“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, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.” Revelation 14:9-10
This passage is looking into the future at a time when a beast shall rise up and rule the entire world. I do not know who or what this beast is, but it is shown in the Bible that it will be against God in every way possible.
God is now putting an end to this beast and his rule. In these verses an angel gives a warning to not worship or take on its mark. Whoever worships or takes the mark of the beast will face God’s fury.
Notice that John stated that God’s fury will be poured out in full strength. God will not hold anything back at this point. If God has the power to create the world, stars and universe, imagine how much power He has to torment anyone who worships that beast. All that power to create will go into torment.
Although I do not believe this beast is reigning on the earth today, its philosophy and characteristics are present today. Everywhere you look there are many false religions being worshipped. Everywhere you look things are being worshipped: cars, jobs, people, homes, money and more.
People dedicate their lives to getting these things or doing certain things that do not include God at all. Sin and sinful things are accepted and promoted as good. The mark of these sinful things are being taken on by using them, physically wearing a mark of them, and promoting them.
A simple example is a movie comes out that is sinful. A person goes to the movie; then buys the movie, a poster, a shirt, a hat, and a costume. These things are taking on the mark of that sinful movie…the mark of the beast.
Today you must turn from sinful ways. Do not allow yourself to take on the mark of sin. Be sealed with the mark of the Holy Spirit in your life. Keep your eyes and life on God and God alone.
I pray today that God will seal you with His Holy Spirit; that you will turn from all sin; that you will not receive the mark of sin in your life; that you will worship God and God alone; and that you will be His witness to others.