Twisting the Bible – Part 3 – John MacArthur and the Mark of the Beast

What I’m going to write about now plays a big part in what drives me to write almost every day. We have been set up for the coming of the Antichrist and his vile system, and it makes me ill to see it. And, we have gladly embraced this deception.

(Click HERE for Part 2) – | – (Click HERE for Part 4)

It’s understandable that we would do this. Truth is unpleasant, and obedience is difficult. And, we are ALL creatures of pride and self-indulgence. And yes, I really do place myself in those categories.

The problem is that the lies that we have embraced are destroying us. Now is the time to embrace the truth and obey God.

It is almost too late.


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Twisting the Bible – Part 3 – John MacArthur and the Mark of the Beast

On Friday, Steve Quayle posted a link to a page on Nathan Leal’s website, It was a part of his ‘Show Notes’ for his interview on Hagmann & Hagmann. Nathan was talking about the coming ‘Mark of the Beast’, and when I got to the end of his post, I saw him say this:

Why is all of this happening? It is a demonic campaign to desensitize our culture in preparation to accept the “mark” of the beast.

And then, I dimly remembered a controversy over a pastor saying something about taking the Mark of the Beast – and still being able to go to heaven. In fact, I couldn’t quite remember his name. It was John-somebody. John… MacArthur.

The Evidence

Yes, that was it. John MacArthur.

So, I did a search for “John Macarthur” mark of the beast. In fact, that is a link to the same Google search that I did on Friday. In third place on the search results was this video:

John MacArthur OUTRAGE – Take Mark of Beast, still be saved

YouTube shortlink:


I clicked the link and listened to the video. When I got to the main point, it took a moment for John MacArthur’s words to sink in – before then the shock hit:

He said WHAT?!?!

John MacArthur actually said that you can take the Mark of the Beast and not go to Hell. I was so horrified, so shocked… well, I just don’t have words to adequately express how I felt.

Proof Of Abominable Heresy

This is a true abomination.

Here is a preacher that is revered by many, openly denying the words of the Book of Revelation. Here is the relevant verse:

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.Revelation 14:11

You can parse that verse any way you like, but when you say “and whosoever” you are making an and/or statement. You are not saying that just both will go to Hell. You are saying that either one OR BOTH will go to Hell.

To put it another way, there are two conditions that will send you to Hell:

  • worship the beast and his image
  • receiving the mark of his name

Just ONE or BOTH of those will send you to eternal punishment.

THAT is the syntax of this verse in English. It’s even stronger in Greek:

καὶ εἴ τις λαμβάνει τὸ χάραγμα τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ.

Transliterated, it says:

…and if anyone receives the mark of the name of it.

If you want to look at it for yourself, the link is here:

For a reverse view, notice in Revelation 20:4-5 that NO ONE who stands before the Lord in the First Resurrection has taken the Mark of the Beast. I quote this verse later on in the article, but you can click the link if you can’t wait.

John MacArthur In Text

For those who want the text of this abomination that John MacArthur said in the video, you can find it here:

Here’s the relevant question and John’s answer (about a third of the way down the page):

QUESTIONER: Oh, my question is in regard to the latter half of the Tribulation period, when…when men will be required to have the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell. My question is once the person takes the mark, is there possibility of Him coming to Christ?

JOHN: Yes, I think, you know, in the seven-year Tribulation coming in the future, we’re gonna get into this, so probably a week from Sunday night, maybe this Sunday night, maybe a week, I’m not sure. But the Tribulation is a seven-year period, right? The Rapture of the church, seven-year Tribulation, then Christ returns, sets up His Kingdom. Now, in that seven-year period, really two things happen. God begins to judge the world in…with a series of holocausts; and, at the same time, He begins to redeem His people Israel; and in the process of this, the antichrist establishes his rule; and in order to function in the economy of the antichrist, you have to take the mark of the beast. The mark being the number of a man, Revelation 13, 666. Six is the number of man, right? Seven is the number of perfection, and man always falls short of perfection, 666, always sixes, never seven. So the number man, and apparently what’s gonna happen, you take the mark on your hand or on your forehead; and we’ve talked a lot about that, you know, that…that that’s kind of the computer situation. We’re now moving fast toward the time when we’re going to have to do everything we do by cards and by numbers and all of that, and those number…the thing about a card that’s a problem is you lose it, and they’ve already devised systems to put the number on your hand and on your forehead, and you go through a scanner and, you know, that’s how you buy and sell. It’s automatically deducted from your bank account.

Now, the question is, if you’re living in the Tribulation period, and you take this mark, in other words, you identify with the beast’s empire, will you still be able to be redeemed? And I think the answer to that is yes. Yes, otherwise there would be no salvation of anybody in the end of the Tribulation; and you’ve got to have the salvation of folks in the end of the Tribulation. You’re gonna have the Jews redeemed. You’re gonna have, according to Revelation chapter 7, “An innumerable number of Gentiles redeemed, so many they can’t even be counted across the face of the earth.” So I don’t think the fact that someone takes that is a sentence to…to permanency anymore than you being a part of this world system once in your life means you have to be a part of the system all your life. Well, especially when 144,000 don’t start their ministry till the second half.

QUESTIONER: Yeah, that’s true, yeah.

JOHN: That’d make it a little tough.

Now, in case you are wondering whether John MacArthur has backtracked on the above, think again. Here’s a member of his staff, Phil Johnson, doubling down on it:

My answer to this foolish article is that yes, God COULD forgive the sin of taking the Mark of the Beast. God COULD do that.

But, He’s not going to.

Please get this right. God CAN forgive this sin. He really can. But, He’s not going to. It’s His choice, and He’s warning us ahead of time that this is a line that you had better not cross.

Why John MacArthur Believes This

Now, why does John MacArthur preach AGAINST the words of Revelation 14:11?

He doesn’t have a choice.

Wait… He doesn’t have a choice?

Yeah. He’s stuck with this position because it is dictated by a fraudulent theory that he passionately believes in:

The Pretribulation Rapture Theory

If he had said something else, like ‘you cannot go to heaven if you take the Mark of the Beast’, he would have had to tear up the Pretribulation Rapture Theory AND Dispensationalism. In fact, he’d have to tear up decades of false teaching, and he’s NOT going to do that.

The Pretribulation Rapture Theory Requires It

Now, I see that you have a question, so I’ll ask it for you:

Why does the Pretribulation Rapture Theory require people to take the Mark of the Beast before getting saved?

Well, MacArthur DOES know what the Bible says, and here is the key point:

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:Revelation 13:16

That means that The Beast makes everyone take the Mark of the Beast. Everyone. (Well… except for those who are already saved.) And, since he believes that the Rapture took away all the saved people… well, all that’s left are those who will take the Mark of the Beast.

With me so far?

So, according to the Pretribulation Rapture THEORY, since everyone takes the mark of the Beast…

…this means that everyone saved during the Tribulation has ALREADY taken the Mark of the Beast.

John MacArthur acknowledged this when he said:

Now, the question is, if you’re living in the Tribulation period, and you take this mark, in other words, you identify with the beast’s empire, will you still be able to be redeemed? And I think the answer to that is yes. Yes, otherwise there would be no salvation of anybody in the end of the Tribulation; and you’ve got to have the salvation of folks in the end of the Tribulation.

