>>Ankerberg: Just an article this month that
came out, they’ve got another supercomputer that is 15 times faster than anything that
was created before. The computations it can do in one second take your breath away, alright.
People want to know about the technology and the mark of the beast that’s coming up.
You get this mark from the Antichrist, you can’t buy or sell without that mark. And
they are wondering, you know, there’s a lot of things with 666 already in it, in terms
of the computers or other information. And they want to say, if I’m investing in using
in those computer systems right now, is that something that I need to beware of? Am I setting
myself up here for something? Or where is that going. Should I use that technology?>>DeYoung: Well, before I answer that question.
Let’s go back to the mark of the beast. In Revelation 13:15, 16 and 17, it’s talking
about those small and great, whoever they may be, must receive the mark of the beast.
It will be on their forehead or the back of their hand. And they have to have that mark
of the beast so they can buy or sell, like you were talking about: to be able to buy
food, and be able to buy shelter and clothing, the essentials of life. They cannot do that
unless they have received the mark of the beast.
Chapter 13, verse 18, talks about the number 666. And we seem to put that together, but
there is no absolute proof that this number 666 will be that which is on the forehead
or the back of the hand, John. And we’re not told whether it’d be tattooed there,
what the imprint would be, how it would be there. It could be a computer chip. We cannot
assume anything that the Bible does not say definitely.
And so, I have to only be able to answer a question about the mark of the beast by saying,
you know, I really don’t know exactly what it’s going to be. The Bible is silent on
it. Everybody in the tribulation period, those that are non-Christians, will understand the
mark of the beast. And we that know Christ as Lord and Savior won’t have to worry about
the mark of the beast. So if, indeed, like they did down in Alabama where I preached
recently, they gave a computer chip for those workers in a factory, so they could time themselves
in or time themselves out from work, don’t be worrying about that. That’s not the mark
of the beast, because the Antichrist is not on the scene. Is that the technology they
may use? It may well be. But if you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you’ll never
have to be concerned about the mark of the beast. You’re out of here at the rapture
of the church. That only happens to those who are lost, who have rejected Jesus Christ.