Previously, we found that we are forewarned of an apocalyptic period called the Great Tribulation.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of Elohim, where they will feed her there 1260 days. (Revelation 12:6 KJVm)
…where “the Remnant” will be fed…
And the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for 3 1/2 years, from the face of the serpent. (Revelation 12:14 KJVm)
…and shielded from “the Beast” for the 3 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation.
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. (Revelation 13:3-5 NASB
According to John, “the Beast” is going to rule the whole world for the 42 months of the Great Tribulation period.
And he will cause 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 KJVm)
And from the start of “the Beast’s” rule, everyone in the world will be required to “receive a mark”…
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred and sixty six. (Revelation 13:18 KJVm)
…which is the number of the Beast.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment will ascend up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. (Revelation 13:9-11 KJVm)
We are warned not to take “the mark.”
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:15 KJV)
Anyone refusing to take “the mark” will be rounded up and systematically martyred.
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.(Revelation 13:17 KJV)
Notice that without this “mark,” no one will be unable to buy or sell anything.
And that’s the catch. The reason that you must be in position to enter the Old City of Jerusalem prior to the start of the Great Tribulation is because, once this apocalyptic period begins, you will not be able to purchase airline tickets or any other travel arrangements to get to Elohim’s Place of Refuge, without “the mark.”
Next: The Millennial Reign