It’s logic. And, I understand that.

Two HUGE Problems

But, wait… Houston, we have a problem… There’s this verse:

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.Revelation 16:2

And then, there’s this verse (which I linked to earlier):

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. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.Revelation 20:4-5

You CANNOT fit those verses in with John MacArthur’s interpretation of Revelation.


Because, the wrath of God would be poured out on those who are saved, because all the saved people would ALSO have the mark. But, the second verse that I quoted condemns John even more.

Revelation 20:4-5 is describing the first resurrection, and not a single one of the people in the first resurrection has the Mark of the Beast on him/her.


Not a single person who stands before the Lord in the First Resurrection will have EVER received the Mark of the Beast. PERIOD.

Pastor David Lankford

I could go on and on about this, but I think that Pastor David Lankford says it best:


YouTube shortlink:


You can find more of Pastor Lankford’s work on his website:

MacArthur Chooses Poorly

This Pretribulation Rapture Theory has put John MacArthur in a difficult position. He’s stuck between this fraudulent theory of the Rapture…

…and the Bible.

What did he choose?

Well, he chose the theory.

Does this sound like a teacher that you should be following?

Not to me.

Now, there’s another dimension to this. It’s bad enough that John MacArthur is preaching abominable heresy. It’s bad enough that Brannon Howse and Jimmy DeYoung are doing the same in the first video that I showed you. There’s one more bit of corruption to add.

Brannon Howse Threatens To Sue Chris White

Chris White was the one to put that video together for us. He runs a website called:

And, he does excellent research. He’s really a top-notch guy who escaped the US and moved to Costa Rica. His discussion of The Blood Moons is excellent.

Such clear thinking is wonderful to hear.

Well, when Chris White posted his excerpt of that conversation between Brannon Howse and Jimmy DeYoung – the one that played John MacArthur’s point about the Mark of the Beast… When Christ White did that…

Brannon Howse threatened to sue Chris White!

Here’s a link to the video describing what happened:

That is sick. Brannon Howse, you should be ashamed of yourself!

It’s just another example of how low some will go to protect a fraudulent theory.

However, I’m not done yet. We’ve got more Bible twisting to talk about tomorrow.

See you then.

Are you ready for this?
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104 thoughts on “Twisting the Bible – Part 3 – John MacArthur and the Mark of the Beast”

  1. I truly believe the Holy Spirit is waking up many people and removing the scales from their eyes.

    Most are NOT “church” attendees. Those who have left organized religion do not necessarily backslide but have a great hunger to devour, feed on, and cannot get enough of God’s truth…NOT man’s. A pastor or priest is not needed to “teach” the word of God. Most merely pass along what they’ve learned in Theology School – doctrines and traditions of men. NOT God’s truth.

    When one diligently studies God’s word it’s an eye-opener. Never heard in any “church”.

    With prayer, first, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our heart for His wisdom, guidance, understanding and insight into His truth…HE does. It is life-changing. We are to worship God as He wants to be worshiped not as man dictates. Hebrews 12:28-29.

    God’s Ten Teachings or Ten Commandments ….all ten…still stand as spoken from God’s mouth and written with His finger on stone tablets. Stone, not paper, not rearranged, restated, regurgitated by priests of the past professing to be God. It is only Christ Jesus who can forgive, never a priest in a “confession booth.”

    There have been very many false teachers from the past and going forward there will even be more.

    • Hi Jane,

      I understand your point, and agree to a certain extent. But, remember that God called us to assembly – not to spiritual solitude. You must seek to congregate with other believers. You MUST.

      This is for your safety and your growth.

      Furthermore, God has freed us from following the Torah. Please be careful with legalism. It’s a trap.

      Thank you, Jane.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Hello Little John,

        Jesus freed us from the penalty for breaking his law, not the actual commandments. Sin is transgression of the law not whatever man decides the definition is. This is where most christians are totally lost. They believe God just changed his mind concerning his laws. He changed not. The only laws he was against were the man-made laws of the scribes and pharasees (i.e. the oral traditions now called the Talmud). I hear people talk about being new testament believers and quote many conditional promises in the old testament without having the desire to keep his commandments. THey are often quoted out of context. Steve Quayle did this with a quote from Deut. 28. The curses were placed on his people cause they did not obey his commandments. New testament believers need to read the entire book in context and not what the seminary graduates, who are unlearned in the scripture (i.e. law and prophets) tell us to read. If all scripture is inspired then lets believe it instead of preaching two different Gods and two different Gospels. The apostles kept the sabbath and feasts (they are not Jewish feasts!!).

        • Hi Michael Williams,

          So, I offer the whole book of Galatians as a complete refutation of your points.

          Furthermore, I doubt that you are keeping even a tiny bit of the Law.

          Do you keep all 613 laws that are IN the Torah?

          Michael, this legalism is a complete trap. You must flee this error.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

      • Hi John,

        Thanks for emphasizing being part of a body. It is a must. We left a A of G denomination after 13 years. Nothing but cheerleading. We finally left on good terms. God blessed us with a church that preaches repentance and not sinning! We completey woke up and didn’t feel to leave just because we were awake and this new church wasn’t. God was merciful to us in waking us up. It is His mercy. We pray that we can be the right people at the right time. A little salt here and nudge there. It is not easy and my heart grieves for people to not connect dots. But to be honest to connect them one has to look for them or be aware they are even there.
        I would love to do the Chicken Little approach…but somehow not sure that is God’s way. BTW…a relative of yours? JKidding.
        Love you brother.

      • Hi, John
        I’m certain you are aware of the dilemma facing the redeemed. Almost ALL “churches” are owned by the state. All of them. See, there’s this little clause called 501c3 status. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The IRS owns the church, meaning that no controversial topics are ever discussed. So, what are we to do? We are not yet under a communist dictatorship, so to follow Russian Christians example by meeting in the forest secretly seems to be “overcompensating”. It’s very tempting to pull a “Pontius Pilate” and in disgust wash one’s hands of the idiocy of “ministers” fawning and slobbering over the dictates of the state, frankly, its embarrassing to watch them shove each other (metaphorically) in their insane rush to be the first to see who can smooch the best.
        Anyway, I have rejected their slavery, and most Christians aren’t the least bit interested in hearing about what’s going on, as they continue paying for and voting for the “prototype” of antichrist that is soon to come. They couldn’t care less! Why would any of the redeemed want to associate themselves with such a distracting crowd? Therefore, how do we honor His Word, and avoid the lies?

        • Hi kender,

          We live in such dark times. All that we can do is submit our lives to the Lord. The important thing is that you have your eyes open.

          Just remember this verse:

          Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. – Luke 21:36

          I’m afraid that I do not pray enough for this.

          Thank you, Kender. Keep up the good work.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  2. When I was in a cyber church group, we listened to JohnnyMac (what we’ve come to affectionately call him) all the time for spiritual uplifting. But, this was long before he ever uttered those words of heresy. Needless to say I very much enjoyed listening to him. I remember when he once said, with regards to Joel Osteens book titled, Your Best Life Now, he said, “For the nonbeliever, this is your best life now.”

