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Oh, Yes, The Mark Of The Beast Is Coming Soon. And The World Is Already Warming Up Nicely As It Prepares To Descend Into A Very Hot HELL.

September 16, 2014

Hmm, it’s only been about three weeks since I had good cause to point out that the mark of the beast – as prophesied in Revelation 13:16-17 – is at hand.

That last warning occurred in Venezuela, but it will be here soon as drought along with our OWN stupid and immoral socialism causes famines and empty shelves across our own land: they are fingerprinting people to keep them from being able to buy groceries.  Literally, they are controlling the sale of freaking BREAD just as the Bible said would happen.

Ultimately, when the mark of the beast is fully implemented as the Bible describes, no one will be able to either buy or sell anything without the government’s say-so.  If you do not have the mark of the beast on your right hand or on your forehead, you will be completely shut out of the economy.  That means that cash/coin money will no longer exist; that means that decentralized credit cards will no longer exist; that means that the government will have to have implemented a truly digitized currency system and have total control of the population’s access to that system.

The world during the reign of Emperor Obama has massively increased the velocity with which the Antichrist, the beast of Revelation, is coming.

Jesus spoke of wars and rumors and wars.  Where was He when He warned us of this sign of the very last days?  In Jerusalem.

What’s that region of the world look like under the reign of Obama?  Awful and very quickly getting worse and worse.  “Wars and rumors of wars” is an UNDERSTATEMENT today.

But we’re talking specifically about the mark of the beast, so let’s consider this latest:

Home Depot Data Breach Could Be the Largest Yet
By NICOLE PERLROTH
September 8, 2014 6:58 pm

Home Depot confirmed on Monday that hackers had broken into its in-store payments systems, in what could be the largest known breach of a retail company’s computer network.

The retailer said the exact number of customers affected was still not clear. But a person briefed on the investigation said the total number of credit card numbers stolen at Home Depot could top 60 million. By comparison, the breach last year at Target, the largest known attack to date, affected 40 million cardholders.

The breach may have affected any customer at Home Depot stores in the United States and Canada from April to early last week, said Paula Drake, a company spokeswoman. Customers at Home Depot’s Mexico stores were not affected, nor were online shoppers at HomeDepot.com. Personal identification numbers for debit cards were not taken, she said.

Home Depot has not yet confirmed other details.

The retailer operates 1,977 stores in the United States and 180 in Canada. That is about 400 more than Target had when it was compromised. Target’s breach went on for three weeks before the company learned about it, while the attack at Home Depot went unnoticed for as long as five months.

“Honestly, Home Depot is in trouble here,” said Eric W. Cowperthwaite, vice president of Core Security, an Internet-security consulting company. Mr. Cowperthwaite noted that it was a security blogger, Brian Krebs, not the company, that first reported the breach.

“This is not how you handle a significant security breach, nor will it provide any sort of confidence that Home Depot can solve the problem going forward,” Mr. Cowperthwaite said.

Last week, before Home Depot confirmed the attack, customers in Georgia had already filed a class-action lawsuit against the retailer for failing to protect customers from fraud and not alerting them to the breach in a timely manner.

Home Depot said it would offer free identity protection and credit-monitoring services to any customer who had used a credit or debit card at any of its affected stores.

Since the breach at Home Depot first came to executives’ attention last Tuesday, the company said it had been working with two security companies, Symantec and FishNet Security, to investigate.

Home Depot is unlikely to be the last big retailer to suffer a breach of its cash register systems. Hackers have for some time been scanning merchants’ networks for ways to gain remote access, such as through outside contractors who have access to a computer network. Once they find that opening, they install so-called malware that is undetectable by antivirus products.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service recently estimated that more than 1,000 businesses in the United States had been infected with malware that is programmed to siphon payment card details from cash registers in stores. They believed that many of these businesses did not even know they were sharing customers’ credit card information.

Besides Home Depot and Target, among the companies that have been hacked are U.P.S., Goodwill, P. F. Chang’s, Sally Beauty, Michael’s and Neiman Marcus.

Security experts believe that the same group of criminals in Eastern Europe is behind the attacks, according to several people briefed on the results of forensics investigations who were not allowed to speak publicly because of nondisclosure agreements. Buried in the malware used in the Home Depot attack were links to websites that reference the United States role in the conflict in Ukraine.

In each case, the entry point has differed, according to one law enforcement official. At Target, it was thought to be a Pennsylvania company that provided heating, air conditioning and refrigeration services to the retailer. The entry points for the other businesses are still unknown.

Studies have found that retailers, in particular, are unprepared for such attacks. A joint study by the Ponemon Institute, an independent security research firm, and DB Networks, a database security firm, found that a majority of computer security experts in the United States believed that their organizations lacked the technology and tools to quickly detect database attacks.

