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

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.

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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