posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 08:35 AM
Having read the ops piece and the following postings very carefully, this can be stated:
The bible does not state that there will be a rapture, or what people think or believe to be such. Rather this concept comes from the 1830's by John
Nelson Darby. Darby was an Anglo-Irish evangelist, who came to the new world, and was part of a conservative, Evangelical Christian movement, called
the Plymouth Brethern. The breathern, were seem as having culting overtones, and more of a fellowship, with beliefs from different denominations of
Christianity. And before him from the 17th century Puritans, and the writings of Phillip Doddridge, and John Gill in the commentaries of the new
testament. The concept of the rapture came out from a close look at and study of, First Thessalonians, of the new testament. And that chapter was a
letter to the church of Thessalonian, from Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus, who were trying to keep the faith and give some indication as to why behind
the how in the new faith to the people of that church.
The mark of the beast, that which tends to come up from time to time. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to
receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast
or the number of its name.
That is a direct translation that has not changed since the first translation from the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest known bible in existence. Nor can
we be sure exactly what that mark is. Some will tell you that it is a literal mark, while others will tell you that is is a symbolic mark and
allegiance of thought and action. What is agreed on by a majority of biblican scholars, is that the mark will be a recognizable sign.
But there is also one other aspect that many fail to take into account, that being that numerology was a strong aspect back in the days that the bible
was being written down.
The op has asked who would take the mark or give their head for eternal life, and the following can be stated:
While many will say no I won't or yes I will take it, we can not say for certain what all will happen or who will or will not, not even can we say
for certain if what our actions will or will not do. Not even a Saint knew that their actions were saintly or goodly, until after their death.
So I would say I don't know if I would or would not take the mark, as it would have to go with what my gut feeling told me at the time. If it did
not pass the test of common sense and reasoning, if it sounded too good to be true, probably not.