BRANDED

BRANDED

Recently, I had the misfortune of spotting my garments with paint. People do wear spotted clothes but I am not comfortable. It reminded me of the branding of Cain after he had killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1-16). It set him apart from his family, his country and even his God. Sin in our life is like paint. It puts a brand on us that cannot be removed. And like Cain, we have to find an environment where we are feared but tolerated. In time, the entire environment would become like Cain or Canaanites. This was precisely what the world was like in Noah’s day and again in Paul’s time (Genesis 6:5-7; Romans 1:28-32).

What is our world like? According to Jesus’ prediction, we shall live in a world identical to the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-29). In some areas, it shall be worse. Jesus’ followers shall live among wolves (Matthew 10:11-20). Already, in this freedom-loving country, Christians are being arrested for not wearing the brand of Cain. Moral and virtuous followers of Jesus have become a minority in this right to life nation. By deception, the followers of Cain have succeeded in turning this nation into a haven for Canaanites (Mark 13:5-6). These were the peoples that lost their lands to the Hebrews during the time of Joshua and they were the cursed descendants of Noah (Genesis 9:24). These Canaanites turned the Hebrews into Canaanites in Jesus’ day and they are turning Christians into Canaanites today in the western world, particularly in America. Canaanites have nothing to do with the Hebrew-Christian God and in particular with Jesus. They had formed their own deities and laws.

All of this is no longer a secret. What most of us do not realize is that this is only the beginning of our woes (Revelation 9). A time is upon us that we shall seek death and not find it. The heavenly vision to John hid the identity of this leader with the word “beast” and this being will force his system on everyone (Christian or non-Christian) by a painful branding on the forehead or the brainwashing of the mind. This being’s intention to dominate this nation shall soon become apparent. It is actually so willed by heaven that this occurs (Revelation 17:17). Our Canaanite system has taken us too far from God and His Laws that it has to be cleansed and purged before it becomes fit again for God to interact with us.

Let us take a lesson from the Babylonian Hebrew captives under Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 27:6). He was a servant of God to bring the Jews back to God and so shall the beast bring us back to the true God and Jesus the Christ (Revelation 14). It is unfortunate that the innocent shall suffer with the guilty.