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:
So who will possess “the mark of the beast” (ie the characteristics of those who are submissive to Satan and his worldly kingdoms)? Individuals that are a part of every possible social, economic, and religious parts of mankind can be in submission to Satan and his kingdoms.
It doesn’t matter how much or little respect we may possess; it does not matter how much of the world’s wealth we may own; nor what positions of authority or servitude we may hold; men from throughout all areas of society are under the influence of Satan and the bondage of sin.
Rom 3:23 KJV – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
This verse helps us to understand that men of all social, economic, and political status are capable of being under the influence of sin and under Satan’s influence.
As a matter of fact, please notice this verse tells us that ALL men are fallen sinful creatures due to the influence of Satan in this world. That means that even those who are now in willful submission to Christ, were at one point in their lives under the bondage of sin and influenced by Satan. Yes, even Christians were under Satan’s rule prior to their deliverance from sin.
This basic principle holds great importance for both lost and saved alike…
For those who have never come to know Christ as Lord and Savior, you should never feel “safe” in your social, financial, or political status. There is no amount of fame, fortune or political power that can deliver you from Satan’s influence, nor the judgment that awaits all who are a part of his worldly kingdoms.
So what can you do?
Mar 1:15 KJV – “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
The Lord clearly explains in His Word that you are called to simply:
- repent (agree with God about your sins and your sinful condition, turn from your sins, and turn to Christ)
- believe the gospel, in other words, place your faith in Christ believing that He died on the cross to pay your sin debt and was resurrected proving to all that He had successfully secured the salvation of His people. He was then seen by many witnesses proving His death and resurrection were not simple a fable or a legend.
For those who are saved, we should see the need of Christ by ALL mankind and be motivated to minister to all that may cross our path. No matter how rich and famous, or poor and infamous a person may be, they all need Christ.
As the opportunity opens to us, we should always be willing to minister to anyone in need of Christ, whether a king or a slave, a mega-millionaire or someone who is homeless…
“For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: