S = Scripture: Revelation 13:16-18 [GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)]
16The second beast forces all people—important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves—to be branded on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name.
E = Explanation:
As the world gets closer to the end, evil will find a way to convince people to follow it. There will be some marking that all people will be asked to take that will somehow seem good, but will actually be a mark that signifies an allegance to evil. This mark will contain the number of man three times which is the number six three times. Since most of the world is aware of this, it must somehow be coded or disguised but has something to do with our hands or heads.
This ability to say who can buy or sell means control of the world and control of it’s systems. Much of the control that evil will gain in the world as we get close to the end will be voluntarily given to it by the people of the world.
A = Application:
I will look at the things I find to be helpul in the my life that may be giving power to hidden evil.