Gen 4:15                               The Mark on Cain                                       3/25/2007      ßà   

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       Two People in the Same Church (Gen 3:21, 3:15, Isa 61:10, Rom 9:13,11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Mark on Cain (Rom 12:19, Gen 3:15, 4:23-24,15, Eccl 8:11)

 

 

 

 

 

·        The Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-17, 7:3, 14:1,9-11, 16:2, 20:4, 1Cor 14:21, Isa 28:11,13:17)

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       As an Angel of Light (Gen 4:16-24,26, 2Cor 11:13-15, Matt 24:24, Rev 13:8)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 4:1 (2X). Last week I started a new series in Genesis, beginning in Gen 4. Four years ago I covered Gen 2 and 3 extensively. Therefore now we are starting with Gen 4. Last week I spoke about Gen 4:1-16, but I deliberately skipped verse 15. Today I would like to speak about Gen 4:15. I would like you to be better listeners, because last week I did not receive one question about skipping Gen 4:15. The title of our sermon today is The Mark on Cain (2X). Let us read this chapter beginning again at verse 1.

Ge 4:1-3  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.        And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.            And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Ge 4:4-5  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:               But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Ge 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Ge 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Ge 4:8-9  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.         And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Ge 4:10-12  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.     And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;              When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

Ge 4:13 ¶  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

Ge 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Ge 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

We see here the two brothers, Cain and Abel, who stand as representatives of two groups of people in the world: the one are called “the natural man” and the other are called “the spiritual man”. They typify respectively the lost, and the saved; or the ones who are self-righteous, and the ones who are broken in spirit; or those who rely upon their own works, and those who rest upon the finished work of Christ; or those who insist upon salvation by their own free will, and those who are willing to be saved by Divine grace; or those who are rejected and cursed by God, and those who are accepted and blessed by God. Cain is the natural man. God defines the natural man in 1Cor 2:14 in this way:

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The natural man does not believe the entire Word of God from cover to cover. He cannot believe the six day creation, or the virgin birth, or the Deity of Christ, or the sovereignty of God, for these are foolishness to him. Neither can he understand spiritual truths from the Bible, for they are spir. hidden.

Abel is the spiritual man. And God defines the spiritual man in 1Cor 2:15-16 in the following way:

1Co 2:15-16  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.     For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The spiritual man has been “born again” and thereby has received some understanding of the mind of Christ. Therefore the spiritual man judges all things, literally “discerns all things”; he is able to distinguish between good and evil, whereas the natural man is not able to distinguish between good and evil. We see this clearly in our world today. Things that are good and faithful are now called foolish by the world. And things that are evil, such as fornication, are now called love by the world. God says in the Bible that all man are liars, and we see it clearly today on TV and in the newspapers, but the world praises liars and calls them shrewd, and politically correct, and clever businessmen.

Cain is the natural man because he remained the way he came into the world, as a dirty rotten sinner in total rebellion against God. This is how each one of us has come into the world, for we were by nature the children of wrath, and by nature none of us did seek after God; none of us did anything good that was pleasing to God. But Abel had undergone a change at some point in his life. He was “born from above”, for he delighted to bring sacrifices that were pleasing to God. This is not something that comes naturally. This was a sign that he had been listening to the instructions of his parents. And what we also observe here in this story in Gen 4:1-15 is that the spiritual man was persecuted by the natural man. This is a principle that will always apply. The spiritual man will always be persecuted by the natural man. But this persecution does not come from outside the church. O No! Physical persecution usually begins from within the church. And so, is it possible that Cain and Abel represent the unsaved and the saved people in the church. Let us consider this possibility:

#1.       Two People in the Same Church (Gen 3:21, 3:15, Isa 61:10, Rom 9:13,11)