    Well, as it turns out, he blew that statement out of the water since he believes everyone can have their cake and eat it too. What you said in recent shock letters about the many translations of the Bible and how it was necessary so that the world wasn’t following one man who could be very wrong, I get that. Translations were designed to make us search for ourselves the truth…you know, test the spirits, see if they be of G-d, as the L-rd Himself has said.

    I don’t understand how people, like preachers, who are supposed to be so knowledgeable about G-d’s Word but, then go and cherry pick to the point of negating what it says. I just don’t get it

    I am one who is forced to accept the Bible for exactly what it says because frankly, I don’t have the intelligence to twist or water down. I have heard many, many things about this mark or chip. Quite frankly, it’s scary. For one thing, it takes complete control of your body and your mind. A good reason for that, I hear, is because it has satanic DNA in it. So, just as the Holy Spirit works to conform you into the likeness of Christ. So, the mark conforms you into the likeness of satan.

    It seems to me that, that alone, would make people who take the mark just as nonredeemable as satan himself.

    • Hi RobiMac,

      Well said.

      One of the reasons why I was so upset by ‘JohnnyMac’ saying this was that I too have enjoyed his sermons. In fact, I’m sure that I will continue to do so, when I run across them. It really is such a bitter thing to see such heresy in a preacher that I admire.

      I also do not know why we seek to pick and choose.

      Thank you, RobiMac.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  3. Hi John,

    I heard this a month or two ago and was shocked and horrified. I have really come to believe that some of these people just don’t get what this mark will probably entail. In a nutshell, the Antichrist is going to be a backwards mirror of the true Christ. Just as there is a Holy Trinity, there will be an unholy trinity…The Dragon(i.e. the “Father”), The Beast(i.e. the “Son”) and the false prophet(i.e the “Holy Spirit”). There will be many other impersonations that occur to deceive, such as the Antichrist “dying” and coming back to life. One of the other aspects to this, the Holy Spirit, I believe, has shown me, is that he will also have his own version of “Eternal Life”. Even now, Satan is sowing the seed thoughts into people’s minds through Hollywood and music, etc to prepare them and create the appetite for his synthetic eternal life mockery. Many of the movies coming out depict kids having animal/human hybrid abilities or superhero qualities. I believe that science is on the threshold, or has crossed it, to find a way to reprogram the genome and cell structure to “eliminate” aging and sickness and to create superhuman abilities. Also they are actively experimenting with hybridizing humans with animals and machines, to create humanity 2.0 WITHOUT God’s permission. I believe that the Antichrist will be the one to present this “beautiful gift” to humanity if they will “put their faith in him” at the appointed time. When/if a person worships this beast, the will be given some type of “upgrade” to their bodies, and at that point, they become something different than human….just like the Nephillim of the O.T. and CANNOT be saved because they are no longer human. Hollywood is seeding us right now with these ideas in preparation, like John the Baptist before Christ came, for the Appearance of the Lawless one. I don’t think some of these teachers are comprehending the full nature of what “The Mark” will entail, so they are “stumbling” over God’s Grace due to naivety.

    • Thank you for this comment accurately describing the purpose, nature and consequences of Mark of the Beast. To my mind, the Rev 13 statement about Mark of the Beast is plain and, indeed, stands alone and makes sense on its own terms, unlike certain parts of Scripture needing other parts to complete the meaning. It is so plain that it woke me up completely. To hear a preacher denying and reversing these plain words is an outrage and not defendable under any type of interpretation. God bless you for taking time to lay it out for us all.

    • Tim Korabeck – My Biblical understanding is that your scenario is very plausible – for which I thank you.
      My understanding is that the primary reason is BECAUSE of the near total ignorance in ‘most pulpits and pews’ here in ‘Amerika’ about that which is written in – and failure to rightly divide – “the word of the Lord” – which is our ONLY armour against the ever-increasing ‘spiritual delusions – and deceptions – and deceits – and confusions’ that is on an exponential increase in this 24/7/365 battle that ALL are involved in – as it is written in Ephesians, Chapter 6 [KJV]:
      [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
      [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      It is my personal experience that there are also very that take the eternal Biblical WARNING seriously that is written in 1 Peter 5:18 [KJV]:
      “Be sober, be vigilant;
      because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

  4. I don’t read or give much weight to anything a Sunday keeper says, if you don’t know to keep Gods commandments, I’m sure you couldn’t know much else. There will be a mark of the beast-the bible says so, that is good enough for me. Unfortunately you have THE ANTI-CHRIST sitting in the White House and you can’t see it. You and many others are so stuck in your stupid theology that your not much help in the last days. Even Van Impe knows that Obama is the coming one world ruler. He is the only one on TV or the radio saying such things. The mark of the beast is here-hand scanners and google glass are a part of this system. I am sure that anything I say here will be torn apart, taken the wrong way, or ignored-it has happened before.

  5. Hi John,

    Great article. It illustrates how important it is to know the Word of God for yourself. With Bible teachers like these, you don’t need any enemies.

  6. Greetings, Brother. In part three of your ‘Taking The Mark’ series (excellent work, btw), you had a comment that “it is the act of receiving it that condemns you.” While technically true, I believe that in taking the mark, a simultaneous action occurs. This involves being injected with Fallen Angel (demonic) DNA to re-write our being human (made is God’s image) and this irreversible action is what actually will condemn anyone to hell who takes the mark. I also believe that when we are Born Again, all Nephelim- influenced DNA is nullified. Any comments pro or con are welcome. Steve Quayle, LA Marzulli, and Tom Horn are on the right track, as well.

    • Hi Will Bradford,

      That’s an interesting perspective that may be completely accurate. Unfortunately, I do not have the expertise to say otherwise.

      I do know that our salvation happens in the spiritual, not the physical, but that’s all that I CAN say.

      Thank you, Will.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • in 2nd thess 2 it say’s God Himself sends strong delusion upon them that they’d be made to believe the lie.
      believing the lie comes prior/just prior to actual taking the mark/believe the lie take the mark…

      they refused love of the truth, made to believe the lie and take the mark.

      dna change isn’t necessary.

      refusing Christ and God deciding enough is enough and closing the door upon them (sending them into the delusion or allowing them the very things that they wished for anyway-to be “of” the world and to be their own lord, self rule and not Christ ruling and reigning in them) is all that’s required.
      romans 1, gave them up…to vile affections in this case, the things they insisted upon anyway, but at what point are any “given up”. Today some have come out from that stuff, but the mark is already shown to be without repentance from in rev 14, and God’s word will be fulfilled. People talk of the unpardonable sin..but what if one is never again prompted to even repent, repentance is also a gift/granted by God (2nd timothy 2:25) the mark is not the specific unpardonable sin..but if one is never drawn to Christ again they cannot repent, the door is closed.
      Jesus so often said-to those with ears to hear, or the old verse-today if you hear..hearing is already a granting, already some grace is shown that any could even hear, that they are even being drawn to Christ, stuff not to be taken lightly.

