I have gained a lot of insight through the resources of Brannon Howse’s ministry Worldview Weekend, and that of Jimmy DeYoung. John MacArthur is often-quoted by one of my favorite bloggers Elizabeth Prata, whose blog The End Time has been one I have been subscribed to and enjoyed for a few years now. I once heard Jimmy DeYoung say on Brannon Howse’s program, that he believed that people who take the mark of the beast will still have an opportunity to be saved during the tribulation. And I recently addressed the fact that John McArthur said it as well.
You be the judge. Here is the audio of all three of these men making these very statements. It was posted to YouTube by Ephesians 5:11s Blog.
I don’t know any way whatsoever that this is not a total violation of the rule of thumb that we should take everything foremost in it’s “plain sense”. It is written plainly in scripture than any man who receives the mark of the beast will partake of the wrath of God, tormented with fire and brimstone, forever and ever. In this video, Howse is chuckling together with DeYoung over the grief MacArthur is getting over having made the same assertion. As if it is a “no-brianer”, and as if “of course people who take the mark can still get saved”. They speak laughingly and smugly, sure that we regular folk are just silly for coming to this conclusion!! These three men have huge platforms and literal millions of people fall within range of impact of their voices, ministries, and proclamations. I would hate to see their reward for all of the work they have done, be cancelled out by those who might be left behind, find their recorded statements via internet during the tribulation, and decide it’s fine to take the mark of the beast because that way they can partake of the Beast-controlled system (eat, drink, buy, sell) and still be able escape eternal wrath. This is simply NOT consistent with scripture!!!!
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. “To cause” can mean “to motivate” or “give motive for”. In other words, (as we already know) anyone who doesn’t take the mark is going to have a hard road to travel, they won’t be able to partake in the marketplace. And they will have the threat of beheading hanging over them. As we know there will be believers who survive tribulation, who go on to repopulate the Earth during the Millennium, this is the only “conclusion based upon the whole word and God’s patterns” that I am willing to draw here. That those who do not take the mark, because they understand who the beast is, will either die during the tribulation or be supernaturally protected and provided for. I was one of the ones who e-mailed Brannon, by the way!
Revelation 14:9-11 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,
10 .) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
If any man….receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand….the same shall drink the wine of the wrath of God…and be tormented with fire and brimstone…and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and they have nor rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
That is clear in it’s plain sense. There is no need to go looking for examples of God’s previous mercies, etc, because this could not be written any plainer! This is not going to happen during the AGE of GRACE. Those mercies won’t apply. The line is drawn!
I am appalled and disturbed by the fact that Brannon Howse, Jimmy DeYoung, and John MacArthur would not only take liberties to blow off such a clear warning, but make light of those who are concerned about their doing so. I think that some of these folks have allowed the success of their ministries cloud their judgment!
Noah and his family are a typological example of the Jews in the time of Tribulation. God will supernaturally protect and provide for those who do not take the mark. They won’t buy and sell. But like the Israelites in the wilderness ate Manna from heaven, those who choose God will make it through the tribulation by means of God and God alone. What communion hath light with darkness? God has never allowed His Own to have dual allegiances.
We are called to be as wise as serpents but as harmless as doves. (Both prudent and Holy). Should these statements on the part of Howse, DeYoung, and MacArthur lead many astray, I do not believe they will be found harmless before the Lord at the Bema Seat judgment.