Only one-third of those experts said they did the kind of continuous monitoring needed to identify irregular activity in their databases, and 22 percent acknowledged that they did not scan at all.

After Home Depot confirmed the breach on Monday, a retail lobbying group in Washington said it was time the industry worked together to combat such threats.

“Any organization connected to the debit and credit card ecosystem faces constant and evolving threats,” said Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “The public and private sector must continue to work together to improve debit and credit card security, identify threats and share information to best defend against cyberattacks.”

Correction: September 8, 2014
An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a company that had previously been hacked. It is Sally Beauty, not Sally’s Beauty.

The issue has been what mechanism would trigger the complete abandonment of cash/coin currency, credit cards, etc. as personally and privately-administered financial transaction services in order to embrace this totalitarian governmental system.  Who would we get “there” from “here”?

Many Christian thinkers have been predicting all along that the mechanism would be rampant fraud.  As big of a problem as fraud has always been given the counterfeiting of paper currency, what we are seeing today with cashless systems has been categorically worse.  And as more and more people weary of having their identities stolen and their assets electronically drained, they will be willing to accept the government stepping in and truly taking control of the money supply and the means to buy and sell.

And the Antichrist will exploit the new financial system to his demonic political and religious agenda.  It will literally be the hallmark – the MARK – of his big-government system.

God – who knows the end from the beginning – declared it in His Word.  And it WILL happen precisely as God told us it would happen.

We’re watching the same deterioration of freedom in America that the Bible told us would have to happen for the Mark of the Beast to become a reality.  The Democrat Party – particularly in the person and presidency of Barack Obama – has officially demonstrated an abject contempt for the United States Constitution.  Barack Obama has been slapped down by the Supreme Court in UNANIMOUS DECISIONS THIRTEEN TIMES in his thug presidency.  But Obama and his Democrat Party are FASCIST and they simply do not give a damn about the Constitution or anything that in any way gets between them and the fascist power grabs they keep wanting.

We have doctrinaire liberal civil libertarian Noam Chomsky pointing out the FACT that Barack Obama is worse than George Bush EVER was in violating American’s civil liberties.  We’ve got the liberal “journalist” Piers Morgan pointing out that the liberal editorial board of the liberal New York Times stating for the record that Obama is far worse than Bush ever was.  The ACLU released a report that states that Obama is worse than Bush was on violating civil liberties.

Now, I could go on and on, but it is a FACT that Barack Obama has violated our civil liberties and violated the Constitution on a scale never witnessed by any US president.  But chillingly, all of the above people and organizations I cited above would vote for Obama again and a Democrat WORSE than Obama in a heartbeat in any national election rather than EVER vote for a Republican.  It’s just who these people are.  Obama mocked us for clinging to our guns and religion, because after all the Constitution guaranteed freedom to have BOTH; liberals are people who cling to their homosexuality and their baby-murdering abortion mills.

And according to Romans chapter one, that is why the beast is coming.  The Book of Revelation, chapters five and six, clearly present the Antichrist as the judgment of a wrathful God who finally gives the godless people the leader they truly deserve.

We have in Barack Obama a beast preparing the way for THE beast.  And if you voted for Obama, if you are a Democrat, you have already indicated that you will vote for the coming Antichrist, the true beast.  Because you have already demonstrated that you want what the Antichrist will bring: increased government power over the people in the name of implementing a Utopian agenda.

Fortunately for me and mine, an event called “the Rapture” as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50–58, will happen prior to the coming of the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast.  There will be Christians aplenty during the Seven Years Tribulation that God has decreed prior to the Second Coming of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords, but they will become Christians after the Rapture – when people they knew who told them about the Blessed Hope will suddenly and without warning literally seem to disappear from the very world.

The lives of Christians during the Tribulation are going to be characterized as terrible and short as they are murdered by the millions as martyrs.  We’re already witnessing this in advance: the number of Christians murdered in 2013 was DOUBLE what it had been just the year before.  And that was before the ISIS crew really got started.  God’s prophetic Word even tells us how they would be murdered: it says in Revelation 20:4 they would be “beheaded.”

Tell me if that doesn’t sound like something you’ve heard is going on these days.  These last days just before the Rapture with the Tribulation coming right on its heels and you will die a horrible death if you don’t take the mark of the beast and you will burn in hell for all eternity if you DO take it.

If I have yet hold on to a spirit of anger due to the pathetic disgrace that is preceding the last days – which I confess as sin simply because God told us in His Word that this great falling away, this terrible apostasy, would come first – I do NOT have a spirit of fear.  And that is because I know I won’t be here when the same world that so welcomed and celebrated Obama will welcome and celebrate the coming beast.

Lord Jesus, I offer this prayer to the Father right now, even for my enemies, that they would see the terrible error of their ways and embrace You before it is too late for them to be caught up with You in the Rapture.

For the rest of you, this world is already starting to truly heat up as it prepares to descend into hell.