been instrumental in disguising the EIGHT PAGAN SABBATHS that the witches, Wiccans, & Satanists call "holy." All of Satan's important "Feast Days" since the Tower of Babel have been "changed" to "appear" Christian, but they never were.

Daniel 7:

23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The "Beast" is the 4th Kingdom = Rome

The "Beast" has the power to "change times and laws...."

The Mark, Sign & Seal of the Beast

You will notice that in all of the verses that follow, those who “receive” the mark of the Beast in their right hand and in their forehead, also “worship” the “image” of the Beast. And this will be a Substitute for the Son (the image of God), in other words it will more than likely be a “Pope” who already bears this title officially and who already has the “number” of his name Vicar (Substitute) of Christ. And his name, and his number equal 666. And to go along with this image, he will have a certain day that he claims is “holy.”

Revelation 13:16 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:

Revelation 14:9 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 20:4 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.

The Mark, Sign & Seal of Yehovah

God has given us “signs” that identify him and he tells us in the Torah what these are:

Genesis 1:4 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

He wants us to keep his times and seasons according to his new moons and Sabbaths “forever” which is why he gave us the sun and the moon to divide the light from the darkness.

God tells us to “bind” the commandments as a “sign” upon our “hand” and upon our foreheads:

Deuteronomy 6:8 “And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.”

In other words, our hands represent our “works” or our deeds. The “frontlets between the eyes” are the “forehead” and this means our minds, our will. If we have the “mind of Christ” we will desire to keep his commandments.



Exodus 31

13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying,Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations;that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever:for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

Ezekiel 20:20 And hallow sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

In all of the above verses, the word for "sign" the Hebrew Concordance is as follows:

#226 'owth oth probably from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:--mark, miracle, en-sign, token.

On the day of Pentecost (called Shavuot in Hebrew) the believers received the“seal” the Holy Spirit which is also called the“Law of the Spirit of Life” Torah written in our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit. The commandments have been transferred from Stone Tablets into “fleshy tables of the heart.” (2nd Corinthians 3:3)

The commandments have not been “nailed to the cross” but they are now “written in our hearts and minds” under the New Covenant:

Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

So what was nailed to the cross? In Colossians 2:14 the Apostle Paul says that the “commandments contained in ordinances” were nailed to the cross. But when you look up the word “ordinance” in the Original Greek text, it is the word “dogmatizo” which is a man made decree. Reading further down in verses 20-22, Paul says that these are “doctrines and commandments of men” so we know that he is not speaking of God’s commandments, but rather man made ordinances such as Christmas & Easter. He goes on to admonish believers that they should not allow any “man” to judge them in how they keep God’s Holy Days. He tells them not to go back under any man made traditions “after the rudiments of the world.”

The“seal” of the Holy Spirit that God places on his elect is a “down payment” or an “engagement ring” if you will. The word for “seal” in the following verses is as follows in the Hebrew:

#2368 chowtham kho-thawm' or chotham {kho-thawm'}; from 2856; a signature-ring:--seal, signet.

Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony,seal the law among my disciples.

Also in the New Testament there are other recurring themes about the “seal” of the Holy Spirit which can be seen in the following verses:

John 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

2nd Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of

2nd Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

The same meaning to this word “seal” is also seen in the Greek Concordance as meaning the same thing as in the Hebrew. It means “signet ring”or a “mark”:

#4972. sphragizo sfrag-id'-zo from 4973; to stamp (with a signet private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication, to keep secret, to attest:--(set a, set to) seal up, stop.

#4973. sphragis sfrag-ece' probably strengthened from 5420;a signet(as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy or genuineness), literally or figuratively:--seal.

The elect have their names written in the right hand of the Lamb who sits on the throne:

Revelation 5:1 And I saw the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

He has engraved us in the palms of his hands, which is why he bore the nails in his hands and feet.

Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands thy walls are continually before me.

The “Tav” is the last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet. This is the same word used for “mark” in Ezekiel 9:4 “...set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Yeshua is the “Aleph & Tav”, the Beginning and the Ending. Messiah is the “Tav” the end result of the Law/Instructions/Torah. In him we fulfill the righteousness of the Torah when we walk by the Spirit (Romans 8:4).

When we obey God’s Torah (instructions), the end result is the last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet which is the “TAV” which is a “cross-shaped mark or sign.” In other words we are the living example of the cross in the earth. We are crucified with him, and our lives bear the fruit that shows it! So you see that the “mark” is an invisible mark that God places on us. In the Hebrew Concordance the word for “mark” in Ezekiel 9 is as follows:

#8420 tav tawv from 8427; a mark, by implication, a signature:-desire, mark.

#8427 tavah taw-vaw' a primitive root; to mark out, i.e. (primitive) scratch or (definite) imprint:--scrabble, set (a mark).

Paul the Apostle says in: Galatians 6:14-17 “....But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.....From henceforth let no man trouble me: I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

What he is saying is that the “marks” are born in his body as well as in his spirit because he is crucified to the flesh.

Also, in 2nd Corinthians 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Once again we “bear in our body” the “marks” of his cross by our crucified lives! It is both spiritual and physical, therefore the Mark of the Beast is also both physical and spiritual.

One thing I have learned with prophecy, is that God usually has a “literal” or a physical application as well as the spiritual or “metaphor” application as well. What the Lord has taught me is that if we lean too much on just the spiritual application and never take scripture literally, that leads to gnosticism (which teaches that Jesus did not come in the flesh). You see if Yeshua “is come in the flesh” (1st John 4:3) then his word became “flesh” meaning literal or physical (John 1). But then he resurrected into a spiritual body also which supersedes the corruptible body. Therefore, the “word” has the literal/physical application which applies to our corruptible world, but then it also has the eternal/spiritual metaphor application as well because his word is eternal. So the “mark” is a literal/physical one but it is also a “spiritual mark” also having to do with the way that we worship God. The Holy Sabbath Days in the 4th Commandment tells us “how” God wants to be worshiped. But the antithesis to this is the way that Satan wants to be worshiped is through a different set of Feast Days which identify him. So you see, what Feasts we keep in these last days will determine which God we really serve. Which Feasts will you keep? The Feasts for the Beast which are full of yeast? Or will you honor the 4th Commandment to keep God’s Holy Sabbath’s Holy?

God marks his own with an invisible “mark” which is mentioned in Ezekiel 9, and he says that those who SIGH AND CRY AT THE ABOMINATIONS receive a “mark” in their foreheads. Also in Revelation 7, he tells the angel to seal the 12 tribes in their foreheads (12,000 from each tribe). But in Ezekiel 8 he lists what all these ABOMINATIONS are that his elect “sigh and cry” about. He says that they set up the IMAGE OF JEALOUSY (obelisk, Washington Monument, steeples), he says that they worship the sun god Tammuz (reincarnated each year on Dec. 25th), and he says that they put the branch to the nose (Christmas Trees, mistletoe) in other words they worship nature. So we see that those who “sign and cry” at the Abominations of the Mother of Harlots church will be “marked” with God's mark which is the TAV (last letter in the Hebrew Alphabet). In other words, the Torah. Yeshua is the Alpeh & Tav,the beginning and the ending. The Tav is the “end of the law” or the end result of obeying the Torah. Messiah is the “end” or final result of what happens to us when we obey his Torah. We become exactly like him!

Love & Shalom to all of you in Yeshua Messiah,

Maria Merola

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