Cain and Abel were much like Esau and Jacob. They both were in the same family, they attended the same worship service, they brought offerings to the same God, they heard words from the same God, and they received the same religious instructions from their parents. What instructions? Please turn to the page on your left, to Gen 3:21 (2X) where God clothed Adam and Eve. In this magnificent act of forgiveness of sins God taught Adam and Eve first of all that a guilty sinner can approach God only in a suitable covering. Secondly, a covering of fig leaves which their own hands had made was not acceptable to God. Thirdly, only a covering that God has provided will be acceptable. Fourthly, the necessary covering could only be obtained through death. Two or more animals had to be killed and their blood had to be shed in order to clothe Adam and Eve. And thus, to Adam and Eve God preached the blessed truth of “substitution”, which means the innocent is suffering for the guilty. First God said it in the words of Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; He shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel”. Then God said it again in action, where He killed two or more animals for their sake and made clothing for them, which symbolized that God covered them with robes of righteousness (Isa 61:10). These four requirements were made known by Adam and Eve to their children. Where else does Abel get the wisdom of bringing God a blood sacrifice that is pleasing to God? Abel heard and believed that in order for him to come before God with an acceptable offering, he must come with a blood sacrifice. Cain also heard that from his parents, but he did not believe it, and therefore he came with an offering that was clean and shiny and not stained with blood and according to his own taste. Cain brought an offering that was made up according to his own ideas, and God rejected the offering of Cain, for Cain presented an offering which was the work of his own hands, not a work made by God’s hands. And so, Cain became a murderer in deed, because he was already a murderer at heart.

But Cain was not an atheist. Cain believed in God, but Cain did not believe God. Cain believed that God exists, but Cain did not believe God’s Word. Cain and Abel were under the same hearing of the Word of God, but the love of God took hold only of the soul of Abel, and not of Cain. Why is that? We do not know all the answers, for we do not have the mind of God. This was God’s plan, and we must believe that it was the best plan God could have designed. But Cain remained unsaved all his life. Cain reminds us of someone in church, who has heard the Word of God clearly, but the love of God has never entered into his soul so that this person never becomes saved. Here in Gen 4 the first church east of the Garden of Eden consisted of Adam and Eve as the preachers and Cain and Abel as the congregation. And so, Cain and Abel were the representatives of all who in later congregations were listening to the preaching of the Word of God. Every externally visible church contains both saved and unsaved people. This is not a popular subject to speak about. Not many preachers are willing to speak about the fact that part of their congregation consists of unsaved people. But it is absolutely a fact that we have to deal with. Even the congregation of the Lord Jesus, when He walked on earth, contained one rotten apple. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 9:13 (2X). Cain and Abel as the representatives of saved and unsaved people in the church remind us of another pair of brothers, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the older brother. They too were the only two persons in the church of their parents Isaac and Rebekah. Esau never became saved, just like Cain. God spoke about these two children in Rom 9:13, where we read these ominous words:

Ro 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

And God spoke these words before the children were born, before they could have done any good or evil (Rom 9:11). And God stated the reason why He did that: “in order that the purpose of God according to election might stand”. In other words, here is a crystal clear example of how God elects people unto salvation. The focus is not on “poor Esau”, but the focus is on the grace of salvation, and that salvation is only possible if you have been chosen to be saved. For salvation is not of man’s works, but of God’s grace, and through Christ alone. Please do not contemplate in your mind “poor Esau”, for then you are trying to be more loving than God Himself. God made His judgment. If we say that we fear God, and if we indeed fear God, then we want to respect the all wise judgment of God, and we do not want to debate with God whether He has made the right decision. If we cannot have peace with God’s judgment on Esau, we show thereby that we have no respect for the Word of God. The same applies to our position with Cain. Cain remained unsaved, for God warns us for Cain:

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle of Jude, Jude 11 (2X). The Lord warns us in this epistle for ungodly men who have crept into the church, not being recognized that they were evil, and who are turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness. This is a warning which especially applies to the end times, for it is in the end times that we are bombarded with other gospels to lead us astray.