      2nd thess there is a fearful verses..fearful enough we’d all hope many would run TO God and Christ to escape the wrath (and strong delusion that God Himself sends) escape the wrath to come.

    • Hi Dave,

      It’s a retreat location that many have identified as a safe place when America collapses. It’s a little too near the US, for my taste, but it DOES offer a lot to those who are looking for somewhere safer than America.

      I have quite a few friends there, myself.

      Thank you, Dave.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  7. I woke up this morning thinking about this week’s Twisting the Bible series of articles. The following verse suddenly came to mind:

    Matthew 10:28
    King James Version (KJV)
    28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    False teaching about taking the mark will lead many to the destruction of both the soul and the body in hell. People are being directed to fear the wrong thing. Jesus’ words clearly indicate that we are not to fear the inability to buy and sell nor should we fear being beheaded for our witness and faith. Sadly, most prefer to follow the easy path and listen to man rather than spending time reading their Bibles and seeking God’s direction. Without the leading of the Holy Spirit, men are unable to find the narrow way that leads to life.

    2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
    King James Version (KJV)
    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness

  8. HAHAHA,.SOUNDS like we know who works for SATAN,don’t it,YOU HAVE a few factors here going on,FALLEN ANGELS,..WHERE they?..EASY ,government,churches,police gangs,military,THEY RUN EVERYTHING,now you know why christian countries are a mess,AND THEIR RUNNING CHURCHES all over america and the CHRISTIAN people will not admit it,THEY ARE BEING DECIEVED,….NOT everyone is decieved ,THE BIGGEST PROBLEM we have is the christian body is NOT doing as they were commanded,TO LISTEN TO GODS PROPHETS,if they did this one thing ,they would not be decieved,and not even fallen angels could decieve them,AND GODS HOLY SPIRIT WOULD OPEN THEIR EYES,and they would see the LIES…….WILL THEY,..not likely,the VOMIT VISION has them under control and they don’t even know it,monkey see ,monkey do……america is ending and most won’t see it ,TILL ITS TO LATE,….AND ANYONE WHO TAKES THE “MARK” WILL NOT GET INTO HEAVEN………SO DON’T DO IT…………….

  9. THE LORD considers the MARK OF THE BEAST a very serious thing,…HE TOLD ME TO GIVE EVERYONE THIS MESSAGE,:ALL HIS CHILDREN ARE COMMANDED TO: 1,start calling each other on the phone ,every day,2,all his children are to start going over each others house,and LEARN where each other live,3,all his children are commanded to start HAVING MEETINGS,at each others house and figure out how to AVOID THE MARK,how to take care of each other and how to make sure everyone has the things they will be needing to resist the mark,and avoid the trouble that will be coming at them………

  10. Taking the mark is not just for buying and selling but requires WORSHIP of the Beast and allegiance. So, NO to having the mark and getting to Heaven since it is clear from the wording that nobody can take the mark without a CONSCIENCE decision to do so (so most likely, kids under a certain age will not have the mark because they will be exempted due to not being able to make the choice for themselves).

  11. Hi John, some 30 yrs ago I had a hard copy of McArthurs study I think on Ephesians along with some of his cassettes etc. because I thought he was on the mark til I read that study. I no longer have the study because I threw everything out because in that study he denied the blood-as in “without shedding of blood is no remission of sin”. Much of the fundamental baptist community at the time thought very highly of him. So he hasn’t recently lost his way

  12. Hi John,
    On the surface I have to agree with you although I think you’re a little hard on MacArthur. I’ve listened to him for years and appreciate the depth he goes into to exposit scripture. He took over 40 years to teach the New Testament and has authored dozens of books, I believe his most profound to be ‘Slave’. I think a guy with these credentials would not intentionally offend the Holy Spirit or God with false witness or testimony. What if the mark was forced on a person, could he be forgiven? What if out of love a father took it to obtain food for a wife or children, could he be forgiven? There is the question of great multitudes being saved in the tribulation, would they all be without the mark? As with you I believe in the literal interpretation concerning the mark and the repercussions of it. But I also see NDE people descend into the abyss only to be brought back again! Praise God! Could Christ remove the mark and purify someone defiled into a sanctified body for a repentant heart? Or will the strong delusion prevent that? The blood of Christ has removed the stain of sin in my own life time and time again, which is something of a ‘mark of the beast’ in itself. I believe it’s just not for us to decide, but I can fall back on Christ’s own words “Everything is possible for one who believes” Mark 9:23. Just some thoughts I had, I’m not familiar with the lawsuit and all but wanted to share my thoughts on John MacArthur. Keep up the good work Brother, I appreciate your articles.
    With Love in Christ – Jim

    • Hi Jim,

      As I said, God COULD forgive the taking of the mark. But, God is warning us that He will NOT do this.

      And, for someone to preach AGAINST the Book of Revelation… that is truly horrifying.

      I really would love to agree with you, because I respect John MacArthur and have held him in high regard. But, to actually preach this is way over the line into true heresy.

      Thank you, Jim. It’s good to have you as a reader.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • It is a fact that false teaching and “false teachers” are often very difficult to spot, and are much more destructive than most people realize, and their false teachings are becoming much more frequent – and “subtil” – which means that the followers of “Jesus Christ” must be evermore on our guard in these increasingly ‘spiritually dark’ ‘end times’ that we are living in
        – RIGHT NOW

        – It is my Biblical understanding that we are definitely now at the point where every teacher/ministry should be closely inspected – for what happened before the first coming of “the Lord Jesus Christ” – which was denial by – and mis-understanding of “the word of the Lord” by nearly all of ‘the religious crowd’
        – AND it is happening yet again – this time it is before the appearing ‘in the air’ of “the Lord Jesus Christ” for the ‘pre-tribulation Rapture’ of His “church” and then when He comes back to earth after the “great tribulation” with “the church”.

        – thus, my strong personal recommendation unto ALL of those who truly are “born again” ‘by Grace alone through Faith alone’ believers and followers of “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” must ALL learn – and remember – and most seriously think about – and apply that which C. H. Spurgeon wrote over 100 years ago –
        – DISCERNMENT is not knowing the difference between right and wrong.
        It is knowing the difference between RIGHT
        – and ALMOST right.

