By Steven Merten
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations
To understand who the armies of the 'beast' are, those with the mark of the beast on their forehead or their right hand, it is easier to understand who those are who do not have the mark of the beast on their right hand or forehead. Those who do not have the mark of the beast on their forehead or right hand are those who 'keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus' and 'their good works accompany them'.
NAB REV 19:19Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and the armies they had mustered to do battle with the One riding the horse, and with his army. The beast was captured along with the false prophet who preformed in its presence the prodigies that led men astray, making them accept the mark of the beast and worship its image. Both were hurled down alive into the fiery pool of burning sulphur. The rest were slain by the sword which came out of the mouth of the One who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on the flesh of the slain.
Obeying God's commandments is how you love the Father and Jesus with all your heart with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind. A man's strength in battle or at work is in his arm, wrist and hand. To bind God's law on your wrist is to write it on your strength. To bind God's law on your forehead is to place it in your mind. When Jesus returns, He will be looking for those who have His commandments etched into their minds like a pendant on their foreheads. Jesus will be looking for those who obey God's commandments with all their strength like a banner on the strength of their arm. Do not let Satan put his mark of disobedience on the forehead of your mind, on your heart, in your soul or on your strength.
To obey God is to love God.
NAB REV 14:9A third angel followed the others and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast or its image, or accepts its mark on his forehead or hand, he too will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger. He will be tormented in burning sulphur before the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment shall rise forever and ever. There shall be no relief day or night for those who worship the beast or its image or accept the mark of its name." This is what sustains the holy ones, who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. I heard a voice from heaven say to me: "write this down: Happy now are the dead who die in the Lord!" The Spirit added, "Yes, they shall find rest from their labors, for their good works accompany them."
NAB DEU 11:18"Therefore, take these words of mine into your heart and soul. Bind them at your wrist as a sign, and let them be a pendant on your forehead. Teach them to your children, speaking of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. And write them on the doorposts or your houses and on your gates, so that, as long as the heavens are above the earth, you and your children may live on in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers he would give them."
"For if you are careful to observe all these commandments I enjoin on you, loving the LORD, your God, and following his ways exactly, and holding fast to him,..."
NAB REV 16:2The first angel went out, and when he poured out his bowl on the earth, severe and festering boils broke out on the men who had accepted the mark of the beast or worshiped its image...
...REV 16:10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast. Its kingdom was plunged into darkness; men bit their tongues in pain and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their suffering and their boils. But they did not turn away from their wicked deeds.
NAB DEU 6:1"These then are the commandments, the statutes and decrees which the LORD, your God, has ordered that you be taught to observe in the land into which you are crossing for conquest, so that you and your son and your grandson may fear the LORD, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you, and thus have long life. Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them, that you may grow and prosper the more in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers, to give you a land flowing with milk and honey." The great commandment. Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
Jesus is enthroned as Ruler over the whole world at Armageddon. Jesus dethrones Satan as ruler of the world and takes over as Ruler of the world, at Armageddon. The nation Zion is born at the Battle of Armageddon. The way that any ruler, rules, is by having loyal subjects enforcing their rules. Christ's great Angels of the Apocalypse are His subjects who enforce His Law, on earth, at the Battle of Armageddon and forward to doomsday.
The 'keys to the Kingdom' are Christ's power to bind and loost sins. It is with the 'key to the Kingdom' that Jesus will enforce His law on earth. Jesus handed over the 'keys to the Kingdom' to His Apostles before He ascended into heaven. Apostolic Successors, armed with Christ's 'keys to the Kingdom' will be Christ's Angels of the Apocalypse, who defeat Satan at Armageddon and 'shepherd the nations' with the 'keys to the Kingdom' from that time forward.
With Jesus, a descendant of King David, ruling the world, Israel is Restored. The Holy City Zion, within the Restored Kingdom Israel (the world after Armageddon) is where God's people live. To enter into Zion, one has his sins absolved through Baptism and the sacrament of Reconciliation. To live in Zion one loves God through obedience. Anyone who chooses to hate God, through sin, is kicked out of Zion by automatic anathemas enacted at Armageddon. Those who live outside Zion's gates of Christ's salvation are the ones accepting the mark of the beast.
God carries His Church to safety on eagles wings. The way that God will do this is through His combat angels of the apocalypse. It is Michael and his angles, fighting under Christ's command, who separate the wicked from the just by building a protective wall of auto-anathemas around God's newly born Holy City Zion. Those living outside the spiritual gates of Zion, in post Armageddon "Messianic Reign" time, bear the mark of the beast. In the future era of Messianic Reign, those bearing the mark of the beast are those who do not repent and seek absolution from their sins. It is the unrepentant, living outside the gates of Zion, who bear the mark of the beast in the near future era of Messianic Reign.
The 'beast' is man's evil pride, not Jesus, ruling over them. Anyone bearing the mark of the beast can surrender to Jesus, seek absolution of their sins, and again enter Christ's salvation in Zion. Satan, man's evil pride on earth, will chain many people to him and not allow them to surrender to Jesus and His will.
NAB REV 12:7Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God. They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you! His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."
When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year.
NAB2 EZE 17:22Thus says the Lord GOD: I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar, from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot, And plant it on a high and lofty mountain; on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it. It shall put forth branches and bear fruit, and become a majestic cedar. Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it, every winged thing in the shade of its boughs. And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the LORD, Bring low the high tree, lift high the lowly tree, Wither up the green tree, and make the withered tree bloom. As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.
Will you write Jesus' and the Father's Law on your heart, strength, mind and soul, or, will you allow Satan, who is your pride, to chain you to him with his mark on your heart, strength, mind and soul? Satan, and all those who belong to him, perishes in the pool of fire upon Judgment Day. Anyone, still alive, bearing the mark of the beast, has the option to repent, seek absolution through the sacrament of Reconciliation (the loosting of sin bindings), to again serve Jesus and His will. The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the acceptation to this rule. Come to Zion.