Jude 1:11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Today we will skip the error of Balaam and the gainsaying of Korah. What did God mean when He warned us for “the way of Cain”? Cain deliberately ignored God’s demand for a blood sacrifice as the only way to approach God. Cain refused to do that. Cain rejected the sacrifice that was a picture of the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. Instead, Cain thought to obtain salvation by works of righteousness which he has done. Cain is the father of the Pharisee who prides himself that he is superior to the humble Publican standing afar off, and who boasts of his own morality and religiousness. Cain is a picture of all the unsaved who pride themselves that they can in their own strength live a life which is pleasing to God. They are those who deny that they are by nature children of wrath. They are those who deny that man has been driven out of God’s presence, and that a great gulf has now been fixed between them. They deny that after the fall of Adam human nature is only evil continually, and man’s heart is desperately wicked from the day he is born. And thus they think in their heart, “Something in my hands I bring, to my goodness I do cling”. This is the way of Cain that God warns us for here in Jude 11. Please turn again to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 3:15 (2X).

#2.       The Mark on Cain (Rom 12:19, Gen 3:15, 4:23-24,15, Eccl 8:11)

Actually, this mark on Cain is a very difficult thing. God put this mark on Cain in order that anyone who finds Cain should not kill him. Cain senses that Abel’s blood had to be avenged. But the principle of the avenger of blood did not yet exist in those days. It would not be specifically stated by God until the days of Noah, many thousands of years later. But here in Gen 4 God stopped the principle that murderers would be avenged by people for the murders they had committed. Here in Gen 4 God applied the principle that only God will be the Avenger. But can you see how God painted here a beautiful picture of Christ as our Avenger on Satan, and Christ as our Avenger on all those who were against us, since they are on the side of Satan. God already stated that Christ will be our Avenger in Gen 3:15, where the Seed of the woman is going to be our Avenger. God said to Satan in Gen 3:15, “He shall bruise thy head”. It means that Christ shall fight for us against Satan, and Christ shall fight for us against the seed of Satan for the Seed of the woman shall fight against the seed of the serpent.

And thus before the flood the principle of Rom 12:19 must apply, where God said in Rom 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”. For God’s purposes Cain must live, and must multiply, and must spread his pattern of violence and unbelief throughout the world through the sins of the descendants of Cain. We see this exemplified in Gen 4:23 (2X) where one of the descendants of Cain by the name of Lamech boasts of this absence of the penalty. We read in Gen 4:23-24,

Ge 4:23  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

Ge 4:24  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

God informs us here that the principle of the avenger of blood did not exist until the days of Noah. And since violence was not punished immediately, violence multiplied until the flood of Noah’s days. This was one of the reasons God destroyed the world with a flood. God also tells us here that the sins of the fathers are multiplied greatly in their descendants. We should not say, “Like the father, so is the son”, for in the natural man the son is generally far more wicked than his father. In the days before the flood violence multiplied greatly because God stated in Eccl 8:11 this principle:

Ec 8:11  Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil (2X).

God’s vengeance on evil works is to be cast into Hell. But since man thinks that this is still far off the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. And so, sin greatly multiplied before the flood. Why did God not kill Cain? Why did God not kill Satan after he led Adam and Eve into sin? It was not God’s plan, and God’s plan is the best plan. Let us now consider the Mark on Cain.

Ge 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

The Lord set a mark upon Cain. We do not know if this is an internal mark on Cain, or if this is a mark on his skin, like in his forehead, or on his right hand. When we search the Bible for this mark we are inevitably led to the mark of the beast. Could it be that this mark on Cain is the mark of the beast?

·        The Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-17, 7:3, 14:1,9-11, 16:2, 20:4, 1Cor 14:21, Isa 28:11,13:17)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 13:6 (2X). God shows us here a beautiful example of how harmonious the Bible is, from Genesis to Revelation. We shall see that the mark on Cain is the mark of the beast. God speaks in Rev 13 about the beast, Antichrist, who comes up out of the sea of mankind, looking just like Satan, the dragon, and who in the end time is going to rule the whole world. According to verse 8 only the remnant chosen by grace shall not worship the beast, but all the unsaved of mankind will. Then we read in Rev 13:16,

Re 13:16-17  And he (the beast) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Would this be a mark on their skin, visible to anyone? And the answer is, “Absolutely not”, for no one of unsaved mankind shall even suspect that they are nearing the end of time for this world. The teaching of the Lord Jesus is very clear on this point. There will be no earthshaking events, no great bloodlettings, and no outward signs to announce to the world that Judgment Day is near. Certainly a mark on the skin of 99% of mankind would have given away that Judgment Day is near. But what is the real meaning of this mark on all of unsaved mankind? It is a mark that Satan owns these persons, like there is another mark that Christ owns another set of persons. Please turn about 8 pages to your left, to Rev 7:3 (2X). Here we see that God places a mark on the foreheads of those who are His people, the remnant chosen by grace. God commands the angels of the four winds to hold back.