        It is my Biblical understanding that most occupiers of ‘the pulpit’ ARE NOT Biblically true shepherds – but they are ‘hirelings’:
        [13] For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
        transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
        [14] And no marvel;
        for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
        [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.
        (2 Corinthians, Chapter 11, KJB)

        Likewise, the true believers and followers of “the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” must know and always remember that “Lucifer”, “the great dragon”, “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan” is an extremely intelligent, wily, malicious, absolutely evil and “subtil” master counterfeiter and deceiver – with thousands of years of practice
        – AND these “evil spirits” are causing ever-increasing ‘spiritual confusion’ by the use of delusions, fear, malevolent deceptions, and deliberate deceit – for we are told in “the word of the Lord”:
        “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
        that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
        (Ephesians 6:10-11, KJB) ~ Please read and learn Verses 10-20 + 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 + James 4:6-10 [KJV]

        While the following was written to “Babylon” – it is my Biblical understanding that we should ALL personally heed and obey the WARNING in Revelation 18:4 [KJV]:
        “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
        that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

        Please read the article by ‘William Dell on ‘False Prophets” – ‘The Trial Of Spirits – Both In Teachers And Hearers’
        Apologetics Coordination Team (ACT) @

        ~ CAPITALization and emphasis of the “the word of the Lord” as they are written in the Holy Bible [KJV] – and the CH Spurgeon quote are mine – Bro. Nick

  13. I think John MacArthur is simply getting his emotions entangled with his interpretation and not seeing what the text clearly says. He is not fully grasping what the world will be like at that time. He is thinking that anybody who sincerely repents of ANY sin is forgiven and “saved.” Yes, it is true that Jesus died for all sins and will accept all who come to Him. What I believe MacArthur is missing is that God is simply saying that anyone who takes the mark knows full well what they are doing and thus have already rejected Jesus and will not repent. Taking the mark is just an outward sign of what has already been decided in the heart. Like water baptism is a sign of your union with Christ. Taking the mark is a sign of your union with Antichrist. The Bible doesn’t say “everyone will take the mark.” It only says the antichrist will require all to take the mark. A subtle difference. But I think there will always be a “believing remnant” that will refuse the mark. They will be fugitives and hunted down and killed.

    • Hi Tony Reusser,

      When I first heard John MacArthur say what he said, my first reaction was to wonder at why he didn’t describe this as you have. But, he did not go that route and doubled-down on this position.

      I really do not understand this. With all the firestorm of negative opinion generated by his comment, he has never clarified his position to bring it into line with the Bible, in the way that you describe.

      I truly wish that he had, because it breaks my heart to see it.

      Thank you, Tony. Good comment.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Thanks for the kind words John. If I can add to my last statement; It is easy to get “caught up in current events” and see the “convenience” factor associated with having the functionality of a credit or debit card tattooed and/or implanted under the skin somehow. It seems a biometric component to verifying one’s identity makes perfect sense in this world of computer hackers and identity theft. We as Christians are understandably wary of such tech in light of Rev 13:18. I think this is another one of John MacArthur’s stumbling blocks. By the time the antichrist and his false prophet come on the scene, taking the “mark” will be much more than just signing up for another mastercard. Hal Lindsey teaches there will be a religious component to receiving the mark as a sign of allegiance to the one who stands in the temple of God and proclaims himself to be God. Like I said, people who take the mark will know full well what they are doing. It will be an outward statement of their utter rejection of Jesus Christ who will undoubtedly be maligned as a false messiah and a fraud. People who have been persuaded by the 144,000 witnesses and follow Christ will be easy to find because they will know enough to reject the mark.

      • I had in the past occasionally listened to John MacArthur – but was Biblically led to the understanding that there was something wrong.
        Personally I have not listened to/read/recommend anything that he has said or written – and what other Biblical false teaching has not yet ‘come to light’?
        My choice is not to ‘drink spiritually’ from a known polluted source!
        Is that ‘harsh’?
        – not when my eternal salvation depends upon “the truth”, about which my “Lord and Saviour” said:
        “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
        If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
        And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

        All who are truly Biblically “born again” believers and followers of “our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” MUST remember that Satan and his followers have been working for a long-long-long time causing confusion by deception by small actions –
        ONE WORD at a time
        One meaning at a time
        One doctrine at a time
        All working for….
        One confused and lost persons soul at a time
        . . . . . . and . . . . . .
        When a well-packed web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations
        – THEN “the truth” will seem utterly preposterous, and its speaker a raving lunatick
        – FOR Lucifer is the master deceiver and counterfeiter
        – AND the arch-enemy of all mankind’s souls is certainly about his murderous wickedness of causing confusion – and delusions – and strife
        – BUT his evil success should come as no surprise, for there are very few that call themselves ‘christians’ that actually take seriously the BIBLICAL WARNING of the total malevolence of “the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”:
        “Be sober, be vigilant;
        because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
        (1 Peter 5:8 ~ KJB)

  14. You should listen to John MacArthur’s entire sermon on this; and you’d be better off listening to his sermons before and after this one (I know—I have!).

    I know the truth of what he said here, and it is all based upon sound Bible doctrine.
    I’ve been listening and learning from him for a long time now and consider him to be one of the finest Bible expositors, and I praise God our Father and His Blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, both for His indescribable gift (the Shepherd and Guardian of my soul)…
    And also for John MacArthur!

    God is worthy of all our praise.

    We must take Him at His word and confirm understanding of His word by carefully examining all Scripture with many other verses of Scripture; i.e., not to just understand “in context”, but that the Holy Spirit will show what the true meaning is.

    Jesus saves!
    And He will also save many during the great tribulation!
    May His grace and peace be with you.

    • Hi Craig Furlong,

      If he was to release a statement revealing that all those who take the Mark of the Beast will go to Hell, then yes, I would take the time to listen to the relevant sermons.

      But, he has not done this.

      Furthermore, his position is NOT sound Bible doctrine. All of this is based upon a theory that has been proven to be a lie. The Pretribulation Rapture THEORY is a lie, designed to lure Christians into complacency while Satan prepares his final assault on God’s Kingdom.

      Craig, you must flee this spiritual fornication. John MacArthur has descended into preaching abominable heresy, and you must not participate.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  15. I think McArthur is a Calvinist. Noah and Lot were removed from God’s Judgement.
    Judgement fell the moment the door was closed or they were removed from the city. I think that we are living in a time when the goats and the sheep are being separated. The heart will determine the path you take. You will either be focused on Jesus or the coming Antichrist, The Church Age ( Time of the Gentiles) will come to a close ( The End of the Age) and then the Holy Spirit will depart and will once again reside with the Jews when they go through the Tribulation Period. Remember Daniel’s three friends who entered the oven and there was a 4th man walking with them. All the guards of the king had died that were near the oven. The Flood was a judgement by water and the Tribulation will be a judgement by fire. The Tribulation will be a time of judgement on all who had the opportunity of receiving Christ but rejected his offer. ( This is for professing believers too) The Holy Spirit will not be present for them. The Tribulation will be a time of Salvation for the nation of Israel because its a time God will deal with Israel. God always keeps His promises.

    • Hi Lindy,

      I’m not sure how Calvinism has anything to do with this, but to the rest of your points…

      It sounds like you also believe in a pretribulation rapture – or some version of it.

      Remember that if the Holy Spirit is taken away from those who are gentile, they will be in a world of hurt. I’m not sure how that would be possible.

      Thank you, Lindy.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  16. Regarding the pre rib article and John M.

    I hold to a pre trib rapture position, and beleive the Bible clearly teaches on dispensations. See Eph 1:10; and 3:2 are speaking of dispensations, so what is wrong with that?

    Regarding those who receive the mark, i am with you on your observation, but i always thought those who do not take the mark were beheaded. So i have no problem holding to a pre trib view and also beleiveing that all who take the mark are doomed, because clearly there are many who are martyred during the trib.

