“They could tattoo 666 from your head to your feet and it would not change your feelings or mind about Christ. This is important. I hope you understand” – Arnold Murray, Newsletter #264
Arnold Murray is leading his followers to accept the real mark of the beast when it is presented to humanity during the great tribulation.
(Rev 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:
Murray taught that taking the mark simply meant that the individual was deceived into false worship (the forehead) or that they served the beast (the hand). But this is another damnable LIE!
In Chapel doctrine the mark is merely spiritual. But ask yourself this question:
What kind of spiritual mark could a person receive that would make it possible to literally buy or sell during the tribulation and those who don’t have it to not be able to buy or sell?
In other words, if it simply spiritual, what’s to keep me from buying and selling during the tribulation?
It’s impossible, it can’t be done… it has to be a real mark.
The word for ‘mark’ in the greek is charagma and it means a etching, engraving, a stamp, a scratch… in other words something on the OUTSIDE of the body. Something whereby you can be identified – and if you don’t have it, you don’t buy or sell and are sentenced to death.
The word for “in” is “epi” and should be translated as upon… as it is in Revelation 20:4…
(Rev 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.
The mark is an external verifying mark of the followers of the beast. You must receive this to buy or sell… Murray is teaching his followers that they can take that mark and it wouldn’t warrant eternal condemnation. But what does the bible say?
(Rev 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,
(Rev 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:
(Rev 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.
We see here that worship of the beast and receiving the mark go together but are TWO SEPARATE ACTIONS. If one does the later (takes the mark) then the bible says they go STRAIGHT TO HELL, DON’T PASS GO, DON’T COLLECT $200.
Those who take the mark will be killed in the judgments that attend the second advent – they will NOT enter into eternity.
For Murray, taking the mark doesn’t lead eternal damnation but that these souls who take the mark (all but the 7,000 VERY ELECT will worship the beast according to him) will receive a second chance during the millennium to get things right because Satan’s powers of deception are so great that they really didn’t have a chance…
And if they fail at the end of the millennium God will only merely blot them out of existence.
The truth is, during the time of tribulation IF you receive the beast’s mark you will receive NO SECOND CHANCE in the millennium. You will be punished with everlasting, CONSCIOUS, damnation.
I want people to realize this:
The Shepherd’s Chapel through a myriad of false doctrines is priming a multitude for eternal death – this teaching concerning the mark is prime example…