Re 7:3  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Is this seal of God visible to the naked eye? Absolutely not! Please turn forward to Rev 14:1 (2X),

Re 14:1 ¶  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

Is this name of the Father written on the outside of their foreheads? Absolutely not! Only on the Last Day shall it be revealed who the elect are and who the non-elect are. Both the mark of God and the mark of the beast are not outwardly visible. They are representing a mark of ownership. It is a mark only visible to those who are spirits. But it is certain that all the non-elect shall receive the mark of the beast. Please turn one page forward to Rev 14:9 (2X). All the non-elect shall be cast into Hell to pay the price for the wages of their own sins. We read in Rev 14:9,

Re 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,

Re 14:10  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:

Re 14:11  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.

You see, the mark of the beast is the mark of the name of Satan, and this mark can be observed in their forehead or in their hand, because this mark of ownership is reflected in their thoughts and in the actions by their hands. Verses 10 and 11 also tell us that Hell will be forever. Some people wish to believe that Hell will be just incineration, and then we will exist no more. But verses 10 and 11 teach us that everyone who receives the mark of the beast is unsaved and will tormented by Satan and his demons in Hell, and the smoke of their torment shall go up forever and ever. Please turn one page to your right to Rev 16:2 (2X). Here are seven angels with seven vials of the wrath of God, which are poured out on all the non-elect. Could these be outward signs again? We read in Rev 16:2,

Re 16:2  And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Is it possible that only the non-elect will receive blisters on their skin, visible to all? Absolutely not! These grievous sores are spiritual sores. These seven vials of wrath are not events, but conditions in the kingdom of the beast. These conditions make his kingdom an absolute abomination in the nostrils of God. But it is also certain that none of the elect will have received the mark of the beast, and none of the elect will have received the noisome and grievous sore upon their souls. Please turn a few pages to your right, to Rev 20:4 (2X). The Bible teaches clearly that all the saints will on the Last Day with Christ judge all the non-elect, for now all their wickedness and the mark of the beast shall be clearly seen by all. We read in Rev 20:4,

Re 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.

And so, we see that the mark of the beast characterizes all those who are non-elect. Initially we saw the church of the Lord Jesus Christ as a faithful church in Rev 12. But as we approach the end of time the church becomes more and more apostate and more and more wicked, until finally the church itself is called Babylon. How did that come to pass? God draws us here to meditate on the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon, and then the destruction of Babylon by the Medes and the Persians. First the free will gospel is preached in the church. This has happened already for perhaps 200 years. As a result most people in the church are not saved, and they are willing to accept an even more wicked gospel. Then the Charismatic gospel overruns the church, which can be compared to the Babylonians overtaking and destroying Jerusalem and taking the remnant of Jerusalem to Babylon. The wording of 1Cor 14:21 and Isa 28:11 certainly seem to point in that direction. People in the Charismatic gospel think that they have been blessed with the ability to speak in tongues, but in actuality it is a curse. But the Charismatic gospel does not stop there, for now they will bring the world into the church, and they will amalgamate the church with the world, so that God will call the entire church Babylon. The church and Babylon will have become united. That is why the harlot Babylon sits on the scarlet colored beast in Rev 17 and Rev 18. Finally Babylon is destroyed by the Medes and the Persians, of which God said in Isa 13:17, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it”, a picture of the angels ushering in the end of time and the end of the world. And so, the mark of the beast is a spiritual mark on all those who are non-elect, who do not inherit the blessing of God’s presence in their heart, and who shall not inherit the blessing of God’s presence in heaven. They are cursed, and therefore they receive the mark that marks them as cursed people, the people that are owned by Satan. In principle God gives out two blessings to mankind:

#1, All the elect will receive the blessing of reigning with Christ; first we reign with Christ as His ambassadors here on earth, and secondly we shall reign with Christ in heaven after this body dies, and thirdly we shall reign with Christ for an eternity in the new universe in unimaginable glory.

