Avoiding the Mark

Helping the POOR

There are two steps I believe that all serious believers must take to avoid the mark of the beast. The first is developing a heart for helping the poor, strengthening the weak, and healing the sick. I believe there’s a very strong command to help the poor and strengthen the weak in the Scriptures that cannot be neglected. See, for example, Psalm 35:10; 41:1-3; 82:3-4; 112:9; 113:7; 140:12; Proverbs 22:22; 29:7; 31:9; Isaiah 61:1; Jeremiah 22:16; Matthew 5:3; 11:5; Luke 6:20; Acts 9:36-42; 10:30-31; Galatians 2:10; James 1:27; 2:5. The God of the Bible rewards those that take these matters seriously.

Helping the poor. Volunteer to work in shelters. Don’t give money; give your time instead. Too often the poor have addictions to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, junk food, and gambling. Provide them with healthy food, normal clothing, and good advice on how to change their lifestyles to avoid poverty and other problems.  Drive them to places they need to go such as thrift stores, grocery stores, churches, and appointments for legitimate reasons (not to dope houses or to friends who are bad influences).

Strengthening the weak. Help those who are being bullied because of their size or infirmities. Educate those who are bigger and stronger physically about bullying those who are smaller or physically weaker. Speak out against tyranny and injustice where those in power are taking advantage of those beneath them who are at a disadvantage. Psalm 82:3-4 makes this duty clear. The criminal justice system on the law enforcement model is a failure and in too many cases inflicts harm on the poor and the weak while protecting the worst evil doers in society. Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry is a case in point. For example, documentaries like Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging need to be seen and understood.

Healing the sick. Health and wellness promotion classes on the natural health model are needed in the community colleges.  They need to be made easily accessible to the poor. See http://greendrinksforschools.info/ and http://naturalhealthedu.weebly.com/

Because the Messiah had harsh words for the rich and pronounced a blessing for the poor, I’m inclined to believe most of those who do not take the mark of the beast will come from the ranks of the poor and working class. The rich because of their desire to continue making money through buying and selling will take the mark eagerly. Many of the poor and working class (wage slaves) will also take the mark because of their desires to make it rich in the big gambling game of wealth and privilege.

The communal ideal of the Acts church. The second step is developing the communal way of  life advocated by the early church in the book of Acts 2:44,45; 4:32-35. Every serious believer will ultimately need to surrender  to this way of life in order to avoid the mark of the beast. It’s likely the beast power will have to allow an exemption to its mark for those living a religious communal lifestyle. Because we will share everything, we will not need to buy and sell as an individual which requires the mark to do. Buying as a community will not require the mark.