    I love you and all believers, regardless of your eschatology, or mine. I may be wrong, but i can’t imagine why God would pour out his wrath upon the head of the church, once again. God has not appoined us to wrath. 1 Thes. 5:9

    Also, we do not know when he will come, so any other position says he can nott come until certain things happen.

    If we see a peace treaty signed with Israel and the Anti Christ, ill write and confess i was wrong.
    Peace and Love Jim

    • Hi jim,

      I understand your position, and I marvel that John MacArthur didn’t take that position, as well. But, he didn’t.

      As to God’s wrath, it is clear to me that God WILL protect us from HIS wrath, if we are willing to listen. Unfortunately, our brothers and sisters have been taken captive by a theory.

      Do NOT allow this theory to keep you from preparing for the worst.

      I have yet to find ANYONE to refute what I have written here:

      When you see the evidence that the pretribulation rapture Theory is wrong, it will be too late for you.

      Please, prepare for the worst. We can argue over eschatology, later.

      Thank you, jim.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • You said, “So, according to the Pretribulation Rapture THEORY, since everyone takes the mark of the Beast…

        …this means that everyone saved during the Tribulation has ALREADY taken the Mark of the Beast.”

        This may be what MacArthur believes, but it is NOT required by the pre-trib Rapture. He is falsely representing it. The truth is that many people will be saved during the Trib. after the church is gone, and they will be martyred for not worshiping the Beast or taking the Mark. A small percentage will not be martyred, and will be the ones to repopulate the world during the Millennium. These same people are the “sheep” of the “sheep and goats” judgment Jesus talked about. The ones who treated the Jews kindly will be spared, but the ones who only did their acts of charity to non-Jews will not. This is all post-Rapture.

        All who are part of the church are saints, but not all who are called saints are part of the church. There were saints before the church age, and there will be saints after it.

        • Hi Paula,

          I’m glad that pretribbers do not follow John MacAurthur’s heresy.

          Unfortunately, you still have a problem with the pretribulation rapture THEORY itself. It is NOT Biblical, and it is leading Christians into a false sense of security.

          There is NO Pretribulation Rapture, and I have proved it, here:

          No one has YET to answer what I have said there. And, that is just a small part of the proof that there can be no pretribulation rapture.

          Paula, such a doctrine is setting up our brothers and sisters for terrible suffering and death. Please stop spreading this hurtful theory.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

          • John Little – Please say that your Biblical understanding is that ‘pre-tribulation Rapture’ teaching is not correct.
            If you feel that you have ‘proved’ your Biblical understanding – so be it.

            In my case – it is not ‘leading me into a false sense of security’ – for I expect things to get real hard of CHRISTians here in ‘Amerika’.
            There are ever-fewer of us that have come to the Biblical understanding that the ‘pre-GREAT tribulation Rapture’ is taught in “the word of the Lord”.
            I have been working on – and off on a Biblical word and phrase study for several months now – which is much more involved than I had any idea of. This study (76 k text file) is only increasing my personal Biblical understanding that there is indeed a ‘pre-GREAT tribulation Rapture’
            – and my personal choice is to continually look for the “blessed hope” of Titus 2:13 [KJV] – in my understanding of the promised ‘pre-great tribulation Rapture’ of ‘HIS TRUE CHURCH’ ~ and my personal prayer every day is
            – Perhaps today dear Lord ? ? ? – PERHAPS TODAY DEAR LORD ! ! !
            – for I personally now “know the certainty of the words of truth” that one day will be ‘THE DAY’ ~ for my “Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” hath said:
            “Be ye therefore ready also:
            for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”
            (Luke 12:40 ~ KJB)

            “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
            (2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ KJB)

            ONLY the Apostle Paul uses the specific word “TRUMP” [KJV] – and ONLY two times:
            “In a moment,
            in the twinkling of an eye,
            AT THE LAST TRUMP:
            for the trumpet shall sound,
            and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
            (1 Corinthians 15:52 ~ KJB)

            ~ with no ‘signs’ ~ BUT WITH PRECISE SOUNDS:
            “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven WITH A SHOUT,
            and WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD:
            and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
            Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together WITH them in the clouds,
            to meet the Lord in the air:
            and so shall we ever be WITH THE LORD.
            Wherefore COMFORT ONE ANOTHER with these words.”
            (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ~ KJB)

            “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
            Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
            The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be WITH you all.
            (‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’, 22:20-21 ~ KJB)

            ~ CAPITALization and emphasis of “the word of the Lord” as it is written in the Holy Bible [KJV] is mine – Bro. Nick

          • Hi Bro. Nick,

            I understand your point, but I must be emphatic on the fact that the ‘Pre-tribulation Rapture’ is a Lie.

            It was authored by a Jesuit priest for the purpose of turning away the hearts of Protestants and Evangelical Christians. It was a deliberate lie that even Spurgeon spoke vehemently against.

            Before I started writing on the cataclysm that is rolling down upon us, I did not speak against the pretrib lie at all. But, too many pretrib brothers and sisters have chosen not to prepare because of this lie.

            I have proven conclusively that there is no pretrib rapture in the Bible. The best that pretribbers can do is show verses that might hint at it. Yet, I have shown that the Bible speaks of the return of Jesus, the Tribulation and the Resurrection all happening before the Rapture.

            Please prepare, Nick. I want you to survive what is coming.

            Yours in Christ,

            John Little

      • John, i have ye to listen to your link, so in case i do and change my mind about i all as you indicate i might let me say this:

        A Pre Trib view IS the best perpetration there is.

        Knowing that Christ will come at any time, motivates me to live a clean, holy life in the power-of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s name.

        Living a Holy life means i have reckoned myself dead already, therefore any suffering can not be compared with the glory that shall be revealed. I am already dead. What more can they do?

        I do look forward to your link, and perhaps it will change my view, but i must say i do not receive the fear you are preaching.

        Your Pre Trib Cross carryin, Jesus Lovin, brother huggin friend!

        🙂 smile

  17. Hi, while reading this I remembered that this Sunday is July27.
    Are you aware of the rumors that circulated about the gates of hades opening then until sept 3 as per Siri on the I phone.
    I believe I read elsewhere that this is a high time in the year for Satanists.
    Perhaps you could address this and direct us how to put on our armour so to speak?

    God Bless

  18. Just took a look at Rev 14:13- It says “blessed are they that die in the Lord”

    Apparently not all take the mark, as i think you suggested.

    very kindly , i am your brother, Jim

  19. Read my name. Don’t mind what they tell you, how they threaten you. You take that mark and you will go to hell period. Anyone that says different is lying.

  20. I am not sure what you mean by “legalism” Please explain what that is.
    When Christ tells us to “Be ready.” “Be alert.” “Come out of her My people.” Do you consider that legalism or obedience to God?

    Are we to obey and take Him at His word? Or are we to simply ignore what He requires of His saints? When He tells us to keep His commandments are we to pick and choose to our liking? He tells us to love Him and to love our neighbors and He tells us His character in His Ten Commandments. Would you consider obedience to what He says here legalism or holiness?

    John Wesley describes the difference between holiness and legalism.

    Too many Christians are very quick to cry “legalism” yet forget about holy. Too many Christians want easy grace without obedience to and faith in Christ.