#2, All the non-elect believe that they are blessed by God for they have received all the money and all the wealth and all the power of this earth. Certainly Alexander the Great must have thought that he was blessed by God for having been given such a great empire. But after they die they will discover that all their money has not been a blessing at all, but rather a curse, for they have not given God thanks for all this wealth and comfort.

Please turn again to the prophecy of Genesis, Gen 4:16 (2X). Initially the entire congregation under Adam and Eve consisted of Cain and Abel. They were the representatives of all the posterity of Adam and Eve. Cain represented all the non-elect in the church and Abel represented all the elect in the church. At the same time Cain also represented all the unsaved in the world, for there was no one else in the world. The actions of Cain tell us a great deal more. By killing the precious seed of Christ and by departing from the presence of the Lord Cain also proved to be a true representative of Antichrist, who will do the same things near the end of time. Now let us look at Cain’s descendants:

#3.       As an Angel of Light (Gen 4:16-24,26, 2Cor 11:13-15, Matt 24:24, Rev 13:8)

Ge 4:16-17  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.        And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

Ge 4:18-19  And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.         And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

Ge 4:20-22  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.      And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.         And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

Please take a good look at these names and compare them with the names we find on the next page in the line of the descendants of Seth. In Gen 4 we have a line of evil descendants of Cain. But in Gen 5 we have a line of descendants which are from the faithful line of Seth, for we read in Gen 4:26 about the descendants of Seth, “Then began men to call upon the Name of the Lord”. But the two lists of names are almost the same. The name Cain and the name Cainan are almost the same; they differ by only one letter in the Hebrew, and both names mean the same thing: “Possession”. The name Enoch is the same in both lists, and Enoch means “Dedicated”. The name Irad in the line of Cain and the name Jared in the line of Seth are almost the same word, only one letter difference. The name Methusael in the line of Cain and the name Methuselah in the line of Seth are almost the same word, only one letter difference. The name Lamech is the same in both lists, and Lamech means “Powerful”. Why is there such a great similarity between these two lists of names? Did Satan do that? No! Satan is not controlling what goes into the Word of God. Only God does that. And God did that to give us ample warnings that Satan shall come to us as a great imitator of God. And Satan’s Antichrist shall come to us as a great imitator of Christ. Please turn in your Bibles to the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, 2Cor 11:13 (2X). God warns us in 2Cor 11:13-15 that Satan comes as an Angel of Light, and we certainly saw that by comparing the two lists in Gen 4 and Gen 5. Just think of the blasphemy of Cain by naming his son “Enoch”, which means “Dedicated”, as if he dedicated this child to the God from whom he departed. And likewise God warns us that the messengers of Satan are deceivers:

2Co 11:13-14  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.       And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Satan transforms himself into an angel of light, looking like a minister of Christ, so that he looks like a very holy man speaking the words of Christ, claiming the blood of Christ for his sins, and speaking of grace and of salvation and of the Holy Spirit, and so on. The Lord Jesus warned us in Matt 24:24, “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”. This is the Antichrist who was to come, and he is already here, by which we know that we are living in the end time. Antichrist shall try to deceive us with gospels that are O-so-close to the true Gospel. Antichrist shall claim that God is still speaking today in dreams, and visions, and angel visitations, and in tongues, for this is the final stroke of the genius who is called Satan. To the children of this world his gospel looks like a blessing, but it is a trap and a snare. Most people will fall for it, and that is why God said in Rev 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him”. But we must ask for God’s grace and God’s wisdom to discern between good and evil, between the things that are pleasing to God and the things that are an abhorrence to Him. This is not easy, for even our children shall be led astray and shall try to persuade us to follow them in their kind of a gospel. Therefore pray to God that He will give us discernment and grace.                  AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.