    NOT attending a Sunday church service does NOT mean one does NOT have assembly and congregation with others. Home Bible Studies are a great time of worship, study, prayer and honoring the God of the Bible and encouraging one another in Christ. This will be even more valuable as time and events go by. Phone conversation where people need prayer or encouragement is a time of reverence, where 2 or more are gathered. There are many ways to be in God’s holy and sacred house.

    What Christ did on the cross can never be repaid by mankind. But we can abide in Him, we can love Him and we can strive to be holy as He is holy as He tells us –

    1 John 2:3
    “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”

    1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”

    Revelation 14:12 “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”

    Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

  21. Often God calls us into the wilderness, to be alone in our knowing Him.

    It has been my experience and in watching others, as well, that when God wants to get our full attention He takes away all the distractions – all the mundane, the daily drivel,and the trivia; the sex, drug and rock and roll.

    That might mean alone at the kitchen table with Him; it might mean alone in a jail or prison cell; it might mean in a hospital or sick bed.
    A captive audience, if you well. No place to run and no place to hide. We can have enough, for a time, of socializing, congregating, yakety-yack, and blah, blah, blah.

    When God gets serious He wants our full attention and it is not always in a church setting.

  22. I have two great grandfathers who were masons one was a 32 degree and I am convinced that much of the spiritual warfare in my life has something to do with that. I truly believe that my children are free because God’s grace and love in guiding me to deliverance ministry. It has not been easy to get free, but worth it! There is no family inequity more powerful than the Blood of Jesus Christ!

  23. Hi John,

    I love your website and look forward to your articles everyday. I grew up attending, and still attend, an Independent Baptist Church which teaches the pre-tribulation rapture. I really want to believe it’s true, but through listening to other Bible teachers, as well as my own personal studies, I have my doubts. I also have come to believe, as the Bible clearly teaches, a 1260 day, 42 month, or 3 1/2 year tribulation. I do have a question though. I know that at the last trump, the dead in Christ will rise first, and those who are alive and remain will be caught up (raptured) to meet the Lord in the air. At what point do you see that occurring in the tribulation? I mean Church age believers will be changed and receive glorified bodies. I always assumed that those that get saved during the tribulation, but after the rapture, will either be beheaded for their faith, or survive to enter and populate the millennium. If the Church is here for the entire tribulation, wouldn’t those who get saved during the tribulation, also become part of the Church and get caught up and receive glorified bodies as well? If so, who are those who will enter the millennium in their natural bodies, to populate the earth? Who are the sheep, at the sheep and goat judgement?I would really appreciate your thoughts, Thanks John I appreciate all you do!

    • Hi Greg,

      Interesting questions. I’ve written on the pretribulation rapture theory, and if you do a search on the term… in the search box on this page… well, you’ll get an earful. My prophecy Clock series can be found within these two pages:

      As for when the ‘Last Trump’ sounds, that’s hard to say. My theory is when the sixth angel sounds his trumpet in Revelation 9. But, I am NOT dogmatic on this, in ANY way. It’s just a theory. Whatever happens, we WILL be protected from God’s wrath – of THAT I am sure. (Remember the Land of Goshen!)

      As for who survives into the Millennium… well, there are a number of possibilities. One possibility is that not all those with the Mark die. Another is that there will be those who did not take the Mark, but were not saved and therefore not raptured. Maybe children are unable to take the Mark until they are adults, and therefore survive into the Millennium.

      And yes, if you are saved during the Tribulation, you WILL be in the Rapture.

      The judgment of the sheep and goats happens at the first resurrection. Remember that Jesus spoke of the angels harvesting both the wheat AND the tares together (Matt 13), so that would happen then.

      Why God would harvest the tares with the wheat sounds strange to me, and I can only speculate as to why – and I am VERY reluctant to speculate.

      Thank you, Greg. I apologize if that wasn’t enough.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  24. Perhaps as you say, “God freed us from following the Torah”, but I must say reading the Torah has deepened my knowledge and understanding of Who God is,
    what He has done, understanding His people the Jews and also the examples He gives for all mankind. Everything in the Torah are experiences of “man” throughout the ages. For our learning and wisdom.

    Today’s cheap Christianity would benefit heavily from understanding the Torah and honoring such a majestic God. We will never understand the New Testament if we never venture into the depths of the Old Testament. We will never understand the happenings in Revelation and these end times if we do not understand that the same things happened just before the Exodus. And will be repeated. And are being repeated today!! Why did it take 40 years to go down, up and around when the Israelites could have merely gone across in 4 or 5 days?
    It is no different than today when we understand what God was doing. And why.

    So much of Christianity is Replacement Theology which is false teaching. The faith here in America is cheap and shallow. I applaud anyone who dares to venture out into the deeper waters of God’s word. That should never be discouraged,

    “When the Holy One, Blessed is He, presented the Torah at Sinai, not a bird chirped, not a fowl flew, not an ox lowed, not an angel ascended, not a seraph proclaimed “Holy”. The sea did not roll and no creature made a sound. All of the vast universe was silent and mute. It was then that the Voice went forth and proclaimed, I am Hashem, your God. When God revealed Himself to Israel, the world fell silent, because this moment was pivotal not only to Israel but to all of Creation; had Israel not accepted the Torah, the universe would have come to an end.” The Chumash, The Stone Edition

    The world will one day be silent again for a span. We’d better be sure we know Him and His majestic word.

    That’s all for me…I’ve taken up too much of your time!

    • Hi Jane,

      I completely agree that reading the Torah is important, and I do it every year.

      But, please, PLEASE do NOT read the Jewish commentaries. God loves the Jewish people (and I do too) and He is bringing them back to Himself. But, the Jews are still bound in spiritual darkness.

      Please be careful, Jane. I’ve seen too many souls damaged.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  25. Hello John,

    Your are no different with your belief in Israel Idol worship. I you state to pray for the peace of Israel and pray for both Jewish and Palestinian People, I would commend you and say your speak from a Christian heart. But you do not. You Support an abominable heresy that has brough innocent bloodshed to the AMERICAN Christian Church. period.


    • Hi Peter,

      I love and pray for BOTH the Jews and Arabs in that Land. I had an Arab Palestinian living in my home in Jerusalem for six months because he had no where else to stay.

      Why would I NOT love the Palestinians?

      I mourn every death of every Arab, Peter – not just that of the Jews.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  26. This is what makes it so difficult, many people have no idea about the mark or the implications of accepting it, then to have a world renowned theologian refute all of these teachings, it is indeed a frightening scenario. This is how the elect get fooled, by the very people who are supposed to guide them to heaven are instead holding the gates of hell open. My question is this, just how CLOSE to the end are we? It must be getting close for such a man to make a statement like this. I would recommend people who are looking for salvation to choose a church that has strict adherence to the bible, it may well be the only chance we have to save our souls.

  27. I am still trying to wrap my head around what you said about this so called pastor and his followers who will end up in the lake of fire because they do not read the bible and just take his word for it do not even realize that they are doomed. In my life the worst offenders that have stolen lied and tried to steal from us and have cost us work and called social services on us to get even with us were all so called Christians and I beleave in the tribulation it is not the muslims or the non beleavers it will be the church going people who because they say we have bad doctrine will come after us because of delsions they are having because we do not go to their church or whatever but they will justify what they do. I do not know how I got signed up for your newsletters but I am so glad I did. Thank you and keep doing what you are doing. Dawn

    • Hi Dawn,

      I’m afraid that you’re right, Dawn.

      The only thing that I can say is that I believe that God WILL protect true Christians from taking the Mark, but they will suffer for that refusal. And, their blood will be on John MacArthur’s head, for preaching this heresy.

      I’m glad that you’re a reader, Dawn – however you found your way here. I pray that you will be ready for whatever comes. God bless you, sister.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  28. seems like he totally missed that many WILL refuse the mark..there’s even a heaven sent angel warning people to refuse (rev 14), why bother if none could or would refuse.
    Also many might just try and ride the fence, refuse Christ and but also refuse the mark and worship.
    He seems to be thinking that all, down to the last person, will take the mark, but it’s ok as they still can be saved, wrong. Doesn’t the whole world simply mean the vast majority, as it’s shown some do get saved so obviously they didn’t take the mark.

    the fence riders (if they live through it)..aren’t they the ones who populate the earth during the 1,000 years, ruled with a rod of iron (Christ’s own won’t be under a rod of iron, so these are other) and later amass with satan after the 1,000 years for one last attempt at throwing God and the things of God down?

    thing with fence riders..what if they don’t survive the beast era? to die apart from Christ…
    Or, what if in their pride they think they will stand against the strong delusion that God sends as described in 2nd thess 2…who can stand against what God does..
    Today they may think to stand in self strength, tomorrow they may take the mark, not the good course to take then.

  29. I don’t believe any true born again bible believer would ever advocate taking the mark of the beast aka that man is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  30. Regarding John Mac; Even if there is a pretrib, not every believing, born again person will be raptured; we are told that some will be left behind as in the parable of the virgins; they were all born again but 5 were left out. Those left behind can still get into heaven by making sure they are full of the Holy Spirit and will refuse to take the mark of the beast. So I don’t why John Mac thinks that every single saint is going to be raptured because God has warned several folk not to sleep but keep awake.

    • Hi landy,

      But, wait. That’s not what the Bible says. In the Parable of the Tares in Matthew 13, both the tares and the wheat are gathered together – at the same time.

      All in Christ WILL be in The Rapture. There is no other way – which means that The Rapture MUST come after the tribulation.

      Thank you, Landy.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • So you really think God is going to beat the crap out of his bride before he marries her? I’m not buying it.

        Both Noah and Lott were spared judgment in the bible.

        Oh and chew on this as well:

        Isaiah 26:20

        You are free to believe what you wish, please stop trying to shove your opinions on the rapture down everyone’s throat. No one will know 100% for sure until it happens, that includes YOU. We can all read and draw our own conclusions in scripture. We all were given brains and the ability to think and reason……just because you interpret the bible to say there is no rapture pretrib does not mean everyone else sees it that way or has to believe your point of view. Also, the timing of the rapture and a person’s opinion on it is not essential to salvation so please respect others freedom to decide what they choose to believe. God bless.

        • Hi lp,

          I see that are shoving your own views “down everyone’s throat” by leaving that comment.

          Isn’t that hypocrisy on your part?

          Or, are we all free to expound on the truth?

          I think the latter.

          And, I love that verse you gave, because it is ANTI-pretrib. Here it is in full:

          Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. – Isaiah 26:20

          God is calling us to flee danger. The rapture is about us being taken away by God. We have no say in being in the rapture. We only have a ‘say’ in getting to a safe place.

          Noah and Lot were spared because they obeyed God. Not because they were in a ‘rapture’. Please get that right.

          Will you obey God, LP?

          The PreTrib Lie will not save you. Only accepting the truth and obeying God will save you.

          The choice is yours.

          Choose well.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  31. / I saw this little nugget on the net. Any reaction? /

    John (“let’s repeat together”) MacArthur

    John (“let’s repeat together”) MacArthur says the “church” (he has in mind the “universal church”) isn’t mentioned after Rev. 4. Big deal! It isn’t mentioned in Rev. in its “universal” sense before Rev. 4! Only PART of the “universal” church is in Rev. 1-3 – only the 7 churches in Asia Minor. The rest of the “universal” church was in other places like Jerusalem.
    If John wants a consistent argument, he could say “the 7 churches are found both before and after Rev. 4.” Or “the universal church is found both before and after Rev. 4.” Or “the 24 elders are found both before and after Rev. 4.” How can John change horses in the middle of the stream and change from “literal” to “figurative”? The literal “church” he sees in Rev. 1-3 is suddenly changed in the twinkling of an eye to the “figurative” 24 elders!
    John should Google “Hal Lindsey’s Pretrib Rapture Proof” to find out who really enters the millennium! Also Google “Famous Rapture Watchers” to find out how the greatest Greek NT scholars interpreted Rev. 3:10! Also Google “Walvoord Melts Ice” and find Walvoord disagreeing with Ice and others who foolishly claim that the “falling away” in II Thess. 2 refers to a pretrib rapture!
    John should also read “Pretrib Rapture Stealth” on Google. (II Thess. 1:7f says we get our “rest” (rapture) WHEN Christ arrives in person to destroy the wicked; if they are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left to serve the Antichrist?). Paul ties the “seasons” of the I Thess. 4 “rapture” to the destruction of the wicked in I Thess. 5, and in I Cor. 15 the “when” of the “rapture” is tied to the end of death (Isa. 25:8 – which Scofield says is Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) Why does John skip over the real “when” in these passages and insert his own “when”?
    Finally, he can Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” and be shocked by his fellow pretrib rapture traffickers!
    (BREAKING NEWS: A blog owned by media figure Joe Ortiz is airing a similar blast titled “John MacArthur & His Pretrib Rapture House of Cards.”)

  32. I am weary of this out of context attack on MacArthur about the Mark of the Beast. In just this one sermon I was able to find in about 5 minutes on his website, he says,

    “So here’s a warning to the whole world, you take that mark and you are going to receive the wrath of God. Now you can make your choice, you can refuse the mark and get the wrath of the Antichrist, or you can take the mark and get the wrath of God. The wrath of God means torment with fire and brimstone and it says in verse 11, “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image and whoever receives the mark of his name.” You take it and you will suffer torment forever.”

    Want the actual audio?… is the link.

    This attack is mostly from the Continuationist segment that holds much resentment from his Strange Fire conferences. Many audio recording are carefully clipped and edited to mislead what he was saying about whether taking the mark is The Unpardonable Sin. That was the context.

    Do not bear False Witness. Hmm. That is a famous quote from, let’s see… Oh! the LORD in the Ten Commandments! Do due diligence and you will find several like quotes similar to the above.

    • Sorry, David. But, my ‘attack’ was NOT out of context. MacArthur is preaching heresy on this point, and it is dangerous and wrong – A GRAVE SIN. And, he MUST REPONT OF THIS. ALL – every single person – who take the mark will go to Hell. No exceptions. No salvation possible. PERIOD. – JL


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